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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 16 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 16 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 16th FEBRUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110261)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110274)
3  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to publish the evidence given in the Phillips inquiry into BSE.
(110501)
4  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what (a) evidence and (b) observations relating to the use of organophosphates on cattle he has submitted to the Phillips inquiry.
(110502)
5  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many suicides amongst farmers have been recorded in each of the past five years.
(110528)
6  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what initiatives are being pursued to reduce the costs arising for agriculture from regulation in (a) the short-term and (b) the long-term.
(110533)
7  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has received on the effect that exchange rates have had on the sheep premium calculation; and if he will make a statement.
(110526)
8  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what initiatives are being pursued (a) to reduce the levels of suicides amongst farmers and (b) to investigate the stress levels of farmers.
(110531)
9  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has received on the cost burden that faces the UK meat industry in comparison with other EU countries; and if he will make a statement.
(110534)
10  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proposals he has to audit the performance of the British Cattle Movement Service.
(110595)
11  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the recent representations he has received regarding EU regulations to control nitrate in (a) surface water and (b) ground water in the UK.
(110536)
12  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent meetings he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss (a) the economic state of the agriculture industry, (b) the high value of the pound sterling and (c) supermarket prices.
(110532)
13  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what initiatives are being pursued to promote entry into farming for young people; and if he will make a statement.
(110530)
14  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what initiatives he is pursuing to improve the efficiency and performance of the British Cattle Movement Service.
(110535)
15  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what initiatives he is pursuing to promote a stronger partnership between farming, its customers and consumers.
(110537)
16  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what live tests have resulted from the research which he sponsored as a result of the open competition for research on BSE diagnosis in cattle in 1994.
(110527)
17  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farming businesses have (a) closed and (b) gone bankrupt during each of the past five years.
(110529)
18  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers' markets there are in England; what steps he is taking to encourage the setting up of such markets; what steps he is taking to encourage shops in market towns to purchase produce from local farmers; and if he will make a statement.
(110561)
19  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers in the last three years have lost their businesses because of repossession of their farms by lenders.
(110444)
20  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is her Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110257)
21  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from her Department in 1999.
(110270)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110255)
23  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ratify the amendment to the Protocol of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television to enable it to enter into force on 1st October 2000.
(110081)
24  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the response of the UK armed forces to the Ottawa Treaty.
(110498)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110277)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110264)
27  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding has been committed by his Department to the maintenance and renovation of Bagshot Park in Surrey in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(110422)
28  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans to procure four new roll-on roll-off container ships.
(110652)
29  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many questions for written answer he replied to by means of a letter placed in the Library rather than by a substantive answer in the Official Report in Session 1999-2000 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(110638)
30  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those defence contractors which have been (a) instructed not to submit invoices for defence equipment and supplies until after the end of the current financial year and (b) have been asked to accept that payment will not be made until then.
(110553)
31  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the medium range Trigat project.
(110494)
32  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers have been disciplined for offences alleged to be connected with the activities of (a) Combat 18 and (b) other extremist organisations over the past three years; and what actions he is taking to prevent infiltration by such organisations.
(110664)
33  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of the young people in the constituency of Paisley South who have taken part in the New Deal Scheme and who are (a) white and (b) of non-white origin have moved on from the New Deal into permanent jobs.
(110497)
34  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110267)
35  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110253)
36  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will make a ruling on the possible breach of section 107 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 in relation to Trinity School in Manchester.
(110671)
37  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take into account the fact that an authority is already spending above its education standard spending assessment when distributing his Department's additional special grant of £50 million for education.
(110412)
38  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what account he took of the speech by the Right honourable Member for the Cities of London and Westminster of 3rd February, Official Report, columns 1299-1300, in writing to the Leader of Westminster City Council on 7th February.
(110409)
39  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many local authorities have confirmed to his Department their intention to passport the whole of their education standard spending assessment increase to their education budget in the next financial year.
(110407)
40  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his letter of 7th February to the Leader of Westminster City Council, if he will take account of the authority's cash increase in central support grant when deciding whether to release the council's share of the extra £50 million special grant available for education.
(110411)
41  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what conditions will be attached to the additional special grant of £50 million for education next year; and what the reasons are for attaching these conditions.
