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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 17 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 17 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 17th MARCH
1  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to her Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 14W, on photo passes, how many passes were held by temporary research assistants from overseas on 1st January.
(115121)
2  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will state (a) the number and percentage of staff in his Department who are over the age of (i) 45 years and (ii) 55 years and (b) the average age of his staff.
(115409)
3  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions his Department has held with (a) farming organisations and (b) environmental organisations over the impact on (i) historic hedges and (ii) wildlife of the implementation of the two metre rule.
(115543)
4  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115392)
5  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the average starting salary for new graduates employed by the Civil Service.
(115487)
6  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what relocation companies the Government makes use of when relocating civil servants.
(115379)
7  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what rules govern civil servants accompanying ministers to overseas fund-raising functions.
(115206)
8  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what rules govern civil servants accompanying ministers to party political functions.
(115208)
9  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with English Heritage concerning the heritage and architectural merits of the Baltic Exchange; and if he will make a statement.
(115262)
10  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals he is evaluating for keeping the Millennium Dome Exhibition open after 31st December.
(115261)
11  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the increase in funding last requested by the Science Museum in order to fund free admission for adults.
(115327)
12  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department will announce the Government grant to the Science Museum for 2000-01.
(115325)
13  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department will provide the projected funding figures for the World Class Performance Programme for 2000-01 in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland.
(115329)
14  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has held with representatives of the national institutions which receive direct funding from his Department over proposals to replace this direct funding arrangement; and if he will make a statement.
(115524)
15  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the individual awards for the World Class Performance Programme specifying the sports to date.
(115328)
16  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason there has been a reduction in funding of the World Class Performance Programme from 1998-99 to 1999-2000.
(115330)
17  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department gave to the Science Museum in the years (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000; and how much his Department will grant to the Science Museum in 2000-01.
(115326)
18  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the value of Lottery receipts that have not been allocated to good causes; and what plans he has to disperse them.
(115486)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to develop a UK-manufactured radio system to replace AN/PRC-138 125W HF radios.
(115541)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the impact of, and reasons underlying, the change from minutes to days, as a measure of the United Kingdom's deterrent capability.
(115539)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what experts from outside the Department he consulted in preparing rebuttal arguments relating to the views of Professor Hooper at the meeting of the Independent Panel on Gulf War Illnesses on 29th March 1999; if he will place copies of the Government's evidence to the Panel in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(115540)
22  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will decide on the contracts for the (a) beyond visual range air-to-air missile and (b) future transport aircraft.
(115128)
23  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Medical Group HQ can be accommodated at Imphal Barracks; at what cost; and if he will make a statement.
(115536)
24  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when a new Medical Group HQ will be set up at Imphal Barracks, Yorkshire.
(115535)
25  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the notional total value of pensions to which spouses of deceased ex-service personnel are not entitled.
(115339)
26  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spouses of deceased ex-service personnel are not eligible for a forces family pension; and for what reasons.
(115352)
27  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what would be the cost of making payments, in line with the payments which would be made to the spouse of someone who had served all of their time in the armed forces after 6th April 1978, to spouses of deceased ex-service personnel (a) who married after their spouse retired from the armed forces, (b) whose spouses served in the armed forces before 6th April 1978 and (c) to both groups.
(115355)
28  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spouses of deceased ex-service personnel are entitled to only a part of the forces family pension; and for what reasons.
(115353)
29  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to review the position of spouses of deceased ex-servicemen who are not entitled to the forces family pension as part of his review of forces' pensions.
(115354)
30  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will break down the numbers of people whose level of Access to Work support last year fell into the bands (a) £0 to £1,000, (b) £1,000 to £5,000, (c) £5,001 to £10,000 and (d) more than £10,000.
(115519)
31  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) the areas in which he has approved pilot projects for Computers Within Reach and (b) the criteria for such projects; and what estimate he has made of the number of people who will benefit from such projects.
(115375)
32  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the number of surplus places in each school in Redditch for (a) the current year and (b) the next five years, taking account of school mergers as a result of decisions in the Redditch review.
(115414)
33  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to issue for consultation a revised draft Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Sport and Recreation).
(115376)
34  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list quality targets set for (a) London Underground and (b) London Buses, giving in each instance performance against them for each of the years they have been in existence.
(115417)
35  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many escalators on the London Underground are out of order in each zone; for how long the escalator has been out of order in each case; and when they are expected to be fixed.
(115416)
36  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much London Transport has spent on external consultants to date in relation to the public-private partnership for London Underground, stating both (a) actual and (b) budgeted costs.
(115420)
37  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much London Transport has spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.
