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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 4 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 4 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 4th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if farmers in Objective 1 areas are eligible to apply for rural development regulation money; and if he will make a statement.
(108747)
2  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he has requested meat-purchasing Government agencies to buy British pig meat or only pig meat produced to standards of animal welfare equivalent to those of the United Kingdom.
(108733)
3  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108848)
4  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108970)
5  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108834)
6  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what have been the rates of suicides among (a) farmers and (b) vets in each of the last 10 years.
(108503)
7  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what grants his Department makes available to farmers to help them convert redundant agricultural buildings; and if he will make a statement.
(108710)
8  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was Government spending on research and development relating to (a) organic farming, (b) agricultural genetic engineering and (c) agricultural biotechnology, at 1999 prices, from 1st April 1999 to the latest available date.
(108638)
9  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers have sources of income from part-time employment in addition to farming.
(108782)
10  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of her Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108845)
11  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) her Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of her Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108968)
12  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) her departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of her Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108838)
13  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials in his Department are currently on gardening leave.
(108959)
14  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if Her Majesty's Government will now ratify (a) the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970 and (b) the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995.
(108999)
15  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the daily capacity of the Millennium Dome.
(108962)
16  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the target number of visitors to the Millennium Dome for 2000.
(108963)
17  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many paying visitors to the Millennium Dome there have been in each of the weeks for which he has data.
(108964)
18  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108844)
19  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108837)
20  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108972)
21  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the statement in paragraph 5 of his Memorandum, Cm 4258, dated February 1999, that the review will not reconsider the current five-year formula for the level of the income fee until 2002, remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
(108453)
22  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many relay stations will be digitalised when the phasing out of the analogue system is completed.
(108719)
23  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money the National Lottery has donated to the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
(108716)
24  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to which existing lottery funds and which planned lottery programmes an application should be made for funding for dedicated premises for a pre-school group.
(108448)
25  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the foods sold in the Millennium Dome that (a) do and (b) do not meet standards required of food produced in the United Kingdom.
(108957)
26  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Government next intends to review with the Indian and Nepalese Governments the salaries and pensions payable to Ghurkhas serving in the British Army; and what is the Government's policy on salaries and pensions payable to Ghurkhas serving in the British Army.
(108794)
27  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which vessel his Department plans to be used as a landing platform for helicopters over the next 10 years during the times when HMS 'Ocean' is in refit.
(108803)
28  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which representatives of his Department attended the NATO nuclear safety seminar held in Helsinki on 24th to 26th January; and if he will make a statement.
(109001)
29  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108833)
30  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108847)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the accountability to the taxpayer provided by Smart Procurement; and if he will make a statement.
(108742)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which programmes set out in the Strategic Defence Review have been (a) cut, (b) delayed and (c) cancelled as a result of the costs incurred by the Kosovo deployment.
(108743)
33  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to improve racial equality in the armed forces in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(108744)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evidence underlies his conclusion that RAF Chinook ZD 576 was travelling too low and too fast towards the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.
(108750)
35  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the value of that part of the contract between his Department and Shorts Missile Systems that will be spent in the United Kingdom.
(108749)
36  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conclusion investigators reached about the possibility of an unforeseen technical malfunction that would not have left any physical evidence as having occurred in the final flight of RAF Chinook ZD576 on 2nd June 1994.
(108759)
37  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many high-velocity missiles are to be supplied by Shorts Missile Systems under their contract with his Department.
(108748)
38  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 421W, on school inspections, if he will place in the Library a copy of the summary analysis of schools' views for each local education authority inspected by Ofsted to date.
(108695)
39  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 421W, on school inspections, if he will place in the Library a copy of the analysis of the Ofsted/Audit Commission questionnaire replies from schools in Leeds, broken down by primary and secondary sectors.
(108694)
40  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend the new statutory right to time off for parental leave to staff in his Department whose children were born before 15th December 1999.
(108792)
41  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many asylum-seeking children are being provided with education in each of the state primary and secondary schools in London; and what proportion of pupils in each school this represents.
