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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 3 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 3 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will permit the new pet passport documentation to act as (a) an export certificate, (b) an import permit and (c) a rabies vaccination certificate; and if he will make a statement.
(108176)
2  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Berwick Upon Tweed dated 27th October concerning the Government's policy on organic farming.
(108627)
3  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Berwick upon Tweed dated 16th November 1999, concerning the transfer of responsibility for the private water supply at Harwood Village.
(108626)
4  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of the 25th January, Official Report, column 180W, if he will list those countries to which British beef has been exported within the last three months and those countries which do not have an import ban on British beef.
(108484)
5  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108404)
6  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the use of bovine somatotrophin in dairy cows this year; and if he will make a statement.
(108579)
7  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he has taken to ensure that each of the regional development agencies includes agriculture in its development programme.
(108378)
8  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total number of pig units in Berkshire in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(108422)
9  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many dairy farms there were in Berkshire in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(108421)
10  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many people in total were employed in agriculture in Berkshire for the years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99.
(108420)
11  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the cost of TB compensation paid to farmers (a) within the Krebs Trial areas and (b) outside the trial areas during 1998-99; and what is his provision for compensation payments in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01 and (iii) 2001-02.
(108377)
12  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Randomised Badger Culling trial.
(108571)
13  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of the badger culling trials are fully operational.
(108572)
14  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the antibiotic marker genes, and the antibiotics to which they convey resistance, that have been used in the genetic modification of crops from which genetically modified foods available in the United Kingdom have been produced in the last five years.
(108624)
15  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent research has been undertaken into the possible effects of antibiotic resistence gene markers retained in foods produced by the genetic modification of crops on (a) humans and (b) animals; and if he will make a statement.
(108620)
16  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many claims under the Beef Special Premium Scheme were rejected in each year from 1990 broken down by each Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regional office.
(108482)
17  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are the most common reasons for rejecting claims made under the Beef Special Premium Scheme.
(108483)
18  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much money was available for the United Kingdom from the European Union for the Beef Special Premium Scheme in each year from 1990.
(108481)
19  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to review his nutritional guidance on packaged processed foods aimed at babies and toddlers.
(108585)
20  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will lower the advised sugar content included in his guidance on packaged baby food.
(108584)
21  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will clarify the guidance in respect of the Food Labelling Regulations for processed foods targeted at babies and small children.
(108583)
22  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates since 1st August 1999 on which he (i) met and (ii) spoke by telephone with the (a) Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (b) the Irish Minister for Agriculture and Food, (c) the Italian Minister for Agricultural Policies, (d) the Luxembourg Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development and (e) the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries.
(108425)
23  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates since 1st August 1999 on which he (i) met and (ii) spoke by telephone with (a) the Belgian Minister for Agriculture and Small and Medium Sized Businesses, (b) the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, (c) the German Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and (d) the Greek Minister for Agriculture.
(108427)
24  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates since 16th December 1999 on which he (a) met and (b) spoke by telephone with the French Minister of Agriculture and Fish.
(108426)
25  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many officials in his Department are currently on gardening leave.
(108424)
26  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates since 1st August 1999 on which he (i) met and (ii) spoke by telephone with the (a) Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, (b) the Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, (c) the Finnish Minister for Agriculture, (d) the Swedish Minister for Agriculture, (e) the Agriculture Commissioner of the European Union and (f) the Amercian Secretary of Agriculture.
(108428)
27  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what policy she has on the recycling of materials produced by her Department.
(108472)
28  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many letters she has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108407)
29  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what support the Government gives to the work of the East-West Detox organisation in combating heroin addiction; and if she will make a statement.
(108586)
30  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108403)
31  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the level of public subsidy required if Britain hosts the International Amateur Athletics Federation World Championships in 2005.
(108073)
32  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the necessary additional spending required by his Department in order for Britain to host the International Amateur Athletics Federation World Championship in 2005.
(108074)
33  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 478W, if he will list those seaside resort wards on the Objective 2 European funding map that would not have qualified for inclusion had they not been in seaside resorts.
