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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 31 January 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 31 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 31st JANUARY
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the sales of food surpluses from the European Union to countries outside the union during the last 12 months.
(108013)
2  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many responses he has received to the consultation document, Agenda 2000: A New Direction for Agriculture; and if he will make a statement.
(108015)
3  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the location of each site where meat and bone meal is stored prior to incineration and the tonnage stored at each of these sites.
(107933)
4  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much tallow produced as a by-product of rendering under the over-30 month scheme contracts is used as support fuel.
(107932)
5  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on how many cases in each of the last two years of (a) BSE-infected material and (b) TB-infected material have been discovered to be in livestock imported into this country; and if he will list the country of origin for each case.
(107380)
6  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 192W, if he will publish a breakdown of subsidy payments to farmers in (a) Shropshire and (b) the United Kingdom for each year from 1992 to 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(107917)
7  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what specific scientific factors he or his advisors apply in determining whether a particular food or food ingredient contains or consists of genetically-modified organisms, for the purposes of Reg (EC) No. 258/97 or otherwise.
(107837)
8  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the notifications of which he has received copies from the EC under Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 since 1st January 1999.
(107783)
9  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes submitted to the European Commission under Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 in respect of AgrEvo's T25 genetically-modified maize.
(107784)
10  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent steps he has taken to support family businesses in (a) rural areas and (b) national parks.
(106056)
11  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will grant a square stamp licence to Henry Lang of Tom Lang's Craft Butchers and Abattoir in Ashburton for a throughput of 50 units per week.
(106057)
12  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in her Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside her Department.
(106224)
13  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips, and (b) theft her Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106220)
14  
N  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the future of the land in the Wigton Road and Dalston Road area of Carlisle owned by the Church Commissioners.
(105972)
15  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips, and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106214)
16  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106230)
17  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to increase his Department's support for nautical archaeology.
(106035)
18  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Brent North of 25th January, Official Report, column 163W, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the standards for the focal point and sight lines in the new Wembley Stadium with 80,000 seats in athletics mode are matched or exceeded by the other stadia in Europe with capacities in excess of 75,000.
(107839)
19  
N  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Brent North of 25th January, Official Report, column 163W, when (i) he and (ii) ministers in his Department first discussed the ideal focal point for the new Wembley Stadium in athletics mode with (a) Sport England, (b) Wembley National Stadium Ltd and (c) UK Athletics.
(107838)
20  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the regeneration of British seaside resorts; and if he will make a statement.
(105966)
21  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many grant applications to the National Lottery have been received from organisations within the Mitcham and Morden constituency; and how many have been successful.
(107946)
22  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to the New Millennium Experience Company about the newspaper reviews used in the Dome advertising campaign.
(107947)
23  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the total number of tickets sold for the Dome to date; and how many have been provided for corporate use.
(107275)
24  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tickets to the Dome have been sold so far to (a) adults, (b) children, (c) students, (d) old age pensioners, and (e) people with disabilities.
(107277)
25  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tickets for the Millennium Experience had been sold in each region of the UK on the latest date for which figures are available.
(107184)
26  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Dome tickets have been sold (a) overseas, (b) via the Internet, (c) at post offices, (d) by telephone and (e) in small local shops.
(107276)
27  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106232)
28  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106213)
29  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the millitary assistance he has given to the Sri Lankan Government during the last two years.
(108014)
30  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 78W, on Nancekuke, what the scrap metal was composed of, in what quantity it was found and on what dates and what was the obsolete plant.
(107634)
31  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 70W, on Nancekuke, if he will place in the Library a map indicating the exact locations of the mineshafts; and if all mineshafts were examined in 1991 by the National Rivers Authority.
(107635)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what savings will result from switching to the Lloyd's Register naval ship rules; and if he will make a statement.
(108036)
33  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to improve the anticipated shortfall of personnel in the Army by 2005; what implications these will have on readiness; and if he will make a statement.
(108035)
34  
  
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the costs per minute of telephone calls to the United Kingdom by servicemen based in (a) Belize, (b) the Falklands and (c) Cyprus; and what assessment he has made of the impact of such costs on recruitment and retention in the armed forces.
(107862)
35  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the army training camp at Bramley, Basingstoke.
