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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 2 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 2 March 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 2nd MARCH
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fields with uncropped margins in excess of two metres were recorded in 1999, as a proportion of the total number of the integrated administrative and control system fields inspections during the year.
(112818)
2  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the funding schemes administered by his Department, indicating the total funds of each scheme and the administration costs of each scheme as a percentage of the total funds.
(112495)
3  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement about the involvement of the Central Office of Information with the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112736)
4  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on plans to reduce the size of regional orchestras.
(112812)
5  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of families in Barnsley East and Mexborough who will benefit from the introduction of free TV licences for households with a member aged 75 years or over.
(112980)
6  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the total cost of providing and administering free television licences for over 75 year olds, for each of the first five years of the scheme.
(112164)
7  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the funding schemes administered by his Department, indicating the total funds of each scheme and the administration costs of each scheme as a percentage of the total funds.
(112491)
8  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to use the Internet to promote sporting opportunities.
(112954)
9  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with what assistance the NESTA programme provides for talented young sports people.
(112955)
10  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to set up a youth sports unit within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(112956)
11  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he received requests for help in disaster relief in Mozambique; what his response was; and what personnel and equipment have been provided.
(112693)
12  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantities of squalene and mercury are used as preservative and adjuvant in anthrax vaccines used by his Department.
(113000)
13  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the use of anthrax vaccine which has passed its recommended use-by date; and if such vaccine has been used since 1990.
(112999)
14  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department last (a) purchased and (b) issued for use new supplies of anthrax vaccine.
(113001)
15  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide a summary of the costs of the Replacement Maritime Patrol Aircraft Programme including development and production costs, in particular (a) costs arising as a result of delays to the planned in-service date of the RMPA and (b) the reasons for cost variation since the original RMPA contract was placed; and if he will make a statement.
(112467)
16  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the terms and conditions of the renegotiated contract with British Aerospace for the RMPA programme, indicating which ones, and for what reason, differ from those in the 1996 contract; and if he will make a statement.
(112469)
17  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what penalty clauses were included in contracts placed as part of the Replacement Maritime Patrol Aircraft programme since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(112471)
18  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technical and programme factors led to the in-service date slippage of the RMPA project to 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(112468)
19  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the conclusions of the Critical Design Review of the Replacement Maritime Patrol Aircraft programme; what action has been taken as a result of each recommendation; and if he will make a statement.
(112470)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the recovery of liquidated damages for late delivery in the renegotiation of replacement maritime patrol aircraft contracts.
(112472)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what purpose and at what cost he has purchased a microwave communications link between Shrewton telephone exchange and Salisbury Plain training area.
(112546)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the private security companies employed (a) currently and (b) in the past three years by his Department; for what purpose they have been employed; at what cost; and at which locations.
(112547)
23  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the budget of the Defence Exports Services Organisation for (a) the past two years, (b) the current year and (c) the next two years.
(112548)
24  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 67W, on the Royal Irish Regiment, when the Royal Military Police will complete its investigation; and if he will publish its conclusions.
(111945)
25  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he wil list the naval and other vessels that were within one hour's sailing distance from the site of the Solway Harvester disaster on 11th January; what was the precise location of HMS 'Vigilant' at this time; what was the cause of damage to the radar system of HMS 'Vigilant' and what was the time taken for repairs carried out before docking at Faslane, while in harbour, and elsewhere; and if he will place a copy of the submarine's log for the period from 8th to 15th January in the Library.
(111949)
26  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what factors he took into account in setting recruitment targets for 1999-2000 for recruitment into initial teacher training for secondary school teachers of (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) languages and (d) technology.
(112978)
27  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applications for entry into initial teacher training courses starting in Autumn 2000 for the secondary school subjects of (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) languages and (d) technology have been made in the current academic year to date; and how many were made in 1999-2000.
(112985)
28  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many persons recruited in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available into initial teacher training courses for secondary school teaching in each subject (a) left their course, (b) failed their examinations and (c) failed to enter the teaching profession.
(112983)
29  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the numbers recruited into initial teacher training courses for teaching in secondary schools for (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) lanaguages and (d) technology in each of the last 10 years.
(112981)
30  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary school teachers in the subjects of (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) languages and (d) technology left the teaching profession in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many secondary school teachers entered the profession in the same period.
(112982)
31  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many persons were recruited into initial teacher training in 1999-2000 for secondary school teaching in (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) languages and (d) technology; and what were the targets for that year for recruitment in those subjects.
