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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 20 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 20 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.
 


 
MONDAY 20th MARCH
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 7th March, Official Report, column 581W, on fishing quotas, what was the nature of the United Kingdom response to the Commission opinion.
(115574)
2  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans the Government has to implement an authorisation process for livestock feed additives under the provisions of Regulation 13 of Article 9K of Council Directive 96/51/EC.
(115246)
3  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will announce the Government's proposals for the implementation of Regulation 13 of Article 9K of Council Directive 96/51 concerning additives in feedstuffs.
(115245)
4  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has been given on the conditions necessary for the degradation of DNA, particularly in food matrices; and if he will make a statement.
(115499)
5  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many people are directly employed in dairy farming in the (a) United Kingdom and (b) Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.
(115717)
6  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps the Government is taking to promote the sale of British dairy produce.
(115754)
7  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the family policy responsibilities of each Government department.
(115748)
8  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will place the technical specifications of the Knowledge Network Computer system in the Library.
(115608)
9  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information relating to the work of political parties will be held on the Knowledge Network Computer system.
(115607)
10  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if information on members of the Shadow Cabinet will be held on the Knowledge Network Computer system.
(115606)
11  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will review the range and application of Crown Immunity across all Government departments.
(115706)
12  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Inter-Ministerial Group for Older People has met the Advisory Group of the Better Government for Older People Programme.
(115753)
13  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the Commissioners' policy in respect of making use of resources in combination with other churches to commemorate the unification of Europe.
(115563)
14  
  
Mr David Faber (Westbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March, Official Report, column 155W, concerning a national athletic stadium, if his Department has discussed with Manchester City Council its proposal for a 18,000 to 20,000 seat permanent athletics stadium to be built on the UKSI site adjacent to the City of Manchester Stadium.
(115755)
15  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the amount of peat compost used in the last year by (a) Historic Royal Palaces, (b) the Royal Parks Agency and (c) English Heritage; and if he will make a statement.
(115718)
16  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his policy on the commitment of military support to other EU member states proposed by the President of the European Commission on 10th February; and what representations he has made on the issue to the Commission.
(115560)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of producing the RV 'Trinton'; when she will begin sea trials; when she will be put into service; what her mission will be; and if he will make a statement.
(115745)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department plans to do with its stock of Sea Eagle missiles after they have been removed from service; and if he will make a statement.
(115752)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading his Department's stock of Paveway II laser guided bombs to have a Global Positioning System/Inertial Measurement Unit capability; what safeguards would be taken to prevent the jamming of such a system; and if he will make a statement.
(115750)
20  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of providing equipment and civilians and military staff for disaster relief purposes.
(113700)
21  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if a standard procedure is followed when a person goes absent without leave from the armed forces.
(115572)
22  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if permission has been given to dive to the shipwreck of the experimental submarine M-1.
(115704)
23  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) steps he has taken and (b) plans he has to tighten control of (i) unlicensed diving on war-graves and (ii) pillaging of naval wrecks.
(115705)
24  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) name and (b) location of the shipwreck war-graves on which permission has been given to dive in the past 12 months.
(115703)
25  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) applications have been made to and (b) permissions have been given in the last 12 months by his Department to dive on undersea war-graves (i) in the Dardanelles, (ii) off Singapore and (iii) elsewhere.
(115702)
26  
  
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to issue a campaign medal to those who served in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan in the years 1945 to 1948; and if he will make a statement.
(115593)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on planned United Kingdom participation in Robert Schuman Week.
(115546)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the Community Action Programme to Combat Discrimination 2000-06.
(115621)
29  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on differences in performance at GCSE between state secondary schools (a) with and (b) without a sixth form.
(115070)
30  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many state secondary schools in England (a) have and (b) do not have a sixth form.
(115072)
31  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what reply he has sent to the representations by the Association of University Teachers on the age-profile of teaching academics.
(115071)
32  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list areas where local education authorities currently may exercise discretion in connection with higher education student awards.
(115142)
33  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the £500 subsidy for teachers purchasing computer equipment will be liable for income tax.
