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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 30 March 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 30 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
THURSDAY 30th MARCH
1  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, how many honourable Members currently have passes for temporary research assistants from overseas.
(116957)
2  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on progress on the flood defence programme for Edgware and Burnt Oak.
(117216)
3  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the level of resources allocated to organic conversion in (a) the current and (b) the next three financial years.
(117119)
4  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded financial support for organic conversion in each year since such support began.
(117120)
5  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116767)
6  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last met representatives of the Gelatine Manufacturers of Europe to discuss the safety of gelatine (a) as part of a food product and (b) a separate ingredient imported into the United Kingdom.
(117005)
7  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he has taken to ensure that gelatine (a) as part of a food product and (b) as a separate ingredient imported into the United Kingdom is (i) produced by manufacturers certified according to ISO 9000 international standard, and (ii) has not been contaminated with brain, spinal cord and ocular tissues of cattle (A) born, (B) reared and (C) finished in countries where incidents of BSE have been reported.
(117009)
8  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he gives to consumers seeking to obtain gelatine, (a) as part of a food product and (b) as a separate ingredient, that is free of BSE infectivity.
(117026)
9  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last met representatives of the Gelatine Manufacturers of Europe; and what was discussed.
(117004)
10  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much gelatine was produced in the United Kingdom in the last five years.
(117008)
11  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which countries exported gelatine to the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and what quantity of gelatine each of those countries exported.
(117007)
12  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from which countries gelatine (a) used and (b) sold in food outlets operated by his Ministry (i) as part of a food product and (ii) as a separate ingredient is imported.
(117024)
13  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, recent discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with (i) the European Commission, (ii) the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (iii) the French government, (iv) the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee and (v) the World Health Organisation concerning the safety of gelatine (1) as part of a food product and (2) as a separate ingredient imported in to the United Kingdom.
(117006)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to ensure that gelatine (a) as part of a food product and (b) as a separate ingredient imported into the United Kingdom (i) has not been produced using hides from cattle that have shown signs of neurological diseases and (ii) is produced using bones and hides from countries (1) with no incidence of BSE and (2) which meet the OIE standards.
(117010)
15  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to ensure that gelatine (a) as part of a food product and (b) as a separate ingredient, imported into the United Kingdom is (i) free of BSE and (ii) accurately labelled with the country of origin and production.
(117003)
16  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her Answer of 28th March, Official Report, column 76W, concerning distribution of news releases by courier, whether her Answer covered distribution of news releases by the Central Office of Information.
(117224)
17  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by her Department.
(116764)
18  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who will have access to the full Knowledge Network Computer system.
(117033)
19  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if information relating to opposition parties will be held on the Knowledge Network Computer System.
(117097)
20  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information held on the Knowledge Network Computer system will not be placed on the Internet.
(117034)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if an agreed definition of task forces has been identified since the publication of the sixth report of the Neill Committee (Cm4557-I).
(116640)
22  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will estimate the total administrative cost imposed on businesses as a result of regulation since May 1997.
[R] (115689)
23  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many male ex-government employees there are under the age of 65 years.
(117127)
24  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times the Deputy to the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator, has met members and officials of the United States Government since 1st January 1999; on what date and where each meeting took place; and which members and officials of the United States Government attended each meeting.
(117063)
25  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates special advisers from her Department have travelled abroad on official business since 8th June 1999; which countries were visited on each occasion; and what were the names of the special advisers who travelled on each occasion.
(117062)
26  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116763)
27  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Major General Anthony Palmer's report on location changes for army units will be (a) published and (b) evaluated by Ministers.
(116782)
28  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to assess proposals for the closure of the Aldershot infantry base.
(116784)
29  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proposals he has for moving infantry units to the north of Scotland.
(116781)
30  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116773)
31  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the future of the Aldershot military garrison.
(116783)
32  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the 70 per cent. reduction in the explosive power of the UK's nuclear arsenal is matched by an equal reduction in the combined potential destructive power of each separately targetable warhead.
(117094)
33  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the CVR(T) tank is due to be withdrawn from service.
(117130)
34  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons exemptions from procurement rules have been granted to the David Brown Group for the supply of transmissions for the CVR(T) tank.