(112984)
32  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what provision for training teachers in IT is being made from the New Opportunities Fund.
(112977)
33  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the funding schemes administered by his Department, indicating the total funds of each scheme and the administration costs of each scheme as a percentage of the total funds.
(112492)
34  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will publish his proposed guidelines on the teaching of sex and relationship education in schools.
(112914)
35  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate how many school pupils committed suicide as a result of homophobic bullying in each of the last five years.
(112913)
36  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many unemployed recipients of jobseeker's allowance or income support have been sanctioned in each month since May 1992, aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) 25 and over.
(112752)
37  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many unemployed recipients of jobseeker's allowance or income support have been sanctioned in each of the last five financial years, aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) over 24.
(112753)
38  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made of the cost of resurfacing the M25 in porous asphalt between junctions 8 and 9.
(112542)
39  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much compensation has been paid and is expected to be paid to householders following the widening of the M25 between junctions 8 and 9.
(112543)
40  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if local planning authorities are required to give areas of outstanding natural beauty an equal level of protection to national parks.
(112466)
41  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the names and addresses of the members of the boards of each of the regional development agencies who have rural expertise.
(112819)
42  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities which have given notice that they intend to transfer (a) their entire housing stock and (b) part of their housing stock.
(112992)
43  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress in negotiations between his Department and the European Commission on the Objective 1 Special Programme Document for Merseyside.
(112942)
44  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the funding schemes administered by his Department, indicating the total funds of each scheme and the administration costs of each scheme as a percentage of the total funds.
(112494)
45  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase the staff and funding of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch; and if he will make a statement.
(111824)
46  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received calling for reform of the system for removing abandoned vehicles from public highways.
(112994)
47  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met the Chairman of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to discuss the redrawing of the Rail Franchise for the North of England; and if he will make a statement.
(112784)
48  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many times since May 1997 his Department has overruled the advice of Sport England not to grant permission for the sale of a playing field.
(112953)
49  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many aquifers in England have been polluted to the extent that the water was unfit for human consumption in each year since 1995.
(112816)
50  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to replace lead water pipes; and if he will make a statement.
(112815)
51  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the cost to public funds is of the leaflet, Your Questions Answered about electing a Mayor and Assembly for London; how many copies of the leaflet (a) have been and (b) will be printed; how the leaflet will be distributed; and at what cost to public funds.
(112490)
52  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the legislative basis is for the Inland Revenue taxing pensions on the amount entitled to rather than the amount received in one year.
(112920)
53  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of additional revenue which will be made available to the National Health Service in 2000-01 as a result of hypothecation of increased levels of tobacco duty.
(112786)
54  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to (a) compensate local authorities for national pay awards above inflation and (b) make an appropriate contribution to the block grant for (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland, to cover them.
(112919)
55  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the loss of taxation revenue from excise duty and VAT from hauliers purchasing fuel on mainland Europe.
(112910)
56  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each year since 1978 the number of women who have exercised their right for the married women's option in national insurance.
(112162)
57  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in work have been with their present employer for (a) three, (b) four, (c) five and (d) six or more years.
(112153)
58  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (i) number and (ii) proportion of people in work who were below the (a) lower earnings limit and (b) the tax threshold for each of the last 30 years.
(112154)
59  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the numbers and proportions for full-time men and women workers who earned below two-thirds of average earnings for each of the last 30 years.
(112157)
60  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the numbers of people of working age with (a) no insurance records and (b) incomplete insurance records for each year of the past 30 years; and if he will express these data as a proportion of the working population.
(112159)
61  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the proportions of income from work, social security and dividends, which make up total income; and if he will list the equivalent data for (a) 10, (b) 20 and (c) 30 years previously.
(112161)
62  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each of the last 30 years the numbers of households headed by a full-time worker (a) with children and (b) without children.
(112163)
63  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the cost of including within the working families tax credit an additional £32 per week if the claimant is 18 or over and is married; and what would be the cost if this additional credit was also extended to claimants who are not married but living with someone as though they are married to that person.
(112807)
64  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will refer the commission and penalty charges levied by the Kensington Mortgage Company to the Financial Services Authority.
(112774)
65  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve the transparency of the conditions offered by mortgage lenders to their customers.
(112773)
66  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ask the Financial Services Authority to conduct an inquiry into the non-status mortgage lending sector.
(112775)
67  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority regarding the activities of non-status mortgage lenders.
