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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 9 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 9 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 9th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for each of the last two years for which records are available (a) the total number of cattle slaughtered for food in the UK and (b) their gender.
(109338)
2  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many of the cattle in the United Kingdom diagnosed as suffering from BSE in each of the last two years for which records are available were (a) female and (b) male.
(109329)
3  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list, for each of the last two years for which records are available, the ages at the time of diagnosis of all the cattle in the United Kingdom diagnosed as suffering from BSE.
(109328)
4  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109262)
5  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from airlines regarding the pet travel scheme.
(109362)
6  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to include airlines in the arrangements available under the pet travel scheme.
(109360)
7  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109290)
8  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by her Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109269)
9  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109264)
10  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Lytham St. Anne's Civic Society will receive an answer to their request that part of the St. Anne's Further Education College be declared a grade II listed building.
(109241)
11  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109292)
12  
N  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what feasibility study was undertaken in respect of the land at Thiepval barracks; if he will make a statement on the options contained in the report; which option was chosen; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.
(109082)
13  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) officers and men and (b) civilian workers, there will be at Imphal Barracks, York, following the transfer of 2nd Division HQ to Edinburgh.
(109446)
14  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of the works for making safe The Keep, Imphal Barracks.
(109443)
15  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to transfer the Defence Catering Agency to York.
(109444)
16  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the manning figures were for Building 107 of Imphal Barracks, York, in (a) April 1981 and (b) April 1994; and what are the projected figures for April 2001.
(109445)
17  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of each of the reserves and auxiliary forces, distinguishing between Regular Reserves and Volunteer Reserves and identifying separately the cost of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Naval Reserve, (c) Royal Marine Reserve, (d) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves and (e) Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and specifying the constituent parts of each figure in the last year for which figures are available.
(108907)
18  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109306)
19  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the role of further education colleges in supporting new curriculum developments in vocational education for 14 to 16 year olds; and if he will make a statement.
(107971)
20  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he gives to local education authorities on the use on their estates in air conditioning and refrigeration systems of substances which contribute to global warming.
(109332)
21  
  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what reports he has received indicating that section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 has prevented teachers from dealing with incidents of bullying in schools.
(109369)
22  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, in respect of the inclusion in the National Curriculum of citizenship studies in schools, what consultation took place, and with whom, prior to the adoption of such studies; to whom and when draft proposals were sent for comment; what specific requirement is made in respect of information and instruction concerning the European Union and consequential citizenship obligations; what material for use of (i) teachers and (ii) pupils in respect of the European Union is made available through departmental channels; and if it includes a package entitled, Euroquest.
(109435)
23  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received concerning employment patterns in the higher education sector in the last 12 months.
(109308)
24  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on ethnicity in employment patterns in the higher education sector.
(109307)
25  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many press releases were issued by his Department in each year since 1995.
(109305)
26  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take into account the HFC emissions forecasts contained in the 1998 United Nations Environment Programme report in his own forecasts for United Kingdom emissions of HFCs to be included in the Government's revised Climate Change Strategy.
(109330)
27  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Montreal conference on the Bio-Safety Protocol.
(109081)
28  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January to the honourable Member for Stafford, Official Report, column 450W, when the consultant's report on Eurostar services to the North was completed and submitted to Ministers; and when he plans to make a statement on the report.
(109296)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if draft PPG 3 contains a presumption against approval of large suburban housing estates, predominantly of high-priced housing.
(109297)
30  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage the DVLA to prosecute drivers who are found to have no tax disc on their cars; and if he will make a statement.
(109368)
31  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what restrictions there are on sitting councillors serving on regional development agencies.
(109436)
32  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109302)
33  
N  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to publicise the working families tax credit in Northern Ireland.
(107690)
34  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109265)
35  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 16th September, 4th November and 9th December 1999 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr D Sammons.
(109250)
36  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who have claimed working families tax credit received it (a) in the wage earner's wage packet and (b) as a benefit via the Post Office.
(109363)
37  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109291)
38  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Austrian Embassy in respect of the formation of the new coalition government in Vienna; and if he will make a statement.
(109125)
39  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109263)
40  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Angola.
(109340)
41  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109289)
42  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to advise health authorities against the installation in hospitals of air conditioning and refrigerant systems which contain substances known to contribute significantly to global warming.
(109331)
43  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability to patients in dental surgeries of tooth whitening products.
(109339)
44  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outbreaks of MRSA have been reported to the Public Health Laboratory Service in each (a) month and (b) year of the last three years; what information is collected by the PHLS of the number of patients affected; and if he will establish central records of each patient affected by MRSA.
(109017)
45  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the cost to the National Health Service of the purchase of drugs within the area of the North Essex Health Authority for each year since 1995.
(109437)
46  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the terms of his referral to the Office of Fair Trading of the cost of drugs to the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
(109438)
47  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109303)
48  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th January, Official Report, column 362W, on the Criminal Records Bureau, if he will name the shortlisted bidders invited to take part in the technical design study for the Criminal Records Bureau.
(109441)
49  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by type the weapons used in homicides in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(109327)
50  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of firearms offences in the UK in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(109341)
51  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, on a comparable basis, the number of murders recorded in the United Kingdom in each of the past 30 years.
(109364)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made on consideration of the inter-departmental working party report on corporate liability.
(109371)
53  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what authority applicants for criminal injuries compensation on the pre-statutory scheme are being required by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to pay the compensation to a trust, with any balance repayable on the applicant's death; at what levels of compensation cases are affected by this policy decision; how many cases have been caught by this policy decision; what is the total amount of compensation involved; and if he will make a statement.
(109370)
54  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in England and Wales are freemasons.