(117135)
35  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the conversion kits needed to convert the CVR(T) tank from petrol to diesel (a) will be issued free to the contractor and (b) will be purchased from his Department.
(117132)
36  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place copies of the invitations to tender regarding the conversion of the CVR(T) tank from petrol to diesel in the Library.
(117129)
37  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for additional improvements to the CVR(T) tank.
(117131)
38  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many kits to convert the CVR(T) tank from petrol to diesel have been (a) ordered and (b) delivered to date.
(117137)
39  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which overseas countries the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency has offices; and what are their functions.
(117080)
40  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the dates and locations of the United Kingdom/ United States Stocktake meetings to review the co-operation on nuclear weapons under the 1958 US/UK Mutual Defence Agreement which have taken place since 1st January, 1996; how many members of his Department and which United States government departments took part in each of these stocktake meetings.
(117079)
41  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) names, (b) dates and (c) locations of joint US/UK nuclear weapon exercises which have been held since 1993.
(117093)
42  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 8th March, Official Report, columns 708-9W, what was the (a) purpose, (b) nature and (c) outcome of the experiment involving 13 military volunteers at HMS 'Phoenix'.
(117078)
43  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings officials from the Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Unit held with the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs between 15th October and 31st December 1999, indicating the date and location of each meeting, and the section of the Department of Veterans' Affairs in which the officials who attended each meeting worked.
(117092)
44  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings Ministers in his Department have held with members and officials of the United States Government to discuss proposed US plan to deploy a national missile defence system since 1st January; when each meeting took place; which ministers were involved; and which members and officials of the United States Government and from which departments attended each meeting.
(117077)
45  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the types of experiments carried out on human volunteers at the chemical and biological defence establishment at Porton Down in the last four years.
(117091)
46  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date Professor Peter Lachmann and his panel were appointed to conduct a review of the zinc cadmium sulphide trials; how many times he and his team visited the Porton Down Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment and Defence Evaluation and Research Agency during the course of their inquiry; and on what dates he and his team made each of their visits.
(117059)
47  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former staff of the Porton Down Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment were in contact with Professor Peter Lachmann and his panel during the course of their inquiry into the zinc cadmium sulphide trials; and if he will place all the communications between them and Professor Lachmann and his team in the Library.
(117058)
48  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will use the number of pupils eligible for free school meals as a criterion for determining in which group a school is placed for the purpose of evaluating SATs results.
(117229)
49  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what impact there has been on (a) the timetable for and (b) the cost of providing Internet access to schools as a result of delays caused by the Competition Commission's review of the proposed acquisition by NTL of Cable and Wireless Communications' cable interests.
(116960)
50  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the cost of raising the standard spending assessment per pupil for each local education authority in England to at least that of Hertfordshire for 2000-01.
(117225)
51  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many places have been available in local authority-run playgroups in each of the past seven years for each local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(117271)
52  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have been employed to date by local councils through New Deal initiatives for (a) young people, (b) people aged over 50 years, (c) disabled people and (d) lone parents.
(117081)
53  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116762)
54  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent representations he has received regarding measures being taken to reform received standard spending assessment for education, with particular reference to the (a) areas cost adjustment and (b) additional educational needs allowance.
(117134)
55  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of increases in the Standards Fund on the equitable distribution of funding for schools in addition to the funding of schools via the standard spending assessment for education.
(117133)
56  
  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the equity of the standard spending assessment for education as a method of allocation.
(117128)
57  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what amounts are projected to be spent from public funds in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a proportion of GDP for financial years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 on education; and if he will make a statement.
(116645)
58  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what compensation payments are available to those living in an area where an energy from waste plant is to be constructed.
(116779)
59  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the actual expenditure on social services for each local authority in England for (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; and what is the estimated expenditure for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.
(116836)
60  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what organisation has been contracted to undertake the administration of grants to the housing improvement agencies; when the contract was granted and at what value; which organisations (a) sought and (b) were short-listed for the contract; and if the contract was let under the European negotiated procedure.
(116888)
61  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make public the options he decides to take forward following the decision-making process outlined in the consultation paper, Appraisal Framework for Airports in the South East and Eastern Regions, to reduce the potential for blight and developmental delays.
(116885)
62  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment the South East and East of England Air Study will make of work done by the Runway Capacity to serve the South-East Working Group.
