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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 4 May 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 4 May 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 4th MAY
1  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many Salmon letters have been sent out by the BSE inquiry in preparation for Phase II of the inquiry; to whom they were sent; how many have been withdrawn; and what is the total cost of providing legal assistance to recipients of letters pertaining to Phase II of the BSE inquiry.
(83262)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the latest figures for herd breakdown due to bovine TB.
(82775)
3  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much the Government spent on research and development relating to (a) organic farming, (b) genetic engineering biotechnology and (c) agricultural biotechnology at 1999 prices, in each of the most recent 10 years for which figures are available.
(83241)
4  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the Review of the Meat Inspection Service will publish the representations submitted by the meat industry.
(83248)
5  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the final report and recommendations and the decisions on meat inspection charges will be published in full.
(83250)
6  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the terms of reference of the Review of Meat Inspection charges.
(83251)
7  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what arrangements he has made for consultations with the meat industry during the Review of Meat Inspection charges.
(83252)
8  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of nursery (a) schools and (b) classes are taking up the subsidy for school milk.
(82773)
9  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the growth in organic production in the UK in each of the last two years.
(82774)
10  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the uptake of the EU subsidy for school milk.
(82772)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to complete the review of the inclusion of the USA and Canada in the proposed reforms of the quarantine regulations outlined in the Kennedy Report.
(83170)
12  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the implications which the revocation of approval of Diazinon and other organophosphate substances by the Pesticides Safety Directorate, on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, has for the continued use of (a) all OP sheepdips and (b) other OP products.
(82778)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to appoint the new Chairman of the English Tourism Council.
(83032)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisation will in future be responsible for handling consumer enquiries about tourism in England.
(83035)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisation will in future be responsible for monitoring hotel bed occupancy rates.
(83034)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what will be the remuneration of the new Chairman of the English Tourism Council.
(83033)
17  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Mr Greg Dyke with regard to the appointment of the next Director General of the BBC.
(83037)
18  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to publicise the launch of the new rating scheme for hotel accommodation; and when it will take place.
(83036)
19  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department is providing to the Rugby League World Cup.
(83077)
20  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress he has made in the allocation of the facilities at the regional centres of excellence for the UK Sports Institute.
(83168)
21  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of projects which have received Millennium Commission awards have been in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicestershire.
(83164)
22  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of tourism to the economies of (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicestershire in (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998.
(83169)
23  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures his Department is taking to promote traditional folk and acoustic music.
(83294)
24  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the panel on the television licence fee is due to report.
(83292)
25  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many additional (a) major units and (b) trained soldiers the Army would require to sustain 24 month tour intervals if operational deployments to Kosovo/Macedonia/Albania and Bosnia are sustained at current levels indefinitely.
(83139)
26  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the required increase in (a) RAF squadrons and (b) RAF strength to achieve an average deployment on operations for RAF personnel of six months every 30 months based on the RAF's deployed position as at 23rd March.
(83231)
27  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what basis the annual increase in ex-service pension rates are calculated; and if he will list the increases awarded in each of the last 10 years.
(82574)
28  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-servicemen receive levels of pensions that were adversely affected by short-term pay restraint measures which were in force at their date of retirement.
(82575)
29  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the rate of service pension currently paid to an Army major who retired at the age of 55 years after 34 years reckonable service on 1st April (i) 1975, (ii) 1976, (c) 1977 and (d) 1978.
(82576)
30  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances and for what reasons ex-servicemen, of the same rank and length of service, receive different rates of pensions under the Armed Forces Pensions Scheme.
(82577)
31  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date and by what legal authority Army barracks were constructed on property of the Gaelic Athletic Association and grounds of Crossmaglen Rangers; what preparations have been made to vacate these barracks; what functions currently conducted at or from these barracks will be discontinued and what functions will be carried out from which other sites; what preparations for the transfer of functions are being made at other sites; what date has been set as the target for completion of these moves; what compensation or other payments have been made to the owners of this land; and what plans have been made to demolish the barracks and return the site to its previous use.
