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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 26 July 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 26 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 26th JULY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the allegations of regulatory capture of US Food and Drugs Administration and the implication thereof for the forthcoming WTO discussions in Seattle.
(93071)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department's mouse-breeding facilities conform to the requirements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(93074)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the (a) volume and (b) value of (i) GM soya and (ii) GM maize imported into the United Kingdom from the United States for each of the last three years.
(93076)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons his Department has mouse-breeding facilities.
(93075)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the Government patents held by his Department.
(93080)
6  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what reductions were achieved in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies for the last year for which data is available; what mechanisms exist for monitoring the post-implementation cost of such regulation; and if he has established targets for reduction in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies.
(92315)
7  
N  
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to minimise defensive labelling by food producers in respect of nut content.
(92491)
8  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions (a) he has had with European Environment ministers, and (b) his officials have had with Commission officials on the definition of genetically free products for labelling purposes.
(93192)
9  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92519)
10  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will publish the milestones for meeting the commitments set out in the Modernising Government White Paper.
(93279)
11  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants are in post in each department and grade broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnicity.
(92512)
12  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92518)
13  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have to issue formal employment contracts for clergy.
(93275)
14  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92520)
15  
N  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations applied to hold meetings in Trafalgar Square, London on 18th July; in what order the applications were received; which organisation held a meeting on 18th July at Trafalgar Square; and if he will make a statement.
(92939)
16  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all current bilateral agreements between the United Kingdom and the United States affecting RAF Menwith Hill.
(92943)
17  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average annual cost of maintaining a Defence Housing Executive administered married quarter for the latest year for which figures are available.
(92191)
18  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government expects to conclude negotiations with the United States Department of Defense for the replenishment of Tomahawk missile stocks; and if he will make a statement.
(91327)
19  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the cessation of production of Block III Tomahawk missiles in the United States later this year on the capabilities of the Royal Navy submarine fleet.
(91328)
20  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions have been made in his Department's budget for the planned refurbishment of the Royal Navy's Block III Tomahawk missiles for (a) this financial year and (b) the next financial year.
(91329)
21  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the first planned refurbishment of the Royal Navy's Block III Tomahawk missiles will take place; and if he will make a statement.
(91330)
22  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to procure Tactical Tomahawk missiles currently under development in the United States; and if he will make a statement.
(91331)
23  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to give individual Swiftsure and Trafalgar class SSNs on-board capability for the tactical targeting of Tomahawk missiles; and if he will make a statement.
(91332)
24  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the final selection for the future aircraft carrier is planned to take place; and if he will make a statement.
(91334)
25  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of recent operations in South East Europe on the Future Aircraft Carrier programme.
(91335)
26  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the expenditure made by his Department on the Concept Demonstration phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project for each financial year from 1995-96 to 1999-2000.
(91336)
27  
N  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many 16 and 17 year-olds have died while on service and in training in the UK armed forces since 1982; and if he will list the causes of death in each case.
(92492)
28  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reason for the purchase of protective shields for mobile phones by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency together with an explanation of the perceived use of such devices.
(93285)
29  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the unclassified version of the summary of the ballistic missile defence pre-feasibility study.
(92487)
30  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements he will make for the winter accommodation of British forces in Kosovo in respect of (a) corimec cabins, (b) new hard-walled buildings and (c) requisitioned buildings; and what is the latest date by which (i) these decisions must be taken and (ii) the purchase and construction cycle must start and finish.
(92490)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if, in respect of overseas students at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for each year from 1992 to 2000 inclusive, he will list the total number of overseas students indicating their countries of origin.
(92488)
32  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in respect of overseas students at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (a) what is the current cost per student to (i) the defence budget and (ii) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office budget and (b) what is the total annual cost to those budgets.
(92489)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers, sailors and airmen were in training on 1st April.
(92944)
34  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the religious faiths ministered to by chaplains in each of HM armed forces; if he will list for each faith (a) the number of chaplains at each rank and (b) the highest rank obtained by a chaplain since 1969; what bodies govern the promotion of chaplains; and when the rules governing armed service chaplains were last amended.
(92932)
35  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women were reported absent without leave in 1998; and how many were not recovered.
(92735)
36  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) assessed in relation to the heath effects of (i) radiation emanating from military use of infra-red cameras and (ii) microwave radiation emitted from military surveillance equipment; what guidance is issued to personnel using this equipment; what instructions have been issued to medical staff in order to monitor any effects from the use of this equipment; and what instructions have been issued to military personnel to protect civilians from radiation exposure.