(115565)
34  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students have achieved five grade A to C passes at GCSE at Westgate College, Newcastle, since the College was formed; what proportion of students at the College this represents; and what is the position of Westgate College among schools in (a) Newcastle, (b) the North East and (c) England ranked in descending order of achievement of five grades A to C at GCSE in the last three years.
(115307)
35  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) SSA and (b) total estimated spending per head in each local education authority in Tyne and Wear in each year from 1995-96 to 1999-2000; and if he will estimate the comparable figures for 2000-2001; and what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in (i) school population, (ii) overall population and (iii) take-up of free school meals on these figures.
(115286)
36  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of spending per pupil in real terms in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Cumbria in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(115068)
37  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have had their benefits stopped for failing effectively to pursue a New Deal option, at each benefit office in Copeland; and if he will make a statement.
(115069)
38  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to establish a Learning and Skills Council for Wales with similar powers to the Learning and Skills Council for England; and if he will make a statement.
(115590)
39  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have taken part in the New Deal Environmental Task Force in North Essex Employment Service area (a) in the first year and (b) in the current year to date.
(115269)
40  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what projects have been completed by the New Deal Environmental Taskforce in the north Essex Employment Service area since its inception.
(115271)
41  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost was of the New Deal Environmental Task Force in the North Essex employment service area (a) in the previous year and (b) in the current year to date.
(115424)
42  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the financial surplus or deficit for the New Deal Environmental Taskforce in North Essex Employment Service area (a) in the first year and (b) in the current year to date.
(115270)
43  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who has been consulted on the current review of, the document, entitled, Head Teachers Facing Allegations.
(115603)
44  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many head teachers in (a) secondary, (b) primary and (c) special schools have been dismissed for misconduct in each of the last three years.
(115600)
45  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress his Department has made in the current review of the document, entitled, Head Teachers Facing Allegations.
(115602)
46  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects the revised versions of the document, entitled, Head Teachers Facing Allegations, to be circulated.
(115601)
47  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many head teachers in (a) secondary, (b) primary and (c) special schools were suspended under accusations of misconduct in each of the last three years.
(115599)
48  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to include school librarians in the Computers for Teachers scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(115591)
49  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money was allocated to the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for each financial year since 1990-91 to the present for (a) the United Kingdom as a whole, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(115139)
50  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the housing densities of the housing areas of the proposed Newcastle Great Park planning application now referred to him, using the net site density method set out in Annex C of the revised Planning Policy Guidance 3.
(115285)
51  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many vacant residential properties there were in each local authority area in Tyne and Wear on the most recent date for which figures are available; and how many residential properties have been leased in each such local authority area in the last five years.
(115283)
52  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the results of the consultation on the Government's proposals for the control of hedges; how many letters of support he has received from individuals and organisations with regard to each of the four options outlined in his proposals; which option gained the most support; which option he will seek to implement; and what his timescale is for putting forward his proposals.
(115242)
53  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to improve the provision of public transport in (a) rural areas and (b) West Cumbria; and if he will make a statement.
(115144)
54  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what improvements to levels of public service have been made in consequence of driving test centre closures.
(115779)
55  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Driving Standards Agency has to allow driving instructors the right of appeal against the result of a check test.
(115780)
56  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the driving test centres which have remained open because the Driving Standards Agency has determined the costs of closure to its customers as too high; and if he will place details of the cost analysis in the Library.
(115778)
57  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the criteria which the Driving Standards Agency applies to the closure of its practical driving test centres, indicating when those criteria were (a) proposed and (b) implemented; and what were the factors which influenced the Driving Standards Agency to use such criteria.
(115776)
58  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Driving Standards Agency decided to analyse and quantify the costs to its customers of closing a driving test centre; and what methods the Agency uses to determine such costs.
(115777)
59  
N  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action is being taken permanently to correct the signal failures affecting the Jubilee line extension.
(114820)
60  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food expect to publish the results of their last round of consultations on the operation by BNFL of its MOX plant (SMP) at Sellafield.
(114816)
61  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors are currently preventing BNFL from operating commercially the Sellafield MOX plant (SMP).
(114817)
62  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what conclusions were reached in the PA Consultancy Group report on the BNFL proposal to operate the MOX plant (SMP) at Sellafield.
(114818)
63  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he is expecting PPP bids for the sub-surface London tube lines by 31st March.