(108793)
42  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108843)
43  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108967)
44  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108836)
45  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many claims under the special payments category of the jobseeker's allowance were made in 1999; and how many of these were refused on the grounds of inadequate contribution payments.
(108450)
46  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of introducing a maximum class size of (a) 30 pupils, (b) 28 pupils and (c) 25 pupils for (i) Key Stage 1, (ii) Key Stage 2, (iii) Key Stage 3 and (iv) Key Stage 4.
(108866)
47  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the cost of abolishing university tuition fees in England and Wales, for each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(108865)
48  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his estimate of the annual cost of providing nursery education for all three year olds who are not in early years education; and if he will make a statement.
(108864)
49  
  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the accident blackspots on roads within the Yeovil constituency for each year since 1995, with the date and details of each accident that has occurred on them; and if he will list the date and location of road accident fatalities in the area since 1995.
(108745)
50  
  
Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much funding he has provided to support the (a) Movement for Innovation, (b) Construction Industry Training Board, (c) Construction Best Practice programme and (d) Housing Forum for the years (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000.
[R] (108707)
51  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many major road schemes were (a) accepted, (b) provisionally accepted, (c) deferred and (d) rejected in each English region in the local transport settlement 2000-01.
(108721)
52  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he intends to take to ensure that those non-profit organisations which currently benefit from the Energy Saving Trust's successful lightswitch scheme will be assisted by the proposed climate change levy energy efficiency fund in order that they can install energy efficient lighting.
(108720)
53  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidance to local authorities on allowing housing in cases where a woman has left the area in which she was living as a result of domestic violence and has moved to a different authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(108727)
54  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108832)
55  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108849)
56  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108971)
57  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many press releases his Department has issued in each year since 1995.
(108599)
58  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will decide the future location of the Health and Safety Laboratory.
(108789)
59  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, who determines the areas in respect of which bids can be made by water supply companies based outside the area served by an existing company; and, in the event of a successful bid, which company retains (a) ownership of water pipes and (b) responsibility for their maintenance.
(108741)
60  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for the latest 12 months for which figures are available how many miles of resurfaced highway contained reprocessed waste tyres; and if he will make a statement.
(108983)
61  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many tonnes of carbon equivalent were released into the environment as a result of the use by the UK industry of (a) kerosene and (b) gas oil in the last year for which figures are available.
(108713)
62  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to encourage industrial users of (a) kerosene and (b) gas oil to switch to cleaner fuels.
(108712)
63  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the contribution to UK emissions of pollutants covered by the air quality strategy by the industrial use of (a) kerosene and (b) gas oil.
(108714)
64  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what circumstances schools may receive grants for environmental projects from the proceeds of the landfill tax; and if he will make a statement.
(108781)
65  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the cost of the Croydon tram system; and how much was provided by the Government.
(108728)
66  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to fund further tram or light railway systems; and if he will make a statement.
(108725)
67  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has undertaken into the benefits of tram/light railway systems (a) in the UK and (b) in other European Union countries; and if he will make a statement.
(108726)
68  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the need for primary legislation following the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte Spath Holme Limited that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (SI 1999 No. 6) was ultra vires.
(108787)
69  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on the stock of affordable homes of the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte Spath Holme Limited that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (SI 1999 No. 6) was ultra vires.
(108783)
70  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he plans to take following the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte Spath Holme Limited that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (SI 1999 No. 6) was ultra vires.
(108785)
71  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on rents of the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte Spath Holme Limited that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (SI 1999 No. 6) was ultra vires.
(108784)
72  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, by what means he will prevent disproportionate increases in rent following the judgement of the Court of Appeal in R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte Spath Holme Limited that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (SI 1999 No. 6) was ultra vires.
(108786)
73  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the sterling value was of each of the sales of gold from the reserves at the time of sale in the last 12 months; and if he will list (a) the amount of euros purchased with the resulting funds and (b) the dates of purchase.
(108446)
74  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what profit the Bank of England made on its (a) foreign exchange and (b) gold dealings in each of the last three years.
(108447)
75  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals qualified for the foreign earnings deduction for income tax purposes in tax years (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96 and (e) 1996-97.
