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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 27 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 27 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
TUESDAY 27th APRIL
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the arrangements for the licensing of crop sub-species.
(82047)
2  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many existing MAFF staff will be transferred to the Food Standards Agency.
(82272)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the ethnic make-up was of civil servants in each Department on 1st April.
(81934)
4  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many trainees on the New Deal for Young People were employed in (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Home Office, (c) the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, (d) the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (e) his Department, (f) the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (g) the Department of Health, (h) the Department for International Development, (i) the Lord Chancellor's Department, (j) the Department for Social Security, (k) the Department for Trade and Industry, (l) the Scottish Office (m) the Welsh Office, and (n) the Northern Ireland Office, on 31st January.
(82351)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on (a) the level of Yugoslav air defence capability and (b) the threat to NATO aircraft from (i) non-portable, (ii) towed and (iii) self-propelled air defence weaponry, following the initial NATO air campaign.
(82474)
6  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Yugoslav Air Force (i) MIG-29s, (ii) MIG-21s, (iii) ORAOs and (iv) Galebs are confirmed destroyed by NATO; how many were estimated non-operational before NATO operations over Serbia began; and if he will make a statement on the estimated impact of NATO action to date on Yugoslav Air Force capability.
(82473)
7  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date 16 Air Assault Brigade will become operationally effective.
(82342)
8  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the (a) manpower establishments and (b) actual manning levels for each of the three regular parachute battalions.
(82344)
9  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date are 10 and 4 (TA) parachute battalions are due to be merged and reduced; what was their old manpower establishment; and what is their planned amalgamated manpower establishment.
(82346)
10  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) proportion and (b) number of the Hercules fleet is currently airworthy.
(82348)
11  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place for calling up regular reservists as individual reinforcements.
(82345)
12  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the readiness time for 5th Airborne Brigade; and what is the estimated deployment time for 16 Air Assault Brigade.
(82347)
13  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date 5th Airborne Brigade Headquarters will cease to be an airborne headquarters.
(82341)
14  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Paralogistic Battalion is due to disband; and what logistic unit will replace it.
(82343)
15  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of the presence of nuclear material at the Vinca Institute near Belgrade.
(82349)
16  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to cater for those requiring vegetarian food when involved in front-line activities.
(81909)
17  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the closure of the TA base in Caernarfon was announced; and if he will make a statement on the consultation carried out prior to the decision.
(82268)
18  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which TA centres in Wales have the highest levels of (a) recruitment and (b) retention.
(82270)
19  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which TA recruitment centre has the lowest level of recruitment in Wales.
(82269)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the procurement process for the maritime patrol aircraft requirement; and what were the in-service dates proposed by each of the bidders.
(82529)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when live firing experiments using animals were last carried out (a) in the UK and (b) involving UK personnel.
(82521)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his Department's budget for pay within the Defence Operating Costs Budget for 1999-2000.
(82514)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the first full squadron of Eurofighter aircraft will be in service with the RAF; and what was the original date expected.
(82522)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what slippage in the Eurofighter programme has taken place since its inception.
(82527)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the illustrative resource accounting and budgeting accounts for his Department for 1998-99.
(82517)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many animals have been used in experiments at each of his Department's sites in each of the last five years.
(82526)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the last Jaguar aircraft to be taken out of active service.
(82518)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 17th March, Official Report, column 685, on the Nimrod MRA4 programme, what was the nature of the technical difficulties experienced by BAe; and what extra costs will be placed on his Department because of the slippage in the in-service date from April 2003 to early 2005.
(82528)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the basis of the calculation of the cash budget of the Chief of Defence Logistics in 1996-97 in his Department's expenditure plans 1999-2000 to 2001-02, Table 1A.
(82515)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes to the UK requirements for Eurofighter aircraft have been made since May 1997; and at what cost.
(82523)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons Table 1a of his Department's expenditure plans 1999-2000 to 2001-02 does not contain entries for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02.
(82516)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Operational (a) Conversion Unit and (b) Evaluation Unit squadron of Eurofighters will be in service.
(82525)
33  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for further expenditure on Jaguar aircraft before they are taken out of service.
(82519)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received from the manufacturers of Eurofighter concerning production delays; and if he will make a statement.
(82524)
35  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's sites are licensed to carry out experiments on animals; and when the licences were issued.
(82520)
36  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the average time taken from beginning consideration of placing a teacher on List 99 to a decision being made.
(82489)
37  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on how many cases decisions are currently outstanding as to whether a teacher should be placed on List 99.
(82490)
38  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 21st April, Official Report, column 557, if he will break down by region the calls received by the New Deal Hotline identifying (a) how many were from clients and how many from employers and (b) how many were (i) compliments and (ii) complaints.
(82531)
39  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of New Deal pilot projects include private sector involvement.
((82303))
40  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local education authorities, which at the latest date for which information is available were not fully passing on to schools any increases in their standard spending assessment in respect of education.
(82335)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the Canadian regulatory system for novel crops in respect of the environmental impact of such crops in his review of the regulatory process in the United Kingdom.
(82070)
42  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of herbicide-resistant oil seed rape varieties created by conventional plant breeding methods; what controls exist on such plants; and if he will make a statement.