(108635)
34  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about funding the World Class programme from National Lottery funds.
(107967)
35  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many schools in the Government's action zones have received National Lottery funds to develop sporting opportunities.
(107969)
36  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the DfEE about using national sporting standards of achievements to develop school sport.
(107968)
37  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultations he has had directly with the professional players' associations in respect of the Government's sports strategy.
(107970)
38  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he intends to make an official visit to the new art gallery in Walsall.
(108220)
39  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours flying, other than during operations, (a) the Army Air Corps and (b) the Fleet Air Arm have flown in each of the last five years.
(108656)
40  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108409)
41  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accidents there were in which deceased aircrew were found guilty of gross negligence in aircraft that were not fitted with cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders since 1980; and what proportion of accidents involving military aircraft this represented.
(108491)
42  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of installing the UK/VSC 501 system on the 18 Land Rovers and the Hagglunds BV206 vehicles currently being delivered to the Royal Marines.
(108591)
43  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations have been made to the Northern Ireland Office regarding proposals for a fresh inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday; and what response his Department has made.
(108486)
44  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what (a) date he was informed of the establishment of a judicial inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday and the appointment of Lord Saville, (b) how many self-loading rifles were submitted for ballistic testing to the Widgery Inquiry, (c) how many of those rifles are available with their original barrels for examination, (d) on what dates were batches of those rifles sent for the fitting of new barrels and for destruction and (e) who was responsible for the decision in each instance; and if he will make a statement.
(108485)
45  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research and development work has been funded by his Department since May 1997 into anti-personnel landmines clearance devices.
(108631)
46  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technology his Department is developing to assist in the clearance of anti-personnel landmines.
(108630)
47  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of methods currently in use for anti-personnel landmines clearance.
(108633)
48  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received concerning the Dervish anti-personnel landmines clearance project.
(108632)
49  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 12th January, Official Report, column 165W, on Iraq, how many British aircraft came under fire before dropping their laser-guided bombs.
(108433)
50  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the military actions carried out by Iraqi forces against Kurds and Shia Muslims between 18th November and 15th December 1999 which required operational sorties by UK forces.
(108434)
51  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) discussions were held and (b) agreements were reached during his recent meeting in Washington with his US counterpart.
(108685)
52  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of recruits to the (a) Royal Navy and (b) armed forces passed the initial physical fitness tests in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(107965)
53  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 383W, on how many occasions he has used Exemption 7 of the Code of Access to Government Information in the past 12 months; and for what reason he used it in relation to the sale of the Old Ranges in Shoeburyness.
(108226)
54  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of (a) primary school per pupil standard spending assessments and (b) secondary school per pupil standard spending assessments for each English county for each of the years 1990-91 to 2000-01 in real terms using 1998-99 prices; and if in each case he will rank these from highest to lowest per pupil expenditure.
(107787)
55  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review the levels of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school standard spending assessments across English counties; and if he will make a statement.
(107788)
56  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bids have been received from schools in Somerset since 1st May 1997 for all centrally allocated spending, classified as (a) capital funding, (b) Standards Fund funding and (c) other funding; how many of such bids have been (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful; and if he will make a statement.
(107789)
57  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) primary school and (b) secondary school pupils are estimated to be in classes of 30 or more pupils for each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(107790)
58  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the available information on (a) primary and (b) secondary school class sizes in Somerset for each of the years 1995-96 to 1999-2000.
(107791)
59  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the number of pupils in (a) primary school classes and (b) secondary school classes with over 30 pupils for each English county from 1991-92 to 1999-2000; and what percentage these numbers represent of the total (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools population for each such county.
(107792)
60  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his assessment of whether funding of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Somerset on the basis of standard spending assessments is presently fair and equitable in relation to such funding levels across the rest of English education authorities.
(107793)
61  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations he has held with the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals on their most recent analysis of recruitment and retention problems in the higher education sector.
(107876)
62  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will announce the areas for the pilot scheme for the Computers Within Reach Programme; and what criteria he uses in selecting these pilot areas.
