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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 29 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 29 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 29 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Friday 30 April, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
THURSDAY 29th APRIL
1  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what environmental appraisal was made of the draft Food Standards Agency Bill; and what changes were made to the draft Bill as a result.
(82854)
2  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what methods are being used for killing badgers in the randomised badger culling trial.
(81508)
3  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what administrative and practical measures have been put in place to ensure that badger welfare is optimised during the capture and killing of badgers.
(81509)
4  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what training field staff involved in the randomised badger culling trial have received in killing badgers humanely.
(81510)
5  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if a veterinary surgeon will be present when each badger is captured and killed in the randomised culling trial.
(81511)
6  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what training is given to new field staff involved in the randomised badger culling trial in identifying badger field signs and in shooting badgers humanely.
(81512)
7  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what trials of the synthetic genetically-engineered dairy hormone bovine somatotropin are being conducted in the UK; and if any of the milk from these trials is entering the general milk supply.
(82707)
8  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on his Department's green transport plans.
(82702)
9  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82869)
10  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the revenue effect of reducing the national insurance charge by 0.5 per cent. for all those employed in or by the armed forces.
(82752)
11  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has held with his NATO counterparts regarding the use of depleted uranium weapons by NATO forces in current operations in Yugoslavia.
(82861)
12  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to modify the regulations governing submerged submarine operations in the Firth of Clyde on weekdays; and if he will make a statement.
(82276)
13  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the use of the Official Secrets Acts in relation to those employed at (a) Aberporth, (b) Llanbedr, (c) Manorbier and (d) Ty Groes of the Thunderbird Regiment Royal Artillery of Portsmouth and Gosford at the time of the Aer Lingus accident on 24th March 1968.
(82275)
14  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82863)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what support his Department provides for profitable medium-sized businesses facing closure as a result of multi-national corporations rationalising their operations.
(82375)
16  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the performance of the private sector-led units of delivery under the New Deal programme; and if he will make a statement.
(82737)
17  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will investigate the reasons for New Deal for Young People participants who joined in July 1998 still being in the Gateway six months later; and if he will make a statement.
(82738)
18  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he is taking to (a) identify and (b) track the clients leaving the New Deal for Young People; and if he will make a statement.
(82736)
19  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for the most recent period for which figures are available the proportions of (i) black and ethnic minority and (ii) white participants in the New Deal for Young People programme at (a) national, (b) London and South East Region and (c) Hammersmith and Fulham/Kensington and Chelsea levels, who have (1) joined the Gateway, (2) remained in the Gateway for four months or more, (3) moved into sustained employment and (4) left the New Deal with no known destination.
(82745)
20  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the opportunity for the future development of higher education in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
(81515)
21  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours spent on PE training during teacher training courses.
(82083)
22  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the current level of assessed parental income above which a student becomes eligible for (i) full and (ii) part payment of tuition fees; what plans he has to increase these threshold levels in line with inflation; what estimate he has made of the number of students who will become eligible for paying in full or in part their tuition fee if the threshold is not increased in line with inflation; and if he will make a statement.
(82654)
23  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of state schools he estimates are connected to the National Grid for Learning; and what proportion of teachers in state schools he estimates are thereby able to use their own e-mail addresses.
(81476)
24  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82872)
25  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish London Transport's report, The Future of London Underground.
(82739)
26  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what environmental appraisal his Department has undertaken of (a) the Water Industry Bill, (b) the Greater London Authority Bill and (c) the Local Government Bill; if he will make these appraisals available to the House; and what changes were made to these Bills as a consequence of the appraisals.
(82565)
27  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has and what targets he has set to reduce fat and oil contamination in the public water system.
(82716)
28  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local authorities identified by the Year 2000 Taskforce as giving cause for concern in terms of their millennium computer compliance preparations.
(82821)
29  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what grounds the Government Office for the South West issued an article 14 direction to the Stroud District Council in relation to the planning application (No. 98/1386) by Renishaw plc at New Mills, Wootton under Edge, Gloucestershire; and if he will reach his decision by 1st May.
(82453)
30  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names and qualifications of the individuals appointed to the regional development agencies in England.
(82701)
31  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made by the inter-departmental group reviewing the Government's existing arrangements for monitoring pesticide-related ill health.
(82857)
32  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure (a) public transport access and (b) access off the southern bypass to the new hospital in Norwich from the city centre.
