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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 13 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 13 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 13th JANUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the health implications of the cocktail effect of exposure to several different types of biocides.
(104526)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the evidence assembled by other EU member states before their decisions to ban Lindane.
(104528)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of the additive beta carotene, with particular reference to the concentrations available in soft drink products.
(104529)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ban the (a) sale and (b) use of Lindane.
(104651)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the extent of bans on the use of Lindane in other countries.
(104527)
6  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps his Department takes to monitor the effects of Lindane.
(104609)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he takes to protect citizens from the cocktail effect of exposure to several different types of biocides.
(104525)
8  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those countries which are presently refusing to permit the import of British beef.
(104872)
9  
  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each application for national seed listing of genetically-modified varieties, indicating (a) the application number, (b) the company name, (c) the approximate date for decision, (d) the release consent number, (e) the date consent was granted and (f) if different from the national list applicants, the applicants' names.
(104760)
10  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the contracts between NMEC and the sponsors of the Dome.
(104431)
11  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the date by which all of the Dome's sponsors will have signed contracts with NMEC.
(104432)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many guests invited to the Dome for New Year's Eve did not receive their tickets before 31st December.
(104433)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to increase visitor numbers at the Dome.
(104436)
14  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Live Productions are being paid for their role in the opening ceremony of the Dome; if the penalty clause in their contract has been activated; and if he will make a statement.
(104523)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the permissions granted, giving dates and organisations involved, for demonstrations to take place in each of the Royal Parks since 1st May 1997.
(104650)
16  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out the remuneration package for Michael Lockett in respect of his role as Project Director for the opening ceremony of the Dome, including details of bonus payment arrangements.
(104522)
17  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his policy in respect of (a) the insertion of and (b) the activation of penalty clauses into contracts relating to (i) the construction and (ii) the operation of the Millennium Dome; if contracts have been issued without penalty clauses being so inserted; how many penalty clauses have been activated; how much has been levied in penalties under such clauses; and if he will make a statement.
(104530)
18  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer 21st December 1999, Official Report, column 557W, what is the total number of free tickets provided to Dome sponsors.
(104602)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the operation of the opening ceremony of the Dome will be a material factor in determining whether the Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Millennium Dome qualify for maximum bonus payments.
(104524)
20  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the criteria which determine how bonuses for executives of the Millennium Dome are calculated, indicating the extent to which such bonuses vary according to the performance of those individuals from 31st December 1999 onwards.
(104531)
21  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December 1999, Official Report, column 131W, concerning contracts with Dome sponsors, if all documentation has now been signed; what outstanding matters remain to be resolved; and if he will make a statement.
(104601)
22  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the progress of the campaign to host the 2006 football World Cup in the United Kingdom.
(104793)
23  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action he is taking following the letters to him of 15th December 1999 from Valerie Fenwick, and of 17th December from Angela Groome, to update the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and to provide resources for nautical archaeology.
(104511)
24  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice and assistance his Department offers to farmers who wish to diversify into the tourism business.
(104920)
25  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food concerning farmers diversifying into tourism.
(104919)
26  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what average attendance figures at the Millennium Dome were for the first 12 days of January.
(104895)
27  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the New Millennium Experience Company about ticket sales for the Millennium Dome for the first three months of 2000.
(104896)
28  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of (a) customer awareness of the London Freedom Pass and (b) uptake of the Pass.
(105018)
29  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the review of concessionary television licences carried out by the Davis Panel.
(104604)
30  
  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for ticket sales for sporting events in the United Kingdom following the launch of the British Tourist Authority sports tourism strategy.
(105059)
31  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which members of the Football Task Force supported the majority report on commercial issues.
(104444)
32  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 501W, if he will make a statement on the purpose of his Department's financial contribution to BBC World Service Monitoring, indicating those votes and subheads which cover these funds.
(105076)
33  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his Department's estimate of the percentage of unexploded ordnance which results from cluster bombs dropped from (a) 5,000 feet, (b) 10,000 feet, (c) 15,000 feet, (d) 20,000 feet and (e) 25,000 feet.