(108067)
36  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors underlay the decision to deploy the Gurkha Regiment to East Timor; and if he will make a statement.
(107851)
37  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised and will be raised from each of these fees from 1989-90 to 2004-05; and which of these fees count as negative expenditure.
(107979)
38  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what priority service personnal are given for treatment within the National Health Service.
(107446)
39  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish a summary analysis of the questionnaire results showing schools' views of local education authorities for all authorities that have been inspected by OFSTED to date.
(107622)
40  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish a copy of the questionnaire used by OFSTED inspectors in seeking the views of schools on the effectiveness of their local education authority as part of the local education authority inspection process.
(107621)
41  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make available to any local education authority that requests it a copy of the summary analysis of the questionnaire results showing schools' views of their local education authority as part of the OFSTED inspection process.
(107623)
42  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he has determined whether the activities of members of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Greater London Assembly will constitute paid employment for the purposes of access to work.
(107300)
43  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106223)
44  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106219)
45  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his policy on the recycling of materials produced by his Department.
(107858)
46  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the aggregate schools budget for Durham Local Education Authority in (a) 1998-99 and (b) each of the previous four years.
(108010)
47  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers took early retirement in each of the last five years.
(108011)
48  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of graduates in the UK gained full-time employment within two years of graduating in each year since 1995.
(108008)
49  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students enrolled for degree courses in each year since 1995.
(108009)
50  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to improve energy conservation standards required by the building regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(108018)
51  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what average saving in energy consumption he estimates would be made if new houses were constructed using best available techniques for energy conservation in place of the requirements of current building regulations.
(108019)
52  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has carried out into the contribution that the use of solar power in domestic dwellings can make to reducing energy consumption; and if he will make a statement.
(108020)
53  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106216)
54  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106229)
55  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures (a) he has introduced and (b) plans to introduce to prevent oil spills from tankers at sea affecting the United Kingdom's coast.
(107923)
56  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance his Department is giving to the French authorities in dealing with the Erika oil spill.
(107925)
57  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Erika oil spill on United Kingdom biodiversity, with particular reference to breeding birds.
(107924)
58  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the research into call centres by the Health and Safety Executive will be completed; and if the findings will be published.
(107763)
59  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the research being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive into working practices at call centres will (a) monitor the compliance of centres with the 1989 Noise at Work Regulations and (b) assess the level of hearing loss and tinnitus amongst call handlers.
(107762)
60  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with each of the London borough councils as to their policy of providing free parking facilities within their borough; and if he will make a statement.
(108016)
61  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish revised guidance on air pollution standards for animal rendering plants.
(107935)
62  
  
Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost of his Department's revised guidance on air pollution standards for animal rendering plants to each of those companies currently rendering under contracts from the Intervention Board under the over-30 months scheme; and how much of this cost will be borne by the Intervention Board.
(107934)
63  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the report and recommendations of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on the Greater London Authority.
(107864)
64  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 278W, on driving licences, if he will state (a) what details, confirmed by the Immigration and Nationality Department are accepted as identification for driving licence application purposes and (b) in what form such confirmation would be acceptable.
(108007)
65  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 278W, on driving licences, (a) when the more flexible arrangement to assist driving licence applicants will be announced and (b) how the arrangement will be publicised to applicants.
(108069)
66  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what change there has been in (a) rail freight usage and (b) heavy goods vehicle movements since 1st May 1997.
(107863)
67  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's policy on neighbourhood councils.
(107381)
68  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those discussions that his Department had with the National Association of Local Councils over the last year.
(107382)
69  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if there are sufficient air controllers trained and ready to operate the new En Route Centre at Swanwick from the date of opening.
(108029)
70  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many recommendations of the Air Accident Investigation Board have been implemented in the last 10 years.
(108033)
71  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many 737 aircraft have been inspected by independent inspectors.
(108027)
72  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the cost benefit analysis of (a) ATP and (b) other alternative systems of train protection presently available.
(107860)
73  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many aircraft, operating on behalf of United Kingdom airlines, flying for hire and reward and not on the United Kingdom register flew into and out of British airspace in 1999.
(108079)
74  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of seamen employed in the UK shipping industry are foreign nationals not resident in the UK.
