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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 12 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 January 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates the properties at (a) Tattenhall Road, Tattenhall, Chester, (b) Little Glen Road, Glen Parva, Leicester, (c) Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, (d) Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, (e) Caton Road, Claughton, Lancaster and (f) Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwym, Mold, Flint, were offered for sale; and what is the current position with regard to the disposal of each property.
(104684)
2  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates (a) Melbourne Place, Topcliffe Road, Sowerby, North Yorkshire, (b) the former RAF station at Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire, (c) 4 Almondbank, Perth, (d) 5 Almondbank, Perth, (e) the Experimental Horticultural Station at Efford, Lymington, Hampshire and (f) Barnhall, Wickford, Essex, were offered for sale; and what is the current position with regard to the disposal of each property.
(104682)
3  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates the properties at (a) Towyn Avenue, Llandovery, Dyfed, (b) Station Road, Honeybourne Avenue, Evesham, Worcestershire, (c) New Street, East Shilton, Hinckley, Leicestershire and (d) 357 Station Road, South Leigh, Oxfordshire, were offered for sale; and what is the current position with regard to the disposal of each property.
(104685)
4  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates (a) the former Central Science Laboratory at London Road, Slough, (b) Greythorpe Road and 168 Sinclair Road, Aberdeen, (c) Tangley Place, Worplesdon, Guildford, (d) Pocklington Industrial Estate, East Yorkshire, (e) 130 Hyndford Road, Lanark and (f) Gravel Pit, Hertford Road, Hoddeson, Hampshire, were offered for sale; and what is the current position with regard to the disposal of each property.
(104683)
5  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104480)
6  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 15th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104479)
7  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the recent meeting of the British-Irish Council.
(103441)
8  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will instruct the ITC to obtain from ITV the latest figures showing (a) the change in the numbers watching news on Channel 3 since the abolition of News at Ten and (b) the change in the viewing numbers for the 10.00 to 10.30 p.m. weekday slot on Channel 3 since the abolition of News at Ten.
(104467)
9  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations he has received regarding the number of transmitters and the power of transmissions for digital television services; and if he will make a statement.
(104725)
10  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 1st March 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104501)
11  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104500)
12  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 260W, if he will list the types of vessels which have undergone the programme to eliminate asbestos from on board; when he expects the programme to be completed; what is the estimated cost; and if he will make a statement.
(104349)
13  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's (a) civil servants by grade and (b) servicemen and women by rank are (i) currently on gardening leave and (ii) have been on gardening leave for two months or more; and at what cost to his budget.
(104468)
14  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer to the honourable Member for Salisbury of 11th November 1999, Official Report, columns 707-8, on work at Nancekuke, if any additional information has come to light.
(104505)
15  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 468W, concerning the move of the Defence Vetting Agency to York, if he will estimate the number of people living within 50 miles of York who will be working at the Defence Vetting Agency.
(104667)
16  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many married quarters are provided at the Colchester Garrison; how many are currently occupied by non-service personnel; and how many are empty.
(104583)
17  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Chesterfield of 14th December 1999, Official Report, column 93, if he will publish those data on sub-critical nuclear test experiments and the exchange of details between the United States and the United Kingdom, which have been made publicly available in the United States of America.
(104727)
18  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting between representatives from the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental monitoring programme of the test-firing of depleted uranium shells at the Kirkcudbright test range, held on 29th November 1999.
(104702)
19  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement
(104484)
20  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104483)
21  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with other Government departments regarding continuity of funding for services to be provided under the proposed arrangements for the combined Youth Support Service.
(104696)
22  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what criteria will be used to assess which careers guidance services are appropriate for transfer to the combined Youth Support Service; who will undertake this assessment; and what role interested partners will play in this process.
(104695)
23  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the TUPE regulations will apply to staff in the Careers Service as a result of the creation of the new combined arrangements for the Youth Support Service.
(104697)
24  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the services available to help people with disabilities to obtain employment and retain jobs; and if he will make a statement.