(104806)
34  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the conviction by the Environment Agency in December of AWE Aldermaston for unauthorised discharges of tritium.
(105066)
35  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps will be taken to ensure that United States Forces using the Ministry of Defence range at Cape Wrath later this year do not use depleted uranium shells.
(104877)
36  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted uranium shells have been used by British forces during live-firing exercises at the range at Cape Wrath.
(104878)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the contract with Raytheon Systems for five airbourne stand-off radar will be spent with (a) UK-based companies, (b) other Europe-based companies and (c) US-based companies.
(104833)
38  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library all procurement assessment details and requests carried out by MoD staff in relation to Kosovo.
(104834)
39  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid annually to the NHS to cover NHS treatment in lieu of Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit treatment.
(104831)
40  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his Department's policy on requests from the Indonesian Government for back up support for military hardware already sold to them.
(104836)
41  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests have been made by the Indonesian Government over the last 12 months for the renewal and replacement of military equipment that has been sold to the Indonesian regime; and if he will make a statement.
(104835)
42  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the areas in which British armed forces have been (a) deployed and (b) stationed since 1970 which (i) have and (ii) have not been designated as an operational area.
(104812)
43  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) future and (b) existing requirements for air to air refuelling of helicopters there are; and to what extent that requirement has been included in the European Staff Requirement against which the Future Transport Aircraft requirement is being assessed.
(104648)
44  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason there has been a delay in a decision on the selection of the Future Transport Aircraft.
(104647)
45  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the current level of Army commitments.
(104791)
46  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cluster bombs were used by United Kingdom forces during the Kosovo campaign; and what is his estimate of the number of (a) sub-munitions within the cluster bombs that did not detonate on impact and (b) locations where there are undetonated sub-munitions.
(104863)
47  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost since the closure of RAF Chilmark of (a) annual maintenance and (b) cleaning and preparing the site for disposal.
(104801)
48  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Annex to the Presidency Conclusions of the European Council held in Helsinki relating to three new military committees under that Council, (a) what is the specific purpose of each and how it relates to the others, (b) what instructions have been sent by the Council to the Secretary General or High Representative of each in respect of his function and duties and (c) what the lines of accountability are.
(105131)
49  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he has taken to implement the proposal outlined in paragraph 106 of the Strategic Defence Review to call out medical reserves at lower scales of effort; and what assessment he has made of the level of success in establishing this proposal without disruption to the National Health Service.
(104807)
50  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had regarding the role of further and higher education colleges in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
(104441)
51  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the role of the British Council in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
(104442)
52  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received from industry concerning the role of higher and further education colleges in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
(104440)
53  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to involve institutions engaged in the teaching of English as a foreign language in reforms of higher and further education.
(104443)
54  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many school headships in each London Borough are held by (a) men and (b) women from an ethnic minority background.
(104796)
55  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that have been created in the Greater London area as a result of the New Deal.
(104794)
56  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy that metropolitan boroughs eligible for EU Objective One status on account of their poverty and social deprivation do not receive per pupil education standard spending assessment allocations below the national average.
(104838)
57  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the river of fire on New Year's Eve worked according to plan.
(104434)
58  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the future use of the Dome site.
(104438)
59  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the public transport arrangements in London on New Year's Eve.
(104435)
60  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the financial value of the Dome site.
(104437)
61  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department takes to monitor the effects of Lindane.
(104610)
62  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to introduce regulations to compel newly-qualified drivers to display warnings on the vehicle they are driving that they are newly-qualified.
(104448)
63  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, who was responsible for planning and co-ordinating rail services and crowd control at central London stations, with particular reference to Waterloo, on New Year's Eve.
(104611)
64  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to authorise further field-scale trials of genetically-modified crops.
(103775)
65  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will hold an inquiry into the planning and management of crowd evacuation from central London railway stations, with particular reference to Waterloo, on New Year's Eve.
(104605)
66  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Government's Access to the Countryside proposals.
(103779)
67  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the minimum age at which people can hold a driving licence.
(104883)
68  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Railtrack and (b) Midland Mainline regarding the upgrading of the track between Nottingham and London.
