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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 18 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 18 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 18th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the latest figures for the incidence of BSE in Holstein cattle in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(105225)
2  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proposals are being considered by her Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105854)
3  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria are used to determine the civil services' grades classified as politically free groups.
(105615)
4  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105853)
5  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library a monthly estimate of the number of people visiting the Millennium Dome (a) in total and (b) broken down by nation and region of the United Kingdom.
(104824)
6  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the locations where there are more than 100 married quarters.
(105562)
7  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's housing repair programme.
(105564)
8  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding his Department has allocated for each of the next three years for the renovation of service housing.
(105563)
9  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of the Eurofighter when deployed from aircraft carriers.
(104915)
10  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy warships in Portsmouth Harbour at 0900 hours on (a) 2nd January, (b) 9th January and (c) 16th January.
(104925)
11  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how under strength the RAF is with regard to qualified (a) fast jet and (b) support aircraft pilots.
(105620)
12  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Greater London Defence Estates Study will be completed.
(105621)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the inquiry into war stocks will be completed.
(105622)
14  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Evaluation Research Agency.
(105623)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the deployments and exercises cancelled in the 1999-2000 financial year to help (a) alleviate overstretch and (b) achieve financial savings.
(105616)
16  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the eight (a) NATO and (b) UN exercises that went ahead without the planned UK participation.
(105617)
17  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice he has issued to the Territorial Army on compliance with the working time directive.
(105624)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the costs of the Kosovo deployment for the current financial year.
(105618)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified (a) fast jet and (b) support aircraft RAF pilots are currently undertaking non-flying duties.
(105619)
20  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent measures he has taken to stop bullying in the armed forces.
(105223)
21  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of armed forces personnel who have gone absent without leave gave bullying as the main reason for absconding in each of the last three years.
(105217)
22  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the recorded incidence of bullying in each branch of the armed forces for each of the past 10 years.
(105218)
23  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a breakdown by regiment of incidents of bullying in each of the past 10 years.
(105219)
24  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to collate information on incidents of (a) racial, (b) sexual, (c) verbal and (d) physical bullying.
(105220)
25  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what help is offered to victims of bullying in the armed services.
(105221)
26  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces pesonnel have been disciplined for bullying in each branch of the armed services for each of the last 10 years.
(105222)
27  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in implementing the aspects of the Strategic Defence Review relating to the nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement.
(105643)
28  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to ensure that school closure adjudicators who have served as local councillors are not appointed to carry out adjudications into closure proposals put forward by local authorities controlled by the political party to which they belong.
(105627)
29  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the persons appointed as schools adjudicators, indicating in each case whether they have served as members of local education authorities and to which political group in the authority they belonged.
(105642)
30  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements have been made to enable the adjudicator he has appointed to consider Northumberland County Council's proposals to close Kirknewton, Acklington and Milfield schools, to hold a public hearing or inquiry into the proposals, in accordance with the guidance on the School Adjudication System which he issued on 1st April 1999.
(105641)
31  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have left the New Deal for Long-term Unemployed People aged 25 and over for jobs lasting less than 13 weeks but have been included in the number leaving for sustained employment as a result of not having returned to jobseeker's allowance.
(105700)
32  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his policy on teachers contributing to handbooks funded by the EU on EU policy; what United Kingdom input there was to Euroquest--A Trail of Questions and Answers about the European Union; and how many copies have been printed for distribution in the United Kingdom.
(105694)
33  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have left the New Deal for Young People for jobs lasting less than 13 weeks but have been included in the number leaving for sustained employment as a result of not having returned to jobseeker's allowance.
(105699)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for introduction of informal summer camp activities for young people; what will be the initial cost, and funded by whom; who will be able to run such camps under official auspices; by whom they will be vetted and inspected; if a structure of certification and qualifications is envisaged; who will carry the liability for participants and third parties; and if he will make a statement.
(105560)
35  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide funding to low-income earners and families participating in the subsidised recycled computers scheme to cover the costs of (a) telephone lines and calls, (b) increased electricity usage, (c) paper for printing and (d) maintenance and servicing.
