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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 29 June 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 29 June 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 29th JUNE
1  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, if he will make a statement on the extent of use of paper containing acid for (i) the Official Report, (ii) House of Commons printed papers and (iii) other House of Commons documents of record; and what assessment he has made of the estimated durability and life expectancy of paper copies of (i), (ii) and (iii).
(89112)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the trips, facilities, gifts and other offerings of a financial value provided by Monsanto to (a) ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department since 1st May 1997.
(88955)
3  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will amend his Department's Fact Sheet issued in June 1999 on genetic modification of crops and food to incorporate the recommendations of the Chief Medical officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor on population health surveillance.
(89056)
4  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what actions he has taken in 1999 in respect of the protection of flood meadows.
(87388)
5  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from (a) the British Trout Association and (b) the Country Landowners Association concerning water discharges levies made by the Environment Agency.
(88413)
6  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement outlining the extent to which the UK is permitted to impose restrictions on the growing of GM foods without the permission of the European Union.
(88945)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, how purchasers of food products on sale within the Parliamentary Estate which may contain genetically-modified ingredients are informed that these ingredients may be present.
(88633)
8  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to discourage the use of acid paper for the printing of books, newspapers and paper records; and if he will make a statement.
(89110)
9  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in the national newspaper collections, how many (a) national and (b) regional newspaper titles have (i) been copied onto microfilm and (ii) remain to be copied; and, on present estimates, how long it is forecast that it will take to complete the task.
(89107)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for each of the last five years, how many (a) national and (b) regional newspaper titles have been copied onto microfilm by the national newspaper library collections.
(89108)
11  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the estimated durability and life expectancy of post-1850 newspaper newsprint copies held in the national newspaper collections.
(89109)
12  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for each of the last five years, how much funding was allocated to (a) the British Library, (b) Colindale Newspaper Library, (c) archiving and filming at Colindale Newspaper Library and (d) public services at Colindale Newspaper Library.
(89106)
13  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what powers the United Kingdom sports councils have to delegate the handling of small grants to member clubs to the governing bodies of sports; and who will be responsible for assessing whether those governing bodies have adequate administrative controls.
(89145)
14  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the new financial directions for the allocation of lottery funding will permit commercial organisations to obtain funds from the lottery in order to fund non-commercial sporting activities.
(89144)
15  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his Department's estimate of the cost of transport projects involved in the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium as the centrepiece for a bid to host the Olympic Games.
(89139)
16  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his Department's estimate of the total cost of the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium as the centrepiece for a bid to host the Olympic Games.
(89133)
17  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to announce who has been appointed to be the (a) chairman and (b) chief executive of the new English Tourism Council.
(89135)
18  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if lottery funds from the World Class Performance Programme will be available for (a) chess, (b) bridge, (c) pigeon racing and (d) hang-gliding when the new financial directions for the lottery come into force.
(89142)
19  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what are the criteria set by the Government and the United Kingdom Sports Council for sports bodies to be included in the World Class Potential Programme; and on what basis basketball and hang-gliding are excluded.
(89140)
20  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if, under the terms of the new financial directions for the allocation of lottery funding, professional sporting bodies will be able to obtain funds for the non-professional side of their game.
(89143)
21  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if governing bodies of sports currently with a unified Great Britain governing body will need to split into English, Scottish and Welsh bodies in order to have guaranteed eligibility for funding for the World Class Start and World Class Potential programmes from the English, Scottish and Welsh sports councils.
(89141)
22  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter of 3rd October 1998, D/MIN/(DP)(TG)/3521/98M, on atmospheric pollution, what collaborative research and development programmes aimed at identifying further alternatives to ozone-depleting substances in the applications where they are still necessary have been carried out in the last nine months; and what reduction has taken place in controlled substances where acceptable alternatives are available.
(87386)
23  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he is conducting a full economic appraisal of the proposals for the DERA Public Private Partnership; and if he will place the results of his appraisal in the Library.
(89027)
24  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will announce a decision on the DERA Public Private Partnership proposals before the summer recess.
(89029)
25  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets he has set for the speed and accuracy of salary payments by the Reserves Manning and Career Management Division in Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.