(82502)
32  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is responsible for reviewing the legality of the actions of the Ministry of Defence police.
(83249)
33  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the chemical weapons capability maintained by Yugoslavia.
(83290)
34  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) weapons and (b) military forces deployed by NATO in the conflict with Yugoslavia.
(83288)
35  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many students are currently training at Cranwell to become officers; and how many are of Afro-Caribbean origin.
(83076)
36  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many students are currently training at Sandhurst to become officers; and how many of these are of Afro-Caribbean origin.
(83072)
37  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many students are currently training at Dartmouth Naval College to become officers; and how many of these are of Afro-Caribbean origin.
(83073)
38  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many commissioned officers there are in (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force; and how many are of Afro-Caribbean origin.
(83074)
39  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make an order under sections 496 and 497 of the Education Act 1996 requiring Nelson Thomlinson School of Wigton, pursuant to section 411 of the Education Act 1996, to admit a pupil whose name has been communicated to the Minister by the honourable Member for Workington.
(82630)
40  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many employers have agreed to take on one or more subsidised employee from the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds in each month since January 1998.
(82570)
41  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many employers have agreed to take on their first subsidised employee from the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds in each month since January 1998.
(82571)
42  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors led to people on the pilot of the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds remaining on the four month Gateway for over a year.
(82573)
43  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils were entered for CSE/GCSE examination papers, in 1997-98; how many sat for only one subject paper and failed to pass it; and at what cost.
(83281)
44  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will give a breakdown of capital allocations to schools in Amber Valley since May 1997.
(83158)
45  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the total capital allocation to schools in Amber Valley since May 1997.
(83157)
46  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the oral Answer to the honourable Member for Buckingham of 18th March, Official Report, column 1257, on early years education, if he will provide a breakdown of the £8 billion of expenditure on pre-school education over the next three years.
(83031)
47  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much funding was provided under the voluntary rationing scheme in the last financial year; how many grants were made; when funding ceased to be available; and if he will make a statement on funding for the scheme for this year.
(83130)
48  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will rank local education authorities in England by the amount of swimming time and instruction offered to schools; and if he will make a statement.
(83238)
49  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students on initial teacher training are specialising in PE as part of their course.
(83246)
50  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what levels of funding Leicestershire Training and Enterprise Council received in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99; and what level of balances they carried forward in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 1997-98.
(83179)
51  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the quality of physical education in primary schools.
(83247)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to increase Environment Task Force placements under the New Deal.
(83148)
53  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many of New Deal trainees were in post on the Environmental Task Force in each region of the United Kingdom at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(83149)
54  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils there are in Roman Catholic secondary schools in London; and how many are of Afro-Caribbean origin.
(83075)
55  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects the QCA to give final approval for the specifications submitted to it by awarding bodies for new A and AS level courses; and when he expects specimen papers, specifications and marking schemes to be circulated to schools.
(83289)
56  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received calling for a motorway link between the North East of England and the M1 motorway; and if he will make a statement.
(82631)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has of the number of packages of radioactive material carried within the United Kingdom by common carriers for the last year for which figures are available.
(83131)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what controls exist over the movement within the United Kingdom of radioactive packages by common carriers.
(83133)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action was taken to safeguard (a) human health and (b) the environment following the discovery of a radioactive package of Iridium at Stansted Airport.
(83132)
60  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the package of iridium found at Stansted Airport was transported there on a passenger-carrying aircraft.
(83135)
61  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what hazard warnings there were on the outside of the package of radioactive Iridium discovered at Stansted Airport.
(83134)
62  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what methodology is used to evaluate the effect on the environment of the fuel tax escalator.
(83257)
63  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has (a) for the reduction of speed limits on country lanes and in villages and (b) to introduce a network of rural roads on which pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders will have priority over motorists.
(83184)
64  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many meetings have been held by his Department's Park Homes working party.
(83285)
65  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his letter of 16th July 1998 (MR/PSO/8216/98), what progress he has made towards electronic publishing of carbon dioxide figures.
