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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 9 June 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 9 June, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
FRIDAY 9th JUNE
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the final draft of the second report of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle TB will be published.
(125172)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the intended timescale for making publicly available information arising from an audit assessing the effectiveness of the surveying and social group delineation of badger culling.
(125257)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the current importation licences which permit the importation of cynomolgus monkeys and wild-caught baboons into the UK for xenotransplantation research, indicating for each licence (a) the number of non-human primates involved, (b) the origin of the primates and (c) the expiry date of the licence; and if he will make a statement.
(125302)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many and what proportion of badgers trapped and killed in the TB trial in Wiltshire, in May, were lactating females; and if he will make a statement.
(125258)
5  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies he has commissioned into the medical impact on the population of planting of oil seed rape; what controls are applied to planting of oil seed rape; and if he will make a statement.
(125396)
6  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects a prophylactic bovine TB treatment to be available.
(125176)
7  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what resources have been allocated (a) within the public sector and (b) as grants to private sector research for the development of a prophylactic bovine TB treatment.
(125175)
8  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what risk analysis has been carried out on (a) the provision of a prophylactic bovine TB treatment and (b) the proposals advanced by the Krebs/Bourne Study.
(125177)
9  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Government's consultation on the future of the agricultural wages boards.
(125398)
10  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the compliance rates are of vessels registered in other EU member states which are obliged to carry operational satellite monitoring equipment.
(125699)
11  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average (a) telephone response time and (b) failure rates were of calls to the British Cattle Movement Service in each month of this year to date.
(125674)
12  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what type of information on ticket sales to the Millennium Dome has been released to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport on a commercial-in-confidence basis which has not been made publicly available.
(125529)
13  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 6th June, Official Report, column 217W, on the Millennium Dome, what factors underlay the length of time taken by his Department to establish that it was impossible to provide any meaningful statistical breakdown of visitors by region.
(125528)
14  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what software systems are being used in selling or booking tickets to the Millennium Dome.
(125530)
15  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of ticket sales to the Millennium Dome has been purchased at (a) central sales points, (b) the Millennium Dome call centre and (c) other locations.
(125531)
16  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the preferred commercial operator of the proposed visitor centre at Stonehenge has been chosen; and if he will make a statement.
(125328)
17  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals he has received to use the Millennium Dome to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and what response he has made.
(125698)
18  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those works of art and other artefacts from national collections that have gone missing, been stolen or are otherwise unaccounted for in the period from 1990 to date.
(125547)
19  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons there are no RAF personnel at RAF Feltwell.
(125174)
20  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) Army, (b) Navy, (c) RAF and (d) TA exercises cancelled for budgetary reasons in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01.
(125707)
21  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) Phoenix UAVs used by UK forces and (b) UAVs utilised by other NATO nations during the Kosovo campaign.
(125705)
22  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what projects his Department is engaged with the US Department of Defense involving (a) unmanned aerial vehicles and (b) unmanned aerial combat vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(125706)
23  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Army's original inventory was of Phoenix UAVs; what the current inventory is; and what plans he has to procure (a) further Phoenix UAVs and (b) next generation UAV systems for the armed forces.
(125704)
24  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purchase cost is of each of the Army's Phoenix UAVs; how many Phoenix UAVs were lost in operations during the Kosovo campaign; when the Phoenix UAVs entered into (a) trials and (b) operational service with the Army; and how many Phoenix UAVs have been lost since they have been in operational service.
(125703)
25  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will undertake that all files held by public bodies relating to the Chinook disaster will be preserved.
(125269)
26  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what considerations other than price will affect the sale of Rudloe Manor.
(125392)
27  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he will take of the potential for job creation in his decision on the purchaser of Rudloe Manor.
(125393)
28  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many tenders there were for the purchase of Rudloe Manor; and how many of them were within the original specification.
(125394)
29  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reach a conclusion about the sale of Rudloe Manor; and if he will make a statement on the sale.
(125391)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role DERA played in securing the contract by BAe Systems to be the supplier to the Australian Defence Force of the Stone Fish MKIII Maritime Mining System; and if he will make a statement.
(125435)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on joint working with (a) Poland and (b) the Czech Republic on military matters; and how many United Kingdom personnel are working in (i) Poland and (ii) the Czech Republic on training and related matters.