(105836)
36  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the minimum number of sixth form students necessary for an 11 to 18 school effectively to implement Curriculum 2000.
(104850)
37  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105852)
38  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of printing Raising Aspirations in the 21st Century; how many copies have been printed; to whom they have been distributed; and at what cost.
(105361)
39  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children achieved one, two or three level 5s in last year's SATs; and how many achieved level 6 in each subject.
(105561)
40  
N  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans for the proposed Ambleside bypass.
(105224)
41  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105863)
42  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 213W, on driving agencies; when the Audit Commission Report on the DVLA and the DSA will be published.
(105644)
43  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans to provide enhanced funding for the management and conservation of areas of outstanding natural beauty.
(105291)
44  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the cost to the economy of road congestion in each of the last 10 years.
(105696)
45  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total amount of money that local authorities were allowed to spend on (a) housing repairs and (b) new build for each of the past 10 years.
(105230)
46  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many housing association units have been available for rent in each of the past 10 years.
(105228)
47  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many local authority/private partnerships there are in the rented sector, other than housing association partnerships; and what assessment he has made of their effectiveness.
(105226)
48  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the level of funding for rural bus subsidies in each of the last 10 years.
(105698)
49  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bus passenger journeys there were in each of the last 10 years.
(105697)
50  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the (a) budgeted and (b) outturn spending on investment in the London Underground for each of the last 10 years.
(105695)
51  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total number of houses in multiple occupation in use in each of the past 10 years.
(105229)
52  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total number of council houses available for rent in each of the past 10 years.
(105227)
53  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the (a) budgeted and (b) outturn investment by Railtrack in each year since its creation.
(105703)
54  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was his Department's budget for road maintenance in each of the last 10 years.
(105704)
55  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals are being considered by his Department, the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105862)
56  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) nominal and (b) market value of central government gross debt was on the latest date for which information is available.
(105838)
57  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of the reduction of debt owed by highly-indebted poor countries to the UK over each of the next 25 years; what is the value of the debt written off at current prices; and what part of the debt was counted as an asset by the Treasury for accounting purposes.
(105837)
58  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the constituencies visited by the Your Britain Your Europe Roadshow; and how the destinations were chosen.
(105693)
59  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the European Court of Justice has completed the review of its operations and procedures; and if he will place a copy of the review in the Library.
(105720)
60  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on establishing an International Criminal Court; and if he will make a statement.
(104198)
61  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Poland and Hungary to become full members of the European Union; and what assessment he has made of the implications for the Common Agricultural Policy.
(104202)
62  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to improve the recruitment and retention of physiotherapists in the NHS.
(105840)
63  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives his Department has taken (a) unilaterally and (b) in partnership with other members of the EU to prevent problems arising from the unrestricted sale of medicinal drugs on the Internet.
(104825)
64  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many questions tabled to his Department for written answer had, on 17th January, been outstanding for (a) more than two weeks and (b) more than one month; and how many questions tabled to his Department in the last Session of Parliament for written answer were not answered.
(105628)
65  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105858)
66  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds were available for patient care in the NHS on 1st May in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and how many of these were acute beds.
(105636)
67  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were employed directly by the NHS in (a) medical positions, (b) administrative positions and (c) in total, as at (i) 1st January 1997 and (ii) 1st January 2000.
(105213)
68  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances people who, through ill health, require nursing care have to pay for accommodation in nursing homes.
(105565)
69  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is given to student doctors in diagnosing myxoedema; what treatment is recommended for this disease; and if he will make a statement.
(105290)
70  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the benefits of introducing a programme of systematic vaccination of those health care workers working with the elderly.
(105637)
71  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS trusts were advised to vaccinate staff on the grounds of reducing absenteeism over the millennium holiday.
(105632)
72  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the uptake of influenza vaccine has been amongst (a) the over 75s, (b) the over 65s, (c) the under 5s and (d) medically vulnerable groups in the last twelve months.
