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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 24 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 24 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.
 


 
MONDAY 24th JANUARY
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which interested organisations besides the NFU he has contacted concerning the level and costs of regulation affecting farming in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other member states in the last 12 months.
(106868)
2  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many local authorities (a) have and (b) have not lifted the ban on beef in school meals.
(106864)
3  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the investigations of his meat trader adviser in respect of the pig sector; and when his findings will be published.
(106865)
4  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the outcome was of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 14th January; and if he will make a statement.
(106539)
5  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105867)
6  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with the European Union Commissioner on state aids to the pig sector.
(106858)
7  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to assist pig producers.
(106859)
8  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many bovine samples were sent from each country outside the United Kingdom to Weybridge Veterinary Laboratory since 1980; and what was the number of the samples from each country that were diagnosed with BSE in that period.
(106323)
9  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many government-owned properties are currently unoccupied in the Reading East constituency.
(106459)
10  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many questions to her Department were tabled for written answer during session 1998-99; and how many of these she replied to (a) by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by substantive answer in the Official Report, (b) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to information not being held centrally and (c) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to disproportionate cost.
(106484)
11  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many questions to her Department tabled for written answer on a named day during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) on or before a named day, (b) within one week of a named day, (c) within one month of a named day, (d) within three months of a named day and (e) after three months of a named day.
(106483)
12  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many questions to her Department tabled for ordinary written answer during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) within two weeks of tabling, (b) within one month of tabling, (c) within three months of tabling and (d) after three months of tabling.
(106488)
13  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 394W, if she will review the operation of the Servants of the Crown (Parliamentary, European Parliamentary and Northern Ireland Assembly Candidature) Order 1987, to allow for an extension of the Civil Service grades who can take part in all political activities.
(106324)
14  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when she will respond to the Sixth Report of the Select Committee on Public Administration on Quangos (Session 1998-99, HC 209).
(106729)
15  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to reduce the number of non-departmental public bodies.
(106731)
16  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list each of the task forces which (a) are currently covered by the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and (b) will become subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Bill once enacted; and what guidance her Department has issued to (i) task forces and (ii) non departmental public bodies on how they could improve their accountability.
(106727)
17  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if it is her policy to continue to provide a foreign service allowance to Crown servants abroad; what is the reason for this allowance; what is the annual cost of the allowance; and if she will make a statement.
(106462)
18  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what percentage of her Department's staff were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106759)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if loans made to the New Millennium Experience Company by the Millennium Commission may be subordinated.
(106442)
20  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the balance of the revenues of the New Millennium Experience Company and the operating costs of the Dome.
(106354)
21  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for a public information campaign to advise consumers about the choices available in the digital television market.
(106353)
22  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many National Lottery grants, indicating the amounts involved, have been allocated to projects in London via (a) national companies, (b) national institutions and (c) local London community groups.
(106808)
23  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates the Wembley Monitoring Committee has met; if he will list those present at each meeting; and if he will publish the minutes of the meetings.
(106556)
24  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met the Chairman of the Premier League; where the meeting took place; and what subjects were discussed.
(106555)
25  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to introduce free television licences for pensioners over the age of 75 years.
(106551)
26  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what mechanism the Government intends to put in place to ensure that (a) pensioners aged over 75 years who have previously purchased a television licence are reimbursed for the months still to run after they become eligible for a free licence and (b) pensioners who have purchased a television licence less than a year before turning 75 are reimbursed for the months still to run.
(106552)
27  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authority running tracks there are in Essex.
(106468)
28  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which schools in the Colchester constituency will be eligible to receive free tickets to visit the Millennium Dome; how many pupils in each school will be eligible; and what are the arrangements for the allocation of tickets.
(106467)
29  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the Millennium Experience zones for which final sponsorship arrangements remain outstanding.
(106407)
30  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list for each parliamentary constituency (a) the total proceeds in cash terms of National Lottery ticket sales over the past five years, (b) the total grants to good causes for the last five years, and (c) the total prize money distributed over the last five years; if he will give in each case the average figure for all constituencies; and if he will make a statement.
(106504)
31  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the Football Task Force Report as a Command Paper.
(106942)
32  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library (a) Sport England's and (b) his Department's minutes of the meetings held between Sport England, the Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Ltd and the former Minister for Sport, the honourable Member for West Ham.
(106632)
33  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department has copies of all the minutes or reports taken by Sport England of the meetings involving the CEO of Sport England, the Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Ltd and the former Minister for Sport, the honourable Member for West Ham.
(106633)
34  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which officials from Sport England accompanied the CEO to meetings concerning the new Wembley Stadium, between the former Minister for Sport, the honourable Member for West Ham, and the Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Ltd.
(106634)
35  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings were held between the then Minister for Sport, the Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Ltd and the CEO of Sport England between May 1997 and July 1999 to discuss the new Wembley Stadium.
(106635)
36  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) people and (b) organisations representing defence manufacturers who have made representations to his Department about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and when such representations were made.
(106951)
37  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representatives of arms manufacturers have made representations to (a) him, (b) his advisors and (c) officials about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and if he will list the individuals and companies concerned, indicating the dates on which representations were made.
(106940)
38  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the votes and subheads for the funds which cover his Department's financial contribution to BBC World Service Monitoring; and if he will make a statement on their purpose.
(106863)
39  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Territorial Army Voluntary Reserve rifle range at Altcar is Crown property.
(106450)
40  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he took, following his oral statement of 31st January, to ensure that contrary opinions to the official view of the HMS 'Glorious' affair were fully taken into account in the latest revision of the official account; and if he will make a statement.
(104751)
41  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 18th January, Official Report, column 825, to whom it was intended that the decontaminated plant and equipment disposed of from Nancekuke would be clearly identifiable.
(106750)
42  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 18th January, Official Report, column 825, whether the decontamination and disposal provisions at Nancekuke involved placing equipment used at Nancekuke in mine-shafts.
(106749)
43  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 18th January, Official Report, column 823, for what reason the (a) health and (b) other records of everyone employed at Nancekuke have not been kept.
(106748)
44  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future location of the UK base of the British Forces Post Office.
(104562)
45  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what issues he asked the Chief of the Defence Staff to discuss during his visit to Pakistan.
(106172)
46  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Eurofighter will become operational with its full complement of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.
(106566)
47  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations about the SA 80 weapon system were made to Ministers by the Chiefs of Staff during the Kosovo campaign.
(106170)
48  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the current strength of each of the battalions of the Parachute Regiment.
(106564)
49  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if a modification programme for the SA 80 weapon system was implemented following the proposals from Heckler and Koch referred to in the letter from the Minister for Defence Procurement to the Defence Committee of 2nd June 1997; what estimate was submitted by Heckler and Koch of the cost of their proposals; and if the SA 80s used in the Kosovo campaign were modified as a result of these proposals.
(106173)
50  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to acquire GPS' guided munitions for the Royal Air Force.
(106567)
51  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid for the use of the Earl's Court facilities in each of the last five years.
(106500)
52  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) the Foreign Secretary about the remit of the visit of the Chief of the Defence Staff to Pakistan.
(106171)
53  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105877)
54  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the SA80 weapon system remains suspended from the NATO Nominated Weapons List.
(106183)
55  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the SA80 weapon system modifications proposed by Heckler and Koch in 1997; and if he has introduced a modification programme.
