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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 26 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 26 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 26th JANUARY
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last placed an item on the agenda of the European Union agricultural minister's meetings relating to study of the hygiene and operating conditions of abattoirs in each of the member states.
(107120)
2  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to announce his decision on the future of the Agricultural Intervention Board.
(107045)
3  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he has received the PricewaterhouseCoopers' report which includes a review of the Agricultural Intervention Board; and if he will make a statement.
(107044)
4  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Luxembourg on 24th to 25th January; and if he will make a statement.
(107151)
5  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what checks are introduced on imported pig-meat which is processed and sold in pre-packed form.
(107107)
6  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much Government funding was given to farmers in Shropshire in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(107167)
7  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for National Lottery grants have been made by organisations in the Yeovil constituency over the last five years; how many of these have been accepted; and if he will make a statement.
(106743)
8  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of programmes broadcast by Channel 5 in 1999 were of European origin as defined within EU Directive 89/552/EC.
(106966)
9  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the statutory subtitling targets set by the ITC for each year from 1995 to 2005 inclusive.
(106973)
10  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his Department's policy on subtitling on (a) cable and (b) satellite television channels.
(106971)
11  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the ITC's returns from each of the (a) digital and (b) analogue terrestrial channels covered by its statutory subtitling targets for each of the last five years.
(106974)
12  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce legislation to set statutory subtitling targets for cable and satellite broadcasters; and if he will make a statement.
(106970)
13  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent figures he has collated on the level of subtitling on (a) BBC1, (b) BBC2, (c) ITV, (d) Channel 4 and (e) Channel 5; and if he will make a statement.
(106969)
14  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if it is his policy to ensure parity of subtitling across BBC1 and BBC2 and the new BBC digital channels before analogue switch-off.
(106972)
15  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the reasons for (a) cancelled and (b) halted performances at The Royal Opera House indicating the action taken by the board of management in relation to faulty construction work in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(107064)
16  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the total amount of National Lottery grant awarded to organisations in Shrewsbury and Atcham in each year since the National Lottery's inception; and if he will make a statement.
(107259)
17  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list by constituency the amount spent on lottery tickets and the number of lottery millionaires.
(107066)
18  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received concerning the presence of Royal Navy vessels in the vicinity of the 'Harvester' at the time of its sinking; and if he will make a statement.
(107061)
19  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women from ethnic minority backgrounds are serving in each of the British armed services.
(107121)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who will have control of the equipment selection for the new Type 45 warship; and if he will make a statement.
(107041)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the reasons involving the Horizon Programme which underlay the decision not to use a single prime contractor; and if he will make a statement.
(107043)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the lessons learned which will be built into the Smart Procurement Initiative from the outcome of the Horizon Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(107042)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the reasons which underlay his decision not to limit the equipment and systems for the Type 45 to the three former common new generation frigates partner contractors; and if he will make a statement.
(107040)
24  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many replacement engines are available for the Tornado aircraft.
(107049)
25  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tornado aircraft are (a) serviceable and (b) unserviceable.
(107048)
26  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving RAF pilots are available and trained in date to fly the Nimrod aircraft.
(107046)
27  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Nimrod aircraft are (a) serviceable and (b) unserviceable.
(107047)
28  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make funding available to British Forces Broadcasting Services to enable the temporary radio station for the Colchester Garrison to be made a permanent service.
(107166)
29  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the effects of the restructuring of the Territorial Army on the availability of the premises of the Territorial Army for use by other community activities, with particular reference to TA centres in rural Wales.
(107130)
30  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent measures his Department has taken to maximise the procurement of domestically produced meat for the armed forces.
(107129)
31  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on (a) the size and composition of the independent non publicly-funded sector in (i) further and (ii) higher education, (b) the steps he is taking to ensure that its quality is maintained and (c) his action intended to improve its contribution to the objectives of the White Paper, Learning to Succeed (Cm 4392).
(106844)
32  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent assessment he has made of shortages of physics teachers in secondary schools.
