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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 30 April 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 30 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 Friday 30 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 4 May, 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 30th APRIL
1  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to publish the findings of the MAFF Inspectors who visited Thailand to inspect the welfare and hygiene standards of locally raised poultry.
(82931)
2  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many vessels from each EU country have been (a) monitored and (b) boarded by his Department's Fisheries Inspectorate in British territorial waters in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(82566)
3  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what monitoring he proposes to undertake with regard to his target for ethnic minority representation in the Senior Civil Service.
(82915)
4  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the achievability of his target for ethnic minority representation in the Senior Civil Service in the period to 2004-05.
(82914)
5  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to set further targets for ethnic minority representation in the Senior Civil Service after 2004-05.
(82913)
6  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will include regional development agencies in future lists of ministerial responsibilities.
(82919)
7  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice the Government has received from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser about the potential links between genetically-modified foods and birth defects and cancer; and when this report will be published.
(83096)
8  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action the Government has taken to promote amateur swimming.
(82899)
9  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations he has received regarding lifting the restrictions on religious organisations which prevent them holding national terrestrial radio broadcasting licences; and if he will make a statement.
(83129)
10  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the procurement projects in category C or above whose in-service dates have been postponed or notified to industry during 1999, indicating the (i) original and (ii) new in-service dates.
(82897)
11  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of supplying and fitting a gyro-stabilised satellite television dish to a frigate.
(82902)
12  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Airport about low flying by military aircraft.
(82767)
13  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the recent work of his Department's vaccine fact-finding team with particular reference to the findings relating to the presence of squalene in blood samples provided by US and British veterans.
(83015)
14  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which vaccines were acquired from the USA for the use of British soldiers in the Gulf War; which vaccines were used; and which contained squalene.
(83014)
15  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if (a) his Department, (b) the Defence and Evaluation Research Agency and (c) the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment produce vaccines or components of vaccines for use on Gulf War troops which contained squalene preparations.
(83013)
16  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to introduce protection from discrimination in the workplace for lesbians and gay men.
(83020)
17  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of repair of school furniture.
(82908)
18  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received regarding the decision by Lantra to combine the role of instructor and assessor for their training courses.
(83058)
19  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are the criteria for approval of a national training organisation with regard to the assessment of qualifications.
(83056)
20  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority requirement for qualifications to include external quality assurance and its application in the case of National Training Organisations using instructors to assess trainees on their own courses.
(83055)
21  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the appropriateness of national training organisations using instructors to assess trainees on their own courses.
(83057)
22  
  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will ensure that qualifications which are required by law and are his Department's responsibility should be awarded by external assessment.
(83059)
23  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the level of usage of taxi ranks within the Metropolitan Police district by taxis.
(82280)
24  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the number of licensed taxis entitled to ply for hire in (i) each of the current suburban sectors and (ii) each of the revised surburban sectors proposed by the Carriage Office and (b) the number of applications for licences that are currently being considered in suburban sectors.
(82281)
25  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the number of taxi ranks by (i) sector and (ii) category within (A) the current Metropolitan Police district and (B) the revised Metropolitan Police district, (b) the number of taxis allowed to wait at each rank and (c) the number of taxis licensed to ply in the area covered by each rank.
(82282)
26  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much British Rail land was sold to private companies in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998.
(83005)
27  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many staff transferred to each regional development area from (a) English Partnerships, (b) the Rural Development Commission, (c) government offices, (d) regional development organisations and (e) other bodies.
(82922)
28  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what staff with environmental expertise have been recruited by each regional development authority.
(82923)
29  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he made of whether the author of the report, UK Emission of HFCs, PFCs and SF6 and Potential Emission Reduction Options, had been involved in lobbying on behalf of (a) the refrigeration industry and (b) the manufacturers of refrigerants referred to in the report; and if he will make a statement.
(82928)
30  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he plans to take as a consequence of the report commissioned by his Department, UK Emissions of HFCs, PFCs and SF6 and Potential Emission Reduction Options.
(82927)
31  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the independence of his advisers on climate change issues, with particular reference to the global warming impact of different refrigerants.
(82926)
32  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will commission an investigation into the circumstances of the road traffic accident that occured in Wyre Piddle on 28th April in order to inform his consideration of an application from Worcestershire County Council for funding for a by-pass of the village.
(83004)
33  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by local authority the number of houses (a) under construction, (b) for which planning permission has been given and (c) estimated to be built in the next five years.
(82708)
34  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by local authority the projected figures of housing need in each of the next five years, indicating how the figures were produced and collated.