(104894)
69  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the mileage in the Greater London area that has been constructed for use as cycle routes.
(104792)
70  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact on farming of local planning regulations in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) the South West.
(103790)
71  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the powers of (a) his Department and (b) other statutory bodies in respect of applications to provide scheduled and charter aircraft services at Biggin Hill Airfield, Kent.
(104851)
72  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total cost of cleaning up (a) central London and (b) its parks following the New Year's Eve celebrations.
(104918)
73  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the membership of the Sustainable Development Commission.
(104788)
74  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the proposed budget of the Sustainable Development Commission; and how much of it will come from public funds.
(104789)
75  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many permanent staff the Sustainable Development Commission will employ.
(104787)
76  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the first meeting of the Sustainable Development Commission will take place; and how often the Commission will meet.
(104786)
77  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the report prepared by the Audit Commission on the DVLA and DSA; and what action he intends to take as a result of this report.
(104645)
78  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities in relation to providing services for homeless people with multiple needs.
(104805)
79  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was realised by the sale of Gleneagles Hotel.
(104830)
80  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to make a decision on the new charging regime proposed by the Environment Agency.
(105079)
81  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those non-departmental public bodies responsible to his Department which hold their (a) board and (b) working meetings in public; if he will set out the reasons for the remaining meetings being held in private; and if he will arrange to place in the Library the minutes of, and papers presented at, open board meetings of NDPBs responsible to his Department.
(105077)
82  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to fill the vacancies on the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; and for how long these vacancies have existed.
(105078)
83  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce pilot no-car days in the UK.
(104837)
84  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of air passenger duty revenues derive from flights within the United Kingdom; and what was the value of such revenues in the last financial year.
(104439)
85  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what decisions he has made since 1998 in respect of requests from financial services companies for the disposal of orphan asset surplus funds; and if he will make a statement.
(105073)
86  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect the new Construction Industry Scheme arrangements will have on the construction plant hire industry.
(104892)
87  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Construction Plant Hire Association.
(104893)
88  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications have been (a) received and (b) refused for the repayment of dividend tax credits since 5th April 1999.
(104890)
89  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Exchequer of providing the working families tax credit to couples with children if couples split their total earnings in half and the credit is calculated on each half.
(104867)
90  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of providing a transferable tax allowance between (a) all married couples, (b) all married couples with children, (c) all families with children, (d) all married couples with children whose youngest child is under the age of five years, (e) all families with children whose youngest child is under the age of five years and (f) all families with caring responsibilities in receipt of invalid care allowance.
(104868)
91  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the uptake of the childcare tax credit by parents with children below the age of one year in a steady state and (b) the cost of providing that credit.
(104864)
92  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the steady-state cost of providing the childcare tax credit to all households with a child below the age of one year on the current tapers, irrespective of whether anyone is in work.
(104865)
93  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by constituency the (a) number and (b) proportion of households with at least one member in work and qualifying for working families tax credit which are receiving working families tax credit in the UK, ranked in descending order of the proportion of households.
(104917)
94  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 1999, Official Report, column 448W, concerning transfers of appropriations, if he will list the titles and purposes of all such orders made in the 1999 financial year.
(105132)
95  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Ministers will attend meetings of the Council of Ministers of the European Union concerned with financial and economic affairs during the current presidency; and if he will list the relevant dates and the topics expected to be discussed.
(104992)
96  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans Her Majesty's Government has to issue a coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne.
(104810)
97  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been raised annually from stamp duty on large-scale voluntary transfers in each of the last five years.
(104795)
98  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue information to the public on the rights and entitlements of policy holders and borrowers from mutual societies in relation to the disposal and ownership of these organisations.
(104521)
99  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has to review the link between the Treasury standard interest rate and mortgate rates.
(104841)
100  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Iran's capability to produce (a) nuclear and (b) chemical and biological weapons.
(104880)
101  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Foreign Minister concerning the position of the 13 Jews in Iran detained without trial, during the Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to London; and if he will make a statement.
(104515)
102  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has further to pursue with Iran the case of the 13 Iranian Jews detained without trial.