(92935)
37  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will break down into budget heads the annual cost of the chaplaincy service for each of the armed forces.
(92933)
38  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25th May, Official Report, column 98, on firearms training, if he will list the schools where a combined cadet force gives pupils access to firearms training; how many firearms, of what calibre, are stored on school premises; and how many pupils are enrolled in training programmes each year.
(92677)
39  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons in each of the armed forces subscribe to or identify with each major religious faith according to personnel records.
(92934)
40  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial and (b) material assistance his Department has provided to the Ty Gwyn clinic for traumatised service personnel at Colwyn Bay; what similar facilities exist elsewhere in the United Kingdom; and what rules govern the admissions policy of military hospitals for dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
(92736)
41  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many export orders have been placed for the Eurofighter; and if he will make a statement.
(93280)
42  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92517)
43  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what work is (a) in progress and (b) planned on changing the Trident warhead from fixed to variable yield.
(93172)
44  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Government of the United States to prepare for the refurbishment of the Trident Warhead.
(93272)
45  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the British Trident Warhead requires refurbishing early in the next decade.
(93273)
46  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what reductions were achieved in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies for the last year for which data is available; what mechanisms exist for monitoring the post-implementation costs of such regulation; and if he has established targets for reduction in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies.
(92317)
47  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many injuries have been reported of New Deal clients, since 1st April 1998.
(93439)
48  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92515)
49  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many professors were appointed to university posts in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity.
(92511)
50  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children of primary school age have a statement of special educational need and what proportion that represents of the overall numbers of such children in (a) North West Leicestershire, (b) the county of Leicestershire, not including the City of Leicester, (c) the City of Leicester, (d) the East Midlands and (e) England.
(92508)
51  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures the Government is taking to expand the availability of secondary school teachers specialising in (a) physics, (b) mathematics and (c) information technology; and if he will make a statement.
(92577)
52  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what capital investment in schools in the Leicestershire Education Authority has taken place in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to date; and what the planned levels are for the next two years.
(92579)
53  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children of secondary school age have a statement of special educational need and what proportion that represents of the overall numbers of such children in (a) North West Leicestershire, (b) the county of Leicestershire, not including the City of Leicester, (c) the City of Leicester, (d) the East Midlands and (e) England.
(92507)
54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bids were received for each transport initiative launched since 1st May 1997 under which specific grants were allocated; and if he will list for each initiative, by financial year, those applications which were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful, giving in each case the amount applied for and the amount allocated.
(93147)
55  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures are in place to prevent the escape into the environment of GM seeds whilst in transit.
(93148)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact resulting from the escape into the environment whilst in transit of GM seeds.
(93177)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what circumstances DVLA release information concerning the ownership of vehicles to persons other than those with specific authorisation in law.
(93077)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the Government patents held by his Department.
(93079)
59  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the average annual cost of maintaining a local authority owned housing unit in the latest year for which figures are available.
(92190)
60  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he has held with the Confederation of Burial Authorities concerning the future of memorials; and if he will make a statement.
(93270)
61  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many staff are currently employed by the Government Office for the North East.
(93436)
62  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the administrative costs of the Government Office for the North East in 1998-99.
(93435)
63  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reductions were achieved in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies for the last year for which data is available; what mechanisms exist for monitoring the post-implementation costs of such regulation; and if he has established targets for reduction in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies.
(92313)
64  
N  
Mrs Eileen Gordon (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made with the United Kingdom listing proposal for the basking shark under Appendix II of CITES; and which countries have indicated that they plan to support the initiative.
(93194)
65  
N  
Mrs Eileen Gordon (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations the United Kingdom will make to range states to seek their support for the United Kingdom listing proposal for the basking shark under Appendix II of CITES; and if he will make a statement.
(93193)
66  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many complaints had been received by the Channel Tunnel Rail Link complaints Commissioner by 30th June.
(92947)
67  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 8th July, Official Report, column 589, on refrigerants, if he will estimate the potential number of signatories to the Declaration of Intent in relation to reducing emissions of HFCs; and how many signatories there were at the latest available date.
(93051)
68  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to make the training and certification of refrigeration and air-conditioning contractors a legal requirement; and if he will make a statement.
(92948)
69  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the budget for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Complaints Commissioner for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(92946)
70  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 12, on refrigerants, how many individual refrigerators are operating in his Department's buildings.
(93052)
71  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many injuries to participants on the New Deal programme have been reported to the HSE, broken down by categories, under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerious Occurrences Regulations 1995.