(81910)
66  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 451, what further proposals on the Clean Development Mechanism he has submitted to the UN Framework Convention.
(81937)
67  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of (a) the Road Haulage Association and (b) the Freight Transport Association; what plans he has to meet them in the future; and what proposals he has put to each organisation regarding the impact of increased duty and excise charges.
(82777)
68  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much public money will be spent on trial sites for genetically-modified crops in 1999.
(83258)
69  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of the width of council tax bands G and H; and if he will take steps to reduce the width of these bands before any general revaluation.
(83237)
70  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to call in for further consideration the proposal to build a new Safeway supermarket in St. Anne's, Lancashire.
(82673)
71  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what procedures must be followed by a local authority seeking to close, on a permanent basis, a section of the public highway in connection with development.
(82672)
72  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what data he has collated on incidents of complete failure in service of lamp standards over the past three years.
(83180)
73  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the subjects (a) he plans to raise and (b) he expects to be raised by others at the forthcoming Environment Council of 7th to 9th May.
(83286)
74  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each local authority in England the number and percentage of (a) public and (b) private sector dwellings which are empty.
(83236)
75  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many times the Green Ministers Committee has met since May 1997; and if he will place in the Library (a) the agenda and minutes of each of the meetings and (b) a list of significant decisions and action plans made at each meeting.
(83156)
76  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what new measures he proposes to introduce to achieve further reductions in the number of drink-drive casualties.
(83171)
77  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance the Government is giving towards the Luton north bypass.
(83142)
78  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many separate trial sites there will be for genetically-modified crops in the United Kingdom in 1999.
(83284)
79  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the organisations represented on the Scientific Steering Group for the field-scale evaluations of the ecological effects of genetically-modified crops.
(83259)
80  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many acres of land in the UK were cultivated as trial sites of genetically-modified crops in each of the last five years; and how many acres of land will be cultivated as trial sites of GM crops in 1999.
(83283)
81  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the scientific design of the field-scale evaluations of the ecological effects of genetically-modified crops will be finalised; and if he will make a statement.
(83260)
82  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to propose to his European partners amendments to EC Directive 90/220/EEC.
(83261)
83  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the effect of providing lighting on the whole motorway system on the number of recorded accidents.
(82939)
84  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what costs were incurred by the Government in relation to the Royal Train in 1998-99; how many times it was used for official Government business; and at what cost on each occasion.
(83078)
85  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the daily financial flows through the London money markets (a) in 1982, (b) in 1992 and (c) at the latest available date in (i) cash terms, (ii) current prices and (iii) as a percentage of annual gross domestic product for the year in question.
(83244)
86  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage financial institutions to improve their risk management systems.
(83243)
87  
N  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has spent implementing the recommendations of the Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review since its publication in January 1998; and what stage the consultation exercise which Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is currently undertaking with the trade has reached.
(83147)
88  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in work are paying contributions of less than 25 times the lower earnings limit every year.
(82697)
89  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ensure that the Financial Services Authority applies regulatory requirements equally across different distribution channels within particular market sectors.
(83102)
90  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to accept the recommendations contained in the Office of Fair Trading Report, Vulnerable Consumers and Financial Services, in respect of traded endowment policies.
(83101)
91  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority and the Personal Investment Authority to ensure that policy-holders surrendering endowment policies are informed of the existence of the traded endowment market.
(83100)
92  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of consumers who have lost money as a result of surrendering their endowment policies rather than trading them on the open market in each of the last 10 years and (b) how much money has been lost by consumers surrendering their endowment policies rather than trading them on the open market in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(83099)
93  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average retail price of petrol per litre in each member country of the European Union in (a) 1993 and (b) 1995.
(82942)
94  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral statement by the Economic Secretary on 27th April, Official Report, column 242, relating to the price of petrol in European Union member states in 1993, if he will publish the statistics referred to.
(82943)
95  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of NATO's policy of targeting Serbian television stations for the United Kingdom's commitments under Article 3 of the Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
(83029)
96  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 436, what was the cost of damage to the British Council offices in Damascus; and if it has been repaired.
