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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 10 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 10 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 10th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to support the establishment of a national network of farmers' markets.
(109807)
2  
N  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on progress made towards an EU-wide ban on the stall and tether system for raising pigs.
(108601)
3  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109317)
4  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the honourable Member for North Essex received no reply to his letter of 29th August 1999, concerning the proposed pesticide tax, until 12th January (ref. 134922).
(109380)
5  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the environmental benefits of organic farming.
(107902)
6  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109898)
7  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109873)
8  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109455)
9  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February to the honourable Member for Bristol North West, Official Report, columns 641-2W, concerning the Agriculture Development Scheme, what was the amount of grant aid offered to each of the lead organisations listed.
(109689)
10  
  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to (a) the European Commission and (b) the French Government about the slaughter of animals as part of the annual Eid-el-Kebir festival in France; and what was the (i) date and (ii) nature of these representations.
(109745)
11  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109312)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Manchester City Council on the provision of music library services in the North West.
(109320)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what procedures were followed in the selection of a candidate for the new Chief Executive of the New Millennium Experience Company.
(109470)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement of the role of Lord Falconer of Thoroton in the appointment of the new Chief Executive of the New Millennium Experience Company.
(109472)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if (a) he and (b) other Millennium Commissioners, were consulted about the appointment of the new Chief Executive of the New Millennium Experience Company.
(109471)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last visited the Millennium Dome.
(109469)
17  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the EU Commission regarding the definition of public service broadcasting, with special reference to the system of public funding.
(109321)
18  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109313)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to support measures to bar Burma from participating in this summer's Olympic Games; and if he will make a statement.
(109804)
20  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109897)
21  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109871)
22  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for National Lottery grants have been received from organisations in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Tewkesbury since its inception.
(109554)
23  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many grant applications to the National Lottery have been received from organisations within the Torbay constituency; how many have been successful; and what was the total amount awarded (a) by each distributing body and (b) in total.
(109512)
24  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109451)
25  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which member states, associate member states, associate partner states and observer states of the Western European Union are parties to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
(109760)
26  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 590W, on computers, what type of classified information was accessed by his Department's staff in each hacking incident; and what grades or type of staff would normally have access to this information.
(109458)
27  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 590W, on computers, what action has been taken to reduce the number of internal incursions into computer files containing classified information.
(109457)
28  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 590W, on computers, how many of his Department's staff have been disciplined for hacking incidents; and what disciplinary action was taken in each case.
(109456)
29  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of cost efficiency comparisons between conventional build and PFI contracts for the planned junior ratings accommodation in HMS 'Nelson'
(109475)
30  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the standard of accommodation provided for junior ratings and other ranks in Her Majesty's Royal Naval Shore Establishments in the retention of these personnel in the Royal Navy.
(109473)
31  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the condition and fitness for purpose of accommodation provided for junior ratings in each of Her Majesty's Royal Naval Shore Establishments.
(109500)
32  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) refurbishment (b) rebuild and (c) new build projects are planned to modernise accommodation provided for junior ratings in each of Her Majesty's Royal Naval Shore Establishments; in what year they were first approved; what the programmed dates for completion were at the time of approval; and what the current expected dates of completion are.
(109474)
33  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a new accommodation project for junior ratings at HMS 'Nelson' was first approved; and when contracts for construction, operation and maintenance will be let.
(109476)
34  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109319)
35  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last discussed the TRACER/FSCS system with his United States counterpart; and what conclusions were reached.
(109859)
36  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what agreement has been reached with the USA regarding funding for the development of the Tracer/FSCS system.
(109858)
37  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of the deployment of warships in the South Atlantic in (a) the current financial year and (b) each of the next five years.
(109864)
38  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those items of military equipment which are part of a collaborative programme with the USA.
(109857)
39  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regarding the sourcing from within the United Kingdom of meat for the armed forces.
[R] (109813)
40  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which warships are currently deployed in the South Atlantic; and what plans he has to replace them at the end of their tour of duty.
(109865)
41  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total annual cost is of maintaining and manning the Falkland Islands military base.
(109862)
42  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what staff requirement is planned to be met by the development of the TRACER/FSCS system.
(109856)
43  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average annual cost is of maintaining and manning a through-deck carrier.