(104516)
103  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ask Iran officially to recognise Israel.
(104879)
104  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has received a copy of the report of the US Director of Central Intelligence made to the US Congress on 2nd February 1999 on the Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions; and if he will make a statement on its contents.
(104782)
105  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received that persons executed for criminal offences in Iran are political dissidents.
(104780)
106  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to the Russian Government about the role Russian companies are playing in the construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran; and what assurances he has sought to ensure that the plant is purely for civilian use.
(104785)
107  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to Iran concerning its attempts to obtain fissile material and technology for weapons development.
(104784)
108  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of stockpiled (a) chemical weapons with blister, blood and choking agents and (b) bombs and artillery shells for the agents' delivery being held by Iran.
(104783)
109  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press the Iranian Government to grant equal opportunities in education and employment to Bahai, Christian and Jewish Iranians.
(104781)
110  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the United States government regarding the foreign policy of Iran.
(104769)
111  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Russian Federation relating to the supply of missile-related goods and technology to Iran.
(104771)
112  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what data his Department compiles on countries which sponsor terrorist organisations; and if he will publish it.
(104770)
113  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on Iran's ability to produce missiles with a range of more than 500 miles.
(104768)
114  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Iran since the testing of the Shahab-3 missile in July 1999.
(104855)
115  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what intelligence reports he has received regarding the range, payload capacity and purpose of the Shahab-4 missile currently under development in Iran.
(104857)
116  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his assessment of Iran's capability to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems without outside help.
(104854)
117  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the evidence of the involvement of Hamas in terrorism and (b) the threat from Hamas to UK interests.
(104859)
118  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the evidence concerning financial links between Iran and Hamas; and if he will make a statement.
(104858)
119  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the range of the Shahab-3 missile tested by Iran in July 1999 and of the countries that fall within its range.
(104856)
120  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the UAE Government in respect of its compliance with the ban on child jockeys.
(104832)
121  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to encourage the Ethiopian administration to accept the technical arrangements for the implementation of the framework agreement to resolve the conflict with Eritrea.
(104804)
122  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) he and (b) his office were first informed of the interception of Libyan scud missile parts at Gatwick Airport.
(105013)
123  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to meet representatives of the Government of France; and if he will make a statement.
(105010)
124  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rôle of the British Embassy in Paris in easing the plight of British hauliers in France.
(105011)
125  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last spoke to a representative of the Government of France; and if he will make a statement.
(105009)
126  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the status and future of diplomatic relations with North Korea.
(105016)
127  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Annex 5, Paragraph 3 of the Common Strategy for the Ukraine agreed at the Helsinki European Council, when and where the Partnership Agreement with the Ukraine was negotiated; when it came or will come into effect; who were its signatories; and to what parliamentary procedures it has been or will be subject.
(105082)
128  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of Her Majesty's Ambassador in Kiev in implementing Her Majesty's Government's policy on relations between the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
(105127)
129  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13th December 1999, Official Report, column 19W, on the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, if he will make a statement on the application of the Court's jurisdiction to those Member States which had not been party to any decision of the European Council taken under article 23 of the consolidated Treaty on European Union.
(105133)
130  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the approximate expenditure to date of the European Union in respect of the Partnership Agreement with the Ukraine; how much is budgeted for 2000; what (a) proposals and (b) reports concerning such expenditure have been compiled; and whether each of these has been made public.
(105083)
131  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 13th December 1999, Official Report, columns 59-60W, concerning parliamentary scrutiny of policy decisions or agreements on matters placed before the European Council at Helsinki on 10th to 11th December 1999, if he will list (a) the decisions approved there together with the title and reference numbers of related public document; and (b) when they and related government memoranda were placed in the Vote Office of the House.
(105129)
132  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what controls, other than the provisions of the relevant treaties, there are on the activities of the High Representative and Secretary General of the European Council; for how long the present appointment has been made; and if it is renewable.
(105130)
133  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requirements are placed on applicants for membership of the European Union as regards accepting all the currently applicable decisions and conclusions of European Councils; and what the basis is for such requirements.
