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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 1 July 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 1 July 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 1st JULY
1  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what area of agricultural land in Lancashire is currently subject to set-aside; and what was the annual cost to public funds in the last year for which figures are available.
(89557)
2  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if British sovereign bases in Cyprus will be included in the list of countries to which the current quarantine arrangements will no longer apply for pets entering the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(89555)
3  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance he has given to the establishment of farmers' markets; and if he will make a statement.
(89554)
4  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those countries from which pets entering the United Kingdom will no longer be required to fulfil the current quarantine arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(89580)
5  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what levels of dioxin contamination in United Kingdom and imported fish and fish products have been identified; and if he will make a statement.
(89294)
6  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask Mr Attorney General, in how many cases he has sought leave to appeal against sentences on grounds of alleged leniency.
(87906)
7  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many offences of television licence fee evasion were adjudicated upon in magistrates' courts in (a) England and (b) Wales during each of the last five years; what was the cost; what proportion of the cost was borne by (i) the magistrates' courts and (ii) the BBC; and what has been the amount of fines imposed.
(89558)
8  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how local authorities will obtain money made available through the National Lottery New Opportunities Fund to develop a public libraries IT network; and what plans he has to ensure that all public libraries will benefit from this money.
(89470)
9  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on funding for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
(89589)
10  
  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to facilitate the saying of prayers at midnight on 31st December 1999 in the Millennium Dome by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
(89579)
11  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many successful prosecutions took place in the Preston Television Licensing Enquiry office area for each year since 1992.
(89550)
12  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from the tourism industry calling for (a) change to and (b) hypothecation of air passenger duty.
(89560)
13  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding air passenger duty.
(89548)
14  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the total stock of depleted uranium weaponry held by the UK.
(88889)
15  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many depleted uranium weapons are held by British forces based in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo.
(88963)
16  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate how much depleted uranium was dropped on (a) Kosovo and (b) Serbia in the course of recent NATO action.
(89067)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action is being taken to ensure continued operational support for RAF Harriers following BAe's announcement of the closure of its Dunsfold factory.
(89347)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect the closure of BAe Dunsfold will have on the ongoing operational support for Royal Navy Harriers; and if he will make a statement.
(89348)
19  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes he has made to the Ministry of Defence Police regulations since 30th March 1998.
(89388)
20  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to increase the (a) support for and (b) training of headteachers.
(89362)
21  
  
Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many extra pre-school places he plans to make available for three year olds next year.
(89536)
22  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of the New Deal Conference held in Birmingham on 21st and 22nd June; and if he will make a statement.
(89369)
23  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the percentage of leavers from the 18 to 24 New Deal by each unit of delivery in the United Kingdom from April 1998 to the latest date for which the figures are available (a) whose destination was unsubsidised employment and (b) whose destination was unknown.
(89377)
24  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each region the proportion of all those who left the 18 to 24 New Deal for unsubsidised employment who left at each stage of the New Deal process between April 1998 and April 1999.
(89371)
25  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Penrith and the Border of 25th June, Official Report, columns 467-8 on the New Deal, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the survey of young people leaving the New Deal for unknown destinations.
(89394)
26  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the percentage of total spending devoted to education for each shire authority; and how much extra each would have to spend in order to spend as much on education as the present highest one for the latest year for which figures are available.
(89286)
27  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal scheme for those aged under 25 years in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement.
(89379)
28  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he has taken to monitor the impact of equal opportunities legislation on recruitment, pay and promotion opportunities of (a) male, (b) female, (c) disabled and (d) ethnic minority university research and teaching staff; and what were the results of this monitoring.
(89563)
29  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of reducing class sizes to 25 for all primary school children.
(89375)
30  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the cost of providing each further education student with an individual learning account credited with an amount equivalent to the cost of undergraduate tuition fees.
(89359)
31  
N  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the environmental implications of genetically-modified food.
(87938)
32  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists have been (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in accidents involving motor vehicles in each of the last five years.
(89540)
33  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many pedestrians have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured (i) in accidents involving bicycles ridden on pavements and (ii) by bicycles ridden on the road when the cyclist was at fault, in each of the last five years.
(89538)
34  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many cyclists have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in accidents on roads or cycle paths when the pedestrian was at fault in each of the last five years.