(114985)
64  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what London tube lines and stations will be closed during the proposed PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(114984)
65  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March, Official Report, column 120W, on what date the Greater London Returning Officer made (a) a provisional and (b) a firm order for the necessary paper for the Greater London mayoral elections booklet.
(115510)
66  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his policy on continuing with proposals for the London Underground PPP if none of the bids undertakes best value against the appropriate public sector comparator.
(114986)
67  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations about the political risks associated with the proposed contracts for the London Underground PPP he has received from potential bidders; and if he will make a statement.
(114932)
68  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent on professional and consultancy fees in respect of the London Underground PPP; and if he will estimate how much will be spent in total by the time of completion of the PPP.
(114933)
69  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what commitment the Government has entered into to underwrite the bidders' costs of bidding for the contracts for the London Underground PPP; how much he estimates this will cost public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(114934)
70  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of how much public funding will be required to support the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement.
(114980)
71  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his latest estimate for the total funding requirement for the London Underground for the period of the proposed PPP; and how this will be met.
(114981)
72  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from potential bidders for the PPP contracts on the London Underground concerning shortfalls against costs of the PPP.
(114982)
73  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what cap he will set on increases in fares on the London Underground under the proposed PPP.
(114983)
74  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) buses and (b) passengers have used the M4 bus lane on each day since the ending of Reading Buses' services to and from London; and if he will make a statement.
(115267)
75  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what public sector comparators he will employ to assess whether potential bidders for the London Underground PPP are offering best value for money; and if he will make a statement.
(114931)
76  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 328W, concerning the Jubilee Line, what other recently-completed railways (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad have experienced delays at one point which resulted in delays and train cancellations throughout the line; and for what reason the doors designed to lead to trains on the Westbound Jubilee Line platform at Westminster Station are not in use.
(115751)
77  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the estimated level of capital investment by National Air Traffic Services for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001 and (c) 2001-2002; and how much of that investment will go to the New Scottish Centre in each of these years.
(115509)
78  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the civil airports in the UK, specifying which use National Air Traffic Services to provide air traffic control services.
(115508)
79  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the budget was for promoting green transport plans in 1999-2000; and what is the predicted outturn of expenditure for 1999-2000.
(115514)
80  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money the Government has spent on publicity costs in relation to the Greater London Authority and associated bodies.
(115513)
81  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the Government transferred £500,000 for the promotion of green transport plans budget in 1999-2000 to other uses.
(115515)
82  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those games which have been produced with European Community money to teach people about the euro; what age groups are targeted; and how many have been produced.
(115577)
83  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he has provided to local government under the Comprehensive Spending Review to take account of pay pressures arising from national pay awards.
(115140)
84  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to Barclays Bank plc over their branch closure policy in rural areas; what reply he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(115243)
85  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the take-up rate for working families tax credit in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland; and if he will make a statement.
(115143)
86  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the outcome of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 13th March; and if he will make a statement.
(115547)
87  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residents of Stafford constituency have (a) applied for and (b) received working families tax credit; and what has been the average award.
(115569)
88  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer the question from the Right honourable Member for Hitchen and Harpenden of 15th February (ref. 109572).
(115579)
89  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the aggregate cost to the Inland Revenue of issuing notices of pay as you earn coding prior to 6th April 2000 for the tax year 2000-01 for those aged 65 years and over which will have to be re-issued after 5th April 2000, in order to include an uplift in personal allowances as set out in section 257C TA1988.
(115710)
90  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the interest on the revenue collected early from pensioners by the Exchequer through the temporary over-deduction of income tax caused by the Inland Revenue issuing pay as you earn codings prior to 6th April 2000 for the tax year 2000-01 for those aged 65 years and over without taking account of section 257C TA1988.
(115707)
91  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if, to prevent confusion, he will ensure that the only notice of pay as you earn coding for the tax year 2000-01 pensioners received before 6th April 2000 is based on the anticipated level of personal allowances for that year for those aged 65 years and over, increased as required by section 257C TA 1988.
(115708)
92  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if student loans are considered as income for the purpose of claiming working families tax credit.
(115722)
93  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Morecambe and Lunesdale have benefited from working families tax credit since its introduction.