(108023)
75  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Safety Regulation Group of the CAA will publish guidelines on wiring and flight fire.
(108025)
76  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is a requirement for helicopter inspections to be carried out by operations inspectors who are trained helicopter pilots; how many operations inspectors are trained helicopter pilots; and if he will make a statement.
(108032)
77  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many recommendations made by the Air Accident Investigation Board relate to the Manchester 737 accident.
(108034)
78  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will investigate the use by UK shipping companies of offshore contracts for British seamen employed on domestic services.
(108021)
79  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many instances of pressure on commercial pilots to lower safety standards have been registered in the confidential reporting system in the last 12 months.
(108031)
80  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many qualified staff are employed by the Air Accident Investigation Board; and what budget they (a) had in 1998-99 and (b) will have in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(108078)
81  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the exact date on which the National Air Traffic Services facility at Swanwick will open.
(108024)
82  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) private and (b) public airfields have closed in the UK in the last five years.
(108030)
83  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to remove control of overall safety regulation from Railtrack; and on what date he expects the new regime to be in place.
(107861)
84  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the National Environment Research Council at Swanwick will be fully operational at the time of its opening.
(108028)
85  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps is the Government taking to ensure that rudders of UK-registered 737 aircraft are fault free.
(108026)
86  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage train operating companies to make the necessary long-term investment in their rail services; and if he will make a statement.
(107953)
87  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the depleted uranium weights that were on board the Korean Airlines plane that crashed outside Stansted Airport in January.
(107447)
88  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the standard national rate on mortgages set by local authorities; and if he will change the way the rate is set to bring it closer to commercial interest rates.
(108037)
89  
N  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact on his policy of the Spath-Holme Judgement of 20th January regarding rent increases in private rented property.
(107632)
90  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many staff are employed by each of the regional development agencies.
(107941)
91  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the expenditure on (a) staff and (b) office accommodation of each of the regional development agencies.
(107942)
92  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what budget is available to the regional development agencies for implementing their sustainable development programmes.
(107944)
93  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the regional development board local appointees have resigned since their appointments.
(107945)
94  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what timetable he has given the regional development agencies for their contributions to an integrated transport system in the regions.
(107940)
95  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the regional development agencies deliver their plans for sustainable development on time.
(107943)
96  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons genetically-modified winter oilseed rape planted pursuant to his decision to vary consent reference 98/R19/18 was permitted to remain in the ground after the order of the High Court.
(108005)
97  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what percentage the average local authority social services budget exceeds the corresponding SSA element.
(107986)
98  
  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the decision on South West Trains' application for confirmation of their new bylaws.
(107936)
99  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made in considering permitting repeater signs to be allowed so as to reinforce the 30 mph speed limit; and if he will make a statement.
(107760)
100  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which disability products and services are exempt from VAT.
(107515)
101  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106225)
102  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106221)
103  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those countries with whom he has recently discussed help from the United Kingdom as to the possible reduction of their debt burden.
(108017)
104  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total number of death certificates issued in Wales in each of the past 10 years that mentioned (a) heroin, (b) methadone, (c) ecstasy, (d) paracetamol and (e) alcohol.
(106189)
105  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his visit to Rome in October 1997 was an offical visit; and what consequent declaration he made relating to gifts and hospitality to his Permanent Secretary.
(107637)
106  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal advice he has received on reducing VAT on repairs to historic buildings.
(107926)
107  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what help is he able to offer those industries that are intensive energy users but are presently outside the eligibility criteria to enter into a negotiated agreement under the climate change levy.
(107937)
108  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what help is being given to those wood fibre particleboard and wood fibreboard producers who will be adversely affected by the climate change levy.
(107938)
109  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on drug prevention measures of the proposed reduction of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise cover in the South West; and if he will make a statement.
(107544)
110  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised and will be raised from each of these fees from 1989-90 to 2004-05; and which of these fees count as negative expenditure.
(107976)
111  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if any real terms increases in spending on public transport and the road network that result from real terms increases in revenues from fuel duties will be in addition to the planned increases in real terms spending on transport that were announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(107980)
112  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if any real terms spending on the NHS that results from real terms increases in revenues from tobacco will be in addition to the planned increases in real terms spending on the NHS that were announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(107982)
113  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if spending on public transport and the road network during the period of the second Comprehensive Spending Review, excluding any increases in spending that result from real terms increases in revenues from fuel duties, will not be cut in real terms.