(89539)
35  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the RSPB's recommendations on the plantation of genetically-modified crops.
(87937)
36  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd June, Oral Report, column 404-5, on George Green Tunnel, how many vehicles were employed in the limited staged incident on 28th May; how many London Fire Brigade vehicles attended; and if he will place a copy of the Fire Brigade's report in the Library.
(89391)
37  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the land at Leyton Yard was sold by his Department to Asda with extant planning permission for a supermarket and related developments; and if he will make a statement.
(89562)
38  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of council-owned properties was declared as void by the housing departments in (a) the London Borough of Wandsworth, (b) the City of Westminster and (c) the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(89469)
39  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many affordable homes to rent were developed in (a) the London Borough of Wandsworth, (b) the City of Westminster and (c) the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(89468)
40  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what level of local authority grant aid has been paid by the London boroughs of (a) Wandsworth, (b) Hammersmith and Fulham and (c) Bromley to arts and theatre organisations in each of these boroughs for (i) 1997 and (ii) 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(89466)
41  
N  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his departmental news release number 544, of 11th June, what is the reason for the delay in the posting of the Sellafield MOX plant consultation documents on his Department's web site; and if he will extend the consultation period to compensate for the shortened notice given.
(89314)
42  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each airport in the United Kingdom the percentage increase in passenger volume for the last year for which figures are available.
(89385)
43  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers from (a) the UK and (b) the Yorkshire and Humberside Region flying to destinations (i) in the USA, (ii) in Europe and (iii) elsewhere in (1) 1978, (2) 1988 and (3) 1998.
(89390)
44  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure the speedy passage of the Asbestos Directive through the European Commission.
(89343)
45  
  
Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate the Government made, prior to its announcement, of the effect of the increase in diesel fuel duty announced in the Budget statement on employment in the road haulage industry; and what estimate he has made of levels of employment in the industry over the next six months.
(89650)
46  
  
Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the number of jobs lost in the British road haulage industry since the recent increase in the diesel fuel duty.
(89649)
47  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) impose a 12 tonne weight limit on the A36(T) betweeen Wylye and Salisbury, (b) erect signage to divert traffic from that route to the A303 and A360 between Wylye and Salisbury via Long Barrow roundabout, (c) detrunk and (d) declassify that road.
(89190)
48  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what dates he has made official visits to the New Forest East constituency since 2nd May 1997.
(89630)
49  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons he has not replied to the (a) letter dated 16th March and (b) fax dated 25th May from the honourable Member for New Forest East.
(89631)
50  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost, at current prices in pounds per dwelling, of major repairs to council housing stock (a) by local authority, (b) by region and (c) nationally in each of the last five years.
(89584)
51  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the amount of (a) average management and maintenance allowances, (b) guideline rents and (c) the difference between (a) and (b) in pounds per dwelling per week and in thousands of pounds per annum, (i) for each local authority in England, (ii) for each region and (iii) nationally for 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.
(89585)
52  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many special protection areas designated under the Euopean Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds are subject to wildfowling; and what proportion of the total area so designated this constitutes.
(89392)
53  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority concerning low fuel state occurrences involving foreign airlines; and if he will make a statement.
(89519)
54  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the average amount of revenue to be raised by local authorities for 1999-2000 from car parking fines.
(89644)
55  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the amount by which petrol prices would have to rise in order to reduce UK road traffic levels by one per cent. per year, cumulatively for each of the next 15 years.
(89364)
56  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the statistical significance of the fluctuations in death totals in the past three years measured over the previous 52 weeks published in ONS (99) 224.
(89648)
57  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list from the JUVOS database for each region of the United Kingdom the proportion of all those who left the claimant count for jobs who left after (a) less than six months claiming jobseeker's allowance, (b) six to 12 months claiming jobseeker's allowance, (c) 12 to 24 months claiming jobseeker's allowance and (d) more than 24 months claiming jobseeker's allowance during (i) April 1997 to April 1998 and (ii) April 1998 to April 1999.
(89370)
58  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the new 20 pound note does not have a £ sign.
(89264)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has commissioned to gauge the take-up of ISAs amongst new investors.
[R] (89321)
60  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the benefits of streamlining tax-free savings schemes by merging PEPs and ISAs.