(88870)
26  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military, (b) retired military and (c) civilian personnel, by rank or grade are employed at (i) the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre at Chilwell and (ii) the Reserve Manning and Career Management Division in the Army Personnel Centre, Glasgow; and how many in each category have experience of employment in (1) the private sector and (2) the public sector other than in their current employment.
(88871)
27  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on liaison between (a) the Reserves Manning and Career Management Division in Glasgow and (b) the Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre at Chilwell and the employers of TA volunteers and regular reservists; and if he will make a statement.
(88869)
28  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British soldiers aged under 18 years are stationed in (a) Yugoslavia and (b) Kosovo.
(89126)
29  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the policy of the Government in respect of (a) the recruitment of soldiers aged under 18 years and (b) their use in situations of conflict.
(89127)
30  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings have been held by the Service Families Task Force Ministerial Working Group.
(89026)
31  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings of the Families Forum have taken place; and on how many occasions the Forum is scheduled to meet in the next year.
(89025)
32  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighters are being purchased for the RAF and at what cost; and how many are being purchased by other NATO countries.
(88961)
33  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what will be the level of the earnings cap on income above which a person on the New Deal 50 plus scheme will be ineligible for an employment credit.
(89033)
34  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the earnings cap rules for people on the New Deal 50 plus scheme will take into account income from other sources with particular reference to investments and occupational pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(89032)
35  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from out of school clubs concerning the basis upon which local education authorities have sought to charge out of school clubs operating out of premises owned by local education authorities for their use of the premises and associated facilities; and what response his Department has made.
[R] (88958)
36  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued to local education authorities concerning the proper basis upon which out of school clubs operating out of premises owned by local education authorities should be charged for their use of the premises and associated facilities.
[R] (88960)
37  
N  
Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his policy towards local education authorities seeking to impose full cost recovery or full commercial rate charges on out of school clubs operating out of premises owned by local education authorities for their use of the premises and associated facilities.
[R] (88959)
38  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many local referenda are being held to establish public opinion on the future of grammar schools; and if he will publish a list showing the dates of the referenda and the areas involved.
(88946)
39  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 16th April, Official Report, column 381, if he will list the money spent per primary age pupil (a) from local education authorities, (b) from central government and (c) in total (i) in 1996-97, (ii) in 1997-98 and (iii) in 1998-99 for each local education authority ranked in descending order of total spend in 1998-99.
(89113)
40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of railway stations have secure parking provision for bicycles.
(88956)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from 10 Downing Street in respect of the M4 bus lane.
(88636)
42  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the trips, facilities, gifts and other offerings of a financial value provided by Monsanto to (a) ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department since 1st May 1997.
(88954)
43  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the subsidy (a) per kilometre and (b) per passenger given to the rail industry within each European Union country in the last year for which figures are available.
(88634)
44  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential for genetically-modified terminator genes in plants to escape into the environment; and if he will make a statement.
(88638)
45  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he supported the call by the Greek Government at the meeting of the EU Environment Council on 24th June for a temporary ban on new varieties of genetically-modified crops and seeds pending the completion of the review of EU Directive 90/220; and if he will make a statement.
(88875)
46  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) sulphur dioxide, (c) nitrogen oxide and (d) fine particulate emissions from coal-fired power stations for the latest year for which statistics are available; what percentage of the total of such emissions from United Kingdom power stations this represents; and what steps he will be taking to reduce those emissions.
(89128)
47  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the European Commission to ratify the decision of the Technical Committee to allow member states which have not already done so to impose restrictions on the importation of white asbestos and products that contain the material; and if he will make a statement.
(89053)
48  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th April, Official Report, column 70, on rivers, when he expects to receive Dr Kader Asmal's report on large dams.
(87390)
49  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st January, Official Report, column 568, on transport planners, what was the result of the proceedings of the Steering Group.
(87391)
50  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will alter the rate of the charge tariff for licensed London taxis for the period of the millennium public holiday.
(89068)
51  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations his Department has received concerning current disruptions on the Circle and District London Underground lines.
(89138)
52  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had concerning plans to avoid disruptions to travellers during the scheduled closure of the London Underground Northern Line City Branch this summer.
(89136)
53  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the proposed Food Standards Agency will have powers to publish the details of all regular health and safety inspections of restaurants under the proposals for freedom of information.