(106182)
56  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding he will make available for the maintenance of the RAF Battle of Britain Chapel and the associated Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(106030)
57  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his expenditure was on national recruitment advertising in (a) cinemas, (b) television, (c) radio, (d) print and (e) posters during each month since April 1999; and what his monthly budget is in each category for (i) January, (ii) February and (iii) March 2000.
(106184)
58  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if each expression of interest in the purchase of RAF Finningley was followed up.
(106946)
59  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what methods expressions of interest in the purchase of RAF Finningley were sought.
(106944)
60  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many expressions of interest have been received in connection with the purchase of RAF Finningley.
(106943)
61  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what process was used to determine the final purchaser of RAF Finningley.
(106950)
62  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what method was used to evaluate expressions of interest in the purchase of RAF Finningley.
(106945)
63  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (a) what representations he has received following publication of a group photograph of the Royal Irish Regiment in Andersonstown News on 15th January, (b) where and on what date the photograph was taken, (c) how many soldiers and officers of each rank from battalions participated in the photograph, (d) what rank of soldier took the photograph, (e) what rank of officer supervised the photoshoot, (f) by what means the banner displayed in the photograph was obtained, (g) what transport arrangements were made to bring the banner into military barracks, (h) what was the purpose of the photograph, (i) where the film was developed and how many prints were (i) made, (ii) distributed and (iii) sold, (j) what disciplinary action has been taken consequent to the incident, (k) what assessment he has made of the impact of the incident on community relations (l) what statement the Ministry has made to the press on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(106410)
64  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the areas believed to be contaminated by depleted uranium munitions dropped during the NATO bombing of Kosovo and Serbia.
(106929)
65  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information British forces in Kosovo have given to the Kosovar population about measures to reduce exposure to the insoluble radioactive alpha-particles given off by depleted uranium dust.
(106925)
66  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information Her Majesty's Government has issued to the government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia about the radioactive and chemical toxicity of depleted uranium weapons.
(106926)
67  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the US Department of Defense has informed his Department of the location of areas in (a) Serbia and (b) Kosovo which are contaminated with depleted uranium as a result of NATO bombing.
(106930)
68  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to decontaminate those areas in the former Yugoslavia affected by depleted uranium munitions.
(106927)
69  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many questions to his Department tabled for ordinary written answer during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) within two weeks of tabling, (b) within one month of tabling, (c) within three months of tabling and (d) after three months of tabling.
(106491)
70  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many questions to his Department tabled for written answer on a named day during the session 1998-99 were answered (a) on the named day, (b) within one week of a named day, (c) within one month of a named day, (d) within three months of a named day and (e) after three months of a named day.
(106480)
71  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the viability of using aircraft carriers moored in Portsmouth Harbour as prison ships.
(106177)
72  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 282W, on the meeting between the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, if he will place in the Library a copy of the working notes taken at the meeting.
(106726)
73  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the armed forces were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106760)
74  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his policy regarding equal opportunities for women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and those from social classes IIIM, IV and V in the armed forces.
(106573)
75  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to disseminate examples of good practice among (a) employers and (b) service providers in meeting their obligations to make reasonable adjustments in a practical and cost-effective way, in connection with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
(106202)
76  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students with special educational needs receive an assessment and have a plan prepared for their transition from school to further education, as a proportion of those so entitled; and what action he is taking to ensure that local authorities carry out their statutory obligations in this area.
(106039)
77  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he intends to publish the report of his study into higher education access funds.
(106203)
78  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the pilot schemes supported through the Special Educational Needs Standards Fund Grant to develop work on the education of children with emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems.
(106757)
79  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many year 11, 10 and 9 pupils were excluded from schools in London and the South East in the academic year 1998-99.
(106758)
80  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent guidance his Department has issued on educational provision for children looked after by local authorities.
(106753)
81  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the percentage of special needs statements issued within 18 weeks by each London local education authority in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(106756)
82  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the upper and lower quartile and median SSA per pupil for each year since 1990-91 at 2001 prices for all LEAs in England.
(106559)
83  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    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 Blyth Valley as a result of the New Deal.
(106825)
84  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the destination of those who have left the New Deal for those aged 18 to 24 years (a) at the time at which they left the New Deal, (b) 13 weeks after leaving the New Deal and (c) 26 weeks after leaving the New Deal, for the parliamentary constitutency of Blyth Valley.
(106826)
85  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils in Blyth Valley schools who are from families on the (a) income support and (b) family tax credit schemes will be entitled to free school meals.
(106822)
86  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) total number of pupils on school rolls and (b) pupil-to-teacher ratio in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Northumberland for each year since 1995.
(106823)
87  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will place in the Library all documentation relating to the appointment of contractors to administer the central services of Islington Council's Education Department.
(106344)
88  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils are on assisted places for (a) year nine, (b) year 10, (c) year 11, (d) year 12 and (e) year 13, at the (i) King's School, (ii) Alice Ottley, (iii) Royal Grammar School and (iv) St. Mary's Convent in Worcester for the year 1999-2000.
(106769)
89  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105875)
90  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on (a) the role of local learning partnerships in the work of local learning and skills councils and (b) the timetable for consultation on local learning partnerships.
(106796)
91  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for each year between 1990 and the latest year for which figures are available, what were the number of (a) 16 year-olds and (b) 17 year-olds in full-time education as a percentage of the age group, in total and broken down by gender.
(106405)
92  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many questions to his Department tabled for written answer on a named day during the session 1998-99 were answered (a) on or before a named day, (b) by within one week of a named day, (c) within one month of a named day, (d) within three months of a named day and (e) after three months of a named day.
(106479)
93  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many questions to his Department tabled for ordinary written answer during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) within two weeks of tabling, (b) within one month of tabling, (c) within three months of tabling and (d) after three months of tabling.
(106490)
94  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many questions to his Department were tabled for written answer during session 1998-99; and how many of these he replied to (a) by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by substantive answer in the Official Report, (b) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to information not being held centrally and (c) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to disproportionate cost.
(106486)
95  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has had from uniformed youth organisations following his announcement about proposals for summer activity camps for 16-year-olds; and if he will make a statement.
(106469)
96  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations his Department has had with the Department for International Development to promote awareness of ethical trading amongst school children.
(106127)
97  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of his Department's staff were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106762)
98  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in how many (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools in each LEA inspected by OFSTED during the 1998-99 school year 10 per cent. or more of the staff were treated for the purpose of the inspection as occasional or unqualified teachers.
(106689)
99  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many agency teachers were employed in each London borough on the day of census in January 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
(106690)
100  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the names of the adjudicators he has appointed under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and their political affiliation.
(106565)
101  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many newly-qualified teachers were working in schools in special measures in September 1999.
(106691)
102  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many cars per mile there were on Britain's roads in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998 and (d) 1999.
(106688)
103  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 210W, concerning the DVLA, how many people waited longer than (a) five, (b) eight, (c) 10, (d) 15 and (e) 20 weeks for car or motorcycle licences which required a medical investigation by the DVLA Medical Unit in each month of 1999.
(106715)
104  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 210W, concerning the DVLA, what percentage of (a) car and motorcycle and (b) lorry and bus licence applications in which the applicant declared a medical condition were processed within the published standards in each month of 1999; and how many were outstanding with the DVLA for longer than the published standards in each month.