(109440)
55  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will order the sale of the former nuclear bunker at Soar, Devon; and if he will make a statement on outstanding issues in relation to the National Trust.
(108994)
56  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to establish a private security industry authority.
(109361)
57  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide statistics on incidents of crime in Banbury and Abingdon (a) in the 12 month period before and (b) after the installation of closed circuit television surveillance.
(109123)
58  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initiatives are in place in Oxfordshire for (a) support for victims and (b) prevention of racial harassment and violence.
(109124)
59  
  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures her Department is taking to help reduce the employment of child workers.
(109333)
60  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will give a breakdown of the humanitarian aid being directed through non-governmental organisations to Pakistan in 1999-2000, listing for each project (a) the NGO concerned, (b) the recipient organisation, (c) the sum involved and (d) the purpose of the project.
(109336)
61  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what procedures she is establishing to consult (a) NGOs and (b) other interested parties before she publishes her proposed White Paper on Globalisation.
(108979)
62  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by her Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109300)
63  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has in relation to the Paddington rail crash inquiry, to include coroners' inquest powers in those of the inquiry therein, pursuant to the Access to Justice Act 1999.
(109372)
64  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to review the indemnity principle in the light of the court decision in the case of Geraty v Aswad; and if he will make a statement.
(109373)
65  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish the rules on the extension of conditional fee agreements due to come into effect on 1st April 2000, (a) in draft form and (b) in final form; what plans he has to consult with professional bodies on the rules in draft; and if he will make a statement.
(109376)
66  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many (a) magistrates and (b) judges in England and Wales are freemasons.
(109439)
67  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109304)
68  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109268)
69  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109295)
70  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement of 2nd February, Official Report, column 1036, what arrangements will be made to ensure that those who wish it may continue to collect their benefits in cash.
(109504)
71  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109267)
72  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109294)
73  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will complete his review of savings limits, and the savings tariff income schedule, that govern entitlement to the minimum pensioners income guarantee.
(109014)
74  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of claims of family credit that were agreed to in the two months prior to the introduction of the working families tax credit.
(109015)
75  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the state second pension will allow for credits of qualifying contributions for periods of (a) contributory jobseeker's allowance, (b) income-related jobseeker's allowance and (c) low income, including non-state pension income, in the five years before the statutory retirement age.
(109016)
76  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of housing benefit claimants who are (a) tenants of registered social landlords and (b) tenants of private landlords are affected by the four weeks in arrears rule; and what is the average weekly level of housing benefit paid to tenants in both of those groups.
(109366)
77  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what systems are in place to scrutinise the effectiveness of verification framework practices; and when the results of that scrutiny will be published.
(109367)
78  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will publish the findings of the Simplification Project.
(109365)
79  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for the financial year 1998-99 (a) the number and (b) the total value of contracts let by his Department with external consultants and advisors that (i) were put out to competitive tender, (ii) were not put out to competitive tender and (iii) were let on a non-commercial basis, stating in each case the names of the individuals or organisations that have carried out the work.
(109266)
80  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will pay compensation to Mrs J. Duffy of Kingsbridge, following the outcome of her appeal against the Benefits Agency on 6th October 1999 and the reinstatement of her benefit.
(108995)
81  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his written Answer of 4th February, Official Report, columns 748-9W, how many lone parents under the New Deal for Lone Parents broken down into (i) targeted and (ii) non-targeted groups, (a) were issued with initial invitation letters, (b) booked initial interviews with personal advisers, (c) attended initial interviews, (d) agreed to participate in the programme, (e) were referred to Employment Service programmes or other training, (f) obtained jobs following participation and (g) have increased their hours of work following participation.
(109503)
82  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(109293)
83  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Solicitor General, if the CPS will advertise all temporary acting-up posts of more than four weeks duration.
(109374)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement on the decision in the case of Bamich v Crown Prosecution Service (Case No. 2202655/98) in the Employment Tribunal, on 31st January.
(109375)
85  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he has received a copy of the report by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Ltd on British Nuclear Fuels Ltd's MOX demonstration facility; and if he will place a copy of that report in the Library.
(109337)
86  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) international and (b) national quality assurance standards British Nuclear Fuels Ltd have received from independent accreditation agencies; when each of these standards was awarded; which plants or processes were awarded these standards; which accreditation agencies awarded the standards; which accreditations have now lapsed; when and at which plants; and under which standards corrective action is currently being implemented.
(109334)
87  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what modifications BNFL is planning to make to the MOX Demonstration Facility as a result of recommendations made by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Ltd; what will be the cost of those modifications; and if any of these modifications will also be required in the Sellafield MOX Plant.
(109335)
88  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the application of the minimum wage in Northern Ireland.
(107696)
89  
N  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the impact of the minimum wage in Northern Ireland.
(107681)
90  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made, in mega watts and kilowatt hours, of the amount of gas-powered electricity generating capacity which has not been proceeded with as a result of the introduction of the moratorium on the approval of licences for new gas-powered generating stations.
(109359)
91  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultation he has held relating to the future of EU structural funds allocated to Northern Ireland.
(107682)
92  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance he has given to enforcement officials in respect of sales of goods sold from loose stock by measured weight in metric and imperial units.
(109442)
93  
N  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on low pay in Northern Ireland.
(107698)
94  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the (a) number and (b) value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109301)
95  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) list the publicly-funded studies into repetitive strain injury published in the last 10 years and (b) place such reports in the Library.
[Transferred] (109299)
96  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed people have been unable to make their national insurance contributions due to the operating problems of the NIRS2 computer system.
[Transferred] (109447)


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