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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 19 July 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 19 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.
 


 
MONDAY 19th JULY
1  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90673)
2  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking to promote long-term development of non-food crops; and what assessment he has made of the potential for development of non-food crops in the UK.
(91589)
3  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what safety assessments he has made of the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in farm animals; and if he will make a statement.
(92039)
4  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of reports from the industry that genetically-modified crops grown in the United States and in China produce higher yields and are treated with lower levels of chemicals than the equivalent non-genetically-modified crops grown in the same countries.
(92098)
5  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June, Official Report, columns 192-3, on genetically-modified foods, if the feeding studies on animals over the period 1994 to 1996 used crops treated with Round-up; and if he will make a statement.
(92106)
6  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 24th June, Official Report, column 449, to the honourable Member for Rochdale, if he will suspend badger culling while alternatives are considered in response to recommendation 69 of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.
(92032)
7  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92118)
8  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92047)
9  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(92001)
10  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    To ask Mr Attorney General, when the Director of the Serious Fraud Office intends to publish her Annual Report.
(92060)
11  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90674)
12  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the allocation of funds is for programmes that have been announced as part of the Government's £217 million anti-drugs strategy.
(91441)
13  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92115)
14  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92044)
15  
N  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, What steps the Commissioners are taking to support initiatives from the parochial ministry to celebrate the millennium.
(90233)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the criteria applied to the recruitment of his Department's new press officer; how many applicants there were for this post; how many were shortlisted; how this post was advertised; who was on the selection panel; and what salary this post carries.
(91948)
17  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90672)
18  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92138)
19  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he took, in reaching decisions about Suez Canal Zone medals, of Cabinet minute CAB 128 (1951) in the Public Record Office for 29th November 1951.
(92041)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90671)
21  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of environmental damage caused by the war in Serbia, with particular reference to radioactive material.
(91588)
22  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors he will take into account in his decision on the procurement of a future large aircraft capability; and if he will make a statement.
(92083)
23  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the dates of the recent visit to the United Kingdom of the Turkish Defence Minister; what was his itinerary; which Ministers and companies he met; and what portion of the cost of the visit was met by the United Kingdom Government.
(92084)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if hydraulic contamination has been identified as the (a) possible and (b) confirmed cause of instances of uncommanded flight manoeuvres on the Chinook helicopter since December 1993.
(92087)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instances of (a) confirmed and (b) suspected hydraulic contamination have been reported on Chinook helicopters since the issuance of the Air Safety Action Message CH-47-99-ASAM-02 161228Z.
(92085)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess, in relation to the crash of Chinook ZD576, the circumstances of the US incident that resulted in the issuing of the Air Safety Action Message CH-47-99-ASAM-02 161228Z; and if he will make a statement.
(92088)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Air Accidents Investigation Branch personnel investigating the fatal crash of RAF Chinook ZD576 have identified problems relating to hydraulic contamination; and if he will make a statement.
(92061)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 229, if he will place the full contents of the Air Safety Action Message CH-47-99-ASMA-02 161228Z in the Library and indicate the actions taken by his Department for each of the checks identified.
(92096)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the reported instances of hydraulic contamination reported on Chinook helicopters for each year since 1993.
(92086)
30  
N  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, If he will make a statement on the medium-range TRIGAT programme.
(90199)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the total trained requirement and (b) the total trained strength of the (i) Royal Artillery, (ii) Royal Engineers, (iii) Royal Signals, (iv) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, (v) Royal Logistic Corps and (vi) Royal Army Medical Service.
(91593)
32  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if all Serbian Paramilitary Forces have left Kosovo.
(91591)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the terms of reference are for the Adjutant General's Army Retention Study; and when it will be completed.
(91590)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular and reserve forces are (a) in theatre, (b) in support at home and (c) in training.
(91592)
35  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers aged under 18 years are currently deployed in NATO's K-FOR in (a) the Balkans and (b) Kosovo.