(116887)
63  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the South East and East of England Air Services Study will include an assessment of the effects of growth of aircraft movements at airports in the South East and East of Manchester Airport.
(116886)
64  
N  
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, in announcing new housing development for the South East, an assessment was made of the effects of any increases in runway capacity at South East airports.
(116889)
65  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations govern the number of passenger seats that can be accommodated in a civil aircraft.
(117228)
66  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many attributable (a) delays of 15 minutes or more and (b) station closures there were on London Underground on each line in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999; what changes there have been since 1997 in the way the figures are compiled; and what impact these changes have had on the figures.
(117074)
67  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total sum expended by London Underground Limited on the recent re-conditioning of Piccadilly Line trains; what the further sum of £500 million for Piccadilly Line trains referred to in his Answer of 2nd March, Official Report, columns 331-2W relates to; what the estimated life of the proposed and current Piccadilly Line stock is; and if he will make a statement.
(117268)
68  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the list of items inspected in the annual motor vehicle MOT test.
(117136)
69  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many privately-owned motor vehicles there were in the United Kingdom on 1st March.
(117083)
70  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to replace the lighting on major roads with less light pollutant systems.
(117089)
71  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will bring forward legislation to classify excessive light as a pollutant.
(117085)
72  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will give local authorities powers to curb excessive lighting.
(117087)
73  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will restrict the sale of domestic floodlight bulbs to a 150 watt maximum.
(117088)
74  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what circumstances poorly aimed and over-bright lighting is classified as a statutory nuisance.
(117086)
75  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many new bus shelters have been built in each year since 1992; and how many shelters were upgraded in each year.
(117272)
76  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what policy guidelines his Department has issued to authorities responsible for bus shelters regarding consultation prior to erecting new shelters; and what plans he has to re-issue such guidelines to require consultation with local residents.
(117274)
77  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets he has for building new bus shelters and upgrading existing bus shelters for each of the next three years.
(117273)
78  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the report by Town and Country Strategies on the Thameslink 2000 project; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.
(117217)
79  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of rail freight's share of the freight market following the introduction of 44 tonne lorries.
(117082)
80  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many households in homes heated by community heating schemes are in fuel poverty; and if such households will be eligible to benefit from the Affordable Warmth Programme.
(116676)
81  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how frequently he intends to monitor the number of households in England which are in fuel poverty.
(116677)
82  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116757)
83  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 28th March; and if he will make a statement.
(117118)
84  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received from the Police and the Health and Safety Executive following their investigation into the accident near Junction 7 on the M3 on 7th March involving a lorry carrying butane gas cylinders; and what implications they have for the amendment of safety regulations.
(117223)
85  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what headings of expenditure the aid to be provided for the Manchester Metrolink will be spent.
(116864)
86  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what EU measures he supports to reduce noise from civil aircraft.
(116846)
87  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the information he received concerning the effect on the environment of road haulage movements which gave rise to the increase in vehicle excise duty for 40-tonne trucks in the 1999 Budget.
(116865)
88  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he will adopt to reduce the noise of civil aircraft over the Stour Valley in Essex and Suffolk.
(116845)
89  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to support the establishment of EASA as an international rather than an EU body; and if the rules of EASA are intended to have direct effect and direct applicability in the law of the member states.
(116867)
90  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of the aid to be provided for the Manchester Metrolink will be given as (a) grant and (b) credit approval.
(116863)
91  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the environment and (b) the number of road haulage movements of the decrease in vehicle excise duty rates announced in the Budget.
(116837)
92  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of this week's EC Council meeting of Transport Ministers.
(116843)
93  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what encouragement he gives to research into ways of reducing the hazards associated with the transport of air cargo.
(116849)
94  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regulations governing the use of frozen carbon dioxide for packaging for chilled and frozen goods transported by air.
(116848)
95  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the information he received between March 1999 and March 2000 concerning the effect on the environment of road haulage movements which gave rise to the decrease in vehicle excise duty by £1,800 for 40-tonne trucks in the Budget.
(116866)
96  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it remains his policy to oppose the EU Galileo project; and if he will make a statement.
(116844)
97  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March, Official Report, column 624W, on second homes, what change there was in the number of second homes owned between January 1995 and January 2000 in the South East, excluding London.
