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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 27 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 27 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 27th MARCH
1  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to her Answer to the honourable Member for Nuneaton of 22nd February, Official Report, column 844W, on all-party groups, if the new rules for all-party groups apply retrospectively from the date of a group's last AGM or from the date of a group's first AGM following her Answer; if meetings held outside the Palace of Westminster count towards the minimum annual requirement; if a meeting of a group held separately from, but on the same day, and at the same place, as the group's AGM counts towards the minimum annual requirement; and if meetings at which the number of honourable Members present falls below five at any point can be counted towards the minimum annual requirement.
(115775)
2  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what tests are carried out on (a) raw and (b) UHT milk imported into the UK from (i) EU and (ii) non-EU countries.
(116561)
3  
  
Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the countries from which (a) raw milk and (b) UHT milk was imported into the United Kingdom in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, and (iii) 1999, indicating the quantities in each case.
(116573)
4  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what were the results of the recent consultation on bass trawling regulations in respect of (a) the number, (b) the percentage of respondents (i) agreeing and (ii) disagreeing with the proposed regulations (c) the number and (d) the percentage of respondents in favour of (i) partial and (ii) complete closure of the offshore fishery for bass.
(115774)
5  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for North Essex of 6th November 1999 concerning purchasing policies of local authorities.
(116138)
6  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the number of (a) organic farms, (b) farms currently in the process of converting into organic farms and (c) farms that have applied for the organic farming scheme, in (i) England, (ii) Hampshire, (iii) each local authority in Hampshire and (iv) each constituency in Hampshire.
(116478)
7  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the terms of special temporary measures for hop growers and (a) identify the reference date from which areas should not increase and (b) specify if that date refers to areas planted or areas harvested.
(116136)
8  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reason some hop growers received lower payments under special temporary measures for 1999 than those for which they applied.
(116137)
9  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will give the unit levels of export refunds in (a) euros and (b) sterling for (i) skimmed milk powder, (ii) whole milk powder, (iii) butter and (iv) condensed milk for each of the last 12 months.
(116135)
10  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 189W, on live animal exports, what were the countries of destination of the live sheep exported from the United Kingdom in 1999 for (a) slaughter and (b) further fattening; and how many were exported to each country of destination.
(116647)
11  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his staff at the port of Dover initiated discussions about the weather conditions with the Master of the 'Cap Afrique' on the evening of 2nd March; and what the wind force was at Port Control when the 'Cap Afrique' sailed on 3rd March.
(116643)
12  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to make assistance for early retirement available to farmers under the provisions of the Rural Development Regulation (EC No. 1750/1999).
(116222)
13  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations she has made, in her role as inter-departmental co-ordinator of policy on rural affairs, to Barclays Bank plc about their branch closure policy; what reply she has received; and if she will make a statement.
(116289)
14  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to visit a research laboratory engaged in research into genetically- modified plants.
(116565)
15  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will publish the communications audit of Whitehall departments; and if she will make a statement.
(116291)
16  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Ministers, special advisers and civil servants have control of the input of information to the Knowlege Network Project; and if she will make a statement.
(116293)
17  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the total planned and current cost of the Knowledge Network Project; and if she will make a statement.
(116292)
18  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the categories of information which are (a) held and (b) planned to be held on the Knowledge Network Project which are broken down by constituency level.
(116290)
19  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much National Lottery funding has been provided to historic railway engine restoration projects since the start of the National Lottery; and if he will make a statement.
(116100)
20  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the Royal Parks Agency did not invite open tenders for the pirate ship in Kensington Palace Gardens; and if he will make a statement.
(116296)
21  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 8th February regarding a constituent.
(116381)
22  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how transport to Saudi Arabia would differ from present arrangements following the purchase of (a) the Antonov 124 and (b) the Boeing C17.
(116499)
23  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aircraft was used to take Puma helicopters to Mozambique; how long the journey took; and what estimate he has made of how long it would have taken for an equivalent number of helicopters to have arrived in a complete state had Boeing C17 aircraft been used for the transportation.
(116599)
24  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take for an Antonov 124, if purchased by his Department, to be placed on the British Military List; and what impact this would have on protecting its operation from interference by foreign powers.
(116598)
25  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long would it take for (i) an Antonov 124 and (ii) a Boeing C17 to carry an equal amount of supplies, based on the maximum that the lesser carrying aircraft can carry, to (a) East Timor and (b) Mozambique.
(116501)
26  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the unit cost for the purchase of (a) an Antonov 124 and (b) a Boeing C17.
(116560)
27  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) volume and (b) weight of cargo a single (i) Antonov 124 and (ii) Boeing C17 could have taken to (a) East Timor and (b) Mozambique.