(106716)
105  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the (a) total and (b) unit cost of the DVLA's payments to private medical practitioners to process driving licence applications where the applicant declared a medical condition, in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(106572)
106  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 210W, concerning the DVLA, how many people were advised by the DVLA that the Medical Unit would take longer than the published standards of five to seven weeks to complete its investigations in each year since 1995.
(106734)
107  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 210W, concerning the DVLA, how many people waited longer than (a) seven, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20 and (e) 25 weeks for a bus or lorry licence which required a medical investigation by the DVLA Medical Unit in each month of 1999.
(106733)
108  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 210W, concerning the DVLA, how many people currently have an application with the DVLA for a (a) car and motorcycle and (b) lorry and bus licence in which the applicant declared a medical condition, which has been outstanding for longer than the published standards of five to seven weeks.
(106717)
109  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 249W, concerning the use of private opticians by DVLA, how the annual saving of £504,000 relates to the extra costs of £280,000 referred to in his answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 5W.
(106697)
110  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each shire county, the SSA and actual expenditure, with the deviation as a percentage of SSA for (a) social services and (b) education for each year for which data is available since 1990-91.
(106558)
111  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the proportion the population in the United Kingdom which has had access to free concessionary bus transport in each year since 1990.
(106820)
112  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local authorities which provide free transport on buses to persons of pensionable age.
(106821)
113  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to support the inclusion of trade issues on the agenda of the Earth Summit 3 Conference in 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(106866)
114  
  
Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the outcome of his Department's review of the operation of the Commercial Leases Code of Practice.
(106860)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of allowing applicants for driving licences to present alternative forms of identification from those currently required; and if he will make a statement.
(106680)
116  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance is offered to applicants for driving licences who are awaiting the issue of travel documents or naturalisation papers by the Home Office, in proving their identity for the purpose of obtaining driving licences; and if he will make a statement.
(106683)
117  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements are in place to assist applicants for driving licences who cannot produce the original documents required to prove their identity, due to these being (a) held, and (b) not yet issued by the Immigration and Nationality Department for immigration or nationality purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(106684)
118  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many applications for driving licences were not proceeded with in the last year for which figures are available because the applicant was unable to produce the necessary identification on the grounds that it was (a) being held and (b) had not been issued by the Immigration and Nationality Department; and if he will made a statement.
(106682)
119  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the cost to (a) central and (b) local government to date, of each of the regional chambers.
(106125)
120  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he is making towards eliminating restriction on the ability of United Kingdom and foreign airlines to serve United Kingdom regional airports without the need for bilateral negotiations.
(106789)
121  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the balance of benefits to the United Kingdom regions and to the South East of England in pursuing a mini-deal on trans-atlantic bilateral air service agreements with the USA.
(106788)
122  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy on the applications for fifth freedom rights from foreign airlines wishing to serve Manchester Airport; and if he will make a statement on how wider regional interests are taken into account in the process of deciding the award of fifth freedoms to air carriers.
(106786)
123  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his timetable for achieving full liberalisation of air service agreements.
(106787)
124  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what grounds he rejected the representations from the applicants for the proposed Portsmouth Harbour (Gunwharf Quays) (Millennium Tower) Order concerning the objections to this Order due to be received by him by 20th December; what criteria he uses to make such decisions; and how much time he will give the applicants to revise their representations.
(106804)
125  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) which Government Ministers he met, (b) which outside organisations he met, (c) which outside individuals he had appointments with, (d) what outside visits he made together with the mode of transport used, (e) what overseas visits he made, (f) the Cabinet Committees he attended, (g) which English regions he visited together with the mode of transport used and (h) what other official engagements he carried out, on (i) 1st September, (ii) 2nd September, (iii) 3rd September, (iv) 4th September and (v) 5th September 1999.
(105881)
126  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105873)
127  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by (a) date, (b) category and (c) outcome, the incidents recorded by the British Transport Police at Salisbury Railway Station in each year since 1995.
(106554)
128  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measurements have been taken of discharges of materials harmful to bathing water quality from the River Ribble into the Irish Sea over the last (a) 12 months, (b) 24 months and (c) 36 months.
(106365)
129  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent measures the European Union authorities have requested to ensure compliance with mandatory EU bathing water standards along the Fylde coast.
(106367)
130  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the failure of North West Water's recent bathing water improvement schemes to raise the level of compliance with mandatory EU standards along the Fylde coast.
(106364)
131  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions have taken place with businesses in the North West about monitoring discharges into (a) the River Ribble and (b) the Irish Sea.
(106361)
132  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assurances he has received from North West Water and the Environment Agency that the latest investment programme to improve bathing water quality along the Fylde coast will result in compliance with EU directive standards.
(106368)
133  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the possible contribution of animal and avian waste to bathing water quality along the Fylde coast.
(106363)
134  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent measures have been required of North West Water to ensure compliance with mandatory EU bathing water standards along the Fylde coast.
(106366)
135  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, at what points along the River Ribble water quality has been tested; and what the results of these tests have been, for (a) the last 12 months, (b) the last 24 months and (c) the last 36 months.
(106362)
136  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions his Department has had with the relevant EU authorities about water quality and beach pollution in the last 12 months.
(106360)
137  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment has been made of the possible impact on bathing water quality along the Fylde coast of (a) agricultural runoff and (b) discharges by businesses other than North West Water into the River Ribble.
(106355)
138  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures of bathing water quality have been taken at (a) Blackpool, (b) Fleetwood and (c) Thornton Cleveleys in (i) the last 12 months, (ii) the last 24 months and (iii) the last 36 months.
(106358)
139  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what initial assessment he has made of the impact on bathing water quality on the Fylde coast of the treatment plant at Fleetwood.
(106359)
140  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions his Department has had with North West Water and the Environment Agency on enforcement of bathing water quality by the European Commission.
(106356)
141  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the results are of the QSR for the Irish Sea.
(106357)
142  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many and what type of enforcement notices were issued following failure to comply with (a) the Health and Safety Consultation of Employees Regulations 1996 and (b) the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 in each year since the regulations were in force.
(106780)
143  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people were killed by trains in each year since 1995; and what estimate he has made of how many such deaths were suicides.
(106704)
144  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made in respect of restoring the position on private hire vehicles which existed prior to the decision in the case of Benson v. Copeland Borough Council concerning the personal use of a private hire vehicle by the spouse of the licence holder.
(106464)
145  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to place in the Library a copy of notes taken at meetings between Ministers of his Department and officials from non-departmental public bodies responsible to his Department after each such meeting.
(106693)
146  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of his Department's staff were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106764)
147  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the meetings he or his ministerial colleagues have had in the last 12 months with the local government network, listing who was present at such meetings and the topics discussed.
(106818)
148  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those councils which have (a) sought and (b) had meetings with him or his ministerial colleagues in the last three months in order to make representations about their standard spending assessment allocation.
(106817)
149  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the list of brownfield sites in the United Kingdom.
(106778)
150  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans for a public inquiry in respect of the proposed incinerator at Allington.
(106406)
151  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his tax and benefits reforms in making work pay.
(106862)
152  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he plans to take to protect the UK economy in the event of a considerable stock exchange fall in the United States and the impact that would have on the world economy; and if he will make a statement.
(106525)
153  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding the regulation of permanent health insurance companies by the Financial Services Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(106494)
154  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding third party access to the Financial Services Authority's single ombudsman service for employees covered by permanent health insurance; and if he will make a statement.