(108802)
76  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals who qualified for retirement relief from capital gains tax made chargeable gains of less than £250,000 for capital gains tax purposes in tax years (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96 and (e) 1996-97.
(108804)
77  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108831)
78  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108842)
79  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission research on the impact of the provisions of the 1999 Budget on the haulage industry.
(108452)
80  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from representatives of the haulage industry (a) nationally and (b) in the North-East region, regarding his forthcoming Budget.
(108454)
81  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes in vehicle excise duty introduced in his 1999 Budget on the haulage industry.
(108456)
82  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent changes in the price of diesel fuel on the haulage industry.
(108457)
83  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials in (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and (c) the Inland Revenue are currently on gardening leave.
(108737)
84  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December, Official Report, column 448W, concerning Transfer of Appropriation Orders approved by or awaiting approval by the Council of Ministers, if he will list for each application from 1st July (a) the reference and original purpose and amount, (b) the reasons for non-implementation of the 1999 Budget line, (c) the purpose for which the application was made and (d) the total sum likely to be transferred by this means for the financial year 1999.
(108738)
85  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent to date on the child care tax credit of the working families tax credit; and what is his latest estimate of expenditure in (a) this financial year and (b) in each of the next two financial years.
(108761)
86  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parents are claiming the child care tax credit in respect of children (a) aged under eight years and (b) over eight years; and what is the average payment per (i) family and (ii) child.
(108760)
87  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the responses he has so far received to his consultation on an integrated child credit set out in the Treasury Paper, Supporting Children Through the Tax and Benefit System.
(108753)
88  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his latest estimate of the take-up of the child-care tax credit of the working families tax credit.
(108752)
89  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have so far received the child care tax credit of the working families tax credit; and how many he estimates will receive in (a) the course of this financial year and (b) in each of the next two financial years.
(108763)
90  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the response of (a) the UK and (b) the President of the European Commission to the possibility of the Freedom Party attaining government office in Austria.
(108641)
91  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of the Secretary of State for Defence of 20th January, Official Report, column 236W, on the three new military committees to be established in the European Council, what Parliamentary proceedings will be initiated by a Minister of the Crown prior to negotiations and decision-making concerning their respective terms of reference.
(108735)
92  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 622W, on diplomatic staff what instructions he has given UK diplomatic staff not to meet particular UK nationals.
(108958)
93  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received that the Vishna Hindu Parishad attacks on Christian groups are part of an orchestrated campaign of intimidation.
(108709)
94  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 23rd September 1999 from the Right honourable Member for North East Hampshire regarding a constituent, Mrs Horton.
(108229)
95  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 107W, to the honourable Member for Pendle, on dentistry, what is the latest date by which he expects to publish the NHS dental strategy.
(108639)
96  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108969)
97  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108835)
98  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108846)
99  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are waiting for cardiothoracic surgery in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands, (c) England and Wales and (d) the United Kingdom; what are the average numbers of operations carried out; what are the average waiting times for such surgery in each of these areas; and if he will make a statement on action being taken to increase capacity in each area.
(108863)
100  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of his Department's guidance on services provided by local authority social services departments on equipment to assist deaf and hard of hearing people.
(108788)
101  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what help he is giving to those caring for the victims of New Variant CJD; and if he will make a statement.
(108751)
102  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those trusts and primary care groups which do not routinely pay for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis to receive Beta-Interferon when that is the drug recommended by the patients' physicians.
(108449)
103  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 584W, when he expects the expert scientific review of fluoride and health to be completed.
(108988)
104  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide needles for use by diabetics free of charge; and if he will make a statement.
(108715)
105  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is given by his Department to police forces on the provision of suitably designed body armour for female officers.
(109000)
106  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much in total it has cost London authorities to support asylum seekers from the time when benefit was withdrawn to 31st January.
(108796)
107  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the estimated total expenditure by London authorities on asylum seekers in 2000; and how much of this expenditure will not be covered by Government grants.
(108795)
108  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who are (a) single adults, (b) families with children and (c) unaccompanied children in each London borough were being supplied through (i) the Social Services departments and (ii) other housing departments on 31st January.