(89132)
54  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had concerning efforts to end disruptions for travellers on the Circle and District London Underground lines arising from current closure of parts of the line.
(89137)
55  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress made with the construction of the Jubilee Line extension; and when the section between Green Park and North Greenwich is due to be fully operational.
(89134)
56  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Environment Council held in Luxembourg on 24th-25th June; and if he will make a statement.
(89125)
57  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the organisations and individuals consulted during the consultation to re-band fish farms within water discharge levies.
(88414)
58  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, in the context of Public Private Partnership arrangements, a future private sector partner for National Air Traffic Services will be given a right to review and amend the operational mission of the new Scottish centre project.
(88948)
59  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the new Scottish air traffic control centre will only be built as part of the proposed public private partnership for a national air traffic centre.
(88947)
60  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the operational mission currently planned for the new Scottish air traffic control centre comprises (a) en route services, (b) oceanic services and (c) contingency services for the new en route centre at Swanwick.
(88949)
61  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role a future private sector partner for NATS would have for MoD air traffic control operations under the Government's Public Private Partnership proposals.
(88952)
62  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation took place with his Department on the contents of Sustainable Energy from Waste, published by the Department for Trade and Industry; what representations he made; and if he will make a statement.
(89116)
63  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to publicise the Government's pamphlet, Sustainable Energy from Waste; and if he will make a statement.
(89117)
64  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to (a) advise consumers of the removal of leaded fuel from the market and (b) assist owners of cars where conversion is uneconomic to dispose of their vehicles appropriately or support their continued use.
(89083)
65  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in respect of those properties which have been acquired in the past by his Department in relation to the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (a) those which he intends to dispose of because he no longer needs them in relation to the road and (b) the acquisition price of each such property and the price at which each such property has been placed on the market.
(89119)
66  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in respect of those properties which have been acquired in the past by his Department in relation to the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (a) those which have been disposed of by him because he considers he no longer needs them in relation to the road and (b) the acquisition price and the money received on disposal in relation to each such property.
(89129)
67  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 26th April, Official Report, column 55, how many company cars travelled (i) less than 10,000, (ii) between 10,000 and 13,000, (iii) between 13,001 and16,000, (iv) between 16,001 and 18,500, (v) between 18,501 and 19,000, (vi) between 19,001 and 20,000, (vii) between 20,001 and 23,000, (viii) between 23,001 and 30,000 and (ix) more than 30,000 miles in the last year for which figures are available.
(88789)
68  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what percentage he estimates company car mileage will reduce as a consequence of the measures introduced in his last Budget.
(88717)
69  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many company cars for the latest year for which figures are available, were of engine size (a) under 1000cc, (b) between 1000 and 1299cc., (c) between 1300 and 1499cc, (d) between 1500 and 1799cc, (e) between 1800 and 1999cc, (f) between 2000 and 2199cc, (g) between 2200 and 2499cc and (h) 2500cc and over.
(88716)
70  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total landfill tax raised from disposals within Scotland in each financial year since the introduction of the tax; what proportion of the tax in each year has been retained by the Treasury as general taxation; and what proportion is allocated to environmental trusts.
(89074)
71  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue his Department has received from the levy of landfill tax in Wales in each of the last five years.
(89061)
72  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations have been received concerning the introduction of Inland Revenue 35.
(88415)
73  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he is not yet able to publish the gross and net contributions made by the UK to the EC in 1998; and if he will make a statement summarising the arrangements for recording payments made and payments received from the EU within the Treasury.
(88944)
74  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) UK personnel and (b) US personnel are based at his Department's establishment at Morwenstow, Cornwall; and what is the rank of the most senior (i) UK officer and (ii) US officer.
(88637)
75  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will require the United States Government to pay commercial rates for any use of Wideawake airfield on Ascension Island for civil charter flights.
(88635)
76  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the Government's current arrangements for monitoring fishing in the marine area around Gough Island which forms part of the Wildlife Reserve; and what arrangements he makes for the conservation according to World Heritage Values.
(87488)
77  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates during the past 12 months a fisheries patrol vessel has been operating within three nautical miles of Gough Island for the purpose of monitoring fisheries; and what reports it has furnished to HMG.
(87489)
78  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the correspondence between Her Majesty's Government and UNESCO World Heritage Centre about the adequacy of the monitoring of fishing grounds around the Gough Island Wildlife Reserve.