(83175)
97  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the British Government's policy on the granting of export licences for arms sales to Sri Lanka.
(83150)
98  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Burmese Government on the persecution of the Chin tribe.
(83143)
99  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 29th April, Official Report, column 266, if he will identify the articles of the UN Charter where provision is made for those circumstances relating to justifiable use of force, in support of purposes laid down by the Security Council, but which are not subject to specific ratification by the Security Council.
(83306)
100  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the agenda for the forthcoming EU-ACP Ministerial Meeting of 6th May.
(83279)
101  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those matters currently solely within Her Majesty's Government's responsibility for which by virtue of the Treaty of Amsterdam responsibility will be jointly held with an institution of the EU on the coming into force of that treaty.
(83280)
102  
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 application for entry clearance by Sakina Bibi, Islamabad reference F1777.
(83028)
103  
  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he has taken to ensure that the Serbian population is informed of Nato's action relating to the crisis in Kosovo.
(83141)
104  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the latest position on the provision of food and medicines in Iraq; what reports he has received on the number of children suffering in Iraq because of the lack of adequate medicines and other health supplies; and what plans he has to assist them.
(83293)
105  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the recent report, commissioned by the Government, on the potential health risks of genetically-modified foods; if he will place a copy in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(83136)
106  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the expenditure plans for each health authority in the South West Region, indicating those authorities that are making reductions in service; and by how much.
(82776)
107  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the availability of Beta Interferon on prescription for people with the progressive type of multiple sclerosis.
(82881)
108  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to set out the Government's proposed course of action following the report of the Royal Commission on long-term care.
(82657)
109  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage cross-disciplinary working between consultants in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(81809)
110  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the pay increases for 1999-2000 agreed by Her Majesty's Government following the NHS Pay Review Body recommendations were included in April salary payments to staff; and if he will make a statement.
(83140)
111  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require hospitals to draw up nutritional plans for patients as part of their clinical management.
(82770)
112  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to raise awareness of the nutritional needs of patients amongst NHS trust managers; and if he will ensure that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence develops nutritional standards for hospital nutrition.
(82771)
113  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on developing an accreditation system for doctors who are long-term locums; and if he will make a statement.
(82769)
114  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the completion of the private finance initiative project to replace Loughborough's general hospital.
(83167)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about fluoridisation of water in Leicestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(83165)
116  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about NHS staffing levels for nurses in East Sussex.
(81838)
117  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were jailed for drug-related crimes in 1997-98.
(82693)
118  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many minors are currently housed in non-juvenile correctional institutions and prisons.
(82691)
119  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what services are provided to prisoners who serve less than one year in prison.
(82694)
120  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances prisoners may be shackled when receiving medical treatment or under medical supervision.
(82692)
121  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his letter of 18th June 1998, FC/98 333/1039/3 PO 10689/98, what progress has been made in joint research on the National DNA data base.
(81935)
122  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 408, what study he is making of the use of cellphone jammers by the police.
(81936)
123  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress on the establishment of a Fire Safety Commission.
(83245)
124  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire dated 3rd March on behalf of his constituents Mr and Mrs Smith.
(83155)
125  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department received a copy of (a) the European Commission communication of 14th July 1998 relating to the progressive alignment of criminal laws and procedures within the Union COM (1998) 459 and (b) the Draft Convention of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.
(83242)
126  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Section 11 funding was received by Leicestershire Local Education Authority in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98; what plans he has for the future of Section 11 funding in the next financial year for Leicestershire Local Education Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(83166)
127  
N  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the liaison between social services departments and the new secure training centres.
(81817)
128  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what written guidance is given to immigration officers when making unannounced visits to check if a marriage is one of convenience for immigration purposes.
(82941)
129  
N  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what types of evidence are considered relevant by immigration officers when making unannounced visits to investigate if a marriage is genuine for immigration purposes.
(82940)
130  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he plans to reduce waiting times for passport applications; and if he will make a statement.