(110408)
42  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the average weekly cost of full-time child care provision for a child aged (a) zero to two and (b) two to five (i) in a nursery place and (ii) with a registered childminder; and what variations exist between average child care costs in each setting in each region in England and Wales.
(110548)
43  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if local authorities will have designated representation on the proposed national and local learning and skills councils.
(109083)
44  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if external institutions will have the same rights of access to learning and skills council development funds after April 2001 as further education colleges and private training organisations.
(109084)
45  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to require Kinloss School in Worcestershire to allow Worcestershire Local Education Authority access to the recent Social Services Inspectorate Report on the school.
(110441)
46  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the responsibilities of his Department in the event of a (a) bus and (b) train operating company going into liquidation.
(110251)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110259)
48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110272)
49  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will exempt from being classified as excessive council tax rises the consequences of complying with the proposals of the Secretary of State for Education and Employment for passporting the increase in education standard spending assessments to education budgets.
(110414)
50  
N  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on hypothecating standard spending assessments.
(110413)
51  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what standards he sets in respect of volume level of flange squeal on London Underground trains; and if he will make a statement.
(110418)
52  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when decisions on the content of the Index of Local Deprivation will be announced; and if he will make a statement.
(110539)
53  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the underlying data used to calculate the proposed Index of Local Deprivation 1999 will be released; and if he will make a statement.
(110540)
54  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) was the membership of and (b) were the organisations represented on the (i) advising group and (ii) virtual advising group which advised the Index 99 team on the Index of Deprivation.
(110541)
55  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for holding referendums to establish elected devolved assemblies in the regions of England.
(110440)
56  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if a public sector comparator was used as a benchmark against which the judgement to proceed with a public/private partnership option for NATS was made in line with the recommendations in technical note 5--The Objectives of a PPP.
(110551)
57  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how he will ensure that an appropriate level of risk will be transferred in the proposed NATS public/private partnership to guarantee value for money for public funds.
(110550)
58  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what economic appraisal techniques were used fully to evaluate the key commercial risks of the public/private partnership for NATS to ensure value for money for public funds.
(110549)
59  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of Sir David Davies's assessment of rail safety systems.
(110384)
60  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the secondment policy in his Department.
(110672)
61  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the objection of (a) the RSPB and (b) other environmental groups to police advice to local authorities to cut back undergrowth alongside paths crossing roughland for public safety reasons.
(110647)
62  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of training for (a) councillors and (b) officers if new cabinet structures in local government are implemented.
(110645)
63  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidelines govern donations by Greater London Enterprise to political parties.
(110439)
64  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110260)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110273)
66  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average value of the child care component of the working families tax credit for (a) England and (b) each region.
(110546)
67  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate what percentage of average actual child care costs are met by the child care component of the working families tax credit in (a) England and (b) each region.
(110547)
68  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims for working families tax credit have been received in each region.
(110544)
69  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average gain to working families from the working families tax credit in each region.
(110545)
70  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the arrangements made for debt rescheduling with Russia by the London Club of major creditor banks.
(110421)
71  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at what level per week of housing benefit individuals entitled to receive working families tax credit lose benefit.
(110500)
72  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals in London have received assistance under the working families tax credit.
(110499)
73  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that individuals who invest in bonds receive proper advice and guidance.
(110294)
74  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages of allowing for third party monitoring where individuals enter into agreements for the issuing of bonds.
(110295)
75  
  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions Treasury Ministers and officials have (a) held since 7th October 1999 and (b) plan to hold with their counterparts in the Irish Republic to discuss the taxation and smuggling of petroleum products; and if he will make a statement.
(110417)
76  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for Scotland and each local authority area of Scotland (a) the weekly median earnings and (b) the amount of median earnings for those in the first and ninth deciles, for (i) all manual, (ii) all non-manual and (iii) all workers.
(110471)
77  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what are the proportions of full-time workers in (a) Britain, (b) Scotland and (c) each local authority area in Scotland with hourly gross earnings (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime, below (1) £7.15, (2) £6.58, (3) £4.94 and (4) £3.60 for the categories (A) male manual, (B) male non-manual, (C) all male, (D) female manual, (E) female non-manual, (F) all female, (G) all manual, (H) all non-manual and (J) all workers.