(87490)
79  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish the findings of and recommendations arising from the recent visit to the British Indian Overseas Territories by Dr. Charles Sheppard; what steps he has taken to protect fisheries in the British Indian Overseas Territories in the light of the coral bleaching in the islands; from whom advice has been received; and if he will establish no-fishing zones.
(87384)
80  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions in the past four weeks on which (a) he and (b) ministers in his Department have travelled by official car on the M4 between Heathrow Airport and Chiswick roundabout.
(89028)
81  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) received into the effect on hay-fever sufferers of the breathing in of genetically-modified pollen.
(88874)
82  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 636, for what reason the report of the day's proceedings of the workshop on the possible risks posed by porcine endogenous retroviruses has not yet been published.
(88640)
83  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, column 382, what estimate he has made of the quantity of vaccines held by manufacturers in whose early stages of manufacture bovine material had been used (a) when precautionary measures were introduced in 1989 and (b) when European Commission guidelines were issued in 1992.
(88957)
84  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the NHS strategy for dentistry.
(89080)
85  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) publish and (b) implement the national standards for care homes developed for his Department by the Centre for Policy on Ageing.
(89079)
86  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been given to NHS trusts on market testing their insurance requirements; and if he will make a statement.
(89081)
87  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the planned cost of NHS Direct in the current year.
(89060)
88  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost of an average GP consultation in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99; and what is the forecast cost for 1999-2000.
(89058)
89  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls have been made to the NHS Direct phone line to date; and what was the average cost per call.
(89057)
90  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner consultations took place in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99; and what number is forecast for 1999-2000.
(89059)
91  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change has been recorded in the number of visits to general practitioners' surgeries and accident and emergency units in those areas where the first three pilots of NHS Direct were established.
(89054)
92  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter of 12th January (POH(3) 5437/68), what recent action he has taken to combat drug-resistant TB.
(87389)
93  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Parliamentary Under Secretary's letter of 1st December 1998 (POH(6) 5437/66), on transplant surgery, what assessment he has made of Japanese research on tardigrades and trehalose and the stabilisation of the structure of cell membranes.
(87385)
94  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter from the Minister of State for Public Health of 4th January (POH/3/5437/69) what assessment he has made of the Icelandic experience in the commercialisation of the gene pool.
(87513)
95  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if lists of products appearing on the Prodigy prescribing system have been circulated to relevant patients and specialist groups for their views; and what formal consultation process exists in respect of such products.
(89104)
96  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what skin products appear on the Prodigy prescribing system; and how they were selected.
(89103)
97  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the further use of the Prodigy prescribing system by GPs.
(89100)
98  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account the Prodigy prescribing system takes of existing clinical guidelines.
(89099)
99  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations his Department has undertaken in respect of the Prodigy prescribing support system in the last two years.
(89098)
100  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what method was used to select the products which appear on the Prodigy prescribing system.
(89105)
101  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the selection panel for products on the Prodigy prescribing system.
(89102)
102  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of GPs' views on the Prodigy prescribing system.
(89101)
103  
  
Mr Michael Heseltine (Henley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total number of patients waiting over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment following a written referral from their GP in the Oxfordshire Health Authority area in (a) March 1996, (b) March 1997, (c) March 1998 and (d) March 1999.
(89072)
104  
  
Mr Michael Heseltine (Henley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total number of patients waiting for hospital admission in the Oxfordshire Health Authority area in (a) June 1996, (b) June 1997, (c) June 1998 and (d) June 1999.
(89073)
105  
N  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on the asset base of the NHS of the increase in the number of PFI schemes.
(88641)
106  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on training medical professionals in counselling and interpersonal and management skills in the last year for which figures are available.
(89092)
107  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the White Paper, Our Healthier Nation, will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(89090)
108  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Cancer Beacon will be assessed in terms of raising standards in cancer care; and if he will make a statement.
(89071)
109  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of using (a) flexible sigmoidoscopy and (b) Hemoccult screening in diagnosing for colorectal cancer; and if he will make a statement.
(89094)
110  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the cost effectiveness of GP prescribing.
(89091)
111  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department is funding into the development of vaccines against different types of cancer; and if he will make a statement.