(108797)
109  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women's refuges there are in each Greater London borough.
(108729)
110  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been made available to (a) open and (b) support women's refuge projects in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(108723)
111  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108829)
112  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108851)
113  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days it takes to process the grant and renewal of a shotgun and firearm certificate in each police constabulary area.
(108823)
114  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring and evaluation of the firearms licensing regime has been carried out in respect of the level set for firearm fees.
(108822)
115  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representatives of shooting user groups have been invited to participate in Home Office discussions on firearms fees.
(108821)
116  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to improve the efficiency of police firearms licensing departments in respect of the criticisms made in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary report in 1993.
(108820)
117  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms have been misappropriated over the last five years from (a) the police, (b) the Ministry of Defence police, (c) the Atomic Energy Authority police and (d) the armed forces.
(108825)
118  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 24th November, Official Report, column 124W, what are the respective responsibilities of his Department and the Scottish Executive in relation to British Summer Time in Scotland.
(108818)
119  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consult road safety groups and others on abandoning British summer time in England and Wales.
(108819)
120  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library Fenella Tayler's letter of 5th November 1999 to Michael Caplan, acting for Senator Pinochet.
(108463)
121  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Director of Public Prosecutions was not consulted under Article 7 of the UN Convention on Torture about his decision to abandon the extradition proceedings against Senator Pinochet consequent on the medical examination; and what representations he has received from the Director of Public Prosecutions on this matter.
(108637)
122  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the contents of Fenella Tayler's letter of 26th November 1999 on behalf of the Home Office to Michael Caplan, acting for Senator Pinochet.
(108459)
123  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what purpose Fenella Tayler (a) wrote to and (b) telephoned Michael Caplan, acting for Senator Pinochet, on 11th November 1999, concerning a request that the report of doctors who had examined Senator Pinochet be brought to the attention of Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland; and what was (i) his response and (ii) the date of his response.
(108461)
124  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the medical report on Senator Pinochet has been tendered under Article 7 of the UN Convention on Torture for examination by the (a) DPP and (b) Solicitor General; and if he will make a statement.
(108598)
125  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Fenella Tayler's letter of 5th November 1999 to Senator Pinochet's lawyers offered to keep confidential the report of the doctors who were to examine the Senator.
(108458)
126  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on which date and by what instrument, the (a) DPP and (b) Solicitor General indicated their approval, in accordance with Article 7 of the United Nation's Convention on Torture, of the Home Secretary's decision on the abandonment of the extradition proceedings against Senator Pinochet consequent on his medical examination.
(108460)
127  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) Chilean and (b) British doctor was nominated by Senator Pinochet's lawyers to witness the consideration of the doctors' report on Senator Pinochet, by the DPP or Solicitor General; when this meeting was held; and if he will make a statement.
(108462)
128  
N  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people with visitors' visas overstayed where the country of origin was (a) Pakistan and (b) India, in each year since May 1997.
(108502)
129  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much he has spent on counsel's opinion in respect of securing statements of compatibility of public bills with the requirements of the Human Rights Act 1998.
(108757)
130  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what further restrictions he will place on the sale and possession of swords and bayonets.
(108755)
131  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the paper setting out the basis for statements of compatibility of Public Bills with the Human Rights Act 1998.
(108756)
132  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the document relating to the Lawrence Inquiry, entitled Summary of Progress on Key Action Points.
(108718)
133  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 15th October 1999 that he received from the Right honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling enclosing correspondence from Mr. D. C. Johnson.
(108647)
134  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in the award of city status.
(108455)
135  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is providing to Chechnyan refugees; and if she will make a statement.
(108640)
136  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (a) departmental staff and (b) employees of executive agencies under the control of her Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108859)
137  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of her Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108852)
138  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Government of Montserrat regarding conditions on the Island of Montserrat and the need for some residents to relocate to the United Kingdom.
(108758)
139  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made concerning the use of the oil revenue from the Sudanese oil fields being used for development projects.