(116776)
98  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the published and pre-reviewed studies that the Government has assessed to date on the safety of GM crops.
(117029)
99  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the funding available for social services functions in line with planned increases on health service funding.
(116778)
100  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the size of annual migration into and out of London from other parts of the United Kingdom, broken down by region, in each of the last five years.
(116139)
101  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the subjects of the parliamentary questions which have been transferred to his Department from other departments in each session since 1st May 1997.
(117222)
102  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what amount of money he estimates the increased tobacco taxation will raise for expenditure on the NHS; and if the expenditure projections for the NHS will be sustained irrespective of the yield from tobacco taxation.
(117036)
103  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116758)
104  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the annual revenue raised from tax on bank and building society accounts from accounts taxed at (a) the starting rate of tax, (b) the basic rate of tax and (c) the higher rate of tax in each of the last three years.
(117235)
105  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid into personal pension plans and how many schemes attracted tax relief at (a) the starting rate, (b) the standard rate and (c) the higher rate in each of the last three years.
(117231)
106  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total annual cost to the Treasury of providing tax relief on personal pension plans at (a) the starting rate, (b) the standard rate and (c) the higher rate in each of the last three years.
(117230)
107  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) UK citizens and (b) UK-registered companies paid capital gains tax on (i) stock market investments and (ii) other investments in each of the last three years.
(117232)
108  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the annual revenue gained by the Treasury from (a) income tax and (b) capital gains tax on (i) stock market investments and (ii) other investments in each of the last three years.
(117233)
109  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what annual revenue the Treasury received from investments in stocks and shares held by (a) UK citizens and (b) UK-registered companies in each of the last three years.
(117234)
110  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total number and volume of investments held in (a) Maxi Isa accounts and (b) Mini Isa accounts.
(117236)
111  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which allocations of spending referred to in his oral statement of 21st March, Official Report, columns 858-72, were from the capital modernisation fund; if he will list the projects to which the allocations have been made; if he will list the amounts allocated and unallocated from the capital modernisation fund for financial years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(116646)
112  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will announce the outcome of the second comprehensive spending review.
(116675)
113  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the death sentences passed on three Iranian Baha'is and a sentence of 10 years prison imposed on a fourth in the city of Mashad and the impact this will have on the Anglo-Iranian dialogue on human rights.
(117221)
114  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government will give to the resolution condemning Iran at the Commission on Human Rights in relation to the death sentences passed on three members of the Baha'i community in Iran on 3rd February.
(117220)
115  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Commonwealth Secretary General calling on him to suspend Zimbabwe from the high-level group formed by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.
(116893)
116  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requests he has made to the Zimbabwean Government to allow election observers to attend the forthcoming general election.
(116899)
117  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to President Mugabe concerning the (a) postponement of the general election and (b) invasion of farms.
(116969)
118  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals in the UN for the drafting of a UN Convention on banning the use of mercenary soldiers.
(116890)
119  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for the emergency evacuation of British passport holders from Zimbabwe.
(116891)
120  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials have been sent to Zimbabwe in the last 12 months to enhance the consular operation there.
(116896)
121  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the scope of the projects of the British military advisers working in Zimbabwe; and how many such advisers there are.
(116895)
122  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Zimbabwean nationals are currently in possession of (a) a UK work permit and (b) a holiday working visa.
(116898)
123  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met (a) civil and (b) human rights organisations to discuss Zimbabwe; and if he will publish the minutes of those meetings.
(116894)
124  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many residents of Zimbabwe are eligible for British passports; and how many British passport holders there are in Zimbabwe.
(116892)
125  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK visa applications have been received in the last 12 months from Zimbabwean nationals.
(116897)
126  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116759)
127  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings Ministers in his Department have held with members and officials of the United States Government to discuss the proposed US plan to deploy a national missile defence system since 1st January 1999; when each meeting took place; where each meeting took place; which Ministers were involved at each meeting; which members and officials of the United States Government attended each meeting; and from which United States Government Department they were drawn.
(117061)
128  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he takes of the expenditure by local authorities on social service functions in framing his Department's expenditure plans.
(116777)
129  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of requests for ambulances were met within the target response time in (a) urban and (b) rural areas in the last three years for which figures are available.