(125379)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to develop unmanned combat vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(125424)
33  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost is over the whole life of the contract for the lease of the four Boeing C17 aircraft; and if it includes maintenance for the aircraft.
(125437)
34  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the benefits of the United Kingdom being granted special status under the US International Traffic and Arms Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(125380)
35  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what precautionary treatment was given to troops deployed to Sierra Leone in respect of malaria before they left the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(125191)
36  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical advice was given to troops deployed to Sierra Leone concerning malaria; and if he will make a statement.
(125189)
37  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops deployed to Sierra Leone returning to the UK have so far been diagnosed as having signs of malaria; and if he will make a statement.
(125190)
38  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the European Convention on Human Rights is applied to the sovereign bases in Cyprus.
(124402)
39  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what length of service was laid down in MOD Command Paper 544/82 for the award of the South Atlantic Medal; and how many medals were awarded to non-military personnel from (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Falkland Islands, (c) St. Helena and (d) elsewhere.
(125594)
40  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the trend is in (a) numerical and (b) percentage terms of applications for higher education places from social classes L11, L6, L7, L3, L5 and L4; and what assessment he has made of which changes in Government policy are affecting the trends.
(125181)
41  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people in each month since April 1997 were unemployed for over six months but were excluded from the claimant count because they were undertaking a New Deal Option, broken down into those aged (a) 18 to 24 and (b) under 18 or over 24 years.
(125179)
42  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people who have completed the New Deal once have (a) re-entered the gateway to New Deal for a second time and (b) gone onto a second New Deal option.
(125180)
43  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time nursery places were provided in each London local authority in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99 and (iv) 1999-2000 for (a) three year olds, (b) four year olds and (c) all children aged under five years.
(125418)
44  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the value was of additional support to schools in (a) Westminster City Council area and (b) the Royal Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea additional to revenue support grant since 1997 in respect of (a) the School Standards Fund, (b) section 11/ethnic minority achievement grant, (c) Excellence in Cities (d) education action zone and (e) other categories.
(125417)
45  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the the expenditure per pupil was in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in the London boroughs of (i) Kensington and Chelsea and (ii) Westminster in 1996-97 and 1999-2000; and what is his estimate for 2000-01.
(125416)
46  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to provide financial incentives to encourage more people to enter teacher training courses in further education colleges.
(124691)
47  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils on assisted places at independent schools have obtained places at (a) Oxford University, (b) Cambridge University, (c) universities which are members of the Russell Group and (d) other universities, in each year for the last five years; and, in each case, what proportion this number represented of all pupils obtaining places at those institutions.
(125303)
48  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of candidates obtaining places at (a) Oxford University, (b) Cambridge University and (c) universities which are members of the Russell Group came from (i) grant-maintained and former grant-maintained schools and (ii) grammar schools in each of the last five years.
(125304)
49  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the standard spending assement for education in Leeds in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01 and the actual spending and planned spending by the local authority on education in those years.
(125425)
50  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the noise tests on the A30 Honiton to Exeter have been completed; and when he expects to announce the results of the tests.
(125173)
51  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the total expenditure by his Department on each estate action progamme in the borough of Westminster since 1993; and what this was as a percentage of the total cost of each programme.
(125423)
52  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the value of grants made through the single regeneration budget in (a) Kensington and Chelsea and (b) Westminster boroughs for (i) 1999-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000; what is his estimate for 2000-01.
(125420)
53  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the (a) cash and (b) percentage changes to the Housing Investment Programme in the London boroughs of (i) Kensington and Chelsea and (ii) Westminster in each year since 1992.
(125421)
54  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many accidents arising from strikes on bridges recorded in the last two years have been (a) fatal, (b) minor and (c) serious; and what has been the cost in the last two years of road strikes on low bridges.
(125587)
55  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the business plan of the Driving Standards Agency concerning its future policy on test centre closures; if he will list, by region, the test centres targeted for closure; and what the timetable is for such closures.
(125588)
56  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many strikes have been recorded on low bridges (a) over and (b) supporting railway lines from 1998-99 to 1999-2000.
(125589)
57  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking in conjunction with (a) railway companies and (b) highway authorities to minimise damage to bridges caused by road vehicles striking low bridges.