(115715)
94  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answers of 19th January, Official Report. column 516W, and 8th March, Official Report, column 774W, if he will estimate the interest which would have been saved in the 1998-99 financial year if Government debt in the period 1990-91 to 1998-99 had been issued in the form of (a) Treasury bills and (b) floating rate notes and continuously rolled over.
(114725)
95  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of the working families tax credit have a child less than one year old.
(115247)
96  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much he estimates will be spent in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 on the working families tax credit broken down between (i) basic tax credit, (ii) 30 hour tax credit, (iii) the child tax credits, broken down by age of child and (iv) the childcare tax credit.
(115284)
97  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations have been made to the Iranian Government on the sentences on (a) Mr Zabihullah Mahrami, (b) Mr Musa Talibi, (c) Mr Ataollah Hamid Nasirizadeh, (d) Mr Zabihi-Moquaddan, (e) Mr Kashefi-Najafabadi and (f) Mr Manuchehro Khulusi.
(115605)
98  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will add to the websites listed in Your Britain, Your Europe literature details of those groups opposed to the organisation's whose sites are listed.
(115566)
99  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the purpose of the Your Britain, Your Europe questionnaire; how many have been printed; how many have been distributed to date (a) in total and (b) to persons not of voting age; and if he will make a statement.
(115573)
100  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those former (a) ministers, (b) senior armed forces personnel and (c) heads of state, who have visited the United Kingdom since 1st May 1997, about whose human rights records he received representations prior to their visits.
(115545)
101  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have entered into agreement with Her Majesty's Government for the protection and promotion of investments; and when each agreement came into force.
(115711)
102  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many suspected war criminals have been apprehended by British forces in Bosnia.
(113722)
103  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will encourage the IMF to develop a detailed audit trail for the sale of oil reserves by countries that abuse human rights; and if he will make a statement.
(115721)
104  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian Foreign Minister regarding exports to Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(115720)
105  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese and Sudanese governments concerning reports that Chinese personnel have been involved in the displacement of Dinka and Nuer peoples from Heglig and Bentin areas; and if he will make a statement.
(115723)
106  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the (a) government of Sudan, (b) European Commission and (c) United Nations, regarding the recent bombings in Sudan.
(115714)
107  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to develop special economic measures to tighten export controls to Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(115712)
108  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of when the banana dispute between the European Union and United States of America will be concluded.
(115564)
109  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and the European Commission as part of efforts to resolve the banana dispute.
(115562)
110  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings are planned by his Department to resolve the banana dispute between the European Union and the United States of America.
(115561)
111  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Gedling of 14th March, Official Report, column 142W, if the new case by case approach to consideration of export licences for dual use goods would allow the import into Montenegro of dual use goods which might benefit the internal security forces of the Montenegrin authorities.
(115592)
112  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries have pledged money towards the Millennium Civil Society Forum to be held in May; and if he will make a statement.
(114243)
113  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to establish on whose behalf the Portuguese presidency of the EU was speaking on 13th March when it rejected Austria's request for the normalisation of relations within the Council of Ministers.
(115496)
114  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultation took place between the Portuguese presidency of the EU and other EU governments prior to their statement on 13th March rejecting Austria's request for the normalisation of relations within the Council of Ministers; and if Her Majesty's Government agreed the wording in advance.
(115497)
115  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the continued use of Sharia law punishments in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(115498)
116  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from Age Concern, the British Pensioners and Trade Union Action Association and other interested parties in relation to the report from the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly.
(115304)
117  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discusions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the report of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly.
(115303)
118  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conclusions he has drawn concerning the report from the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly.
(115302)
119  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 24th January about care homes in Worcestershire.
(115568)
120  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the quality of treatment and (b) survival rates among cancer patients on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.
(115716)
121  
N  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in how many cases in England and Wales in each of the last three years contact or residence orders had been made by the courts in cases where children (a) were killed during contact visits with parents who had a history of domestic violence and (b) were killed in circumstances where the parents had separated due to domestic violence and were disputing contact or residence.
(113947)
122  
N  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been killed in England and Wales since 1st January 1995 in circumstances where the parents had separated as a result of domestic violence and were disputing contact or residence.
