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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 21 June 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 21 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.
 


 
MONDAY 26th JUNE
1  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on planned changes in the size of the UK fishing fleet; what corresponding changes are planned for other EU fleets, indicating (a) how many vessels will be affected and (b) what proportion of that country's fleet this represents; and what measures he is taking to use these changes to reduce the number of flagged vessels.
(127187)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the current fisheries agreements with non-EU countries indicating the cost of each to the Community's budget; how many vessels are involved in each case; and how many are (a) UK flagged and (b) UK owned.
(127186)
3  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will identify those elements of the Common Fisheries Policy which operate in (a) Baltic and (b) Mediterranean waters; and if he will account for the differences in applicability of the policy to Atlantic waters.
(127191)
4  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list projects being assessed by his Department for potential submission for funding under EU budget line B2-903A: strengthening the dialogue with the fishing industry and groups affected by the Common Fisheries Policy.
(127189)
5  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his Department's negotiating objectives for the Nice Treaty.
(127198)
6  
  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the outcome was of the Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 16th June; and if he will make a statement.
(127182)
7  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to replace the long-distance transport of live farm animals from Britain to Southern Europe by a trade in meat and carcases; and if he will make a statement.
(127300)
8  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to propose changes to EU law to the effect that live animals are not considered goods or products; and if he will make a statement.
(127298)
9  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered on the grounds of (a) disproportionate cost, (b) that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) of commercial or other confidentiality.
(127097)
10  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact of government regulation on Britain's organic farmers.
(127167)
11  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list by Department the numbers of cars in the Government car fleet, broken down by make of car and, country of manufacture.
(126550)
12  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the members of the policy action teams are resident in the neighbourhoods identified by the Social Exclusion Unit as especially disadvantaged.
(127326)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for how many parliamentary questions tabled between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 her Department has given advice on answers; how many of these questions were instances of the same question being tabled to different departments by the same honourable Members; and how many such questions there were.
(127105)
14  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps she will take to promote volunteering amongst Civil Service employees during the International Year of Volunteering 2001.
(126880)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage national training schemes for television and film scriptwriters.
(127107)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the future funding of Television Arts Performance Showcase.
(127108)
17  
  
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of the upgrade programme for the SA80 and the LSW.
(127324)
18  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has evaluated of health problems among servicemen deployed in Kosovo attributable to contact with depleted uranium.
(125934)
19  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his proposals for refurbishing the MoD building in Whitehall, including the total cost of the refurbishment.
(126677)
20  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the further dispersal of MoD civil servants outside London to other parts of the United Kingdom.
(126678)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation his Department has made of the Lemming UGV; what plans it has to purchase this surveillance system; and if he will make a statement.
(127179)
22  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to acquire an updated robotic surveillance system; and if he will make a statement.
(127178)
23  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid in compensation to its contractors in each of the last five years; which companies received payment and what were the reasons for payment; and if he will make a statement.
(127174)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money he has paid in compensation to service personnel in each of the last five years; how many personnel received payments; and if he will make a statement.
(127175)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the senior members of his Department's staff who have been seconded to (a) UK and (b) non-UK companies in (i) 1995-96 and (ii) 1996-97; what post's they held in at his Department; what was the cost to his Department of the secondments; and if he will make a statement.
(127231)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to date on the joint project to develop a system of Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment; what is the planned final cost; if this project is running on time and at agreed budget levels; and if he will make a statement.
(127181)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who requested the secondment of the Deputy Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency to Thomson-CSF; who approved it; what was the cost to his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(127180)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the percentage of GNP spent on defence procurement in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(127176)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the value of the contract recently awarded to the Army Base Repair Organisation; which other companies bid for this contract; what is the lifespan of the contract; if the contract was for a fixed price; and if he will make a statement.
(127177)
30  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decision was taken to send Chinooks to Senegal in order to assist the deployment of troops; when the Chinooks left the United Kingdom; when they arrived in Senegal; and if he will make a statement.
(126998)
31  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops returning to the United Kingdom from deployment in Sierra Leone have been diagnosed as having signs of malaria since 12th June; how many UK troops have been so diagnosed in the last five years; and in which overseas deployments they had served.
(126996)
32  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to issue light weight summer uniforms to the service personnel taking part in the Queen's birthday parade in circumstances where the temperature is forecast to be well in excess of the seasonal norm.
(127229)
33  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to open up his Department's land for recreational use by the general public.
(127230)
34  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for (a) England and (b) each local education authority the number of additional free early years education places that would be required to meet the Government's target of free places being available for 66 per cent. of three year olds by 2002.