(109861)
44  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of naval manpower is deployed in the South Atlantic.
(109863)
45  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stage has been reached in the development of the TRACER/FSCS system; and if he will make a statement about its future prospects.
(109860)
46  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Norwegian Government about the possible purchase of the Eurofighter; and if he will make a statement.
(109799)
47  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact the new Lloyd's Register rules will have on the readiness and functioning of Royal Navy ships; and if he will make a statement.
(109674)
48  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was to his Department of participating in the multinational peacekeeping exercise in January 2000 in Nepal; which units took part and for how long; and if he will make a statement.
(109800)
49  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of evaluating MESAR2 in White Sands, USA; how much of the cost will be borne by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(109801)
50  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what has been the cost so far of DERA's evaluation of MESAR2; and if he will make a statement.
(109803)
51  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money his Department has spent so far on MESAR2 and over what timescale; and if he will make a statement.
(109802)
52  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cruise missiles launched from UK submarines during the Kosovo conflict.
(109837)
53  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what impact the production of the Meteor Missile in the United Kingdom will have on the missile selection process for the Eurofighter; and if he will make a statement.
(109523)
54  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to meet representatives from Edinburgh University to discuss the funding of the Dervish antipersonnel landmines clearance project.
(109586)
55  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109874)
56  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109901)
57  
  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of RAF Neatishead.
(109558)
58  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of those leaving the New Deal for Young People for jobs lasting less than 13 weeks have found jobs lasting less than (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) four weeks and (d) eight weeks.
(109812)
59  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the link between class sizes and overall pupil performance at Key Stages 1 to 4.
(109806)
60  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent assessment he has made of the need of farmers who are employed on a part-time and seasonal basis to find employment in periods when they are out of work.
(109809)
61  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average class size at each key stage in schools in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.
(109751)
62  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of the population in (a) rural and (b) urban areas have at least two A-levels at grade E or above.
(109753)
63  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of all those unemployed in (a) rural and (b) urban areas were classified as long-term unemployed (i) at the latest date for which figures are available and (ii) 10 years previously.
(109752)
64  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the potential conflict of interest in the practice of further education colleges (a) employing and (b) receiving on secondment, staff from companies engaged as the college's auditors; and if he will discuss this matter with the Further Education Funding Council prior to issuing guidance on practice.
(107972)
65  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many further education colleges have employed external consultants to advise on unit farming; and if he will make a statement.
(107973)
66  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average cost of a place in a maintained secondary school in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(109547)
67  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government is taking to tackle age discrimination in employment against men between the ages of 60 and 65 years.
(109684)
68  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109309)
69  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much teachers will be able to earn once they have passed the performance pay threshold.
(109681)
70  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109896)
71  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109875)
72  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the education authorities that provide milk to school children (a) free and (b) at cost.
(109762)
73  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the education authorities that (a) voluntarily adhere and (b) do not adhere to the Minimum Nutritional Standards.
(109763)
74  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will announce his decision on the future of Dartford West High School for Boys; and if he will make a statement.
(109552)
75  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the education standard spending assessment per (a) primary and (b) secondary pupil in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Wakefield District; what the reasons are for the difference between the two figures; and if he will make a statement.
(109805)
76  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what registerable share holdings under the rules laid down for Ministers are held by the Minister for Transport; what board directorships he resigned on his first appointment as a Minister; and what matters pertaining to his Department's work the Minister does not handle in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
(109386)
77  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of rural parishes have (a) no bus service and (b) no daily bus service.
(109811)
78  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many regional development agency boards have more than one member with expertise in rural matters.
(109810)
79  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria he uses to assess whether potential members of regional development agency boards have expertise in rural matters.
(109808)
80  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many brownfield sites his Department has identified in (a) rural and (b) urban areas; and what is the total area of such sites in each category.
(109766)
81  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions the service on the Jubilee Line extension has been suspended since its opening; and what the reasons were in each case.
(109834)
82  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to improve the payment culture in local government; and if he will make a statement.
(109832)
83  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the United Kingdom is on target to meet the level of carbon dioxide reduction agreed at Kyoto.
(109575)
84  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109310)
85  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what dates the Countryside Traffic Measures Group has met; what matters have been discussed; what conclusions have been reached; and if he will make a statement.