(82709)
35  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by local authority the number of planning applications that have been referred to his Department in each of the last 12 months.
(82710)
36  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th April, Official Report, column 90, if the work undertaken in 1998 on the A38 bridge over the M4 at Almondbury was certified as meeting the requirements of the Highways Agency's specification, including the testing of materials.
(82901)
37  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he is taking to improve the civil registration system.
(82924)
38  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from his officials in Sri Lanka about mass graves at Chemanni and at the Jaffna football stadium; and if he will make a statement.
(83125)
39  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part the United Kingdom is to play in the international monitoring of the forthcoming elections in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(83124)
40  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests he has made to the Sri Lankan Government for information on the mass graves found in the Duraiyappah stadium in Jaffna; and if he will make a statement.
(83127)
41  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he uses to assess the human rights records of foreign governments; and whether they include the number of disappeared people.
(83126)
42  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on Pakistan's political stability of the Taliban movement.
(82874)
43  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he has given to the High Commission in Pakistan regarding relations with (a) MQM and (b) Mohajirs; and if he will make a statement.
(82876)
44  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for ministerial visits to (a) Pakistan and (b) India.
(82873)
45  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many United Kingdom citizens over the age of (a) 75 and (b) 80 years are serving jail terms in Spain.
(82877)
46  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Colombia concerning the abduction of human rights workers Julio Ernesto Gonzalez and Everardo de Jesus Puertas in January.
(82889)
47  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 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) others.
(82898)
48  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the involvement of JMT Charlesworth Ltd in the attempted transfer of military equipment from Belgium to Eritrea; and what discussions he has had with his (a) Belgian, (b) Dutch and (c) German counterparts in this matter.
(83008)
49  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the explanatory statement relating to Jarinabanu Fakir Mohmed Khalifa, Bombay reference R/98/3813 will be forwarded.
(82755)
50  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be made on the settlement application made by Ikbalbhai Chandubhai Khalifa, Bombay reference AP/98/5/145.
(82754)
51  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the delay in answering the honourable Member for Leicester East's letter dated 8th March, concerning Mr Solanki, of 49 Yorkshire Road, whose wife has been refused admission under reference R/98/3895.
(82935)
52  
  
Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Gateshead East and Washington West, will take up the case of Edgar Fernandes on her forthcoming visit to Malta.
(82936)
53  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Executive Board members in NHS trusts received a one-off contribution to their pension funds in the last round of pay awards; and what was the total cost of such payments to the NHS.
(83097)
54  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has given to NHS trusts in respect of pay awards to Executive Board members in the forthcoming pay round.
(83098)
55  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the scope for including tax and benefit considerations in NICE's assessments of the cost-effectiveness of drugs.
(83027)
56  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the community hospitals where one or more wards have closed since 1st May 1997, indicating the date of each closure.
(82758)
57  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 23rd March from the honourable Member for Westbury concerning Ward 2 at Warminster Hospital.
(82760)
58  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what official capacity his Parliamentary Private Secretary met representatives of Warminster Hospital on 21st April; and if he will make a statement.
(82762)
59  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the representations he has received from (a) public bodies and (b) members of the public concerning the proposed closure of Ward 2 at Warminster Hospital.
(82764)
60  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the community hospitals where there have been bed closures since 1st May 1997, indicating the date and number of beds closed in each instance.
(82757)
61  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each community hospital where closure of one or more wards has been agreed but has not yet taken place, indicating the proposed date of closure in each instance.
(82759)
62  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from (a) officials of the General and Municipal Boilerworkers Union and (b) Bath and District Community Health Council concerning the proposed closure of Ward 2 at Warminster Hospital.
(82761)
63  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Wiltshire Health Authority concerning the proposed closure of Ward 2 at Warminster Hospital.
(82763)
64  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet the honourable Member for Westbury and representatives of Warminster Hospital to discuss the proposed closure of Ward 2.
(82765)
65  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices providing National Health Service dental treatment there were in (a) the North West of England and (b) London, in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1998; and what is the current figure.
(82907)
66  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of dental practices in (a) the North West of England and (b) London, have (i) under 20 per cent., (ii) 21-40 per cent., (iii) 41-60 per cent., (iv) 61-80 per cent. and (v) 81-100 per cent. of the patients registered with them as National Health Service patients.
(82906)
67  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the percentage of all dental treatment provided by the National Health Service in (a) the North West of England and (b) London.
(83018)
68  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Harborough dated 20th January.
(83065)
69  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Southampton, Itchen, intends to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Harborough dated 19th January.
