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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 15 June 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 June of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 June, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 16 June, see Part 2 of this Paper.

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


 
TUESDAY 15th JUNE
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if all foods on sale which contain genetically-modified soya beans have had those soya beans subject to safety testing after being sprayed with the herbicide they are designed to resist; and if he will make a statement.
(86747)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he has taken to ensure that imported foods which contain genetically-modified soya have been subject to safety tests equivalent to those which would apply to such foods originating in the United Kingdom.
(86748)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 190, when he expects a de minimis threshold for the presence of genetically-modified material in food to be established; and if he will make a statement.
(86772)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the number of test sites needed for national list applications for maize, oilseed rape, fodder and sugar beet in each year to 2003.
(86485)
5  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Government is taking to assist dairy farmers who are suffering as a result of low milk prices.
(86437)
6  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Government first received reports of the possibility of dioxin-contaminated animal feeds in Belgium.
(87156)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the present role of the Interdepartmental Group on Genetic Modification Technology.
(86887)
8  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, Official Report, column 290, on biotechnology, what account he took of (a) the Government's freedom of information policy and (b) the implications for public confidence in the Government's policies on biotechnology, in his decision not to provide further details in respect of questions asked about the Biodiversity Presentation Group.
(86889)
9  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is his estimate of the current number and percentage of under 25 year olds who have access to (a) heroin and (b) cocaine; and if he will set targets for these figures for each of the next 10 years.
(86954)
10  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will visit (a) the Netherlands to assess that country's claims of a reduction in heroin use and (b) Switzerland to assess that country's reported reduction in drug-related crime.
(86946)
11  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the current estimate of the amount of money to be given to the good causes under the present National Lottery licence arrangements.
(86688)
12  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the total cost to public funds of the operation in Kosovo since the beginning of military action.
(86744)
13  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the monthly (a) maximum and minimum temperatures, (b) mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures, (c) rainfall and (d) hours of daily sunshine for the weather station of Southport (Greenbank) for (i) 1994, (ii) 1995, (iii) 1996 and (iv) 1997.
(87165)
14  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Newport West of 15th February, Official Report, column 482, if he will list the countries from which buyers will be invited to the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition being held in Chertsey and London Docklands from 14th to 17th September.
(87136)
15  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tests were carried out on members of the 21 EOD Squadron who conducted clean-up operations in Kuwait in 1991 in relation to damage from ingesting depleted uranium dust.
(86947)
16  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what epidemiologically valid trials have been conducted on service people who were exposed to depleted uranium debris in the Gulf War.
(86951)
17  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will respond to the request by Iraq's Foreign Minister on 21st November 1991 for a survey of the levels of depleted uranium contamination used in Operation Granby and Desert Storm.
(86948)
18  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the evidence held by the Department of the efficacy of anti-drugs education programmes in reducing drug use.
(86957)
19  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local authority the planned expenditure per pupil at 1998-99 prices from aggregate school budgets in (a) maintained primary schools and (b) maintained secondary schools in 1999-2000.
(87015)
20  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of 11 year old (a) male, (b) female and (c) male and female pupils, in each local education authority attained (i) Level 3 or better, (ii) Level 4 or better and (iii) Level 5 or better, in the 1998 Key Stage 2 tests in the (1) writing, (2) reading and (3) combined test for English; and what was the average level per pupil.
(87019)
21  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of 11 year old pupils in each local education authority in maintained schools were entered for the 1998 Key Stage 2 SAT tests in mathematics but were absent.
(87017)
22  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of 11 year old (a) male, (b) female and (c) male and female pupils in each local education authority attained (i) Level 3 or better, (ii) Level 4 or better and (iii) Level 5 or better, in the 1998 Key Stage 2 tests for mathematics; and what was the average level per pupil.
(87016)
23  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of 11 year old pupils in each local education authority in maintained schools were entered for the 1998 Key Stage 2 SAT tests in (a) writing, (b) reading and (c) both for English but were absent.
(87020)
24  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools in England currently under special measures, identifying for each school (a) how long it has been under special measures and (b) the percentage of its pupils receiving free school meals.
(87018)
25  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he has taken to ensure that sporting provision is set out in schools' annual reports and prospectuses.
(86687)
26  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he has taken to target coaching support to those schools where sporting commitment is below average.
(86686)
27  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many Employment Service programme centres there are in England; and how many are accessible to disabled persons using wheelchairs.
(87042)
28  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many Employment Service programme centres there are in Wales; and how many are accessible to disabled persons using wheelchairs.
(87041)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what response he has received from the Rail Regulator on the merits or otherwise of direct funding for Railtrack; and if he will make a statement.
(86749)
30  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the total investment planned by Railtrack, excluding monies for maintenance and renewal, over the next five years intended to increase freight movements by rail.