(93440)
72  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to assist residents who suffer from excessive noise from motorways; and if he will make a statement.
(93277)
73  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the responsibility for the measuring and monitoring of noise levels at properties where motorways have been built.
(93203)
74  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies his Department has carried out to identify high and unreasonable noise levels in properties where motorways were built before 1988; and if he will make a statement.
(93276)
75  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to assist people living near motorways on which there has been a significant increase in the volume of traffic above that forecast when the motorway was built.
(93207)
76  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on air quality in London from January 1998 to the latest available date, listing all major pollutants, times when maximum recommended levels were breached; and by what extent.
(93191)
77  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92522)
78  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many practical driving tests took place at test centres in Leicestershire in each of the last five years; if the location of these centres is under review; and if he will make a statement.
(92509)
79  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 in respect of standard spending assessments for primary education, the 10 highest and 10 lowest local education authorities in terms of SSA per pupil aged five to 10 years in maintained schools and the percentage difference, for the mean for all maintained schools, of each of the 20 authorities.
(92800)
80  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 in respect of standard spending assessments for secondary education, the 10 highest and 10 lowest local education authorities in terms of SSA per pupil aged 11 to 15 years in maintained schools and the percentage difference, for the mean for all maintained schools, of each of the 20 authorities.
(92799)
81  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received about the Polegate Bypass project.
(92569)
82  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the groups which (i) he and (ii) his Ministers received in the last six months to discuss the Polegate Bypass Project and (b) the names of the persons who made up the groups.
(92570)
83  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the findings of the Financial Management and Policy Review on the Darwin Advisory Committee; and what is the Government's response.
(93284)
84  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the tax benefits for pensions and retirement savings currently goes to families earning (a) more than £100,000, (b) between £50,000 and £100,000, (c) between £25,000 and £50,000 and (d) less than £25,000 per year.
(93430)
85  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reductions were achieved in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department, its public bodies and by other departments for which Treasury ministers are responsible for the last year for which data is available; what mechanisms exist for monitoring the post-implementation compliance costs of such regulation; and if he has established targets for reduction in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies and by other Departments for which Treasury ministers are responsible.
(92316)
86  
N  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Minister from his Department has attended each of the meetings of the European Council of Finance Ministers held in 1999 to date.
(93173)
87  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the level of net migration from each local authority area in Tyne and Wear and the counties of Durham and Northumberland in each of the past five years, separately identifying net migration (a) within and (b) outside the North East.
(92462)
88  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) the number of endowment policies that are surrendered each year and (b) the lapse rate for new endowment policies; and if he will list those aspects of the surrender of endowment policies to which the Financial Services Act 1986 regulatory regime applies.
(92463)
89  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ask the Office of National Statistics to increase the size of the samples it uses, in order to provide more reliable statistics for Scotland and Wales.
(93268)
90  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the United Kingdom share of world trade (a) as a whole and (b) in manufactured goods in each year since 1970; and what was the value of (i) UK and (ii) world trade in each of those years.
(92560)
91  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the levels of investment in manufacturing industry since 1979.
(92681)
92  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give the nominal and real level of interest rates for each year since 1979.
(92559)
93  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how often and when the definition of unemployment used for measuring unemployment has been changed since 1979.
(92556)
94  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of United Kingdom gross domestic product is accounted for by multi-national corporations.
(92680)
95  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the annual average income of wage earners and the proportion of that income taken in direct tax on the basis of the single person's rate each year since 1986.
(92683)
96  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of total investment in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Australian and (c) the New Zealand economy was accounted for by gross foreign direct investments in each year since 1970.
(92682)
97  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was traded on a daily basis on average (a) on the UK foreign exchanges and (b) in the rest of the world in each year since 1979.
(92565)
98  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the annual incomes of the top decile and those of the bottom decile, and between the top quartile and the bottom quartile in each year since 1986; and if he will give the same figures for (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) the United States of America, (d) Australia and (e) New Zealand over the same period.
(92558)
99  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion and number of people in each of the regions to be covered by the new regional development agencies are in the age range (a) 50 to 65 years, (b) 65 to 85 years, (c) 85 and over, (d) above pensionable age and (e) above 50 years; what proportion of the population as a whole in each region these figures represent; and if he will provide figures on the same basis showing the estimated population figures for (i) 2004, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2014, (iv) 2019 and (v) 2024.
(93438)
100  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will make a statement.
(92513)
101  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the forecast levels of social security contributions for (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland for each of the next three years.
(92391)
102  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the level of social security contributions in Scotland over each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total.