(113948)
123  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each year since 1994 the number of (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) consultants, (d) midwives and (e) health visitors employed by the North Staffordshire Hospital Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(115627)
124  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region (a) the number of residential properties owned by health authorities and NHS trusts that were empty on 1st April 1999, (b) the number of such properties empty for one year or more and (c) (a) and (b) as a percentage of the total number of residential properties owned by health authorities and NHS trusts.
(115613)
125  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if empty residential properties owned by the NHS trusts and health authorities are counted by (a) number of vacant buildings and (b) the number of unoccupied bed spaces when notified to the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for inclusion in the published figures for empty properties in England.
(115619)
126  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government plans to spend from his Department's budget on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(115511)
127  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which officials would be seconded to Eurojust under the terms of the proposals agreed at Tampere.
(115553)
128  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the advantages and disadvantages of extending the powers of the Anti-drugs Co-ordinator to include participation in Eurojust; and if he will make a statement.
(115556)
129  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on continuing discussions at European Council level regarding the deployment of police forces in peace keeping missions.
(115578)
130  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his Answer of 6th March, Official Report, column 545W, on bogus drug deals, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the document referred to in Community Document 10846/99, page 8, on the Schengen Manual on Bogus Drugs Deals.
(115575)
131  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his policy regarding the crimes to be covered by Eurojust; and what is the Commission's policy.
(115709)
132  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those elements of the Eurojust proposal which are components of Corpus Juris; and what is his policy on this matter.
(115555)
133  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those powers of Europol whose extension is under discussion; and what is his policy in respect of them.
(115620)
134  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy on the Scoreboard on the Creation of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union.
(115576)
135  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police recruits began training at Hendon for the Metropolitan Police on the course due to commence on 13th March.
(115495)
136  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the maximum number of police officer recruits that can be trained at Hendon for the Metropolitan Police (a) on each course and (b) during a year.
(115494)
137  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the anticipated start dates of police officer recruit courses for the Metropolitan Police during 2000 as at 1st January 2000.
(115493)
138  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of an offence under the Football Offences and Disorders Act 1999 since it came into force.
(115381)
139  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which organisations he has received submissions in response to the consultation paper, New measures to control prostitutes' cards.
(115589)
140  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the financial impact of measures to control prostitutes' cards on (a) the Police, (b) local authorities and (c) telecommunications operators in the last 12 months.
(115588)
141  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were police numbers in the London Borough of Wandsworth (a) on 1st March, and (b) on 1st March in each of the previous four years; and if he will make a statement.
(115550)
142  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the estimated number of illegal immigrants who entered the United Kingdom by hiding in motor vehicles during 1999.
(115596)
143  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial grants have been allocated to the Metropolitan Police in each of the last four years.
(115551)
144  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female category A prisoners were held in prisons in England and Wales on 1st March.
(115549)
145  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which towns with populations of less than 200,000 have been awarded city status since 1970.
(115713)
146  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals were killed in experiments at Wickham Research Laboratories, Wickham, Hampshire, in each of the last five years.
(115749)
147  
N  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences have been recorded in respect of (a) confectioners and tobacconists and (b) other retailers of the sale of tobacco products to those aged under 16 in each of the last five years; how many police cautions have been issued; and what has been the average fine levied.
(115141)
148  
N  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) parliamentary constituency of residence, (b) age, (c) date, (d) location and (e) manner of death of each child who was killed (i) during child contact visits with parents with a history of domestic violence and (ii) in cases of disputed contact in instances of domestic violence by parents since January 1995.
(113950)
149  
N  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been killed in England and Wales since 1st January 1995 during child contact visits with parents who had a history of domestic violence.
(113949)
150  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has the responsibility when a member of the armed forces goes absent without leave, for ensuring that information relating to the absentee is placed on the Police National Computer.
(115559)
151  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average time from arrest to referral to the Crown Prosecution Service in the case of accusations of assault, in each of the last three years.
(115598)
152  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the average dimensions of the force crest on police cars in England and Wales; and what is the size of the (a) largest and (b) smallest crest on the side of police cars in England and Wales.
(115570)
153  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will initiate an inquiry into the process by which prisoners are released from prison, with specific reference to enabling them to avoid former criminal inmates.