(108607)
63  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of state school pupils receiving lessons from independent school teachers as a result of the Independent State Schools Partnership scheme.
(108573)
64  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much (a) has been spent and (b) was planned to be spent in support of the Independent State Schools Partnership scheme in each year since its inception.
(108575)
65  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) state schools and (b) independent schools participating in the Independent State Schools Partnership scheme.
(108574)
66  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of 19 year olds had at least one level two qualification or equivalent at each autumn quarter in each of the last three years.
(108357)
67  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108410)
68  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of the working-age population had a qualification in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(108350)
69  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 386W on Sure Start, what are the local Sure Start Programme areas in the parliamentary constituencies of (a) Birkenhead, (b) Wirral South, (c) Wirral West and (d) Wallasey.
(108349)
70  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements he has put in place to allow small local suppliers to take part in the Computers for Teachers scheme.
(108438)
71  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how the supplying companies were chosen for the Computer for Teachers scheme.
(108437)
72  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent reports he has received of homophobic bullying in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(108313)
73  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teacher redundancies in maintained schools there were (a) during the academic year 1999-2000 and (b) in the previous five academic years.
(108314)
74  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 387, on teacher competencies, (a) how the proposed standards for teachers wishing to cross the proposed new performance threshold will be determined and (b) when the Hay McBer Report will be considered.
(108423)
75  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate how many students from Argyll and Bute are currently attending universities in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.
(108578)
76  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements are offered to young people on disability benefits who wish to join the New Deal and who are recovering from drug and alcohol misuse.
(108606)
77  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to enforce minimum nutritional standards in school meals.
(108442)
78  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if it is the policy of the Government to continue the New Deal beyond 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(107794)
79  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what initiatives his Department has taken to improve (a) the marketing skills of the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry and (b) employment opportunities within the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry.
(108660)
80  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what initiatives his Department has set in place to develop training opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry; and if he will make a statement.
(108659)
81  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the public/private partnership schemes currently in progress in Leeds.
(108608)
82  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the awarding of section 169 grant for home improvement agencies.
(108219)
83  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how long the Government Office of the South West took to decide whether or not to call in the planning application submitted by Bournemouth International Airport for a new passenger terminal; and if he will make a statement.
(108340)
84  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the performance of the Government Office of the South West against the target of reaching 80 per cent. of decisions on whether or not to call in planning applications within three weeks and 100 per cent. of cases within seven weeks in the last 12 months.
(108339)
85  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many decisions on whether or not to call in planning applications were reached after more than seven weeks since May 1997.
(108338)
86  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if when an application for a driving licence is made by someone whose papers are awaiting processing by the Immigration Service, DVLA will consider accepting as proof of identity the standard acknowledgement letter issued by the Immigration Service.
(108431)
87  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what dicussions he has had concerning the Open Skies policy in relation to regional airports in England and Wales during (a) this parliamentary session and (b) the last parliamentary session.
(108634)
88  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many zoos in England and Wales are situated next to (a) funfairs and (b) amusement or video arcades.
(108629)
89  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his latest estimate of the number of people sleeping rough in England.
(108341)
90  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108402)
91  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will introduce a new target for PM10 emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(108334)
92  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of municipal waste that will be recycled by (a) 31st December 2001, (b) 31st December 2005 and (c) 31st December 2010.
(108337)
93  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions have been made under section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for the illegal release of Schedule 9 plants.
(108300)
94  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to announce changes to PPG23.
(108336)
95  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many licences have been issued under section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for release of Schedule 9 plants.
(108299)
96  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources he has made available to local authorities to enable them to meet the targets set out in the Air Quality Strategy.
(108335)
97  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his estimate is of the cost of controlling invasive plants which are (a) scheduled and (b) unscheduled under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
(108301)
98  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the proposals to be put forward by (a) Japan, (b) Norway and (c) other states on whales and whaling to the forthcoming meeting of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, indicating the position of Her Majesty's Government in relation to these proposals.
(108492)
99  
  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on Dacorum Borough Council of the changes in negative housing subsidy which he has proposed.