(92388)
103  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the nature of the briefings provided to Lord Levy prior to his recent visit to Syria and Jordan.
(93054)
104  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th July, Official Report, column 464, on ministerial visits, if he will list the dates on which he and his ministers plan to be absent from the office during the summer adjournment for reasons other than departmental business.
(93089)
105  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Stratford-on-Avon of 13th July, Official Report, column 140, on the Prime Minister's personal representative, if he will list Lord Levy's official engagements in Jordan and Syria.
(92942)
106  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral Answer of 20th July, Official Report, column 962, on the Middle East, if he will place in the Library the full texts of telegrams from British posts in Jordan and Syria concerning the diplomatic missions carried out by Lord Levy.
(92941)
107  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between Lord Levy's business interests and his mission as an envoy for his Department.
(93055)
108  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security clearance of Lord Levy.
(93056)
109  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 8th July, Official Report, column 597, on the 55th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, what are the terms of reference of the Special Rapporteur study; and what measures he will take to promote public awareness of the study.
(92931)
110  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department's ministers have to undertake visits within the United Kingdom in the autumn to discuss the European Single Currency; and if he will place details of such visits, indicating the date and general location of each, in the Library.
(93496)
111  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92521)
112  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the reply to the honourable Member for Bury North of 19th July, Official Report, column 429, what plans his Department has to make a submission to the current MOX consultation.
(93283)
113  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to provide a substantive Answer to the questions tabled for answer on 7th July about millennium compliance by the honourable Member for West Chelmsford (Ref. 90003 and 90104).
(92580)
114  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December 1998, Official Report, column 258, on acquired brain injuries, when the consultation on new guidance will commence; and when will it be completed and published.
(92568)
115  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 525, on the North and East Devon Health Authority, when he plans to publish his assessment of the Appeal Court decision.
(92567)
116  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when will he reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam of 3rd March concerning a constituent, Mrs J. Timms.
(92925)
117  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd February, Official Report, column 139, on beta-interferon, when he plans to announce his decisions following the consultation on the paper, Faster Access to Modern Treatment.
(92734)
118  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 by local authorities.
(93070)
119  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 204, on residential allowance, when he will publish his proposals for consultation.
(92566)
120  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state the costs to the NHS of (a) the legal and administrative arrangements for the selection to the vacant general practice formerly held by Dr Moor of Wigrove Road, Fenham, Newcastle and (b) subsequent locum and other temporary arrangements after Dr Moor's resignation.
(92237)
121  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham of 12th July, Official Report, column 26, if he will list the expenditure on general practitioner-prescribed anti-cancer drugs, distinguishing between cytotoxic and other drugs, in each health authority area expressed as (i) total expenditure and (ii) expenditure per head for the years 1993 to 1997.
(92464)
122  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appeals against selections to general practice vacancies were handled by the NHS Executive; what was the average length of time from advertising the practice vacancy to the appeal; and in how many cases (i) more than one appeal was heard and (ii) the same practice vacancy was advertised more than once, in each year since 1994.
(92233)
123  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Dr Moor resigned from his general practice in Wigrove Road, Fenham, Newcastle and what was the date of each subsequent (a) advertisement of the practice, (b) selection panel hearing and (c) appeal hearing.
(92235)
124  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons he directed the advertising of the vacancy to the general practice formerly held by Dr Moor of Fenham, Newcastle to be made a second time; and how many NHS patients were on the practice list at the time.
(92236)
125  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce a decision on the allocation of additional medical student places.
(92461)
126  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of the instructions and guidance issued by his Department to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, since its establishment.
(93053)
127  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th July, Official Report, column 474, how many students whose applications were passed on to higher education institutions by the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service were accepted onto courses by those institutions in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(93503)
128  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a national strategy on sexual and reproductive health; and if he will make a statement.
(93441)
129  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings which could be made from the unification of North West Lancashire and South Lancashire health authorities in terms of management costs.
(92927)
130  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to make changes to the health authority structures in the regions of Lancashire and South Cumbria.
(92926)
131  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency units in England and Wales have been closed following merger with a neighbouring accident and emergency unit in each year since 1980.
(92571)
132  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is (a) his Department's and (b) the Royal College of Medicine's recommended minimum population which should be served by an accident and emergency unit in England.
(92572)
133  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92516)
134  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investment his Department is making in pilot projects to combat back pain in the workplace.
(92929)
135  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage the social care workforce to obtain additional qualifications.
(92937)
136  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Government seeks to ensure that commissioners and providers of health services to people with learning difficulties are advised of good practice in this regard; and if he will make a statement.