(106497)
155  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Financial Services Authority's single ombudsman service is sufficiently funded to protect the interests of consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(106514)
156  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if permanent health insurers will be required to be authorised by the Financial Services Authority.
(106498)
157  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the criteria under which businesses with group permanent health insurance policies can complain to the insurance industry's ombudsman service; and if he will make a statement.
(106502)
158  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding the eligibility of companies to complain to the Financial Services Authority's single ombudsman service; and if he will make a statement.
(106513)
159  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if group permanent health insurance policies will be covered by the Financial Services Authority's ombudsman scheme.
(106499)
160  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have complained to the insurance industry's ombudsman service during the last year for which statistics are available; and how many complaints were successful.
(106503)
161  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many farming businesses paid corporation tax (a) in the last year for which information is available and (b) five years ago.
(106536)
162  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the Budget Council held in Brussels on 18th January; and if he will make a statement.
(106563)
163  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 352W, on VAT, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of making further reductions on the level of VAT charged on the installation of energy saving measures.
(106696)
164  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105876)
165  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the national insurance records of the honourable Member for Hereford's constituents Mr John Farren and Mrs Ann Farren are not up to date; and if he will make a statement.
(106167)
166  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by English county since 1995 (a) total suicides and (b) suicides amongst the agricultural workforce.
(106181)
167  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service to reclaim value-added tax paid on their normal policing activities.
(106532)
168  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 513W, concerning households receiving working families tax credit, how much of the information requested is available; and if he will publish it.
(106735)
169  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many questions to his Department tabled for ordinary written answer during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) within two weeks of tabling, (b) within one month of tabling, (c) within three months of tabling and (d) after three months of tabling.
(106489)
170  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many questions to his Department tabled for written answer on a named day during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) on or before a named day, (b) within one week of a named day, (c) within one month of a named day, (d) within three months of a named day and (e) after three months of a named day.
(106482)
171  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many questions to his Department were tabled for written answer during session 1998-99; and how many of these he replied to (a) by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by substantive answer in the Official Report, (b) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to information not being held centrally and (c) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to disproportionate cost.
(106485)
172  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the number and percentage of higher rate tax payers in (a) each county in England and (b) each local authority area in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.
(106745)
173  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if departments will be allowed to exceed their expenditure limits in 2000-01 and 2001-02 if they receive budgetary transfers from other departments that have spent below their departmental expenditure limits.
(106776)
174  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press releases were issued by the Treasury in each year from 1995 to the present.
(106802)
175  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to continue to exempt from value-added tax (a) finance and insurance and (b) betting, gaming and lotteries; and if he will make a statement.
(106637)
176  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual revenue yield from increasing stamp duty rates on properties selling at (a) £500,000 and over and (b) £1 million and over, by 1 per cent. from existing levels in each case.
(106506)
177  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the profits were from the Bank of England's investment of the reserves net of management charges for the last five years.
(106799)
178  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue yield in the (a) first year and (b) a full year from abolishing the age related personal allowances and replacing them with the standard personal allowance at the existing level.
(106509)
179  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the (a) first year and (b) full year revenue yield from introducing a single, untapered, rate of capital gains tax of 40 per cent.; how this yield would change over each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(106508)
180  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the base year is from which he intends to double net public investment by 2002; and which year is the final year.
(106777)
181  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the revenue yield for (a) the first year and (b) a full year from abolishing the (i) enterprise investment scheme and (ii) venture capital trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(106463)
182  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the revenue yield from abolishing capital gains tax relief on gains accrued but unrealised at death; and if he will make a statement.
(106460)
183  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the (a) full year and (b) first year revenues which would be raised by increasing the basic rate of tax by one penny in the pound.
(106510)
184  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the 10 per cent. income tax band and extending the size of the personal tax allowance by the size of this band.
(106511)
185  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to amend his net public debt target to a target of public sector net wealth following the introduction of resource accounting.
(106775)
186  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of his Department's activity, as targeted under Objective Ten of the PSA productivity targets, has been reviewed.
(106800)
187  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the existing planned total for public expenditure for 2001-02 will be adhered to when the next Comprehensive Spending Review is announced; and if he will make a statement.
(106461)
188  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to maintain zero-rating for value-added tax purposes on (a) construction of new dwellings, (b) books, newspapers and magazines and (c) international passenger transport; and if he will make a statement.
(106636)
189  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the Treasury's business is undertaken electronically at present; and what target has been set.
(106801)
190  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is his policy to hold a referendum on entry to the euro within the lifetime of the next Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(106465)
191  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he plans to use all the receipts from the windfall tax by May 2002.
(106797)
192  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of increasing the size of the basic rate income tax band by £2,000 per year, assuming no change in the size of the personal allowance or lower rate band.
(106505)
193  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the (a) first year and (b) full year revenue yield from introducing a 50 per cent. income tax rate on taxable income of over £100,000 per annum; and how this yield would increase in each of the following two years.
(106512)
194  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide for longer-term funding settlements for key public services by fixing budgets for schools and hospitals for three year periods; and if he will make a statement.
(106466)
195  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the annual (a) first year and (b) full year revenue yield from reducing the capital gains tax annual exempt amount for individuals to (i) £5,000, (ii) £2,500 and (iii) zero; and if he will make a statement.
(106507)
196  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of holding the Government's foreign currency reserves in the last five years.
(106798)
197  
  
Mr Cecil Walker (Belfast North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding from the capital modernisation fund will be allocated to Northern Ireland in the next financial year; and how the amount will be determined.
(106806)
198  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were refused entry clearance to United Kingdom as visitors in 1998 on the grounds that the entry clearance officer did not believe that the applicant intended to leave the United Kingdom at the end of their visit.
(106819)
199  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN and his international counterparts concerning UN Resolution 520 on the removal of Syrian and Israeli forces from the Lebanon.
(106649)
200  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on human rights abuses in Cameroon.
(106861)
201  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken since 12th October 1999 to seek a European Union embargo on the export of arms and dual-use goods to Pakistan.
(106647)
202  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting on 8th December 1999 between officials of his Department and other departments at which the processing of strategic export licence applications for Pakistan was discussed.
(106646)
203  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken since 12th October 1999 to restrain or restrict the export to Pakistan of military or dual-use goods for which a valid licence is in force.
(106648)
204  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Iran concerning their support for groups opposed to the Middle East peace process.
(106541)
205  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the comments in Amnesty International's 1999 Annual Report on violations of basic human rights in Iran.
(106543)
206  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Foreign Minister of Iran concerning Iran's supervision of training for Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
(106542)
207  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the sources of funds for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
(106540)
208  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Malaysian authorities on the detention of Karpol Singh.
(106527)
209  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the detention and trial of Kayed Singh in Malaysia.
(106526)
210  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the export of a load handling system and container unit to Norwegian People's Aid in Kosovo.
(106867)
211  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105870)
212  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for entry clearance to visit the United Kingdom have been made at the British post in Havana in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those applications have been refused.
(106869)
213  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of European Union enlargement on the Common European Defence and Security Policy.
(104537)
214  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on Croatia's application for membership of the World Trade Organisation.
(104756)
215  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with which European countries the United Kingdom operates a visa regime.
(104754)
216  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact that the deferment of Croatia's application to join the World Trade Organisation will have on its advancement (a) to a full market economy and (b) to meet criteria for European Union membership; and if he will make a statement.