(92126)
36  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92137)
37  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (1) fuel types and (2) engine cubic capacities; how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (A) his Department and (B) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (x) 1999-2000, (y) 2000-1 and (z) 2001-2 by vehicles using (a1) petrol, (b2) diesel, (c3) natural gas, (d4) electric batteries and (e5) other; and how much his Department plans to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90689)
38  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90678)
39  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many attacks on school teachers at schools in Greater London by (a) pupils and (b) parents, were reported in each of the last five years.
(92007)
40  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for what reasons the software to carry out financial assessments for student grant applications has not been supplied to local education authorities to date.
(92090)
41  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance his Department has issued to students who do not receive their grant by the first day of term.
(92089)
42  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, under what circumstances students are entitled to apply for compensation in relation to delays in the processing of their applications for a grant.
(92093)
43  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many local education authorities are expected to complete assessments for student grants using the new systems, in accordance with his Department's timetable.
(92091)
44  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of local education authorities which will have completed the processing of applications for student grants before the start of the university term.
(92092)
45  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92136)
46  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 13th July, Official Report, column 167, on school playing fields, what was the research carried out by the Central Council of Physical Recreation which was used by his Department.
(92128)
47  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the guidance (a) he and (b) his Green Minister have issued concerning the introduction of low and nil emission fuel technology into the Department's vehicle fleet.
(90693)
48  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90676)
49  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Government have taken to encourage the use of (a) biodegradable starch-base plastics and (b) other starch-based products in place of petrochemicals
(91654)
50  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to sell 51 per cent. of National Air Traffic Services Ltd.
(91854)
51  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made with his plans to repeal section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.
(91986)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many tenants exercised the right to buy their property in (a) Enfield, (b) Greater London and (c) Great Britain in each of the last five years; and in each case what was the cost to public funds of the discounts.
(92018)
53  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the waiting time for a practical car driving test in Carlisle; and if he will make a statement.
(91442)
54  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the target waiting time for a practical car driving test set by the Driving Standards Agency.
(91443)
55  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the amount of government capital investment in public transport in (a) the West Midlands and (b) London in each year since 1992; and what forecast he has made of investment levels for each year of the planning period.
(92133)
56  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what safety checks are made to guarantee the integrity of wiring in commercial aircraft.
(91309)
57  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92043)
58  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92114)
59  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90675)
60  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a breakdown of air passenger duty raised by (a) region and nation and (b) airport since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(91306)
61  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer the letter from the Right honourable Member for Wells to the Chief Secretary, sent on 27th April, about the reduction in the European Budget Rebate.
(91901)
62  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in the organic farming and foods sector in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and how many are forecast to be employed in 1999-2000.
(92094)
63  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92116)
64  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92045)
65  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (1) fuel types and (2) engine cubic capacities; how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (A) his Department and (B) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (x) 1999-2000, (y) 2000-1 and (z) 2001-2 by vehicles using (a1) petrol, (b2) diesel, (c3) natural gas, (d4) electric batteries and (e5) other; and how much his Department plans to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90691)
66  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90680)
67  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's efforts to assist in finding a solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka.
(92019)
68  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold an inquiry into the leaking of his Department's documents relating to Michael Ashcroft to the Press.
(91938)
69  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if any of his special advisers prior to 13th July passed on to or discussed with a journalist the contents of documents referring to Michael Ashcroft.
(91937)
70  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if any of his special advisers at any time prior to 13th July had access to or were informed of the contents of documents referring to Michael Ashcroft.
(91936)
71  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 276, on European Commission staff, if he will request the Secretary General of the European Commission (a) to supply a breakdown of total numbers of employees (i) of each Directorate General and (ii) other parts of the Commission who have been given permission to take secondary employment, (b) to supply a copy of the codes adopted by the Commission to determine whether such permission should be given and (c) to indicate at what administrative level such decisions have been made.
(92033)
72  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92127)
73  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th May to the honourable Member for Bury North, Official Report, column 427, concerning continence services, what assessment he has made of the extent of compliance with guidance HSG (92) 50 and HSG (95) 8.
(91947)
74  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the clinical guidelines on the use of beta interferon recently published by the Association of British Neurologists.