(107981)
114  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if spending on the NHS during the period of the second Comprehensive Spending Review, excluding any increases in spending that result from real terms increases in revenues from tobacco, will not be cut in real terms.
(107983)
115  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees were reinstated to non-contributory public sector pension schemes in the financial years 1996-97 to 1998-99 inclusive.
(107999)
116  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees (a) opted-out of or (b) did not take up the option to join non-contributory public sector pension schemes in the period 1988 to 1994 inclusive.
(107998)
117  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees were reinstated to contributory public sector pension schemes in the financial years 1996-97 to 1998-99 inclusive.
(108003)
118  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees (a) opted-out of or (b) did not take the option to join contributory public sector pension schemes in the period 1988 to 1994 inclusive.
(108002)
119  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106217)
120  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106228)
121  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the total amount spent in the course of reducing the illegal drugs trade in (a) South America, (b) Eastern Europe and (c) Africa and Asia in each of the past 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this expenditure in reducing the trade in drugs.
(106185)
122  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent talks he has had with the Israeli Government concerning the withdrawal of Israeli troops from South Lebanon.
(108065)
123  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made concerning the welfare of the Christian population of South Lebanon in the event of an Israeli withdrawal from the region.
(108064)
124  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international colleagues concerning (a) the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and (b) the protection of a Christian enclave until that has occurred.
(108063)
125  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with the Egyptian Government regarding the political representation of Christians.
(108062)
126  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the UK has to provide troops to a peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(108058)
127  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what notifications from the Joint Military Committee and MONUC of breaches of the Lusaka ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of Congo since its signing he has received; and how many of these ceasefire breaches involved Zimbabwean troops.
(108057)
128  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 580W, what sources of information, other than Iranian press reports, concerning the affiliations and roles of Globad Mansour-Beigi, Reza Molai and Ali-Hosseini, he has evaluated.
(107954)
129  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the United Kingdom Embassy in Moscow has on the visits made to Russia by (a) presidents of other EU countries, (b) heads of government of other EU countries and (c) other ministers of EU countries since 1st May 1997.
(107628)
130  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons documents FCO 9/1053 and FCO 42/342 have been retained by his Department; and when he expects them to be available to the public.
(107449)
131  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the subject matter of the Public Record Office files on (a) FCO 42/146, (b) FCO 42 342 and (c) FCO 9/1053; and if he will make a statement.
(107785)
132  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons document FCO 42/146 deposited in the Public Record Office is to remain closed to public inspection until 2009.
(107448)
133  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on persecution of Christians in Pakistan in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(107948)
134  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance he has given to INDICT.
(108038)
135  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received regarding the findings of the Egyptian Goverment's inquiry into the recent killings in the village of El-Kosheh.
(107984)
136  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised and will be raised from each of these fees from 1989-90 to 2004-05; and which of these fees count as negative expenditure.
(107977)
137  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what obligation he has placed on primary care trusts which wish to change their governance arrangements in a manner that departs from the guidance recently issued by his Department to consult with (a) users and (b) staff likely to be employed by the such trusts and their representatives.
(107668)
138  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff will benefit from the 26 per cent. pay rise awarded to scientific staff.
(107667)
139  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for nurses there are (a) in the NHS, (b) St. Helier Hospital and (c) for each national health trust in the country.
(107927)
140  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish, for each of the next 12 months, the week in which he expects to announce the latest (a) in patient waiting list figures and (b) out patient waiting list figures.
(107301)
141  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106233)
142  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the powered wheel chairs voucher scheme and the level of take-up in each year of its operation since 1996.
(107516)
143  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to extend the ring fencing of funding for the powered chairs voucher scheme for a further year.
(107514)
144  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce his conclusions in respect of the report by the York Health Economics Unit, Evaluation of the Voucher and Outdoor Wheelchair Scheme.
(107517)
145  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trusts in the Mersey Region were in deficit in the last financial year.
(107453)
146  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to secure better value in NHS drugs procurement.