(107132)
33  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many physics teaching trainees he expects to be in his target figure for recruitment into initial teacher training courses for science teaching in secondary schools in (a) 2000-01 (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.
(107180)
34  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many recruits for the teaching of (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology in secondary schools were recruited into initial teacher training courses in each of the last five years.
(107176)
35  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the average spending on teacher training provision by London education authorities during the current year.
(107124)
36  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many after-school clubs there are in England and Wales.
(107122)
37  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement about school security.
(107063)
38  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the responses of teachers to the consultation on those aspects of the Green Paper, Teachers: meeting the challenge, dealing with performance-related pay; and if he will make a statement.
(107262)
39  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the proposed salary scale for the assessors to be employed to assess teachers for performance-related payment; how many such assessors he expects will be employed; and what estimate he has made of the total cost of administering the assessment scheme, excluding the cost of the performance-related pay.
(107177)
40  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions have taken place with national bodies with expertise in related matters since the issuing of Circular 3/99.
(107160)
41  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of the private finance initiative on reductions in numbers of school playing fields.
(107165)
42  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review Circular 3/99, relating to the protection of school playing fields.
(107162)
43  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of school playing fields are capable of sustaining minimum standards of seven hours a week use.
(107158)
44  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the National Lottery funded school sport co-ordinators will be in post.
(107163)
45  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to introduce a school sports strategy to coincide with the forthcoming Government sports strategy.
(107156)
46  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of children can swim 25 metres at the end of Key Stage 2; and if he will make a statement.
(107159)
47  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many school playing fields or parts of fields have been sold since the issue of Circular 3/99; and if he will make a statement on its impact on sales of playing fields.
(107161)
48  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many private finance initiative schemes for schools have involved the sale of parts of school playing fields.
(107157)
49  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many places were bought from independent schools by his Department during 1998-99 outside the assisted places scheme; and at what cost.
(107023)
50  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make available the data given by each Barnet grammar school to Electoral Reform (Ballot Services) Ltd. in accordance with the petition and ballot on future admissions, listing each primary school from which one or more pupils originated before gaining a place at each Barnet grammar school, for the intakes of pupils in each of the last three years.
(107024)
51  
  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information his Department collects on the number of pupils attending each maintained school in England and Wales; if this information is held centrally; and if it is made available to the public.
(107025)
52  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of those who leave the unemployment pool based on the claimant-count reapply for benefit within 12 months of securing employment by region.
(107229)
53  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to make an announcement on the Arena Central Regeneration Project in Birmingham.
(106978)
54  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ask the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to investigate the cause of the delayed implementation of the refurbishment of Sutton Station by Connex and take steps with both Railtrack and the train operating company to expedite the project.
(106852)
55  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total area of land within the established green belt in England on 1st January (a) 1976, (b) 1979, (c) 1982, (d) 1985, (e) 1988, (f) 1991, (g) 1994, (h) 1997 and (i) 2000.
(106874)
56  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the work and progress of the Architects Registration Board.
(106876)
57  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total area of established green belt land given non-conforming use planning permissions in each of the past 20 years.
(106875)
58  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports his Department has recently received about infestations by ghost ants; and if he will make a statement.
(107164)
59  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the public/private partnership schemes currently running in the Greater London area.
(107119)
60  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the risk incurred in travelling as (i) a driver of a car, (ii) an adult passenger in a car, (iii) a child passenger in a car, (iv) a driver of a motorcycle, (v) an adult pillion passenger on a motorcycle and (vi) a child pillion passenger on a motorcycle; and if he will make a statement.
(107131)
61  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his estimate of the total cost of preparation of best value performance plans by local authorities.
(107178)
62  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to announce the development of millennium towns; and if he will make a statement.
(106877)
63  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he plans to announce the creation of a millennium town in Kent.
(106879)
64  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he will use in deciding to allow the building of millennium towns.
(106880)
65  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many millennium towns he intends to create.
