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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 23 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 23 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 23rd APRIL
1  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, how much the electronic locks provided under the works vote for the House of Commons areas of the Parliamentary Estate cost; how many have been authorised for fitting; and if he will make a statement.
(81992)
2  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the 1998-99 figures for milk purchasers notified by the Intervention Board.
(81965)
3  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received about overstated milk purchasers notified to the Intervention Board for 1998-99.
(81966)
4  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress is being made with efforts to support British pig farmers; and if he will make a statement.
(82205)
5  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to ban the insecticide Lindane following the EU Advisory Committee on Pesticides meeting on 15th April.
(81743)
6  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much has been spent by the Government on researching genetically-modified foods in each of the last 10 years; and if he will list the projects undertaken.
(81923)
7  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the honourable Member for West Derbyshire can expect a reply to his letter of 12th February, acknowledged on 4th March (ref. 124890), concerning the non-payment of the 1998 sheep farm annual premium scheme and the hill livestock compensatory allowances to Mr S. Allen of Beech Farm, Taddington, Derbyshire.
(81904)
8  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will require the labelling of food products to contain information on the age of each ingredient.
(82002)
9  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask Mr Attorney General, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 2, on membership of the freemasons within the CPS, what was the total number of lawyers invited to declare their masonic status; and if he will break down the total between (a) masons, (b) non-masons, (c) those who refused to indicate their status and (d) those from whom no reply was received.
(81794)
10  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects to publish the Social Exclusion Unit report into teenage pregnancies.
(81968)
11  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what upper age limits apply to the membership of public bodies; and what plans he has to review this.
(82054)
12  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he issued a heritage export licence for a Panzer iv/70 (V) main battle tank during 1998.
(82194)
13  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) regulations and (b) guidelines he has issued relating to the export of military equipment which is over 50 years old.
(82172)
14  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of when digital terrestrial television will reach (a) 70 per cent., (b) 80 per cent. and (c) 90 per cent. of the population.
(82150)
15  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the land area of urban England is cabled.
(82151)
16  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) anti-personnel landmines, (b) weapons containing anti-personnel landmines and (c) weapons containing anti-vehicle mines equipped with anti-handling devices have been developed by NATO forces carrying out operations in Kosovo.
(81993)
17  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of each type of anti-personnel mine are presently held by (a) the Royal Air Force, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) UK Special Forces.
(81995)
18  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has obtained on the laying of anti-personnel landmines and anti-tank mines by the Yugoslav army in Kosovo.
(81994)
19  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what munitions are being used by the RAF in the Kosovo campaign that employ a form of sub-munition designed to impede damage repair.
(82149)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the locations of the following NATO headquarters (a) Headquarters Allied Forces North Western Europe, (b) Headquarters Allied Forces Air North Western Europe, (c) Headquarters Allied Naval Forces North Western Europe, (d) Headquarters Maritime Air Forces North West, (e) Headquarters Submarine Forces North West, (f) Headquarters Allied Forces Eastern Atlantic Area, (g) Headquarters Maritime Air Forces Eastern Atlantic Area, (h) Headquarters Submarine Forces Eastern Atlantic Area, (i) Headquarters United Kingdom-Netherlands Amphibious Force, (j) Headquarters United Kingdom-Netherlands Landing Force, (k) the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force Headquarters and (l) the NATO E-3A Component.
(81926)
21  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's timescale in the delivery of a 20 mm calibre gun to the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department for the arming of a fishery protection vessel.
(82059)
22  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of each shire county's education department budget was allocated to school budgets in 1998-99.
(82187)
23  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for changing the age at which it is compulsory for children to attend school.
(81990)
24  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made following the early years development and child care partnership plans for 1999-2000 of the proportion of four year-old children attending full-time reception classes in schools.
(81988)
25  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress he has made in establishing an early years learning curriculum.
(81989)
26  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of GDP he expects to be spent on state schools across the UK in the years (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01 as a result of the comprehensive spending review.
(81899)
27  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when work will commence on the A30 Woodleigh Junction.