(115622)
154  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that perpetrators of domestic violence are successfully prosecuted and punished.
(115611)
155  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to enable women prisoners to receive visits from relatives who live long distances from their prison.
(115610)
156  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he is making to ensure that vulnerable female prisoners on release from prison are not met and coerced by former associates.
(115609)
157  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is putting in place to ensure that prisoners on release are given appropriate assistance with transport to their homes.
(115612)
158  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to accommodate prisoners closer to their homes.
(115623)
159  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in each prison establishment are held (a) two to a cell in a single cell and (b) three to a cell in a double cell.
(115614)
160  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to implement the recommendations in Prison Disturbances 1990: Report of an Inquiry by the Right honourable Lord Justice Woolf and His Honour Sir Stephen Tumim, that (a) no establishment should hold more prisoners than is provided for in its certified normal accommodation, and (b) Parliament be informed if there is a material departure from this rule.
(115616)
161  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average time per week spent out of cell by prisoners in the last two years for which figures are available in (a) each local prison and (b) each young offender institution.
(115615)
162  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to enhance the role of prison officers since the publication of Prison Disturbances 1990: Report of an Inquiry by the Right honourable Lord Justice Woolf and His Honour Sir Stephen Tumim.
(115617)
163  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to enable (a) eligible remand prisoners and (b) people imprisoned for (i) contempt of court and (ii) failing to pay a fine to exercise their right to vote in the elections for a London mayor.
(115624)
164  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to divide prison establishments into smaller units.
(115626)
165  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are held in prison establishments (a) over 25 miles, (b) over 50 miles and (c) over 100 miles from their homes.
(115625)
166  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Government plans to spend from his Department's budget on asylum seekers in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(115512)
167  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Canadian Government regarding exports to Sudan; and if she will make a statement.
(115719)
168  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many RUC officers in each rank have had complaints made against them in each of the last five years and in the current year; for each rank, and year, how many complaints have been (a) dismissed and (b) upheld; and what action has been taken against complainants for (i) frivolous complaints and (ii) wasting police time.
(115571)
169  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what sums have been spent by the Police Authority on works to their office accommodation in each of the last three financial years and in the current year to date for.
(115587)
170  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his recent meetings with Acting President Putin; and what assistance he agreed to provide in Chechnya.
(115604)
171  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Prime Minister, what aircraft he has at his disposal for travelling on official business; what the cost is in the current financial year; what proposals he is evaluating for acquiring further aircraft for the purpose; and at what cost.
(115266)
172  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with opposition parties over the appointment of peers to the House of Lords.
(115421)
173  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the correspondence between the Government and Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank concerning the appointment of peers to the House of Lords.
(115423)
174  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions have been conducted between the Government and Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank over the appointment of peers to the House of Lords.
(115422)
175  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much of the budget for the exceptional hardship payment scheme was (a) spent, (b) unspent and (c) retained by local authorities in each year since it was introduced.
(115310)
176  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the DETR/DSS report, Housing Benefit and the Private Rented Sector, on the average weekly difference between rents charged and housing benefit paid to people under under 25 years affected by the single room rent restriction.
(115306)
177  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received on the impact of the single room rent restriction for people aged under 25 years.
(115308)
178  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the DETR/DSS publication, Housing Benefits and the Private Rented Sector, concerning (a) the availability of private rented accommodation for people aged under 25 years, (b) the ability of people aged under 25 years to negotiate lower rents and (c) the impact of the single room rent restriction.
(115305)
179  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 25 years affected by the single room rent restriction who have successfully applied for an exceptional hardship payment.
(115309)
180  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the (a) gross and (b) net cost, after taking account of increased taxation receipts and means tested benefits savings, of raising (i) the minimum income guarantee and (ii) income support for people aged 60 years and over to £90 per week for single pensioners and £135 for pensioner couples; and how many more pensioners would be eligible for income support at these levels.
(115742)
181  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the (a) gross and (b) net cost, after taking account of increased taxation receipts and means tested benefits savings, of raising the basic state pension to £90 per week for a single person and £135 for a pensioner couple; and what increase in national insurance contribution rates would be required from (i) employers and (ii) employees to meet this cost.
