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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 11 May 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 11 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 11th MAY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82840)
2  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on progress made in disposing of meat and bonemeal derived from the over thirty month scheme.
(83781)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82837)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82844)
5  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if it is the Government's policy that the television licence fee for televisions capable of receiving digital transmissions should be the same as for televisions only capable of receiving analogue transmissions.
(83825)
6  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date analogue television transmissions will be ended.
(83887)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82836)
8  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen who served in Northern Ireland have subsequently been discharged on compassionate grounds in each of the last 15 years.
(83384)
9  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of soldiers reported absent without leave in each of the past five years were subsequently arrested; what was the average length of time taken to effect an arrest; and what action was taken against offenders.
(83386)
10  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy is on the use of military headwear in Northern Ireland; in what circumstances a local commander would order steel helmets to be worn and on how many occassions such orders have been given since September 1997 broken down by the (a) barracks and (b) regiment from which the patrol was drawn.
(83388)
11  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen have been reported absent without leave in each of the last 15 years while stationed in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Germany; and what were the figures for the services as a whole.
(83385)
12  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what building work at what cost is being carried out at Glassdrummond Barracks; what (a) types and (b) weights of building materials and (c) how many pallets were flown onto the site in April; and at what level of command authorisation was given to issue public statements concerning the building works which were reported in the Press.
(83387)
13  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82835)
14  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82834)
15  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Government is taking to reduce overall waste levels in the United Kingdom.
(83624)
16  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what impact the landfill tax has had on reducing the proportion of total waste which is disposed of through landfill sites; and what proportion of United Kingdom waste has been recycled in each of the last 10 years.
(83623)
17  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82841)
18  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the take-up rate for the landfill tax credit scheme has been to date; and how many environmental projects have been funded through the scheme in (a) Coventry and (b) the United Kingdom.
(83622)
19  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce taxation measures designed to promote greater efficiency of resources and reductions in pollution levels.
(83621)
20  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he took to ensure that each export house was consulted about the proposal to withdraw export house VAT provision.
(83831)
21  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which countries in the European Union currently allow an exemption from VAT for supplies to export houses; and if he will make a statement.
(83836)
22  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the organisations which replied to the consultation paper on the withdrawal of export house VAT provisions and indicate which were in favour and which were opposed.
(83834)
23  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the organisations to which the consultation paper on the withdrawal of export house VAT provisions was issued.
(83833)
24  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he took to ensure that companies likely to be affected by the withdrawal of the export house VAT provisions were notified of the change in good time.
(83837)
25  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to UK export houses of the imposition of VAT on goods purchased for export.
(83835)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82838)
27  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the future use of the airfield on Ascension Island and on the level of resulting (a) income and (b) expenditure.
(83838)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82839)
29  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways information on drugs dispensed in hospitals and their cost is published.
(83895)
30  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the report on the handling of consultant suspensions by trusts.
(83774)
31  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82833)
32  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 162, on private prisons, what decisions on the possible reduction of contract payments to private prisons are pending; and if he will make a statement.
(83915)
33  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for (i) HMP Wolds and (ii) HMP Buckley Hall the number of incidents that have occurred during each of the last three financial years of the respective contracts in respect of (a) assaults on staff, (b) assaults by prisoners on other prisoners, (c) self harm, (d) class A drug finds, (e) other drug finds, (f) items smuggled into the prison, (g) delayed request replies, (h) failure to use agreed reporting procedures, (i) failure to achieve 95 per cent. occupancy of employment places, (j) key/lock compromises, (k) attempted escapes, (l) temporary release failures and (m) recapture and surrender.
(83919)
34  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in each of the last three years (a) in total and (b) broken down by grade were employed in each office of the Passport Agency.
(83917)
35  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the UK Passport Agency performed against its targets in 1998-99; and what are the targets set for the Agency in 1999-2000.
(83908)
36  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 162, on private prisons, if he will list the incidents or problems which underlay the reason for each payment reduction.
(83916)
37  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in each of the last three years for which figures are available the Passport Agency has not met the declared travel dates for issue of passports; and what is its current target for meeting declared travel dates.
(83907)
38  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th April, Official Report, column 162, on private prisons, what measures are being taken by the Prison Service to improve performance against the contract at (a) HMP Lowdham Grange and (b) HMP Parc.
(83914)
39  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many restricted validity passports have been issued by the Passport Agency in each month for each of the last three years.
(83918)
40  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken against international crime organisations which have been involved in the smuggling of women immigrants into the United Kingdom to work in the sex industry.
(83913)
41  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were sentenced to imprisonment in 1998 for living on immoral earnings.
(83912)
42  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many refugees have entered the United Kingdom since 1st January; and if he will make a statement.
(83910)
43  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women are electronically tagged by the police in England and Wales.
(83909)
44  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female sentenced prisoners were over the age of 70 years on 30th April.
(83911)
45  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of Lancashire Constabulary's proposal to pilot the Victoria Initiative to improve road safety.
(83782)
46  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much public money was spent in the latest year for which figures are available on experimentation involving animals.
(83498)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for her Department.
(82832)
48  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the progress of the Commonwealth Debt Initiative, indicating which countries have received debt relief and the level of that relief.
(83404)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82831)
50  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for her Department.
(82843)
51  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what powers she has to accede to requests from persons interrogated at a holding centre that she listen to RUC recordings of their interrogations; what representations she has received in relation to four men arrested at Drumintee on 13th April; and if she will list the classes of person who may have access to interview recordings, indicating in each case the permission required to effect such access.
(83383)
52  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 1st May the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican groups.
(83893)
53  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 1st May 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.
(83894)
54  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will take steps to establish a Committee of Privy Counsellors to inquire into the circumstances of British involvement in the conflict in Serbia.
(83832)
55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82842)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82830)
57  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what guidance has been issued to Benefits Agency Offices on the payment of those ancillary workers affected by the Social Security Commissioner's decision CIS/14661/1996 of December 1997 who had been advised not to sign on with the Employment Service for the period of their unpaid leave.
(83903)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82845)
59  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the W. S. Atkins reports on the year 2000 preparedness of the oil and gas industry.
(83826)
60  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce a levy on (a) video cassettes, (b) video cassette recorders and (c) other audio recording products; and if he will make a statement.
(83830)
61  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what restrictions he plans to introduce on home taping.
(83828)
62  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the implementation of the EU Copyright Directive.
(83827)
63  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the cost to United Kingdom business of the EU Consumer Guarantee Directive.
(83829)
64  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement regarding eligibility for the Shipbuilding Intervention Fund.
(83892)
65  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to regulate the use of fax surveys in cases where replies are charged at premium rates; and if he will make a statement.
(83899)
66  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the introduction of a green transport plan for his Department.
(82829)
67  
N  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department has taken to protect harbour porpoises in United Kingdom waters.
[Question Unstarred] (82780)
68  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made in establishing the Strategic Rail Authority.
[Question Unstarred] (82792)
69  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the funding mechanisms for remand fostering schemes.
[Transferred] (83896)
70  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies he has commissioned into the relative cost and efficacy of (a) remand fostering schemes for juveniles and (b) remand in (i) secure units, (ii) young offender institutions and (iii) prisons.
[Transferred] (83897)
71  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage wider use of remand fostering for juveniles.
[Transferred] (83898)


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