(125590)
58  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what tests have been undertaken on the level of interference by mobile telephones on the safety of aircraft; what tests are planned on the effect of such telephones on aircraft safety; what guidance his Department has given to airlines about the use of mobile phones and lap top computers on (a) landing and (b) taking-off; and when a system of checking that all such equipment is detected and switched off before aircraft are boarded will be introduced.
(125669)
59  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of UK incinerators that fail to meet the terms of the EU Waste Incineration Directive.
(125305)
60  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the organisations he has consulted over the EU Waste Incineration Directive.
(125329)
61  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Waste Incineration Directive on the disposal of animal carcasses in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(125306)
62  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional information he requires to enable him to approve funding to upgrade the A436 in Gloucestershire.
(125540)
63  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what factors he took into account in deciding not to fund Gloucestershire County Council's priority request to upgrade the A436 between Shipton Solers and Crickley Hill.
(125539)
64  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Chelsea and Kensington Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124849)
65  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Islington Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124850)
66  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Camden Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124851)
67  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124852)
68  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Westminster Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124853)
69  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of the Greater London Assembly to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124854)
70  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of the City of London Corporation and Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124855)
71  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Southwark Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124856)
72  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Lambeth Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124857)
73  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he last met representatives of Hackney Borough Council to discuss increasing the number of bicycle lanes in central London.
(124858)
74  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received about safety for (a) pedestrians and (b) cyclists in Parliament Square.
(124859)
75  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he provides external bicycle parking facilities for visiting members of the public at his departmental sites.
(124860)
76  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the average speed of a journey through central London in daylight by (a) car, (b) bus and (c) bicycle.
(124861)
77  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since 1990 the number of (a) people using bicycles, (b) miles cycled and (c) journeys made by bicycle.
(124862)
78  
N  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made towards achieving the National Cycling Strategy's objective of doubling the proportion of journeys made by bicycle by 2002.
(124863)
79  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when in the last 12 months the Civil Aviation Authority delivered decisions on route applications; and if he will state in each case (a) the route concerned, (b) the competing airlines, (c) the CAA's decision, (d) his decision on whether to accept the CAA's decision and (e) on those occasions when the CAA decision was rejected by him, to which airline he awarded the route.
(125193)
80  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he will take to ensure that Railtrack minimises inconvenience to passengers travelling to London from stations on the northern section of the Thameslink line, during the construction of the Thameslink 2000 project; and if he will make a statement.
(125591)
81  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to encourage the reinstatement of discountinued sleeper services between the North of England and London.
(125549)
82  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the increase in capacity on the railways that would result from additional expenditure of (a) £500 million per year and (b) £1 billion per year.
(125548)
83  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 5th June, Official Report, column 59W, on RMS 'St Helena', for how long RMS 'St Helena' was made available for service during the Falklands conflict; and for how many days it was in the war zone.
(125592)
84  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many civilians served on RMS 'St Helena' during the Falklands conflict; of these how many were from (a) St. Helena, (b) the Falklands, (c) the United Kingdom and (d) elsewhere; and how many have been awarded the South Atlantic Medal.
(125593)
85  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he plans to take to make schools safer for children with asthma.
(125390)
86  
N  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Solihull dated 15th May concerning Ceramica Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(125178)
87  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances a working families tax credit award can be amended, once finalised, due to a change in the claimant's circumstances.
(125386)
88  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average retail price per litre of diesel fuel two weeks (a) before his 1999 Budget and (b) after his 2000 Budget; and in each case how much of the price was attributable to (i) fuel duty and (ii) VAT.
(125195)
89  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he proposes to ratify the Rome Treaty to establish the International Criminal Court.
(125395)
90  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work has been done to expand the work and upgrade the facilities of the British Council in Lithuania; and if he will make a statement.
(125666)
91  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work is being undertaken by the British Council in Kosovo to show films to the local population; what types of film the Council plans to show; what funding has been made available from his Department to support this activity; and if he will make a statement.
(125595)
92  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will make a substantive reply to the question from the honourable Member for Leyton and Wanstead tabled on 18th April relating to Zimbabwe (ref 120086).
