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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 29 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 29 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH
1  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what (a) discussions have been held and (b) provisional agreements have been entered into by Ministers concerning the implementation of Articles 89 and 116 of the Treaty of Corfu in any sea area since its ratification.
(116730)
2  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what legislation of the European Commission (a) has been tabled, (b) has been agreed and (c) is due to come into force before 2003 in respect of the fishing permit system referred to in Articles 89 and 116 of the Treaty of Corfu, Cm 2606 of 1974.
(116729)
3  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will defer for 12 months the alteration to Integrated Administrative and Control System rules regarding the width of field boundaries; and if he will make a statement on his discussions with the European Commission regarding these rules.
(116688)
4  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons primates were exported to Gabon and Croatia in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 to date.
(116709)
5  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many primates were exported through Dover on the 'Cap Afrique' on 20th and 21st March.
(116708)
6  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 8th March, Official Report, column 716W, on primate exports, if he will list the reasons, as listed on their permits, for the import and export of the types of primates listed.
(116710)
7  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British forces are involved in the proposed joint military exercise with South Korea in June 2000.
(116666)
8  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact which a US decision to outfit its AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon with BAe Systems' Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmented Charge would have on the UK defence industry; and if he will make a statement.
(116937)
9  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the US Government have requested the upgrading of facilities at (a) Fylingdales, (b) Menwith and (c) other sites in the United Kingdom as part of proposals for their national missile defence system.
(116749)
10  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for United Kingdom defence of agreeing to the use of facilities in the United Kingdom as part of the proposed national missile defence system.
(116748)
11  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the dates on which he has met representatives of the US Administration in connection with United States plans for their national missile defence system.
(116862)
12  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests he has had from the US Government for the use of facilities in the United Kingdom as part of their proposed national missile defence system.
(116747)
13  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the establishment of a defence diversification council.
(116713)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money to date has been allocated to each higher education institution from the Joint Infrastructure Fund for capital projects; and how much remains unallocated.
(116488)
15  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the cost of raising the level of education SSA per child to at least (a) the level of that of the median authority and (b) the level of the median authority minus five per cent.
(116754)
16  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the special tuition available to dyslexic children.
(116974)
17  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve access to work for disabled people.
(116988)
18  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of regeneration schemes on the numbers of new units of affordable housing provided since 1997.
(116698)
19  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce performance indicators for road safety in local authority transport plans; and how he intends to evaluate their effectiveness.
(116704)
20  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98 and (c) 1998-99 gross expenditure on (i) rent allowances and (ii) rent rebates for each local authority in England.
(116700)
21  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by local authority area the numbers of new units of affordable housing that have been built in areas where housing stock has been transferred by local authorities to registered social landlords in England for each of the last five years.
(116699)
22  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of empty properties in (a) London and (b) England owned by (i) private landlords, (ii) local authorities, (iii) housing associations, (iv) government departments and (v) other landlords for each of the last five years.
(116697)
23  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list in rank order the figures for killed and seriously injured road casualties per 100,000 head of population by county and unitary authorities in England for the last five years.
(116703)
24  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when EU legislation relating to the use of lorries weighing up to 44 tonnes came into force; and what studies have been undertaken by his Department into the effect of such legislation on the transport of freight by rail.
(116860)
25  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 544W, concerning airport slots, on what date decisions on slot allocation became the sole responsibility of an independent co-ordinator; what is the name of the co-ordinator; where his office is located; what European legislation governs his independence other than EEC Regulation 95/93; and if his decisions on slots apply to internal and international aircraft movements.
(116834)
26  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to promote housing schemes for key workers in the South East.
(116711)
27  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on demand for housing as a result of the expected increase in the number of single parent families in the South East; and what steps he is taking to help ensure this demand is met.
(116752)
28  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient affordable housing is available to meet the demand in the South East.
(116753)
29  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many planes flying into and out of the UK had to be diverted from their scheduled destination airport as a consequence of air rage in each year since 1995; and what was the estimated cost to the NATS in each case.
(116880)
30  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the cost is of farm-scale trials of GM herbicide tolerant crops; what is the contribution from public funds; and what is the Government's policy with respect to funding such trials.
(116689)
31  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the report, entitled An Urban-rural Compact, published by the Local Government Association.