(82688)
33  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a consultation document on his plans for changes in the arrangements for the application of public subsidy to the railways.
(82629)
34  
N  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend the compensation arrangements for season ticket holders, with particular reference to the moving average punctuality statistics, when the rail company charters are next reviewed.
(81513)
35  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that Herefordshire is adequately represented on the West Midlands Regional Development Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(82823)
36  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the designated areas of special scientific interest that have been subject to inappropriate development since May 1997.
(82676)
37  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to open the Stratford to North Greenwich phase of the Jubilee Line Extension.
(82746)
38  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to assist councils faced with the cost of cleaning up land from which travellers have been evicted.
(82719)
39  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if civil airlines flying into United Kingdom airports are required to have radar enabling their pilots to detect other planes or flying objects directly below them.
(82849)
40  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has issued to local authorities concerning the erection by (a) local authorities and (b) others of county signs at the historic boundaries of those counties.
(82847)
41  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what offer has been made by the Government to the BEST pension trustees; and what was the response.
(82678)
42  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the BEST pensions issue remains unresolved.
(82677)
43  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82870)
44  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the regulation requiring the conversion of private pensions, on maturity, to annuities.
(82717)
45  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue effect of reducing national insurance contributions by 0.5 per cent. for those employed in central government and associated public bodies.
(82749)
46  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths have been reported from sudden death syndrome for under 25 year-olds in each of the last five years.
(82082)
47  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82867)
48  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 26th and 27th April; and if he will make a statement.
(82684)
49  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out Her Majesty's Government's policy on the right of UN members, or regional organisations, to intervene in the territory of other member states on the basis of the near abroad doctrine; and if he will make a statement.
(82664)
50  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out Her Majesty's Government's policy on the application of Article 53 of the UN Charter, with particular reference to Security Council approval for regional organisations' peace enforcing, peace keeping or humanitarian interventions.
(82663)
51  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, at what stage Article 19 of the UN Charter could be triggered in respect of the US non-payment of its full contributions, with particular reference to loss of voting rights in the General Assembly and other UN agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(82655)
52  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when Her Majesty's Government received the text of the Final Declaration of the Second Summit of Heads of State of the Association of Caribbean States, held in the Domincan Republic; and if he will make a statement.
(82851)
53  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82868)
54  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the NHS organisations which the NHS Director of Planning has assessed as failing to prepare properly for millennium computer compliance.
(82820)
55  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press releases his Department has issued publicising action taken by health authorities to prevent illness caused by cold and damp housing; and on what dates they were issued.
(82748)
56  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the revenue effect of reducing national insurance charges by 0.5 per cent. for those employed by the NHS.
(82750)
57  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health authorities on ways in which they may promote or assist with schemes to prevent illness caused by cold and damp housing.
(82747)
58  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities which are currently assisting or promoting schemes to prevent illness caused by cold and damp homes; and if he will make a statement on his policy towards such schemes.
(82753)
59  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned on the effects of pollution on health since January 1998; which of these have been published to date; and when he expects the remainder to be published.
(82679)
60  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the benefits of providing financial assistance schemes for people who contracted hepatitis C through contaminated blood products as a result of NHS treatment.
(82860)
61  
  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what procedure a substantive issue could be brought before the courts by (a) the Licensing Authority, (b) the advertiser and (c) other parties once a determination had been made and a notice issued to cease advertising under Schedule 13 of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SI 267).
(82824)
62  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities and trusts have finalised their financial plans for the financial year 1999-2000.
(82670)
63  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve renal services in East Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(82846)
64  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications have been received under the Investing in Dentistry initiative; how many applications have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; how many are still being considered; and what is the value of the grants that have been awarded as a result of successful applications.
(82683)
65  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the membership of the Steering Group convened to develop the HIV/AIDS strategy; and if he will set out the interests of each member.
(82452)
66  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce ECG screening for cardiac risks in the young; and if he will make a statement.
(82081)
67  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82871)
68  
  
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Kosovar asylum-seekers are currently in detention in the United Kingdom.
(82689)
69  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve employment opportunities for ex-offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(82454)
70  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total expenditure on each allowance available to police officers, per police force and in total, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(82456)
71  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders serving custodial sentences have taken part in the New Deal scheme through the Prison Service; how many offenders completed the scheme and obtained employment following participation in the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(82455)
72  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the fire brigades to whose millennium computer preparedness the recent study by Action 2000 drew attention.