(110470)
78  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, columns 214-5, on taxes, what proportion of households are a one-earner married couple, with two children, on male median earnings; what proportion of earners earn within five per cent. of male median earnings; what proportion of households comprise a one-earner couple with two children; and if he will recalculate his Answer to apply to a two-earner household where both earners are employed, one on male median earnings and one on female median earnings, with two children.
(110213)
79  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110276)
80  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110263)
81  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors underlay his proposal for a temporary suspension of the ban on flights by European carriers into the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
(110491)
82  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his assessment of the impact that the Energy for Democracy scheme has had upon the Belgrade regime; and what plans he has to broaden the initiative to other Serbian towns.
(110492)
83  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the Kosovo Serbs' proposal regarding establishment of (a) Serb enclaves within Kosovo, (b) Serb defence forces and (c) a Serb police force.
(110493)
84  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 14th and 15th February; and if he will make a statement.
(110552)
85  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many recommendations of the Scott Inquiry into military and dual-use equipment sales to Iraq have been implemented since 1st May 1997; what are the reasons for the outstanding recommendations not being implemented; and if he will set out the timetable for the implementation of those recommendations accepted by ministers but not yet implemented.
(110650)
86  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110269)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110256)
88  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have been treated privately but paid for by the NHS to help reduce waiting lists in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how much this has cost the NHS; how much it would have cost the NHS if an NHS hospital had carried out the treatment; and what were the transport costs for the patients.
(109971)
89  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria dental laboratories have to fulfil before being allowed to be used for NHS dental work.
(110392)
90  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he has given to allowing ambulance personnel to administer clotbuster injections to heart attack patients; and if he will make a statement.
(110423)
91  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the projected budget forecasts for each of the London NHS trusts for the end of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(110538)
92  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Chairman of Worcestershire NHS Trust and the Alexandra NHS Trust is receiving salaries for both posts; and what his total annual salary is.
(110391)
93  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average price inflation of drugs supplied to the NHS for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(110558)
94  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug companies supply the NHS; and if he will list the major suppliers.
(110555)
95  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what pre-training courses exist for people interested in taking up nursing as a profession; what steps he is taking to extend such courses; and if he will make a statement.
(110559)
96  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that trainee nurses undergo practical experience with patients at an early stage of their training; and if he will make a statement.
(110560)
97  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will state the total cost of drugs to the NHS in (a) gross and (b) net terms for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(110557)
98  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money is provided by drug companies to the NHS; what form these donations take; which companies provide the major contributions; and if he will make a statement.
(110556)
99  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage the recycling of drugs not taken by patients; and if he will make a statement.
(110554)
100  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to end the payment of notional rents to fundholding general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
(110431)
101  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement the national confidential inquiry into perioperative deaths; and if he will make a statement.
(110434)
102  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance he has issued in respect of access to intensive care beds for elderly patients.
(110433)
103  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the outcome of the review of NHS cardiothoracic hospital services in West London.
(110389)
104  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities and services at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, are to be transferred to other sites; when such transfers will take place; and to which other hospitals they will be transferred.
(110387)
105  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to transfer the facilities and services of Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, to (a) the Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea and (b) a new hospital on the Paddington Basin site in West London.
(110390)
106  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) medical and (b) other staff are employed at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex; and how many will be employed there in February (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(110388)
107  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the UK in possession of firearms.
(110496)
108  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to discuss with the Scottish Executive changes in the legislation governing the use and possession of firearms.
(110495)
109  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110275)
110  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110262)
111  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria were used as the basis for the decision to market-test the current service level agreement for HMP Manchester; and if he will make a statement.
(110459)
112  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the ratio of staff, excluding administrative staff, to trainees at (a) Medway, (b) Rainsbrook and (c) Hassockfield secure training centres; how many staff have (i) resigned and (ii) had their employment terminated at each facility since opening; and if he will make a statement on current staff shortages at each facility.
(110456)
113  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a security audit of HMP Altcourse was carried out; what were the findings of the audit; if he will publish the findings; if the operator, is to be penalised for contract failures identified by the audit; what contract failures occurred and what was the amount of the penalties incurred; what remedial action has been (a) recommended and (b) implemented in respect of deficiencies found; and if he will make a statement.
(110445)
114  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the expected age range of the prisoner population at HMP and Young Offenders Institution Ashfield; what are the expected average numbers for each age group within the prisoner population; what specific training has been given to staff to care for each specific age group; when he expects the establishment to become overcrowded; and if he will make a statement.