(125671)
93  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the benefits to the UK of being granted special status under the US International Traffic and Arms Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(125381)
94  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps Her Majesty's Government is taking to support Croatia's proposed accession to the (a) European Union and (b) World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(125377)
95  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US Administration in respect of their claim against the UN for the cost of their airlift operation in Sierra Leone.
(125436)
96  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what medical advice his Department is giving to UK visitors to Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
(125192)
97  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on a permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council by India.
(125550)
98  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints he has received against abortion clinics in the past year; which clinics were concerned in each case; and what the nature of each complaint was.
(125408)
99  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the fees that are paid to private abortion clinics for the receipt of fetal tissue by NHS organisations.
(125407)
100  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statutory provisions govern the disposal of the bodies and organs of induced-aborted babies.
(125405)
101  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the abortion clinics which send fetal tissue to the fetal tissue banks at (a) the Medical Research Council based at Hammersmith Hospital, (b) the Institute of Child Health, London and (c) the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
(125406)
102  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of (a) virus infection and (b) horizontal gene transfer, broken down by the (i) place, (ii) date and (iii) exact nature of each incident, have occurred as a result of xenotransplantation procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(125265)
103  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safety precautions are inplemented (a) during and (b) after xenotransplantation research procedures in order to minimise (i) virus infection and (ii) horizontal gene transfer.
(125264)
104  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the specific grants made by his Department, and the amounts allocated through each grant to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea boroughs for each year since 1997-98.
(125422)
105  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the latest figures for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area for (a) how many people are waiting for treatment and (b) how many have been waiting 12 months or more for treatment.
(125268)
106  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the work of the National Duplicate Registration Initiative; and what his estimate is of the number of ghost patients in each health authority area removed from local medical lists since its establishment and the consequential saving to the NHS.
(125665)
107  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the average cost to the NHS of treating someone with meningitis C, (b) the number of people who were treated in the last year for meningitis C by the NHS, (c) the annual cost of treatment for meningitis C by the NHS and (d) the cost of giving one vaccination for meningitis C, including (i) costs of publicising the availability of the vaccine and (ii) other costs for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(125035)
108  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the average cost to the NHS of treating someone with influenza, (b) the number of people treated for influenza in the last year by the NHS, (c) the annual cost of influenza treatment by the NHS and (d) the cost of giving one vaccination for influenza, including (i) the costs of publicising the availability of the vaccine and (ii) other costs for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(125036)
109  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients on NHS waiting lists in Gloucestershire who would normally have been treated within the South West Region have been treated elsewhere in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(125546)
110  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Gloucestershire died while on NHS waiting lists in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(125538)
111  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Gloucestershire were on NHS waiting lists in each month during the last five years for which figures are available.
(125536)
112  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients on NHS waiting lists in Gloucestershire have left them to be treated privately in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(125545)
113  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Gloucestershire had been waiting for their operation for more than (a) six months and (b) one year in each month during the last five years for which figures are available.
(125537)
114  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations prior to his recent consultation exercise he has had with (a) the Grimsby and Community Health Council and (b) the National Association of Community Health Councils concerning the future policies and operation of the National Health Service; and what part he expects them to play in his current consultation process.
(125384)
115  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cochlear implants for children were undertaken in each of the last five years in (a) North Essex Health Authority and (b) Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust; and how many children were waiting for more than a year in each case.
(125433)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many baboons and cynomolgus monkeys are held within United Kingdom laboratories awaiting xenotransplantation procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(125262)
117  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many baboons and cynomolgus monkeys intended for xenotransplantation research have been killed without any xenotransplantation procedures being completed on them in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(125263)
118  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the (a) longest and (b) average recorded journey time for non-human primates imported into the United Kingdom for research purposes during 1999 from (i) China, (ii) Mauritius, (iii) Indonesia, (iv) the Philippines and (v) Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(125266)
119  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cynomolgus monkeys were imported into the United Kingdom for the purpose of xenotransplantation research, broken down by (a) where the monkeys were imported from, (b) how many died during transport, (c) the date of deaths, (d) the causes of death and (e) action taken by his Department as a result, in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996, (iii) 1997, (iv) 1998, (v) 1999 and (vi) 2000.