(116500)
28  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft would be available under (a) the Antonov 124 package and (b) the Boeing C17 package.
(116497)
29  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it would take for (i) an Antonov 124, and (ii) a Boeing C17 to carry 40 battle tanks to the Balkans.
(116502)
30  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how (a) refuelling and (b) diversion arrangements would differ from those which currently apply, in respect of transport to the Falklands, following the purchase of (i) the Antonov 124 and (ii) the Boeing C17.
(116498)
31  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's Rover class tankers.
(116451)
32  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will place a contract for the Alternative Landing Ships Logistic Programme; and at which shipyard the work will be carried out.
(116458)
33  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department in each of the last three years in procuring new buildings and land.
(116457)
34  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will withdraw from service (a) HMS 'Roebuck', (b) HMS 'Hecla' and (c) HMS 'Herald'.
(116455)
35  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to acquire primary casualty receiving ships.
(116452)
36  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the RFA's 'Olwen' and 'Olna' last put to sea.
(116453)
37  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements he is making to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War in the United Kingdom.
(116459)
38  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the upgrading of afloat medical support facilities.
(116450)
39  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what will be the cost of each Type 45 destroyer.
(116449)
40  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to procure new survey ships for the Royal Navy.
(116456)
41  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the expected in-service date is for the Royal Navy survey ships which will replace HMS 'Beagle' and HMS 'Bulldog'.
(116454)
42  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the average amount of money that has been expected to have been paid back by service personnel in the last 10 years in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) RAF who have received university education through cadetships and have subsequently left before completion of service; how this sum of money is calculated; and if he will make a statement.
(116511)
43  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Navy personnel who were awarded cadetships in the last 10 years and subsequently left before completion of service were required to pay back money received for university education; how much money was expected to be paid back; how many cadets were required to pay the full amount; and if repayment was weighted against the time that they served.
(116515)
44  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited into the (a) RAF, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy on cadetships and how many of them (i) had their fees paid and (ii) received a salary, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(116512)
45  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the conditions relating to the award of cadetships in the (a) RAF, (b) Navy and (c) Army when students join the services, have their fees and a grant paid to them whilst completing university and then subsequently leave the force; what is his policy on the repayment of such funds by cadets if they leave before completion of service; and if he will make a statement.
(116513)
46  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy personnel who were awarded cadetships in the last 10 years subsequently left before completion of service.
(116510)
47  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions in the last 10 years Army personnel leaving other than on health grounds were allowed to forgo repayment of money received from the Army for the cost of university education.
(116559)
48  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the C-17 was chartered by the Ministry of Defence from the USAF during the Kosovo conflict; and what the payload was which was offered.
(116562)
49  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice he has issued to the Territorial Army on compliance with the Working Time Directive.
(116345)
50  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which credit organisations his officials are discussing access to credit by members of HM Forces and their families; and if he will make a statement.
(116131)
51  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department issued instructions that Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force cadets must not travel in four-ton trucks or other military vehicles without seatbelts; and what assessment he has made of the impact of this ruling on (a) cadet training and (b) cadet financing.
(116346)
52  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what civilian use he envisages for the new roll-on, roll-off ferries on order for his Department.
(116132)
53  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what barrack accommodation is currently surplus to requirements in Scotland and awaiting disposal; and if he will estimate the potential single accommodation capacity of these barracks.
(116224)
54  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many places (a) are currently available and (b) will be available by 2001, in training camps in Scotland for (i) Kirkcudbright, (ii) Barry Budden and (iii) Cultybraggan.
(116225)
55  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single accommodation places exist for each of the services in Scotland for (a) officers and (b) other ranks by location; and if he will estimate the total number of service personnel that could be accommodated onshore in Scotland if all available accommodation was utilised.
(116226)
56  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the areas of responsibility assigned to each of the three members of the AWE management consortium under the terms of the contract to manage the AWE Aldermaston site.
(116344)
57  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marine, (c) Army and (d) RAF personnel there are in Zimbabwe; what roles they are fulfilling; and how many Zimbabweans are receiving military training in the UK.
(116262)
58  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the station operating budget for each RAF base in the UK in the last year for which figures are available.
(116223)
59  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the visits by honourable Members to his Department's establishments in Wales since May 1997 and (b) invitations declined by local honourable Members to visit establishments in their constituencies.
(116348)
60  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to secure continuity for apprentices at Rover.
(116295)
61  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on negotiations between UEFA and the European Commission regarding the rules allowing professional footballers to work in any EEA country.