(83064)
70  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the total amount of public expenditure per annum currently spent on treatment and advice in respect of (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) ME and (c) MS.
(83069)
71  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the study tracing people who might have contracted hepatitis C from blood transfusions did not also trace those people with haemophilia who contracted hepatitis C through blood product treatments.
(82885)
72  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Royal College of Physicians' publication, Osteoporosis: Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment, will be given official status in ministers' advice to health authorities.
(82890)
73  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will be the total operating and maintenance costs of the National Health Service network in the current financial year.
(83026)
74  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the introduction of the Princess Diana Memorial Nursing Service does not harm the fundraising efforts of charities already providing community outreach nursing services for children with life-threatening illnesses.
(82277)
75  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to emphasise the distinction between the activities of the Princess of Wales Memorial Committee and the charitable activities of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
(82278)
76  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations from other medical charities he has received concerning the introduction of the Princess Diana Memorial Nursing Service.
(82279)
77  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of glaucoma which are likely to be identified following the re-introduction of free eye tests for pensioners.
(82918)
78  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the percentage of the settlement for Gloucestershire Health Authority which will be used to fund the pay award for 1999-2000.
(82766)
79  
  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the percentage of the settlement for Suffolk Health Authority which will be used to fund the Pay Review Body's award for 1999-2000.
(83011)
80  
  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the expenditure plans for each health authority in the Eastern Region, indicating those authorities that are making reductions in service and by how much.
(83012)
81  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the bids which he has received from Avon Health Authority area under the Investing in Dentistry programme.
(82900)
82  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average waiting time for the determination of an asylum application in (a) the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) the two most recent years.
(83017)
83  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans to assist Kosovan refugees.
(83066)
84  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police forces which have implemented guidelines for officers dealing with trans-sexual and trans-gendered people; and what recommendation his Department makes to police forces regarding treatment of trans-sexual and trans-gendered people.
(83021)
85  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people charged with a serious sexual offence were released on bail in the year to 31st March (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(82912)
86  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will return the passports of Miss Inderlyn Irano and Benjamin William Fisher, the partner and son of Mr A. Fisher, of Wigston, Leicestershire.
(83094)
87  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applicants from Pakistan have claimed membership of the MQM Party in each of the last two years.
(82875)
88  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal handguns are estimated to be in circulation in the UK, separately identifying the figure for 9mm Browning automatics; and if he will make a statement.
(83060)
89  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he intends taking to increase public confidence in, and awareness of, the Crimestoppers system of reporting suspected criminals; and if he will publish a copy of his reply to the Director of the Crimestoppers Trust in response to the Trust's offer to help any government initiative to raise the profile of Crimestoppers.
(82888)
90  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money was allocated by the Government to fund Crimestoppers in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(82887)
91  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested in each of the last five years for which figures are available as a result of information supplied to Crimestoppers.
(82886)
92  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, as representing the House of Commons Commission, how much funding has been allocated to each select committee for overseas travel since May 1997.
(82937)
93  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what network will provide the services provided by the information meeting pilots after 31st May.
(82917)
94  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has for future forms of information meetings following the pilot testing; and when the new system will be established.
(82916)
95  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what advice his Department gives to members of the judiciary as to the content of speeches, with reference to language that could be interpreted as discriminating on grounds of sex, race or sexuality.
(82825)
96  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the proposed new helpline for court users with disabilities will be accessible for hearing impaired and speech impaired people through the provision of (a) a textphone facility and (b) the acceptance of calls via the RNID Typetalk service.
(83068)
97  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has made to the Law Society about investment in the improvements to the Office of Supervision of Solicitors.
(82756)
98  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many factory inspectors there are in Northern Ireland; and how many are trained in the health and safety aspects of asbestos removal.
(83061)
99  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many certified asbestos removal companies operate in Northern Ireland; and how many were visited by a factory inspector in the last year for which figures are available.
(83062)
100  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many extra inspectors the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland aims to recruit.
(83063)
101  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the planning services and procedures for enforcement indicating the priority given to ensuring enforcement of planning conditions laid down by the Planning Appeals Commission.
(82920)
102  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many non-determination appeals have been made to the Planning Appeals Commission for each district in Northern Ireland; how many were upheld; and in how many cases the Commission disagreed with the main recommendations of the commissioner hearing the appeal in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(82904)
103  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the Planning Appeals Commission's handling of recent cases in Derry.
(82903)
104  
  
Mr John Hume (Foyle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students, normally domiciled in the Western Education and Library Board area are currently enrolled in full-time university first degree courses; and what is the number of full-time university first degree places in the Western Education and Library Board area.