(115743)
182  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the proportion and number of (a) single pensioners who receive a total income below £90 per week after housing costs and (b) pensioner couples who receive a total income below £135 per week after housing costs.
(115744)
183  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the status is of winter fuel payments following the European Court judgment of 16th December 1999; and when he expects to complete the payments to those who are eligible.
(115618)
184  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will provide a breakdown for each of the next 20 financial years of the estimated cost of (a) his proposed deferral until October 2002 of the cuts in widows' SERPS and (b) his proposed preserved rights scheme.
(115527)
185  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if his proposal to give preserved rights to those who were given incomplete information about their widow's SERPS entitlement will include those who were given no information.
(115526)
186  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the number of calls received by the Benefit Fraud Hotline in each month since January 1999.
(114987)
187  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health about sicknotes signed by doctors for those on long-term sick leave.
(114989)
188  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many single pensioners claiming housing benefit live in accommodation comprising two bedrooms or more.
(114988)
189  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what his targets are for the number of people taking out stakeholder pensions; over what timescale this is set; and how many such people he expects to be people who do not currently have a pension.
(114990)
190  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Solicitor General, what is the average time from police referral to (a) decision to prosecute and (b) decision not to prosecute in the case of accusations of assault, in each of the last three years.
(115597)
191  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will accept the recommendations of the Competition Commission's report into the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications cable business by NTL; to what extent he will be guided in his decision by representations made outside the Competition Commission process; and if he will make a statement.
(115244)
192  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he received from (a) BSkyB and (b) News International with regard to the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications cable business by NTL (i) before and (ii) subsequent to his receipt of the Competition Commission's report on this subject.
(115213)
193  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the impact on the number of post offices in Gloucestershire of the provisions of the Postal Services Bill.
(115701)
194  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the value of British investments in Azerbaijan in (a) oil and gas extraction, (b) oil and gas transport, (c) oil and gas support services, (d) hotels and leisure, (e) banking, (f) service industries, (g) manufacturing, (h) retail sales, (i) telecommunications, (j) construction and (k) agriculture.
(115558)
195  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations have been made to him by the trustees of the Mineworkers' Pension Schemes seeking renegotiation of the Agreement relating to the 50 per cent. clawback by Government of the pension funds surpluses; and on what dates these representations were made.
(115554)
196  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received in respect of the Mineworkers' Pension Schemes surpluses; and what the nature of the representations were.
(115557)
197  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Nolan Rules on public appointments apply to non-executive directors of British Nuclear Fuels; and if he will make a statement.
(115067)
198  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Internal Market Council held in Brussels on 16th March; and if he will make a statement.
(115548)
199  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by how much generation of electricity from nuclear sources would have to be increased over current levels to (a) save two million tons of carbon dioxide a year and (b) meet all the Government's current carbon dioxide reduction targets.
(114819)
200  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contracts the Post Office has with haulage contractors for the delivery of UK mail in foreign-registered trucks; and if he will make a statement.
(115268)
201  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to the increases in council tax in Wales in the current year.
(115595)
202  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to the council tax reduction scheme in Wales.
(115594)
203  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received with regard to the introduction of elected mayors for the (a) regions, (b) cities and (c) towns of Wales.
(115584)
204  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans he has for the remuneration of elected mayors in Wales.
(115581)
205  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister with regard to the introduction of elected mayors in Wales.
(115580)
206  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association with regard to the introduction of elected mayors in Wales.
(115583)
207  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to the introduction of elected mayors in Wales.
(115582)
208  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many persons were employed in the manufacturing sector in Wales in each of the years to 31st December 1999, 1998 and 1997, respectively.
[Transferred] (115586)
209  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners in Morecambe and Lunesdale will benefit from free television licences for those persons aged over 75 years.
[Transferred] (115746)
210  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioner households in Morecambe and Lunesdale have benefited from winter fuel payment.
[Transferred] (115747)
211  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people were prosecuted for not having a television licence in the United Kingdom in 1999.
[Transferred] (115552)
212  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those (a) government projects and (b) projects organised in the UK by agencies of the European Community, which have used the services of Caribiner PR Company.
[Transferred] (115567)
213  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the official representatives from the Government who attended the Friends of Europe Conference on 9th March in Brussels.
[Transferred] (115585)


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