(92578)
137  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the progress of the Quality Projects Initiative.
(92936)
138  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of total gross expenditure in England in 1998-99 on personal social services was accounted for by services for (a) children and (b) the elderly.
(92938)
139  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many casualty department modernisation schemes are planned this year to (a) provide for expansion or redevelopment and (b) improve telemedicine links.
(92928)
140  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the current bilateral (a) treaties and (b) agreements between the United Kingdom and US governments which include provisions relating to the interception of communications.
(93073)
141  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions have taken place in the period 1st May 1997 to 31st December 1998 between Ministers and United States citizens concerning the interception regime operated in the United Kingdom.
(93072)
142  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if court orders can be endorsed in children's passports; and if he will make a statement.
(93165)
143  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the contract for the supply of blank passports to the Passport Agency which expires in October 1999 has been renewed.
(93088)
144  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for the updating of photographs on children's passports before a formal renewal of the passport is required; and if he will make a statement.
(93166)
145  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals have been made to his Department for private sector involvement in the issuing of passports; if he will list the proposals received; and if he will make a statement.
(93168)
146  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors led to the timing of the introduction of new computer systems at the Passport Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(93169)
147  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date work on the procurement of private sector involvement in the issuing of passports began; and if he will make a statement.
(93170)
148  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been issued by the Passport Agency in each year since 1995-96 and in 1999-2000 to date.
(93167)
149  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to advise cab-drivers and owners in the metropolitan area when re-applying for their licence of the possibility of refusal of licence in cases where the cab displays the St George's Flag.
(93271)
150  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have been brought under anti-stalking legislation; how many such prosecutions were successful; and in how many cases the Crown Prosecution Service has appealed against the sentences given.
(92234)
151  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions his Department has issued consent certificates to remove the rule of specialty in respect of extradition proceedings where consent was granted to (a) the Irish Republic and (b) other countries which have extradition treaties with the United Kingdom.
(92949)
152  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the legal causes upon which consent certificates were granted in extradition proceedings on account of (a) the extradited person making known an outstanding offence not known to the requesting authority, (b) the requesting authority discovering an offence which was not known to them at the time of the initial extradition request and (c) any other reason.
(92950)
153  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers left the Metropolitan Police other than through ill health and ordinary retirement (a) during 1998 and (b) during 1999 to date.
(93085)
154  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his latest estimate of the number of police officers expected to retire from the Metropolitan Police (a) during 1999, (b) in 2000 and (c) in 2001.
(93086)
155  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of officers who left the Metropolitan Police other than through ill health and normal retirement during the past two years (a) left the police service altogether and (b) transferred to other UK police forces.
(93087)
156  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detective inspector and detective chief inspector posts within the Metropolitan Police remain unfilled.
(93083)
157  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police recruits were admitted to each initial training course at the Metropolitan Police Training College at Hendon (a) during 1998 and (b) during 1999 to date.
(93084)
158  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the future of the Firearms Consultative Committee.
(93082)
159  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to appoint a new chairman to the Firearms Consultative Committee.
(93081)
160  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings against two police officers involved in a disturbance on the Holloway Road on 17th March 1996; and what measures have been taken to address the concerns of the victims.
(92679)
161  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 77, on the Local Inmates Database, what is the ethnic composition of the prison population.
(92930)
162  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25th May, Official Report, column 98, on firearms training, if he will list those schools that have target-shooting clubs approved by his Department; how many firearms, of what calibre, are stored on school premises; and how many pupils are enrolled in these clubs each year.
(92678)
163  
  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner regarding the circumstances in which a picture of armed police officers making an arrest appeared on the front page of the Daily Mail on 22nd July; and what charges have arisen from the incident.
(93267)
164  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the draft Freedom of Information Bill proposing the (a) repeal and (b) amendment of Clause 28(7) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
(93281)
165  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter dated 7th June from Mr K. Allden, of Brixham, South Devon, concerning an incident involving the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.
(93186)
166  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, what monitoring is undertaken of the frequency with which honourable Members and staff are unable to access the PDVN network; with what results; and if he will make a statement.
(92801)
167  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in the scientific audit of DFID-funded projects during the past 10 years which have supported the development, testing or use of GMOs; and if she will make a statement.
(93149)
168  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding (a) has been provided for and (b) is earmarked for future democracy-building in the Eastern Adriatic.
(91337)
169  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much overseas aid is being spent on democracy-building in the current year; and what percentage this constitutes of total overseas aid.