(91851)
75  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90669)
76  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates he has made of the level of expenditure by the NHS on incontinence services in each of the last five years.
(91944)
77  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to issue updated guidance on continence services.
(91945)
78  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what category D drugs are currently not readily available in the United Kingdom; and what assessment he has made of the consequent impact on the percentage of generic drugs in the total prescribing mix.
(92135)
79  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if patient groups were consulted on the development of the NHS survey of patients; and if he will make a statement.
(92050)
80  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Code of Practice on Openness in the NHS is distributed and made accessible to the general public; and if he will make a statement.
(92037)
81  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will report on the progress made by the Cancer Care Action Group in identifying and implementing improvements to the quality of care for patients and their relatives; and if he will make a statement.
(91984)
82  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS Direct service will be available to the public in Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(92040)
83  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the new guidance from the General Medical Council on patient information; and if he will make a statement.
(91982)
84  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment of risk to human health he has made of the use of antibiotics used as growth promoters in farm animal food products; and if he will make a statement.
(92038)
85  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the government bodies involved in formulating cancer care policies and strategies, with a brief outline of each organisation's work; and if he will make a statement.
(92036)
86  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the total spent by each NHS Regional Executive on funding cancer care advisers in the two most recent years; and if he will make a statement.
(91981)
87  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how patients and members of the public will be consulted on the development of the National Electronic Library for Health; and if he will make a statement.
(91985)
88  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps were taken to ensure that a fair representation of minority groups, with particular reference to (a) ethnic minorities, (b) those with sight and hearing difficulties and (c) those with learning difficulties, were included in the NHS survey of patients.
(92049)
89  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Cancer Care Action Group and the organisations for which they work.
(91983)
90  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the results of the NHS survey of patients; what recommendations have been based on the survey; and if he will make a statement.
(92048)
91  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92117)
92  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92046)
93  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will evaluate the recent study on the effects of radiation from VDUs at the offices of Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(91923)
94  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, If, in its assessment of radiation, the National Radiological Protection Board takes account of non-thermal effects; and if he will make a statement.
(91919)
95  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received of research by the USA National Institute of Environmental Health Systems into the effect of extremely low-frequency radiation; and if he will make a statement.
(91921)
96  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, What part the provision of complementary and alternative medicines plays in the drug strategy for the South London area.
(91805)
97  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to conduct research into the emissions from mobile phones and VDUs of extremely low-frequency radiation; and if he will make a statement.
(91922)
98  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide guidance to Wakefield Health Authority in relation to their next strategic outline case for capital finance for Pontefract and Pinderfields Hosptials.
(92065)
99  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's timetable for the next round of health authority bids for capital finance.
(92097)
100  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department (a) has contributed to the establishment of and (b) plans to provide on an annual basis, for the Centre for Tobacco Research based at the University of Strathclyde.
(92013)
101  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90670)
102  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deportation orders are outstanding against asylum seekers whose applications have been refused; and if he will list (a) how long they have been outstanding and (b) his Department's estimated timetable for when they will be carried out.
(92103)
103  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are waiting for their applications to be processed are currently held in one of Her Majesty's prisons; and if he will list (a) in which prisons they are located and (b) how long they have been in their current accommodation.
(92101)
104  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are waiting for their applications to be processed are currently being housed by local authorities in temporary accommodation in London; and if he will list the numbers in each of the boroughs.
(92104)
105  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children of asylum seekers who are waiting for their applications to be processed are currently in the care of local authorities.
(92102)
106  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish the Government's proposals for consolidation and amendment of the law on corruption; and what length of consultation he proposes prior to introducing legislation.
(92124)
107  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who appeared before magistrates' courts in England and Wales were convicted on their first offence and sent to prison in 1998.
(91987)
108  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many claims for compensation under the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 Compensation Scheme (a) have been paid and (b) remain outstanding.
(91852)
109  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his latest estimate of the value of claims under the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 Compensation Scheme (a) already paid and (b) still outstanding.
(91853)
110  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals his Working Party on Electoral Procedures has made in relation to access by political parties to the full Electoral Register.