(117057)
130  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust has spent from 6th April 1999 to the latest date for which information is available on having NHS patients treated in the private healthcare sector.
(116732)
131  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS beds in each category will form the starting point against which any future changes in bed numbers can be measured.
(117027)
132  
  
Ms Judith Church (Dagenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the extra revenue from tobacco tax announced in the Budget will be allocated to smoking-cessation treatments.
(117031)
133  
  
Ms Judith Church (Dagenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount to be spent in financial year 1999-2000 on smoking-related illnesses.
(117030)
134  
  
Ms Judith Church (Dagenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in each of the last five years by the NHS on smoking cessation treatments.
(117032)
135  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) sums and (b) percentage increase in funding required, to achieve financial balance in each NHS health authority area by 2000-01; and what percentage of the additional NHS funding recently announced is required to achieve financial balance in each case.
(117267)
136  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the real-terms growth in funding for each NHS health authority area from 1999-2000 to 2000-01.
(117266)
137  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) clinical negligence cases and (b) clinical negligence cases related to radiotherapy treatment, have been settled out of court in the past two years by each health authority; what has been the cost to health authorities of settling (i) clinical negligence cases and (ii) clinical negligence cases related to radiotherapy treatment, out of court over the past two years; and if he will make a statement.
(117269)
138  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116769)
139  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for hospital treatment at Essex Rivers Health Care Trust on (a) 31st March 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.
(116839)
140  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been waiting for 12 months or more for hospital treatment at Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust on (a) 31st March 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(116847)
141  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had waited 13 weeks or more for an outpatient appointment at Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust on (a) 31st March 1997 and (b) 31st December 1999.
(116842)
142  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had waited over 26 weeks for an outpatient appointment at Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust on (a) 31st March 1997 and (b) 31st December 1999.
(116838)
143  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust has spent in the latest financial year for which figures are available for the treatment of NHS patients by the private healthcare sector.
(116840)
144  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the inpatient hospital waiting list target for Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust for the year ending 31st March.
(116841)
145  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the staffing levels of intensive care units in each year from 1995 to 1999, (a) nationally and (b) in Herefordshire; and if he will make a statement.
(116901)
146  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce antenatal screening for genetic abnormality, including biochemical screening for Down's syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
(116731)
147  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the BCG vaccination programme for the current academic year.
(116953)
148  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund Buckinghamshire Health Authority at its capitation level.
(116954)
149  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about his plans for the future treatment of cleft lip and palate patients from Buckinghamshire.
(116956)
150  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the demand for more NHS dentists in Shrewsbury and Atcham.
(117291)
151  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the Crown report on the Review of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines.
(116905)
152  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had been waiting over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment at Berkshire hospitals at the end of 1999; and what target had been set for outpatient waiting lists at Berkshire hospitals for 1999.
(116756)
153  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how he intends to take forward the reform of research and development in the NHS.
(117075)
154  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many privately-run and owned nursing homes are registered with Durham Health Authority; and how many were so registered in each of the last five years.
(117213)
155  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency calls were made to ambulance brigades in Durham Health Authority in the last five years; and what was the average response time for each of those years.
(117214)
156  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount of under-spend in the budgets of general practitioners in Durham in each of the last five years.
(117212)
157  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacant posts there are for doctors; and how many vacant posts there were in each of the last five years.
(117211)
158  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants are employed in North East England; what strategy he has for dealing with shortages in the number of consultants; and how many were employed in each of the last five years.
(117210)
159  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the annual government funding for research into (a) breast cancer and (b) prostate cancer in each of the last two years.
(117138)
160  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government spent on treatments for (a) breast cancer and (b) prostate cancer in each of the last two years.
(117139)
161  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of alleged Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy there have been in parents of children with autistic spectrum disorder in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(117140)
162  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116761)
163  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the cost of (a) vouchers, (b) accommodation for asylum seekers and (c) other administrative costs relating to them in each of the last three years.
(117051)
164  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the cost of police arrests and deportations of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in each of the last three years.
(117049)
165  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the cost of (a) staff, (b) premises and (c) detection equipment for the Immigration Service for immigration control in each of the last three years.
(117047)
166  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the cost of immigration detention centres and prison places for immigration detainees in each of the last three years.