(115419)
38  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the revision of the quality targets set for London Underground and London Buses.
(115418)
39  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what investigations the Health and Safety Executive is making into the potential health hazards of telecommunications masts.
(115066)
40  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the transparency of the decision-making process of those authorities which have experimented with the cabinet-style arrangements envisaged by the Local Government Bill [Lords].
(115491)
41  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he will take to ensure transparency in the decision-making process of the cabinet-style arrangements envisaged by the Local Government Bill [Lords].
(115489)
42  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the responses to the Consultative Draft Guidance and Regulations with respect to the Local Government Bill.
(115490)
43  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact on (a) historic hedges and (b) wildlife of the implementation of the two metre rule for subsidies.
(115542)
44  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many meetings his officials have had with European Commission officials on the climate change levy.
(115264)
45  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will call for a report from London Underground on the continuing failings of the signalling system on the Jubilee Line, with particular reference to delays on the southbound line on the morning of Tuesday 14th March; and by what date this line is expected to be working efficiently and punctually.
(115127)
46  
N  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will call for a report from London Underground as to why lifts are not operating, walls are unfinished and netted off, and considerable areas have been left unsightly, untidy and strewn with garbage at Westminster underground station.
(115136)
47  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the cost to public funds of the publicly-owned property maintained for his private use.
(115124)
48  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to paragraphs 113 and 126 of the Ministerial Code, what steps he took to avoid conflicts of interest in respect of the renting of a flat from the RMT and other financial arrangements with the RMT.
(115211)
49  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Treasury regarding taxation to discourage multiple property owning.
(115125)
50  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) reviews, (b) public enquiries and (c) commissions of enquiry announced by his Department since May 1997.
(115123)
51  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to ensure that seat belts are worn by rear-seat passengers.
(115537)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what forecasts he made of water availability in Kent prior to deciding on the number of new homes to be built in the county.
(115338)
53  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional resources have been (a) sought by and (b) provided to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to cover the additional work needed to assess the new regulatory regime requirements for (i) British Nuclear Fuels in preparation for PPP and (ii) British Energy as a private company.
(115358)
54  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reports he has received of the level of tobacco smuggled into each European Union member state in each of the last five years.
(115408)
55  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to reduce the tax burden of disincorporation; and if he will make a statement.
(115240)
56  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what, for each of the three most recent financial years, was the average wage of male workers in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Wales.
(115366)
57  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to include energy generated from waste incinerators in the 100 per cent. first year investment allowance for companies moving from environmentally unfriendly to environmentally friendly technologies and processes.
(115351)
58  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford to the Minister of Trade of 13th October 1999 that was transferred to the Foreign Office on 21st October 1999 concerning the issues raised by Ms P. Jones of Chelmsford.
(115209)
59  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those United Kingdom embassies overseas where embassy staff include paid secondees from commercial companies; and for each secondee, if he will list the (a) seconding company and (b) whether the secondee is paid by (i) the seconding company, (ii) the embassy or (iii) another source.
(114815)
60  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115393)
61  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of the Kosovo Protection Corps have been arrested for committing human rights abuses; and when they will be prosecuted.
(115525)
62  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many political party events have been held in British embassies since 1st May 1997.
(115340)
63  
  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British embassies the Minister for Europe has visited during his period of office.
(115341)
64  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the United Kingdom has to decommission nuclear warheads prior to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in April.
(115356)
65  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to appoint an experienced member of an appropriate non-governmental organisation as atomic energy counsellor to the British Embassy in Tokyo.
(115357)
66  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the (a) job description and (b) person specification for trade attacheĦs appointed to British embassies.
(115363)
67  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the trade attacheĦs recruited from the private sector and currently serving in British embassies, with their date of appointment and special areas of expertise in each case.
(115364)
68  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria are used for the appointment of specialist trade attacheĦs to British embassies; and if he will make a statement.
(115365)
69  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bodies of Kosovar Albanians known to have been killed by Kosovan Serbs and Yugoslav police and armed forces since June 1998 have been found.
(115333)
70  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many mass grave sites have been identified in Kosovo; and how many of these have been investigated in detail.
(115335)
71  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the number of Kosovar Albanians killed by Serb police and armed forces in Kosovo between June 1998 and June 1999.
(115334)
72  
  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his estimate of the number of Kosovar Albanians forced out of Kosovo prior to the start of NATO's bombing campaign.
(115332)
73  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS biomedical scientists earn £32,000 per annum; and how many clinical scientists earn £54,000 per annum.
(115130)
74  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the basis underlying the calculation of the number of medical laboratory scientific officers who will benefit from the 26 per cent. pay offer for 1999-2000 given (a) by him on 31st January, Official Report, column 453W, and (b) by the Minister of State on 8th March, Official Report, column 228WH.