(106190)
147  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that the NHS drugs bill will not be increased as a result of the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham.
(106188)
148  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS expenditure in each of the past 10 years was on drugs.
(106191)
149  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, column 100W, on waiting times, for how many weeks in excess of 26 weeks each of the 36 patients referred to are waiting to see the neurology consultant.
(108093)
150  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors were employed by the National Health Service (i) in May 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(107856)
151  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the pilot schemes for digital hearing aids will be located; and how individuals who wish to take part in the pilots may do so.
(107985)
152  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons some private practices are being denied access to the meningitis C vaccine.
(107990)
153  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the benefits of the prescribing, supply and administration of therapeutic medicines by suitably trained optometrists.
(107996)
154  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the existing arrangements with Medeva Pharma for supply of the BCG vaccine.
(107989)
155  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he intends to ensure sufficient supplies of the meningitis C vaccine are produced.
(107992)
156  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the criteria used for the selection of sites for his Department's new digital hearing aid pilot.
(107987)
157  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the meningitis C innoculation programme for the under-18s will be completed this year.
(107993)
158  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he intends to implement all the recommendations of the Crown Review at the same time.
(107994)
159  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if a non-NHS patient in the high risk categories can receive a vaccination by a GP working in the NHS.
(108991)
160  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons there is a shortage in the supply of manufactured BCG vaccine; what action he will like to restart the programme of vaccination in schools; and how he will ensure that supplies of the vaccine remain (a) constant and (b) sufficient.
(107997)
161  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pilot schemes with end dates for hearing aids his Department has created in each of the last three years; what the end dates were; and if the pilot schemes have been rolled out by their end dates.
(107988)
162  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will implement the recommendations of the Crown Review on the prescribing, supply and administration of therapeutic medicines by non-medical clinicians.
(107995)
163  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce a decision on the proposed private finance initiative scheme for a new community hospital for Lymington.
(107264)
164  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports on prisons were made by the Prisons Inspectorate in each of the past two years which mentioned the (a) use and (b) indicating those supply of illegal drugs.
(107928)
165  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many undercover police operations investigating the use or supply of illegal drugs took place in prison establishments in each of the past two years; if the prison authorities were notified in advance and if (a) use and (b) supply was detected.
(107929)
166  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if any prison establishment has been closed because of illegal drugs use.
(107930)
167  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the proportion of prisoners known to have taken illegal drugs who could only have taken the drugs whilst in prison.
(107931)
168  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106236)
169  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th December, Official Report, column 273W, concerning hearing impairment of police officers, (a) how many Metropolitan Police officers in the last two years have received negligence compensation payments due to developing a hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of their work duties and (b) what is the total amount that the Metropolitan Police Force have paid out in the last two years in compensation payments to police officers who have developed a hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of their duties.
(107302)
170  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue further guidance regarding the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
(107865)
171  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 278W, on driving licences (a) what confirmation of details for the purposes of a driving licence application the Immigration and Nationality Department is prepared to offer those whose cases have yet to be finalised by them and (b) how long on average it took the Immigration and Nationality Department to issue such information of details in response to (i) a written request and (ii) a telephone request in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(108068)
172  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to ensure that women sentenced to prison terms are allowed time to put their families' affairs in order before their sentences begin.
(106187)
173  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to remodel under-used open prison facilities for the use of women prisoners and their children.
(106186)
174  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people came to Britain on the Ad Hop scheme in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(107950)
175  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the number of forged SAL 2 forms in circulation.
(107951)
176  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to introduce the provisions of the Representation of the People Bill relating to the rolling electoral register.
(107918)
177  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation there has been between his Department and HM Treasury concerning the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(108087)
178  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce plans to change the way pensions for police and fire service personnel are allocated and funded; and if he will make a statement.
(108084)
179  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people residing in the UK have been investigated for war crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(108082)
180  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to place the announcement of twice-yearly police officer number figures for England and Wales on a regular timescale; if the latest figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(108081)
181  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the total cost to police forces of employing 5,000 additional recruits; what is his estimate of the total cost of retaining 5,000 officers for a year; and if he will make a statement.