(104582)
25  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 23rd February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104497)
26  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104496)
27  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he has (a) taken and ((b) proposes to implement the commitment in the Transport White Paper to a more peaceful countryside.
(104576)
28  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the incidents involving objects falling from aircraft landing or taking off from Heathrow in the last five years.
(104633)
29  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the latest estimate by the Civil Aviation Authority of the statistical probability in a year of a ground fatality occuring as a result of aircraft crashing on take-off or landing at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted.
(104634)
30  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to support the adoption of a biosafety protocol allowing governments to prohibit imports of genetically-modified organisms.
(104586)
31  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to support the adoption of a biosafety protocol making companies that produce genetically-modified organisms legally liable for any future damage to the environment or public health resulting from the import of those GMOs by another country.
(104584)
32  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to support the adoption of a biosafety protocol requiring the separation of genetically-modified grain from other grain.
(104585)
33  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made with the train operating companies in respect of installing train protection systems.
(104597)
34  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what timetable has been agreed for the installation of train protection systems in all rolling stock, including the final date for completion.
(104665)
35  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in order of air traffic movements over the last five years the airport traffic at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Luton, (d) Exeter and (e) Guernsey.
(104595)
36  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in order of the number of their air traffic movements for the last five years all airports where cover is provided other than by National Air Traffic Services, stating the numbers of passengers using those airports in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99.
(104627)
37  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what decision he has reached about the preferred system of train protection.
(104628)
38  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what timescale has been agreed with the train operating companies and Railtrack to install the confidential telephone reporting system; and what is the final deadline for its implementation.
(104596)
39  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 539W, on National Air Traffic Services, when he expects to be able to offer a detailed list of all property (a) leased and (b) owned by NATS, with a valuation and a list of sites.
(104668)
40  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to provide funding for (a) enforcing and overseeing corrective action at leaking underground storage tank sites and (b) clean-ups (i) where the owner or operator is unknown, or is unwilling or unable to respond and (ii) which require emergency action.
(104638)
41  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals are being considered to oblige owners of sub-standard underground storage tanks to replace them, line them or retrofit cathodic protection.
(104635)
42  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to require underground storage tank owners to measure the risk of corrosion failure.
(104637)
43  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on the replacement of petroleum licensing by a safety regime for petrol stations.
(104636)
44  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on the reliability of tightness testing with regard to underground storage tanks.
(104639)
45  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for Ministers to attend the symposium, organised by the Institution of Highways and Transportation, on 20th January at Kegworth, Derby.
(104579)
46  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment has been made (a) by his Department and (b) by the Air Accident Investigations Board, of the environmental implications of the dispersal of the depleted uranium ballast from the wings of the Korean Airlines aircraft which crashed at Stansted on 22nd December 1999.
(104703)
47  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information was conveyed by the Minister of State for the Environment at the board meeting of the Environment Agency, held on 15th December 1999; and what matters raised at the meeting have been acted upon by his Department.
(104700)
48  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 22nd February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104487)
49  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104666)
50  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has asked or intends to ask representatives of the UK tobacco manufacturers, distributors or exporters to provide data on quantities of UK manufactured cigarettes that have been exported from the UK with UK health warnings and markings and to explain the purpose of exporting cigarettes so labelled.
(104642)
51  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates HM Customs and Excise has made of the quantity of UK-manufactured cigarettes (a) exported from the UK with UK health warnings and markings and (b) sold on cross-channel ferries since July 1999 with UK health warnings and markings but with duty paid in France or Belgium.
(104641)
52  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the VAT rates levied on a private citizen on (a) 1st January 1999 and (b) 1st January 2000 installing energy saving measures using a contractor in (i) France, (ii) Italy and (iii) the UK.
(104690)
53  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 22nd March 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104476)
54  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104478)
55  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the value of asset disposals, at 1997-98 prices, for each year from 1992-93 to 2001-02 for (a) central government, (b) local authorities and (c) other public bodies.