(115129)
75  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average level of pay for medical laboratory scientific officers on grade 1 of the pay scale working in hospitals in the United Kingdom.
(115488)
76  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure was on advertising the new helpline for smokers, between 10th December 1999 and the end of March 2000; and what the expenditure on the Quitline, was for the equivalent period in the previous year.
(115395)
77  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    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 to 11th March 2000 inclusive; and what was the proportion for calls to Quitline, for the equivalent period in the previous year.
(115394)
78  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    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 March 2000 inclusive; and how many calls were made to the Quitline, in the same period for the previous year.
(115396)
79  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 7th March, Official Report, column 625W, on indemnity cover for general practitioners, if the criteria for approval of medical liability indemnities under section 9 of the Health Act 1999 will include the maintenance of a solvency margin no lower than that applicable to other injuries under the Insurance Companies Act 1982; and if he will make a statement.
(115413)
80  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed sex wards exist in the North and Yorkshire region; where they are; and when they are due to be phased out.
(115482)
81  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Ludlow on 8th February, (109844), concerning hospital beds in Worcestershire.
(115520)
82  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the average waiting times for each hospital in England and Wales by health authorities (a) currently and (b) annually since 1997.
(115126)
83  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances the prescribing of a drug to a child in care can be challenged by the parents, if they believe that the child may have suffered an adverse reaction to the drug, where that adverse reaction is (i) reported and (ii) unreported.
(115521)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances independent medical advice can be sought when there is a disagreement between parents and the local authority with a duty of care for a child who may have suffered an adverse reaction to a drug, where that reaction is (a) reported and (b) unreported; and if he will make a statement.
(115523)
85  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances the local authority with a responsibility of care for a child could challenge the prescribing of a drug to that child if they believe the child may have suffered an adverse reaction to the drug, where that adverse reaction is (a) reported and (b) unreported.
(115522)
86  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations his Department has received from patients who have been on NHS waiting lists but have paid for private treatment.
(115337)
87  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria he uses in reaching decisions on whether to refer decisions on tariffs for prisoners to the Lord Chief Justice for determination.
(115415)
88  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of detainees held at Campsfield House had been detained for longer than six months in each quarter since June 1996.
(115374)
89  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many weeks the dedicated team in IND dealing with the backlog of general and settlement case-work has been operating; and how many cases have been determined in each of these weeks.
(115404)
90  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to reduce the number of passports lost by his Department when returning them to their owners; and if he will introduce guidance to ensure they are returned using a registered delivery postal service.
(115331)
91  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) removed and (b) deported to Angola in each of the last five years; and if it is his policy to return people to that country.
(115350)
92  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are currently in the backlog of general and settlement casework; and what is the target date for clearing them.
(115380)
93  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been allocated to the dedicated team tackling the backlog of general and settlement case-work within IND.
(115405)
94  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to employ members of the Home Office Press Office on special adviser terms; which of his special advisers are authorised to speak to the press on his behalf; if they are required to consult the Home Office Press Office before doing so; if a record is kept; and if he will make a statement.
(115036)
95  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the persons employed as special advisers in his Department since 2nd May 1997, indicating their salary bands, in each financial year.
(115063)
96  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 818W, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, what were the issues that led to his decision that substantial public funds could not be justified to support the Global Cultural Diversity Congress which he became aware of after 7th February.
(115054)
97  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 817W, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, what undertaking that additional funding would be provided to Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd by his Department was given by his Department before the Commission for Racial Equality's meeting on 7th February; and if he will make a statement.
(115056)
98  
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, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, (a) for what reasons he will not place the accountants' report into Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd in the Library and (b) what was the cost to public funds of the accountants' report into Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd; and if he will make a statement.
(115058)
99  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 820W, on jury trial, for what reasons he has assumed that eight per cent. of formerly electing defendants would be committed for sentence to the Crown Court under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill.
(115060)
100  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 820W, on jury trial, what discussions he has had with (a) resident judges, (b) other circuit judges and (c) the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the requirement for resident judges and their nominated deputies to hear appeals from magistrates' decisions as to mode of trial within 48 hours, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; what was the nature of those discussions; what representations he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(115062)
101  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 818W, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, from what source he understood the additional funding for the Global Cultural Diversity Congress which was to be discussed at the Commission for Racial Equality's meeting on 7th February would be provided; and if he will make a statement.