[R] (89324)
61  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investors have taken out life insurance ISAs.
[R] (89325)
62  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made in the Government's Impact Assessment of the effects of the implementation of the IR35 proposals on small business failures.
(89316)
63  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the minutes of the monthly tripartite meetings between the Treasury, the FSA and the Bank of England.
[R] (89332)
64  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussons his Department has had with the Better Regulation Task Force regarding the new regulatory powers proposed in the Financial Services and Markets Bill.
[R] (89326)
65  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what response his Department has made to the International Organisation of Securities Commission's report on the Reduction of Systemic Risk and Securities Activity on the Internet published in September 1998.
[R] (89328)
66  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many savings products have been issued with a CAT standard mark.
[R] (89331)
67  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discusssions he has had with Scottish lawyers' organisations regarding the transfer of the regulation of Scottish lawyers offering financial advice to the FSA.
[R] (89327)
68  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the terms of the contract of the head of the FSA.
[R] (89329)
69  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have taken out (a) maxi and (b) mini ISAs and how many took out general and single company PEPs at the same stage in the financial year last year.
[R] (89322)
70  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the benefits of merging single company PEPs and general PEPs.
[R] (89323)
71  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases of pensions mis-selling have been referred to the police by the FSA.
[R] (89330)
72  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April, Official Report, column 300, for what reasons he withheld the information requested by the honourable Member for Chichester on the number and total cost of visits abroad made in an official capacity by special advisers in the Treasury, since 2nd May 1997.
(89578)
73  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are currently taking advantage of the option to draw down capital from their pension fund rather than purchasing an annuity.
(89462)
74  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income the Treasury has received to date from fixed penalty fines issued as a result of speeding offences detected by speed cameras.
(89381)
75  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has held with the Government of Chile concerning (a) its legal process and (b) the immunity of members of the armed forces from prosecution.
(88893)
76  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy in respect of the Loizidou v. Turkey judgement by the European Court of Human Rights.
(89389)
77  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Gainsborough of 22nd June, Official Report, columns 354-5, on qualified majority voting, when the decision to hold a European Union Inter-Governmental Conference in 2000 was made; what are the main headings and items to be considered at that conference; and what steps Her Majesty's Government has taken to publicise the conference.
(89393)
78  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the (a) persecution of the Hmong people in Vietnam and (b) migration of the Hmong peoples from their ancestral homelands; and what discussions he has had with his international counterparts about the protection of minorities in Vietnam.
(89463)
79  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of military action by the Government of Sudan in the Nuba Mountains region.
(89522)
80  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of the state of the ceasefire in the Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile and Western Upper Nile regions of Sudan.
(89523)
81  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning the treatment of Sudanese people in the peace camps in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.
(89520)
82  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of the Solomon Islands regarding the recent activities of the Guadalcanal Liberation Army.
(89526)
83  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the progress of oil excavations in Southern Sudan by Western oil companies.
(89524)
84  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes (a) to monitor the cost of agency recruited nurses and (b) to give guidance to health purchasers on appropriate charges for agency nurses.
(89383)
85  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average cost to the NHS in London of (a) hiring a nurse through an agency and (b) recruiting a nurse of comparable grade through the NHS.
(89382)
86  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has offered to NHS trusts since 1st February regarding pay awards for Executive Board members; and if he will make a statement.
(89588)
87  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the letter dated 1st February sent by the Chief Executive of the NHS to NHS trusts and health authorities concerning pay for staff in 1999-2000.
(89587)
88  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the formal review of Read Codes 3 will take place.
(89651)
89  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner practices are using Read Codes Version 3.
(89647)
90  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis Mr Roger Browell was selected for the Phase 1 Read Codes Review.
(89656)
91  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts are using Read Codes Version 3 on a hospital-wide basis; and in which hospitals.
(89646)
92  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the total (a) annual budget and (b) staffing of the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service.
(89366)
93  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance targets have been agreed with the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service in relation to processing (a) enquiries and (b) applications.
(89368)
94  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service deals with each year.
(89367)
95  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that mental health service users have the same legal entitlement to local authority bus passes as physically disabled people.
(89545)
96  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he intends to use his order-making powers under Clause 54, Schedule 3 of the Health Bill [Lords].