(109382)
86  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what obligation is placed on Eurostar (UK) to offer reduced rail fares to senior citizens; and what plans he has to change this.
(109381)
87  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made on the M4 corridor study; and when he will make an announcement on the outcome of the study.
(109688)
88  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109872)
89  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109899)
90  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what road noise reduction surfaces his Department has recently approved for use.
(109378)
91  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will treat applications in respect of properties on existing roads for double glazing as a method of noise reduction for residents in the same way as such applications in respect of properties on new roads.
(109379)
92  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what further measures he plans to prevent persons who are unfit to drive from being licensed to drive vehicles on public roads.
(109814)
93  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the outcome of his review of the proposal by Croydon Council to fell trees at Gravel Hill, Croydon.
(109510)
94  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is (a) the value of borrowing by housing associations to finance investments in housing stock and (b) the average length of the term for repayment.
(109545)
95  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the current progress of genetically-modified crop trials in the United Kingdom.
(107886)
96  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to combat the avoidance of car insurance.
(109579)
97  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce measures to make the displaying of a car insurance certificate on the car compulsory.
(109580)
98  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the reason for the Chief Nuclear Inspector's recent visit to Japan; and what discussions he held about the purpose of his visit with departmental Ministers and Officials in advance of his visit.
(109907)
99  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision on the planning application for the cement works at Holborough, Kent.
(109551)
100  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision on the planning application for Stone Lodge Park, Dartford; and if he will make a statement.
(109550)
101  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the impact on council house rental levels in Wakefield of the negative housing subsidy regime.
(109768)
102  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those of the 10 areas with the lowest gross domestic product per head of population which are rural areas.
(109891)
103  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which heavily indebted poor countries have produced poverty reduction strategy papers in partnership with the IMF and World Bank; and which countries are in the process of developing such papers.
(109528)
104  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children aged 15 years or under live in (a) the Birkenhead constituency and (b) at Merseyside constituencies in total.
(109350)
105  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109900)
106  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is taking to monitor products imported from Israel into Britain to ensure full compliance with (a) Article 38 and (b) other Articles of the Origin Rules Protocol of the EC Trade Agreement with Israel.
(109543)
107  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has conducted and what conclusions it has reached concerning products wholly or substantially processed in Israeli settlements in occupied territories which have been imported into the Community under the EC Trade Agreement with Israel in violation of (a) Article 38 and (b) other Articles of that Agreement's Origin Rules Protocol.
(109541)
108  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is taking on violation by Israel of the Origin Rules Protocol of the EC Trade Agreement with Israel in respect of imports to Britain.
(109542)
109  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from the Chartered Institute of Taxation and from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, concerning his proposals for countering tax and national insurance contribution avoidance in the provision of personal services; and if he will make a statement.
(109557)
110  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109450)
111  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the annual figures from 1970 until the present for the overall number of births outside of marriage by teenagers as a percentage of the overall number of births by teenagers in the United Kingdom.
(109466)
112  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the annual figures from 1970 until the present for the overall number of births outside of marriage for teenagers of ethnic minority groups as a percentage of the overall number of ethnic minority teenage births in the UK.
(109465)
113  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what were the annual figures from 1970 until the present for the overall number of births outside of marriage for ethnic minority groups as a percentage of the overall number of ethnic minority births in the UK.
(109467)
114  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the (a) Indonesian and (b) Chinese governments concerning treatment of ethnic Chinese inhabitants within Indonesia.
(109677)
115  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements will be made in the interval between the departure of the Governor of Gibraltar and his successor taking up his appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(109505)
116  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason there has been a delay in announcing the appointment of the new Governor of Gibraltar; and when he expects the announcement to be made.
(109506)
117  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance he has given to the British Ambassador to Austria in respect of (a) official contacts and meetings with ministers of the new government, (b) official contacts with officials of the new government and (c) promoting Britain's interests in Austria.
(109867)
118  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109876)
119  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109895)
120  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of evidence presented to the European Commission concerning products processed in Israeli settlements in occupied territories which have been imported into the Community under the EC Trade Agreement with Israel in violation of that Agreement's Origin Rules Protocol; and if he will make representations to the Commission about acting on the evidence presented.
(109539)
121  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the religiously-motivated violence in Maluku, Indonesia.
