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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 15 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 15th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he has consulted the Farm Animal Welfare Council on the impact of the withdrawal of OP sheep dip.
(110287)
2  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for each of the past five years the budgets of the Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee, indicating (a) the levy on each component local authority with the percentage rise or fall year on year, (b) the standard spending assessment for flood defence paid to each local authority with the percentage rise or fall year on year, (c) the difference between local authority SSA and actual levies paid and (d) MAFF flood defence grants (i) available and (ii) paid; and if he will make a statement.
(110144)
3  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, where members of the public may (a) consult and (b) purchase the flood risk maps which were disseminated to local planning authorities in September 1999; and if they are available in electronic form.
(110146)
4  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the names and addresses of the Wessex Regional Flood Defence Committee.
(110145)
5  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussion he has had with trade unions about closures of his Department's regional service centres.
(110180)
6  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the number of farmers in England and Wales who have access to the Internet.
(110179)
7  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the future of his Department's regional service centre in Worcester.
(110181)
8  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if EU marketing consent has been given for 97/98/CE Jordi CB Novartis Bt/herbicide tolerant maize; on which national seeds lists the seeds are currently included; and if they are subject to field trials in any EU state.
(110292)
9  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent communications he has received from the European Commission regarding the inclusion of (a) 98/294/CE Elgira Monsanto Bt maize, (b) 97/98/CE Compa CB Novartis Bt/Ht maize, (c) 97/98/CE Jordi CB Novartis Bt/Ht maize and (d) 98/293/CE Chardonell Aventis Ht maize GM seeds in the EU Common Catalogue; and if he will make a statement.
(110289)
10  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if EU marketing consent has been given for 97/98/CE Compa CB Novartis Bt/herbicide tolerant maize; on which national seed lists the seeds are currently included; and if they are subject to field trials in any EU state.
(110293)
11  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his policy to support the inclusion of 98/294/CE Elgina Monsanto Bt maize, 97/98/CE Compa CB Novartis Bt/Ht maize, 97/98/CE JordiŤ CB, Bt/Ht maize and 98/293/CE Chardonell Aventis Ht maize GM seeds in the EU Common Catalogue; and when he expects a decision to be taken by the European Commission on this matter.
(110288)
12  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if EU Marketing Consent has been given for 98/294/CE Elgina Monsanto Bt maize; on which national seed lists the seed is currently included; and if it is subject to field trials in any EU state.
(110290)
13  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he intends to lay the draft Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2000 before Parliament.
(110322)
14  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if EU marketing consent has been given for 98/293/CE Chardonell Aventis herbicide tolerant maize; on which national seed lists the seeds are currently included; and if they are subject to field trials in any EU state.
(110291)
15  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent advice he has received about the inclusion of (a) 98/294/CE Elgina Monsanto Bt/Maize, (b) 97/98/CE Rompa CB Novartis Bt/Ht Maize, (c) 97/98/CE Jordi CB Novartis Bt/Ht Maize and (d) 98/293/CE Chardonell Aventis Ht Maize GM seeds in the EU Common Catalogue; and if he will make a statement.
(110323)
16  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library copies of the results of market research commissioned by NMEC in 1999 into the Millennium Dome.
(110243)
17  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will answer the questions from the Right honourable Member for Birkenhead on the Millennium Dome tabled on 15th January (ref. 104655) and 26th January (ref. 108039).
(110343)
18  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Air Accident Investigation Branch ruled out the possibility of any technical malfunction which may have contributed to the loss of Chinook ZD576 in June 1994.
(108696)
19  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent research he has commissioned on the relationship between the size of school sixth forms and average A-level points scores.
(109126)
20  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent research he has commissioned on the relationship between local authorities' average GCSE and A-level points scores, their admissions policies at 11 plus and the structure of post-16 provision.
(109127)
21  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the National Union of Teachers representations on the Government's proposals on performance-related pay.
(109570)
22  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools for each local education authority in descending order in the last year for which figures are available; and what plans he has to tackle the disparity in funding between local education authorities.
(110245)
23  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the report, Ethnicity and Employment in Higher Education, published by the Policy Studies Institute.
(110366)
24  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with London Transport regarding the Harris Bus company; and if he will make a statement.