(104477)
56  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the overall cost of the changes in advance corporation tax in his 1997 Budget to public sector-funded pension schemes, broken down between the different schemes.
(104624)
57  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what international action his Department has taken to combat the drugs trade, with particular reference to drugs from Latin America.
(104453)
58  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Sudan to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention.
(104464)
59  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit the Kingdom of Morocco.
(104430)
60  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 16th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104488)
61  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104489)
62  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate (a) NHS expenditure on cholesterol-lowering statins, on nicotine replacement therapy and on all smoking-cessation treatment for the three years of the Comprehensive Spending Review and (b) the cost-effectiveness in cost per discounted quality-adjusted life-year saved for treatment with statins, for nicotine-replacement therapy and for the range of smoking-cessation treatments.
(104640)
63  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each London hospital trust, for the latest year for which statistics are available (a) the number of cases admitted to accident and emergency wards, (b) the ratio of accident and emergency admissions to hospital beds and (c) the current average waiting times in accident and emergency wards at the same hospitals; and if he will estimate the percentage increase in the last five years of the number of cases admitted to accident and emergency wards.
(104631)
64  
  
Mr Allan Rogers (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish the National Framework for Heart Disease announced in November 1998.
(104626)
65  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide additional funding to treat people with neurological conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(104581)
66  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for (a) hospital doctors and (b) family general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
(104578)
67  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his target for the maximum waiting time to see a consultant neurologist; what is the current waiting period for Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(104506)
68  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to recruit more neurologists and neurology specialist nurses; and if he will make a statement.
(104580)
69  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statment.
(104482)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104481)
71  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if Haloperidol is available for prescription on the NHS; what steps he has taken to ensure adequate supplies of Haloperidol; and if he will make a statement.
(104625)
72  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who assesses the quality control of the out-of-hours Health Call service for Medway-Swale.
(104692)
73  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average call-out time for the Health Call service for Sittingbourne and Sheppey in the last year for which figures are available.
(104694)
74  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many on-call doctors there are for Sittingbourne and Sheppey in the out-of-hours Health Call service.
(104693)
75  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the PFI contract for the new hospital for the Isle of Sheppey has been signed off; and if he will make a statement.
(104689)
76  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the minor injuries clinic hours at the hospital on the Isle of Sheppey to 9 p.m.
(104691)
77  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many retailers were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for selling contraband tobacco in each year since 1996.
(104632)
78  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visitors to each of the London prisons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of seeking to take illegal drugs into a prison in 1999.
(104459)
79  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates at each of the London prisons were put on a governor's report in 1999.
(104463)
80  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many strip-searches of inmates took place in each of the London prisons in each of the last 12 months.
(104462)
81  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were being held in London prisons for alleged immigration offences on 1st January.
(104461)
82  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates held in London prisons attempted (a) to commit suicide and (b) to cause self-inflicted injuries in 1999.
(104460)
83  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates at each of the London prisons were charged with being in possession of illegal drugs while in prison in 1999.
(104458)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to equalise the length of service required to qualify for a police long-service medal with periods which apply in respect of the fire and ambulance services.
(104502)
85  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce Holocaust denial legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(104504)
86  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he has held on the question of legislation relating to corporate manslaughter; and how soon he will introduce such legislation.
(104598)
87  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if validated figures for the total number of police officers per police force and in total at the end of October 1999 are available; and if he will make a statement.
(104728)
88  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the former Prison Service Director of Security has had access to the criteria for the competition for the operation of HMP Manchester and HMP Blakenhurst; and if he will make a statement.
(104737)
89  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, in how many and what percentage of either-way cases in which (a) magistrates declined jurisdiction and (b) defendants elected to go to the higher court, defendants pleaded (i) guilty and (ii) not guilty; and if he will make a statement.
(104731)
90  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if members of the Prison Service Management Board have had access to the criteria for the competition for the design, construction, management and financing of HMP Peterborough and HMP Ashford; and if he will make a statement.