(89069)
112  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on publishing patient satisfaction survey results for each NHS trust.
(89084)
113  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spends annually on (a) cancer treatment drugs and (b) laxatives.
(89095)
114  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the patient information packs to be produced under the Cancer Information Strategy will be available on an Internet web site; and if he will make a statement.
(89085)
115  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the health authorities which authorise GPs to prescribe (a) Irinorelbine for the treatment of lung cancer, (b) Irinotecan for the treatment of colorectal cancer and (c) Paclitaxel for the treatment of ovarian cancer.
(89096)
116  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans to make cancer care services more patient-centred.
(89093)
117  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what departmental research is being carried out into developing cancer antigens through genetic technology; and if he will make a statement.
(89070)
118  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the benefits of the MacMillan Cancer Relief campaign, A Voice for Life, prior to formulating the Government's Cancer Information Strategy.
(89086)
119  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the psychological problems suffered by cancer patients; and if he will make a statement.
(89097)
120  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students entered training for speech and language therapy in each year since 1995.
(88417)
121  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average waiting time for a patient to be (a) seen and (b) treated by a speech and language therapist in each health authority.
(88419)
122  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what precentage of speech and language therapists have left the profession in each year since 1995.
(88416)
123  
N  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many unfilled posts there are for speech and language therapy in each health authority.
(88418)
124  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to stop bed-blocking in each county in the West Country; and if he will make a statement.
(88082)
125  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has assessed on the usefulness of gemcitabine in treating patients with cancer of the pancreas; and how many health authorities are funding this treatment.
(89082)
126  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the relative increases between 1997 and 1998 on the number of warrants issued by the (i) Secretary of State for the Home Department and (ii) the Secretary of State for Scotland under the Interception of Communications Act 1985.
(88720)
127  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants issued under the Interception of Communications Act 1985 and in force on 31st December 1998 had as their justification (i) the prevention or detection of serious crime, (ii) the interests of national security and (iii) the safeguarding of the economic well-being of the UK; and how many warrants were issued which did not cite one of the above three reasons as its justification.
(88718)
128  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reasons underlie the increase in warrants allowing interception of telecommunications issued by him in 1998 under the Interception of Communications Act 1985.
(88719)
129  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants have been (a) applied for and (b) granted under the Interception of Communications Act 1985, where the justification given was to safeguard the economic well-being of the United Kingdom and where the intended target was a UK citizen or citizens.
(88721)
130  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing free access to criminal records checks for the voluntary sector.
(89123)
131  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the decision to include the voluntary sector in charging for criminal records checks on people who want to work in the sector.
(89122)
132  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects of charging for criminal records checks on the voluntary sector.
(89121)
133  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Criminal Records Bureau will be established.
(89124)
134  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the effects of charging for criminal records checks on the voluntary sector.
(89120)
135  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to include individual restaurant health inspection data in his Department's proposals for freedom of information.
(89131)
136  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review court procedures for conducting means assessments prior to sentencing of convicted criminals.
[R] (87556)
137  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the volume was of incoming telephone calls from the 0990 service to each office of the Passport Agency in each month since May 1997.
(88878)
138  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the longest waiting time for personal callers at each office of the Passport Agency in each month since May 1997.
(88962)
139  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unprocessed passport applications were outstanding at the end of each week since 1st January 1999 at each office of the Passport Agency.
(88882)
140  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the Passport Agency's business plan 1999-2000 and corporate plan 1999-2002.
(88880)
141  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list in respect of each office of the Passport Agency the volume of incoming telephone calls for each week since 1st January and the percentage of such calls which were answered within 60 seconds.
(88877)
142  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average time taken by the Passport Agency to send a substantive reply to correspondence from members of the public in each month in 1999 and for the most recent date for which information is available.
(88884)
143  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress and conclusions of the 1999 review of the agency status of the Passport Agency.
(88879)
144  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken by the Passport Agency to acknowledge correspondence about complex cases was in each month of 1999 and for the latest date for which information is available.
(88876)
145  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of personal callers were seen within (a) 60 minutes and (b) 45 minutes at each office of the Passport Agency in each month since May 1997.