(108086)
182  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) oral and (b) written representations he has received from members of each party represented in the House and the Northern Ireland Assembly on the subject of the Disqualifications Bill indicating in each case the date on which representations were received; and if he will place a copy of each representation in the Library.
(107629)
183  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of freedom of information requests for information which will be turned down because of the cost; and if he will make a statement.
(108085)
184  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make an announcement on the future of HMP Wormwood Scrubs; and if he will make a statement.
(108080)
185  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the inquiries have been completed into the effectiveness of immigration controls and the entry of foreign nationals into the UK who have been investigated for war crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(108083)
186  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many compensation payments are outstanding under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997: Compensation Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(108066)
187  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the Immigration and Nationality Directorate prepared for the prosecution of facilitators in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-00 to date.
(107781)
188  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationality decisions have been taken since 31st March 1999.
(107778)
189  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers have been removed during the financial year 1999-00 to date by (a) the Immigration Service Ports Directorate and (b) the Immigration Service Enforcement Directorate.
(107779)
190  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish an updated version of the figures provided in the Annex to the White Paper, Fairer, Faster and Firmer, showing in respect of each indicator (a) the actual out-turn for 1998-99 and (b) the projected out-turn for 1999-00.
(107780)
191  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the unit cost of after-entry asylum, nationality and enforcement casework in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) currently; and if he will express these figures in both cash and real terms.
(107765)
192  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the unit cost of immigration port checks in both cash and real terms in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) currently.
(107766)
193  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current unit cost of supporting asylum seekers.
(107772)
194  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current average cost to public funds of an asylum seeker resident (a) in a detention centre and (b) in the community.
(107836)
195  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of detailed non-asylum immigration examinations have culminated in refusal during the financial year 1997-2000.
(107769)
196  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his target for the unit cost of an enforcement removal; and what is the current actual unit cost.
(107773)
197  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of non-asylum immigration referrals have culminated in refusals in the financial year 1999-2000 to date.
(107770)
198  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of appealed immigration and asylum decisions have been upheld by the appeal authorities during the financial year 1999-2000 to date.
(107771)
199  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the average cost to public funds of supporting an asylum seeker under the voucher scheme to be introduced on 1st April; and what is the current average cost of supporting an asylum seeker who is (a) in receipt of social security benefits and (b) in receipt of support under the interim scheme.
(107835)
200  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many projects has the Immigration and Nationality Directorate initiated against organised crime during 1999-2000 to date; and what proportion of all such projects commenced by the Directorate are now being completed within 12 months.
(107782)
201  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate now of the number of additional staff which his Department will need to complement and administer the voucher support scheme and the accommodation scheme for asylum seekers which are due to be introduced on 1st April.
(107833)
202  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his current estimate of the start-up costs and the annual running costs of administering (a) the voucher support scheme and (b) the accommodation scheme due to be introduced on 1st April.
(107834)
203  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many airline liaison officers are now in post.
(107767)
204  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many after-entry, non-asylum decisions have been taken since 31st March 1999.
(107776)
205  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since 31st March 1999 non-EEA passengers have had to wait for more than 30 minutes at immigration control.
(107768)
206  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many major and medium enforcement operations the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has initiated so far during the year 1999-2000.
(107764)
207  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current average waiting time for a decision on an application for British citizenship.
(107777)
208  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of marriage abuse, unscrupulous representatives or illegal employment the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has prepared for prosecution so far during 1999-00.
(107774)
209  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-asylum offenders have been removed since 31st March 1999.
(107775)
210  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in her Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside her Department.
(106234)
211  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips, and (b) theft her Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106212)
212  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106210)
213  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106237)
214  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in relation to criminal cases that can be tried either way in the magistrates or Crown courts, if he will say, for each of the last three years (a)how many cases in which the defendant elected for trial in the Crown court resulted in a plea of guilty at the Crown court, (b)in relation to the cases, identified at (a), how many defendants were on legal aid, (c) what was (i) the total, (ii) the highest and (iii) the medium cost to the legal aid budget of the cases identified at (b), and (d) what he estimates the cost to the legal aid system would have been, for the statistics identified at (c), if the cases identified at (a) had been tried on a guilty plea in the magistrates court.