(106878)
66  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the terms of reference of the pilot scheme in Bristol for testing the Government's proposals for speeding up the system of buying and selling homes in England and Wales; and what will be the cost to public funds of the pilot scheme.
(107261)
67  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will produce a planning guidance note to establish what constitutes (a) brownfield and (b) greenfield sites in respect of a land disposal involving a combination of buildings and used ground and playing fields and undeveloped ground.
(107154)
68  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review current legislation on development on playing fields.
(107171)
69  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ensure that playing fields and green spaces in urban areas are not designated as brownfield sites for the purpose of housing and other development proposals.
(107170)
70  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 356W, what assumptions he made about the level of VAT evasion which would occur with a 5 per cent. rate on house repair and refurbishment relative to the current rate.
(107110)
71  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees working in companies employing fewer than five people have earnings between (a) the lower earnings limit and £5,000, (b) £5,001 and £7,000, (c) £7,001 and £8,000, (d) £8,001 and £9,000, (e) £9,001 and £9,500, (f) £9,501 and £10,000, (g) £10,001 and £12,000, (h) £12,001 and £14,000, (i) £14,001 and £16,000, (j) £16,001 and £18,000 and (k) £18,001 to £18,500 for each of the past five years.
(106709)
72  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the numbers of families who will be (a) eligible to receive, (b) in receipt of and (c) receiving working families tax credit via their pay packet by October 2000.
(107260)
73  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list, for each year since 1979 to date, the number of (a) long-term unemployed, (b) young unemployed and (c) total unemployed in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement.
(107258)
74  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what directions for government departments and local authorities to sell surplus state assets he issued (a) prior to 18th October 1999 and (b) subsequently; and if he will make a statement.
(107153)
75  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that the sale of surplus assets will not result in the loss of playing fields.
(107173)
76  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been raised from Landfill Tax, broken down by local authority areas in Scotland in each of the last three years.
(106369)
77  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claimant-count unemployed people left the UK workforce in order to secure work in other countries during the most recent year for which figures are available.
(107231)
78  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the most recent figures for the total number of people in employment and self-employment, as a proportion of the working age population, in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.
(107227)
79  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to alter the operation of the Barnett Formula to recognise the increased needs for public expenditure in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
(107068)
80  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 24th to 25th January; and if he will make a statement.
(107150)
81  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) intensive care beds and (b) general hospital beds there were in (i) East Somerset and (ii) Somerset in each year from 1980; what is the latest available estimate in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(106766)
82  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been on hospital waiting lists in (a) East Somerset and (b) Somerset in each year since 1992, giving figures on a quarterly basis since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(106767)
83  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of expenditure per head in real terms on the National Health Service for (a) each English county and (b) each English health authority for each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.
(106744)
84  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of intensive care beds per head of population in (a) each English county and (b) Somerset Health Authority for each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.
(106740)
85  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of hospital operations in East Somerset Health Authority (a) postponed and (b) postponed solely at the discretion of the authority, in each quarter since 1995.
(106741)
86  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of (a) nurses and (b) doctors working for each Somerset health authority for each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.
(106742)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the 9 per cent. levy against retailers in respect of milk tokens sent to the Welfare Food Reimbursement Unit.
(106967)
88  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients on waiting lists, and how many patients this represented, were waiting over one year in (a) 1979, (b) 1989, (c) 1995 and (d) the latest date for which figures are available.
(107062)
89  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those health authorities which have nursing vacancies in excess of 300.
(107065)
90  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which year since 1970 there was the smallest percentage of patients on waiting lists who were waiting over one year for hospital treatment; and how many patients this represented.
(107106)
91  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the current number of beds in the Wansbeck General Hospital; and what projections he has made of future bed numbers.
(107155)
92  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the total costs of funding the accident and emergency department within the Barnet Health Authority area in each of the last five years.
(106873)
93  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make needles and re-usable pens for the treatment of diabetes available free on prescription.
(106964)
94  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) NHS medical staff, (b) NHS staff who were members of professions allied to medicine and (c) NHS nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff did not have their contract of employment renewed in each NHS region, in each year since 1995.