(91857)
111  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses he has received from business and charitable organisations to his consultation on the commercial sale of the Electoral Register.
(91856)
112  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has placed on the Internet the responses to his consultation on the commercial sale of the Electoral Register, and publicised their existence, in accordance with the Cabinet Office guide on written consultation exercises.
(91855)
113  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the relocation of the London Passport Office and Passport Agency headquarters.
(91812)
114  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list and publish the research he has commissioned into the practice of compulsory voting in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
(92132)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase public awareness of the issues raised by compulsory voting; and if he will make a statement.
(92131)
116  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the police investigation of the murder of Jill Dando.
(92030)
117  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Her Majesty's Government has ratified (a) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and (b) the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women on behalf of (1) Gibraltar, (2) Jersey, (3) Guernsey and (4) the Isle of Man; and if he will make a statement.
(92100)
118  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial savings are projected as a result of the proposed changes in the right to trial by jury.
(92130)
119  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92139)
120  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Prison Service will publish its proposed prison service instruction on complementary and alternative medicine.
(91809)
121  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the composition and aims of the joint Prison Service/NHS healthcare policy and executive units.
(91804)
122  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to restrict the alternative and complementary medical treatments currently available in prisons and young offenders institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(91807)
123  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sole practitioners currently provide complementary and alternative medical treatments in Her Majesty's Prisons and Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institutions.
(91811)
124  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the service providers currently offering complementary and alternative medical treatments in Her Majesty's Prisons and Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institutions.
(91802)
125  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the complementary and alternative medical therapies offered in Her Majesty's Prisons and Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institutions, indicating the establishments in which they are offered.
(91810)
126  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions currently employ complementary and alternative medical practitioners; and what plans he has to change the arrangements for offering such services in prisons.
(91806)
127  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the current treatment modalities available through complementary medical services to prisoners at Her Majesty's Prisons Coldingley and Downview and Young Offenders Institution Feltham; and if he will make a statement.
(91803)
128  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of Her Majesty's Prisons and Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institutions have applied for the Medical Directorate to establish a Complementary Medical Service for Prisoners unit; and if he will make a statement.
(91808)
129  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to respond to correspondence about Mr and Mrs Janneh.
(92029)
130  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(92003)
131  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (1) fuel types and (2) engine cubic capacities; how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (A) his Department and (B) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (x) 1999-2000, (y) 2000-1 and (z) 2001-2 by vehicles using (a1) petrol, (b2) diesel, (c3) natural gas, (d4) electric batteries and (e5) other; and how much his Department plans to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90690)
132  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if she will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies her Department currently is responsible for.
(90679)
133  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many appointments to quangos she made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92140)
134  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(92000)
135  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90681)
136  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (1) fuel types and (2) engine cubic capacities; how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (A) his Department and (B) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (x) 1999-2000, (y) 2000-1 and (z) 2001-2 by vehicles using (a1) petrol, (b2) diesel, (c3) natural gas, (d4) electric batteries and (e5) other; and how much his Department plans to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90692)
137  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, When the decision on the merger of the Official Solicitor, Guardian Ad Litem and Family Court Welfare will be finalised and the decision will be communicated to the relevant parties.
(91939)
138  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, what responses he has received from the public on his reforms of the legal aid system.
(92014)
139  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92144)
140  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(92002)
141  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list for (a) her Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if she will indicate their (A) fuel types and (B) engine cubic capacities; and how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (a) her Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02 and will be replaced by vehicles using (1) petrol, (2) diesel, (3) natural gas, (4) electric batteries and (5) other; and how much her Department expects to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90796)
142  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if she will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90793)
143  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time occupational therapists were employed by the (i) Down Lisburn Trust, (ii) Newry and Mourne Trust and (iii) Banbridge and Craigavon Trust (1) in 1997, (2) in 1998 and (3) at the latest available date.
(92012)
144  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients have been discharged from hospitals in the Down Lisburn Trust with community care packages; and how many have been retained in hospitals awaiting such packages since 1st April.