(82819)
73  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the syllabus of the programme of training courses organised by his Department for coroners and details of the attendees in each of the past five years.
(82699)
74  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the discussion at the meeting of the Cleveland Police Authority on 8th February regarding the 999 call from the house of the former Deputy Chief Constable on 20th January and his application for early retirement.
(82687)
75  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have their personal details recorded on the (a) data base and (b) files maintained by the National Joint Unit of the Metropolitan Police Special Branch; and how many of these individuals are (i) Irish, (ii) US and (iii) non-EU and non-US citizens.
(81678)
76  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what means and on what date Mr J. J. Rowe QC was informed that his terms of reference for review of the operation of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 in 1998 did not include sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 relating to conspiracy; and what arrangements will be made to review the operation of these sections of the Act.
(81679)
77  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to address the problem of travellers occupying open space in London suburbs.
(82718)
78  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to complete his review of proxy voting.
(82848)
79  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the (a) benefits and (b) disadvantages of granting anonymity to defendants in actions for (i) rape and (ii) other sexual offences.
(82856)
80  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82866)
81  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proposals she has evaluated for the movement of refugees from Macedonia to Albania.
(82669)
82  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the additional £20 million funding recently announced by her Department for the Kosovar refugees is being spent.
(82668)
83  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list those purposes for which his Department and its executive agencies require a birth certificate to be furnished by (a) employees, (b) contractors, (c) those applying for employment or contracts and (d) other persons.
(82822)
84  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects to make the appointment of the police ombudsman.
(81607)
85  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 24th April the number of (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many in each category were committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups.
(82741)
86  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 24th April the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican groups.
(82740)
87  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the South Eastern Education and Library Board will be represented on the Regional Task Force on Mental Health Promotion; and if she will make a statement.
(82743)
88  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to return the sequencing of the traffic lights at the junction of Mill Street and Circular Road, Newtownards, County Down, to their original setting.
(82742)
89  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, in what circumstances it is possible for intervention by a member state of the UN or a regional organisation in the territory of another UN member state to be authorised by the UN on the basis of a resolution passed by a majority vote in a specially-convened session of the General Assembly; and if he will make a statement.
(82665)
90  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what authority a state, or regional organisation of states, can be empowered to intervene in the territory of another UN member state, under the United Nations Charter, on the basis of its intervention being in response to a humanitarian catastrophe; and if he will make a statement.
(82667)
91  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals were conveyed by President Chirac to NATO partners in the months prior to the commencement of the bombing of Serbia by NATO forces with the objective of making Kosovo the first test of NATO/Russian understanding and collaboration; when such proposals were made; and if he will make a statement.
(82666)
92  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the proposed fee structure for searches of the registers of Scotland by (a) solicitors and search lawyers and (b) the general public.
(82501)
93  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current level of assessed parental income above which a student becomes eligible for (i) full and (ii) part payment of tuition fees; what plans he has to increase these threshold levels in line with inflation; what estimate he has of the number of students who will become eligible for paying in full or in part their tuition fee if the threshold is not increased in line with inflation; and if he will make a statement.
(82656)
94  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the grant for pre-school education to cover four year old pupils whose parents wish to defer entry to primary school; and if he will make a statement.
(81745)
95  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list those local education authorities which are funding the pre-school education of four year old children whose parents have deferred entry to primary school until after the child's fifth birthday.
(81746)
96  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82864)
97  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to review the administration of the appeals process within the War Pensions Scheme as it applies to former (a) officers and (b) other ranks.
(82715)
98  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people a year he estimates will lose entitlement to incapacity benefit as a result of the changes provided for in the Welfare Reform and Pension Bill; and what proportion will be entitled to income support.
(82722)
99  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what data he has collated on the number of people receiving incapacity benefit who are capable of work; and what assessment he has made of the implications of this for the reform of the all work test.
(82720)
100  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the oral statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the honourable Member for York, in Standing Committee D, on 20th April, Official Report, column 864, what assumptions he has made about the cost or savings to the Exchequer of a change in people's behaviour as a result of changes in the law on entitlement to incapacity benefit.