(107846)
215  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106215)
216  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106231)
217  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the government grants or loans received by TransTec plc or its subsidaries for use in Northern Ireland since 1991.
(107633)
218  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in the training of RUC officers in human rights issues.
(108061)
219  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) oral and (b) written representations he has received from members of the House of Commons and the Northern Ireland Assembly on the subject of the Disqualifications Bill, indicating in each case the date on which representations were received; and if he will place all written representations in the Library.
(107638)
220  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised and will be raised from each of these fees from 1989-90 to 2004-05; and which of these fees count as negative expenditure.
(107978)
221  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the President of the Council, from which budget the salary costs of judges sitting on appeal hearings before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in cases arising from the jurisdictions of independent Commonwealth countries are met; and who meets the other administrative and related costs.
(107639)
222  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish an updated list of Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet and their membership.
(107624)
223  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what action he is taking as a result of his conversations in London with the Prime Minister of Montenegro on (a) lifting sanctions against Serbia, (b) restoring river traffic on the Danube and (c) pollution caused by NATO military action.
(107761)
224  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters on (a) government policy and (b) constituency matters Government departments have received since 1st May 1997 from those Members of the House who have refused to take the oath of allegiance.
(107630)
225  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters he received from members of the public in 1999; and how many of these were replied to by (a) his Office and (b) him personally.
(107631)
226  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, what derogations Her Majesty's Government has applied for in respect of the United Kingdom's membership of the Council of Europe and its hosting of appeal courts empowered to uphold the death penalty in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
(107625)
227  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, who appoints judges to serve on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
(107626)
228  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, which United Kingdom ministers have visited the Russian Federation since 1st May 1997; and for what purpose.
(107627)
229  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised and will be raised from each of these fees from 1989-90 to 2004-05; and which of these fees count as negative expenditure.
(107974)
230  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106235)
231  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106211)
232  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106227)
233  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips, and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106218)
234  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of welfare benefit recipients who will receive payments via automated credit transfer by the end of (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(107451)
235  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost to the Benefits Agency of making payments to claimants via automated credit transfer; and if he will state how that figure is calcuated.
(107452)
236  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will publish arrangements to set up bank accounts for benefit payment recipients who do not have bank or building society accounts.
(107450)
237  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department has taken to encourage local authorities to prevent fraud from entering the benefit system.
(107669)
238  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which local authorities (a) did not submit information to his Department about fraudulent housing benefit cases for input into the Housing Benefit Management System in 1997-98, (b) have not installed the verification framework and (c) do not use non-redirection of benefit post powers.
(107454)
239  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measure of average earnings will be used to update the lower earnings threshold for the state second pension.
(107670)
240  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central of 25th January, Official Report, column 169W, on the minimum pension guarantee, if he will place a copy of his letter to the honourable Member in the Library.
(107759)
241  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for each Child Support Agency centre in the years 1993 to 1999 (a) in how many cases an inspector was appointed under section 15 of the Child Support Act 1991 as a result of information coming to light of the section 18 review procedure; (b) in how many cases an inspector was appointed as a result of direction by a tribunal; (c) in how many cases a tribunal direction to appoint an inspector was not acted upon; and for the cases in which inspectors were appointed what were the average sums recovered and audited to (i) parents with care and (ii) Her Majesty's Treasury for each of the above years.
(107952)
242  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will establish an awareness campaign to ensure the take up of the minimum income guarantee by eligible pensioners in North Staffordshire.
(108006)
243  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many benefit recipients have been paid twice as a result of recent errors in the automatic credit transfer system; how much was overpaid; what was the cost of the steps taken to recover the overpayment; how much has so far been repaid; and if he will make a statement.
(107636)
244  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much has been spent on the New Deal for Lone Parents (a) since the original pilot schemes were established and (b) since its full implementation.
(108000)
245  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents, under the New Deal for Lone Parents, have (a) been issued with initial invitation letters, (b) booked initial interviews with personal advisers, (c) attended initial interviews, (d) agreed to participate in the programme, (e) been referred to Employment Service programmes or other training, (f) obtained jobs following participation and (g) have increased their hours of work following participation.
(108001)
246  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have paid both Class 1 and Class 2 National Insurance contributions towards SERPS in the last full year for which figures are available.