(105128)
134  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he was first informed of the discovery at Gatwick Airport of scud missile parts en route to Libya; and what considerations underlay the timing of the release of information on the matter to the media.
(105080)
135  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 31W, on the Ilisu Dam, what specific issues were raised by the Syrian Ambassador about the Ilisu Dam at his meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 23rd December.
[R] (104853)
136  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 1999, Official Report, column 318W, on overseas territories, what plans his Department has to introduce an Order in Council to ensure that the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands change their existing legislation on homosexual acts.
(104706)
137  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the long-range ballistic missile capability of Iran and its effect on the balance of power in the region.
(104997)
138  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress made by Iran towards the acquisition of non-conventional weapons.
(104996)
139  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Iranian President is in control of Iran's security services.
(104999)
140  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has received a copy of the testimony of the Co-ordinator for Counterterrorism in the US State Department before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 2nd November 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(105002)
141  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports he has received in the last two years regarding the activities of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.
(104998)
142  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the names of people currently awaiting extradition from Iran to the United Kingdom.
(105005)
143  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the evidence of the Director of the CIA to the US Congress on Iranian foreign policy.
(105003)
144  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Iranian Government concerning the (a) financing, (b) equipping, (c) provision of training locations and (d) provision of refuge from extradition to Hamas, Hezbollah and Palastinian Islamic Jihad by the Iranian Government.
(105004)
145  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Iranian President is in control of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence.
(105000)
146  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of (a) the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and (b) the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security in acts of terror.
(105001)
147  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to Iran calling for the trial of the 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying to be held in public.
(104790)
148  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the lowest number of intensive care beds available in each region of England and Wales on each day between 20th December and 10th January.
(104649)
149  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what occasions since 1st May 1997 a Minister in his Department has visited the Christie Hospital NHS Trust.
(104606)
150  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Jehovah's Witnesses died as a result of refusing medically advised blood transfusions in each of the last five years.
(104764)
151  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths per year (a) in total and (b) of heart patients which would be avoided if those diagnosed with heart disease were legally required to comply with prescribed medical treatment.
(104763)
152  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of insulin-dependent diabetics failed to comply with medically prescribed treatment in the last year for which figures are available.
(104761)
153  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths per year (a) in total and (b) of diabetics which would be avoided if those with a diagnosis of heart disease were legally required to comply with prescribed medical treatment.
(104762)
154  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's target is for the maximum length of time cancer patients will have to wait (a) to see a consultant after a GP has referred them and (b) to be treated once a consultant has seen the patient.
(104447)
155  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have been waiting 12 months or more for treatment.
(104445)
156  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had been waiting more than 18 months for treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area between 1st November 1999 and the latest date for which figures are available; and how long each patient waited or was waiting for treatment over 18 months.
(104446)
157  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will provide a substantive reply to the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Chipping Barnet on 24th November 1999 for Answer on 29th November relating to health spending in Barnet (ref. 100215).
(104603)
158  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to publish the findings of the National Beds Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(105064)
159  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of his reply to the letter of 1st December from Professor William Bonfield concerning statistics on hip operations.
(104510)
160  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of National Health Service general practices offered Well-Man Clinics to their patients in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(104922)
161  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Well-Man Clinics were held in National Health Service general practices in 1999.
(104921)
162  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on the NHS waiting list for treatment in the West Sussex Health Authority area on (a) 1st November 1999 and (b) 1st December 1999.
(104888)
163  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had been waiting for 13 weeks or more for a first appointment with a consultant in the West Sussex Health Authority Area on (a) 1st November 1999 and (b) 1st December 1999.
(104887)
164  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department gives to abstinence as distinct from maintenance programmes for drug addicts; and if he will list the targets of these programmes and action taken in pursuit of them.
(104870)
165  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to inform the public of the benefits to health of organically-grown produce.
(103788)
166  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the progress of the two pilot studies into a bowel cancer screening programme.
(105071)
167  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate what savings there would be to public funds if those entitled to free residential care under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (a) were disallowed from receiving income support residential allowance and (b) had their benefit income reduced by other means.