(89464)
97  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that sight-testing remains confined to medical practitioners and optometrists.
(89465)
98  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the pilot projects to assess the impact of extending routine breast screening to older women were set up; and for what reason the age limit was extended only to women aged up to 69 years.
(89365)
99  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that doctors who have been struck off the medical register abroad are not employed by NHS trusts and private hospitals in the UK.
(89527)
100  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about persons who have not been racially discriminated against having the power to bring forward a complaint on the part of a group or individuals who have been victims of such discrimination.
(89544)
101  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many submissions were made in the course of the consultation on the 1997 White Paper, Your Right to Know; and how many raised objections concerning the substantial harm test as set out in the White Paper.
(89361)
102  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been (a) for offences related to cycling and (b) for dangerous behaviour by pedestrians in the last five years.
(89541)
103  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many spot fines have been levied by the police on motorists for (a) illegal parking and (b) parking on cycle lanes in the last five years.
(89542)
104  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists have been prosecuted for (a) illegal parking and (b) parking on cycle lanes in the last five years.
(89543)
105  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department first considered the possibility of building a prison in Peterborough constituency; and which Minister evaluated the proposal.
(89191)
106  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what local consultation took place at the time the building of a prison in the Peterborough constituency was first considered; and what consultation there was with the local honourable Member at the time.
(89192)
107  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many subject access requests have been received by the Metropolitan Police for each of the last three years; and what plans he has to use his powers under the Data Protection Act 1998 to restrict, at the request of the data subject, a subject access request to personal data which relate to criminal records.
(89654)
108  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the figures regarding numbers of personal files held by MI5 which he gave the House on 29th July 1998, Official Report, Vol 317, columns 251-4, differ from those in the 1997-98 Annual Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee; and whether the MI5 records held in microform are classified within the traffic light system.
(89638)
109  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many records from the period 1909 to 1945 it is intended will be retained by MI5 under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958; on what grounds they are to be retained; how many of them are operational records; and what types of operational record they are.
(89640)
110  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the release to the Public Record Office of MI5 records from the period 1919 to 1939 will take place.
(89639)
111  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Government refused the request by the Advisory Council on Public Records in 1998 to be allowed to consider the conditions under which MI5 records are released; and if the Government will review that refusal.
(89642)
112  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the purposes of each order, currently under preparation, which will relate to the processing of personal data in accordance with the provisions in Schedules 2, 3 and 4 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
(89652)
113  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, Official Report, column 568, on the Security Service, if he will list the law enforcement agencies which could potentially task the Security Service with respect to serious crime.
(89655)
114  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement concerning the progress made by the reviews (a) on retention of DNA profiles collected by the police from individuals for elimination purposes, (b) on the wider use of electoral roll personal data without the consent of the elector and (c) on the application of the national security exemption to the processing of personal data held by the Security Service for a purpose which relates to serious crime.
(89653)
115  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the extent of surviving Police Special Branch historical records; and for what reasons retention in Department, under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958, still applies to these records and to those of MI6.
(89643)
116  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reasons underlie the proposed timescale for the release of post-1945 MI5 records to the Public Record Office.
(89641)
117  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were processed in (a) January, (b) February, (c) March and (d) April from (i) Kosovo, (ii) Iraq and (iii) Somalia; how many of these were (1) agreed and (2) refused; and if he will make a statement.
(89467)
118  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for the use of bribes to secure foreign contracts have been brought in England and Wales in the last five years.
(87913)
119  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each of the prisons in England and Wales where prison officers have been suspended for alleged assaults against prison inmates or for other breaches of prison rules; and how many officers at each prison have been suspended for these alleged offences in the last year.
(89346)
120  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of sexual offences against children (a) led to charges being preferred, (b) were prosecuted and (c) resulted in convictions in each year from 1989.
(89581)
121  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under 16 years of age have been charged with prostitution offences broken down by age in each year from 1989.
(89582)
122  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with living off the immoral earnings of child prostitutes in each year since 1989; and what was the average sentence for such offenders on conviction.
(89583)
123  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the release to the Public Record Office of M15 records from the period 1919 to 1939 will take place.
(89625)
124  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Government refused the request by the Advisory Council on Public Records in 1998 to be allowed to consider the conditions under which M15 records are released; and if the Government will review that refusal.