(112776)
68  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate, for each quintile group ranked by equivalised disposable household income, the percentage of gross income accounted for by the working families tax credit.
(112950)
69  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of working families tax credit are paid at the minimum wage; what proportion this is of total working families tax credit claimants; how much working families tax credit is being paid in total to claimants claiming at the minimum wage; and what proportion this is of total working families tax credit expenditure, all figures for over the latest period for which figures are available and including family credit if applicable.
(112756)
70  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if any small business will be exempt from delivering the working families tax credit through the pay packet.
(112757)
71  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, to the honourable Member for Coventry South, Official Report, columns 841-2W, on sanctions policy, if he will list the friends of the Iraqi regime to whom he referred.
(112917)
72  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Government has made to the Government of Iran about the repression, persecution and imprisonment of members of the Baha'i community in Iran.
(112964)
73  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has received from (a) commercial, (b) charitable and (c) community organisations and from (d) foreign governments regarding the cancellation of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and the collapse of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112720)
74  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's study of the potential for establishing consulate facilities within the Punjab.
(113002)
75  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the items or subjects proposed by each member government and institution of the European Union for discussion at the IGC, relating to (a) unanimity qualified majority voting, (b) the scope of co-decision with the European Parliament, (c) the absorption of the European Convention of Human Rights into the European Union and Community Treaties and (d) other proposals.
(113016)
76  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU documents are expected to be placed before the European Council at its meeting on 23rd and 24th March; what parliamentary (a) debate and (b) scrutiny each such document has been or will be given; and what will be the status of such documents following the meeting.
(112998)
77  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the date and location of meetings and scheduled meetings of the Intergovernmental Conference for a New European Treaty, the names of Ministers attending each meeting and the topics (a) discussed and (b) to be discussed; and if a report of the IGC's proceedings will be made prior to the next meeting of the European Council on 23rd and 24th March.
(113017)
78  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Iranian authorities following the death sentences imposed on three Iranian BahaŤ'is on 3rd February; what is the policy of the Government towards Iran's treatment of the BahaŤ'i community; if the Government will support the resolution condemning Iran at the UN Commission on Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(112771)
79  
N  
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter of 29th October 1999 from the honourable Member for North East Hampshire regarding Dr Egerton, a constituent.
(112540)
80  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many students started a (a) diploma in nursing and (b) degree in nursing courses in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999; and what was the drop-out rate for each year's intake.
(112918)
81  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what planning assumptions he has made on the basis of the additional revenue which the NHS will receive as a result of hypothecation of increased levels of tobacco duty in 2000-01.
(112785)
82  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations made by the Independent Review Group set up to examine the health risks of silicone gel breast implants relating to (a) information about benefits and risks of surgery for patients undergoing cosmetic breast augmentation surgery, (b) advertisements promoting breast implant surgery, (c) a consent form which incorporates the issues to be discussed between surgeons and women considering breast implantation, (d) measures to ensure that standards of care in private clinics, (e) registration of details of each breast implant and explant, (f) reporting breast implant-related adverse incidents, (g) information to patients on the likely financial implications of breast implant surgery and (h) a steering group to organise research.
(112549)
83  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population live (a) within one mile of, (b) over one mile from and (c) over three miles from their nearest GP in (i) urban and (ii) rural areas.
(112820)
84  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards are in place to prevent abuses in the purchasing of non-medical supplies by NHS trusts.
(112569)
85  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which private firms were invited to tender for the supply of non-medical supplies and equipment to NHS trusts in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to date.
(112570)
86  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS trusts spent on non-medical supplies and equipment in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to date.
(112541)
87  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets were set for savings to be made in the purchase of non-medical supplies and equipment by NHS trusts in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to date.
(112571)
88  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform education and training procedures and programmes for (a) the medical profession, (b) nurses and (c) other professional groups in the NHS.
(112952)
89  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the accident and emergency units indicating (a) the projected patient attendance expected when built, (b) the actual patient attendance achieved each year since 1992 and (c) the number of cubicle beds in each unit.
(112951)
90  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the breakdown on the M4 motorway of a St. John Ambulance under contract to the London Ambulance Service carrying a patient awaiting a heart and lung transplant on 19th February.
(112626)
91  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are for ambulances carrying patients long distances to carry spare tyres.
(112627)
92  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data he has collated for (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99 on the indicators in the Government's poverty audit Opportunity for All relating to (i) intensive home care for people over 65 years of age in England and (ii) community based care for people over 65 years of age.