(91338)
170  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the emoluments of the (a) Chief Executive and (b) members of the Executive Management Committee of the Commonwealth Development Corporation for 1998 indicating performance-related bonus payments where applicable.
(93171)
171  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish the formal maximum exposure limits for each country and each sector in which the Commonwealth Development Corporation invested for each year since 1994-95.
(92945)
172  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many appointments to public bodies were made by her Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will list the chairmen appointed to those bodies in those years, similarly broken down.
(92523)
173  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's health budget is paid to (a) IPPF, (b) UNFPA and (c) other population control agencies which provide abortion services as well as contraceptives.
(93431)
174  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the British Government funds compulsory abortion and sterilisation programmes.
(93432)
175  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what investigations have been carried out by the British Government into allegations that public money given to population control agencies is spent on compulsory abortion and sterilisation programmes.
(93437)
176  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the British Government's policy in respect of health services for young people.
(93495)
177  
N  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian aid her Department is providing for Sierra Leone; and if she will make a statement.
(92576)
178  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons the results of the opinion survey commissioned by the Parades Commission was published exclusively in the Belfast Telegraph; and if the full report is available to the public.
(92953)
179  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will place a copy of the final report of the opinion survey commissioned by the Parades Commission from Research and Evaluation Services in the Library.
(92954)
180  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the tender process for the commissioning of the recent public opinion survey undertaken by the Parades Commission; what was the fee agreed at time of contract; and what was the final cost.
(92957)
181  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the method of participant selection for those members of the public interviewed by Research and Evaluation Services for the Parades Commission survey published this year.
(92958)
182  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make available a copy of the questionnaire used by Research and Evaluation Services in the course of compiling their recent report for the Parades Commission.
(92955)
183  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the breakdown of participation by members of the public in the opinion survey undertaken by Research and Evaluation Services for the Parades Commission by (a) religion and (b) postcode.
(92956)
184  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what public funding has been provided to the (a) Lower Ormeau Concerned Community, (b) Bogside Residents Group and (c) Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition in each year since 1995.
(92959)
185  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons the Parades Commission's opinion survey was not published until 21st June.
(92952)
186  
N  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account she took of (a) the population and (b) the industrial needs of the Borough of Lisburn in making her decision on the allocation of places to Lisburn Institute of Further and Higher Education.
(92951)
187  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are being paid.
(92573)
188  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons are thought by the RUC to have been involved in the murder of Adam Lambert on 9th November 1987; how many persons were arrested in connection with this murder; how many were (a) charged and (b) convicted; and what sentences were given.
(93090)
189  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many weapons were seized in the vicinity of the Drumcree protest in July 1998; how many of these were returned to their owners; how many were legally-registered weapons; how many have subsequently been destroyed; who verified this process; and where the remaining weapons are stored.
(92737)
190  
N  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to which office in the Northern Ireland Civil Service the special advisers to the former Deputy First Minister (designate) have been transferred; what staff have been retained in the Department of the former First Minister (designate); and if she will make a statement.
(92940)
191  
N  
Mr William Thompson (West Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much is to be spent on cancer services in the Western Health and Social Services Board in the financial year 1999-2000; and how much was spent in financial year 1998-99.
(93049)
192  
N  
Mr William Thompson (West Tyrone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will provide a breakdown of the use of the increase in the money received for the 1999-2000 financial year over the previous year by the Western Health and Social Services Board on the basis of expenditure to each programme of care for each trust; and how much of this funding allocated within each programme and trust is on a (i) recurring and (ii) non-recurring basis.
(93050)
193  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the oral Answer by the Right honourable Member for Livingston to the honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham of 20th July, Official Report, column 962, if he will list the occasions on which special envoys have been used by his Government, and the names of the envoys concerned.
(93178)
194  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive about the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundary Order; and if he will make a statement.
(93269)
195  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to publish the concordats covering administrative arrangements relating to co-operation between Whitehall departments and departments of the Scottish Executive.
(93278)
196  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 21st July, Official Report, column 531, what was the transgenic nature of the work at Otter Ferry Salmon Ltd.; and what were the results of the research.
(93195)
197  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent studies have been commissioned by the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board relating to the needs of severely and profoundly deaf people; and what recommendations from those studies his Department has acted on.
(92562)
198  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many members of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board are (a) deaf and (b) have a professional specialism in hearing impairment.
(92563)
199  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate has been made of the number of people likely to be affected by the proposed change to SERPS from April 2000 in each of the next three years.
(93287)
200  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate has been made of the cost of not implementing the proposed change to SERPS from April 2000 in each of the next three years.