(116982)
32  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the land on which the Millennium Dome was built was decontaminated to a sufficient extent to allow houses with gardens to be built on the site.
(116983)
33  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations his Department has received in the last year in respect of planning applications and permissions granted for the erection of telecommunications masts; and what is his policy on the erection of such masts.
(116970)
34  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the recent report published by the Economic and Social Research Council on its global environmental change programme.
(116985)
35  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessments he has made of the implications for freedom of information of the establishment of cabinets in local authorities.
(117001)
36  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the (a) average working families tax credit and (b) average childcare tax credit payment per week for persons in (i) Inverclyde and (ii) Scotland in the past year.
(115950)
37  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the annual expenditure by Her Majesty's Government on (a) the working families tax credit and (b) the childcare tax credit in (i) Inverclyde and (ii) Scotland in the past two years.
(115951)
38  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of families with children in (a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland who are eligible for the working families tax credit.
(115952)
39  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many persons in (a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland are in receipt of (i) working families tax credit and (ii) the childcare tax credit.
(115953)
40  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements are in place to help with the transition from weekly to monthly payments for those recipients of working families tax credit who will receive the credit through a monthly pay packet from April.
(116701)
41  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make working families tax credit a qualifying benefit for free school meals.
(116702)
42  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policy consideration led him to raise the threshold for earnings liable to 40 per cent. income tax by an account less than the average growth of earnings; and if he will make a statement.
(116879)
43  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the HIPC II process at the G8 Summit in Okinawa.
(116545)
44  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the World Bank and IMF concerning the heavily-indebted poor countries due to qualify for debt cancellation by the end of 2000.
(116546)
45  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the effect of Budget changes including the (a) abolition of the married person's tax allowance, (b) decrease in the standard rate of income tax, (c) establishment of the 10 per cent. rate of income tax and (d) indexation of tax allowances on a married woman earning £14,000 a year, who is the sole income earner for a family of a husband and two children, and who has no more than the basic tax allowances.
(116831)
46  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1292 on Iraq, what assessment he has made of the letter of 9th March from Riad El Taher of Friendship Arms Treaties.
(116875)
47  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1290 on Iraq, if it is part of Yuli Vorontsov's brief to make enquiries about missing Iraqi nationals in Kuwait.
(116870)
48  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1292, to which brutality in relation to the Shia, the Minister was referring other than that which took place in 1991 in Karbola.
(116872)
49  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1293 on Iraq, how many Iraqis visited the UK in (a) 1989 and (b) 1999.
(116884)
50  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1292 on Iraq, in what ways the Shia population of Iraq is protected by UK forces.
(116874)
51  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1292 on Iraq, from which countries of origin Saddam Hussein is smuggling materials for chemical and biological weapons.
(116873)
52  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1293 on Iraq, what assessment he has made of the threat to the Kirkuk oil field arising from the shortage of oil industry spare parts.
(116936)
53  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement of the Minister of State of 24th March, Official Report, column 1292 on Iraq, what evidence he has received that Iraq is manufacturing chlorine-based mustard gas.
(116871)
54  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will appoint a member of a non-governmental organisation as the Atomic Energy Counsellor at the British Embassy in Tokyo.
(116274)
55  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Minister for Europe's letter of 21st March on the threat to employment in Grimsby, if he will list the industries and firms in which the threatened workers are employed, and how many such jobs will be lost.
(116832)
56  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the cost of his circulating honourable Members with material from Britain in Europe about the effect of withdrawal from the EU on jobs.
(116728)
57  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he took to assess the reliability of the study by Professor Iain Begg on jobs dependent on United Kingdom membership of the European Union, details of which he circulated to honourable Members.
(116976)
58  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations his Department has had over the implications of the American proposals for a national missile defence system with the governments of (a) Denmark, (b) Canada, (c) other EU member states, (d) Russia, (e) China and (f) other countries.
(116727)
59  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for Britain of agreeing to the use of facilities in the United Kingdom as part of the US national missile defence system.
(116726)
60  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had, and when, with representatives of the US Government about American plans for a national missile defence system.
(116724)
61  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for (a) arms control and (b) the forthcoming conference on review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty of the proposed US national missile defence system.
(116725)
62  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 287W, on British overseas territory, when his Department expects to finish the review of whether to impose an order in council to ensure that the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos islands change their existing legislation on homosexual acts.