(104757)
217  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss Croatia's application for membership of the World Trade Organisation when he next meets (a) the United States Secretary of State, (b) the Foreign Minister of France and (c) the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(104752)
218  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the accommodation available for displaced and homeless Roma in Kosovo.
(106098)
219  
N  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the current security situation in East Timor.
(104565)
220  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent (a) reports and (b) representations he has received on violations of human rights by the Indonesian Army in Aceh and West Papua.
(106728)
221  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the use by the Indonesian army in Ambon of UK-manufactured Saladin armoured cars against civilians.
(106732)
222  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidelines his Department gives to British private sector companies which employ non-governmental military companies in areas of conflict in the developing world.
(106128)
223  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of his Department's staff were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106761)
224  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional intensive care beds were created in each NHS trust hospital during 1999; and how many were withdrawn from use in that year.
(106204)
225  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a Minister in his Department will next visit the Christie Hospital in Manchester.
(106692)
226  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the information technology projects that are being undertaken by his Department and agencies responsible to his Department, stating in each case (a) the start date, (b) the originally planned completion date, (c) the expected completion date, (d) the originally planned cost and (e) the estimated actual cost; and if he will make a statement.
(106746)
227  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he proposes to consult on the practical and legislative implications of the report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition into the universal fortification of flour with folic acid.
(106206)
228  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply of 13th January, Official Report, columns 233-4W, on the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust, how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting 12 months or more for treatment on the latest date for which information is available; and what has been the total number of patients waiting for hospital treatment in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area for the last two months for which figures are available.
(106033)
229  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 234W, how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area were, on 30th November 1999, waiting over 18 months for treatment, and for how long over 18 months each such patient was waiting; for what reasons such patients were waiting for more than 18 months; and if all these patients have now been treated.
(106034)
230  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 24 hour-staffed beds for people with severe and enduring mental illness there are in each health authority in England; and how many there were in each of the last three years.
(106751)
231  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute psychiatric beds there are in each health authority in England.
(106747)
232  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to instruct NHS trusts to notify the Public Health Laboratory of cases of MRSA.
(106755)
233  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are employed by his Department in designating diseases as notifiable diseases.
(106754)
234  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people died in Northumberland Health Authority area as the result of the use of medicinal drugs in each of the last five years (a) accidentally, (b) in cases involving (i) suicide and (ii) self-inflicted injury and (c) in other cases; and which drug each death involved.
(106824)
235  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress in expanding NHS Direct nationwide and its extension to the Wirral.
(106809)
236  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS consultants in England are suspended on full pay; and how many have been so suspended for more than (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) nine months.
(106537)
237  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS consultants in England have been dismissed on (a) clinical and (b) other grounds, in each of the last three years.
(106538)
238  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average length of the waiting list for an electrically powered (a) indoor and outdoor and (b) indoor NHS wheelchair in the North West.
(106471)
239  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional electric powered (a) indoor and outdoor and (b) indoor NHS wheelchairs will be made available in the North West for the year 1999-2000.
(106474)
240  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the waiting time for electrically powered (a) indoor and outdoor and (b) indoor NHS wheelchairs in the North West.
(106473)
241  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many electrically powered (a) indoor and (b) indoor and outdoor NHS wheelchairs there are in the North West.
(106472)
242  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to audit the Calman-Hine recommendations on the organisation of cancer services.
(106123)
243  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the Commission for Health Improvement will play in the implementation of the Calman-Hine recommendations.
(106124)
244  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his oral statement of 18th January, Official Report, column 702, where the additional intensive treatment unit beds provided this year have been made available.
(106807)
245  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount of public funds was spent (a) on fees and (b) otherwise in respect of the Private Finance Initiative proposals for the Royal Berkshire and Battle hospitals.
(106698)
246  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the change in central administration spending by his Department in each of the last two years; what is the budgeted change for this year and 2001.
(106771)
247  
  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of the introduction of the minimum wage in the current and each of the next three financial years.
(106793)
248  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the budget for the North West Lancashire Health Authority for 2000-01 to take account of the latest pay settlement for doctors and nurses.
(106168)
249  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105874)
250  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the hospitals in which the new intensive care beds referred to by him in his oral statement of 18th January, Official Report, column 702, are located.
(106443)
251  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures were used to represent the radioactivity of (a) plutonium, (b) uranium and (c) other man-made isotopes, incorporated within the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, in the calculation of doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of those people which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106813)
252  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figure was used to represent the mass of the tissue considered to be the target organ in the calculation of radiation doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lumph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106814)
253  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) theoretical modelling of plutonium concentrations and (b) post mortem measurements of plutonium were used in the calculation of radiation doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106815)
254  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures were used to represent concentrations of uranium in air in the calculations of radiation doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which were supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106816)
255  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what figures were used to represent concentrations of plutonium in air in the calculation of radiation doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106811)
256  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what air intake particles were used as the basis for the calculation of radiation doses from plutonium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106812)
257  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) theoretical modelling of uranium concentrations and (b) post mortem measurements of uranium were used in the calculation of radiation doses from uranium to the tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes of people aged up to 25 years resident in the village of Seascale in Cumbria, which was supplied by the National Radiological Protection Board to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment.
(106810)
258  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the average waiting times for elective surgery in each health authority area in England.
(106169)
259  
  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend access to digital hearing aids to those who are hard of hearing and who have additional impairment of other faculties.
(106451)
260  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the financial impact on Croydon Health Authority of (a) the Working Time Directive, (b) the introduction of the minimum wage, and (c) the abolition of dividend tax credit on pension funds announced in the 1997 Budget.
(106773)
261  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the level of remuneration of the highest earning NHS dentist.
(106720)
262  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the White Paper on NHS Dentistry.
(106721)
263  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have been (a) struck off and (b) reprimanded for professional negligence in each year since 1995.
(106719)
264  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department was unable to supply the Doctors and Dentists Review Body with data on the average net earnings of a dentist doing wholly NHS work.
(106725)
265  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means and from what sources nurses have been recruited for NHS Direct.
(106785)
266  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the average rates of pay for nurses employed (a) on NHS Direct and (b) in the rest of the NHS.
(106784)
267  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) guidelines and (b) regulations are in force concerning the rights of elderly residents in nursing homes who may be forced to leave those homes as a result of a change in registration by the owners of such homes.
(106924)
268  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has received about alternative arrangements for funding the NHS.
(106544)
269  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason he has introduced digital hearing aids on a pilot basis; and when he plans to extend their availability nationally.
(106122)
270  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress of the PFI project for the New Lymington Community Hospital.
(105585)
271  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of the locations of the 100 additional intensive care beds which he has provided.
(106205)
272  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the number of intensive care beds opened at each hospital since 1st May 1997, giving the date of opening in each case.
(106176)
273  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress being made on the establishment of the Criminal Records Bureau.
(106528)
274  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors he took into account in deciding to permit Mr Mike Tyson to enter the United Kingdom on compassionate grounds.
(106457)
275  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of violent crimes, in the most recently published figures, were crimes of domestic violence.
(106779)
276  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a decision in the case of Senator Pinochet.
(106936)
277  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance his Department offers to applicants for driving licences whose identification documents are (a) held by or (b) have not been issued by Immigration and Nationality Department ; and if he will make a statement.
(106681)
278  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the increase was in the number of police officers in Wales from 1998 to 1999.