(106679)
95  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the Hospital and Community Health Services revenue allocation (a) for each health authority, (b) per head of population and (c) in each health authority in total, for each of the last five years.
(107263)
96  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on research into cerebral palsy in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(107060)
97  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on age discrimination in applying the 'needs test' system with respect to the provision of digital hearing aids.
(107058)
98  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to increase the founding of audiology services within the NHS.
(107057)
99  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on availability of digital hearing aids in the NHS.
(107056)
100  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Aylesbury of 18th January, Official Report, columns 368-9, on Mr Mike Tyson, if he will list the companies and individuals with a direct or indirect interest in the promotion, whose comments formed part of the representations from Mr Frank Warren.
(106975)
101  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Aylesbury of 18th January, Official Report, column 417W, what representations he received (a) directly and (b) indirectly in respect of Mr Mike Tyson's application to enter the country from BSkyB.
(106977)
102  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Data Protection Registrar on The Data Protection (conditions under paragraph 3 of Part II of Schedule 1) Order 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(107067)
103  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to local authorities regarding the application of Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention to CCTV (a) in privately owned shopping malls and (b) elsewhere.
(107123)
104  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decisions have been made to date as a result of the measures announced in the White Paper, Fairer Faster and Firmer, on asylum applications made (a) between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995 and (b) before 1st July 1993; and how many of these resulted in (i) a grant of asylum, (ii) exceptional leave to remain and (iii) refusal.
(107109)
105  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money from the Government's CCTV initiative for England and Wales he estimates will be allocated to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets; and when the money will be made available.
(107118)
106  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what objectives were set for the policing of the state visit of the Chinese President by (a) the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and (b) the Home Office; and what assessment he has made of the Metropolitan Police's performance in meeting those objectives.
(107115)
107  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to meet the Metropolitan Police in advance of events with security requirements similar to those of a state visit.
(107116)
108  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what instructions he has given the Metropolitan Police on their operational procedure in the light of the state visit of the Chinese President to London.
(107117)
109  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for the most recent 12 months for which figures are available, the percentage of offenders whose age at the time of discharge from prison or commencement of a non-custodial order was (a) under 21 years, (b) 21 to 24 years, (c) 25 to 29 years and (d) aged 30 years or over, who were reconvicted within two years of (i) discharge from prison, (ii) commencement of a probation order, (iii) commencement of a community service order and (iv) commencement of a combination order, indicating the percentage reconviction figures for each age group in respect of each disposal.
(107051)
110  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of criminal incidents in which shotguns were used in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, which resulted in (a) unlawful death, (b) unlawful wounding and (c) no physical injury, and in each category showing the total number of incidents in which a licensed weapon was used by a person with legal access to that weapon, for 1994 to 1999.
(107054)
111  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal incidents involving illegally modified shotguns resulting in (a) unlawful death, (b) unlawful wounding and (c) no physical injury there were in Great Britain in each year since 1994, separately identifying the number of incidents in which a licensed weapon was used by a person with legal access to that weapon.
(107112)
112  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of criminal incidents in which (a) firearms, excluding revolvers and automatic pistols, and (b) (i) revolvers and (ii) automatic pistols were used in the United Kingdom, excluding Northern Ireland, and which resulted in (1) unlawful death, (2) unlawful wounding and (3) no physical injury, in each category showing the total number of incidents in which a licensed weapon was used by a person with legal access to that weapon, for 1994 to 1999.
(107059)
113  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) revolvers, (b) automatic pistols, (c) other firearms and (d) shotguns have been obtained from (i) civilian registered owners, (ii) public bodies and (iii) owners who are unregistered or illegally in possession of such a weapon since 1997.
(107113)
114  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for the most recent 12 months for which figures are available the percentage of offenders with (a) no previous convictions, (b) one or two previous convictions, (c) three to six previous convictions, (d) seven to 10 previous convictions and (e) 11 or more previous convictions who have been reconvicted (i) within two years of discharge from prison, (ii) within two years from commencement of a probation order, (iii) within two years of commencement of a community service order and (iv) within two years of commencement of a combination order.