(89628)
125  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reasons underlie the proposed timescale for the release of post-1945 M15 records to the Public Record Office.
(89627)
126  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the figures regarding numbers of personal files held by M15 which he gave the House on 29th July 1998, Official Report, Vol 317, columns 251-4, differ from those in the 1997-98 Annual Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee; and if M15 records held in microform are classified within the traffic light system.
(89624)
127  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the extent of the surviving Police Special Branch historical records; and for what reasons retention in Department under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958, still applies to these records and those of M16.
(89629)
128  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many M15 records from the period 1904 to 1945 it is intended will continue to be retained by M15 under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958; on what grounds they are to be retained; how many of them are operational records; and what types of operational record they are.
(89626)
129  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to link the licensing of trusted third parties with key escrow in e-commerce communications.
[R] (89334)
130  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy towards key escrow in e-commerce communications.
[R] (89333)
131  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to encourage greater use of the Internet by police authorities for publicising details of (a) wanted criminals and (b) missing persons.
[R] (89337)
132  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new powers he proposes to give police and the security services to gain access to encrypted computer files.
[R] (89336)
133  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to control encryption in e-commerce communications.
[R] (89335)
134  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of re-offending among those young offenders who are released on bail.
(89363)
135  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what selection criteria are used in determining the appointment of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
(89561)
136  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people served in the special constabulary of each police force in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(89552)
137  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legal basis exists (a) for the warning by the Assocation of Chief Police Officers that vehicles in motorway accidents or which have broken down must be removed within 30 minutes and (b) for the police to engage their own contractors and charge the owners to remove vehicles after this time limit; when these provisions will come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(89553)
138  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, during the present difficulties concerning passports, he will reintroduce the practice of making one-year passports available over the counter at post offices.
(89461)
139  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the past year a woman prisoner has been told that she had to stop breastfeeding in order to attend educational or other courses inside a prison.
(89344)
140  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the daily allowance of fresh fruit and vegetables is for babies in Styal Prison.
(89345)
141  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost of increasing police force strength by 6,000 officers.
(89360)
142  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to publish election information material in large print for partially-sighted people.
(89374)
143  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the voting allocations given to the members of the European Development Fund Committee.
(89372)
144  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's policy is on the proposed European Development Fund grant to support the Rehabilitation of Roads in Cameroon (PERFED II); and what discussions her officials have had on this proposal with other members of the European Development Fund Committee.
(89373)
145  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid is being delivered to the people of the Nuba Mountains region in Sudan.
(89521)
146  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to support child care provision in Romania.
(89044)
147  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian assistance her Department has provided to improve child care provison in central and eastern Europe.
(89045)
148  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will take action to ensure that the retention for non-administrative reasons of departmental records over 30 years old will be justified under the same criteria as those which justify extended closure of records over 30 years old at the Public Record Office.
(89637)
149  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will review the criteria against which the extended closure of records under section 5(1) of the Public Records Act 1958 must be justified, with special reference to (a) the definition of national security, (b) protection of the identities of confidential informants and (c) protection of those mentioned or their relatives from substantial distress and endangerment.
(89635)
150  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will publish the guidelines given to departmental record officers on judging whether the release of a document is likely to cause substantial distress or endangerment to a person mentioned in that document or to relatives of such a person.
(89636)
151  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will publish the guidelines given to departmental record officers on judging whether the release of a document is likely to cause substantial distress or endangerment to a person mentioned in that document or to relatives of such a person.
(89633)
152  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will ensure that the retention for non-administrative reasons of departmental records over 30 years old is justified under the same criteria as those which justify extended closure of records over 30 years old at the Public Record Office.
(89634)
153  
  
Mr Ken Livingstone (Brent East):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Government will review the criteria against which the extended closure of records over 30 years old, under section 5(1) of the Public Records Act 1958, must be justified, with particular reference to (a) the definition of national security, (b) protection of the identities of confidential informants and (c) protection of those mentioned, or their relatives, from substantial distress or endangerment.
(89632)
154  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many trials have been (a) postponed and (b) rescheduled to fit in with the trial judge's social and holiday commitments in the last 12 months to date; and if he will make a statement.