(92010)
145  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Kingston upon Hull North of 17th June, Official Report, column 210, on housing, what progress has been made in drafting the legislation to regulate nomination to the Board of the Housing Executive.
(92031)
146  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were awaiting assessments by occupational therapists for disabled facilities in the (i) Down Lisburn Trust, (ii) Newry and Mourne Trust and (iii) Banbridge and Craigavon Trust (a) in 1997, (b) in 1998 and (c) at the latest available date.
(92011)
147  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the financial allocation from each health and social services board in Northern Ireland to each health trust for community care provision for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(92008)
148  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of the financial allocation from the Eastern Health and Social Services Board towards the Down Lisburn Trust in respect of community care provision for 1999-2000 has been expended to date.
(92009)
149  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what response she proposes to make to the Royal Commission's report on Long-Term Care.
(92015)
150  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(92004)
151  
  
Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 151, when she will publish the results of the May market research, tracking public perception of the Millennium Bug.
(92123)
152  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many appointments to quangos he made between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92042)
153  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many members of Britain's (a) ethnic minority communities and (b) Asian community he appointed to quangos between (i) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (ii) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999.
(92113)
154  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what improvements have been made by the Chinese Government in respect of (a) human rights and (b) the situation in Tibet since his discussions with Jiang Zemin in Beijing in October 1998.
(92051)
155  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(91998)
156  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (A) fuel types and (B) engine cubic capacities; and how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02 and will be replaced by vehicles using (1) petrol, (2) diesel, (3) natural gas, (4) electric batteries and (5) other; and how much his Department expects to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90798)
157  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90794)
158  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92145)
159  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(91999)
160  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many successful claims there were for housing benefit in the Chelmsford local authority area broken down by tenants of (a) council houses, (b) housing associations and (c) the private sector in May of each year since 1994.
(91920)
161  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90677)
162  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the total numbers of (a) incapacity benefit claimants and (b) disablement benefit claimants in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Rotherham, (iii) Sheffield and (iv) Doncaster; and what is the age profile of the claimants in each case.
(91940)
163  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims from residents living in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support and (c) disability living allowance were received in each calendar month of this year; how many were (i) agreed and (ii) refused; and if he will make a statement.
(92105)
164  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he last met the Australian Social Security Minister; and what discussions were held on the social security agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia.
(92035)
165  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, columns 305-7, if he will list the running costs including (a) staff costs and (b) payments to Trillium and Newcastle Estate Partnerships in relation to his Department's estate in Scotland.
(91307)
166  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd July, Official Report, columns 305-7, if he will list the services offered at each of the properties detailed; which are involved in the processing and assessment of entitlement to benefits; what stages of the assessment are carried out at each centre; and if he will make a statement.
(91308)
167  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if there is a maximum number of child allowances an individual claimant can receive in family credit; and if there will be one in the working families tax credit.
(91326)
168  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92142)
169  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the Green Paper, A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions, and with regard to the take-up of income support by pensioners, if his Department brought forward proposals to identify pensioners who are entitled and to encourage them to claim, in accordance with the stated timetable.
(91926)
170  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the Green Paper, A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions, and with regard to the take-up of income support by pensioners, if his Department has started to trigger claims automatically at points where pensioners are likely to become entitled.
(91925)
171  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the Green Paper, A New Contract for Welfare: Partnership in Pensions, and with regard to the take-up of income support by pensioners, if his Department met his stated timetable of pinpointing more accurately those who may be entitled by April.
(91924)
172  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published.
(91997)
173  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals he has for continuation of free postal services for (a) Braille material and (b) talking books, as part of his programme of Post Office restructuring.
(91949)
174  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 42, concerning public textphones, for what reasons BT's plans have been superseded; and how many public textphones he estimates will be in service in 2000.
(91946)
175  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to monitor the movements of the imminent shipment of MOX fuel to Japan.
(90200)
176  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans Her Majesty's Government has to inform United Kingdom companies of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
(92122)
177  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many motor cars were purchased from countries of the European Union other than the United Kingdom by citizens of the UK for their personal use in 1998.
(92006)
178  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the reasons for selling a minority stake in BNFL, rather than a majority stake.
