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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 9 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 9 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 9th MARCH
1  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent assessment he has made of the main obstacles to the growth of the organic farming sector.
(113827)
2  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has received regarding use of Lindane since the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides in York on 24th February; and when he expects a decision to be announced.
(113616)
3  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what reports he has received regarding commercial cultivation of Novartis genetically modified Bt maize in Germany; and if he will make a statement.
(113618)
4  
N  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much European agri-money compensation scheme funds have been drawn down to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement.
(112230)
5  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will refer the issue of arable crop payments affecting hedgerows and grassy banks to the Green Ministers' Committee.
(114114)
6  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what meetings he (a) has recently held and (b) plans to hold with the European Commission in respect of environmental integration and arable land crop payments.
(114113)
7  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has received in respect of the two metre rule in relation to hedgerows and grassy banks bordering arable land eligible for crop payments.
(114112)
8  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many accounts and what value of accounts are (a) outstanding and (b) under dispute between suppliers to the Millennium Dome and the management company.
(113896)
9  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many striker helmet-mounted sighting systems his Department plans to acquire; at what cost; if they will be used in the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.
(113910)
10  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the sale of Serle's House, Winchester.
(113961)
11  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the results were of the phase 1 testing of the remote minefield detection system; what is his estimate of the total cost of the system; and if he will make a statement.
(113904)
12  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future size of the SSBN force.
(113908)
13  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what benefits the equipping of the CM010 optronic masts to the Astute Class nuclear attack submarines will provide; what is the cost of the contract for them; and if he will make a statement.
(113912)
14  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what will be impact on (a) the cost to his Department and (b) the timescale for completion of the contract of ITT's take-over from Racal of the Bowman VHF system; and if he will make a statement.
(113906)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the membership of the Independent Panel on Gulf War Illnesses, including the term of appointment in each case and any changes to the membership; how often it meets; and if he will make a statement.
(113958)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the benefits to the United Kingdom of the German Army joining the L15A4 projectile programme; and if he will make a statement.
(113899)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many AN/PRC-138 125W HF radios his Department plans to acquire; and if he will make a statement.
(113960)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the BAE systems contract for an urgent operational requirement in-theatre communications system is intended to replace the current system; what impact it will have on the security of communications of UK forces' security in Kosovo; what is the estimated cost of the system; and if he will make a statement.
(113909)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the outcome of the meeting of the Equipment Approval Committee on 21st February regarding Air Foyle's plan to use 2 Antonov AN-24-100 airliners for short-term strategic airlift requirements; and if he will make a statement.
(113953)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel, in each of the armed services, who served in the Gulf War, have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder; how many have been treated successfully; how many have left the services on grounds of ill health; and if he will make a statement.
(113959)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of depleted uranium shells were fired by coalition forces during the Gulf War; how many were fired by UK tanks; how many UK tanks carried depleted uranium shells; and if he will make a statement.
(113956)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of the active noise reduction system for the Sea King MK2 his Department is seeking to acquire and at what cost; what estimate he has made of the additional cost of such an upgrade to the MK7; and if he will make a statement.
(113900)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to protect the Garden of Remembrance at Serle's House, Winchester, in the event of the sale of Serle's House.
(113901)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason no minutes were taken of the meeting on 29th March 1999 between Professor Hooper and the Independent Panel on Gulf War Illnesses; if he will place copies of the presentations made at the meeting in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(113898)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the long-term effects of smoke inhalation from burning oil wells incurred during and immediately following the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement.
(113911)
26  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if (a) the US C-17 and (b) the C5A Galaxy aircraft were available to support the UK relief operation in Mozambique.
(114093)
27  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria were used in making the decision to use the Antonov 124-100 to carry supplies to Mozambique.
(114089)
28  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the range of the (a) C-17 and (b) Antonov 124-100 with full payload, without refuelling.
(114092)
29  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Puma helicopters the (a) Antonov 124-100 and (b) C-17 can carry.
(114090)
30  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration he gave to leasing the C-17 for the Mozambique operation.
(114091)
31  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the specifications for number of crew in cockpit required in contracts placed for the Hercules C130J.