(108582)
100  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will publish its finalised guidance on land use planning and electro-magnetic fields.
(108495)
101  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to update the Code of Best Practice for Telecommunications Prior Approval Procedures; and what representations his Department has received on the code in the last 12 months.
(108494)
102  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made by the EU on plans to develop harmonised guidelines for GMO risk assessment for cosmetic products; and if he will make a statement.
(108622)
103  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent advice he has received about the use of antibiotic marker genes in genetically modified plants which provide raw materials for the production of cosmetics and perfumes.
(108621)
104  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the antibiotic marker genes, and the antibiotics to which they convey resistance, that have been used in the genetic modification of plant crops, listing the crops that have been released for research purposes in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the EU, in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(108623)
105  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements he has in place to monitor the activities of the European Parliament's Environment Committee in respect of its (a) work on legislative oversight and amendment and (b) reports prepared by the committee, on matters relevant to United Kingdom environment and transport policy.
(108692)
106  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much compensation was paid to rail passengers for delays under passenger charters in each of the last five years.
(108440)
107  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make reducing inequality a central feature of his fiscal policy.
(106894)
108  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been received in revenue from amusement machine licensing duty in each of the last five years.
(108312)
109  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of working age people were in employment in the spring quarter of (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(108355)
110  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the healthy life expectancy of people aged 65 years.
(108356)
111  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the rate of conceptions to women aged under 18 years of age per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17 years of age in 1998.
(108353)
112  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of working-age people lived in a household where no adult worked in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(108354)
113  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108412)
114  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of children aged under 16 years lived in workless households in 1998 and 1999.
(108351)
115  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the expected balance in the National Insurance Fund at the end of the years 2000-01 and 2000-02, after taking into account proposed changes in contribution rates and the effects of the provisions of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 and the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill; and by how much the balance is expected to exceed the minimum level recommended by the Government Actuary.
(108315)
116  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the backlog is of information to be provided by the Inland Revenue about the affairs of named United Kingdom taxpayers requested by the Belgian tax authorities.
(108375)
117  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements exist for the provision of information by the Inland Revenue about the tax affairs of United Kingdom taxpayers to the Belgian tax authorities; and under what powers this is done.
(108376)
118  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many press releases his Department issued from 1995 to 1999.
(108183)
119  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 113W, on what is his estimate of the number of people whose taxable incomes will exceed £100,000 per year in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.
(107799)
120  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 113W, on what is his estimate of the numbers of people who had taxable incomes of over £100,000 in each year from 1979-80 to 1999-2000; and if he will estimate for each year from 1990-91 onwards the additional revenue which would have accrued from a basic income tax rate of 50% on taxable income over £100,000 per year.
(107800)
121  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what studies the Treasury has undertaken on the (a) cost and (b) financial, social, economic and legal effects of reducing VAT on energy-saving materials and technologies.
(108302)
122  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the publication of the Office for National Statistics 1998 figures for manufacturers' sales of hosiery and other knitted goods to the public.
(106914)
123  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 579W, if he will estimate the yield from tapering away child benefit in the hands of the highest earner in a couple according to the thresholds and tapering mechanism envisaged for children's tax credits, whereby benefit would be tapered away from couples containing a higher rate tax payer.
(108616)
124  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108401)
125  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made on the Commission's proposal, in Adapting the Institutions to make a Success of Enlargement, for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor to investigate fraud across the Union; and if he will make a statement.
(108499)
126  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he will make to the Portuguese Presidency in advance of its report on security and defence policy to be presented at the Feira European Council; and if he will make a statement.
(108498)
127  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made on the Commission's proposal, in Adapting the Institutions to make a Success of Enlargement, that some members of the European Parliament should be elected on Europe-wide lists; and if he will make a statement.
(108497)
128  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made on the Commission's proposal, in Adapting the Institutions to make a Success of Enlargement, for the partial redrafting of (a) harmonisation of legislation on certain forms of taxation (articles 93 and 95 EC) and (b) measures in the social security field (first indent of Article 137(3) EC).