(93286)
201  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken to process a claim for war disablement pension.
(92961)
202  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time taken to process appeals in respect of claims for war disablement pension.
(92967)
203  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action he has taken in response to the findings and recommendations of the Final Report of the Review of the Decision Making and Appeals Process in the War Pensions Agency.
(92960)
204  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefits Agency office would handle (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal relating to the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) (A) Perth and (B) Glasgow and claiming incapacity benefit and (ii) (x) Perth and (y) Edinburgh and claiming family credit.
(92392)
205  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefits Agency office would handle (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal relating to the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) (A) Perth and (B) Inverness and claiming jobseeker's allowance, (both income and contribution based) and (ii) (x) Perth and (y) Greenock and claiming disability living allowance.
(92393)
206  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were the numbers of (a) single pensioners and (b) married couple pensioners in each year since 1980.
(92486)
207  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the difference was in each year since 1980 between the amount by which pensions would have increased for married couples, with the spouse as a dependent adult, if they had been based on (a) the retail price index and (b) average earnings.
(92485)
208  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many families claiming family credit have (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five children and (f) six children or more; and if he will break these numbers down by regions.
(92574)
209  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what new instructions have been issued regarding counting money in claimants' current accounts as capital for the purpose of determining entitlement to housing benefit.
(92575)
210  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many and what percentage of people aged over 60 years who receive income support live in Scotland.
(93501)
211  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the upper and lower capital limit would be for (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit if they had been uprated by (i) prices since introduction, (ii) prices since 1990, (iii) the higher of prices or earnings since introduction and (iv) the higher of prices and earnings since 1990.
(93498)
212  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage and number of (a) single pensioners, (b) pensioner couples and (c) all pensioner households were dependent on state benefits for at least 75 per cent. of their income in the latest year for which figures are available.
(93499)
213  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a breakdown of cold weather payments paid in Scotland in 1998-99.
(93502)
214  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage and number of (a) single pension and (b) pensioner couples have a total income of at least £150 per week; and what percentage and number of pensioner couples have a total income of at least (i) £250 per week and (ii) £300 per week in the latest year for which figures are available.
(93497)
215  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) the mean and (b) the median income for (i) single men aged over 65 to 74 years, (ii) single men aged 75 years and over, (iii) single women aged 65 to 74 years, (iv) single women aged 75 years and over, (v) pensioner couples aged 65 to 74 years and (vi) pensioner couples aged 75 years and over for (1) 1979 in the prices for the latest year for which figures are available and (2) the latest year for which prices are available.
(93500)
216  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to review the procedure for determining industrial deafness; and if he will make a statement.
(93206)
217  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, broken down by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will make a statement.
(92514)
218  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Peterhead, (ii) Stranraer and (iii) Glasgow and claiming incapacity benefit.
(92380)
219  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Elgin, (ii) Banff and (iii) Paisley and claiming disability living allowance.
(92387)
220  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Peterhead, (ii) Stranraer and (iii) Greenock and claiming disability living allowance.
(92383)
221  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the additional (i) headquarters functions, (ii) buildings, (iii) computer systems and (iv) other administrative functions which would be required for a separate Scottish social security system on the basis that the system inherited his Department's staff, buildings and systems in Scotland.
(92676)
222  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the procedural steps for assessing eligibility, reviewing, appealing and making payment of (a) severe disablement allowance, (b) maternity allowance, (c) industrial injuries disablement allowance, (d) reduced earnings allowance/retirement allowance, (e) attendance allowance and (f) disability working allowance; indicating which of the offices of his Department and his agencies in Scotland would handle each of these steps.
(92356)
223  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Banff and (ii) Paisley and claiming incapacity benefit.
(92384)
224  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the level of spending on social security in Scotland in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total broken down to show spending on (i) benefit payments, (ii) Scotland's pro-rata share of United Kingdom administration costs and (iii) actual spending on central and local administration and the branch network for facilities in Scotland.
(92389)
225  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Peterhead, (ii) Stranraer and (iii) Inverness and claiming jobseeker's allowance, both income based and contribution based.
(92382)
226  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the amounts his Department and its agencies spends on (a) running costs, (b) wage costs and (c) other administrative costs for those facilities and staff based in Scotland; indicating the headquarters administration costs and the total costs for the branch network.
(92357)
227  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Elgin, (ii) Banff and (iii) Paisley and claiming family credit.
(92385)
228  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if, for each state benefit, he will forecast the number of claimants and total cost by benefit for Scotland for the next three years together with forecasts for (a) Scotland's pro-rata share of the United Kingdom administration costs and (b) budgeted costs for the central and local administration and the branch network for facilities in Scotland.