(108004)
247  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Solicitor General, what is the total amount paid by the Treasury Solicitor to (a) Investors in People and (b) independent consultants in connection with the Treasury Solicitor's achievement of the Investors in People standard.
(108040)
248  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the report of the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate investigation into the operating practices of the Sellafield MOX Demonstration Facility.
(106710)
249  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if any financial limit is to be placed upon the level of compensation for loss of office which he can determine should be paid to the Chairman and other members of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority under Schedule 4, paragraph 4(3) of the Utilities Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(107664)
250  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the categories of misbehaviour on the part of the Chairman of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority which could give grounds for removal from office under Schedule 1, paragraph 3(2)(b) of the Utilities Bill include refusal to follow his advice; and if he will make a statement.
(107666)
251  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he intends to publish draft guidance under Clauses 9 and 13 of the Utilities Bill.
(107665)
252  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if any financial limit is to be placed on the level of remuneration and allowances which he can determine should be paid to the Chairman and members of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority under Schedule 1, paragraph 4, of the Utilities Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(107663)
253  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his policy on the recycling of materials produced by his Department.
(107859)
254  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that the appointee to the Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission has had scientific training.
(108090)
255  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why the position of Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission was re-advertised.
(108089)
256  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will appoint the Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission.
(108088)
257  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what amount, expressed in terms of megawatts, the generators of electricity would have to be reduced in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the equivalent required by the climate change levy.
(107919)
258  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the sale of spare parts for Hawk jets to Zimbabwe will be covered by a loan from the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(108059)
259  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what end-use monitoring arrangements are attached to the licence agreement for the recently announced sale of spare parts for Hawk jets to Zimbabwe.
(108060)
260  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of (a) the cost per ton and (b) the total cost of supply in coal to retired miners from the cheapest foreign source.
(107949)
261  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much coal was imported from Mozambique in the past three years; what the transport arrangements are for coal supplied by Mozambique; and if he will make a statement.
(107920)
262  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if all regulatory proposals relating to the introduction of stakeholder pension schemes will be scrutinised by the Chief Executive of the Small Business Service to ensure that they are (a) easy to understand, (b) easy to comply with and (c) difficult to evade.
(107921)
263  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the climate change levy will have on the profitability and competitiveness of the wood particleboard and wood fibreboard industry.
(107939)
264  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the Ilisu Dam project with the criteria of the UN Convention on the Non-Navigational Uses of Transboundary Waterways.
(107020)
265  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Environmental Impact Assessment on the Ilisu Hydro-Electric project in Turkey will be (a) completed and (b) published.
(107014)
266  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the compliance of the Ilisu Dam project with guidelines of the World Bank for (a) ECGD and (b) developmental support.
(107019)
267  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many cases of computer (a) fraud, including fraudulent use of computer chips and (b) theft his Department has recorded in the last five years.
(106222)
268  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions in each of the past five years computer systems in his Department have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (a) within and (b) outside his Department.
(106226)
269  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many unemployed (a) male and (b) female 16 to 24 year olds in the City of Durham (i) had never been employed and (ii) had been unemployed for more than a year, in each of the last five years; and what were the highest levels of unemployment recorded in Durham in each of the last five years for (a) 16 to 24 year olds and (b) those aged 25 years.
[Transferred] (108012)
270  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many foreign seamen have received work permits in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (108022)
271  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy regarding applications for local authorities for the writing off of housing revenue account debts and the source of finance for any approvals of such applications.
[Transferred] (107922)
272  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review the procedures undertaken when a jobseeker fails to attend the fortnightly review of their jobsearch at their local jobcentre; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107857)
273  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy on the European Commission amendments to Directive 90/220 (Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Organisms).
[Transferred] (108091)
274  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that modifications to Directive 90/220 (Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Organisms) do not suppress technological developments in developing countries.
[Transferred] (108092)
275  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect of Government policies on the long-term performance and profitability of the construction industry since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (107847)
276  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance his Department gives to aid the development of the construction industry.
[Transferred] (107848)
277  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what gross construction output as a proportion of gross domestic product was during 1998-99; and what the average was for European Union member states.
[Transferred] (107849)
278  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the annual growth of the construction industry in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (107850)


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