(104985)
168  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the local authorities that charge for residential services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
(104986)
169  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if paragraph 30 of the Local Government Ombudsman's report 98/B/0341 setting out the Department's view in March 1997 on section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 still represents the Department's view.
(104988)
170  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from what date he determined that local authorities should not charge for residential services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
(104987)
171  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women with suspected breast cancer waited to see a consultant for (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five, (e) six, (f) seven and (g) eight weks in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will provide this information in respect of the age groups (i) under 29, (ii) 30 to 49, (iii) 50 to 64, (iv) 65 to 74, (v) 75 to 84 and (vi) 85 years and over.
(105067)
172  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will appoint a Chairman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
(104607)
173  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to be appointed.
(104608)
174  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the National Radiological Protection Board has recommended as a safe level of radiation from mobile telecommunications masts.
(104994)
175  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he next plans to discuss levels of radiation from mobile telephone masts with the National Radiological Protection Board.
(104995)
176  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review with the National Radiological Protection Board their guidelines on safe levels of radiation from mobile telephone masts taking account of recent changes in the guidelines on such levels in Australia.
(104993)
177  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with health managers in (a) Australia and (b) Sweden concerning the effect of Relenza on the incidence of influenza this winter.
(104899)
178  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on hospital waiting list targets of the recent influenza outbreak.
(104898)
179  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance he has given to health authorities concerning bed occupancy rates in NHS hospitals.
(104900)
180  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will receive the report of the working group into hearing aids and audiology services.
(104730)
181  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatment for dyspraxia is available on the NHS; and what assessment he has made of variations in treatment among NHS trusts.
(104861)
182  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been diagnosed as dyspraxic since May 1997.
(104860)
183  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children who have been diagnosed dyspraxic have been refused treatment by the Thames Gateway NHS Trust in North Kent since May 1997.
(104862)
184  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his written Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 20W, on stalking, when he expects to receive the research report he has commissioned into the effectiveness of the Protection of Harassment Act 1997; and who is undertaking the research.
(104843)
185  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received concerning the implications for animal welfare of the operation of the British Greyhound Racing Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(104839)
186  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis indicating, in each year since 1997, the amount of CS spray which the Commissioner (a) purchased, (b) distributed, (c) returned to storage, (d) wrote off as no longer safe for operational purposes, indicating how such unsafe stocks are disposed of and (e) has not otherwise accounted for.
(105075)
187  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in encouraging the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to rescind guideline 401 concerning the LD50 animal test; what is Her Majesty's Government's policy toward this test; and if he will make a statement.
(105072)
188  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance will be given to the Australian law enforcement authorities in their inquiries into the case of Konrad Kalejs.
(104514)
189  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the case of Konrad Kalejs.
(104513)
190  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Direct Marketing Association on commercial and charity use of the electoral register; and what response he has given.
(104646)
191  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce the Private Finance Initiative into the future development of the Probation Estate in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(104742)
192  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to centralise the probation estate; and if he will make a statement.
(104741)
193  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to out-source clerical and administrative support for the Probation Service in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(104740)
194  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department into the case for the centralisation of the Probation Service estate in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(104744)
195  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a revised case recording and management system for the Probation Service in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(104743)
196  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received on his plans to propose legislation on the Law Commission's recommendation of an offence of involuntary manslaughter.
(103801)
197  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many court welfare officers in England and Wales received training in (a) 1997 and (b) 1998 to deal with access arrangements for children following separation and divorce.
(104396)
198  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training courses exist for court welfare officers to deal with the problem of parental alienation.
(104397)
199  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the percentage of prisoners who were serving a life sentence and (b) the number of prisoners in Sudbury Prison at six-monthly intervals over the last 10 years.
(104644)
200  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notifiable offences there were in West Mercia in each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(105070)
201  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers West Mercia Police Authority had in each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(105069)
202  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the clear-up rates for reported crime for West Mercia Police for each year from 1992 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(105068)
203  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many handguns have been surrendered under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and of these how many have been (a) destroyed, (b) retained for training purposes, (c) retained for museum and display purposes, (d) sold for (i) export and (ii) re-use and (e) earmarked for other uses.