(104738)
91  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, in how many and what percentage of summary-only cases defendants pleaded (i) guilty and (ii) not guilty.
(104733)
92  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rules govern senior employees of the Prison Service taking new employment with private companies which have contracts with or are seeking contracts with the Prison Service; how the rules have operated in relation to the former Director of Security; and if he will make a statement.
(104739)
93  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, in what percentage of all either way cases defendants elected for jury trial; and if he will make a statement.
(104734)
94  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Home Office business appointment rules apply to members of the Prison Service Management Board; and if he will make a statement.
(104735)
95  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if members of the Prison Service Management Board had access to the deliberations of the evaluation panel reports of the bids for HMP Doncaster; and if he will make a statement.
(104736)
96  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last five years for which figures are available, in how many and what percentage of indictable-only cases defendants pleaded (i) guilty and (ii) not guilty.
(104732)
97  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff (i) per Metropolitan police division and (ii) in total at the end of each of the last eight years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(104729)
98  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 25th November, Official Report, column 179W, for what reason he has failed to fulfil the undertaking to reply shortly to the letters dated 4th August, 10th September and 14th October, from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Cleveland Savory.
(104466)
99  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letters dated 21st September, 27th October and 2nd December 1999 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Ahmed Said Mohammed Aderi.
(104455)
100  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 21st September, 27th October and 2nd December 1999 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Muhidin Abdul Rahman.
(104454)
101  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letters dated 26th August, 16th September and 19th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr A. Richards.
(104457)
102  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letters dated 21st September, 27th October and 2nd December 1999 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr N. Askander.
(104456)
103  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fatalities in domestic premises were caused by fire in (a) 1998, (b) 1993, (c) 1988, (d) 1983 and (e) 1999.
(104507)
104  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104471)
105  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers there were on 30th June and 31st December in each of the years 1992 to 1999 for which figures are available.
(104465)
106  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104472)
107  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of conservation projects, which have been (a) funded and (b) part funded by her Department, upon the indigenous peoples of Africa.
(104184)
108  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidelines her Department has issued to (a) assess the needs and (b) protect the rights of indigenous peoples who (i) are likely to be and (ii) have been affected by conservation projects (1) funded and (2) part funded by her Department.
(104185)
109  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by her Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if she will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if she will make a statement.
(104470)
110  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if she will make a statement.
(104469)
111  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Lord Chancellor has to strengthen the supervision of solicitors with particular regard to (a) investigation of solicitor negligence and (b) more stringent penalties to be imposed by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors in cases of poor service.
(104630)
112  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104473)
113  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104474)
114  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104494)
115  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the items in the National Asset Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 25th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104495)
116  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the Chancellor of the Exchequer sought his advice on whether the circumstances in which he acquired a flat from AGB Research Ltd in 1992 presented a possible conflict of interest with his present role in Her Majesty's Government.
(104669)
117  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the operation of the Ministerial Code, with particular reference to actual or apparent conflicts of interest between Ministers' public duties and private interests in relation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's purchase of a flat which had been owned by AGB Research Ltd.
(104671)
118  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, what subjects have been referred to the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(104591)
119  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the remit of the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(104592)
120  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the membership and remit of the Performance and Innovation Unit study of post offices.
(104594)
121  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects the Performance and Innovation Unit to report on post offices.
(104593)
122  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, how much his Office spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payment; and if he will make a statement.
(104475)
123  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Office, its agencies and associated public bodies since 22nd February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104680)
124  
  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to receive the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
(104643)
125  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104499)
126  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department since 8th March 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104498)
127  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he has taken to recover money paid by the Exchequer to pension funds of companies connected with the late Robert Maxwell; and what assessment he has made of whether the assets of those companies have been utilised so as to yield the maximum return to those pension funds and other creditors.