(125259)
120  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cynomolgus macaques and baboons were used in xenotransplantation research in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(125267)
121  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many baboons were imported into the United Kingdom for the purpose of xenotransplantation research; and (a) where they were imported from, (b) whether they were wild-caught, (c) how many died during transport, (d) the date of deaths, (e) what were the causes of death and (f) what action was taken by his Department as a result, in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996, (iii) 1997, (iv) 1998, (v) 1999 and (vi) 2000.
(125260)
122  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when current project licences to conduct pig primate xenotransplantation research will expire; and whether he is considering future pig-to-primate xenotransplantation licences.
(125261)
123  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what responses he has received to the consultation exercise entitled New Measures to Control Prostitutes' Cards in Phone Boxes; what action he now proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.
(125535)
124  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the post of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons on the expiry of Sir David Ramsbotham's appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(125552)
125  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what re-appointments and appointments are to be made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
(125553)
126  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to promote postal ballots in local elections.
(125389)
127  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the practice of increasing the number of voting days in local elections.
(125388)
128  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what institutions he plans will be involved in the monitoring of Internet and e-mail communications; and if he will make a statement.
(125668)
129  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work and objectives of the Government Technical Assistance Centre.
(125667)
130  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Thames river boats operate open-ticket party events where acohol is served; and how many open-ticket party events were held on Thames river boats in (a) 1999, (b) 1995 and (c) 1990.
(125445)
131  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason (a) trains and aeroplanes will be exempt and (b) river boats will not be exempt, from obtaining a premises licence under the proposals for the amendment of licensing laws.
(125447)
132  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alcohol-related incidents were reported to police on or relating to Thames river boats in (a) 1990-91, (b) 1992-93, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1996-97 and (e) 1998-99.
(125446)
133  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will grant to the Chief Constable of Kent powers to proscribe marches and demonstrations in public places within the Thanet District, Dover District and Canterbury City Council boundaries between 10th June and 31st October.
(125354)
134  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) additional prisons and (b) additional prison places there were and what was their cost in each of the last five years; how many planned (i) additional prisons and (ii) additional prison places there are and what is their cost in the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(125322)
135  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost of drug treatment and testing measures contained in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill.
(125325)
136  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he commissioned on which he based the plans for the Drug Abstinence Order contained in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(125326)
137  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons have appointed an equal opportunities officer; what percentage of (a) staff and (b) managers have received racial harassment and discrimination training; when targets for the implementation of the Instruction to Prison Governors IG51/1996 will be met; and if will he make a statement.
(125327)
138  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 26th November, Official Report, column 241W, on police costs whether information is available on the total additional costs to police forces responsible for policing each of the party conferences last year; and if he will make a statement.
(125348)
139  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to ensure consistency and accurate standards of drug testing conducted by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(125323)
140  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received about resources available to the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue prosecutions; and if he will make a statement.
(125321)
141  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Audit Commission report entitled, Another Country; what plans he has to make changes to the current arrangements for the dispersal of asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(125320)
142  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in relation to arrest referral schemes and how arrest schemes are to operate in relation to powers to test for drugs at the time of charging of suspects.
(125324)
143  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive replies to his letters of 9th February and 4th May on behalf of his constituent Dr Nazir.
(125194)
144  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of the European Community or European Economic Area, or members of their families, were (a) questioned, (b) searched and (c) detained in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999; and how the powers in these respects are exercised and at what location, in respect of those travelling by rail through the Channel Tunnel.
(125385)
145  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 5th June, Official Report, column 159W, on police helicopters, what the helicopter supplied by Veritair Ltd. is used for in addition to tracking stolen cars.
(125431)
146  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the arrangements for this year's ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
(125551)
147  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what software language is used in the new Central Immigration and Nationality Directorate computerisation; and if it is programmed as a totally integrated national database.
(125541)
148  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what software language is used in the National Passport Centre Computerisation; and if it is programmed as a totally integrated relational database.
(125542)
149  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what date was first set for the report of the Burns Inquiry into hunting with dogs to be delivered to him; when he expects to receive it; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(125349)
150  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Leyton on 1st March concerning her Department's budget (ref 113063).
(125670)
151  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many legal firms deal with legal aid work; and what the number was in 1996.
(125434)
152  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what restrictions on the use of QCs have been introduced (a) by government departments and (b) through legal aid funding, indicating in each case what savings to public funds he estimates will be made as a result; and if he will make a statement.