(81967)
28  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for shire counties (a) the education service-block standard spending assessment for each county, divided by the total number of full-time-equivalent pupils financed by that county, (b) the primary education service-sub-block standard spending assessment for each county, dividend by the number of primary pupils financed by that county and (c) the secondary education service-sub-block standard spending assessment for each county, divided by the number of secondary pupils financed by that county.
(82206)
29  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each shire county (a) the difference between the education department budget and that county's education service-block SSA in 1998-99 and (b) that sum, divided by the total number of full-time-equivalent pupils financed by that education department.
(82171)
30  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what contribution he expects new lighting technologies to make to the achievement of his targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; and what plan his Department has to promote energy-efficient lighting.
(82139)
31  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of the budget of the Energy, Environment and Waste Directorate is allocated to the promotion of energy-efficient lighting.
(82138)
32  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he plans to issue observations on the petition from Shropshire's rural road hauliers presented to the House on 9th March; and if he will make a statement.
(82001)
33  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 10, if he will list the amount of money which his Department has paid in rail freight grants to Eddie Stobart Ltd, in each of the last five years.
(81969)
34  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the moorland map of England drawn up by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service can be used, in its present form, by the Countryside Agency in compiling its draft access maps of open countryside.
(82153)
35  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long it took the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service to map the moorland areas of England; and how much the exercise cost.
(82154)
36  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incidents involving ships clearing out their ballast tanks there have been in (a) British waters and (b) Liverpool Bay in each year over the past 10 years; and how many prosecutions have resulted.
(82170)
37  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of British ports have facilities for treating ballast from ships.
(82174)
38  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to prevent ships from clearing out their ballast tanks in British waters.
(82173)
39  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation to regulate the wholesale newspaper delivery contracting industry.
(82195)
40  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road building schemes using the design, build, finance and operate contracting method are currently (a) completed and (b) under construction; what is the estimated cost to public funds for each project over the life time of the DBFO contract; and if he will make a statement.
(81897)
41  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many vehicles used the A1/M1 Yorkshire link road in its first full month of operation; what was the total sum paid to Yorkshire Link under the design, build, finance and operate contract; and if he will make a statement.
(81898)
42  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which chairpersons, chief executives and board members of the regional development agencies have since 1979 (a) had a political affiliation with a party, and which one, (b) donated more than £1000 to a political party, and to which one, (c) donated more than £1000 to persons in a political party, and to whom, and (d) have confirmed that (i) they and (ii) the companies they represent have had no off-shore funds; and if he will make a statement.
(81922)
43  
  
Mr Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to announce the findings and recommendations of the inquiry under the chairmanship of Sir Gerald Hosker into the Charrington case; and if he will make a statement.
(82148)
44  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what response his Department has given to the proposal of Jubilee 2000 for a concordat on levels of debt cancellation and how funds released should be spent; and if the Government will discuss this proposal with other creditors to secure agreement for substantial debt cancellation by the end of 1999.
(82003)
45  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Commonwealth debt initiative, set out in his Mauritius speech, indicating which countries have received debt relief and the level of that relief.
(82005)
46  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, column 425, on the Inland Revenue, if he will list those circumstances referred to where it might become clear after the taxpayer had appealed against a section 19A notice that section 20 was in fact the more appropriate.
(82204)
47  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 588, on household leaflets, if he will break-down the £1.5 million cost referred to between (a) printing and (b) postage.
(82203)
48  
  
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 income tax, how much tax an individual who pays a marginal rate of tax of 10 per cent. will have to pay as a result of making a covenanted payment to charity under an existing covenant in place prior to 5th April.
(82202)
49  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 587, on literacy skills, when he expects comparable figures for later years to be available.
(82189)
50  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 588, if civil servants reviewed the Red Book to ensure objectivity.
(82188)
51  
  
Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will approve the application of the Falkland Islands Government to utilise a 0.50 inch calibre gun for fisheries protection purposes.
(82217)
52  
  
Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects diplomatic representation with Iran to be raised to the level of ambassador.
(82216)
53  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to the Government of Chile regarding its decree which prohibits Chilean carriers flying to the Falklands.
(82055)
54  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indonesian Government following the recent killing of people in East Timor by soldiers of the Indonesian Government.
(81896)
55  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 505, on the European Commission, what steps he has taken to secure the information requested from the European Commission.