(86434)
31  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what baseline studies of biodiversity in genetically-modified crop test site areas are required to be carried out prior to genetically-modified crops being planted.
(86886)
32  
N  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to reform the area cost adjustment.
(85812)
33  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Driving Standards Agency will conduct comparative studies of driving test arrangements in other countries in order to identify and evaluate best practice.
(87153)
34  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce arrangements for self-regulation in the driving test industry.
(87151)
35  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will establish mobile driving test centres for local areas whose test centres have been closed.
(87152)
36  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make financial compensation available to approved driving instructors whose businesses have been affected by driving test centre closures.
(87148)
37  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the numbers of drivers (a) driving without a full licence and (b) driving without adequate insurance; and what plans he has to reduce these numbers.
(87149)
38  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the improvements his Department has made in local services provided by the Driving Standards Agency following closures of driving test centres.
(87150)
39  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to set targets in respect of his proposals to reduce road traffic levels; and if he will make a statement.
(86433)
40  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has for defining overcrowding on trains.
(86691)
41  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had recently with (a) the train operating companies, (b) rail users and (c) trade unions on the subject of overcrowded trains.
(86692)
42  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the need to amend the law to provide for the validity of meetings of public bodies, and their subsequent decisions, conducted by tele-conferencing and related technology.
(87134)
43  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is the policy of the Government that the Royal Mint should be able to restrict the availability of special coinage to personal visitors to the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement.
(87108)
44  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated annual cost to his Department of all tax concessions to charities (a) as a total and (b) as a percentage of the total registered turnover of the charitable sector.
(86689)
45  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total amount which has been contributed annually to the charitable sector (a) overall and (b) through the gift-aid scheme since the scheme's introduction; what these are as proportions of the total turnover of the charitable sector; and what is the total cost to his Department of the tax refunds resulting from the gift-aid scheme.
(86690)
46  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the availability of reduced rates of vehicle excise duty for vehicles with (a) small engine capacity and (b) fuel efficient engines.
(87038)
47  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the result of representations he made to the French authorities about the Clive Allison case.
(86888)
48  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on reported bombing raids in Southern Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(87117)
49  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning raids by Arab militia in Southern Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(87116)
50  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the actions he has taken since March to secure the release of the group of thirteen Jews from Shiraz who have been arrested.
(87127)
51  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Iran concerning the arrest of thirteen rabbis, teachers and other members of the Jewish community of Shiraz.
(87126)
52  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make improved relations with Iran dependent on the release of the group of thirteen Jews from Shiraz arrested by the Iranian Government.
(87133)
53  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what instructions he has given to the British Ambassador in Teheran concerning the situation of members of the Baha'i community in Iran.
(87128)
54  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge the Government of Iran to state the conditions under which the group of thirteen Jews from Shiraz who have been arrested are being held.
(87130)
55  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments he received from the Iranian Government concerning human rights prior to the exchange of ambassadors between the United Kingdom and Iran.
(87125)
56  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of anti-semitism in Iran.
(87129)
57  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the level of human rights abuses in Iran.
(87131)
58  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge Iran to grant free and equal rights to all citizens.
(87132)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th June, concerning precautionary measures in respect of medicines in whose manufacture bovine material was used, whether the precautionary measures enacted also required manufacturers to prevent the further use of existing supplies of medicinal products which in their early stage of manufacture had used bovine material (i) prohibited for use in human food at that point and (ii) subsequently prohibited for use in human food.
(86773)
60  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what medical studies were conducted and what assessment was made of the effect on human health of methyl tertiary butyl ether before the authorisation of its use as a petrol component in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(87155)
61  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions patients have absconded from medium secure units in the last three years, and from which units; and on how many of those occasions (a) it was assessed that there was a risk to the public and (b) members of the public were assaulted or threatened.
(87044)
62  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the medium secure units in operation in England and the date when each was commissioned.
(87039)
63  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) illegally held handguns and (b) legally held handguns have been handed in since 1st May 1997.
(86746)
64  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Home Affairs Council meeting on 27th and 28th May, in respect of the draft Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in so far as this relates to the interception of communications, indicating what position the Government advocated.
(86435)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents involving handguns have been recorded for each month since May 1997.
(86745)
66  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police and (b) other security officers were deployed to escort the royal party to the Chelsea Flower Show in May; and what was the cost of this operation.
(86751)
67  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is in respect of security protection for members of the Royal Family other than the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, their offspring, and Princes Henry and William; and what was the cost of security protection for those members of the Royal Family not listed above for the last year for which figures are available.
(86750)
68  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the visit of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the honourable Member for Knowsley North and Sefton East, to Shamrock Farm on 15th December 1998 was unannounced.
(86885)
69  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the cost of the advertisement placed by the Metropolitan Police in the London Evening Standard on 9th June.
(87109)
70  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the 1998 report on the operation of the code of practice on access to government information.