(125533)
153  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his policy is with regard to the exercise of his powers under the Access to Justice Act 1999 and the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 on the formation of partnerships between barristers.
(125432)
154  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions the Chief Constable of the RUC was present, for how long; and for which interviews, for the post of the Oversight Commissioner.
(125527)
155  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons sought by the (a) RUC and (b) other UK police forces were extradited from the Irish Republic to the UK in (i) each of the previous three years and (ii) the current year.
(125543)
156  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on which Government buildings the Union Flag was flown on 2nd June; and how many of these buildings are under (a) his direct control and (b) the control of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(125544)
157  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many households would be taken off (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in each tenure category if a flat rate housing allowance was introduced for recipients of working families tax credit and disabled persons tax credit at (i) £10, (ii) £15, (iii) £20, (iv) £25 and (v) £30 per week.
(125412)
158  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the (a) gross and (b) net costs of increasing the housing benefit/council tax benefit earnings disregard by (i) £5, (ii) £10, (iii) £15 and (iv) £20 per week; and how many households would (1) benefit and (2) be taken off housing benefit/council tax benefit as a result.
(125575)
159  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many households have been taken off (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit as a consequence of working families tax credit and disabled persons tax credit in (i) the UK and (ii) each region.
(125415)
160  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimates he has made of savings in housing benefit arising from reduced house repossessions if a flat rate housing allowance were introduced at (a) £10, (b) £15, (c) £20, (d) £25 and (e) £30 per week and paid to all households in receipt of working families tax credit and disabled persons tax credit.
(125411)
161  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the net costs of a flat rate housing allowance, assuming savings on housing benefit and council tax benefit, if such an allowance was set at (a) £10 per week, (b) £15 per week, (c) £20 per week, (d) £25 per week and (e) £30 per week.
(125410)
162  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what he estimates to be the gross cost to public funds of a flat rate housing allowance payable to recipients of working families tax credit and disabled persons tax credit, if such an allowance was paid at the rate of (a) £10 per week, (b) £15 per week, (c) £20 per week, (d) £25 per week and (e) £30 per week.
(125409)
163  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what would be the gross and net costs of introducing a flat rate housing allowance to single people under retirement age currently in receipt of housing benefit and council tax benefit if such an allowance was set at (a) £10, (b) £15, (c) £20, (d) £25 and (e) £30; how many people would be entitled to such an allowance and how many people would be taken off housing benefit and council tax benefit completely in each category (a) to (e).
(125413)
164  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the estimated cost is of the national telephone claims service for pensioners which is planned to be introduced in October; what the continuing yearly cost to his Department of this service will be; and if he will make a statement.
(125378)
165  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the date of October 2001 is to be maintained as the target for helping potential benefit customers understand (a) their future entitlement to retirement pension and (b) the importance of saving for their retirement; how this target will be achieved; how much it is expected to cost; and if he will make a statement.
(125439)
166  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases since 1st April the Benefits Agency has decided that a lone parent has good cause not to co-operate with the Child Support Agency in obtaining maintenance; what estimate he has made of the financial benefits which have accrued to (a) his Department, (b) claimants and (c) children affected; and if he will make a statement.
(125440)
167  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when all areas will have organisational boundaries co-ordinated with those of the Employment Service; if he will set out the programme for such co-ordination; and if he will make a statement.
(125441)
168  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish the last two national surveys of employees in his Department; what action has been taken as a result of the most recent survey; and if he will make a statement.
(125442)
169  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how he seeks to ensure easy access by all potential claimants to accurate benefit information; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the complaints handling system in each division within his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(125443)
170  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish the assessments that have been made of the first four pilot schemes for the ONE service; and if he will make a statement.
(125444)
171  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much his Department is spending in the current financial year on representative surveys of its customers; how much was spent in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(125534)
172  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people were involved in fraudulent benefit claims which resulted in the overpayment of £135 million for 1999-2000; how many such benefit claimants received no further benefit from his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(125438)
173  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost, including the administrative costs, of restoring pre-1997 social security entitlements to asylum seekers instead of the vouchers system, (a) per asylum seeker and (b) in total annually; if he will set out the assumptions underlying the calculations and the basis for these assumptions; and if he will make a statement.