(108500)
129  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received concerning the sea shipment of plutonium MOX fuels and radioactive wastes from the United Kingdom to Japan from countries on the shipment route.
(108693)
130  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what data he collates relating to visitor visa applications in the Indian sub-continent in addition to information on numbers allowed and refused.
(108689)
131  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for visitor visas have been (a) allowed and (b) refused, in each of the last two years, in (i) Islamabad, (ii) Karachi, (iii) New Delhi, (iv) Bombay and (v) Nigeria.
(108688)
132  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will instruct immigration posts in Pakistan to allow applicants for visas to be accompanied at their interviews by a relative or friend.
(108690)
133  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug detoxification and rehabilitation centres there are in each English county; and if he will make a statement.
(107795)
134  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his policy on the recycling of material produced by his Department.
(108473)
135  
N  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many single parents are in training to become nurses.
(107647)
136  
N  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students are currently completing an access to nursing course; and how many of those students are single parents.
(107648)
137  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under the age of 16 years were admitted to hospital as a result of severe unintentional injury resulting in a stay longer than three days for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99, (i) in absolute terms and (ii) expressed as a rate per thousand people.
(108347)
138  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the (a) mean and (b) median rate per 1,000 people aged 65 years and over in England of households receiving (i) intensive home care and (ii) community-based care for each of the last two years.
(108346)
139  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of people in England aged 16 years and over smoked in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.
(108342)
140  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108400)
141  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received this year and in the past three years on the health effects of power lines; and if he will make a statement.
(108589)
142  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases have been reported this year and in the past three years of childhood cancer being caused by electric fields; and if he will make a statement.
(108590)
143  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances health authorities may gain access to patient records held by general practitioners without compromising confidentiality.
(108611)
144  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is investigating the inappropriate prescribing on a long-term basis of steroidal drugs.
(108609)
145  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce a national immunisation programme for hepatitis B, with particular reference to intraveneous drug users.
(108610)
146  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask the public inquiry into the Shipman case to look at the practicalities of tracking controlled drugs, from all points of purchase to all points of use, including use (a) in hospitals and hospices and (b) in the community.
(108615)
147  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will examine ways of preventing doctors retrospectively changing the computer records of patients.
(108612)
148  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate ways of recovering unused controlled drugs from a patient's home when it is known that the patient is no longer in need of them.
(108613)
149  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the average waiting times for outpatient appointments for East London and the City Health Authority in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(108441)
150  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 335W, on BCG vaccinations, what is the procedure for a doctor to apply for BCG vaccinations; to whom the application is made; who takes the decision on issuing the vaccination; and who monitors and records the results of the vaccination programme.
(108673)
151  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the BMA concerning the ethics of amputating healthy limbs as a way of addressing a mental health problem.
(108577)
152  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the antibiotics to which marker genes used in the production of genetically modified crops convey resistance and the medical uses of those antibiotics.
(108628)
153  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the levels of obesity in England.
(107966)
154  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) miscarriages occurred in pregnancies of at least 13 and less than 24 completed weeks of gestation in England and (b) women (i) who were admitted to hospital and (ii) cared for by a general practitioner without admission to hospital following such miscarriages in each of the last 10 years.
(108680)
155  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the number of births in hospitals in England which were (a) spontaneous, (b) by Caesarean section, (c) by forceps, (d) by vacuum extraction and (e) otherwise, broken down by social class of the babies' fathers for births which were (i) within marriage and (ii) outside marriage and registered jointly by both parents and (iii) outside marriage registered by the mother alone.
(108679)
156  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the number of births in hospitals in England which were (a) spontaneous, (b) by Caesarean section, (c) by forceps, (d) by vacuum extraction and (e) otherwise, broken down by social class of the babies' mothers, in the most recent year for which the information is available.