(116556)
63  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Indonesian Government concerning the situation in West Papua.
(116549)
64  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Zimbabwe concerning the situation of white farmers.
(116551)
65  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals for the establishment of a United Nations rapid reaction force the Government will put forward at the Millennium Assembly and Summit in September.
(116553)
66  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) chairmen and (b) non-executive directors of health trusts and health authorities who have made a declaration of political activity indicating the party affiliated in each case.
(116973)
67  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to announce a designated centre for cancer surgery for the North West.
(116751)
68  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March, Official Report, column 60W, for what reasons he was unable to act prior to presentation of the Waterhouse Report to Parliament to extend the consultancy index to include people named in that report.
(116951)
69  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Government's submission to the negotiations on the working time directive on reducing working hours for junior doctors.
(116883)
70  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was collected from prescription charges in the last year for which figures are available.
(116876)
71  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the income received from prescription charges by constituency in the last year for which figures are available.
(116878)
72  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the administrative cost of changing prescription charges by 10 pence.
(116877)
73  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the preparation of the Pharmacy Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(116696)
74  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what form the recent survey for assessing the views of people working in the NHS took.
(116948)
75  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how information on changes within the NHS is communicated to NHS staff, with particular reference to those working in the blood donor collection service.
(116938)
76  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if there is standard nationwide process for awarding discretionary points for job evaluation for pay purposes in the NHS.
(116949)
77  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric nurses there are per 1,000 of population in each health authority in England.
(116721)
78  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the cost in the last year for which figures are available to the National Health Service of the prescribing of drugs to combat depression.
(116977)
79  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra resources have been allocated to support the meeting of the new target of referring patients suspected of suffering from prostate cancer to a specialist within two weeks.
(116984)
80  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what considerations were taken into account by his Department in deciding the scope and quantity of the information prepared and distributed by local health trusts to parents prior to the administration to children of vaccinations to combat meningitis.
(116978)
81  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his timetable is for reviewing the residential care allowance as proposed in the White Paper, Modernising Social Services.
(116750)
82  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug free units there were in (a) men's and (b) women's prisons, and how many (i) male and (ii) female inmates there were in such units, in England and Wales on 1st February.
(116827)
83  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on who should adjudicate on breaches of prison rules by inmates held in a segregation unit in a prison in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(116828)
84  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the revenue from speeding fines (i) nationally and (ii) in each police area in (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98 and (g) 1998-99.
(116947)
85  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of relevant overseas practice in relation to income-related fines.
(116946)
86  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Bangladesh, (b) Belarus, (c) Benin, (d) Bhutan, (e) Bulgaria, (f) Burundi and (g) Cambodia applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116996)
87  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) the Dominican Republic, (b) Ecuador, (c) Egypt, (d) Eritrea, (e) Fiji, (f) Gabon and (g) Gambia applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116994)
88  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Morocco, (b) Mozambique, (c) Nepal, (d) Pakistan, (e) Peru, (f) the Phillippines and (g) Romania applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116991)
89  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Cameroon, (b) the Central African Republic, (c) Chad, (d) China, (e) Colombia, (f) the Congo and (g) Djibouti applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116995)
90  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Afghanistan, (b) Albania, (c) Algeria, (d) Angola, (e) Armenia, (f) Azerbaijan and (g) Bahrain applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116997)
91  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Russia, (b) Rwanda, (c) Saudi Arabia, (d) Senegal, (e) Sierra Leone, (f) Somalia, and (g) Sri Lanka applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116989)
92  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Yugoslavia, (b) Ukraine, (c) Vietnam and (d) Yemen, applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum
(116980)
93  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Liberia, (b) Libya, (c) Macedonia, (d) Madagascar, (e) the Maldives, (f) Moldova and (g) Mongolia applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116990)
94  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Georgia, (b) Ghana, (c) Guyana, (d) Haiti, (e) India, (f) Indonesia and (g) Iran applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116993)
95  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Zambian nationals applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116981)
96  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) the Sudan, (b) Syria, (c) Taiwan, (d) Tanzania, (e) Thailand, (f) Tunisia and (g) Turkey applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116979)
97  
  
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of (a) Iraq, (b) Ivory Coast, (c) Jordan, (d) Kenya, (e) Kuwait, (f) Laos and (g) Lebanon applied for entry clearance to come to the United Kingdom for temporary purposes, including visitor and student applications, in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999; how many visas were issued for temporary purposes; how many recipients of these visas returned to their country of nationality before their visa expired; and how many applied (a) to remain permanently in the United Kingdom and (b) for political asylum.