(106854)
279  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase (a) funding for the Police Service and (b) the number of police officers in Wales in the next 12 months.
(106870)
280  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in his projection of prison numbers for the next five years, what proportion of prisoners will be (a) female, (b) offenders in respect of cannabis, (c) class A drug offenders and (d) housed in hospital wings.
(105928)
281  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who appointed the members of the Committee of Inquiry into the Impact of Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales.
(106770)
282  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Department's letter to the honourable Member for North Thanet of 17th January (Ref. PO 20700/99), what plans he has to impose visa requirements upon visitors from the Czech Republic.
(106371)
283  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers after 1st April have been entered into by his Department; how many units of accommodation will each contract provide; and what are the estimated costs of each unit of accommodation so provided.
(106687)
284  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105869)
285  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish figures for the 12 months ending September 1998 on the (a) number of notifiable offences by police force area and by category of offence; and (b) percentages of notifiable offences in individual offence groups by police force area.
(106531)
286  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of non-reclaimable value-added tax which will have to be paid by the (a) National Crime Squad and (b) National Criminal Intelligence Service in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(106533)
287  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons travelling by coach from Poland in the past six months have been refused entry at Dover; and what is the gender breakdown of these refusals.
(104755)
288  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of passengers travelling from Poland by coach, via Dover, are interviewed by immigration officials; and of those what proportion are (a) male and (b) female.
(104753)
289  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the visitor's right of appeal on the refusal of entry will be reinstated.
(106781)
290  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government investigations into Alexander Schweider.
(106941)
291  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were in (a) 1998, (b) 1993 and (c) 1988 under Regulation 103 of the Motor Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulation 1986 relating to obstruction of a footpath by a motor vehicle; and what the breakdown was in each year by police authority in England.
(106570)
292  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the viability of using aircraft carriers moored in Portsmouth as prison ships.
(106174)
293  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further information he requires concerning the Enderby Leisure Centre CCTV proposal before he makes a final decision on the bid, and when he will make a final decision.
(106478)
294  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to allow the employment of au pairs from Lithuania; and if he will make a statement.
(106475)
295  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) software and (b) hardware systems used by the (a) City of London, (b) Cumbria, (c) Dorset, (d) Humberside, (e) Norfolk and (f) West Mercia police forces to hold the register of privately held firearms and persons holding firearms certificates; and if he will place a copy of the functional specification and user guide of each system in the Library.
(106768)
296  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 370W, on firearms what steps he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ensure full compliance with section 39 of the Firearms Amendment Act 1997; for what reasons the system is not in full operation; and if it has been piloted.
(106772)
297  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in the Colchester Police Division in September each year from 1995 to 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(106557)
298  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers there were in the Essex police force in each year from 1985 to 1999, giving figures on a quarterly basis from 1995 onwards; and if he will make a statement.
(106548)
299  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional police officers he will agree can be added to his Department's authorised number employed by the Essex Police Authority as a result of the transfer on 1st April to the Essex Police Authority of that part of Essex currently policed by the Metropolitan Police.
(106550)
300  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Metropolitan Police budget will be reduced from 1st April when that part of the County of Essex currently policed by the Metropolitan Police is transferred to the Essex Police Authority.
(106547)
301  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police officers will transfer to the Essex Police Authority from 1st April when that part of the County of Essex currently policed by the Metropolitan Police is transferred to the Essex Police Authority; how many will stay with the Metropolitan Police; and how many will retire.
(106549)
302  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding he will give to Essex Police Authority in 2000-01 to police that part of the county which from 1st April is transferred from the Metropolitan Police; and if this figure, indexed accordingly, will be built into the authority's base figure in future years.
(106546)
303  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what rights prisoners have to confidentiality in interviews conducted with journalists.
(106446)
304  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to respond to the letter of 20th December 1999 from the honourable Member for Poole on behalf of Benjamin Patrick Daniels.
(106200)
305  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of his Department's staff were (a) registered disabled, (b) women, (c) from ethnic minorities and (d) from (i) independent, (ii) grammar and (iii) other schools in (1) 1970, (2) 1979, (3) 1989 and (4) 1999.
(106763)
306  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the decision was taken to alter the plans for a 650 bed male prison at Ashford, Middlesex, to a 450 bed female prison.
(106175)
307  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 22nd November regarding a constituent.
(106201)
308  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many doorkeepers have been recruited in each year since 1990; and in each year how many have been (a) former military personnel with 22 or more years service and (b) other former military personnel; and how many have been (i) men and (ii) women.
(106476)
309  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what is the current complement of doorkeepers; and what plans there are to vary this.
(106477)
310  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent research reports she has received on the economic impact of the first five years of the World Trade Organisation trading regime on developing countries.
(105584)
311  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the performance of the United Nations mission in Kosovo.
(106453)
312  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her policy on paying her Department's employees overseas the British minimum wage.
(106331)
313  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the projected funding from her Department to the British Council for the financial year (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.
(106341)
314  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many complaints she has received from the general public about the effectiveness of the search engine on her Department's website.
(106338)
315  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) Jews and (b) Christians are employed by her Department.
(106325)
316  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the impact of an increase in her Department's spending in the Balkans on projects in southern hemisphere.
(106340)
317  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the non-governmental organisations funded by her Department that are present in Kosovo; and what assessment she has made of their coordination and effectiveness.
(106339)
318  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, to which countries her Department has suspended aid since 1st May 1997; and what was the reason in each case.
(106332)
319  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the United States of America concerning reform of the World Trade Organisation since 1st December 1999.
(106333)
320  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the IMF and World Bank concerning the Highly-Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
(106330)
321  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her criteria are for assessing the progress of United Nations reform.
(106456)
322  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided for the people of Chechnya since 1st December 1999.
(106335)
323  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her departmental budget in 1998-99 was spent in Asia.
(106328)
324  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the cost of the refurbishment of her Department's ministerial offices.
(106342)
325  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to ensure that the money saved from bilateral debt relief is channelled into poverty reduction.
(106329)
326  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of her Department's locally-employed staff in (a) Harare, (b) Dhaka and (c) Pretoria are paid below the British minimum wage.
(106326)
327  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place the curriculum vitae of her special advisers in the Library.
(106343)
328  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds from the Tacis programme have gone to Russia in the past six months.
(106336)
329  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations her Department has made to the World Trade Organisation concerning procedural reform.
(106334)
330  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the salary scale for her Department's locally employed staff in (a) Bangkok, (b) Bridgetown, (c) Delhi and (d) Pretoria.
(106327)
331  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many calls were made to her Department's public information line in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(106337)
332  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in her Department employs a special adviser.
(106765)
333  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from non-governmental organisations concerning expansion of the number of countries eligible for debt relief under the highly indebted poor countries initiative.
(106640)
334  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the salary is for her Department's locally-employed staff in (a) Harare, (b) Dhaka, (c) Nairobi and (d) Jura.
(106642)
335  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress has been made in reforming the United Nations.
(106455)
336  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's planned spending on (a) Latin America, (b) Asia, (c) Africa and (d) Europe is in financial year 1999-2000.
(106695)
337  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the premises purchased for use by her Department since 1st May 1997 and their cost.
(106643)
338  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentages of her departmental budget in 1998-99 were spent in (a) Africa and (b) Latin America.
(106694)
339  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with local non-governmental organisations about their role in monitoring poverty reduction projects financed as a result of bilateral debt relief.