(107050)
115  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recent progress of the police investigation into the murder of Jill Dando.
(107257)
116  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the number of police officers as at 1st January in each of the last five years in each police division in London (a) for each area, (b) for each borough and (c) in total.
(107152)
117  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each London borough per 10,000 of population as measured in the 1991 Census, on 1st January in each of the last five years.
(107174)
118  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many early release prisoners have been fitted with an electronic tracking device; and how many have been given permisson to breach the evening curfew restrictions.
(107169)
119  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an investigation into his Department's loss of Mr Rouea Gargau's passport, ref G1008833.
(107053)
120  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the correspondence of 18th August 1999 and 22nd November 1999 from the honourable Member for Torbay regarding Mr Rouea Gargau, a constituent; and if he will make a statement.
(107055)
121  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what is the current establishment of employees of the House of Commons Commission; and what percentage are of ethnic minority origin.
(106979)
122  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons Clerks are employed by the House of Commons Commission; and how many of those are of ethnic minority origin.
(106980)
123  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many copies of the Official Report were printed during the 1998-99 session; at what (a) total and (b) unit cost; how many copies were sold; and what was the total revenue generated.
(106976)
124  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on providing humanitarian aid to towns in Serbia under political control of parties in opposition to the government.
(105362)
125  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the number of people who have acquired literacy as a result of her Department's contributions to education programmes in the last two years.
(105387)
126  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Prime Minister, if, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 537W, on European Defence, if he will place Mr Liddle's speaking notes in the Library.
(107052)
127  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to seek the consent of other parties to the Agreement on the joint ministerial Committee of the British-Irish Council to publishing the names of those who attend meetings.
(107125)
128  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the number of pensioners over the age of (a) 75 and (b) 80 in (i) Yeovil constituency and (ii) South Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(106737)
129  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the number of (a) retired people, (b) pensioners, and (c) people over the age of 65 in each (i) English county and (ii) parliamentary constituency; and what is the average figure in each category.
(106738)
130  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many representations he has received about the planned April 2000 uprating of the state pension; how many of these are (a) in favour and (b) not in favour of the uprating; and if he will make a statement.
(106739)
131  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many more people would receive the state second pension, at what cost, and how much would be payable in pension, if he aligned 35 hours of care qualification for credits to the state second pension with the minimum wage qualification of 18 hours, taking (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2015, (d) 2025 and (e) 2047 as the retirement years.
(106847)
132  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost and amount of state second pension payable on retirement in (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2015, (d) 2025, and (e) 2047 on the assumption that the accruals rate for band one is set at (a) 80 per cent., (b) 70 per cent., (c) 60 per cent. or (d) 50 per cent. in year one of the state second pension and reduced to 40 per cent. in (i) nine years, (ii) 10 years and (iii) 15 years.
(106851)
133  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) men and (b) women in each of the last five years have notified the Contributions Agency, of the home responsibilities protection entitlement (i) at state pension age, (ii) two years before state pension age, (iii) five years before state pension age, (iv) 10 years before state pension age and (v) 15 years before state pension age.
(106846)
134  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many more people would be recipients of the state second pension if he aligned the rules for home responsibilities protection for the state second pension with those that currently apply to the basic state pension taking (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2015, (d) 2025 and (e) 2047 as the year at retirement.
(106849)
135  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many more people would receive a state second pension if the child care qualification was amended to include individuals paid child benefit for children under (a) eight, (b) 10, (c) 12, (d) 14 years and (e) 16 years assuming retirement in (i) 2005, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2015, (iv) 2025 and (v) 2047.
(106848)
136  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December, Official Report, column 327W, concerning invalid care allowance, if he will estimate the cost of crediting for each year those invalid care allowance recipients whose award (a) has been terminated (b) is current, where awards were made from (i) 1981, (ii) 1991, (iii) 1995 and (iv) 1999, their state second pension, assuming a retirement in (1) 2002 (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2025.