(114850)
62  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average class sizes were in Essex (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools on (i) 1st May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures for the Mid-Essex area.
(116028)
63  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will break down the capital allocations since May 1997 to schools in (a) the Amber Valley constituency and (b) Amber Valley District.
(116376)
64  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the total capital allocation since May 1997 to schools in (a) the Amber Valley constituency and (b) Amber Valley District.
(116377)
65  
  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make grant allocations available to debt-free local education authorities in fulfilment of his Department's obligations under the Schools Access Initiative 2000-01.
(116495)
66  
N  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what date the contract was signed for the growing of a GM crop at Friskney, Lincolnshire.
(116448)
67  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the name of the leaders, (b) the political party of the leader and (c) the annual allowance payable to the leader of each local authority in England.
(116460)
68  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the cost of removing (a) pesticides and (b) nitrates from drinking water supplies in each of the last five years.
(116656)
69  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the assumed scale of net regional population migration underlying the projected level of household formation proposed for the current round of draft regional planning guidance (a) in each of the eight English regions and (b) for the spatial development plan for London.
(116653)
70  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what annual scale of migration of (a) people and (b) households into the South East from (i) London and (ii) the rest of England is assumed in his proposals for new dwellings to be provided in the next five years.
(116654)
71  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of households for each five year period between 1996 and 2021 for each English county and metropolitan area assuming zero net internal migration.
(116655)
72  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what he plans to implement the justification requirements of Euratom Directive 96/29.
(115531)
73  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to publish the green paper on radioactive waste management; and what will be its terms of reference.
(115532)
74  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to reduce brain injuries amongst child cyclists.
(115739)
75  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many child cyclists have been (a) injured and (b) killed on the roads in each of the past 10 years.
(115773)
76  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many birth and marriage certificates have been lost by the DVLA since the introduction of the new driving licence with a photograph.
(116507)
77  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the avenues open to a member of the public to resolve a dispute with a water company about the notional rateable value of their home.
(116491)
78  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what GM crop trials there have been in Herefordshire; and if he will make a statement.
(116343)
79  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many breakdown and recovery vehicles exempt from the MoT test (a) are currently operating on (i) motorways and (ii) other roads and (b) were involved in vehicle accidents in the last year for which figures are available.
(116133)
80  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to reimburse local authorities in full for current and future rent rebate expenditure.
(115387)
81  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total amount of housing revenue account subsidy paid to local authorities in 1998-99.
(115399)
82  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the estimated subsidy for the housing revenue account of local authorities for the years (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(115401)
83  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reasons the housing revenue subsidy paid to local authorities is less than the rent rebate expenditure borne by local authorities.
(115402)
84  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason local authorities' rent rebate expenditure is not reimbursed on the same basis as expenditure on rent allowances for private sector and association tenants.
(115403)
85  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what funding will be available to ensure that there is no further clawback of local authority rent income by central government.
(115428)
86  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the existing gap between rent rebate expenditure and housing subsidy will be funded in full without a corresponding fall in money available for council housing.
(115427)
87  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will implement regulations covering changes to disabled drivers' badges and clocks.
(116297)
88  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the levels of traffic growth for (a) England, (b) Hampshire and (c) each local authority in Hampshire in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) for each year from 1992 to date.
(116477)
89  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to publish his response to the recommendations of the panels which conducted the public examinations of the draft regional planning guidance notes for East Anglia and the South East; and if he will make a statement.
(116564)
90  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential for re-using green glass waste; what recent discussions he has had with the importers of green glass bottles on this subject; and if he will make a statement.
(116298)
91  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made by the Wembley Task Force towards improving the road and rail links to Wembley Stadium.
(114856)
92  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the re-opening of trade in turtle shells.
(116490)
93  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanism is in place to ensure that, for the purpose of compiling the sub-national population projections, migrants to the United Kingdom are not recorded at the point of entry to the United Kingdom as well as at subsequent places of residence elsewhere in the United Kingdom within the same statistical period.
(116572)
94  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action (a) he is taking and (b) he plans to take to prevent bogus claims of self-employment, with particular reference to the construction industry; and what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue as a result of such claims.
(116509)
95  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to Barclays Bank plc about their branch closure policy; what reply he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(115996)
96  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the amounts (i) in current prices, (ii) in constant 1999-2000 prices and (iii) as percentages of personal income, taken by (a) income taxes, (b) national insurance contributions, (c) value-added tax, (d) other central government indirect taxes, (e) the aggregate of (a) to (d), (f) average council tax payments and (g) the aggregate of (a) to (d) and (f) for (1) a single person, (2) a married couple without children, both working and (3) a married couple with two children, husband in work, wife not working, in each case at 50, 75, 100, 150 and 200 per cent. of average earnings for the financial year 1999-2000, taking account of changes announced in his Budget Statement and previously announced changes and for each of the years (w) 1996-97, (x) 1997-98, (y) 1998-99 and (z) 1999-00.