(108678)
157  
  
Audrey Wise (Preston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the number of births of babies born to residents of England weighing (a) under 1,000g, (b) 1,000-1,499g, (c) 1,500-2,499g and (d) 2,500g and over, who have been diagnosed as having cerebral palsy by the age of (i) two years and (ii) five years in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(108677)
158  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are on long-term sick leave in (a) each English police force and (b) each Avon and Somerset divisional force for the latest period for which such statistics are available; and if he will restate these figures to show them as a proportion of total establishment officer strength in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(107842)
159  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of young offenders within the Avon and Somerset area who have committed (a) five offences or more, (b) 10 offences of more, (c) 20 offences or more and (d) 50 offences or more; and if he will make a statement.
(107844)
160  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extra police officers there will be in Somerset in each of the next three years as a result of his recent statement of intent to increase national police officer numbers by 5,000; and if he will make a statement.
(107796)
161  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of (a) calls and (b) completed call cards for each English police force for the latest available year; and if he will give the ratio of police officers to calls and call cards for each force.
(107798)
162  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the number of hours of (a) paid and (b) unpaid overtime by police officers for each of the last five years, broken down by each English police force.
(107797)
163  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the (a) establishment and (b) actual available officer numbers for (i) each English police force and (ii) each Avon and Somerset divisional force for the latest period for which statistics are available; and if he will make a statement.
(107841)
164  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in the Avon and Somerset force are (a) allocated to policing within the Bristol area and (b) on standby for policing within the Bristol area; and if he will make a statement.
(107843)
165  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) civilians and (b) special constables have been employed by the Avon and Somerset Police for each of the last five years.
(107845)
166  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce tighter controls to limit the sale of exotic animals; and if he will make a statement.
(108179)
167  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons he rejected the proposal to appoint (a) AJF Webster, (b) Piran White, (c) Donald Broom, (d) Stephen Harris and (e) Baroness Young to the Burns Inquiry into hunting; and if he will make a statement.
(108181)
168  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to meet the target set in the EU 5th Environmental Action Programme of halving the number of animals used in experiments by 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(108180)
169  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he made of the personal views of the members appointed to serve on the Burns Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(108227)
170  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is in respect of the animal welfare implications of the sale of reptiles in DIY stores; and if he will make a statement.
(108178)
171  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108408)
172  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to reduce the number of violent offences committed in England and Wales.
(108287)
173  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what offences have been committed by prisoners released under the home detention curfew scheme whilst they were on the scheme.
(108291)
174  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Crime Fighting Fund for police recruits have been received.
(108290)
175  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current size of the backlog of asylum applications.
(108289)
176  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to reduce the backlog of asylum applications.
(108288)
177  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total number of police officers in England and Wales on 31st January.
(108292)
178  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the Passport Agency ended the service available at main post offices for processing urgent applications for passports.
(108587)
179  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what length of time in future the UK Passport Agency will take to process standard passport applications received via the Post Office's special service whereby applications are checked for common errors and forwarded by secure post.
(108588)
180  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 431W, on electronic tracking, which category of one-off absence was used to allow a professional footballer to breach the home detention curfew restrictions; who gave authority for this one-off absence; and if the player will be allowed further one-off absences.
(108682)
181  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it a requirement for private sector contractors operating the home detention curfew scheme to notify his Department of all one-off absences and the circumstances in which they occur.
(108683)
182  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Satpal Ram has been given a place on the offending behaviour course.
(108310)
183  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Satpal Ram will be eligible for parole.
(108311)
184  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many letters she has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108405)
185  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has supported which involved the growing of genetically modified crops.
(108391)
186  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has received concerning the Dervish anti-personnel landmines clearance project.
(108617)
187  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of methods currently in use for anti-personnel landmines clearance.
(108619)
188  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she next plans to meet representatives from Edinburgh University to discuss the funding of the Dervish anti-personnel landmines clearance project.
(108618)
189  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108399)
190  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108406)
191  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many disciplinary actions against RUC officers in the past 10 years resulted in files being presented to the Director of Public Prosecutions; on how many occasions and on what charges were prosecutions brought; how many charges resulted in a conviction; and how many charges resulted in a custodial sentence.
(108487)
192  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in each of the past five years he has received written representations from each of the three sections of the Police Association.
(108488)
193  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions, and on what dates in the past three years, each regional board of the Police Federation has held special meetings.