(83138)
131  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) new applications and (b) applications for renewal of United Kingdom passports were received in each month since January 1998; how many unprocessed applications there were at the end of each month; and if he will make a statement.
(83137)
132  
  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend the regulation known as the two in the bar rule for public entertainment licences; and if he will make a statement.
(83295)
133  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she last received a progress report from General De Chastelain on the decommissioning of terrorist weapons; and if she will make a statement.
(83070)
134  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what have been the total costs associated with the International Commission on Disarmament established to oversee the decommissioning of terrorist weapons.
(83071)
135  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the pay increases for 1999-2000 agreed by Her Majesty's Government following the NHS Pay Review Bodies' recommendations were included in April salary payments to staff; and if he will make a statement.
(83153)
136  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date and by what legal authority RUC barracks were constructed on property of the Gaelic Athletic Association and grounds of Crossmaglen Rangers; what preparations have been made to vacate these barracks; what functions currently conducted at or from these barracks will be discontinued and what functions will be carried out from which other sites; what preparations for the transfer of functions are being made at other sites; what date has been set as the target for completion of these moves; what compensation or other payments have been made to the owners of this land; and what plans have been made to demolish the barracks and return the site to its previous use.
(82503)
137  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what evidence he has received, other than from the accounts of Kosovar refugees, of the scale of rape by Serbs of ethnic Albanians.
(83176)
138  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 28th April, Office Report, column 338, what independent evidence he has assessed to support the statement attributed to Dr. Dobrunna and Professor Keloverdis that 45 per cent. of Kosovan villages had been destroyed by the Serbs by February; and what information he received on the backgrounds of Dr. Dobrunna and Professor Keloverdis prior to 28th April.
(83174)
139  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what are the responsibilities of (a) the Home Office, (b) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (c) the Lord Chancellor's Department and (d) the Ministry of Defence for matters relating to the Geneva Convention.
(83030)
140  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 334, what is the result of NATO's study of the best way to implement the embargo; and what is the name of the village near Djakovica to which he referred.
(83177)
141  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Prime Minister, with which companies, not at present trading in the UK, he has discussed planning issues during the past year.
(83160)
142  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met representatives of Wal-Mart; what subjects were discussed; and who was present.
(83161)
143  
  
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):    To ask the Prime Minister, with which retail businesses he has discussed planning issues during the past year.
(83162)
144  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the Right honourable Member for North East Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 341, of 28th April, what assessment he has made of the Pre-school Learning Alliance's estimate of the number of closures of pre-school play groups and nursery schools; and what estimate he has made of the change in the total number of pre-schools over the past 12 months.
(83234)
145  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham of 28th April, Official Report, column 342, concerning flights between Chile and the Falkland Islands, on what date the representations were made; and what form they took.
(83232)
146  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer to the Right honourable Member for Yeovil of 28th April, Official Report, column 336, concerning class sizes, what has been the change in the average size of school classes in the past two years.
(83233)
147  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the pay increases for 1999-2000 agreed by Her Majesty's Government following the NHS Pay Review Bodies' recommendations were included in April salary payments to staff; and if he will make a statement.
(83152)
148  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what (a) reciprocal and (b) other arrangements have been made for honourable Members to use facilities at the Scottish Parliament.
(83240)
149  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he made of the links between SocieĞteĞ GeĞneĞrale de Surveillance (Switzerland) and SGS Qualifer prior to granting approval to audit Forestry Commission woodlands for inclusion within the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.
(82938)
150  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the costs of covering mortgage interest relief of income support claimants for each of the last 10 years.
(82567)
151  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he has taken to ensure that giro cheques cashed in shops offering to cash cheques on the spot are being legitimately encashed by claimants.
(82632)
152  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will introduce measures to enable a reliable estimate to be made of the proportion of national insurance numbers that have been fraudulently created.
(82572)
153  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people claimed incapacity benefit directly after a period of work, or after a period receiving statutory sick pay, in 1998-99; and of these, how many would not qualify for incapacity benefit under the Government's proposed changes to the contribution conditions.