(108799)
140  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the expenditure on legal aid for personal injury cases in (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97, (e) 1997-98 and (f) 1998-99 and for the same years in relation to legal aid for personal injury cases; (i) what amount of contributions to the Legal Aid Fund was paid or repaid by legally aided litigants, (ii) how much of this expenditure on legal aid for personal injury cases in the above years was value added tax and (iii) what is his Department's estimate of the benefits, recovery and savings by virtue of cases won by litigants in personal injury cases who had the benefit of legal aid for the years set out above.
(108791)
141  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the number of court closures in England and Wales in the past three years.
(108860)
142  
  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the method employed by the court service to calculate the estimated reduction of litigation and consequential short-fall of fee income in the financial year 2000-01.
(108826)
143  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what representations he has received on the proposed reform of the Public Trust Office; and if he will consider extending the period for consultation.
(108828)
144  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will place the full copy of the Report of the International Body on Decommissioning in the Library.
(108597)
145  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (i) time-range and (ii) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth on full-time hours and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108861)
146  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by his departmental staff; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108855)
147  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provisions are made available to Departmental staff for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job-sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contracts, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108841)
148  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Council, if, pursuant to her Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 532W, concerning the proposed European Charter of Human Rights, she will list the meetings which the honourable Member for Bridgend and for Eastleigh and the Baroness Howells have (a) attended or (b) plan to attend; and if a Minister will report to the House on progress in the work of the drafting body prior to its submission to the European Council.
(108754)
149  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Ribble South, of 8th December, Official Report, column 532W, on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, what parliamentary procedures preceded the appointment of the honourable Member for Bridgend as the delegate of the House to the Charter drafting body; and what documents set out his instructions as a delegate.
(108736)
150  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Prime Minister, 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.
(108961)
151  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, columns 267-68W, concerning the drafting of the draft Charter of Fundamental Rights in the European Union, if he will (a) place a copy of the letter he has sent to the two chairmen of the scrutiny committees in the Library and (b) publish in the Official Report the names of organisations with which meetings have taken place, or correspondence has been conducted, and place copies of the correspondence in the Library.
(108732)
152  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the Government's response to (a) the proposals made by the Commission for the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference and (b) documents submitted for that Conference by the European Union Institutions, Member States and Candidate States.
(108734)
153  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answers of 20th January, Official Report, column 538W, and 1st February, Official Report, column 543W, if he will place a synopsis of Mr Liddle's speech in the Library.
(108817)
154  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, what was the total cost to public funds of his attendance at the World Economic Forum at Davos.
(108228)
155  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list which ministers of the governments of (a) Austria, (b) Belgium, (c) Denmark, (d) Finland, (e) France, (f) Germany, (g) Greece, (h) Ireland, (i) Italy, (j) Luxembourg, (k) the Netherlands, (l) Portugal, (m) Spain and (n) Sweden he has met since 1st August 1999 and the date on which he met them.
(108867)
156  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the names of the European Commissioners he has met since the 1st August 1999 and the dates on which the meetings took place.
(108868)
157  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by his departmental staff; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108856)
158  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what provisions are made available to Departmental staff for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job-sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contracts, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108839)
159  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if those in receipt of an armed services pension are entitled to unemployment and other benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(108739)
160  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what change there has been in processing times for disability living allowance claims in the past year.
(108746)
161  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Benefits Agency claimants were overpaid (a) benefit and (b) income support in each of the last 12 months; and how many of these claimants have repaid that (i) benefit and (ii) income support in full.
(108643)
162  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much (a) benefit and (b) income support was overpaid in each of the last 12 months; and how much of this (i) benefit and (ii) income support was recovered from claimants.
(108642)
163  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the annual administrative costs of recovering unpaid (a) benefit and (b) income support per claimant; and how much was spent by the Benefits Agency recovering overpaid (i) benefit and (ii) income support in each of the last 12 months.
(108644)
164  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his policy in respect of recovering overpaid benefit from claimants overpaid by (a) over £5.00 and (b) under £5.00.
(108645)
165  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what methods are used by the Benefits Agency to recover overpaid benefit from claimants who do not repay such benefit voluntarily; and in what percentage of overpayment cases these methods are used.