(104672)
128  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104485)
129  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the items in the National Assets Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 16th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104486)
130  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if it is his policy that, following the introduction of the state second pension, all employees below state pension age who have not contracted out of the state scheme will earn entitlements under the rules for the state second pension rather than SERPS; and if this is the assumption which underlies his estimates of the distributional impact of the reform.
(104687)
131  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost in 1999-2000 of (a) administration and (b) publicity for the winter fuel payments scheme.
(104686)
132  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the publication dates of statistics to be released by his Department and agencies in this calendar year.
(104599)
133  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review Government policy on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights agreement and public health in developing countries.
(104590)
134  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the Government's options under trade agreements to safeguard access by developing countries to essential drugs.
(104589)
135  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his statement to the House on 9th December, Official Report, column 1024, on the World Trade Organisation, what steps the Director General of the World Trade Organisation has taken to achieve the objective of a five-fold increase in the budget for technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries.
(104588)
136  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on the extension of the deadline for complying with the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement applicable to developing countries and to countries whose economy is in transition.
(104587)
137  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what date he intends to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Wells concerning the business dealings of the honourable Member for Coventry North West and his Department's inquiries into those dealings.
(104673)
138  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the report arising from his Department's investigations into Hollis Industries plc and the honourable Member for Coventry North West.
(104670)
139  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what date he intends to reply in full to the letters from the honourable Member for Wells dated 15th July 1998, 23rd November 1998, 26th November 1998 and 11th December 1998 concerning the activities of Hollis Industries plc, Trans Tec plc and AGB International plc.
(104675)
140  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the review of the current minimum wage to be completed.
(104688)
141  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions nuclear materials have been withdrawn from safeguards under the provisions of the Tripartite Agreement between the UK, EURATOM and IAEA since May 1997; and if he will list the nuclear establishments involved and respective reasons for withdrawal.
(104701)
142  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the relevant Swiss electricity company and the Swiss nuclear regulatory authorities in respect of problems discovered with MOX plutonium fuel exported to Switzerland from Sellafield.
(104698)
143  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the United Kingdom's civil plutonium holdings, indicating details of imports and exports.
(104699)
144  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December 1999, Official Report, column 235, on plutonium fuel, if he is in a position to make public the details of the remedial measures being put in place to rectify safety management problems in MOX nuclear fuel manufacture at Sellafield; and what further meetings he has had with the HSE (N11) on this matter since 1st December 1999.
(104726)
145  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what are the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104490)
146  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the items in the National Asset Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 22nd February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104491)
147  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies spent in total on extra bonuses above usual payments for staff working over the New Year period; what were the (a) maximum and (b) minimum bonuses paid; how many people received the (i) maximum and (ii) minimum payments; and if he will make a statement.
(104493)
148  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the items in the National Asset Register sold by his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies since 11th February 1999, stating in each case the amount of money realised; if he will estimate the total amount raised from such sales to date; and if he will make a statement.
(104492)
149  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to co-ordinate different Government department's policies towards the World Trade Organisation.
[Transferred] (104503)
150  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to ensure that all those pensioners entitled to the minimum income guarantee take it up.
[Transferred] (104600)
151  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the increased contributions which local government employers will have to make to their pension schemes in order to offset the effect of the ACT charges in the 1997 Budget; and what these extra contributions are as a percentage of the total payroll costs.
[Transferred] (104674)
152  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applicants for medical schools, in each of the last three years for which figures are available, were (a) accepted and (b) rejected; how many qualified; and how many took up positions in NHS hospitals.
[Transferred] (104577)
153  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement on the decision to offer immunity to railway companies offering evidence to the inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove accident.
[Transferred] (104629)
154  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over 65 years were acting as carers for relatives under the age of 50 in (a) 1998, (b) 1988 and (c) 1978; and what are the projected figures for 2008.
[Transferred] (104509)
155  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over 65 years were acting as carers for relatives over the age of 70 years in (a) 1998, (b) 1988 and (c) 1978; and what is the projected figure for 2008.
[Transferred] (104508)


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