(113471)
32  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development about humanitarian aid to Mozambique.
(113781)
33  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultation took place with regulatory authorities in relation to the appropriateness of BNFL as a partner in the consortium set up to bid for the contract to manage AWE.
(113667)
34  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the criteria against which the applications for the new contract to run AWE Aldermaston were assessed.
(113668)
35  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take account of (a) the likely effect of the number of aircraft ordered on the overall share of business for British companies generated by the A400M aircraft and (b) the risk that United Kingdom firms might be excluded from future European collaborative ventures when reaching a decision between the A400M and the C17 aircraft.
(113907)
36  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by unit of delivery (a) how many people joined the full-time education and employment option of the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds between January 1998 and the end of September 1999 and (b) how many people were on this option at the end of each month between January 1998 and the end of September 1999.
(113677)
37  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by unit of delivery (a) the number of leavers from the full-time education and employment option of the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds from January 1998 to the end of July 1999 and (b) the number of those who left to (i) sustained, unsubsidised employment, (ii) jobs lasting less than 13 weeks (iii) no known destination and (iv) benefits other than the jobseeker's allowance.
(113675)
38  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what information he collates on the number and percentage of 18 to 24 year olds who leave (a) Gateway and (b) each New Deal option for (i) jobs lasting more than 13 weeks but less than six months, (ii) jobs lasting more than six months but less than nine months and (ii) jobs lasting more than nine months but less than 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(113676)
39  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local education authorities which (a) have and (b) have not made additional funds available to schools for the implementation of the new post-16 curriculum.
(113666)
40  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what changes have been made to the consent arrangements in respect of placing individual children with a statement in non-approved independent schools since the publication of the Green Paper, entitled Excellence for all Children: Meeting Special Education Needs.
(113916)
41  
  
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the standard spending assessment in (a) cash and (b) real terms for primary and secondary pupils for (i) England and (ii) Northumberland County Council for each year from 1990 to 2000; and what is his estimate for 2000-01.
(114140)
42  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to issue advice to local education authorities discouraging against the use of global warming refrigerants, including HFCs, on their estates.
(112566)
43  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of poor children will be covered by the Sure Start programme when the roll-out is complete.
(113783)
44  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the qualifying conditions will be for retired people to acquire computers under the computers within reach scheme for the purposes of lifelong learning.
(114115)
45  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much funding was awarded to Worcestershire Local Education Authority in each year from 1997-98 to 1999-2000 in respect of (a) reduction in infant class sizes, broken down by (i) revenue and (ii) capital, (b) the National Grid for Learning, (c) literacy programmes, (d) numeracy programmes, (e) books for schools, (f) truancy initiatives, (g) schools security, (h) standards fund school effectiveness grant, (i) excellence in cities, (j) New Deal for schools, (k) voluntary-aided schools capital grant, (l) energy efficiency, (m) music programmes, (n) year 6 booster classes and (o) Education SSA.
(113914)
46  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what monitoring of the quality of supplementary language schools is undertaken by his Department.
(113678)
47  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people within his Department are working full-time on (a) cycling and (b) walking; and what the figures were in each of the last five years.
(113913)
48  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the total number of households (a) nationally and (b) for each London local authority in respect of which local authorities accepted a housing duty where the cause of homelessness was the termination of a private sector tenancy for (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999.
(114096)
49  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the size of sites designated as previously developed vacant land sites within the three relevant Government regions in the Thames Gateway Regeneration Area.
(114069)
50  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) size and (b) number of potential dwellings on sites designated as previously developed land which are allocated in a local plan (i) for any use and (ii) as having planning permission for housing that exist in each of the Government regions in the Thames Gateway Regeneration Area.
(114070)
51  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the size of sites designated as previously developed land which (a) have redevelopment potential, but have no planning allocation or permission and (b) require some form of remediation work within the relevant Government regions in the Thames Gateway Regeneration Area.
(114071)
52  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 28th February, Official Report, column 6W, on the electrification of the North Wales mainline, if he will place in the Library the evidence arising from the investigation into electrifying the North Wales line that led him to the conclusion that electrification could not be justified.