(116508)
97  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the impact on women compared to men of (a) the 2000 Budget measures and (b) the combined effect of the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Budget measures.
(116496)
98  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what UK regional or minority languages the Government recognises in relation to the recent UK signing of the Council of Europe Charter on Regional or Minority Languages.
(115997)
99  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives of farmers in Zimbabwe; and if he will place the minutes of that meeting in the Library.
(116494)
100  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many farmers in Zimbabwe are British passport holders.
(116493)
101  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterparts concerning the exchange between the UK and Russia of anti-terrorist information, with particular reference to Chechnya.
(116563)
102  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the prescription of Prozac to children under 10 years; and what guidelines in respect of the prescription of Prozac his Department has issued.
(116102)
103  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which EU countries allow the use of single-dose vaccines for measles and mumps; and if he will make a statement about the use of such vaccines in the UK.
(116492)
104  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 304W, and the appeal by the Mid-Essex CHC against the closure of wards at Broomfield Hospital, if he will order the three wards to be (a) kept open or (b) reopened until he has determined the appeal.
(116027)
105  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Coventry South of 20th March, Official Report, column 430W, on long-term care, how many of the representations received were critical of the recommendation of the majority report of the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care.
(116273)
106  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the number of neurological consultants in each NHS region in each of the last 10 years.
(116272)
107  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned on the health implications of very high concentrations of technetium in seafood; and if he will make a statement.
(115529)
108  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has commissioned on the health implications of the Sellafield MOX plant; and if he will make a statement.
(115530)
109  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses were received by his Department's Genetics and Insurance Committee to their recent consultation on the use of genetic test results for insurance risk assesment; and if he will list the organisations and individuals concerned.
(116571)
110  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) individuals asked by his Department's Genetics and Insurance Committee to submit responses to their recent consultation on the use of genetic test results for insurance risk assessment.
(116570)
111  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the balance of income and expenditure of health authorities and NHS trusts in Englnd for the financial year ending 31st March 2000.
(116380)
112  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) rape of men and (b) other sexual assaults on men were reported in the last year for which figures are available; how many such incidents attracted charges; and how many convictions have resulted.
(116103)
113  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will include in his proposals to combat crime further provisions relating to corporate manslaughter; and if he will make a statement.
(116503)
114  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish his draft code of guidance in relation to his freedom of information bill; and if he will make a statement.
(116288)
115  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) representations and (b) external legal advice he has received concerning the conformity of current contracts for the installation and operation of Probation Service Information Technology systems with public procurement regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(116294)
116  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(116485)
117  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, the average number of prisoners in each prison establishment being held two in a cell in a single cell; for what reason the Prison Service does not collect data on the number of prisoners held three in a double cell; and if he will make a statement.
(116473)
118  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 561W, on the home detention curfew scheme, what specific offences are defined as (a) other homicide and attempted homicide, (b) other motoring offences and (c) other offences; how many offenders were released having been convicted of each specific offence; and if he will make a statement.
(116482)
119  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his Answers of 22nd March, Official Report, column 557W, on drug testing procedures under Clause 48 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill, (a) if a positive test would in itself be sufficient proof of an offence of unlawful possession of a controlled drug, (b) what specified Class A drugs will be tested for, (c) if he intends to extend the testing procedure to include Class B drugs and (d) how he intends the tests to be used to assist in appropriate sentencing, and if this includes the length of sentence to be passed; and if he will make a statement.
(116472)
120  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 561W, on the home detention curfew scheme, how many offenders who committed further offences whilst on the scheme committed an offence similar in character to that for which they were originally convicted; if he will provide a breakdown by type of offence of such offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(116479)
121  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 561W, on the home detention curfew scheme, how many offenders charged with a further offence committed whilst on the scheme have been convicted of such an offence; if he will provide a breakdown by type of offence; and if he will make a statement.
(116480)
122  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available the average amount of time spent by prisoners on purposeful activity.
(116474)
123  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the new procedure for appointing local probation boards contained in Schedule 1 to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill, indicating how it differs from the present procedure.
(116476)
124  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 561W, on the home detention curfew scheme, for what reason the original offence committed by 1,001 offenders released on the scheme was not recorded; and if he will make a statement.
(116481)
125  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the maximum sentence that may be passed on an offender who is eligible for release on the home detention curfew scheme.