(87105)
71  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Metropolitan Police spent on (a) recruitment advertising and (b) general advertising in each of the last three years; and what is the budget for the current year.
(87110)
72  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources were given to the Passport Office following introduction of the requirement that every child travelling overseas should have an individual passport.
(87106)
73  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Passport Office has relaxed its procedures for checking passport applications; and if he will make a statement.
(87107)
74  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications are currently outstanding; what is the average time taken between receipt of the application and the issue of the passport; and what were the estimated figures for June 1996, June 1997 and June 1998.
(87112)
75  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the time that will be taken between application to the Passport Office and issue of a passport for (a) new passports and (b) renewal of a passport (i) one month hence and (ii) six months hence.
(86980)
76  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the per capita figures for the use of neuroleptic drugs in each women's prison; and what percentage of prisoners in each women's prisons are users, at least weekly, of tranquillisers and pain killers.
(86952)
77  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the numbers and percentage of prisoners who will be participating in drug treatment programmes in each of the next 10 years.
(86956)
78  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of annual cost of imprisoning cannabis offenders in each of the past four years for which figures are available.
(86949)
79  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of random drugs tests in prisons on the use of (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine and (c) heroin.
(86958)
80  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the report on the experiments on the efficacy of medicinal cannabis to be published.
(86945)
81  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what forecasts he has made of the levels of use of (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine and (c) heroin in June 2002 relative to the figures for June 1997.
(86953)
82  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the numbers of offenders who will receive prison sentences for all (i) cannabis, (ii) heroin and (iii) illegal drugs repeat offences in each of the next 10 years if (a) present trends continue and (b) the Government's current policies are successful.
(86950)
83  
N  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports he has received on the means of arrival in the UK of asylum seekers granted refugee status or indefinite leave to remain; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the measures in the Asylum and Immigration Bill on the routes they have taken.
(87021)
84  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Newport passport office regarding (a) the telephone service and (b) the general service provided to the public; and if he will make a statement.
(86944)
85  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding proposals for a new Fire Safety Act; and if he will make a statement.
(87166)
86  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made in reviewing the implications of genetically-modified organisms for poorer farmers in developing countries since her Answer of 11th November 1998, Official Report, columns 206-7.
(86774)
87  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the current harvest and food levels in Southern Sudan.
(87115)
88  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the current humanitarian situation in Southern Sudan.
(87114)
89  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from (a) Tibetans in Dulan county and (b) other interested parties concerning the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(87122)
90  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact on the indigenous population of the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(87118)
91  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the World Bank category B environmental status given to the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(87120)
92  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will provide details of the World Bank's environmental impact assessments of the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(87123)
93  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the World Bank projects involving (a) the construction of dams and (b) population resettlement, which have been given category B status.
(87119)
94  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the consultation process undertaken by the World Bank with the people currently living in the move-in area of the proposed China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(87121)
95  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 5th June the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican groups.
(87161)
96  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 29th 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.
(87163)
97  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 29th 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.
(87164)
98  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the number of incidents of assault, attacks on houses and other property and intimidation reported to the RUC in the Fountain Estate/Wapping Lane area of Londonderry for the period from 1st April to the latest available date.
(87037)
99  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for the week ended Saturday 5th June 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.
(87162)
100  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the President of the Council, how many copies of the public information booklet, The Millennium Bug--Facts not Fiction, have been produced; and at what cost.
(87111)
101  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will estimate the number of additional hours per month required to complete the newly designed C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 forms; how many additional staff are employed by the Fees Office to handle these claims; and if she will estimate the average number of hours (a) honourable Members will spend annually, recording and completing motor mileage claims and (b) the Fees Office takes to check this information.
(86884)
102  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to appoint the e-Envoy; and if he will make a statement.
(87055)
103  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 403, what account he took of (a) the Government's information policies and (b) the implications for public confidence in the Government's policies on biotechnology of his decision not to reveal details of meetings held between ministers with his Department and representatives of biotechnology companies.
(86486)
104  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the need to amend company law to provide for the validity of meetings and their subsequent decisions conducted by tele-conferencing and related technology.
(87135)
105  
N  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what projects in Essex have (a) been approved in respect of the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation and (b) taken up that approval.
(86436)
106  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the medium secure units in operation in Wales and the date when each was commissioned.
(87043)
107  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions patients have absconded from medium secure units in Wales in the last three years, and from which units; and on how many of those occasions (a) it was assessed that there was a risk to the public and (b) members of the public were assaulted or threatened.
(87040)
108  
N  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with bus operators on the quality of their services.
[Question Unstarred] (85799)
109  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is his estimate of the amounts of confiscated illegal drug assets that will be used for anti-drugs measures in each of the next 10 years; and what percentage he estimates this will be of the total value of illegal drugs trafficked in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (86955)
110  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from the Chinese Ambassador concerning the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
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