(89556)
155  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees the Fair Employment Commission has and what are their (a) grades or positions and (b) religious affiliations; and if he will provide the same information for 1994.
(89547)
156  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has for the composition of the electoral college for crossbench peers in the Interim House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.
(89194)
157  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings (a) he has and (b) his staff have had with representatives of the American Government at which opportunities for inward investment by American companies in the British retail sector were discussed.
(89338)
158  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many days in each year since 1992 the Palace of Holyroodhouse was occupied by (a) the Sovereign and (b) other members of the Royal Family.
(89551)
159  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what instructions and guidance he has given to staff to forbid them from approaching employers requiring copies of complete databases of personal data; and if he will place a copy of such guidance in the Library.
(89593)
160  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will request the Audit Commission to keep records with respect to each data matching programme undertaken or investigated which contains (a) the total number of individuals whose personal data were matched, (b) the number of matches which resulted in no further action, (c) the number of matches which required further investigation by staff, (d) the number of matches which following such investigation resulted in no further action, (e) the number of withdrawn claims or prosecutions identified by data matching, (f) the cost of the data matching progamme including all direct and indirect staff costs and (h) the amounts saved by the data matching programme.
(89592)
161  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) the total number of claimant matches undertaken by his Department's data matching programme, (b) the number of matches which resulted in no further action, (c) the number of matches which required investigation by staff, (d) the number of matches which, following such investigation, resulted in no further action, (e) the number of withdrawn claims and prosecutions identified by data matching, (f) the cost of the data matching programme so far, including all direct and indirect staff costs and (h) the amounts of benefits saved by the data matching programme.
(89591)
162  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 4th March, Official Report, column 882, on disabled people, when he expects to take a decision on the need for a take-up campaign for disability benefits.
(89378)
163  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates he has made of the cost of increasing the age additions within the basic state pension by (a) £3 a week for the over 75s and (b) £5 a week for the over 80s.
(89376)
164  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action is being taken by his Department in response to the proposals being considered by the EC to transfer regulation of platform lifts from the Health and Safety Directive to the Lift Directive.
(89546)
165  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the competition implications of agency nursing.
(89380)
166  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the competitiveness of British coal in (i) the European and (ii) the international market; and if he will make a statement.
(89387)
167  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to support and encourage the export of British coal.
(89386)
168  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many firms in the UK have ceased trading since May 1997.
(89315)
169  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future role of the Office of Fair Trading in the monitoring of the financial services industry.
[R] (89319)
170  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with representatives of banks and credit card operators about liberalising regulations regarding use of credit cards for e-commerce transactions with Internet firms with a limited trading history.
[R] (89318)
171  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with representatives of banks and building societies regarding the raising of existing and the introduction of new charges for over the counter transactions and use of cash dispensing machines.
(89317)
172  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to make a statement on insolvency.
(89559)
173  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the aerospace industry concerning research into new technologies; and if he will make a statement.
(89537)
174  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the number and grade of civil servants seconded to work in the (a) textile and (b) aerospace industries for each year since 1992.
(89549)
175  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 5th May, Official Report, column 429, on official representation in Brussels, if he will make a statement on progress with discussions between Welsh Office officials and political parties on the establishment of official representation for Wales in Brussels.
(89590)
176  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures he is introducing to phase out the farming of battery hens.
[Question Unstarred] (87923)
177  
N  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had on the development of farmers' markets.
[Question Unstarred] (87929)
178  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the historic and architectural merit of surviving buildings from the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1923.
[Transferred] (89193)
179  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the terms of the Financial Services and Markets Bill require a reduction in the powers of the Office of Fair Trading in the monitoring of the financial services industry.
[Transferred][R] (89320)
180  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the levels of inward investment into (i) the South East Government Office Region, (ii) the West Midlands Government Office Region and (iii) the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region for the last five years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (89384)
181  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the total amount of housing benefit, in thousands of pounds per annum, payable to tenants (a) in each local authority, (b) in each region and (c) nationally, for 1998-1999.
[Transferred] (89586)
182  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that mental health service users have the same legal entitlement to local authority bus passes as physically disabled people.
[Transferred] (89545)
183  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what qualifications are needed for membership of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes; and if he will list the members of the committee.
[Transferred] (89525)


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