(106639)
340  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Hindus are employed by her Department.
(106638)
341  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the IMF and the World Bank concerning respect for indigenous cultures.
(106641)
342  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings of the Ministerial Committee on Defence and Overseas Policy she has attended since May 1997.
(106447)
343  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105868)
344  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the principle of holding (a) small claims court and (b) county court hearings in prisons on cases brought by prisoners against the Prison Service and others; and if he will make a statement.
(106569)
345  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what research he has commissioned on the jury system and how juries arrive at their verdicts.
(106724)
346  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will seek powers to empanel parallel juries to allow the study of the dynamics of juries and how they reach their verdicts.
(106723)
347  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105878)
348  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many places are available in secure accommodation for young people in care in Northern Ireland.
(106449)
349  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent in providing alternative places in hotels for both young people and accompanying staff in the last three years.
(106448)
350  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many care homes have been overcrowded in each of the last three years.
(106454)
351  
  
Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to appoint a Minister for Young People.
(106452)
352  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many defence manufacturers have made representations to (a) him, (b) his advisors and (c) officials about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and if he will list the individuals and companies concerned, indicating the dates on which representations were made.
(106937)
353  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many representatives of arms manufacturers have made representations to (a) him, (b) his advisors and (c) officials about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and if he will list the individuals and companies concerned, indicating the dates on which representations were made.
(106938)
354  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 18th January, Official Report, columns 416-17W on the Iranian Foreign Minister, if he will define the countries in the area of strategic in importance to the United Kingdom mentioned in his answer.
(106568)
355  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is his policy on equalisation of spending limits on money raised by political parties on either side of the argument in future referenda.
(106791)
356  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement on 19th January, Official Report, column 841, if he will list the limits which will apply to each political party in relation to their spending on a referendum on the single European currency.
(106790)
357  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the Performance and Innovation Unit's study on the confiscation of criminal assets.
(106409)
358  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to issue a new joint declaration on co-operation with the Liberal Democratic Party.
(106722)
359  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105879)
360  
N  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when Benefits Agency offices will be instructed to pay heating allowance to men aged over 60 years.
(106178)
361  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will state, for each of the last three years, and the present year to date, how many (a) applications for and (b) reviews of (i) disability living allowance, (ii) attendance allowance and (iii) incapacity benefit were (1) decided on paper and (2) decided after a medical examination; and how many in each category resulted in (x) continuation of benefit, (y) an increase in benefit and (z) withdrawal of benefit.
(106685)
362  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will state the number of examining medical practitioners contracted to (a) the Benefits Agency Medical Service and (b) SEMA; how many of them had qualified four years or fewer previously; and how many were aged over 65 years.
(106686)
363  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total number of claims in each of the last three years for (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance and (c) incapacity benefit; in each category, how many and what proportion of the total (i) were successful on the original application and (ii) resulted in an appeal; of those that were successful how many and what proportion of the total (1) were successful on appeal and (2) resulted in an appeal to the commissioners; and of those applications that resulted in an appeal to the Commissioners, how many and what proportion of the total were successful.
(106671)
364  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when male pensioners over the age of 60 years will be paid winter fuel allowance.
(106921)
365  
  
Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to publish the report of the independent review of organised fraud.
(106947)
366  
  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason no winter fuel payments have to made to male claimants aged between 60 and 65 years following the decision of the European Court.
(106795)
367  
  
Mr Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he plans to start making winter fuel payments to male claimants between 60 and 65 years of age pursuant to the decision of the European Court.
(106794)
368  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105872)
369  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what criteria are used to determine whether individuals are habitually resident in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(106166)
370  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many children living with parents with care will under the new formula in the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill be entitled to reduced support; and what the average loss for each child will be.
(106571)
371  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what powers are available to the Child Support Agency to investigate and take action against elected members or former elected members of local authorities who withhold details of attendance allowances and other allowances in their disclosure of financial details on which the level of child support is determined; and if he will make a statement.
(106470)
372  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of introducing a top up on the basic state pension of (a) £3 at age 75 years and £5 at age 80 years and (b) £5 at age 75 years and £10 at age 80 years.
(106518)
373  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many recipients of the basic state pension are aged (a) under 75 years, (b) 75 years and over, and (c) 80 years and over; and if he will make a statement.
(106519)
374  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of raising the over 80 top-up on the state pension from 25 pence per week to (a) £5 per week, (b) £10 per week, and (c) £15 per week; and if he will make a statement.
(106517)
375  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of raising the basic state pension (a) to the level of income support, (b) by £5 per week, and (c) by £10 per week.
(106516)
376  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on progress made with establishing the computer system designed to provide a link between the Child Support Agency and income support system; and if he will estimate the amount spent on this aspect of the Affinity Project to date.
(106774)
377  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 231W, onstakeholder pensions, what have been the findings of recent departmental surveys on (a) the number of people with non-mortgage debt and (b) the distribution of non-mortgage debts among persons with annual earnings in the range £9,000 to £21,500 who are not members of an occupational or personal pension scheme.
(106805)
378  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 372W, if he will make a statement on the Child Support Reforms New Rules Implementation Project, including the progress to date and the amount which has been spent.
(106803)
379  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement concerning the Crown Prosecution Service as prosecuting authority and the case of Senator Pinochet.
(106948)
380  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Solicitor General, what request the Spanish authorities have made to the Crown Prosecution Service to seek leave for judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision in respect of Senator Pinochet; and if he will make a statement.
(106408)
381  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what departmental scrutiny has been applied to the Department for Trade and Industry grant awarded to Trans Tec for new premises at Coleshill, Birmingham, in 1988 since it was awarded.
(106345)
382  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a list of his Department's procedures for dealing with reports of misuse of (a) DTI grants and (b) other government grants.
(106348)
383  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last reviewed his Department's guidance on ministerial conflicts of interest; and if he will publish the outcome of that review.
(106350)
384  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the meetings and events that Ministers and officials of his Department attended at which directors and personnel of Trans Tec were present in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998 and (e) 1999.
(106351)
385  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department first received reports of the financial difficulties of Trans Tec.
(106347)
386  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from other government departments in respect of the cost of the inquiry into Mirror Group Newspapers.
(106352)
387  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the Government grants received by Trans Tec, since 1987.
(106346)
388  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the DTI inquiries since 1985 that have been subject to independent inspection under section 432 of the Companies Act 1985.
(106349)
389  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is the Government's policy to support the European Parliament's authorised wording of the draft EU Directive on Copyright in the Information Society.
(106055)
390  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was discussed at the DTI-sponsored meeting on 7th October 1999, on the draft EU Directive on Copyright in the Information Society.
(106054)
391  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many representatives of arms manufacturers have made representations to (a) him, (b) his advisors and (c) officials about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and if he will list the individuals and companies concerned, indicating the dates on which representations were made.
(106939)
392  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the (a) people and (b) organisations representing defence manufacturers who have made representations to his Department about arms sales to Zimbabwe over the last 17 months; and when such representations were made.
(106949)
393  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports he has received from the Low Pay Commission on the impact on unemployment of the national minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.
(106524)
394  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the conclusions of his report, UK Competitiveness Indicators 1999, on (a) working hours and (b) per capita national income in the UK, in relation to that in other G7 countries.
(106530)
395  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of worker participation on innovation; and if he will make a statement.