(109522)
122  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts concerning Sri Lanka's membership of the Commonwealth.
(109513)
123  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to send a UN human rights rapporteur to Maluku, Indonesia.
(109546)
124  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
(109515)
125  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning the Sri Lankan Government's press reporting of the civil war there.
(109538)
126  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts concerning the civil war in Sri Lanka.
(109514)
127  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage a political settlement between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam.
(109516)
128  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109449)
129  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average number of patients per general practitioner in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.
(109749)
130  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average waiting time for an appointment to see a general practitioner in a non-emergency case in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.
(109750)
131  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109314)
132  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of demand for NHS dentistry in the next five years.
(109828)
133  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of dentists required to meet current demand for NHS treatment.
(109855)
134  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) change of use and (b) additional facilities are planned for the Newtown Hospital site in Worcestershire.
(109826)
135  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds he estimates will be available in Worcestershire following hospital reorganisation there.
(109844)
136  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new district general hospital at Worcester will be fully operational.
(109827)
137  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of NHS dentistry in Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(109829)
138  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential of Shropdoc to deliver NHS Direct on a national basis.
(109846)
139  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients waiting to see an NHS dentist.
(109866)
140  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average waiting time to see an NHS dentist in Shropshire.
(109835)
141  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase spending on NHS dentistry.
(109854)
142  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received regarding the organisation of NHS Direct in Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(109845)
143  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations his Department has held regarding the establishment of NHS Direct in Shropshire.
(109824)
144  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what agreement has been reached between Shropshire and Worcestershire health authorities on hospital provision following the re-organisation of hospital services in Kidderminster.
(109823)
145  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when (a) psychiatry, (b) orthopaedics, (c) trauma, (d) gynaecology, (e) urology, (f) medicine, (g) vascular surgery and (h) general surgery services will cease to be provided at Kidderminster Hospital.
(109825)
146  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that NHS dentistry is available throughout the UK.
(109836)
147  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of doctors who will qualify and join the NHS in each of the next five years.
(109258)
148  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the numbers of doctors who will leave the NHS in each of the next five years before reaching the age of retirement.
(109259)
149  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of (a) nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and (b) members of professions allied to medicine who will qualify and join the NHS in each of the next five years.
(109260)
150  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of (a) nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and (b) NHS staff who are members of professions allied to medicine who will leave the NHS over the next five years before reaching the age of retirement.
(109261)
151  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Wolverhampton South West of 26th October 1999 regarding the development of the former Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton.
(109559)
152  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the weekly cost of keeping an elderly person (a) in an NHS ward and (b) in a residential home; and if he will make a statement.
(109477)
153  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for early detection of cancer in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109748)
154  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the index for patients who waited less than two hours for emergency admission in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109747)
155  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he plans for the allocation of resources within the NHS so as to eliminate differences in waiting times and clinical performance between different hospitals.
(109759)
156  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the index for patients with operations cancelled for non-medical reasons in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109746)
157  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for adverse events/complications of treatment in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109754)
158  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for in-hospital premature deaths in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109756)
159  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for available deaths in (a) 1995-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109758)
160  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for five year survival rates for breast and cervical cancer in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109755)
161  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the percentage of patients admitted within three months of the decision to admit in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109682)
162  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the percentage of patients seen for first appointment within 13 weeks of referral by a GP in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109683)
163  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish figures showing the composite index for infant deaths in (a) 1995-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99 for (i) England, (ii) East and North Hertfordshire, (iii) West Hertfordshire and (iv) the health authority in the prospering growth area with the (1) lowest figure and (2) highest figure.
(109757)
164  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will install close circuit television in units for patients with mental or learning disabilities.
(109675)
165  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that medical abortion (a) is delivered in the most cost effective way and (b) meets women's needs.
(109744)
166  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the recent report from the Family Planning Association, Medical Abortion: Meeting Women's Needs.
(109742)
167  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that women receive a choice of methods for early abortion.
(109743)
168  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109877)
169  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109894)
170  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many healthy limbs have been amputated as part of treatment for a mental health problem in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(109587)
171  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has had made of the number of people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder; and if he will make a statement.
(109680)
172  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reported cases of (a) rickets and (b) tuberculosis there were in each of the past 10 years in each health authority area.