(108489)
194  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has to amend the House of Commons Departmental Expenditure Limit for 1999-2000.
(108471)
195  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has to amend the Privy Council Office Departmental Expenditure Limit and running costs limit for 1999-2000.
(108490)
196  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, what assessment he has made of the compatibility between the United Kingdom's obligations to the Council of Europe and under other international undertakings and the United Kingdom Privy Council presiding over appeals in cases where the death sentence has been imposed following conviction in the High Court of an independent Commonwealth jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement.
(108672)
197  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 544W, on the Privy Council, if the Queen appoints any judges or members of the United Kingdom's Privy Council on the recommendation of her Ministers from countries other than the United Kingdom.
(108675)
198  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has met Baroness Thatcher for discussions in the course of his official duties since 1st May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108580)
199  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108398)
200  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department is taking to reduce benefit fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(108576)
201  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of (a) employees and (b) the self-employed had a non-state pension in 1998.
(108343)
202  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of children aged under 16 years lived in households with incomes that remained (a) below 70 per cent. of average households income and (b) below 60 per cent. of median household income in at least three out of four years between 1995 and 1998.
(108352)
203  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total monetary value of non-state pensions contributions in 1998.
(108344)
204  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108411)
205  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of working age people have contributed to a non-state pension in at least three years out of the four between 1995 and 1998.
(108345)
206  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of working-age people had incomes that remained (a) below 70 per cent. of half average income and (b) below 60 per cent. of median income in at least three out of four years between 1995 and 1998.
(108348)
207  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many adults aged under 60 years were receiving (a) income support and (b) jobseeker's allowance for two years or more in (i) May 1998 and (ii) May 1999.
(108358)
208  
N  
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures he is taking to encourage pensioners to take up their entitlement to state benefits.
(106888)
209  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will review the rules governing payments for funeral expenses from the Social Fund to make them easier to understand and to implement.
(108439)
210  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, by how much he plans to raise the minimum income guarantee for the poorest pensioners this year.
(106917)
211  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide separate analyses for pensioners aged 80 years or above as part of the core analyses contained in the Pensioners Income Series.
(108432)
212  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will update his estimates based on the Family Resources Survey 1997-98 of (a) median pensioner incomes, excluding means-tested benefits, by age, sex and marital status, consistent with his Answer of 18th January 1999, Official Report, column 372W, on pensions, and (b) the size of each group.
(108493)
213  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what changes to housing benefit have been proposed by the Housing Benefit Simplification and Improvement Project; and what plans he has to implement them.
(108614)
214  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what date he will publish the report of the Housing Benefit Simplification and Improvement Project.
(108605)
215  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if it is his policy that the exemption which allows exclusive car distribution and dealership arrangements will end in October 2002.
(108177)
216  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will refer the proposal merger of United Newspapers and Carlton to the Competition Commission.
(108182)
217  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those companies which are under investigation by officials into allegations of misuse of government grants which were subsidiaries of (a) TransTec plc and (b) Hollis Industries.
(108390)
218  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the procedures being followed by his officials investigating allegations of misuse of government grants awarded to TransTec plc and its subsidiaries.
(108389)
219  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if inspectors investigating TransTec plc will issue an interim report.
(108388)
220  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 205W, what action he plans to take as a result of departmental interviews with Mr Ayriss and Mr Dickinson.
(108394)
221  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 208W, if he will list the reasons for the timing of his written Answer informing the House of the outcome of the Hollis Inquiry.
(108392)
222  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 206W, if he will list the minuted meetings held by his Department and representatives of Trans Tec plc in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998 and (e) 1999.
(108393)
223  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will revise the guidance he has given to inspectors investigating TransTec plc to include the reorganisation of the company in 1991.
(108387)
224  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will revise the guidance he has given to inspectors investigating TransTec plc to include allegations of misuse of his Department's grants awarded to TransTec and its subsidiary companies.
(108386)
225  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of the material supplied by BNFL to members of the Fukui Regional Assembly regarding the problems with their MOX fuel.