(110460)
115  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list incidents that have occurred and been reported at (a) Medway, (b) Rainsbrook and (c) Hassockfield secure training centres since each facility opened; on what occasions contract failures have occurred at each facility; and what financial penalties have been incurred by the operators.
(110455)
116  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria have been drawn up on which to base a decision to market-test failing public sector prisons; which prisons are now being considered for market testing; and if he will make a statement.
(110458)
117  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 233-34W, on prisons, for what reason he did not include information on plans to open new prisons in the next five years.
(110446)
118  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial penalties have been incurred by the operator of HMP Parc since 1st March 1999; what contract failures have been identified since 1st March 1999; what payments have been withheld in respect of such failures; on what date the Prison Service withdrew special managerial attention from HMP Parc; which recommendations made by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report of October 1999 have (a) been implemented and (b) not been implemented, stating the method of implementation and reasons for non-implementation respectively; and if he will make a statement.
(110443)
119  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what formal (a) inspections and (b) audits have taken place in respect of (i) Medway, (ii) Rainsbrook and (iii) Hassockfield secure training centres since each facility opened; and what their findings were.
(110457)
120  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the current prisoner population at HMP Young Offenders Institution Ashfield; when it will reach capacity; what incidents have been reported at the establishment since it opened; what is the current staff/prisoner ratio; what is the staff/prisoner ratio at full capacity; of serving prisoner custody officers, how many have experience of working in a young offenders institute run by the Prison Service; what is the ratio of managers to prisoner custody officers; and how many managers have had experience of working in Prison Service establishments.
(110454)
121  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 2nd February, Official Report, column 1064, concerning the number of asylum decisions made each month, how many asylum decisions were made in each of the last three months for which figures are available; and if he will give full particulars of dates and types of decision.
(110670)
122  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the progress of the PFI project involving vehicle supply, support and maintenance for Nottinghamshire Police; and if he will make a statement.
(110345)
123  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has held with the Scottish Executive concerning a bilateral concordat in relation to the implementation of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(109225)
124  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by police force the number of fixed penalty cycling offences committed monthly since 1st August 1999.
(110021)
125  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the membership and geographical distribution of Combat 18 in the United Kingdom; and what assessment he has made of how it has changed over the past five years.
(110661)
126  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been charged in the past three years with offences related to their activities on behalf of Combat 18 or in association with suspected members of that organisation; and if he will set out a chronological list of the charges made and the outcome at trial.
(110662)
127  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are undergoing treatment on a sex offender therapy programme; how many prisoners have been recommended for treatment on such a course in the past year; and by how much demand for places outstrips supply.
(110082)
128  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time between recommendation for treatment on a sex offender therapy programme and placement on such a course.
(110083)
129  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken in response to the report by HM Inspector of Prisons into Wymott Prison; and what plans he has to increase the provision of sex offender therapy programme places there.
(110084)
130  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the aims and objectives of the organisation known as Combat 18.
(110663)
131  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are employed specifically on port duties at each of the major ports in England and Wales.
(110469)
132  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent he intends that the Welsh Assembly will be empowered (a) to make decisions and (b) to implement regulations in respect of the release of information by local authorities that is at variance with guidance provided to English local authorities on information disclosure.
(110646)
133  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy on the extent to which (a) the Information Commissioner and (b) the utility regulators will have the overriding power to adjudicate on matters of dispute in regard to applications for release of information from utilities.
(110648)
134  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the mechanism by which the freedom of information legislation is to be implemented in Northern Ireland.
(110649)
135  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the criteria he used to distinguish applications from those seeking asylum following the Stansted hijacking from other applications outstanding which led him to consider the former personally.
(110562)
136  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are currently suspended in the West Yorkshire Force; and in each case for how long the officer has been suspended.
(110468)
137  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-00 and (b) 2000-01.
(110252)
138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from her Department in 1999.
(110266)
139  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each category of judicial appointment in Northern Ireland; and the numbers serving in each category, broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived community origin.
(110658)
140  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will set out on a comparable basis the number of murders recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the past 30 years.
(110564)
141  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases in each category of offence were referred by the RUC to the DPP in 1998 and 1999; and in how many and in what percentage of cases the DPP (a) directed no prosecutions and (b) brought a successful prosecution.
