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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 25 May 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 25 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 25th MAY
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many complaints he has received over meat and hygiene service charges since April 1998.
(85131)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has made to improve participation within the Data-Based Export Scheme.
(85132)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with abattoirs and their representatives to review the current regime for charging.
(85133)
4  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress is being made through the WTO to end the dispute with the USA and Canada over hormones in beef.
(85134)
5  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his plans to introduce measures to ban the sale of absinthe.
(85364)
6  
  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Attorney General, on what grounds he decided not to exercise his discretion under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 to certify that the charge of murder of Robert Hamill against Paul Marc Hobson be not treated as a scheduled offence.
(85494)
7  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Government's central co-ordinated rebuttals strategy for use following his oral statement of 21st May, Official Report, columns 1371-73, on biotechnology.
(85491)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the arrangements under which the BBC is accountable to his Department for its commercial activities.
(85346)
9  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to use the TA to replace regular army units currently stationed in Germany but warned to deploy to Kosovo.
(85378)
10  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions the Prime Minister's Press Secretary has attended meetings in his Department at which ministers, officials and senior officers have been formulating policy on Kosovo.
(85379)
11  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to review military discipline for 15 to 18 year olds.
(85496)
12  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide a breakdown by New Deal office of those who have refused to participate within the New Deal for 18 to 25 year olds.
(85130)
13  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much new (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been made available to schools and colleges in Liverpool since May 1997.
(85497)
14  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what studies his Department has made on the effect on small schools of the new funding arrangements for swimming lessons; and if he will make a statement.
(85141)
15  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from within the County of Lancashire about the effect on small schools of his Departments' new proposals for the funding of swimming lessons.
(85142)
16  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out the tender specification for the contract to prepare the Appraisals Handbook, and the criteria used to determine the winning bid.
(85374)
17  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the contract for the Appraisals Handbook was set; who were the bidders for the contract; who won the contract; and what is the cost of the contract.
(85375)
18  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects the Appraisals Handbook to be completed; and what action the Department will take to distribute it.
(85373)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on differences in his policy in respect of GM crops on (a) limited commercial planting and (b) farm-scale trials.
(85363)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if local authorities that opt for area-based committees will be permitted to delegate executive functions to them under his proposals for local government reform.
(85381)
21  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th May, Official Report, column 290, concerning the London concessionary fares scheme, if he will table amendments in the House of Lords to extend the reserve scheme to include surface rail services.
(85445)
22  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which cars and engines qualify for (a) the Energy Savings Trust Powershift Programme and (b) the Dualfuel option of that programme.
(85475)
23  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 on which (a) he and (b) his ministers have had meetings concerning the implementation of the Government's transport policy with the Road Haulage Association, indicating in each case (i) the purpose and nature of the meeting, (ii) the duration of the meeting, (iii) the location of the meeting and (iv) those who attended.
(85484)
24  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to issue the proposed White Paper on waste management.
(85483)
25  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Canary Wharf Developments restores the bridge between Canary Wharf and South Keys.
(85458)
26  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the amount of available brownfield land suitable for housing development.
(85449)
27  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the amount of available brownfield land suitable for industrial development.
(85450)
28  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to receive the report from the Urban Task Force.
(85455)
29  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his current estimate of the amount of available brownfield land suitable for retail development.
(85457)
30  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to strengthen the rules in relation to car insurance and the abuse of cover notes.
(85309)
31  
N  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to eliminate fraud through the abuse of road tax discs.
(85308)
32  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic situation in the manufacturing sector (a) in the West Midlands region and (b) in the United Kingdom; and what steps he is taking to encourage growth in the sector.
(85135)
33  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the commercial operations of the BBC are subject to Treasury approval.
(85347)
34  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a taxation system that will (a) discourage the development of greenfield sites and (b) encourage the development of brownfield land.
(85459)
35  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which foreign embassies and high commissions have refused to waive diplomatic immunity when requested to do so, in each of the last three years.
(85369)
36  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) foreign diplomatic staff and (b) members of their families, have claimed diplomatic immunity in the United Kingdom in respect of (i) parking tickets and (ii) other criminal offences in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(85367)
37  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many diplomats have been withdrawn by foreign countries from the United Kingdom at the request of the Government as a consequence of alleged crimes committed in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(85370)
38  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the crimes for which diplomatic immunity has been claimed in each of the last three years, indicating the number of times immunity was claimed in respect of each offence.