(125701)
174  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the National Income Recording system stores the date of birth of individuals linked with their National Insurance number.
(125308)
175  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate, for each local authority, the total amount saved in benefit expenditure in the most recent year arising from anti-fraud initiatives; if he will express this figure as a percentage of the total expenditure on social security benefits administered by each local authority; and if he will provide an aggregate estimate for Great Britain.
(125309)
176  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason men aged 60 to 64 years have been required to provide their original birth certificate in connection with a claim for winter fuel payments; and what alternative documents will be accepted.
(125307)
177  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason he withdrew the proposed map conferring assisted area status on North Staffordshire.
(125352)
178  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many regional map applications for assisted area status were rejected by the European Commission on first application by Her Majesty's Government in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(125351)
179  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the Office of Commissioner Monti in respect of assisted area status for North Staffordshire.
(125350)
180  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he intends to submit a new proposal for asssisted area status for North Staffordshire.
(125353)
181  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans that the new regulations on employment agencies and businesses will come into force.
[R] (125182)
182  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on recruitment companies placing information technology contractors in temporary contracts of the proposed four-week quarantine period included in his Department's current proposals for regulating temporary to permanent fees; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (125186)
183  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many temporary workers suffered detriment because of the imposition of temporary to permanent fees by recruitment agencies in 1999.
[R] (125184)
184  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on recruitment companies which place non-specialist manual workers in temporary contracts of the proposed four-week quarantine period included in his Department's current proposals for regulating temporary to permanent fees; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (125188)
185  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints were made by end-users about the imposition of temporary to permanent fees by recruitment agencies in 1999.
[R] (125183)
186  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons his Department has proposed to limit the proposed quarantine period for the regulation of temporary to permanent fees on recruitment companies to four weeks; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (125187)
187  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the case for regulations to ensure that recruitment agencies can protect themselves from end-users, or other agencies, poaching from their contractor base; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (125185)
188  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies in the North East have benefited from the Textile Task Force; how much money has been allocated from the Task Force Fund; and what financial resources are available to it.
(125383)
189  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the honourable Member for Cunninghame South will receive a reply to his letters of 16th December and 7th March, concerning Mr James Murdoch, of Kilwinning.
(125387)
190  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the reports prepared by external advisors in relation to BNFL since 1st January.
(125585)
191  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his policy is on regional offices for the proposed Gas and Electricity Consumer Council; and if he will make a statement.
(125584)
192  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the results of his review of the Export Credit Guarantee Department.
(125586)
193  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the benefits to the UK of being granted special status under the US International Traffic and Arms Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(125382)
194  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whom his Department is consulting on the provisions of the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords]; and what replies he has received to date.
(125702)
195  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what restrictions he proposes to place on limited companies re-incorporating as limited liability partnerships.
(125427)
196  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations he has had with PricewaterhouseCooper and Ernst & Young about the legislation they prepared for limited liability partnerships in Jersey; and what parts of that legislation he has incorporated in the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords].
(125426)
197  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals he has for the registering of partnership agreements and the publication of partnership accounts under the provisions of the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords]; and what role he plans for Companies House in respect of these new entities.
(125428)
198  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimates he has made of the number of public and private limited companies likely to re-incorporate as limited liability partnerships as a result of the provisions of the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords]; and what consultations he has had with the Treasury about the tax revenue consequences of such changes.
(125429)
199  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what statutory provisions the European Commission determines the limits to monopoly public services for letters or packets to a given upper value or weight.
(125700)
200  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the windfall tax to have been fully spent on employment programmes; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (125397)
201  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the total amount paid by Her Majesty's Government to the OECD in respect of membership fees in each of the last three financial years.
[Transferred] (125532)
202  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received concerning relaxing the visa requirements for citizens of the People's Republic of China who wish to holiday in the UK.
[Transferred] (125430)
203  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if Know How Fund aid to Croatia has been increased since the election of the new government; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (125376)
204  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average working families tax credit payment in each region of the UK for those households making claims in the six months October 1999 to April 2000 (a) in gross terms and (b) net of housing benefit and council tax benefit.
[Transferred] (125414)


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