(113631)
53  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has reeived for an increase in freight traffic on the North Wales mainline (a) in general and (b) with reference to traffic between the Republic of Ireland and other member states of the EU.
(113636)
54  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about rate relief for businesses in rural areas.
(112248)
55  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received regarding commercial cultivation of Novartis genetically modified Bt maize in Germany; and what their implications are for decision-making in the (a) UK and (b) EU.
(113617)
56  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made in (a) preparation for negotiating limits to fossil fuel use internationally and (b) setting limits to fossil fuel use in the United Kingdom of (i) the availability of fossil fuel reserves (1) worldwide and (2) in the United Kingdom and (ii) the cumulative impact of emissions from fossil fuel burning on the rate and extent of climate degradation.
(113862)
57  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the length of hedgerows which have been destroyed during each of the last three years.
(114138)
58  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much extra tax will be paid in 2000-01 as a result of measures announced in his Budgets to date.
(112226)
59  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims and what percentage take-up of the working families tax credit he is assuming is necessary to meet his target of taking 800,000 children out of poverty.
(113786)
60  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total wealth of the richest (a) one per cent., (b) five per cent., (c) 10 per cent. and (d) 50 per cent. of the United Kingdom population; and in each case what proportion of the United Kingdom total this represents.
(113894)
61  
N  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, during which quarters since May 1997 the level of tax taken by Government has fallen as a proportion of GDP.
(112228)
62  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the plans of the United Nations Millennium Summit and General Assembly to make use of the report to be produced by the Millennium Civil Society Forum in May.
(114087)
63  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to Guatamala, in support of the Government of Belize, in relation to the incursion into Belize territory and seizure of officials on 24th February; and what future action is proposed.
(113615)
64  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the nature of the contractual appointment of a BNFL employee as the atomic energy counsellor in the British Embassy in Japan; what payment is made annually by BNFL in respect of this appointment; and when the arrangements with BNFL covering this embassy post were agreed.
(114084)
65  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings have been held within his Department to consider his plan to change the name of British embassies to United Kingdom embassies; and what was the cost of holding these meetings.
(113845)
66  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what will be the cost of changing the name of the British Embassy in the United States of America to the United Kingdom Embassy.
(113846)
67  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the cost of implementing his plan to change the name of British embassies to United Kingdom embassies.
(113844)
68  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish the findings of the investigations of the National Radiological Protection Board.
(113866)
69  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund further research into the health effects of emissions from mobile telecommunications masts.
(113865)
70  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by name of subject and health authority the independent inquiries established under HSG(94)27 which are currently being conducted.
(113748)
71  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by name of report and health authority all the independent homicide inquiries established under HSG(94)27, the reports of which were published since February 1994.
(113749)
72  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has asked for from NHS hospitals in England and Wales on the recent pressures they have faced; and what were the main issues of concern reported by those hospitals.
(113849)
73  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the new 100 intensive care beds announced earlier in the year are now in place; if he will give the location and the number of beds that have been provided in each health authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(113867)
74  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the incidence of cerebral palsy per thousand of the population (a) nationally and (b) in the North West Region for each of the past 10 years.
(113661)
75  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the amount by which each health authority in England is expected to be above or below its capitation target in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01, expressed (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a percentage of each authority's expenditure.
(112037)
76  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rights general practitioners have to refer patients to hospitals other than those with service agreements with their primary care group on non-medical grounds.
(113860)
77  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many out-of-area treatments there have been since April 1999 (a) in England, (b) in West Hertfordshire Health Authority, (c) in East and North Hertfordshire Health Authority, (d) of patients resident in West Hertfordshire Health Authority area in other areas and (e) of patients resident in East and North Hertfordshire Health Authority area in other areas.
(113852)
78  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he plans to take to reduce the average waiting time for drug treatment programmes.
(113955)
79  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are involved in methadone treatment programmes in England and Wales.
(113964)
80  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since April 1999 general practitioners have exercised their legal right to refer patients to a hospital other than that selected by their primary care group (a) in England and (b) in primary care groups in Hitchen or Harpenden.