(108646)
166  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the 10 (a) best and (b) worst performing local authorities in England in terms of (i) average time taken to process a claim for housing benefit and (ii) the number of housing benefit awards reviewed and subsequently found to be incorrect.
(108984)
167  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what comparative research his Department has undertaken into the performance standards of local authority housing benefit administration and that provided by private sector contractors.
(108987)
168  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will assess the benefits of removing scrutiny of the effectiveness of housing benefit administration from the remit of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate and setting up a separate agency to focus on aspects other than fraud.
(108985)
169  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what advice is offered by his Department to local authorities on dealing with private sector providers of housing benefit administration services which fail to achieve agreed performance standards.
(108986)
170  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many members of BASIS's Business Development Team are (a) under investigation for suspected fraud and (b) not discharging duties for some other reason.
(108960)
171  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects the review of the minimum funding requirement for the minimum pension guarantee to reach a conclusion.
(108965)
172  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108853)
173  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in each of the last five years, what proportion of women employees in (i) his Department and (ii) executive agencies under the control of his Department (a) returned to work after childbirth, (b) returned to work after childbirth before the end of maternity leave, indicating the (1) time-range and (2) mean time, (c) returned to work after childbirth on reduced working hours, indicating the average hours worked and (d) returned to work after childbirth full-time and subsequently reduced their hours.
(108973)
174  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by (i) his departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108974)
175  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many employees in (a) the CSA and (b) the Benefits Agency in each of the past five years have received (i) sick pay at pension rate and (ii) early retirement on ill health grounds; and what proportion of staff these figures represent.
(108862)
176  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the capital and income disregards for the benefits for which his Department is responsible indicating (a) the increases in levels of disregard for each year since 1997 and (b) the increases that would have been required to match the rate of inflation since 1996.
(108824)
177  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his latest estimate of the number of pensioners with incomes below the minimum income guarantee who are not entitled to the minimum income guarantee because of savings in excess of the upper capital limit.
(108451)
178  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when Mrs. Anderson (NI Number KP 84 76 11 B) will receive her winter fuel payment for 1999-2000.
(108636)
179  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of people moving from income support to (a) family credit and (b) working families tax credit who face combined marginal rates of taxation and benefit withdrawal of more than 100 per cent. as a result of the loss of income support for mortgage costs.
(108762)
180  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when Balfour Beatty applied for export credit support in respect of the Ilisu Dam in Turkey; under what statutory provision the application (a) was made and (b) is being considered; and if he will place a copy of the application, together with all supporting documents, in the Library.
(109004)
181  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will use his powers under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 to prevent banks introducing surcharges for cash machine withdrawals.
(108444)
182  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the members of the Link network regarding the possible introduction of surcharges for cash machine withdrawals.
(108443)
183  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes to the Link network charging structure require approval by the Office for Fair Trading.
(108445)
184  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the percentage was of UK-mined coal burned by individual power stations in Britain in 1999.
(109019)
185  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when negotiations will begin with EDF on a replacement electricity supply contract through the interconnector; if he will seek a reciprocal arrangement; and when the new contract is required to be in place.
(109018)
186  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last discussed state aid for the UK deep coal mining industry with DG VII; and if he will make a statement.
(109021)
187  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he has taken to stop the dumping of Polish coal on the UK market; and if he will make a statement.
(109020)
188  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the establishment of the Coalfields Enterprise Fund.
(108730)
189  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provisions are made available to (i) departmental staff and (ii) employees of executive agencies under the control of his Department, for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contract, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers' leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108854)
190  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by his departmental staff; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108858)
191  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) by value and (b) by percentage of the debt owed to the UK by HIPC countries is for defence-related business.
(108708)
192  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the unrecovered loans issued by the Export Credits Guarantee Department over the last 15 years which are attributed to defence-related contracts, broken down by (a) country, (b) financial amount and (c) equipment.
(108740)
193  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 258, on match funding, (a) what structural funds grants were received in the United Kingdom for (i) 1999 and (ii) preceding years, (b) what was the total of associated matched funding for that sum, and (c) if he will initiate a scheme to record the sources of matched funding for each grant received in 2000.