(112156)
93  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each year from 1992 to date the number of (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) consultants, employed by NHS trusts in Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(112809)
94  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the disparity in the allocation of whole-time equivalent health visitors employed by Parkside Community Health Trust between the health authority in Brent and Harrow and the Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority.
(112811)
95  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the suitability of Lynton Cottage Hospital, North Devon, for the provision of the new intermediate care he has announced.
(112945)
96  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure his Department has incurred on the renewal or replacement since 1st January of plants at Wellington House.
(112944)
97  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list his Department's expenditure on plants in its (a) Richmond House, (b) Wellington House and (c) Skipton House buildings for each of the last two financial years.
(112943)
98  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the wastage rate of vaccines used by the NHS resulting from poor storage or distribution conditions and the cost of such wastage to the NHS since May 1997.
(112995)
99  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of the new meningococcal conjugate vaccine have been discarded because of poor storage or distribution conditions; and what has been the cost to the NHS of discarded doses of the vaccine.
(112997)
100  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of the new meningococcal conjugate vaccine have been issued under the current immunisation programme; and how many children have been immunised.
(112996)
101  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations he has had with patients and their families about the future provision of cleft lip and palate centres.
(112730)
102  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expert qualifications and experience members of his Clinical Standards Advisory Group have on cleft lip and palate.
(112733)
103  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many callers to NHS Direct in November 1999, December 1999, January 2000 and February 2000 were advised (a) to visit an accident and emergency unit, (b) to contact a general practitioner and (c) to call on the emergency services.
(112734)
104  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of his Department's Clinical Standards Advisory Group on cleft lip and palate.
(112732)
105  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals his Department is assessing as future cleft lip and palate centres; and when he will announce his decision on the future locations of such centres.
(112731)
106  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the regional specialised services commission groups and the relevant sub-groups charged with taking forward the Government's plans for the future provision of cleft lip and palate services.
(112729)
107  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pilot schemes with end dates his Department has created in each of the last three years; what the end dates were; and if the pilot schemes have been rolled out by their end dates.
(112803)
108  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who makes the final decision on whether finances would be available for a MRI scanner in Walsall.
(112758)
109  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions his Department has discussed a MRI scanner in Walsall with the New Opportunities Fund.
(112760)
110  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department gave advice to the New Opportunities Fund over the provision of a MRI scanner in Walsall.
(112759)
111  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers the Chelmsford Borough Council area will be expected to house from April; and if he will make a statement.
(112493)
112  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the medical condition of General Pinochet since 16th February; and if he will place copies of them in the Library.
(112695)
113  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if all police divisions in the UK have in place a computer system to exchange information with each division on paedophiles.
(112915)
114  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include in the code of practice on freedom of information a provision that, where a request is made for information about a third party, the holder of the information should consult the third party before deciding what information is to be released and in what form.
(112676)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers in each police force in England have opted out of the police pension scheme.
(112962)
116  
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, Official Report, 27th January, column 249W, if he will list, for each category of offence, the specific offences for which those prisoners released to date under the home detention curfew scheme were convicted; what was the (a) average and (b) maximum sentence (i) received and (ii) served for each offence; and if he will make a statement.
(112739)
117  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the minutes of all meetings of the Commission for Racial Equality at which the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd. were discussed.
(112682)
118  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on directors of a company in liquidation holding office on the Commission for Racial Equality.
(112710)
119  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Mr Hugh Harris was appointed Acting Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, and by whom.
(112713)
120  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the involvement of the Home Office Race Equality Unit in the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and the relationship between the Unit and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112716)
121  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the persons who wrote messages of support in the Global Cultural Diversity Congress registration brochure published by the Commission for Racial Equality, indicating in each case when they were first informed that the Global Cultural Diversity Congress had been cancelled, and by whom.
(112726)
122  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenses the Commission for Racial Equality has paid to (a) Commissioners or (b) members of the Commission's staff in respect of their functions as Directors of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(112725)
123  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the actions of Mr Hugh Harris as acting Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality at the Commission's meeting on 7th February in respect of business related to Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112715)
124  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on his plans to change the name of the Probation Service to the Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Service; how many representations were (a) in favour and (b) against his plans; and if he will make a statement.
(112738)
125  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department learned that a request for additional funding from Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd would be discussed at the Commission for Racial Equality's meeting on 7th February; and if he will make a statement.