(88883)
146  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list in respect of each local authority in England and Wales (a) the amount paid in civil defence grant in 1999-2000, (b) the provisonal maximum allocation of civil defence grant for 2000-01 and (c) the provisional maximum allocation of civil defence grant for 20001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(88881)
147  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if performance-related pay forms part of the remuneration of the Chief Executive of the Passport Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(88886)
148  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average time taken by the Passport Agency to send a formal response to complaints in each month in 1999 and at the most recent date for which information is available.
(88885)
149  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 26th May, Official Report, column 151 on the Passport Office, Liverpool, what compensation will be paid to applicants for passports who have incurred costs as a result of delays in the issuing arrangements.
(88426)
150  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his further letter of 2nd June regarding a constituent (ref: 7519/99).
(89030)
151  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what estimate he has made of the durability and life expectancy of paper copies of the (a) Offical Report and (b) other documents of record held by the Library.
(89111)
152  
N  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects the community legal service to be fully operational.
(87546)
153  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) holiday visitors and (b) business visitors to Northern Ireland from (i) Great Britain, (ii) the Republic of Ireland and (iii) the rest of the world there were in the last year for which figures are available.
(89130)
154  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will identify the Secretary of State referred to in Paragraph 13 of the Report of the Commissioner for 1998 in respect of the Intelligence Services Act 1994.
(88715)
155  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 21st June, Official Report, column 766, what the status is of the undertaking given by the KLA on demilitarisation; and what are the consequences of such demilitarisation for an unaccompanied tour obligation for British armed forces and their families.
(88872)
156  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the division of government responsibility relating to criminal matters between his Department and the Scottish Executive after 1st July.
(87617)
157  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received relating to the system for appeals to the House of Lords from Scottish courts; and if he will make a statement.
(87555)
158  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information he has assessed about biotechnology research involving (a) the transfer of fish genes into other organisms and (b) genes into fish.
(89024)
159  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many applications have been made to local authorities for the development of opencast coal over the past 12 months; and how many have been approved.
[R] (88943)
160  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, from whom information about the contamination of Belgian food products was first received by his officials.
(88951)
161  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when (a) he and (b) his officials were informed of the contamination of Belgian food products.
(88950)
162  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much (a) compensation has been paid to clients and (b) arrears have been removed from clients' cases by the CSA, for excessive delay in processing cases (i) since its establishment and (ii) in the last year for which figures are available.
(89051)
163  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases the CSA is currently dealing with and how many were wrongly assessed in the last year for which figures are available.
(89052)
164  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list premises owned or rented by his Department and its agencies in Scotland, indicating the purpose of each building.
(89078)
165  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the benefits for which he is able to provide regional and national breakdowns of number of recipients.
(89076)
166  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a breakdown of total spending on each benefit provided by his Department and on central, regional and agency administration costs in each of the last three years.
(89075)
167  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the costs of creating a separate social security administration in Scotland; and if he will publish the assumptions made in these calculations.
(89077)
168  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he is able to announce changes to the regulations in respect of the payment of jobseeker's allowance to employees made redundant when their employer goes into receivership.
(89031)
169  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the trips, facilities, gifts and other offerings of a financial value provided by Monsanto to (a) ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department since 1st May 1997.
(88953)
170  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the reasons for the time taken to reach his decision on the merger of City Flyer Express and British Airways; and when that decision is scheduled.
(88887)
171  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussion he has had with (a) BAe and (b) other UK aerospace companies about the re-structuring of the industry; and if he will make a statement.
(88873)
172  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to publicise his Department's Sustainable Energy from Waste pamphlet; and if he will make a statement.
(89118)
173  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will tabulate for each of the last three years for which figures are available for each NHS trust in Wales the total operating income and expenditure, the financial surplus or deficit, the external finance limit performance, the rate of return, management cost (M2), overhead costs, number of employees and the total staff employment costs.
(88639)
174  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what powers the Scottish Parliament will have to lift the beef on the bone ban in Scotland.
[Question Unstarred] (87535)
175  
N  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received about the temporary arrangements for the Basingstoke Magistrates' Court; and how long he expects these arrangements to be in place.
[Question Unstarred] (87550)
176  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people in each of the next five years who will be ineligible for legal aid who were previously eligible.
[Question Unstarred] (87557)
177  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to implement the joint recommendations of its Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor on population health surveillance in respect of genetically-modified and other novel foods.
[Transferred] (89055)


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