(110324)
25  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to reply to the letter of 10th February from the honourable Member for Erith and Thamesmead regarding the Harris Bus company and bus services in South East London; and if he will place a copy of his reply in the Library.
(110325)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to (a) reduce noise levels and (b) improve safety at small airports outside London.
(109797)
27  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the safety and age of aircraft using small airports.
(109798)
28  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent research his Department has commissioned into the (a) number of abandoned vehicles on public highways and private property and (b) cost of the removal of such abandoned vehicles by local authorities.
(110416)
29  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to meet representatives of the Local Government Association to discuss the abandoning of vehicles on public highways and private property.
(110410)
30  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many second homes entitled to the 50 per cent. council tax discount there are in each district and county/unitary authority area; and what percentage they represent of domestic housing stock in each such area.
(110204)
31  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recompense has been paid to local authorities through the revenue support grant for the loss of income due to the 50 per cent. council tax discount for second homes, (a) by district and (b) by county and unitary authority in each of the last three years.
(110205)
32  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what levels of payment have been made to local authorities to recompense them through the premium support grant for the 50 per cent. council tax discount given to (a) second homes and (b) other domestic properties entitled to the 50 per cent. discount, in each of the last three years.
(110203)
33  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the quality of Thameslink services from St Albans to central London.
(110363)
34  
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 implementation of the European Council Directive 96/29/Euratom on radiation protection, with particular reference to the treatment of nuclear waste.
(110248)
35  
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 his plans to introduce enhanced single vehicle approval tests.
(110247)
36  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from what date the Inland Revenue will be in a position to inform an independent contractor whether his tax position for 2000-01 will be changed under the IR35 proposals.
(110184)
37  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many financial services companies have had compliance visits; and what has been the average frequency of compliance visits in the last 12 months.
(110386)
38  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many financial services companies have been eligible for compliance visits by an SRO regulator in the last 12 months.
(110385)
39  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a breakdown of leavers of the unemployment count by duration, using the categories of destination and duration used in Table C.34 of Labour Market Trends, broken down into those aged (a) under 25 and (b) 25 years or above, for each of the six most recent half-year periods for which figures are available.
(109572)
40  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the financial cost of the United Kingdom's membership of the EU in (a) gross and (b) net terms for each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the costs for each of the next three years.
(110250)
41  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average household income for each region in descending order for each of the past 10 years.
(110207)
42  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of money saved by those using credit unions in each of the last 10 years.
(110244)
43  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average level of consumer debt owed by families for each of the last 10 years; and what his forecast is for each of the next three years.
(110210)
44  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average savings per person expressed as a percentage of take-home pay for each of the past 10 years.
(110168)
45  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many credit unions (a) there were, (b) were established and (c) were closed in each of the last 10 years.
(110212)
46  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the percentage of household incomes derived from social security benefits in each region of the UK in descending order.
(110211)
47  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to encourage further strengthening of professional exchanges between the UK and China.
(110404)
48  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to increase co-operation with China within the framework of the UN for the promotion of international peace and security.
(110405)
49  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of voluntary service overseas in strengthening links between young people from Britain and China.
(110406)
50  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has held with representatives of the Russian Government about Russia's proposals for ending the war in Chechnya; and if he will make a statement.
(110330)
51  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from human rights organisations about the scale of civilian suffering in Chechyna; and if he will make a statement.
(110331)
52  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence about the diplomatic and security consequences of withdrawing the South Atlantic guard ship.
(110333)
53  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the level of civilian casualties in (a) Kosovo and (b) Chechnya.
(110332)
54  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Russian Government concerning the level of civilian casualties in the Chechen war.
(110329)
55  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian Government about its decision to lower the first-use criterion for nuclear weapons.
(110328)
56  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations (a) he and (b) the Falkland Islands' Governor have received from (i) the Falkland Islands Government and (ii) individual Falklands councillors about the withdrawal of the South Atlantic guard ship.
(110326)
57  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Russia's decision to lower the first-use criterion for nuclear weapons; and if he will make a statement on Government policy on this decision.
(110327)
58  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on representations to which he has been a party concerning the prosecution of the war in Chechnya.
(108539)
59  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what methods his Department uses to assess transparency in accounting for the expenditure by the Sudanese Government of its oil revenues.