(112712)
126  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (i) funding and (ii) promises of funding under whose authorisation and on what terms (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Racial Equality have given to Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; when his Department promised funding; and if he will make a statement.
(112737)
127  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the Metropolitan Police Service report into the pilot project which involved the use of private medical facilities to treat Metropolitan Police officers.
(112751)
128  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is ultimately liable for the debts of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(112740)
129  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if at meetings of the Commission for Racial Equality, Commissioners who were at the same time directors of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd voted on business related to Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112714)
130  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when members of the International Strategic Steering Committee of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress were informed that the Congress had been cancelled, and by whom; and if he will make a statement.
(112679)
131  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the total (a) assets and (b) liabilities of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(112681)
132  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will refer the collapse of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd to the Department of Trade and Industry for investigation.
(112722)
133  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total level of sponsorship and donations given to Global Cultural Diversity Congress by (a) commercial, (b) charitable and (c) community organisations; what was the level provided by each organisation; on what terms that money was provided; what arrangements have been made for the money to be repaid; and if he will make a statement.
(112708)
134  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what disciplinary action he plans to take against officials of (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Racial Equality in respect of the cancellation of the Global Cultural and Diversity Congress and the collapse of Global Cultural and Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(112721)
135  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many limited companies currently trading have been set up by (a) the Commission for Racial Equality and (b) other non-departmental public bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(112727)
136  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) foreign dignitaries who had confirmed that they would attend the Global Cultural Diversity Congress as speakers, members of panels or hosts of sessions, indicating in each case (i) when they confirmed they would attend, and (ii) when they were first made aware that the Global Cultural Diversity Congress had been cancelled, and by whom.
(112724)
137  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if (a) he (b) Ministers in his Department or (c) officials in his Department authorised the donation of money from his Department to fund the Global Cultural Diversity Congress; and if he will make a statement.
(112742)
138  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the involvement of the honourable Member for Warwickshire North, with the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112741)
139  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions representatives of (a) Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd. and (b) the Commission for Racial Equality had with Ministers in his Department or his officials about the request for additional funding for the Global Cultural Diversity Congress which was discussed at the Commission's meeting on 7th February prior to the meeting taking place.
(112677)
140  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received from (a) commercial, (b) charitable and (c) community organisations and from (d) foreign governments regarding the cancellation of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and the collapse of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112723)
141  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the prisoners released to date under the Home Detention Curfew scheme have (a) breached the conditions of the curfew, (b) disappeared, (c) had their curfew revoked and (d) re-offended whilst on the scheme; what offences were committed by those who re-offended whilst on the scheme; what was the (i) average and (ii) maximum sentence received by a prisoner for an offence committed whilst on the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(112728)
142  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates since 1st January (a) he, (b) ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department met representatives from the (i) International Strategic Steering Committee of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, (ii) Commission for Racial Equality and (iii) Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; if (1) the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and (2) Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd were discussed; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of such meetings.
(112718)
143  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the involvement of Sir Herman Ouseley as Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality with the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112717)
144  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the appointments on public bodies held by (a) members of the Commission for Racial Equality and (b) directors of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112711)
145  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales regarding the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(112678)
146  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the involvement of the International Strategic Steering Committee of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress with Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112680)
147  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which foreign governments gave money towards the costs of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress; what was the amount provided by each government; on what terms that money was given; what arrangements have been made for it to be repaid; and if he will make a statement.
(112709)
148  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries have occurred in Harmondsworth Detention Centre in the last 12 months.
(113007)
149  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines are provided to prison officers on the recording of monitored telephone conversations of prisoners.
(113011)
150  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints of racist behaviour were made by prisoners against prison officers in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
(113012)
151  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what anti-racist training has been provided to the dedicated search team at HMP Full Sutton.
(113009)
152  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring is undertaken by the Prison Service of prison telephone monitoring indexes.
(113010)
153  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what review of health and safety procedures in Harmondsworth Detention Centre has been undertaken following the recent death of an asylum seeker in the centre.
(113006)
154  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the provision of an on-call Samaritan service to detainees in Harmondsworth Detention Centre.
(113004)
155  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines are provided to staff at Harmondsworth Detention Centre about monitoring detainees with suicidal tendencies.
(113003)
156  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what anti-racist training is provided to Prison Service staff.
(113013)
157  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken in response to the annual report of the Harmondsworth Detention Centre's Visiting Committee in relation to the care of asylum seekers with depression and suidical tendencies.
(113005)
158  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines have been established by the Prison Service for the monitoring of prisoners' telephone calls.