(113851)
81  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if patients have the right to be referred to more than one consultant to obtain a second or further opinion.
(113858)
82  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances a patient may receive out-of-area treatment.
(113857)
83  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made to remunerate hospitals for treating patients referred to them by general practitioners exercising their legal right to select a hospital with no service agreement with their local primary care group.
(113855)
84  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish information about the extent to which patients in other countries have the right to select or be referred to the consultant or hospital of their choice.
(113854)
85  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to alter the legal right of general practitioners to refer patients to the NHS hospital of their choice; and what legislative change would be required to remove that right.
(113856)
86  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce measures to encourage general practitioners to become involved in treating patients with drug addiction problems.
(113954)
87  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if information is collected about the number of patients asking to be referred to a hospital other than that selected by their primary care group; and if he will give the outcome of such requests.
(113853)
88  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to publish (a) mortality rates and (b) frequency of performing medical procedures for (i) individual consultants and (ii) hospitals.
(113850)
89  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures exist to discourage general practitioners from referring patients to hospitals other than those with service agreements with their primary care group.
(113861)
90  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he proposes to inform (a) general practitioners and (b) patients of the legal right of general practitioners to refer their patients to a hospital other than those selected by their primary care group.
(113859)
91  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on waiting lists for methadone maintenance or withdrawal programmes; and what is the average waiting time for treatment.
(113957)
92  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls were made to the new helpline for smokers between 10th December 1999 and 11th February 2000.
(113837)
93  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total expenditure on advertising the new helpline for smokers in the current year.
(113838)
94  
  
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of calls to the new helpline for smokers were answered by an automated system (IVR) during the period 10th December 1999 and 11th February 2000.
(113839)
95  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the members of the Medicines Control Agency and the interest each one has in (a) local, (b) national and (c) international drug companies.
(113614)
96  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce his decision on the awarding of section 64 grants for the coming financial years.
(113841)
97  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the percentage allocation of section 64 grants to charities which specialise in long-term medical conditions.
(113842)
98  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he has issued to prisons and young offender units on the rights of representation for juveniles in internal disciplinary adjudications, with special reference to the Human Rights Act 1998.
(113917)
99  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each year that figures are available what percentage of the prisoners released on licence under home detention curfew were (a) juveniles and (b) young offenders.
(113915)
100  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the longest period of time that (a) men and (b) women had been held in a segregation unit in a prison in England and Wales on 1st March.
(113835)
101  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls under the age of 16 years were serving a custodial sentence on 1st March.
(113832)
102  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the recorded number of racial incidents reported in the Metropolitan Police authority area during 1999.
(113836)
103  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals were being used in the UK for scientific experiments on 1st March.
(113833)
104  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 6th March, Official Report, columns 556-8W, to the honourable Member for Thanet South, what additional funding will be provided to local authorities supporting asylum seekers after 1st April.
(113797)
105  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what purposes his Department's Press Office Briefing and Research Database is to be used; what information will be stored on it; and if he will place its technical specifications in the Library.
(113798)
106  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald of 2nd March, Official Report, column 384W, on press officer salaries, on what basis press officers recruited to the news team could have earnings up to and beyond £30,000, as stated in the recruitment document, Just Another Day at the Office; what will be the maximum earnings of press officers recruited to the news team; and if he will make a statement.
(113808)
107  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answers of 2nd March, Official Report, columns 378-83W, if he had been informed of (a) the involvement of Mr Hugh Harris with Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd. and (b) the fact that additional funding for Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd. was to be discussed at the Commission for Racial Equality's meeting on 7th February, when he appointed Mr Harris as acting Chairman of the Commission of Racial Equality on 7th February; and if he will make a statement.
(113804)
108  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald of 2nd March, Official Report, column 385W, for what reasons the statistics given on the number of press officers in his Department differed from the statistics given to the Select Committee on Public Administration and published in its report, The Government Information and Communication Service (HC770) in July 1998; and if he will publish statistics comparable to those provided to the Select Committee for the dates requested by the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald; and if he will make a statement.