(117050)
167  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March, Official Report, column 168W, concerning external consultants used by his Department since 1997, if the individual value of every consultancy contract is commercial in confidence, with particular reference to Clear Communications; and if he will indicate the reasons for commercial confidentiality in each case.
(116674)
168  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultancy contracts the Smith Group has entered into with his Department since May 1997.
(116775)
169  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the change in (a) total police strength, (b) the number of police constables and (c) the number of special constables in (i) Hampshire and (ii) each division with Hampshire, between (1) 1992 and 1997 and (2) 1997 and the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(117037)
170  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a decision on the recommendations made to him by the Home Office Consultative Group on the setting up of an independent documentation centre for information on countries of origin of asylum seekers.
(117069)
171  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the absence through sickness rate amongst (a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff in the Essex Police for each month since 1st May 1997.
(116859)
172  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the author of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection Report on Harlan UK is a member of the Scientific Procedures Committee.
(116958)
173  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirement, in terms of objectivity, is requested of members of the Scientific Procedures Committee.
(116952)
174  
N  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in respect of their lifting their restrictions on the full publicaton of the Harlan Report; and if he will publish the full Report.
(117012)
175  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will represent the United Kingdom at the official opening of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia on 7th and 8th April in Vienna.
(116955)
176  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs the dispersal process for asylum seekers will create in local authorities.
(117065)
177  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total administrative cost to local government of the dispersal of asylum seekers.
(117064)
178  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the ratio of staff support to asylum seekers in local government; and if he will make a statement.
(117066)
179  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will order an external inquiry into the handling of the immigration care of Jon Riser, deceased.
(116733)
180  
  
Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deportation orders were made in 1999; and how many have been carried out.
(117218)
181  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made concerning the transmission of hydro-electric power produced in Karenni state to Rangoon.
(117290)
182  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent negotiations her Department has had with the State Peace and Development Council in Burma concerning the operations of non-governmental organisations in (a) Karenni state and (b) Shan state.
(117289)
183  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent humanitarian assistance her Department has given via non-governmental bodies in Burma.
(117286)
184  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provision her Department has made for assistance to members of Burmese ethnic minorities held in Thai refugee camps.
(117288)
185  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which humanitarian aid has reached the minority tribes of Burma.
(117287)
186  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the value of aid from (a) the EU and (b) the British Government directly paid to the Zimbabwean Government in the last 12 months.
(116900)
187  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by her Department.
(116765)
188  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice she has given to aid workers deployed in Kosovo with the support of her Department in respect of hazards posed by the residual radioactivity remaining from the use of depleted uranium shells by allied forces in Kosovo.
(117070)
189  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116760)
190  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Public Record Office held discussions with Oxford University with regard to the opening of the papers of Walter Monckton at the Bodleian Library on 1st March.
(117072)
191  
  
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many visits by potential investors there have been to the new IDB industrial site at Knockmore in Lisburn.
(117096)
192  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to monitor the number of households in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.
(116678)
193  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116772)
194  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the organisations claiming to support victims of violence which (a) are currently receiving and (b) have received public funds; and how much each has received.
(117123)
195  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria are used to decide which groups claiming to support victims of violence should receive public funds.
(117122)
196  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures (a) he is taking and (b) he proposes to take to ensure that public funds given to organisations which claim to support victims of violence are used for that purpose.
(117124)
197  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to ensure that funds from the European Union assigned to organisations which claim to support victims of violence are used for that purpose.
(117126)
198  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the total value of EU funds provided to Northern Ireland since December 1993; and how much of this has gone to organisations claiming to support victims of violence.
(117125)
199  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his policy in relation to information derived from interception of communications of United Kingdom citizens where that has been undertaken by foreign powers, and where Her Majesty's Government's policy would not have allowed such an interception to have been initiated by any of the security and intelligence agencies.
(116902)
200  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it is government policy that none of the security and intelligence agencies is permitted to intercept communications initiated by honourable Members nor to conduct electronic surveillance thereon.
(116904)
201  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the tests which apply before authorisation is given for an interception of a communication initiated by a newspaper or other media concern.
(116903)
202  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what considerations underlie his policy on paternity leave; and if he will make a statement.
(117292)
203  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has met President Clinton outside (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the United States since 1st July 1998; and what was the (i) date, (ii) location and (iii) purpose of each meeting.