(110382)
60  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria his Department uses in advising the Department of Trade and Industry on designating a country as a suitable recipient of UK exports.
(110383)
61  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has paid to (a) law firms and (b) accountancy firms since 1st May 1997.
(110241)
62  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his target is for answering ordinary written questions from honourable Members; and what percentage of his Department's answers were made within the target time in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 to date.
(110320)
63  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the two questions about NHS Direct tabled by the honourable member for Aylesbury on 24th January for answer on 27th January (refs. 107079 and 107088).
(110321)
64  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the National Screening Committee's advice regarding ante-natal screening for cystic fibrosis.
(110249)
65  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that asylum seekers are not kept on a voucher system beyond the six month target for processing claims.
(109569)
66  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of EU legislation on the free movement on capital on the provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill relating to donations to political parties for individuals and unincorporated bodies.
(110286)
67  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the (a) male and (b) female adult population has a criminal conviction; and if he will make a statement.
(109921)
68  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(109889)
69  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people were convicted (a) in each category of recorded crime and (b) in total in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(109915)
70  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of crime was committed by young offenders in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(109916)
71  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average age of offenders in each category of crime and in total for the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(109917)
72  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of convicted adult offenders were first convicted under the age of 21; and if he will make a statement.
(109918)
73  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average age of first-time offending for (a) males and (b) females; and if he will make a statement.
(109919)
74  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the peak age of offending for (a) males and (b) females; and if he will make a statement.
(109920)
75  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters dated 25th October, 25th November and 6th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs T. Gulzar.
(110337)
76  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters dated 29th October, 2nd December and 6th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Bafaiz Shapari.
(110338)
77  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters dated 18th October, 19th November and 22nd December from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr R. Taylor and Jacqueline Taylor.
(110339)
78  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress and future timetable of his review of the law on sexual offences.
(110344)
79  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police forces in possession of an electric shock dog collar for use in training, indicating those forces that have used the device since July 1998.
(110246)
80  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 25W, on staff, how many House of Commons Clerks are female.
(109603)
81  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, columns 25-6W, on staff, (a) which departments of the House employ no ethnic minority staff, (b) what targets the House of Commons Commission has for ethnic minority recruitment and (c) if the Commission will publish a statement of aims on equal opportunity employment.
(109602)
82  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he is taking to standardise the issuing of family assistance orders.
(109571)
83  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what restrictions apply to the undertaking of private business by Lord Levy while acting as his personal envoy on visits overseas.
(110242)
84  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the visits undertaken by Lord Levy as his personal envoy, indicating in each case the (a) dates, (b) destinations, (c) cost to public funds and (d) purpose of the visits.
(110240)
85  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the voting system for local government, with particular reference to proportional representation.
(110334)
86  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to bring forward proposals for reform of the House of Lords; and on what timescale.
(110336)
87  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he intends to hold a referendum on whether proportional representation should be introduced for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament.
(110335)
88  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the impact of the benefits available to severely disabled people through the provisions of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999.
(109568)
89  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the number of people over the age of 60 years who are not claiming the benefits to which they are entitled in (a) the UK and (b) Sefton.
(110364)
90  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will reply to the letters to him dated 25th October, 2nd December and 6th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs L. Goode.
(110340)
91  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of those entitled to the £100 winter fuel payment to pensioners have received it.
(110341)
92  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many staff employed by the Law Officers' Departments are currently on gardening leave.
(110342)
93  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions charges have been brought against managers of charity premises under section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(109890)
94  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many requests there have been for the Director General of Fair Trading to examine agreements under section 12 of the Competition Act 1998.
(110365)
95  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the latest report of the Low Pay Commission with the Commission's recommendation on a minimum wage for 2000-01.
(110208)
96  
N  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Hydro-Agri's plans to restructure their UK operations.
(110209)
97  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he received the latest report of the Low Pay Commission; and when he will respond to its recommendations.
(110206)
98  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to ratify ILO Convention No. 177 on Home Work; and if he will make a statement.
(110381)
99  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices there are in the county of Ceredigion; and how many of them derive 40 per cent. or more of their workload from Benefits Agency-related work.
(110119)
100  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received about the UK's relations with Iran.
[Question Unstarred] (108565)


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