(106714)
226  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for licences to export goods to Iran have been rejected in the past 12 months on the grounds that there was an unacceptable risk that the goods might be diverted to a weapons of mass destruction programme.
(108475)
227  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences to export goods to Iran have been (a) granted and (b) refused, in the last 12 months.
(108474)
228  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the average length of time during the past 12 months between submission of applications for licences to export goods to Iran and decisions on those applications.
(108478)
229  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions export licence application 6078 was put before the Interdepartmental Committee; and what were the dates of the first and last such occasions.
(108477)
230  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much official time was spent considering export licence application 6078 between the date of its submission and the date of its refusal.
(108476)
231  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if export credit for vessels designed for protection of a nation's maritime boundaries is treated by the Export Credit Guarantees Department as unproductive expenditure within the meaning used to define those credits which the Department refuses to guarantee.
(108480)
232  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108397)
233  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial assistance his Department makes available to small businesses to convert equipment from imperial to metric measurement; and if he will make a statement.
(108625)
234  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research and development work has been funded by his Department since May 1997 into anti-personnel landmines clearance devices.
(108593)
235  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance his Department is giving to the development of new technology for the clearance of anti-personnel landmines.
(108592)
236  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of methods currently in use for anti-personnel landmines clearance.
(108596)
237  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he next plans to meet representatives from Edinburgh University to discuss the funding of the Dervish anti-personnel landmines clearance project.
(108595)
238  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received concerning the Dervish anti-personnel landmines clearance project.
(108594)
239  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who is responsible for monitoring the level of power densities produced by telecommunications masts; what proportion of masts were checked in 1999; and if he will list by operator the masts found to produce power densities in excess of the limits set by the NRPB in each of the last three years.
(108496)
240  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures his Department has taken to enforce the conditions of telecommunications licences that operators provide details of the expected locations of all telecommunications apparatus before giving notice of the installation of any apparatus in a particular planning authority area; what penalties are applicable when this condition is breached; and if he will list the instances in which this condition has been broken in each of the last five years, by each operator.
(108501)
241  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last met representatives of the Socialist Environment Resources Association; and what matters were discussed.
(108684)
242  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the size of the insurance liability fund set aside to underwrite accidents at United Kingdom nuclear facilities; what authority manages the fund; and if any part of the fund is invested.
(108681)
243  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to assess the energy and environmental implications of the development of e-commerce and greater use of teleworking and video conferencing.
(108686)
244  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance his Department gives to aid the development of the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry.
(108663)
245  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the annual growth or decline of the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry in each of the last 10 years.
(108691)
246  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effect of government policies on the long-term performance and profitability of the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108662)
247  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure fair competition between the United Kingdom's textile and clothing industry and that of competitor nations.
(108661)
248  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the output was of the United Kingdom textile and clothing industry as a proportion of gross domestic product during 1998-99.
(108657)
249  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the public sector supports the United Kingdom clothing and textile industry and to make such support easily accessible.
(108658)
250  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 on (a) constituency matters and (b) other matters of government policy from each of those Members of the House who have not taken the oath of allegiance.
(108413)
251  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what drawings have been made from the Contingencies Fund in relation to events in Kosovo in the past 12 months.
[Question Unstarred] (106896)
252  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress towards the ratification of the Council of Europe Charter on Regional and Minority Languages.
[Transferred] (108435)
253  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those local authorities or partnership schemes which have recently been awarded support under the RECITE-II regeneration partnership programme, giving the size of each award and the main focus of the scheme supported.
[Transferred] (108687)
254  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish a list of those countries excluded from guarantees from the Export Credits Guarantee Department for unproductive expenditure, showing for each (a) the number and (b) the value of credits given for (i) defence and (ii) other unproductive exports in each of the past five years.
[Transferred] (108479)
255  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to increase the application of the Know How Fund to Estonia.
[Transferred] (108581)
256  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the latest available figures are for the number of designated school crossing patrols in (a) England and Wales in total and (b) each London borough; and how many of these designated school crossing patrols have vacant positions in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each London borough.
[Transferred] (108676)


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