(113008)
159  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date a review of strip search procedures was undertaken; if the report was completed; when he will publish and respond to its recommendations; if he will make a statement concerning the management of this review indicating how many staff were allocated to its completion and at what level supervision was undertaken; what consultation took place with non-governmental organisations; and how many communications he has received on the issue.
(111948)
160  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to implement the provisions contained in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to make ticket touting an offence at all major sporting events.
(112958)
161  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the same safe cell specification applies to (a) prisons in HM Prison Service, (b) privately-run prisons and (c) prisons funded by the Private Finance Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(112976)
162  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners committed suicide in safe cells in the last year for which figures are available.
(112974)
163  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many safe cells there are in (a) prisons and (b) police stations; what plans he has for further ones to be installed; and if he will make a statement.
(112975)
164  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the number of (a) lay magistrates, (b) stipendiary magistrates, (c) recorders and assistant recorders and (d) circuit judges if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill is enacted.
(112518)
165  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost of, (b) length of and (c) waiting time for a trial in the magistrates' court following the dismissal of an appeal to the Crown Court from the decision of magistrates on mode of trial, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill.
(112539)
166  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the cost to public funds of his plans to expand his Department's Press Office; and if he will make a statement.
(112527)
167  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of additional appeals to the Crown Court against the (i) verdicts and (ii) sentences of magistrates, if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill is enacted.
(112531)
168  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is to public funds of the relocation of his Department's Press Office to Queen Anne's Gate; and if he will make a statement.
(112523)
169  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue national guidelines to magistrates in England and Wales on the nature of the circumstances for each type of either-way offence which would normally lead to that offence being tried (a) summarily and (b) on indictment if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill is enacted.
(112534)
170  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many internal communications advisers are to be recruited by his Department; what is their (a) minimum and (b) maximum starting salary; and if he will make a statement.
(112520)
171  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the functions of his Department's internal communications advisers.
(112521)
172  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the effect of the requirement in (a) the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill and (b) the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill for magistrates' courts to state the reasons for their decision as to mode of trial on the percentage of appeals to the Crown Court against the magistrates' decision.
(112530)
173  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of defendants who will exercise the right of appeal to the Crown Court on mode of trial, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; and what estimate he has made of the percentage of appeals that will be successful.
(112538)
174  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of cases in (a) the Divisional Courts (b) the Court of Appeal and (c) the House of Lords as a result of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill being enacted; what will be the additional costs to public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(112535)
175  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to modernise his Department's Press Office IT system; what is the cost to public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(112525)
176  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact on the confidence of (a) the general public and (b) members of the ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system of his proposals under the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(112519)
177  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press officers are employed by his Department's Press Office; how many are to be recruited to the news team as part of the current restructuring process; and if he will make a statement.
(112544)
178  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlay his estimate of (a) the cost savings that would be made and (b) the number of defendants who would be tried in the magistrates' courts rather than the Crown court under (i) the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill and (ii) the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill.
(112528)
179  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated savings to the criminal justice system from the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill by each principal category of expenditure; and if he will make a statement.
(112533)
180  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the (a) minimum and (b) maximum starting salary for recruits to his Department's new Press Office news team; and if he will make a statement.
(112524)
181  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy that appeals to the Crown Court against magistrates' decisions as to mode of trial under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill should be heard by circuit judges only; and if he will make a statement.
(112536)
182  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy that appeals to the Crown Court against magistrates' decisions as to mode of trial under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill should not be heard in open court; and if he will make a statement.
(112529)
183  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the functions of his Department's new Press Office news team.
(112522)
184  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the annual number of convicted offenders who would receive a shorter custodial sentence than at present if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill became law; how many offenders convicted of each type of offence would receive shorter sentences; what estimate he has made of the average reduction in the length of sentence (a) received and (b) served; and if he will make a statement.
(112532)
185  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press officers are to be recruited to his Department's new Press Office news team; and if he will make a statement.
(112526)
186  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the length of the average waiting time for a trial in a magistrates' court if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill is enacted.
(112517)
187  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost of, (b) length of and (c) waiting time for a hearing of (i) an oral and (ii) a written appeal to the Crown Court from the decision of magistrates on mode of trial, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill.
(112537)
188  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the emergency help sent so far to Mozambique during the recent flooding; and if she will make a statement.
(112694)
189  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what training magistrates receive on sentencing; and if he will make a statement.