(106522)
396  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for (a) standard and (b) open individual export licences for (i) military list and (ii) dual-use goods for proposed exports to Pakistan are currently awaiting a decision; and how many of these applications were made before 12th October 1999.
(106645)
397  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received to increase the level of the national minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.
(106523)
398  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what categories of (a) standard and (b) open individual export licences have been (i) granted and (ii) refused for proposed exports of controlled goods to Pakistan since 12th October 1999.
(106644)
399  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what factors underlay the conclusions contained in his report, UK Competitiveness Indicators 1999, that United Kingdom consumers show more inertia and are generally less demanding than in other countries with similar income levels; and if he will make a statement.
(106520)
400  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he proposes to address the criticism of United Kingdom management made in his report, the United Kingdom Competitiveness Indicators 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(106521)
401  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimates he has made of the rate of take-up of parental leave if it were (a) paid by employers, (b) paid by the Government and (c) unpaid.
(106032)
402  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the potential costs of parental leave if it were paid by the Government.
(106031)
403  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's 1998-99 exposure in unrecovered claims for exports to Nigeria is for defence-related exports.
(105932)
404  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is concerning the underwriting of defence-related equipment sales to the governments of (a) Jordan, (b) Kenya, (c) Egypt, (d) Algeria and (e) Nigeria.
(105933)
405  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what amount of money underwritten by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each of the past 10 years for defence-related equipment has been claimed by manufacturers but not recovered from (a) Indonesia, (b) Jordan, (c) Kenya, (d) Egypt and (e) Algeria.
(105935)
406  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the total sum paid out in claims authorised by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in 1998-99 was for defence-related exports.
(105929)
407  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the sum paid out in claims authorised by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on exports to Nigeria between 1996-97 and 1998-99 was for defence-related exports.
(105930)
408  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the Export Credits Guarantee Department's 1998-99 exposure in unrecovered claims is for defence-related exports.
(105931)
409  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many different United Kingdom companies or organisations have applied for export licences in respect of RDX in its raw form in the last two years.
(106441)
410  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which company, organisation or individual in China was to receive the raw RDX for which a standard individual export licence was issued between 7th May and 10th November 1999.
(106440)
411  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105871)
412  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance his Department makes available to businesses and local government agencies seeking to (a) diversify the labour market in and (b) promote inward investment to Stafford.
(106673)
413  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the extent of the United Kingdom's capacity for manufacturing related to the power industry.
(106675)
414  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the restructuring by Alstom of its operations in Stafford on the local labour market.
(106677)
415  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department will make available to (a) Alstom, (b) the Employment Service and (c) the local authorities following the announcement of job losses at Alstom's Stafford sites.
(106678)
416  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last met the management of Alstom.
(106676)
417  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will visit Stafford to meet representatives of local government agencies and businesses to discuss diversification the labour market in Stafford and promotion of inward investment.
(106674)
418  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the opportunities for diversification of the labour market in Stafford.
(106672)
419  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason Croatia's application for membership of the World Trade Organisation was not accepted; and if he will make a statement.
(104758)
420  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress his Department is making in relation to the settlement of damages claims made by former mineworkers for chronic bronchitis and emphysema; how many claims have been (a) received and (b) settled; and what action is being taken to ensure the speedy processing of the outstanding claims.
(106931)
421  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made to extend the law in relation to a cooling off period to protect consumers who (a) purchase holidays and (b) join a holiday club following a high pressure intensive sales presentation.
(106933)
422  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives his Department is taking to promote clean coal technology.
(106935)
423  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent by the Government in each of the last five financial years on the research and development of clean coal technology.
(106934)
424  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many questions to his Department were tabled for written answer during session 1998-99; and how many of these he replied to (a) by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by substantive answer in the Official Report, (b) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to information not being held centrally and (c) by stating that a substantive answer could not be given due to disproportionate cost.
(106487)
425  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many questions to his Department tabled for written answer on a named day during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) on or before a named day, (b) within one week of a named day, (c) within one month of a named day, (d) within three months of a named day and (e) after three months of a named day.
(106481)
426  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many questions to his Department tabled for ordinary written answer during Session 1998-99 were answered (a) within two weeks of tabling, (b) within one month of tabling, (c) within three months of tabling and (d) after three months of tabling.
(106492)
427  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the amount of telephone traffic going via the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(106718)
428  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the (a) short and (b) long-term contributions that photovoltaics could make in reducing carbon emissions in the UK.
(106792)
429  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential long-term economic benefits of supporting renewable energy sources, with particular reference to photovoltaics, on the basis of the German model.
(106782)
430  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential for photovoltaics in reducing carbon emissions in the United Kingdom on the basis of a support scheme for renewable energy similar to the German model.
(106783)
431  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the (a) volume and (b) value of imported garments for retail sale in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(106923)
432  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people were employed in the garment industry in the United Kingdom (a) in the last 12 months in which figures are available, (b) in 1979 and (c) in 1992.
(106922)
433  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 261W, on MOX fuel, what issues he plans to explore in respect of the proposals to return unused MOX fuel from Japan; what meetings have been held, or are planned between representatives of the United Kingdom and Japanese governments and the respective nuclear authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(106730)
434  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial support his Department has given to the Ethical Trading Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(106126)
435  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance from public funds will be available to mitigate the economic effects of the closure of Bradwell Power Station; and if he will make a statement.
(106180)
436  
N  
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the economic impact of the closure of Bradwell Power Station.
(106179)
437  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his Department gives to those businesses in areas which have ceased to be eligible for regional assistance since 1st January.
(106515)
438  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many operations in Wales have been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed since 1st December as a result of the influenza outbreak.
(106856)
439  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly concerning the Cubie Report.
(105927)
440  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which projects relating to his Department that appeared in the Private Finance Panel's list of 29th November 1995 (a) have been completed, (b) are still pending, (c) have been dropped and (d) are being pursued by means other than a public private partnership.
(105880)
441  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent research he has commissioned into the incidence of attempted armed robberies in Alyn and Deeside; and if he will make a statement.
(106701)
442  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he last met the First Secretary to discuss the impact of the Government's legislative programme on road, rail and air transport, in the constituency of (a) Alyn and Deeside and (b) North East Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(106703)
443  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will discuss with the First Secretary the situation of dairy farmers in Alyn and Deeside.
(106702)
444  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will discuss with the First Secretary the granting of Objective 2 status to North East Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(106700)
445  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he next plans to meet the First Secretary to discuss the role of Hawarden Airport, Deeside, in the future economic development of North East Wales.
(106699)
446  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by (a) date, (b) category and (c) outcome, the incidents recorded by Wiltshire Constabulary at Salisbury Railway station in each year since 1995.
[Transferred] (106553)
447  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the UK National Radiological Protection Board has given to travellers to Kosovo.
[Transferred] (106928)
448  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what extra funding is planned for the NHS in Wales this year in response to the influenza outbreak.
[Transferred] (106855)
449  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what preparations in Wales were made in 1999 to deal with the annual rise in demand for the NHS over the Christmas period.
[Transferred] (106857)
450  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will instruct the Independent Tribunal Service in Broad Street, Birmingham, to reply to the letter dated 13th October 1999 from the honourable Member for Harborough on behalf of Mrs Jo Plant of Oadby, Leicestershire.
[Transferred] (106952)
451  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many blood donors there were in each NHS region broken down by blood type; and how much blood was donated in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (106932)


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