(109765)
173  
  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, in descending order, the 10 health authorities with the highest incidence of (a) tuberculosis and (b) rickets over the past 10 years.
(109764)
174  
  
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce free needles for diabetics who require insulin.
(109530)
175  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will calculate the rise in the cost of palladium-based precious metals used in dental appliances over the last 10 years; and if he will calculate the percentage change in the palladium-based precious metals claimed for by dentists from the NHS over the last 10 years.
(109581)
176  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what system of control is operated by this Department to ensure that dental patients receive the dental appliances consisting of palladium-based precious metals claimed for by dentists from the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(109585)
177  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use of non-precious metals in dental appliances in the NHS; and if he will calculate the percentage change in the non-precious metals claimed for in the last 10 years.
(109583)
178  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) number and (b) country of origin of asylum seekers who arrived in the United Kingdom in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999.
(109761)
179  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide financial support for the work of prisons with schools to direct young people away from crime.
(109526)
180  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy for prisons to use serving prisoners in controlled circumstances to assist young people to address their offending behaviour.
(109527)
181  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide financial support for the work of prisons in developing programmes to address the offending behaviour of young people referred from local courts and youth offending teams.
(109525)
182  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to include prison staff on youth offending teams.
(109524)
183  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when copies of the information which formed the background to the Hillsborough Inquiry will be moved to Liverpool; and where in the city they will be made available for public access.
(109342)
184  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109318)
185  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police expenditure was represented by (a) pay, (b) pensions and (c) staff personnel costs in the last year for which figures are available.
(109833)
186  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he has put in place to fund the planned police national radio system.
(109830)
187  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reform the long-term funding arrangements for police pensions.
(109831)
188  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were reported to the police alleging racial harassment in (a) Cleveland, (b) Northern Region and (c) the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and how many in each category resulted in a conviction.
(109459)
189  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were reported to the police alleging child abuse in (a) Cleveland, (b) Northern Region and (c) the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and how many in each category resulted in a conviction.
(109460)
190  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases were reported to the police alleging domestic violence in (a) Cleveland, (b) Northern Region and (c) the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and how many in each category resulted in a conviction.
(109461)
191  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald, of 2nd February, Official Report, column 596W, how many curfewees charged with an offence whilst on home detention curfew were charged with an offence similar in character to that for which they were serving a sentence of imprisonment prior to being released on the curfew.
(109509)
192  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of extending the requirement for a certificate of compatibility with the Human Rights Act to private legislation.
(107914)
193  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109869)
194  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what subjects were discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109902)
195  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on their advice to police forces not to prosecute motorists exceeding the 30 mph speed limit until their speed reaches 35 mph; and if he will make a statement.
(109548)
196  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December, Official Report, column 493W, when the honourable Member for Torbay will receive a reply.
(109448)
197  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to ban hunting with dogs.
(109549)
198  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people holding his Department's licences to perform experiments on animals are employed in the NHS.
(109519)
199  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the additional cost per elector of pilot schemes under which elections take place on Sunday.
(109767)
200  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend his policy on (a) cannabis and (b) class B controlled drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(109507)
201  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish figures for race hate crimes committed in each year between 1990 and 1999 as a proportion of all reported crime.
(109464)
202  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish figures for successful prosecutions of race hate crimes committed in (a) the Thames Valley police area, (b) the Metropolitan Police Force area and (c) England in each year between 1990 and 1999.
(109463)
203  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the annual police figures for reported race hate crimes in (a) England, (b) the Thames Valley police area and (c) the Metropolitan Police area in each year between 1990 and 1999.
(109462)
204  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109311)
205  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between her Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109893)
206  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many bilateral meetings were held between her Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109878)
207  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which British non-governmental organisations in Colombia are supporting the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare's campaign to encourage peaceful resolution within the country.
(109521)
208  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in North and East Sri Lanka.
(109517)
209  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department gives to human rights training programmes for the Colombian Army.
(109520)
210  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to implement Part 2 of the Family Law Act 1986.
(109676)
211  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 472W, on computers, what action has been taken to prevent internal hacking incidents on Court Service computers, particularly files containing (a) the personal details of jurors or witnesses and (b) details of the jury selection procedures.