(85371)
39  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many foreign embassies and high commissions have waived diplomatic immunity in respect of offences committed by their staff or their staff's families in each of the last three years.
(85368)
40  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 17th May, Official Report, column 241, if the United States has informed him that it remains its position that chemical weapons materials related to international terrorism were being produced at the pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(85460)
41  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those NHS trusts which did not pay the increased pay award to nurses in their pay packets for April 1999.
(85372)
42  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his response to the results of his Department's consultation on the work of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
(85444)
43  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that his Department's work on devising fair access to care guidance is integrated with work on charging policies.
(85382)
44  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of (a) the current financial position of the Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust and (b) the Trust's year end figures for 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(85383)
45  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring mechanisms are in place to ensure that vulnerable older people receive services from their general practitioners.
(85498)
46  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement is placed upon general practitioners to contact older people who have not been in touch with their general practitioner in the past year because of mobility problems and frailty.
(85504)
47  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people aged 75 years and over have annual health checks with their general practitioner.
(85487)
48  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the North West Regional Health Authority on the appointment of independent investigators to report on administration of the Guild Community Trust Preston during 1998 and 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(85139)
49  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the responsibilities of non-executive directors of NHS trusts.
(85143)
50  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways he involved the Chairman of the North West Regional Health Authority in seeking the resignations of the non-executive directors of the Guild Community Trust Preston.
(85224)
51  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the grounds on which he dismissed the Board of the Guild Community Trust Preston.
(85223)
52  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 4th May, Official Report, column 352, on renal services, what extra capital and revenue resources have been made available to the four health authorities in Lancashire and South Cumbria to fund the 15 new dialysis stations.
(85225)
53  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those occasions on which the non-executive directors of the Guild Commuity Trust Preston sought advice on the way the trust was being run from the North West Regional Health Authority; and what advice was given.
(85136)
54  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the correspondence between his Department, the North West Regional Health Authority and the Chief Executive of the Guild Community Trust Preston during 1998 and 1999 on the Chief Executive's administration of the trust during this period.
(85137)
55  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) meetings and (b) communications between his Department and the Chief Executive of the Guild Community Trust Preston during 1998 and 1999 and state the reasons for each of those meetings and communications.
(85138)
56  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports his Department has received on the administration of the Guild Community Trust Preston in its last two years; and what were their conclusions.
(85140)
57  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the grounds on which a non-executive director of an NHS trust can be dismissed from his post.
(85144)
58  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost has been of the Listening to Women roadshows; and how many women have attended each roadshow to date.
(85377)
59  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Listening to Women reply-paid cards have been printed; how many have been issued to (a) individual women and (b) women's organisations; and at what cost to date.
(85376)
60  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines have been issued to GPs on the action they should take regarding their patients if they hold a conscientious objection to abortion.
(84991)
61  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has, following Mr Justice Alliott's judgement in the High Court case of Dr Sheila Matthews, to issue new advice or guidelines to GPs about referring patients to another doctor if they have a conscientious objection to abortion.
(84992)
62  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to alert NHS trusts who have been issued with the batch of DTP vaccine which was recently withdrawn by Bath and West Community NHS Trust following adverse reactions.
(85495)
63  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the 13 letters beginning 20th August 1997 and ending 21st February 1999, sent to him by Mrs Blee, a constituent of the honourable Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, will receive an answer.
(85343)
64  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the six letters from Mrs Blee, a constituent of the honourable Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, sent between 29th October 1998 and 19th April 1999, addressed to the SE Regional Chairman, NHS Executive and the Chairman of West Kent Health Authority, will be answered.
(85342)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) the importation of monkeys to Shamrock Farm, Henfield and (b) the treatment of monkeys at Shamrock Farm, Henfield is conducted in accordance with approved procedures and legislation.
(85362)
66  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the coroners' offices in England and Wales, together with their addresses and the local authority areas covered by each.
(85476)
67  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide accommodation at prison sites for offenders convicted of offences against children on the completion of their sentence; if he will list the prisons to be used for such accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(85344)
68  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims were lodged outside the limitation period in each year of operation of the Civil Injuries Compensation Scheme 1996; and of these, how many were allowed to proceed.