(82721)
101  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make it his policy to provide national insurance credits that count towards the new national insurance contribution condition for incapacity benefit proposed in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill to working members of households in receipt of working families or disabled persons tax credits whose earnings are below the lower earnings limit; and if he will make a statement.
(82705)
102  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the constituent whose name has been supplied to him will be paid the benefits awarded to him by a tribunal in August 1998, backdated to 1974.
(82880)
103  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98 the numbers of new claimants to incapacity benefit who have been unemployed for a minimum of two years prior to their claims and are receiving (i) occupational benefit and (ii) industrial disablement benefit for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) regional benefit agency areas and (3) North Staffordshire, indicating in each case the average age of the new claimant.
(82681)
104  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82865)
105  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason older pensioners receive higher rates of income support than younger pensioners.
(82706)
106  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the documents relating to arms exports to Yugoslavia or the former Yugoslavia involving the defence contractors BMARC and Astra.
(82703)
107  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list UK arms exports to Yugoslavia or the former Yugoslavia (a) from 1989 to 1991 and (b) since May 1997.
(82704)
108  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if chairpersons have been appointed to each of the panels associated with the next round of Foresight.
(82723)
109  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for an announcement concerning the Foresight work programmes; and when the announcement will be made.
(82724)
110  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he is taking to improve the enforcement of fair competition in the United Kingdom economy.
(82690)
111  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what environmental appraisal his Department is undertaking of the review of utility regulation.
(82855)
112  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the dates and locations of quadrilateral meetings between representatives of the USA, Japan, Canada and the EU, to be held in preparation for the ministerial conference on the WTO in Seattle in November.
(82680)
113  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research his Department is undertaking on the extent to which employers are seeking to avoid their obligations under the minimum wage legislation.
(81541)
114  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the preferred route to be used to transport by sea nuclear materials from Sellafield to Japan, indicating the criteria used in selecting the preferred routes.
(82852)
115  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements his Department are proposing to introduce for the provision of fair trade products (a) at meetings, (b) in its catering facilities and (c) at events sponsored by it.
(82744)
116  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he proposes to announce the new assisted areas maps; and if he will make a statement.
(82731)
117  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the population of the area covered by Objective One status in West Wales and the Valleys; and if he will make a statement.
(82732)
118  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the New Deal in the Alyn and Deeside constituency.
(82729)
119  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much cash he has made available to Flintshire local education authority to refurbish schools; and if he will make a statement.
(82730)
120  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on his funding of voluntary organisations in Wales.
(82727)
121  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to announce the Objective II status map for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(82733)
122  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the modern apprenticeship scheme in (a) Wales and (b) Flintshire; and if he will make a statement.
(82726)
123  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received concerning (a) assisted area status and (b) Objective II status in North East Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(82734)
124  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the impact of the loss of assisted area status for Deeside upon the aerospace industry at Broughton, Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
(82735)
125  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list, for each health authority and NHS trust in Wales, the projected budget surplus or deficit planned by that authority or trust for the financial year 1999-2000.
(82671)
126  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to introduce fair trade products at (a) meetings, (b) events and (c) catering facilities within his Department.
(82862)
127  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women working (i) less than 16 hours and (ii) 16 hours or more and receiving an income below the lower earnings limit.
[Transferred] (82700)
128  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue effect of reducing the national insurance charge by 0.5 per cent. for all those employed in or by local government.
[Transferred] (82751)
129  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 25 years who have been affected by changes to the housing benefit rules introduced since May 1997.
[Transferred] (82675)
130  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications of the declaration of the Association of Caribbean States concerning the transshipment of radioactive wastes and nuclear materials through the Caribbean for plans to send by sea nuclear materials from Sellafield to Japan.
[Transferred] (82850)
131  
  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many meetings his officials have had with officials in other Government departments, regarding the BEST pension fund, since 15th September 1998.
[Transferred] (82682)
132  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the references provided for the former Deputy Chief Constable of the Cleveland Police in support of his application for the post of Deputy Commissioner of Royal Turks and Caicos Islands.
[Transferred] (82685)
133  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the names of individuals who provided the reference for the former Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police for the post of Deputy Commissioner of Royal Turks and Caicos Islands.
[Transferred] (82686)
134  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out the timetable and the process of consultation for his review of the law which prohibits non-jurors from being present during a jury's deliberations with particular reference to human aids to communication.
[Transferred] (82725)
135  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the prospects for the oil and gas industry in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (82728)


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