(113801)
109  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald of 2nd March, Official Report, column 376W, for what reasons he has assumed that 25 per cent. of defendants who would have elected Crown Court trial and whom the magistrates decided to try would appeal against the magistrates' decision; what research he has undertaken into the likelihood of a defendant appealing against the magistrate's decision; and if he will make a statement.
(113805)
110  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place the report by Clear Communications Ltd which led to the restructuring of his Department's Press Office in the Library.
(113799)
111  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many units of accommodation for asylum seekers after 1st April he has asked the National Asylum Seekers Support Agency to secure; how many such units of accommodation have been secured so far; and if he will make a statement.
(113788)
112  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on asylum seeker support in (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.
(113787)
113  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, Official Report, column 288W, concerning the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, if he will place the full text of the report by the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality in the Library when it is available, along with the key findings of the report.
(113802)
114  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the increased number of committals to the Crown Court for sentence if the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill is enacted.
(113806)
115  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of money his Department will pay to local authorities in 2000-01 to reimburse them for the costs of supporting asylum seekers who claim asylum on or after 1st April.
(113789)
116  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, Official Report, column 288W, concerning the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, if he will make a statement on the timescale for the review to be conducted by the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality which he announced on 22nd February.
(113803)
117  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald of 2nd March, Official Report, column 377W, on which judges will hear appeals from magistrates on mode of trial, if he will list, for each Crown Court centre in England and Wales, the estimated number of appeals to be heard by each resident judge; what discussions he has had with (a) resident judges and (b) senior presiding judges regarding the requirement for resident judges to hear such appeals, and what representations have been made to him; how the requirement for resident judges to hear such appeals relates to his estimate of a hearing within 48 hours; and if he will make a statement.
(113809)
118  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the organisations which have agreed to provide accommodation on contract to the National Asylum Seekers Support Agency.
(113785)
119  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the assumption of the increased number of defendants who would be tried in the magistrates' court rather than the Crown Court changed from 12,000 under the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill to 14,000 under the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; what the basis was for each of those assumptions; and if he will make a statement.
(113807)
120  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, column 379W, if he was informed before the Commission for Racial Equality's meeting on 7th February that additional funding had been promised to Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd by his Department; if he or any of his Ministers authorised such funding or promises of funding; and if he will make a statement.
(113800)
121  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the name of the town to be awarded city status for the third millennium will be announced.
(113847)
122  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when it was decided that towns competiting for city status for the third millennium needed a population in excess of 200,000 to qualify.
(113848)
123  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to encourage sporting links between private schools and state schools; and if he will make a statement.
(113679)
124  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date her Department first requested assistance from the armed services to alleviate hardship in the floods of Mozambique.
(113674)
125  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the projected spending plans by her Department in Mozambique for 2000-01 and 2001-02 were first included in a document in the public domain.
(113662)
126  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, at what time on what date officials in her Department first discussed sending helicopters to Mozambique with the Ministry of Defence.
(113663)
127  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his reply of 19th January, Official Report, column 445W, if he will set out the Government's response to the specific concerns about Mrs. Nelson's safety raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in his 1998 report.
(113863)
128  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what kind of protection has been afforded to the members of the Parades Commission since its establishment; and what has been the cost of providing protection to members of the Commission over the past 12 months.
(113831)
129  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) RUC working hours have been allocated to and (b) RUC officers have been employed in the protection of members of the Parades Commission over the past 12 months.
(113830)
130  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to promote energy efficiency in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(113680)
131  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to promote energy from biomass sources; and if he will make a statement.
(113683)
132  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to offer financial assistance and support to social enterprises in Northern Ireland.
(113681)
133  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he is taking to promote onshore to offshore wind energy in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(113684)
134  
N  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to promote access to family planning services; and if he will make a statement.
(113682)
135  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the President of the Council, what estimate she has made of the running costs of sittings in Westminster Hall; and if she will make a statement.
(114094)
136  
N  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Prime Minister, if his proposals to establish fast track chest pain clinics and a National Heart Director apply in Wales.
(113635)
137  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance he has (a) given and (b) intends to give to civil servants on their involvement with organisations campaigning for and against the single currency.