(82071)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulatory systems for crops created by conventional plant breeding in respect of their potential environmental impact.
(82072)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the honourable Member for Mansfield, travelled to the recent meeting of the Greater Peterborough Commerce, Training and Enterprise Council in a stretch limousine.
(82073)
45  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the current maximum sentence for serious offences relating to asbestos.
(81026)
46  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what organisations and individuals he has (a) consulted, (b) received requests for consultation from and (c) received representations from concerning his proposals for changes to the Motor Insurers Bureau arrangements.
(82336)
47  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with (a) Great Western Trains and (b) South Wales and West Railway about improving reliability.
(81907)
48  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to publish new guidelines on the use of planning obligations.
(81908)
49  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received regarding the pension schemes of the National Bus Company; and if he will make a statement.
(82532)
50  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many vacant dwellings there are in each of the unitary authorities in the former county of Avon.
(82302)
51  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which activities are covered in EU budget lines listed under the heading (a) Social Contacts Between Staff, (b) Early Childhood Centre and other Cre¬ches and (c) Entertainment and Representation Expenses; what were the total costs expected under the last budget for these headings; and if he will make a statement.
(82477)
52  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what new policies were announced by the Economic Secretary in her speech on Financial Exclusion at the Dorchester Hotel; what his policy is on appropriate venues for announcing new policies; and if he will make a statement.
(82267)
53  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reduce the level of turnover for the 714c Certificate for self-employed builders in the construction industry scheme.
(82484)
54  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 20th April, Official Report, column 681, on Kosovo, if he will define the term organised resistance; and if he will make a statement.
(82480)
55  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the proposals which he has made at the Council of Ministers for the reform of the European Commission.
(82482)
56  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on negotiations on the establishment of a common statute for MEPs.
(82481)
57  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the issues raised during his meeting with the Chilean Foreign Minister on 21st April.
(82483)
58  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposals on the agenda of the General Affairs Council of 22nd-23rd March concerning the establishment of a pan-European MEP voting constituency with pan-European MEP lists; what discussions were held in the Council; and when the matter will next be considered.
(82479)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning recent harassment of human rights activists in Colombia.
(82485)
60  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many existing staff from his Department will be transferred to the Food Standards Agency.
(82271)
61  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 19th April, Official Report, columns 419-20, on remand prisoners, how many (i) untried and (ii) convicted remand prisoners spent (a) 0-10 days, (b) 11-20 days, (c) 21-30 days, (d) 31 to 50 days, (e) 51 to 100 days, (f) 101 to 150 days, (g) 151 to 250 days and (h) over 250 days in custody in 1998; and what percentage each category represented of the total prison population.
(82488)
62  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of persons held on remand were found guilty when brought to trial in the last year for which figures are available.
(82459)
63  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the cost of restoring Kosovan (a) infrastructure and (b) housing to March 1999 levels.
(82475)
64  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what (a) instructions and (b) advice has been issued by the Judge's Council concerning membership of pressure groups as a disqualification from sitting as a judge; what pressure groups have been identified by the Judges' Council in such instructions and advice; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (82339)
65  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the process of appointments of members of the Judges' Council.
(82338)
66  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, to whom the Judges' Council is accountable; and if he will make a statement.
(82350)
67  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the members of the Judges' Council, indicating their positions.
(82337)
68  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, from what funds the (a) costs of administration and (b) expenses of members the Judges' Council are met; and, for each of its last three years, what was the total cost of the Judges' Council.
(82340)
69  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 20th April, Official Report, column 534, if he will place in the Library copies of such written details of the insurance products to support the use of conditional fees as have been received by his Department from the providers listed.
(82472)
70  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his (a) policy towards and (b) definition of full accountability and absolute transparency in the European Commission, as set out as future Commission policy by President-nominate Prodi; and what representations he has made on the subject.
(82478)
71  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what activities are planned by (a) the Government and (b) the European Commission in the United Kingdom to mark Europe Day.
(82476)
72  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what categories of higher rate Disability Living Allowance claimants were exempt from assessment under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(82487)
73  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what definition of severe mental impairment was used to exempt claimants from assessment under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(82458)
74  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of exempt claimants who were contacted in error under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(82486)
75  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what information was used to identify those higher rate Disability Living Allowance claimants who qualified for exemption under the Benefits Integrity Project.
(82457)
76  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the reduction in the number of public sector jobs as a result of the use of the private sector for benefit delivery.
(82292)
77  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what further plans he has to involve the private sector in the delivery of benefits.
(82291)
78  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of Single Focus Work Gateway pilot projects include private sector involvement.
(82293)
79  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will state the outcome of the home visit made by the Benefits Agency to Miss H. McNulty ref. JP/4L/JKM.
(82274)
80  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much in total he estimates his Department will pay in compensation as result of miners' (a) vibration white finger injuries and (b) chronic bronchitis and emphysema diseases.
(82530)
81  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what considerations are delaying publication of the MMC report on Milk Marque.
(82273)
82  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money he has allocated to the provision of women's refuges over the past three years.
[Question Unstarred] (80997)


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