(116992)
98  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what experiments took place under licence at Wickham Research Laboratories, Wickham, Hampshire, in each of the last two years; what animals were involved; and if he will make a statement.
(116939)
99  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for licences for experiments in the Wickham Research Laboratories, Wickham, Hampshire have been made in each of the last five years; and how many applications were successful.
(116940)
100  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 27th March; and if he will make a statement.
(116833)
101  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the latest data available to his Department in relation to Lancashire Police Force on the numbers of police officers who are (a) on the establishment of the force, (b) on sick leave, (c) undertaking light duties and (d) representing a full complement of officers for the force.
(116975)
102  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will study the reasons for the fall in recidivism in Canada; and if he will make a statement.
(116745)
103  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the parliamentary constituencies ranked from highest to lowest by (a) number of postal voters and (b) postal voters as a percentage of registered electors.
(116723)
104  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he plans to introduce to combat domestic violence against women.
(116944)
105  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Aylesbury of 23rd March, Official Report, column 672W, on asylum seekers, (a) for what reasons local authorities (i) claimed more than their gross expenditure and (ii) did not claim the full amount of their gross expenditure and (b) what estimate he has made of the cost to each local authority in the (1) 1999-2000 and (2) 2000-2001 financial years of providing support to asylum seekers which they are unable to claim from the Home Office under the grant rules and which has been or will be met from their own funds; and if he will make a statement.
(116691)
106  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason, in his Department's monthly asylum statistics published on 24th March, the number of asylum applicants (a) granted asylum or exceptional leave to remain and (b) refused, was listed as not available; on what data the figure for decisions in total was based, and for what reasons this could not be broken down by category; if monthly asylum statistics have been published previously without such a breakdown; and if he will make a statement.
(116693)
107  
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 559W, on release of prisoners, if he will provide a breakdown by type of offence of the additional prisoners he estimates would be released earlier than now as a result of the electronic monitoring provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill.
(116690)
108  
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, if he will provide a breakdown by offence committed of the number of prisoners released listed under (a) other homicide and attempted homicide, (b) wounding, (c) assaults, (d) drugs, (e) other violence against the person and (f) other motoring offences.
(116692)
109  
  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement about the membership of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
(116746)
110  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received concerning the forest fires in Oromiya state, Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement.
(116550)
111  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which environmental projects her Department supports in Indonesia.
(116541)
112  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations her Department has received concerning forest fires in Sumatra; and if she will make a statement.
(116542)
113  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has held with the World Bank concerning its policy towards drug eradication programmes in poor countries.
(116547)
114  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has made to the UNDCP concerning the programme scope.
(116548)
115  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance her Department has provided to the Government of the Seychelles; and if she will make a statement.
(116552)
116  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the future of her Department's aid programme in Zimbabwe.
(115434)
117  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what criteria are applied for selecting members for Independent Tribunal Service panels.
(116302)
118  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what reasons have been given to former members of the Independent Tribunal Service panels in the past year as to why their services were no longer required.
(116301)
119  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the process for selecting members of the panels for the Independent Tribunal Service.
(116303)
120  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many persons with a trade union background were appointed or re-appointed as members of the panel for hearing appeals by the Independent Tribunal Service for (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland in 1999; and how many in each category held a position on such panel immediately before panel members were informed that they had to re-apply for their positions.
(116555)
121  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that magistrates courts check the financial details provided by defendants.
(116941)
122  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that justices of the peace are properly valued in the criminal justice system.
[R] (116971)
123  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent research his Department has commissioned into the level of truthfulness and accuracy of financial statements of personal circumstances provided by those who have been found guilty in magistrates' courts.
(116943)
124  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what action his Department takes to ensure that magistrates' courts provide facilities for magistrates that are of a high standard.
[R] (116942)
125  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the annual cost of legal aid in spousal maintenance cases in each of the last five years.