(112806)
190  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many, and which (a) county courts and (b) magistrates' courts in England and Wales have been closed since 1st February 1994, indicating the date of each closure; how many and which justices' benches in England and Wales have been amalgamated since 1st February 1994, indicating the date of each amalgamation; what were the financial savings achieved by the above closures and amalgamations, identifying the effect in financial terms for the relevant police force, legal representation costs and witness expenses.
(112772)
191  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many former Lord Chancellors have continued to sit as judges after they ceased to be Lord Chancellor; and if he will list the number of cases tried by them in each of the last 20 years.
(112814)
192  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the perceived paramilitary affiliation of those prisoners awaiting release under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 whose applications have been successful.
(112963)
193  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date instructions were last issued at HMP Maghaberry, governing the receipt by prisoners of printed materials dealing with political subjects; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(111942)
194  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, further to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 6W, on street signs, what is his assessment of the community relations impact of the erection of bilingual street signs in (a) Irish and (b) Ulster Scots; how he will monitor the rise or fall of opposition and support for bilingual signs (i) internally within each tradition and (ii) between different traditions; how many bilingual signs have been erected and if any have subsequently been removed; and if he will issue guidelines to ensure that instances of criminal damage that have a sectarian or racist element are recorded as a distinct category.
(111944)
195  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from the Law Society and Bar Council for Northern Ireland concerning allegations of intimidation of lawyers; what surveys or research have been undertaken to determine the extent of intimidation; what assessment he has made of (a) under-reporting of intimidation and (b) malicious or unfounded allegations; and if he will commission a study to determine the extent of intimidation and make recommendations.
(111946)
196  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list for each council area in Northern Ireland the number of protected tenancy dwellings; and, of these, in each area how many are (a) restricted tenancies and (b) regulated tenancies.
(112939)
197  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the process by which the titles of the new departments and the Information Service of the Northern Ireland Executive were decided.
(112788)
198  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, when she expects to appoint the chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
(112813)
199  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, how much Price Waterhouse is being paid to headhunt applicants for the post of chairman of the Appointments Commission.
(112817)
200  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the five point plan for the National Health Service announced on 29th February will apply to Wales.
(112912)
201  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he was informed of the cancellation of the Global Cultural Diversity Congress and the collapse of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd, and by whom; and if he will make a statement.
(112719)
202  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Grantham and Stanford, Official Report, 21st February, column 743W on murder statistics, if the entry in the table for 1996 includes the murders committed at Dunblane.
(112165)
203  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the number of people in Barnsley East and Mexborough aged over 60 years who are not claiming benefits to which they are entitled.
(112979)
204  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the average number of children in single parent families claiming income support/supplementary benefit for each of the last 30 years.
(112158)
205  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the percentages of (a) pensioners, (b) households with children and (c) households without children who (i) are currently in the lowest income decile and (ii) were in that decile for 10, 20 and 30 years previously.
(112160)
206  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the (i) numbers and (ii) percentages of single parents on (a) income support, (b) income support and the remainder of a family credit/working families tax credit award, (c) income support and housing benefit, (d) working families tax credit and housing benefit, (e) housing benefit and (f) other benefits.
(112167)
207  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when his Department will issue a standard housing benefit form for those local authorities not participating in the verification framework scheme.
(112155)
208  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the proportions of pensioners unemployed, sick and disabled, single parents who compose the lowest decile in the distribution of income; and if he will list the equivalent data for 10, 20 and 30 years previously.
(112330)
209  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of single parents were drawing income support or supplementary benefit in each of the last 30 years.
(112166)
210  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December, Official Report, column 333W, on low-income households, if he will publish tables as in the Answer which show the position for households which do not include a self-employed adult.
(112808)
211  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 28th February to the honourable Member for Colchester, what the level of the savings limit set at £3,000 in April 1998 would be now if it had been uprated since then in line with the retail prices index.
(112993)
212  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the implication of delays in resolving the problems associated with the NIRS2 computer system for the date of implementation of the stakeholder pension scheme.
(112949)
213  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of people entitled to winter fuel payments who have yet to receive them.
(112947)
214  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of appeals against (a) failure to award and (b) level of winter fuel payments that (i) his Department has received, (ii) were successful and (iii) are still outstanding.
(112948)
215  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in (i) the target group and (ii) the non-target group have gained employment under the New Deal for Lone Parents; and how many of these have subsequently claimed income support.