(109387)
212  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 472W, on computers, if any of the hackers accessed computer files containing (a) the personal details of jurors or witnesses and (b) details of the jury selection procedures.
(109388)
213  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 472W, on computers, what type of information was accessed by the hackers from computers in the Court Service; and what action was taken (a) to identify the hackers and (b) to discipline Court Service staff involved in the incidents.
(109389)
214  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the new training manual for the Children and Family Court Service is complete; and if he will make a statement.
(109560)
215  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many circuit judges were appointed from the solicitors' profession in (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97 and (f) 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(109578)
216  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many legal aid franchises have been issued in the last five years; how many legal aid franchises there are in each parliamentary constituency; and how lists of these franchise holders will be made available to the public.
(109518)
217  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many politically-motivated offences have been committed by (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist groups since Good Friday 1999; if he will break the numbers down into categories of offences; and if he will make a statement.
(109555)
218  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109452)
219  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Prime Minister, further to his statement on 4th February, that the Government intends to promote the installation of cash machines at rural post offices, how franchises for these will be awarded; and what estimate he has made of the cost per transaction for the use of such machines.
(109377)
220  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, columns 673-4W, on the Council of Europe, if he will list each case relating to an Independent Commonwealth State heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the past five years, and the sums received in reimbursement of the United Kingdom's costs of hosting the appeals, including the costs of the judges.
(109242)
221  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answers of 7th February, Official Report, columns 3-4W, which judges have served on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, who were nominated on the advice of a head of government of another Commonwealth country in the past twenty years.
(109383)
222  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answers of 7th February, Official Report, columns 3-4W, if he will list the people from other countries of the Commonwealth who have been accorded membership of the Privy Council in the past 20 years; which of these were eligible for membership of the Judicial Committee; and which served on the Judicial Committee subsequently.
(109384)
223  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he and his predecessor held bilateral meetings with his Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeeting since May 1997.
(109870)
224  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the previously planned meetings, and their subject, between him and the Prime Minister of Austria which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109868)
225  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 5W, for what reason he is not prepared to place a synopsis of Mr Liddle's speech in the Library.
(109511)
226  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he was first informed that Operation Horseshoe might be implemented in 1999; and by whom he was so informed.
(108655)
227  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109453)
228  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates he has made of the cost of making disability living allowance mobility component available to children aged two and under.
(109385)
229  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what benefits are avilable to men aged between 60 and 65 years who are out of work and seeking employment.
(109679)
230  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the median income for the bottom quintile of (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples (i) before housing costs and (ii) after housing costs in (1) 1997-98 and (2) 1998-99, with median household income fixed at the July 1996 value in real terms.
(109343)
231  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people of working age lived in (a) households with incomes below (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 60 per cent. and (iii) 70 per cent. of median household income and (b) households with incomes below (x) 40 per cent., (y) 50 per cent. and (z) 60 per cent. of average household income, (1) before and (2) after housing costs in (A) 1997-98 and (B) 1998-99.
(109345)
232  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the reason for the numbers of ethnic minority interviewees on the New Deal for Lone Parents who are subsequently found to be ineligible for the caseload.
(109508)
233  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in (a) households with incomes below (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 60 per cent. and (iii) 70 per cent. of median household income, and (b) households with incomes below (x) 40 per cent. of average household income, (y) 50 per cent. of average household income and (z) 60 per cent. of average household income, (1) before and (2) after housing costs in (A) 1997-98 and (B) 1998-99.
(109344)
234  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many adults aged under 60 years were in families in which they or their partner had been in receipt of (a) income support and (b) income based jobseeker's allowance for two years or more in (i) May 1998 and (ii) May 1999.
(109348)
235  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many children lived in (a) households with incomes below (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 60 per cent. and (iii) 70 per cent. of median household income and (b) in households with incomes below (x) 40 per cent., (y) 50 per cent. and (z) 60 per cent. of mean household income, (1) before and (2) after housing costs in (A) 1997-98 and (B) 1998-99, with median and mean household income fixed at their 1996-97 value in real terms.
(109347)
236  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people of working age lived in (a) households with incomes below (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 60 per cent. and (iii) 70 per cent. of median household income, and (b) households with incomes below (x) 40 per cent., (y) 50 per cent. and (z) 60 per cent. of average household income, (1) before and (2) after housing costs in (A) 1997-98 and (B) 1998-99, with median and mean household incomes fixed at their 1996-97 value in real terms.