(116707)
126  
  
Mr Cecil Walker (Belfast North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the cost of supplying and fitting the new railings around the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, including the cost of the demolition and removal of the existing wall.
(116712)
127  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to publish the agenda of the Council of Ministers and make a statement to the House in advance of council summit meetings.
(116722)
128  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the comments concerning the future of BNFL posted on the Speakers' Corner section of the Downing Street interactive web site.
(116998)
129  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th March.
(116300)
130  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to discuss the achievement of universal primary education at this year's G8 Summit.
(116543)
131  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has held with his EU and UN counterparts concerning the achievement of universal primary education.
(116544)
132  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on developments over the last three years in incapacity benefit, including (a) the total number of claimants by quarter, (b) the number of appeals and (c) changes in the qualification criteria.
(116487)
133  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have claimed disability living allowance in each quarter of the last three years.
(116554)
134  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of men who will be eligible for bereavement benefit when the relevant provisions of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 are implemented.
(116882)
135  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many ex gratia payments have been made by his Department in respect of benefits for widowers in each of the last five years.
(116881)
136  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will amend the regulations relating to the date from which retirement pensions are payable to persons reaching retirement age, to ensure that such people receive their full entitlement, including any part-weeks, from the date of the relevant birthday; and if he will estimate the cost in the next financial year of such changes to the Exchequer.
(116830)
137  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many recipients of disability living allowance have had their benefit increased on review since April 1999.
(116714)
138  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 781W, on the super jumbo aircraft, if he will place a copy of his Department's independent assessment of the likely demand for the A3XX in the Library.
(116950)
139  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress he has made in his review of the law and practice relating to insolvency.
(116705)
140  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 613W, on state aid to industry, what formal investigation procedures concerning the United Kingdom have been initiated by the Commission since May 1997 other than that relating to the BMW/Rover plant in Birmingham; and if he will place the information supplied to the Commission by (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) other parties in each such case in the Library.
(116835)
141  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the French Government first publicly expressed a preference for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory as the site for the diamond synchrotron.
(116945)
142  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 24th March, Official Report, column 720W, what information he has sought from the European Commission in respect of the prospective publication date of the report of the Commission's Euratom Safety team visit to Dounreay in March 1999.
(116972)
143  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to assess the merits of the report, Fundamental Deficiencies in the Quality Control of Mixed-Oxide Fuel, released by Green Peace International on 27th March.
(116987)
144  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will meet a delegation from the Socialist Environment Resources Association to discuss the future of British Nuclear Fuels.
(117000)
145  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Constabulary has conducted investigations into alleged criminal malpractice in each year since 1990.
(116999)
146  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with ice cream manufacturers other than Birds-Eye Walls concerning the decision of his Department not to implement the recommendations against direct distribution of the Competition Commission; and for what reasons he rejected this recommendation.
(116829)
147  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list these recommendations of the competition commission in relation to the Birds Eye Walls ice cream inquiry, which he (a) has rejected and (b) will only partially implement, indicating the reason in each case.
(116755)
148  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laboratory rodents were killed in each of the last four years as a result of scientific procedures; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (116715)
149  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many scientific procedures were started on laboratory animals in 1999-2000 and in each of the previous three years.
[Transferred] (116718)
150  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the travel to work areas in order of the fall in unemployment during the past (a) 12 months, (b) 24 months and (c) 36 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (116720)
151  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure proper working conditions in call centres.
[Transferred] (117002)
152  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional resources will be made available to Advantage West Midlands in 2000-01 as a result of his latest Budget.
[Transferred] (116706)
153  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to introduce legislation to ensure higher levels of compensation from pharmaceutical companies to those suffering from the deleterious effects of the prescribed use of drugs.
[Transferred] (116986)
154  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs officers (a) are employed at each UK airport and (b) have been employed at each UK airport in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (116717)
155  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug seizures have taken place in 1999-2000 and in the previous three years at airports in the UK; and if he will list them by airport.
[Transferred] (116719)
156  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug seizures have taken place in the year 1999-2000 and in the previous three years at ports in the UK; and if he will list them by port.
[Transferred] (116716)
157  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the alcohol limits for road vehicle drivers in each member state of the European Union; and what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the harmonisation of such limits across the EU.
[Transferred] (116861)


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