(108966)
194  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which EU document promotes the lowering of the monopoly limit on Postal services of Member States; what measures restrict national choice; and what consultation he has had with postal users in the United Kingdom concerning the policies of Her Majesty's Government in these matters.
(108722)
195  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the investigations carried out into allegations of corruption and maladministration in the use of Export Credits Guarantee funds.
(108798)
196  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provisions are made available to Departmental staff for (a) maternity leave, (b) maternity pay, (c) paternity leave, (d) parental leave, (e) flexible working hours, (f) part-time work, (g) job-sharing, (h) leave to care for sick children, (i) home-working, (j) term-time contracts, (k) annual hours contracts, (l) child care allowances, (m) careers leave and (n) career break schemes; and what criteria are used to judge eligibility in each case.
(108840)
197  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what childcare provision was made available in the financial year 1998-99 for use by his departmental staff; what was the cost to parents of this childcare; and how many parents used the facilities.
(108857)
198  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what talks he has had concerning nurses' pay with (a) other departments and (b) the First Secretary; and if he will make a statement.
(108827)
199  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what talks he has had with (a) other departments and (b) the First Secretary concerning teachers' pay; and if he will make a statement.
(108956)
200  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what provision is made for students with learning difficulties attending further education establishments to be allocated free tickets to visit the Millennium Experience; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (108724)
201  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish maps produced by the Environment Agency of the Floodline programme of flood risks that threaten houses at (a) regional and (b) other levels.
[Transferred] (109006)
202  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many leaflets that describe flood risks to a specified area of the UK have been produced by the Environment Agency; and how many members of the public have (a) contacted the Environment Agency's Flood Line and (b) been sent such leaflets.
[Transferred] (109003)
203  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the average cost of building and maintaining one kilometre of flood defences in the UK for (a) coastal areas and (b) river basin areas in the last 12 months; what percentage of these costs will be borne by (i) central government and (ii) local government; and what (1) were the total costs in the United Kingdom of building and maintaining flood defences for coastal and river basin areas for each year since 1990 and (2) are the projected costs for 2000 and 2001.
[Transferred] (108997)
204  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many uninsured properties have been flooded since 1990 in the United Kingdom; what records he keeps of individual incidents; and if he will open those records to public scrutiny.
[Transferred] (109002)
205  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many times the Environment Agency and his Department have given advice to (a) individuals, (b) local councils, (c) building societies and (d) any others to desist from building new houses in floodplains and other areas at risk from flooding; whether the Environment Agency and his Department have discussed with insurance companies, their trade associations and similar corporate entities the risks of insuring such properties in such areas at risk from flooding; and whether exchange of data, estimates, calculations and assessments with regard to flood risks in the UK has taken place between his Department and the Environment Agency and such bodies since May 1997.
[Transferred] (108996)
206  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate how many houses are at risk from flooding in the UK; and what estimate he has made of how many houses will be at risk from flooding in (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 50 and (g) 100 years; and what assumptions he has made in determining whether a house is at risk from coastal and river flooding.
[Transferred] (109005)
207  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the guidance given by (i) his Department and (ii) the Environment Agency to maritime district councils and county councils to deal with sea level rise and flooding from climate change; and if he will specify the funds directed to (a) coastal defences, (b) the UK climate change impact programme and (c) public awareness campaigns aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the years 1995 to 2000; how much will be made available over the next three years; and what plans he has to increase the amounts spent on such items.
[Transferred] (108998)
208  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) kerosene and (b) gas oil was used industrially in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (108711)
209  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of dental school places in England and Wales for each of the last five years and the projected number for the next five years.
[Transferred] (108800)
210  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of medical school places for doctors in England and Wales for the last five years and the projected numbers for the next five years.
[Transferred] (108801)
211  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation to control the use of minicabs in the Greater London area.
[Transferred] (108731)
212  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Export Credits Guarantee Department's share of the future debt write-offs, announced by him, will be financed; and where the money will come from.
[Transferred] (108717)


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