(104802)
204  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to those sentenced to longer than 30 months.
(104842)
205  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the immigration status of Lt Col Tharcisse Muruny; when he was admitted to the UK; and what representations his Department has received concerning allegations made against him in respect of crimes against humanity.
(104512)
206  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons Clerks have been appointed in the last five years, indicating the number and percentage broken down by (a) gender and (b) ethnic origin.
(104532)
207  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen the World Trade Organisation's capacity to monitor the effect of present trade agreements on developing countries.
(105063)
208  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what response her Department has made to the Ethiopian Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission's appeal, entitled Emergency Relief Needs in Ethiopia--January-March 2000.
(104681)
209  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many applications for aid have been made by non-governmental organisations concerning aid projects in Ethiopia; and how many have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected.
(104679)
210  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made concerning the drought conditions in Ethiopia.
(104678)
211  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her Department's policy on the provision of development aid to (a) Ethiopia and (b) Sudan.
(104676)
212  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement concerning the current humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
(104677)
213  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to bring forward proposals to reform the law relating to divorce.
(104881)
214  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her Answer of 8th December 1999 to the honourable Member for South Ribble, Official Report, column 532W, on the European Union Charter of Human Rights, if she will state (a) by what means the delegates were appointed and what consultations were undertaken concerning the appointments, (b) by what means and to whom the delegates will report and (c) if draft papers containing proposals by the European Union to the delegates will be available to honourable Members prior to their consideration by the drafting body.
(105125)
215  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on official entertaining at 10 Downing Street in the periods (a) 1st May 1997 to 31st March 1998 and (b) 1st April 1998 to 31st March 1999.
(104885)
216  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish documents sent to the European Union Fundamental Rights Charter Drafting Body; when he expects the Charter Drafting Body to consider a draft; and how the Government will consult (a) Parliament and (b) the public on this draft.
(105126)
217  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Defence to the honourable Member for Croydon South of 10th January, Official Report, column 97W, if he will place in the Library the speech given by his Policy Unit adviser on Europe and Defence, Mr Liddle, to the French-German-UK Seminar at the Institut de Haute Education de la Defense Nationale, Paris in November 1999.
(104803)
218  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Prime Minister, what plans Her Majesty's Government has to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne.
(104809)
219  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for what reasons the report on Thomas Hamilton by Sergeant Hughes is subject to a 100-year closure.
(104520)
220  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the number of asylum seekers and refugees seeking places in Scotland.
(104808)
221  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) widows and (b) pensioners awaiting payment of arrears of pensions in the Norwich North constituency.
(104519)
222  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to rectify the problems associated with payment through the National Insurance Computer System.
(104518)
223  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of staff hours of work necessary to distribute back-payments of pensions to (a) pensioners and (b) widows in the Norwich North constituency.
(104517)
224  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people he estimates will have their benefits suspended per annum following a breach of a community sentence under the terms of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(104747)
225  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, under the provisions of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill, how much money will be set aside for the Hardship Fund to be used in the case of withdrawal of benefits for the first financial year for which the provisions are implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(104746)
226  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if it is his policy under the provisions of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill that benefits will be suspended for offenders immediately following the Probation Service issuing breach proceedings on individual cases; and if he will make a statement.
(104745)
227  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment the CSA has made of the contact rate between non-resident fathers and their children; and if he will make a statement.
(104875)
228  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral Answer of 10th January to the honourable Member for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, Official Report, column 5, if he will estimate (a) how many people will benefit and (b) what the cost will be of extending eligibility to attendance allowance and disability living allowance to people who pay the full cost of their care in local authority care homes; and if he will provide a breakdown of people in local authority care homes by (i) age and (ii) who is paying the cost of their care.
(105074)
229  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the existing computer system operated by the Child Support Agency could support the calculations of maintenance liabilities under the new formula proposed in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.
(104704)
230  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out the timescale for (a) the tendering process and (b) the production of the new computer system for the Child Support Agency; and if he will estimate the likely total cost of this project.
(104705)
231  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to change the system whereby income support is recovered from recipients of industrial injuries benefit.