(113613)
138  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total estimated savings from housing benefit restrictions (a) in total and (b) in London for the period 1994-95 to 1998-99.
(114098)
139  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the total estimated saving from single room rent restrictions (a) in total and (b) in London for each year since 1996; and how many people have been subject to these restrictions in each year.
(114099)
140  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many households with children were subject to housing benefit restrictions as a consequence of rent restrictions in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
(114095)
141  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many households on income support were subject to restrictions of housing benefit entitlement (a) in total and (b) in each London borough in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
(114097)
142  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent examination of the performance of housing benefit delivery in the London Borough of Islington he has undertaken.
(113673)
143  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average cost, for each London borough, of the administration of housing benefit in the last year for which figures are available
(113670)
144  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which local authorities, in each of the past three years, have been served with improvement notices on the administration of housing benefit.
(113671)
145  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what data his Department collates on the time taken to process (a) initial and (b) repeat housing benefit applications for each London borough.
(113669)
146  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many tenants were evicted from (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private rented accommodation in each London borough because of delays in payment of housing benefit in 1999.
(113672)
147  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if remote access terminals are being installed with software that will automatically cross reference details of claimants of housing benefit with other benefits.
(113624)
148  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to improve the medical expertise of the fraud investigators in each of his Department's agencies which execute counter-fraud work.
(113815)
149  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the annual savings were from the weekly benefit savings scheme for each year from 1996 to 1999.
(113791)
150  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what evaluations his Department has conducted of the use of biometric data as a means by which to reduce benefit fraud.
(113793)
151  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list (a) the pilot areas for the barcoding of order books and (b) the duration of each of the pilots.
(113628)
152  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the funding for the Departmental Programme Protection Fund for each year for which it has been budgeted; and what savings (a) it has achieved so far and (b) it is expected to achieve each year to meet the Public Service Agreement targets.
(113790)
153  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if local authorities will be able to access information held by the Inland Revenue on each of the tax credits using remote access terminals.
(113622)
154  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the monetary value of fraud involving barcoded order books to date.
(113626)
155  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be the margin of error of the estimate of housing benefit (a) fraud and (b) error to be provided by the ongoing Area Benefit Review.
(113817)
156  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which ministers are currently in the Ministerial counter-fraud group.
(113620)
157  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when his Department began the programme to check the veracity of national insurance numbers; when the programme is expected to end; how many numbers (a) have so far been checked and (b) remain to be checked; and how many of the numbers so far checked have been identified as bogus.
(113630)
158  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many local authorities are covered by the Area Benefit Review of Housing Benefit.
(113784)
159  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been the average cost to local authorities since April 1999 of implementing the Verification Framework; and how much of that cost has been met by (a) central government and (b) local government since April 1999.
(113625)
160  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 334W, on National Insurance staff, by what criteria the number of staff able to allocate new numbers were reduced.
(113664)
161  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place a copy of his Department's formal memorandum of understanding with the British Cheque Cashers Association in the Library.
(113619)
162  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to (i) measure accurately and (ii) reduce fraud and error in (a) invalid care allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) incapacity benefit.
(113795)
163  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what checks are routinely made on child benefit claimants to ensure their children are in full-time education; and if he will make a statement on planned reforms in this area.
(113816)
164  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the margin of error for the inspection of fraud and error in each of the benefits inspected in the most recently published Area Benefit Review.
(113629)
165  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the monetary value of (i) official error, (ii) customer error, (iii) confirmed claimant fraud, (iv) high suspicion claimant fraud, (v) low suspicion claimant fraud, (vi) confirmed official fraud, (vii) high suspicion official fraud, (viii) low suspicion official fraud for (a) invalid care allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) incapacity benefit for each of the past three years.
(113794)
166  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 334W, on National Insurance staff, if he will list the types of automatic security check that prompt a management check.
(113665)
167  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if staff calculating benefit entitlement at the Benefits Agency will be able to electronically access information held by the Inland Revenue on each of the tax credits.
(113623)
168  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the savings to date from the barcoding of order books in each of the pilot areas.