(115065)
102  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the cost to public funds and (b) the amount of Crown Court time taken up if (i) 25 per cent., (ii) 50 per cent., (iii) 75 per cent. and (iv) 100 per cent. of defendants electing Crown Court trial but refused it by the magistrates under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill appealed to the Crown Court against the magistrates' decision, assuming that an oral hearing was granted in (1) 25 per cent., (2) 50 per cent., (3) 75 per cent. and (4) 100 per cent. of appeals for each proportion of appeals in (i) to (iv).
(115212)
103  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has undertaken into the feasibility of resident judges hearing appeals against magistrates' decisions as to mode of trial within 48 hours under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; if he will place a copy of the research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(115064)
104  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 818W, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress (a) when Mr Gurbux Singh will take up his duties as Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality; (b) if the discussions with Mr Gurbux Singh on the timetable for the review which was announced on 22nd February have been completed; and (c) if the review will commence before Mr Gurbux Singh formally takes up his duties as the Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality; and if he will make a statement.
(115055)
105  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Hendon, of 6th March, Official Report, column 548W, on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress, if the full text of the review conducted by Mr Gurbux Singh will be placed in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(115057)
106  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 821W and the Answer to the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald, of 2nd March, Official Report, column 385W, if he will publish the total number of persons employed in the Home Office Press Office broken down by grade, for (a) (i) 1st May 1997, (ii) 1st January 1998, (iii) 1st January 1999 and (iv) 1st January 2000; and (b) as an average for the year ending 1st March over (i) 1996-97; (ii) 1997-98; (iii) 1998-99 and (iv) 1999-2000.
(115059)
107  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 820W, on jury trial, what research he has undertaken into the likelihood of a defendant appealing against magistrates' decision as to mode of trial under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill; if he will place a copy of the research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(115061)
108  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of a scheme to promote tax relief for donations of £500 or less to political parties; and if he will place in the Library the results of research which he has undertaken into the cost of such a scheme.
(115122)
109  
  
Sir Peter Lloyd (Fareham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to involve the Office for National Statistics in the planning, production and presentation of statistical information relating to the performance of the police, probation and prison services.
(115361)
110  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March, Official Report, column 162W, on anti-social behaviour orders, when the records of ASBOs will be collated centrally by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(115362)
111  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time police officers and (c) civilian police staff are working on the Jill Dando murder investigation.
(115360)
112  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the expenditure incurred by her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if she will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115391)
113  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans the Lord Chancellor has to use his powers under Section 1 of the Damages Act 1996.
(115239)
114  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place his recent correspondence with the Major General commanding the Household Division in the Library.
(115377)
115  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial grant was made available to prisoners who were subject to release under the early release scheme when they were granted parole over Christmas and the New Year.
(115378)
116  
  
Mr Robert McCartney (North Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the remuneration and expenses due to board members of the cross-border implementation bodies continue to be paid since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11th February; and which members of the boards of the cross-border implementation bodies have declined to accept (i) remuneration and (ii) expenses since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11th February.
(115336)
117  
  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the members of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee responsible for making appointments of justices of the peace in the County Armagh area.
(115407)
118  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to paragraph 72 of the Ministerial Code and the Answer by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, of 13th March, Official Report, column 33W, if it is his policy that Ministers should be willing to provide information on their overseas travel more frequently than once a year.
(115207)
119  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he will answer the question from the honourable Member for Croydon South tabled on 22nd February, concerning Mr Roger Liddle (ref. 112076).
(115370)
120  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what factors led him to decide that the new synchrotron should be built at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
(115138)
121  
N  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to commemorate the date of the 200th Anniversary of the Union with Ireland Act 1800; and if he will make a statement.
(114546)
122  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 806W, if he will list the local authorities that did not volunteer to participate in (a) the Area Benefit Review of Housing Benefit and (b) the last Housing Benefit Review.
(115210)
123  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 53W, (a) what types of fraud the new scans of national insurance numbers will identify that previous scans have not been able to, (b) what estimate he has made of how many fraudulent numbers there will be for each type of anticipated fraud and (c) how many numbers on the Departmental Central Index will be scanned using the new technique.
(115204)
124  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of contributors to SERPS and their dependents who have suffered financial or other hardship as a result of the misleading information issued between 1986 and 1996 on changes in the provision of inherited SERPS.
(115369)
125  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the nature of the evidence referred to in the NAO report on SERPS (HC320) about the noting by his Department of the absence of information about changes to inherited SERPS in a draft leaflet on the changes to retirement pensions; and if the investigations referred to in his oral statement of 15th March, Official Report, column 307, established whether ministers' attention was drawn to this fact.