(106853)
137  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason he chose not to introduce home responsibilities protection into SERPs for carers and disabled people from April 1999.
(106845)
138  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people, by gender, would benefit, and at what cost, from crediting carers for the state second pension on a weekly basis.
(106850)
139  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of severely disabled children aged three and four who will benefit financially from the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in the first year of its operation; and if he will make a statement.
(107254)
140  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many children were living in poverty in each year from 1979 to date in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(107253)
141  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many mothers he estimates will benefit from the sure start maternity grant in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in the first year of its operation; and if he will make a statement.
(107256)
142  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners he estimates will benefit from the minimum income guarantee uprating in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire in the first year of its operation; and if he will make a statement.
(107255)
143  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the annual cost of restoring benefits to 16 and 17 year olds in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland.
(106668)
144  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the impact on the level of benefit payments of maintaining the maximum wage at its present level.
(106669)
145  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the impact on the level of benefit payments of setting the minimum wage for young people at £3.60 per hour.
(106670)
146  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Press releases his Department issued in each year from 1995 to 1999.
(106560)
147  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason he does not support a ban on phthalates in toys which are not designed to be sucked or chewed by young children but could be.
(106968)
148  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will quantify the risk his Department assesses can be posed to young children from the ingestion of phthalates.
(106965)
149  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Goverment Press releases his Department issued in each year from 1995 to 1999.
(106561)
150  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to change the AD suffix in official year references.
(107179)
151  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices there were in (a) Derbyshire and (b) the West Derbyshire constituency in each year from 1980 to 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(107127)
152  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(107251)
153  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 524W, what is the expected life of electricity cabling.
(107111)
154  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has held with Department for Education and Employment ministers on the impact on employment of Marks & Spencers' decision to discontinue sourcing from W.S. Baird Ltd.
(107021)
155  
  
Mr Ted Rowlands (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last met the senior management of Marks & Spencers to discuss the impact on employment levels of their decision to terminate supply contracts with W.S. Baird Ltd.
(107022)
156  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 521W, what has been the average proportion of compensation paid to successful claims on coal miners' compensation for chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which relates to general damages for pain suffering and loss of amenity.
(107175)
157  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will investigate the impact on rural communities of the change in the number of rural branches of banks in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107250)
158  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks are carried out by local authority environmental health officers on pig-meat which is processed and sold in pre-packed form.
[Transferred] (107108)
159  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between physical exercise and standards of literacy and numeracy.
[Transferred] (107172)
160  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what his policy is in respect of the enforcement of maintenance orders against former partners residing overseas, with particular reference to the case of Mrs J. Basu of Formby (ref. 98603).
[Transferred] (107026)
161  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what change there has been in the time between arrest and sentencing since May 1997 for young offenders in (a) West Mercia and (b) Shrewsbury Police Division; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107168)
162  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specialist services are available for (a) women with children and (b) other women who are drug and alcohol misusers.
[Transferred] (107126)
163  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will amend regulations concerning the need for television licences in houses of multiple occupation, to ensure that in those owned by universities for the use of students each student who has a television receiver is not required to purchase a separate licence.
[Transferred] (107232)
164  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many disabled people in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire have benefited from the disabled person's tax credit since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107252)
165  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has under Part IV of the Child Support, Pension and Social Security Bill to extend national insurance contribution to benefits in kind which include (a) vaccination against influenza, (b) educational scholarships, to children of employees, (c) taxis provided for the security of late working employees, (d) worker children's nurseries, (e) personal safety alarms, (f) private medical insurance, (g) staff Christmas parties where the amount exceeds £75 per head, (h) membership of a sporting facility and (i) membership of the employer's sporting facilities, where these are open to the general public paid for by the employer.
[Transferred] (107114)
166  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received about the mis-selling of endowment policies; what remedies are available to holders of endowment policies which do not realise sufficient capital on maturity to meet the mortgage repayment commitment; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107128)


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