(113627)
169  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what were the main results of the risk assessment of staff posts conducted by his Department last year; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(113782)
170  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many times the Ministerial counter-fraud group (a) has met since it was formed and (b) met in 1999.
(113621)
171  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department is taking to eradicate fraudulent housing benefit claims by landlords.
(113792)
172  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to eliminate the back-log of payments of minimum income guarantee to pensioners in Norfolk.
(113829)
173  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what changes he plans to make with regard to (a) savings and (b) capital held by claimants applying for means tested benefits.
(113962)
174  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the cost of the AC Nielsen survey into international price comparisons; and what products were included in the survey.
(114075)
175  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications for West Cumbria of the current review of assisted area status levels of regional assistance.
(114073)
176  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account he took of the potential for conflict of interest in deciding on an organisation to carry out a survey into international price comparisons.
(114078)
177  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response the Government has made to the recent OECD report on international price comparisons.
(114079)
178  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for further research into international price comparisons.
(114077)
179  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response the Government has made to the Dresdner Kleinwort Benson report into international supermarket prices.
(114081)
180  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response the Government has made to the report by Employment Conditions Abroad on the cost of living within European Union member states.
(114080)
181  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions are taking place between the Government and the European Commission on the eligibility of areas of the United Kingdom for regional selective assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(114072)
182  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations his Department had with consumer organisations on the range of products to be included in the AC Nielsen survey into international price comparisons.
(114076)
183  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will review the reliability of statistics on gross domestic product per capita in respect of West Cumbria.
(114074)
184  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to develop relationships through the Office of Science and Technology with Taiwan in the areas of science and technology.
(113828)
185  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress he has made with the development of the Government's information technology strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(113897)
186  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking to attract inward investment into the former South Humberside area.
(113903)
187  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the conclusions of the consultation on the document, A Fairer Measure; and if he will make a statement.
(113963)
188  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the value of flowers imported into the United Kingdom from EU countries for each year since 1990.
(113895)
189  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the cost of his Department's Director General for Energy's visit to Japan on 7th-10th February; and under which budget sub-head costs were met.
(114085)
190  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received from the EU Environment Commissioner in respect of the application of the provisions of Article 34 of the Euratom Treaty to Sellafield.
(114088)
191  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what liaison has taken place between his Department and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, since July 1999, in respect of assessing progress made by BNFL in meeting the enhanced safety targets he established in his statement on the proposed PPP for BNFL.
(114083)
192  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 28th February, Official Report, columns 51-52W, on the visit of British nuclear officials to Japan, for what reason details of the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate report on irregularities and safety of MOX production at Sellafield were released to the Japanese authorities prior to their official release in the United Kingdom; and which bodies in Japan received the NII reports and under what conditions of confidentiality.
(114141)
193  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of communications between his Department's Director General for Energy and the atomic energy counsellor in the British Embassy in Tokyo made since 1st August 1999.
(114082)
194  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the benefits of ensuring that cash withdrawals from automatic teller machines located in post offices are not subject to bank charges.
(113905)
195  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met representatives of lowcost airlines to discuss air passenger duty.
[Question Unstarred] (112216)
196  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to help reduce the level of sterling.
[Question Unstarred] (112223)
197  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the obstacles to employment of British ski instructors in France; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (113918)
198  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) women aged 55 to 60 years and (b) men aged 60 to 65 years were in full-time employment in the Greater London area on 1st February.
[Transferred] (113834)
199  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were (a) employed and (b) unemployed in the former area of South Humberside in each year since 1981.
[Transferred] (113902)
200  
  
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the amount of housing benefit paid by each local authority in respect of local authority rented housing in the years (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1999-2000; and if he will indicate the average number of recipients for each authority.
[Transferred] (113843)
201  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with MAFF in respect of the impact of the two metre rule in relation to the eligibility of hedges and grassy banks for arable crop payments; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (114139)
202  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the length of hedgerows in the UK which are more than two metres wide and which border land affected by CAP arable crop payments.
[Transferred] (114137)
203  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the underspend in the Treasury's budget for the last financial year for BSE-related expenditures.
[Transferred] (113864)


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