(115368)
126  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be the average weekly change, as a result of the changes to SERPS in the Social Security Act 1986, in inherited pension received by a surviving spouse whose partner dies after 5th April 2000 rather than before.
(115373)
127  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the investigations referred to in his oral statement of 15th March, Official Report, column 307, established whether ministers had (a) sight of and (b) responsibility for the leaflet contained in the DSS briefing pack publicising the 1986 reforms that mentioned the 50 per cent. reduction in inherited SERPS.
(115372)
128  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the investigations referred to in his oral statement of 15th March, Official Report, column 307, established whether ministers had (a) sight of or (b) responsibility for the 1987 revision of the DSS leaflet, Your Retirement Pension (NP32), concerning the 50 per cent. reduction in inherited SERPS.
(115371)
129  
  
Mr Dennis Turner (Wolverhampton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of raising the children's rates in the various income-related benefits (in addition to normal indexation) by (a) £5 per week in October 2000 and (b) a further £5 per week in April 2001.
(115492)
130  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of automated systems for cross-checking the consistency of data between different departmental computer systems as a means of reducing fraud and error.
(115367)
131  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement on the meeting between Mr John Howes of the Treasury Solicitor's Department and members of the JDS Tribunal on 2nd December 1999.
(115412)
132  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many mergers between UK companies have taken place in each of the last five years; how many of these mergers have been referred to him; and in how many of these mergers he has intervened.
(115518)
133  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research his Department has undertaken into the effect on employment of mergers.
(115517)
134  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of (a) the extra electricity transmission losses and (b) their cost, which will result from new build homes in the South East.
(115406)
135  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what involvement Mr David Harrison, of the ECGD Advisory Board, had in the decision of the ECGD to support the ACESITA stainless steel strip mill in Timoteo.
(114785)
136  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what involvement David McLachlan had in the decision of the ECGD to support the (a) nuclear power project in Ain Shan China Phase III, (b) coal handling export terminal in Tianjin, China, (c) coal-fired power station in Manjing, Malaysia and (d) line of credit for the Korean Development Bank.
(114786)
137  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if, following his decision to aid the A3XX Super-Jumbo project, he will publish (a) an independent investment appraisal of the project and (b) a report on his efforts to finance the project on a fully commercial basis.
(115137)
138  
N  
Dr Michael Clark (Rayleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action is he taking to draw public attention to the importance of science and engineering.
(114787)
139  
N  
Dr Michael Clark (Rayleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his Department's involvement in activities relating to Science Week commencing on 17th March organised by the British Association.
(114788)
140  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the contents of file bundles 120, 121, 140 and 141 in the Astra case.
(115410)
141  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he was requested to hand over file bundles 120, 121, 140 and 141 in the Astra case to the JDS tribunal in the case of Gerald James; and what factors underlay his decisions in respect of those file bundles.
(115411)
142  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce measures to allow post offices to sell alcoholic drinks.
(115484)
143  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-postmasters there are in the UK; and how many of them are (a) from ethnic minorities and (b) women.
(115205)
144  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what are the implications for British energy policies of power lines proposed to be built from Lakenby to Shipton by Bellingborough; what impact they will have (a) on the local industry and (b) on the future of power stations; and if he will make a statement.
(115538)
145  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when Bruce Crawford MSP will receive a reply to his letter, dated 31st January, to the honourable Member for Airdrie and Shotts regarding compensation payments to ex-miners.
(115534)
146  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many special safety inspection visits have been paid to (a) Sellafield and (b) Dounreay by environmental safety experts from the Euratom Agency in each year since 1990; and if he will place copies of reports in the Library.
(115359)
147  
N  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has had from French scientists who are synchrotron users in support of Daresbury as the site for Diamond.
(115134)
148  
N  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have been held within government about the siting of the European spallation source which will replace the ISIS neutron machine at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
(115133)
149  
N  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he and his ministers have had with the Wellcome Trust in relation to the siting of the Diamond synchrotron project.
(115131)
150  
N  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he and his ministers have had with the French Government in relation to the siting of the Diamond synchrotron project; and if he will publish the papers associated with the meetings.
(115132)
151  
N  
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has had from scientists with an international reputation in support of Daresbury as the site for Diamond.
(115135)
152  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice he has received on the legality of the reduction in employers' national insurance contributions in connection with the climate change levy for the purposes of complying with EU competition regulations; and if he will publish it.
[Transferred] (115263)
153  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the difference in the cost of benefit payments is between an automatic credit transfer transaction and payment by giro; and if he will break down the cost difference between payments to the agencies concerned.
[Transferred] (115483)
154  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to require councils to allow people to pay (a) rents and (b) council tax at post offices.
[Transferred] (115485)


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