(112754)
216  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in (a) the target group and (ii) the non-target group who have gained employment under the New Deal for Lone Parents are now in receipt of income support and have no earnings.
(112755)
217  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many instances in the past three years decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been subject to judicial review; what the outcome was in each instance; and in what percentage of reviews the original decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions has been upheld.
(111947)
218  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, in how many instances in the past three years decisions of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been subject to judicial review; what the outcome was in each instance; and in what percentage of reviews the original decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions has been upheld.
(111943)
219  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to publicise the opportunities for British firms to take part in the regeneration of (a) Kosovo and (b) other Balkan states.
(112960)
220  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his estimate of the compensation that will be paid out over the next three years to miners and miners' widows in respect of (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.
(112961)
221  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the unrecovered loans issued by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (a) between 1979 and April 1997 and (b) since May 1997 which are attributable to defence related contracts, including details of (i) equipment, (ii) country and (iii) financial amount.
(112959)
222  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department was informed by BNFL of problems in respect of MOX fuel supplied to German utilities.
(112033)
223  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the number and location of crown and sub post offices in the Easington constituency and the amount of Benefit Agency work carried out by each post office as a percentage of its business.
(112805)
224  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many beneficiaries were drawing pensions from the mineworkers pension schemes BC SSS and the MPS in (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c)1996, (d) 1997, (e) 1998 and (f) 1999.
(112986)
225  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list, for each (a) director and (b) non-executive director of British Nuclear Fuels plc. their responsibilities in the company and the length of time each has served in that capacity as a board member.
(112545)
226  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the funding schemes administered by his Department, indicating the total funds of each scheme and the administration costs of each scheme as a percentage of the total funds.
(112496)
227  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what decisions have been taken on the applications that were pending in November 1999 for the export of RDX in its raw form to Oman, Spain, Turkey and the USA.
(112938)
228  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to conduct an investigation into the collapse of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(112735)
229  
N  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on (a) his Department's policy in respect of the House of Lords decision in the case of Carmichael and another v National Power and (b) zero hours contracts.
(112675)
230  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account will be taken of past and present disputes between Turkey and neighbouring states over water resources in making the decision about ECGD support for the Ilisu Dam.
(112787)
231  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to protect vulnerable consumers from high levels of commission rates charged by non-status lenders in the mortgage sector.
(112778)
232  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will order an inquiry into the lending practices of the Kensington Mortgage Company.
(112782)
233  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance his Department gives to mortgage lenders on appropriate levels of charges to their customers.
(112780)
234  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with the Council of Mortgage Lenders concerning the (a) commissions, (b) penalties and (c) other charges made by the Kensington Mortgage Company.
(112779)
235  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with the relevant local trading standards offices concerning the activities of the Kensington Mortgage Company.
(112783)
236  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to investigate the activities of non-status lenders in the mortgage lending sector.
(112781)
237  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what protection his Department provides to mortgagees in respect of the penal rates charged to consumers by mortgage lenders who fall behind in their payments.
(112777)
238  
N  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme.
[Question Unstarred] (111539)
239  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what matters he discussed relating to domestic and international shipbuilding markets at his last meeting with representatives of management and trade unions in the United Kingdom shipbuilding industry.
[Question Unstarred] (111542)
240  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce legislation to require that all animal and human medicines and vaccines that have been tested on animals should be labelled with such information so as to enable those who oppose the use of animals in medical and veterinary research to make an informed judgement as to whether they should use these products for themselves and their pets.
[Transferred] (112625)
241  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to co-ordinate Government activities relating to the Objective 1 programme for Merseyside and those of other Objective 1 areas.
[Transferred] (112941)
242  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are currently meeting the Government's target that they participate in more than two hours a week of physical education.
[Transferred] (112957)
243  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of working women in England and Wales who have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage.
[Transferred] (112916)
244  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress he has made in meeting the requirements of the European Commission for the securing of public sector funding for the Objective 1 programme for Merseyside.
[Transferred] (112940)
245  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the (a) cost in the current financial year of providing free school meals and (b) additional annual cost of extending the scheme to include (i) children in full-time education whose families are in receipt of working families tax credit and (ii) all children in full-time education.
[Transferred] (112946)
246  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were charged with drug smuggling offences in the UK during 1999.
[Transferred] (112804)
247  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent studies his Department has made of the number of hauliers purchasing fuel from mainland Europe and the Republic of Ireland; and what were the conclusions of the studies.
[Transferred] (112911)


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