(85365)
69  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many awards at the maximum level 25 rate were (a) made and (b) remain outstanding for each year of operation of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme1996.
(85366)
70  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what communications there were between his Department and the Prison Service on 18th and 19th May concerning the proposed visit to Westminster by Mr Eric Mann.
(85456)
71  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Newspaper Society about their members' ability to report on criminal matters and trials where young people under the age of 18 years are involved; and if he will make a statement.
(85274)
72  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants made complaints to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate concerning lost passports in each quarter since the second quarter of 1996; and in how many cases the passports were subsequently found.
(85486)
73  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the World Bank about its proposal to help fund the re-settlement of farmers from outside the region to Tibet.
(85129)
74  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to China about the re-location of farmers from outside the region to Tibet.
(85128)
75  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the outcome of the Development Council held in Brussels on 21st May; and if she will make a statement.
(85505)
76  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 424, on genetically-modified crops, if she will make a statement on the progress of the research on the potential impact on farmers in developing countries of the increased use of genetically-modified crops.
(85489)
77  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the court service's performance in introducing the new, unified civil rules and related procedural reforms.
(84159)
78  
  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which units of (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Irish Regiment were available for call-out by Portadown RUC Sub-Division to assist with security problems between 11 p.m. on Saturday 26th April 1997 and 4 a.m. on Sunday 27th April 1997.
(85500)
79  
  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of (a) assault and (b) affray occurred in the Thomas Street and Market Street/Woodhouse Street area of Portadown town centre between 1st April 1996 and 27th April 1997; and how many arrests were made.
(85499)
80  
  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the distance between Portadown RUC station and the location of the attack on 27th April 1997 on the late Robert Hamill.
(85502)
81  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officers of what ranks and from which police force make up the inquiry team into the murder of Mrs Rosemary Nelson.
(85452)
82  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what period after 15th March, the Royal Ulster Constabulary telephone hotline number which any potential witnesses to the murder of Mrs Rosemary Nelson were urged to call was unstaffed; and for what reasons.
(85453)
83  
  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Royal Ulster Constabulary officers were on duty within Portadown RUC Sub-Division between 11 p.m. on Saturday 26th April 1997 and 4 a.m. on Sunday 27th April 1997.
(85501)
84  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement on the involvement of officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in respect of the inquiry into the murder of Mrs Rosemary Nelson.
(85451)
85  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Royal Ulster Constabulary sought the permission of Mr Paul Nelson, husband of the late Rosemary Nelson, before publishing on the RUC web site, the home address of the Nelson family.
(85454)
86  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what procedures he has put in place to establish who informed the Times newspaper of the identity of the next Poet Laureate.
(85447)
87  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will set out the established procedures for announcing the appointment of the Poet Laureate; and if he will make a statement.
(85446)
88  
N  
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, which government officials and special advisers are advising NATO headquarters on presentational and media relations.
(85380)
89  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the level of per capita funding budgeted for students is in the current financial year in the Borders Region in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.
(85448)
90  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was the final cost of the repairs and ancillary work to the Erskine Bridge following the accident involving an off-shore installation under towage; if these costs were recovered from the parties deemed responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(84678)
91  
N  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to improve energy efficiency and eradicate dampness in housing.
[R] (84142)
92  
N  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator to discuss the implementation of Her Majesty Government's anti-drugs strategy in Scotland.
(84131)
93  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases involving claims for jobseeker's allowance in the Lancaster and South Cumbria district Regulation 13(b) of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996 was applied.
(85490)
94  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many examinations have been carried out by examining medical practitioners in the Greater Manchester area since January 1998; how many complaints have been made about (a) the examinations and (b) the examining medical practitioners; and what were the nature of the complaints.
(85488)
95  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the commercial acquisitions made by the Post Office since 1st November 1998, giving the approximate value of each acquisition and the date in which approval was given.
(85345)
96  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what means and for what reason reports of the findings by KPMG setting out on the future structure and ownership of BNFL made their way into the public domain before Parliament was informed of them.
(85145)
97  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will collect data on accident and injury figures with respect to inflatable bouncing devices.
(85503)
98  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the charges made against the British Government by the Government of Yugoslavia in the International Court of Justice at the Hague in respect of the conflict in Yugoslavia; what has been his response; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (85341)


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