(109346)
237  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects the review of the Minimum Funding Requirement to reach a conclusion.
(109349)
238  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109315)
239  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the additional annual cost of the minimum income guarantee in (a) 2005, (b) 2010, (c) 2020 and (d) 2050 if annual increases are in line with earnings assuming (i) one in three, (ii) one in four and (iii) one in five pensioners qualify for income support.
(109588)
240  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list those previously planned meetings, and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109892)
241  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109904)
242  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what restrictions he proposes on the investment strategies which may be adopted by the managers of stakeholder pension funds.
(109840)
243  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of employees who fall within the target group for stakeholder pensions and who will not be entitled to workplace access to a stakeholder pension because they currently work for a firm with fewer than five employees.
(109838)
244  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Data Protection Act 1986 for his plans to issue combined forecasts of state and private pension entitlements.
(109843)
245  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will obtain a copy of the report on the research undertaken by the Financial Services Authority into the effect of decision-tree approaches to pension choices; and if he will place it in the Library.
(109842)
246  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate for each of the 10 financial years after the introduction of the state second pension the number of people receiving the state second pension; and of these, how many will also be receiving income support.
(109839)
247  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to prevent sellers of stakeholder pensions from declining to make their products available to certain categories of employees.
(109841)
248  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisers for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(109454)
249  
N  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Solicitor General, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority about tackling serious financial crime.
(107912)
250  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the effect on sub-post offices' assigned office payments of the Government's plans to pay benefits and pensions directly into bank accounts starting in 2003; if he will estimate the effect on assigned office payments for each of the years (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(109468)
251  
  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the national minimum wage in (a) Coventry South, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the United Kingdom.
(109553)
252  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to encourage the regulator to examine the gas industry in the North West.
(109577)
253  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the initiatives launched by his Department since May 1997 under which specific grants are allocated, indicating in each case and for each financial year the funding provided by central government.
(109316)
254  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those previously planned meetings and their subject, between his Department and its Austrian counterpart which have been cancelled since the formation of the new Austrian government.
(109905)
255  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bilateral meetings were held between his Department and its Austrian counterpart in each of the last five years; and what was discussed at each meeting since May 1997.
(109903)
256  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many representations he has received in the last 12 months asking him to uprate the minimum wage annually in April.
(109687)
257  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantity of nuclear fuel containing reprocessed uranium has been (a) licensed for export and (b) subsequently exported by BNFL to South Korea for use in the Hanaro research reactor at Daeduk; and what bilateral nuclear co-operation agreements are in force between the United Kingdom and South Korea.
(109908)
258  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of reports, safety assessments and other material given to the Japanese government and nuclear authorities by his Department's director of energy during her recent visit to Japan.
(109906)
259  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those firms participating in the Britech initiative in (a) Israel and (b) Britain.
(109540)
260  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with his departmental colleagues and the First Secretary concerning the progress of the New Deal in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(109678)
261  
N  
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what evaluation he has made of the environmental benefits of energy crops.
[Question Unstarred] (107885)
262  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many waste tyres were produced in the United Kingdom in the last year; and by what means they were disposed of.
[Transferred] (109685)
263  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much elephant ivory was seized by HM Customs and Excise in the years (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 to date; and (i) where each shipment originated, (ii) where each shipment was destined, (iii) which shipments were (1) in transit through the United Kingdom and (2) had the United Kingdom as the final intended destination, and (iv) what indication in each of these was of whether the ivory was less than one year old when seized.
[Transferred] (109574)
264  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the dates of the preparatory meetings of officials for the Okinawa G8 Summit in July.
[Transferred] (109529)
265  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the level of the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (109576)
266  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each constituency the number and percentage of adults in full-time work who received a wage increase in April 1999 as a consequence of the introduction of the national minimum wage.
[Transferred] (109686)
267  
  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance is being given to those responsible for implementing the provisions of the Single Programming Documents for Objective 1 funding in (a) Merseyside, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Cornwall, with regard to issuing draft programme Complement and Guidelines in advance of the final approval of the SPD, to enable project sponsors to move ahead with their projects without delay.
[Transferred] (109556)


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