(82179)
56  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to continue to make representations to the Iranian Government on the position of followers of the Baha'i faith currently living in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(82155)
57  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons he did not table or co-sponsor during the recent General Affairs Council of the European Union a resolution on human rights in China for the 55th UN Commission for Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(82147)
58  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he intends to support the draft resolution on China and Tibet tabled by the United States at the 55th UNCHR.
(82146)
59  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Algerian Government on co-operation with the UN (a) Special Rapporteur on Torture, (b) Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and (c) Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; and what undertakings he has received from the Algerian Government in this regard.
(81986)
60  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is proposing to take at this year's UN Commission on Human Rights in respect of human rights abuses in Algeria.
(81987)
61  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held with (i) the Scottish Office and (ii) the Welsh Office on the drawing up of a concordat governing arrangements by which the (1) Scottish Parliament, (2) National Assembly for Wales and (3) Northern Ireland Assembly may make representations to overseas governments.
(81893)
62  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the timescale in granting permission for the arming of a Falkland Islands fishery protection vessel with a 0.50 inch calibre gun.
(82058)
63  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the timescale in the arming of a Falkland Islands fishery protection vessel.
(82060)
64  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of illegal fishing being carried out in the water around the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(82057)
65  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements are placed on local authorities to monitor and record the ethnic origins of those held in secure units.
(81895)
66  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the National Service Framework for Mental Health to be published; and if he will make a statement.
(81984)
67  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cash increase represented by the expenditure of an additional 3 per cent. of GDP on the NHS in 1999-2000.
(81985)
68  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in the Wyre Forest constituency area are taking new registrations of NHS patients.
(81892)
69  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by health authority the numbers of successful applications under the Investing in Dentistry initiative.
(82186)
70  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his powers in relation to the decision of the former North Thames Regional Health Authority to retain a cancer centre at Colchester, and to build a new centre of excellence in the town, and the role of the Eastern Region Health Authority.
(82219)
71  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has held over the possible transfer of the cancer centre in Colchester to Ipswich.
(82218)
72  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on Government proposals on pen needles and insulin injection pens; and if he will make a statement.
(82012)
73  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) hospitals and (b) other NHS bodies of implementing the charges for the proposed Food Standards Agency.
(81795)
74  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the extra costs per annum of implementing the report on NHS superannuation for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2000-02, indicating when these costs were first known.
(81797)
75  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of the increases in fuel duty since 1997 on the fuel bill of ambulance services in England.
(81796)
76  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that family members of Kosovar asylum seekers already in the United Kingdom will be granted family reunion.
(81999)
77  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has given to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees of the number of refugees from Kosovo who will be offered protection in the United Kingdom.
(81998)
78  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to accelerate the processing of asylum applications from Kosovars who are already in the UK and have made such applications.
(81997)
79  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the model charter for coroners' courts to be made available.
(82175)
80  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average age of (a) full-time and (b) part-time coroners.
(82177)
81  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the relevant qualifications held by coroners and their job descriptions.
(82176)
82  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary training programmes for coroners.
(82201)
83  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consider lifting visa requirements for those leaving the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.
(81900)
84  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the UK Government has ceased returning Kosovar Albanians on a safe third country basis back to European Union countries that they have transited en route to the UK since the outbreak of hostilities.
(81901)
85  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Kosovar Albanians will be evacuated from Macedonia to the UK; what criteria will be used as to who will qualify; what protection they will receive, and for how long; and where they will be housed.
(81902)
86  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken since 23rd March to accelerate the process of establishing voluntary registers of membership of freemasonry in police forces in England and Wales; and how many police forces have now indicated that they have specific plans for introducing such registers.
(81792)
87  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 177, when he now expects numerical data on freemasons within the police and other parts of the criminal justice system to be available.
(81793)
88  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of television sets with stand-by units in prisons in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.
(81983)
89  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money the Government has made available to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for emergency relief to the Kosovar Albanians.
(81903)
90  
N  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the food supplied to the Albanian refugees in Macedonia is purchased within Macedonia; and what plans she has to enable the proportion to be increased.