(92390)
229  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Elgin, (ii) Banff and (iii) Paisley and claiming jobseeker's allowance, both income based and contribution based.
(92386)
230  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Peterhead, (ii) Stranraer and (iii) Edinburgh and claiming family credit.
(92381)
231  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Blairgowrie, (ii) Duns and (iii) Edinburgh and claiming family credit.
(92353)
232  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Blairgowrie, (ii) Duns and (iii) Inverness and claiming jobseeker's allowance, both income based and contribution based.
(92354)
233  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Blairgowrie, (ii) Duns and (iii) Greenock and claiming disability living allowance.
(92355)
234  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Blairgowrie, (ii) Duns and (iii) Glasgow and claiming incapacity benefit.
(92352)
235  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Dundee, (ii) Arbroath and (iii) Inverness and claiming jobseeker's allowance, both income based and contribution based.
(92350)
236  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Dundee, (ii) Arbroath and (iii) Glasgow and claiming incapacity benefit.
(92348)
237  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Dundee, (ii) Arbroath and (iii) Greenock and claiming disability living allowance.
(92351)
238  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which Benefit Agency office would handle the (a) provision of advice and information, (b) assessment of eligibility to the claim, (c) review of the claim, (d) appeal of the claim, (e) payment of the benefit and (f) recovery of over-paid benefit for a person living in (i) Dundee, (ii) Arbroath and (iii) Edinburgh and claiming family credit.
(92349)
239  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the government patents held by his Department.
(93078)
240  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure importers of cotton are able to determine whether cotton has been genetically-modified.
(93150)
241  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate has been made of the value of inward investment projects into the area covered by the Government Office for the North East in the last year for which figures are available.
(93434)
242  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many jobs have been (a) created and (b) safeguarded by new inward investment projects in the area covered by the Government Office for the North East in the last year for which figures are available.
(93433)
243  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences Her Majesty's Government has (a) granted and (b) refused for the export of arms to (i) Zimbabwe, (ii) Uganda and (iii) Rwanda for the period 1st January 1998 to the present day; and if he will make a statement.
(91333)
244  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the regulatory framework governing the activities of private money lenders; and if he will make a statement.
(92275)
245  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the regulatory framework governing the use by businesses of premium telephone lines; and if he will make a statement.
(92276)
246  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reductions were achieved in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies for the last year for which data is available; what mechanisms exist for monitoring the post-implementation costs of such regulation; and if he has established targets for reduction in the compliance costs of regulation administered by his Department and its public bodies.
(92314)
247  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women who have appealed to an employment tribunal in respect of unfair dismissal during the last 12 months have had their claim upheld.
(92510)
248  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the average number of transactions of DSS benefit payments processed by post offices broken down by category of post office; and what estimates he has made of the forecast decrease in transactions as automated credit transfer is encouraged.
(92347)
249  
N  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what payments are made per transaction to post offices for processing each DSS benefit payment; and what payments will be made where post offices act as agents for banks and individual payments not made via automated credit transfer into bank accounts.
(92346)
250  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the definition of a multi-national corporation used by his Department.
(92557)
251  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what are his Department's currently preferred indices of competitiveness; and what their levels were in May of each year since 1979.
(92561)
252  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many appointments to public bodies were made by his Department in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity; and if he will make a statement.
(92564)
253  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Radiocommunications Agency has issued Type Approval certificates with a specification of MPT 1383; and if this is a recognised standard in (a) the European Union and (b) elsewhere.
(93188)
254  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if Type Approval certificates for (a) MPT 1305 and (b) MPT 1383 are still valid.
(93187)
255  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Non-Technical Variant Approval certificates have been issued citing necessary compliance with MPT 1383.
(93190)
256  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Radiocommunications Agency library issues copies of Type Approval certificate MPT 1318 for inspection.
(93189)
257  
N  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the number of consultant posts currently vacant in Wales by (a) specialty and (b) health authority.
(93144)
258  
N  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has to reduce primary school class sizes in Wales.
(93145)
259  
N  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on primary school funding in Wales.
(93146)
260  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons improvement and prohibition notices or other material has been placed in the public viewing room of the HSE offices in Basingstoke since 1993.
[Transferred] (93274)
261  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff are employed in the UK Safeguards Office; what are the qualifications of each staff member; and what staff have been seconded to the Safeguards Office from (a) other government departments and (b) outside bodies.
[Transferred] (93282)


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