(82921)
105  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason the Cabinet meeting scheduled for 22nd April was cancelled; and on how many occasions since 1969 Cabinet meetings have been cancelled.
(82878)
106  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the Right honourable Member for Yeovil of 28th April, Official Report, column 336, if he will make a statement on the changes there have been in average school class sizes for children over the age of seven years since 1st May 1997.
(83095)
107  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost of paying the £100 winter allowance through the basic state pension and (b) the cost of paying the winter allowance separately.
(82283)
108  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many independent tribunal decisions to allow payments to appellants there were in the last year; and how many of these were paid to the claimant (a) within one month, (b) between one and two months and (c) after more than two months after the decision.
(83067)
109  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the purposes for which his Department and its executive agencies require a birth certificate to be provided by (a) employees, (b) contractors, (c) those applying for employment or contracts and (d) other persons.
(82768)
110  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average period between the issuing of a consultation document by his Department and the deadline for responses since 2nd May 1997.
(83022)
111  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which consultation documents issued by his Department since 2nd May 1997 have received (a) the most and (b) the fewest responses; and how many were received in each case.
(83016)
112  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many responses he has received to the consultation document, Building Confidence in Electronic Commerce.
(83019)
113  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many consultation documents his Department has issued since 2nd May 1997.
(83023)
114  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 95, on the milk market investigation, what practical obstacles are preventing the publication of the MMC report on the supply of milk.
(82858)
115  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) the investigations currently being carried out by his Department under the Companies Acts, Financial Services Act 1986 and the Insurance Companies Acts, (b) the cost of each investigation, (c) the manner in which the costs are being apportioned and (d) the likely date of publication.
(82929)
116  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ask the Law Commission to investigate ways of reversing the effects of the House of Lords' decision in the Caparo judgement.
(82930)
117  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies satisfy the Companies Act 1985 definitions of (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large companies.
(82932)
118  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when inspectors were appointed to investigate the affairs of the business dealings of the late Robert Maxwell; what has been the cost of the investigation to date; when he expects the report to be published; and if he will make a statement on the timescale for the report's publication.
(82905)
119  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the number of businesses which could be incorporated as limited liability partnerships.
(82934)
120  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the accountancy firms whose affairs have been investigated following criticisms of their conduct in his Department's inspectors' reports.
(82925)
121  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he is taking on the Low Pay Commission's Review of the National Minimum Wage Accommodation offset, with specific reference to intentional communities.
(83010)
122  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from Leicester Children's Holiday Centre about the interpretation of an international community as defined by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(83009)
123  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Cynon Valley, of 3rd February, Official Report, column 622, what international organisations currently have immunity from export prohibitions under the terms of the Intentional Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Act 1968.
(83025)
124  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those governments which received a licence to export UK surplus military equipment in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998.
(83007)
125  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Cynon Valley of 1st February, Official Report, column 501, if he will provide a detailed description of the military equipment licensed for export to Indonesia between 10th May 1998 and 31st December 1998 under ratings (a) ML4, (b) ML5, (c) ML6, (d) ML9, (e) ML10, (f) ML11, (g) ML14, (h) ML15, (i) ML21, (j) ML22 and (k) PL5017.
(83024)
126  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support he plans to provide to firms in respect of tariffs consequent upon the EU dispute with the USA over bananas.
(83128)
127  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many times the Welsh Management Council has met; and what are the Council's current membership and terms of reference.
(82933)
128  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect on the finances of the National Assembly for Wales, and on council taxes in Wales, of his proposals included in the Statement on Funding Policy for the National Assembly for Wales, that adjustments in respect of council tax benefit subsidy for Wales should be based on relative percentage changes in council tax; and by what means the Barnett Formula will provide the necessary additional funding for Wales for these purposes.
(82879)
129  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his Department's estimate of the number of animals used in experiments in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998.
[Transferred] (82910)
130  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many facilities in the United Kingdom animal experiments are permitted to take place.
[Transferred] (83006)
131  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences were issued in (a) 1996, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998 for animal experiments.
[Transferred] (82909)
132  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many redundancies were reported to his Department in (a) 1997, (b) in 1998 and (c) to 31st March 1999, in (i) Southport and (ii) the North West of England.
[Transferred] (82911)
133  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the letter dated 22nd March from the Parliamentary Under Secretary, the honourable Member for North Warwickshire, when he expects a hearing before the Immigration Appeal Tribunal in the matter of Sandeep Kaur v the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
[Transferred] (83093)


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