(81924)
91  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will provide a breakdown the religious composition of (a) the training staff employed at each level and (b) the trainees at each Government training centre in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available.
(82193)
92  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many advance factories have been built in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years and in which constituencies; and if she will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the provision of advance factories in Northern Ireland.
(82000)
93  
  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the President of the Council, what was the total cost to public funds of the afternoon sitting of the Special Standing Committee on the Immigration and Asylum Bill on 20th April.
(82207)
94  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the amount paid annually in war widows' pensions (a) on average to each war widow and (b) in total to all recipients living in Scotland.
(81276)
95  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 592, on winter fuel payments, what is the additional cost of paying the winter fuel payment separately from the basic state pension.
(82190)
96  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what medical conditions permanently exempt a person in receipt of benefits from the all work test.
(82152)
97  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the categories of people who can be credited entitlement to (a) the basic state pension, (b) SERPS and (c) the proposed second state pension; and if he will make a statement on the reason for the differences in the crediting arrangements for each.
(81991)
98  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate, for each of the next 20 years, the size of the gap in pounds per week between the basic state pension and the minimum income guarantee, assuming price indexation of the basic pension and earnings indexation of the minimum income guarantee.
(82056)
99  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Kettering of 19th April, Official Report, column 465, on occupational pensions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reported rise in occupational pension coverage.
(82061)
100  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 26th February, Official Report, column 469, if he will list the names of the honourable Members who wrote to him in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March regarding the Monopoly and Mergers enquiry into the supply of raw cows' milk.
(82053)
101  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the agenda for the forthcoming EU Industry Council of 29th April.
(82178)
102  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce legislation to prevent accountants acting as reporting accountants from acting as receivers.
(82142)
103  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints relating to insolvency practitioners have been referred to his Department since May 1997.
(82010)
104  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place the minutes of the Insolvency Review Working Party in the Library.
(82008)
105  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations he had conducted into the receivership of The Heritage Plc.
(82143)
106  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the meetings held by the Insolvency Review Working Party have been open to the public.
(82009)
107  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will require those licensed to act as auditors under the Companies Act 1989 to publish information about their affairs and the impact of their actions on stakeholders.
(82007)
108  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals he has to replace the present regulators of the insolvency business with a single independent regulator.
(82144)
109  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the insolvency practitioners licensed by his Department.
(82141)
110  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will require those licensed under the Insolvency Act 1986 to publish information about their affairs and the impact of their actions on stakeholders.
(82011)
111  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the delivery (a) targets and (b) performance of the Royal Mail letter service for (i) first and (ii) second class mail in each of the last 12 months in the Stoke-on-Trent postal area.
(82145)
112  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if a concordat has been agreed between his Department, the Scottish Office, Welsh Office and Northern Ireland Office, concerning inward investment.
(81925)
113  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what role the Environment Agency in Wales plays in monitoring experiments in genetically-modified crops.
(82221)
114  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list each application for a licence to grow genetically-modified crops in Wales in 1999, and the proposed locations.
(82220)
115  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held with the DTI concerning the drawing up of a concordat governing arrangements for encouraging inward investment to different parts of the United Kingdom.
(81894)
116  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many road hauliers' jobs have been lost since 1st May 1997.
[Transferred] (82191)
117  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much debt was owed to the Export Credits Guarantee Department by each individual debtor country on 31st December 1998.
[Transferred] (82004)
118  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much debt was owed to her Department by each individual debtor country at 31st December 1998.
[Transferred] (82006)
119  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information she has obtained regarding the numbers of refugees from Kosovo who are to be offered protection in other EU countries.
[Transferred] (81996)
120  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce competition into the market for street lighting connections; and what estimate he has made of the potential savings for local authorities from such competition.
[Transferred] (82140)
121  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the letter of 16th July 1997 from the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe to the honourable Member for Staffordshire Moorlands regarding permanent health insurance schemes for employees, what steps he has taken to monitor the sound and prudent management of such schemes; and if he has found it necessary to take action under the Insurance Companies Act 1982.
[Transferred] (82169)
122  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the powers under the Insurance Companies Act 1982 of permanent health insurance companies to deduct state benefits from payments to claimants.
[Transferred] (82168)


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