(105634)
73  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason an age limit of 75 years was chosen for a pro-active campaign of influenza vaccination amongst the elderly.
(105639)
74  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he will take to increase the levels of influenza vaccination among (a) those aged over 75 years, (b) those aged under 5 years and (c) those with medical conditions making them particularly susceptible to influenza .
(105640)
75  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of the vaccine for the flu are currently available.
(105629)
76  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the level of public awareness about the uptake of the influenza vaccine.
(105633)
77  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what alternatives to the current influenza vaccine are available to those with an egg allergy.
(105638)
78  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent of regional variations in the availability of the influenza vaccine.
(105630)
79  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the funding available for an influenza vaccination programme.
(105631)
80  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in implementing those parts of sections 97 and 98 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 giving magistrates the power to remand juveniles to local authority secure accommodation; and what assessment he has made of the financial implications of implementation for local authorities.
(105851)
81  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made in central London during the millennium celebrations for suspected offences involving (a) alcohol, (b) heroin and (c) cannabis.
(104916)
82  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105864)
83  
N  
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, 25th October and 9th December 1999 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Aftab Ahmed Butt.
(105559)
84  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of male victims of domestic violence who are abused by their female partners.
(105848)
85  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to combat domestic violence suffered by men.
(105844)
86  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he made of the extent of potential financial hardship to British businesses and individuals of Mr Mike Tyson not being granted entry to the United Kingdom; and what influence this had on his decision in this case.
(105719)
87  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received, and from whom about the case of Mr Mike Tyson.
(105716)
88  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the grounds which influenced his decision in the case of Mr Mike Tyson.
(105713)
89  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he gave to the Immigration Service about the case of Mr Mike Tyson.
(105717)
90  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases relating to death on the road the charge was reduced from dangerous to careless driving in each of the last five years for which statistics are available.
(105849)
91  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions, and how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths there were in each category of road traffic offence, in each of the last five years for which statistics are available.
(105850)
92  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that Seinn Fein complies with rules relating to the funding of political parties from overseas sources; and if he will make a statement.
(105360)
93  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms certificates were revoked in each of the last five years and in the current year in each police force area; and of these how many were revoked on the grounds of no good reason to possess the firearms in question.
(105818)
94  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the requirement for a national database under Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; and who is responsible for the implementation of that Section of the Act.
(105817)
95  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each police force in England and Wales, if he will list the systems used to hold the register of privately-held firearms and persons holding firearms certificates, naming each electronic system concerned; and if he will place a copy of the functional specification and user guide of each such electronic system in the Library.
(105824)
96  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons held (a) certificates relating to the holding of (i) firearms, (ii) shotguns and (iii) explosives and (b) dealer certificates at the latest date for which figures are available.
(105821)
97  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of local crime partnerships in England and Wales.
(105705)
98  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on programmes to combat anti-social behaviour in each of the last 10 years.
(105708)
99  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent from public funds on CCTV in each of the past 10 years; and what plans he has for spending on CCTV in each of the next three years.
(105707)
100  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the funding for Victim Support in each of the last 10 years; and what plans he has for its funding in each of the next three years.
(105709)
101  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminals have been electronically tagged in each year since the introduction of tagging; and if he will make a statement.
(105710)
102  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent from public funds on measures to combat burglary in each of the last 10 years; and what plans he has for such spending in each of the next three years.
(105706)
103  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were reported and how many convictions there were for violent crime in each of the past 10 years.
(105701)
104  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to encourage police authorities to increase the civilian staff of police forces in order to release more police officers for operational duties; and if he will make a statement.
(105422)
105  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he took the decision to ask for a medical report on General Pinochet.
(105712)
106  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will supply the Spanish judicial authorities with a copy of the medical report carried out on General Pinochet.
(105718)
107  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received requesting him to make public the medical report on General Pinochet; and if he will make a statement.
(105711)
108  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the Chilean authorities requested a medical report on General Pinochet; to whom the request was made; and if he will make a statement.
(105714)
109  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of conservation projects funded or partly funded by her Department on indigenous local peoples living within the area of the projects.