(92057)
179  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish in full the KPMG Report into the Public Private Partnership Options for BNFL.
(92056)
180  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the members of the Liabilities Management Unit of BNFL.
(92055)
181  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the stockbrokers consulted by KPMG as part of their work preparing the report into the Public Private Partnership Options for BNFL.
(92059)
182  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date Ministers were advised that the Horizon project should be cancelled.
(92134)
183  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what new techniques, skills and strategies are being developed to manage more efficiently and effectively the liabilities of BNFL.
(92053)
184  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of losses sustained by non-monopoly services of the Post Office following its conversion to plc status will be regarded as constituting a subsidy from the monopoly services of the Post Office.
(92052)
185  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list his reasons for announcing his proposals for BNFL through a written answer rather than an oral statement.
(92058)
186  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the new index against which BNFL's safety, health and environmental performance will be measured.
(92054)
187  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make it his policy to reply to electronic correspondence electronically; and if he will make a statement.
(92028)
188  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff were employed by the Post Office in Scotland for each of the past five years; and what forecast he has made of staff levels for each of the next five years.
(92005)
189  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices in Scotland were closed on a temporary basis in each of the past five years; and how many of these were subsequently re-opened.
(92016)
190  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he has met representatives of the Post Office to discuss the reduction in the size of the network; and if he will make a statement.
(92017)
191  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92141)
192  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidelines his Department has set for the length of time which fomer miners suffering 80 per cent. emphysema should expect to wait for a spirometer test.
(92121)
193  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the total number of recipients of compensation for former miners suffering from respiratory diseases; how many cases have been (a) settled and (b) paid; what is the average number of cases settled each week; and what steps he is taking to speed up the processing of claims.
(92099)
194  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many widows of deceased miners are currently awaiting interim payments for the Respiratory Disease Litigation Scheme; how many such widows have already received payments; how many are being paid each month; and what factors underlie the current backlog.
(92064)
195  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the report, Driving Productivity and Growth in the UK economy, has been brought to his attention.
(92034)
196  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list for (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (A) fuel types and (B) engine cubic capacities; and how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (a) his Department and (b) associated bodies listed in the National Asset Register will be replaced in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02 and will be replaced by vehicles using (1) petrol, (2) diesel, (3) natural gas, (4) electric batteries and (5) other; and how much his Department expects to spend in each year on vehicle replacements.
(90797)
197  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the non-departmental public bodies in existence on 1st May 1997 that (a) have been disbanded, indicating when they were disbanded, (b) will be disbanded in the next 12 months, (c) have had their functions transferred to (i) another non-departmental public body and (ii) a democratically elected body, (d) have been renamed but continue to perform a similar role and (e) have been unchanged; if he will indicate in (c)(ii) the relevant successor body; what new non-departmental public bodies have been established since 1st May 1997; and how many non-departmental public bodies his Department currently is responsible for.
(90795)
198  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many appointments to quangos he made between (a) 1st June 1997 and 31st May 1998 and (b) 1st June 1998 and 31st May 1999; and in each case of those how many were members of Britain's (i) Asian and (ii) ethnic minority communities.
(92143)
199  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of Serb armour in Kosovo which survived the bombing campaign.
[Question Unstarred] (90211)
200  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the farm-scale test sites planned for autumn 1999 and the crops to be grown; if interim test results from earlier trials will be available before their planting; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (92095)
201  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the Government will (a) ratify the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and (b) encourage other governments to ratify the Convention.
[Transferred] (92125)
202  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in Scotland have (a) taken cases alleging gender discrimination to an employment tribunal and (b) had their cases upheld in the last 12 months for which figures are available and in the three previous years.
[Transferred] (92129)
203  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of those ex-miners receiving compensation for respiratory diseases are having their cases settled under the expedited payment system; and what proportion are receiving payments under the system by which compensation is reduced due to other factors.
[Transferred] (92062)
204  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial controls have been put in place by his Department regulating the flow of payments of compensation to former miners suffering from respiratory disease.
[Transferred] (92063)


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