(110659)
142  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what factors govern his consideration of compensation claims for loss of business under the emergency provisions; and what was the total compensation for loss of business awarded following (a) the Drumcree protests of (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999 and (b) the Omagh bombing.
(110654)
143  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements there are for monitoring the CCTV system in Portadown Town Centre; what regulations will safeguard exposed film for evidential purposes; and what target will be set for average police call-out and response time.
(110653)
144  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list each category of employee within the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the numbers employed in each category, broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived community origin.
(110656)
145  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list each category of employee within the Northern Ireland Probation Service and the numbers employed in each category, broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived community origin.
(110657)
146  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the board at Rathgael School are (a) men and (b) women.
(110451)
147  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of staff at Rathgael School have taken time off work as a result of stress-related illness in the last 10 years; how many have done so on more than one occasion; and how many of those staff who have taken time off on more than one occasion have sued the Juvenile Justice Board at Rathgael.
(110449)
148  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to appoint a new Board at Rathgael School; and for what reason it has not yet been appointed.
(110452)
149  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who is responsible for the arrangements for appointing a new board at Rathgael School.
(110453)
150  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of staff at Rathgael School went on sick leave as a result of assault by children at the school; and how many days were lost each year as a result of such assaults in the last 10 years.
(110448)
151  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many teachers, social workers, casual staff and night supervisors have been assaulted by children at Rathgael School in the past 10 years.
(110447)
152  
  
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants there are on the board at Rathgael School; and what are their (a) grades and (b) religious affiliations.
(110450)
153  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what account the Government has taken of the representations of (a) Dennis Halliday, (b) Hans von Sponeck and (c) other senior officials of UN agencies in relation to (i) aggravated water shortage in Turkey and (ii) US and UK bombing and the effect on child mortality in Iraq.
(108790)
154  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th February.
(109970)
155  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will set out on a comparable basis the number of murders recorded in Scotland in each of the past 30 years.
(110563)
156  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if, in relation to the Memorandum of Understanding published in October 1999, he has attended a joint ministerial committee to discuss matters relating to the implementation of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(109226)
157  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if, in relation to the Memorandum of Understanding published in October 1999, he will list the bilateral concordats between the Scottish Executive and UK government departments; and if he will make a statement.
(109227)
158  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110258)
159  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110271)
160  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what extra funding his Department has given to the Benefits Agency in Somerset for the implementation of the ONE pilot.
(110462)
161  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the impact which the projected Benefits Agency overspend will have on staff in Somerset.
(110461)
162  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement about (a) progress on research into the effects of council tax benefit restriction and (b) when the report will be published.
(110542)
163  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110265)
164  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110278)
165  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many recent representations he has received in support of paid parental leave from (a) honourable Members and (b) others.
(110466)
166  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the monitoring procedures carried out on compliance with steel production limits imposed on European Union-assisted manufacturing of steel in the Republic of Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(110432)
167  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what is his Department's advertising budget for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(110254)
168  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the average cost of issuing a media release from his Department in 1999.
(110268)
169  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will discuss with the First Secretary health issues in the Cynon Valley.
(108918)
170  
N  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the size of the block grant for Wales for the next financial year.
(108910)
171  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he is taking to maximise funding for Wales from abroad.
[Question Unstarred] (108920)
172  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the range of ethnic minority food options available for public purchase at outlets at the Millennium Dome; and what representations have been received from the public in respect of the variety and cost of food at the Dome.
[Transferred] (110665)
173  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what identifiable operational difficulties were caused to (a) nuclear power stations and (b) other nuclear facilities as a result of computer and other malfunctions arising from the Year 2000 millennium bug.
[Transferred] (110651)
174  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each category of employee within the Northern Ireland Court Service and the numbers employed in each category, broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived community origin.
[Transferred] (110655)
175  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each category of appointment to the magistracy and the numbers presently serving in each category, broken down by (a) gender and (b) perceived community origin.
[Transferred] (110660)
176  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which companies the Government retains a golden share; and on how many occasions in the last year the Secretary of State has exercised his right to intervene in respect of each of these companies.
[Transferred] (110543)
177  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time taken by the Data Protection Registrar to deal with complaints from the public.
[Transferred] (110666)

 
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