(117067)
204  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116770)
205  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many requests for funding for mobility scooters were made in England and Wales during 1999.
(117084)
206  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is (a) the cost of the current mandatory disregards, (b) the additional cost of a total disregard and (c) the overall cost if there were a total disregard, of the disregard of war disablement and war widows' pensions in respect of income-related benefits.
(117219)
207  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the local authorities which do not operate a total disregard of war disablement and war widows' pensions, in relation to (a) housing and (b) council tax benefit.
(117226)
208  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to extend the disregard of war disablement and war widows' pensions for income-related benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(117209)
209  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116766)
210  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will introduce legislation to ensure that a separated or divorced husband or wife is not liable for mortgage arrears on his or her former marital home which accrue after he or she has left that property.
(117121)
211  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115842)
212  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for (a) England and (b) each English region the number of pensioners in households with income below half of the national average in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year from 1992 to 1998.
(117238)
213  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for (a) England and (b) each English region, the number of children in households with income below half of the national average in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year from 1992 to 1998.
(117237)
214  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in the parliamentary constituency of Basildon were in receipt of (a) family credit and (b) child care allowance in each of the last five years.
(117056)
215  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in (a) Basildon and (b) Thurrock were in receipt of (i) family credit and (ii) child care allowance in each of the last five years.
(117055)
216  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of pensioners entitled to the minimum income guarantee as a result of the Budget in (a) the Basildon parliamentary constituency, (b) Basildon and (c) Thurrock.
(117053)
217  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in (a) the Basildon parliamentary constituency, (b) Basildon and (c) Thurrock are in receipt of the minimum income guarantee.
(117054)
218  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will review the stricter consents policy on the construction of gas-fired power stations.
(117227)
219  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 28th February, Official Report, column 49W, what types of goods are covered, broken down by category of equipment, by the ECGD guarantees issued in respect of contracts with Turkey in 1999-2000.
(117073)
220  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116768)
221  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115844)
222  
N  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on progress in consultation about the part-time workers directive.
(115684)
223  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what basis he set the target for an increase in favourable media coverage of the activities of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy authority contained in the Authority's corporate aims and objectives programme.
(117071)
224  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small businesses are based in North East England; and what percentage this represents of the UK total.
(117215)
225  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many meetings he held with members and officials of the United States Government during his visit to Washington on 10th to 12th September 1998; and if he will list the date of each meeting, the location of each meeting and the names of the US officials and members who took part in each meeting.
(117060)
226  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many workplace car parking spaces are available at the buildings used and controlled by his Department.
(116771)
227  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the expenditure incurred by his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies on (a) the setting up and (b) the operation of web sites, indicating the cases in which the expenditure has been above that budgeted; and if he will list for each web site (i) the topics which have been covered, (ii) the current average number of hits per month and (iii) the estimated expenditure on each web site for each of the next three years.
(115843)
228  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the landfill tax provisions insofar as they relate to making available funds to local communities for energy from waste plants.
[Transferred] (116780)
229  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laboratory rodents have been killed (a) this year and (b) in each of the last three years because they were surplus to requirements; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (117090)
230  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences have been granted for LD50 tests since 21st October 1999.
[Transferred] (117076)
231  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing care and residential care beds have been provided by local authorities in each of the past seven years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (117270)
232  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Stockton South of 22nd February, Official Report, column 975W, if the figures for the number of low-birthweight babies in England and Wales born between 1990 and 1998 are derived from a consistent method of measurement.
[Transferred] (117068)
233  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the robustness and security of the cardboard ballot boxes proposed for use with electronic vote counting in the forthcoming London elections; what assessment he has made of the risk of persons tampering with such ballot boxes; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (117239)
234  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what checks there will be on the number of ballot boxes used in connection with electronic vote counting in the forthcoming London elections.
[Transferred] (117240)
235  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of legal aid for asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (117048)
236  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the cost of welfare benefits for asylum seekers who do not have permission to work in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (117052)
237  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the procedure for appointing members of an appeals tribunal for the hearing of applications on the granting of an incapacity benefit.
[Transferred] (117095)
238  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of error by (a) officials and (b) claimants in respect of the working families tax credit in the last three years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (117035)


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