(82695)
154  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of jobseekers who have been unemployed for (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) five or more years and who return to work become unemployed again after (1) less than 12 weeks and (2) more than 12 weeks but less than 52 weeks.
(82634)
155  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of total payroll for Benefits Agency staff is paid as performance-related pay.
(82568)
156  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of jobseekers who have been unemployed for (a) one year, (b) two years and (c) five or more years and who subsequently return to work for more than 12 weeks but less than 52 weeks qualify for contributions-based jobseeker's allowance.
(82633)
157  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of Girobank benefit cheques reported lost each week.
(82569)
158  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many dedicated anti-fraud staff there are in (a) the Benefits Agency and (b) the Child Support Agency.
(82696)
159  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to increase assistance with mobility costs available to disabled pensioners not in receipt of disability living allowance.
(83253)
160  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, columns 165-6, on pensioner incomes, what would be the difference in income between a single man of 65 with no savings or resources and the income of a single man of 65 who has resources of at least £16,000 but no additional pension from SERPS; and what amount of money would be required to purchase an annuity to fund this difference.
(83178)
161  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the honourable Member for Wallasey, will respond to the letters of Mr P. Pritchard of Eastbourne dated 21st January and 5th March.
(83159)
162  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the consultation document on the reform of the regulations governing employment agencies.
[R] (82395)
163  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Nottingham South of 21st April, Official Report, column 552, which British Aerospace contracts were given EGCD guarantees in 1997-98 in Colombia; and what level of cover was involved.
(83282)
164  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Industry Council held in Luxembourg on 29th April; and if he will make a statement.
(83263)
165  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of new wind turbines which will be installed by 2002.
(83319)
166  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the percentage and value of lingerie sold in the United Kingdom which was manufactured in the United Kingdom in each year since 1990.
(83235)
167  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to increase support for small and medium-sized enterprises in the East Midlands.
(83163)
168  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a list of the documents held by his Department on military exports to Yugoslavia.
(83291)
169  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications his Department has received from Allivane for licences for the export of military equipment to Yugoslavia since 1989.
(83287)
170  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 203, if he will indicate the timetable for addressing each consideration delaying the publication of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on Milk Marque.
(83038)
171  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to publish a strategic plan for the NHS in Wales.
(83187)
172  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what sums have been allocated to each (a) health authority and (b) NHS trust in Wales for 1999-2000; on what date the allocation was made; and on what dates the monies will be received by health authorities and NHS trusts.
(83255)
173  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he will announce his decision on the outline business case submitted by Swansea NHS Trust for the development of Morriston Hospital.
(83151)
174  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much NHS modernisation fund money has been allocated to the NHS in Wales (a) in total and (b) by health authority; and on what date the allocations were made.
(83254)
175  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the pay increases for 1999-2000 agreed by Her Majesty's Government following the NHS Pay Review Bodies' recommendations were included in the April payments to staff; and if he will make a statement.
(83154)
176  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money for improvement of A&E departments has been allocated to the NHS in Wales (a) in total and (b) by NHS trusts; and on what date the allocations were made for 1999-2000.
(83256)
177  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) reciprocal and (b) other arrangements have been made for honourable Members to use facilities at the National Assembly of Wales.
(83239)
178  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many jobs were (a) created and (b) lost in the clothing industry in Wales in the last 12 months.
(82051)
179  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many companies in the United Kingdom have current licences for experiments on animals.
[Transferred] (83182)
180  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on the review of the future of Government Offices of the Regions of England.
[Transferred] (83181)
181  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made in phasing out the chlorofluorocarbon exemption on metered dose inhalers.
[Transferred] (83172)
182  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the annual volume of chlorofluorocarbons released into the atmosphere through the use of metered dose inhalers in the UK in 1997 and 1998.
[Transferred] (83173)
183  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to meet the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
[Transferred] (83144)
184  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make an assessment of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors' (a) insurance-backed guarantee scheme and (b) Roofsafe Plus Latent Defect Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (83145)
185  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to protect the public from dishonest and incompetent builders and roofers.
[Transferred] (83146)


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