(105289)
110  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105860)
111  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many children have been returned from (a) Greece to England and Wales and (b) England and Wales to Greece under the Hague Convention since the United Kingdom's accession to the Convention.
(105847)
112  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many children have been abducted to each of the signatory states of the Hague Convention since the United Kingdom's accession; and what proportion of such children has been returned by each of those states.
(105846)
113  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the next international review by member state signatories of the Hague Convention on child abduction will take place; and if he will press for common procedures to be enforced in signatory countries.
(105845)
114  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105856)
115  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the RUC firearms database is linked into the National Firearms Database established under Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.
(105819)
116  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which system is used by the RUC to hold their register of privately-held firearms and persons holding firearms certificates; and if he will place a copy of the system's functional specification and user guide in the Library.
(105822)
117  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he and his Office received, and from whom, about the case of Mr Mike Tyson.
(105715)
118  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105861)
119  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many persons held (a) certificates relating to the holding of (i) firearms, (ii) shotguns and (iii) explosives and (b) dealer certificates at the latest date for which information is available.
(105820)
120  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for each police force in Scotland, if he will list the system used to hold the register of privately-held firearms and persons holding firearms certificates, naming each electronic system concerned; and if he will place the functional specification and user guide of each such system in the Library.
(105823)
121  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on his Department's examination of benefit rules to see if they contribute to fraud and error as detailed in section 2.13 of the White Paper, Safeguarding Social Security.
(105566)
122  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department has taken in the past year to ensure that appraisal of the performance of staff working for the Department's agencies takes account of anti-fraud work.
(105567)
123  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when his campaign to encourage the take-up of income support by pensioners will begin.
(104914)
124  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105857)
125  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total public expenditure on housing benefit in each of the past 10 years in respect of (a) private and (b) public rented housing.
(105231)
126  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the provisons which allow a benefit recipient to sign the reverse of their giro to authorise another person to collect their benefit from a Post Office will continue once the transfer to benefit payment by automated credit transfer is complete.
(105568)
127  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the ADD report on the synchrotron project will be made available to the public.
(105625)
128  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what requests the Office of Science and Technology has received from the Wellcome Trust to host an open competition to decide the location of the new syncrontron.
(105626)
129  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105859)
130  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission regarding grants awarded for assisted area status for the Sussex Coastal Strip between Shoreham and Newhaven.
(105214)
131  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received regarding the late payment of assisted area status grants to the Sussex Coastal Strip by the European Commission.
(105215)
132  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking to ensure that assisted area status grants for the Sussex Coastal Strip are paid promptly by the European Commission.
(105216)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public money has been given by his Department to Transtec since its establishment in (a) grants and (b) loans.
(105635)
134  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister of France to discuss trade issues.
(104206)
135  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has held with the First Minister on issuing guidance to (a) councillors, (b) council leaders and (c) elected mayors on future levels of remuneration.
(104847)
136  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proposals are being considered by his Department to help sustain and develop the viability of rural and urban sub post offices.
(105855)
137  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on the potential effect of the proposed payment of benefits into bank accounts and the effect this may have on rural post offices in Wales.
(105571)
138  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the continued rise in petrol prices in rural Wales.
(105569)
139  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister of Agriculture regarding the state of farming in Wales.
(105570)
140  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if, when he last met his colleagues from other member states of the European Union, they discussed matters relating to the enlargement of the EU and the timetable for the acceptance of the applicant states.
[Question Unstarred] (104207)
141  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the proposals put forward by the European Commission for a European Food Agency; what consultations have been held with Her Majesty's Government on the proposal; what overlap is likely with the work and responsibilities of the UK's Food Standards Agency; what Her Majesty's Government's response to the proposal has been; and when he expects proposals for legislation to be presented to the Council of Ministers.
[Transferred] (105487)
142  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the average period between arrest and sentencing for persistent young offenders in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (105702)
143  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the savings from the recently announced changes to the export credits guarantee scheme in the (a) current and (b) next four financial years.
[Transferred] (105839)


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