(116475)
126  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee, if he will reintroduce the screen-based Polis III system for honourable Members and their staff in addition to the browser interface.
(116347)
127  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for Heritage Lottery funding were made and how many projects approved in each of the last three years; if sufficient funding was available to match applications; and if he will make a statement.
(116516)
128  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the compatibility between paragraphs 126 and 128 of the Ministerial Code and the use by himself, his family, persons within his employ and Ministers within his Government since 1st May 1997 of properties overseas owned by the honourable Member for Coventry North West.
(116101)
129  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Prime Minister, when NATO will commence a review of its nuclear weapons policy.
(116505)
130  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Prime Minister, how he has responded to the request from the United Nations Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, that he take the lead in promoting a new round of multilateral negotiations on nuclear weapons non-proliferation and disarmament.
(116506)
131  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will appoint a special representative to promote non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
(116504)
132  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his recent discussions with President Clinton on the subject of the human genome project.
(115656)
133  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with (a) other European Union governments and (b) the European Commission on reform of patent law with regard to genetic sequencing.
(115658)
134  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals he has to seek to amend the law relating to patents with regard to genetic sequencing.
(115657)
135  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on patent law with regard to genetic sequencing.
(115659)
136  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the itineraries of the Cabinet Ministers attending the European Union summit in Lisbon.
(116568)
137  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the breakdown was of the cost of Cabinet Ministers' flights to the European summit in Lisbon.
(116569)
138  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings Cabinet Ministers attended in their official capacity during the European summit in Lisbon.
(116652)
139  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what advice is given by the Accountant in Bankruptcy in Scotland to insolvency practitioners in personal sequestrations with regard to the vesting of (a) personal pensions, (b) retirement annuity contracts and (c) occupational pension schemes.
(116230)
140  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 471W, on benefit overpayments, if he will estimate, in relation to the overpayments which took place on 17th and 18th January, (a) the total value of the benefit overpayments considered too small to recover, (b) the total value of the benefits recovered so far and (c) the total number of customers who have repaid the overpayment in full.
(116134)
141  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he plans to bring into force the provisions of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 whereby personal pensions, in the event of bankruptcy of the holder, will vest in the trustee.
(116227)
142  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the benefits from an occupational pension scheme which are transferred to a personal pension scheme will vest in the pension holder's trustee in sequestration in the event that the pension holder is sequestrated.
(116228)
143  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the numbers of persons who by virtue of becoming sequestrated or being sequestrated prior to the coming into force of section 11 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 will lose to the trustee in sequestration the benefit of their personal pension, assuming that section 11 is not brought into force until April 2001.
(116229)
144  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be the cost to public funds of compensation to contributors for the changes to surviving spouses' entitlement to SERPS.
(116378)
145  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the report by the Probity and Transformation Section on Benefits Agency internal security will be published; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(116379)
146  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the total expenditure by local authorities in England and Wales on rent rebates for council tenants in 1998-99.
(115398)
147  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated expenditure by local authorities in England and Wales on rent rebates for council tenants for the years (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
(115400)
148  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the success rate of applications for Disability Living Allowance has been for (a) schizophrenia sufferers, (b) all categories of people suffering from mental illness and (c) all applicants for each of the most recent five years for which figures are available.
(116514)
149  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what evidence he will require before compensation is paid as proof that a person has lost financially as a result of receiving inaccurate information from a Government department regarding changes to inherited SERPS; and if he will make a statement.
(116342)
150  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out the basis for his calculation that pensioner households are on average £400 per year better off than when the Government came into office.
(116470)
151  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the value of expenditure on (a) retirement pensions, (b) winter fuel payments, (c) means-tested benefits for pensioners, (d) all other benefits for pensioners and (e) free TV licences for 1996-97 and each succeeding year to the end of the public expenditure planning period, as a share of GDP.
(116471)
152  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what appointments of non-executive directors to the Board of British Nuclear Fuels have not been made under the terms of the Code and Guidance of the Commissioner for Public Appointments; and if he will make a statement.
(115995)
153  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the normal period of service for a non-executive director of British Nuclear Fuels.
(115994)
154  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what military materials have been given approval for delivery to Zimbabwe in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(116263)
155  
N  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contribution the lottery is making to the promotion of competitive sporting fixtures between schools.
[Question Unstarred] (114862)
156  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role he plans for the Financial Services Ombudsman in the regulation of the use of genetic information by the insurance industry.
[Transferred] (116567)
157  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the use by members of the Association of British Insurers of genetic tests that have not been approved by the Department of Health's Genetics and Insurance Committee for insurance purposes.
[Transferred] (116566)


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