(104840)
232  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out the basis for his statement that Clause 49 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.
(104990)
233  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) councillors and (b) council officers he estimates are involved in housing benefit fraud.
(105017)
234  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library a copy of the legal advice he received that Clause 49 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.
(104991)
235  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what powers local authorities have to prosecute (a) councillors and (b) council officers involved in housing benefit fraud.
(104989)
236  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the labelling requirements which apply to the presence of (a) Lindane and (b) other pesticides in household products.
(104652)
237  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 31W, on the Ilisu Dam, if the representations from (a) the Syrian Ambassador and (b) the League of Arab States were (i) in favour and (ii) against the proposed dam.
(105081)
238  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the electricity market had been opened up to competition as at July 1999 by each of the member states of the EU.
(104886)
239  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the salary is of the newly-appointed chairman of the Insolvency Practices Council.
(104889)
240  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd December, Official Report, column 288W, on refrigerator manufacturers, if he will list the regulations referred to in respect of employment, health and safety and environmental legislation.
(104884)
241  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will refer the Construction Industry Scheme arrangements and their impact on the construction plant hire industry to the Director General of Fair Trading.
(104891)
242  
  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if, in respect of each of the countries listed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Gilbert Murray Memorial Lecture on 11th January, he will list the (a) number and (b) aggregate value of (i) ECGD and (ii) other government-supported credits approved by his Department in respect of exporting British military equipment to each of those countries in each year from 1987 to 1997.
(105065)
243  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is the Government's policy to support the expansion of the World Trade Organisation's remit to cover negotiations on (a) investment, (b) government procurement and (c) guidelines for the behaviour of multinational enterprises.
(105062)
244  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals his Department has in respect of the World Trade Organisation to enable multilateral trade agreements to work in concert with multilateral environmental agreements.
(105060)
245  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will initiate a consultation process concerning the outcome of the World Trade Organisation talks in Seattle and future policy in relation to such talks.
(105061)
246  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the minimum wage on the (a) level of employment and (b) profitability of businesses.
(104882)
247  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the manufacturing capacity of glassmaking in the UK, expressed in tonnes per day.
(104766)
248  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what applications for (a) grant or (b) other financial support he has received for a glass factory to be operated in the North West of England by Quinn Glass.
(104767)
249  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the medium-term demand for manufactured glass in Britain.
(104765)
250  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to make a decision on ECGD support for UK participation in the Ilisu Dam project.
(104897)
251  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending maternity pay from 18 weeks to (a) 26 weeks, (b) 39 weeks and (c) 52 weeks.
[Transferred] (104866)
252  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Exchequer of providing credits to a stakeholder pension for a parent with a child under the age of five years who stays at home to look after the child.
[Transferred] (104873)
253  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Exchequer of providing credits to a stakeholder pension for someone not in employment who looks after a dependent relative.
[Transferred] (104874)
254  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was allocated from the social and regional funds of the European Union to the United Kingdom during the 1999 financial year; what was the value of match funding from United Kingdom sources; and from what sources these match funds were derived.
[Transferred] (105124)
255  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what day, at what time, and how Libyan scud missile parts (a) were shipped from the UK to Malta and (b) were returned to the UK from Malta.
[Transferred] (105015)
256  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the obligations of the French Government under EU law in relation to free trade within France and the action it has taken to fulfil these obligations in respect of the dispute by French hauliers.
[Transferred] (105007)
257  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Libyan scud missile parts were first uncovered on UK territory.
[Transferred] (105014)
258  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has made to the (a) French Government and (b) European Commission, regarding the dispute by French hauliers; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (105006)
259  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates the Government has received of the cost to British companies of the French hauliers' dispute; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (105012)
260  
  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has discussed with the French Government the issue of compensation for British lorry drivers whose livelihoods are affected by the French hauliers' dispute.
[Transferred] (105008)
261  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the impact of fathers' involvement in childrearing on the behaviour and attainment of their sons and daughters; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (104876)
262  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the total regional selective assistance payments in Scotland by local authority area for the latest 12 month period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (104871)


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