(126810)
35  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what statistics about the New Deal he collects on the participation of, and outcomes for, (a) ethnic minorities, (b) men, (c) women and (d) the disabled by (i) unit of delivery and (ii) parliamentary constituency.
(126811)
36  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for (a) the United Kingdom and (b) each local education authority, the number of three year olds with free early-years education places providing five or more session of education per week in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year since 1992.
(126845)
37  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for (a) England and (b) each local education authority, the number and value of funding bids made to his Department in each financial year since 1995-96 for the repair of school buildings.
(126846)
38  
N  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by local education authority, for the latest date for which figures are available, the total value of the estimates that schools have made of the sums needed for the repair of school buildings.
(126847)
39  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the impact of the decisions made by the European Commission in its meeting of 7th June on equal rights legislation in the United Kingdom; and what his policy is thereon.
(127185)
40  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of classes of five, six and seven year-olds in the Crosby constituency have been reduced since 1997.
(127173)
41  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what change in the level of unemployment has occurred in the Crosby constituency as a result of the New Deals.
(127172)
42  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students entered medical school in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(126917)
43  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000; and how many have not received substantive answers, on grounds of disproportionate costs.
(127102)
44  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the voluntary sector organisations involved in trailblazer SureStart areas.
(126878)
45  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to compensate students for the loss of tax relief on the costs of vocational training.
(126807)
46  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Ashford, of 13th June, Official Report, column 543, on consultees, for what reason (a) Friends of the Earth and (b) Greenpeace were not consulted over the EU Waste Incineration Directive.
(127000)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 14th June, Official Report, column 635W, for what reasons the section of the Jubilee line between Charing Cross and Green Park was not retained as a separate branch.
(126999)
48  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps his Department is taking to amend planning regulations to remove obstacles to local authorities providing street information kiosks for their local communities.
(127303)
49  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received with regard to fare increases on West Coast mainline services between Liverpool Lime Street and Euston Station.
(127204)
50  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he had with the Rail Regulator with regard to fare increases on West Coast mainline services between Liverpool Lime Street and Euston Station.
(127202)
51  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the sources other than his Department's own legal service, from which he took legal advice with regard to the implications of the European Convention for Human Rights for the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill.
(127314)
52  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Government's Waste Strategy on the need for additional waste incinerators.
(126812)
53  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has concerning the location of future incinerators.
(126813)
54  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered on grounds (a) of disproportionate cost, (b) that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) of commercial or other confidentiality.
(127098)
55  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of the review of the driving licensing regime for insulin users.
(126582)
56  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what circumstances and by what means a compulsory purchase order in respect of a private dwelling can be rescinded.
(126914)
57  
N  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to publicise the working families tax credit in Northern Ireland.
(125496)
58  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions he deposited papers in the Library in response to parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000.
(127104)
59  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made following his announcement at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations conference on 9th February concerning the Government's intention to initiate a national campaign to promote the giving of time and money in partnership with the voluntary sector.
(126877)
60  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have been in receipt of working families tax credit in each month since March.
(126911)
61  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to specify the vocational training courses that will qualify for tax relief.
(126809)
62  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the saving to the Exchequer that will result from the removal of tax relief for vocational training costs from students.
(126808)
63  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with insurers, banks and building societies who advised on and sold under-performing endowment policies on redress for the purchasers of endowment policies which have underperformed.
(127361)
64  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to provide financial assistance to those people with projected shortfalls on their endowment mortgage policies.
(127360)
65  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on present and future activities of the Europe Made Easy Programme in the United Kingdomn.
(127188)
66  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 his office has referred honourable Members in parliamentary Answers to the office of the European Commission in London; and if he will make a statement on his policy of referral, with particular reference to ministerial accountability.
(127192)
67  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from HM diplomatic posts in Indonesia on the human rights situation in the Moluccas.
(127237)
68  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000; and how many have not received substantive answers on the grounds of disproportionate costs.
(127103)
69  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the examples he provided, in response to the request from the Right honourable Member for Horsham on 15th June, Official Report, column 1208, of improvements in legislation made to assist small businesses as a result of the Lisbon Special European Council.
(127199)
70  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Belgian Government on the regulation of the diamond industry in connection with Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
(126679)
71  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the strength and composition of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Sierra Leone.
(126681)
72  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the United Nations or its associated bodies have made of the role of Liberia in respect of the conflict in Sierra Leone; and what action is proposed as a result.
(126771)
73  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of paramilitary activists in Sierra Leone who have voluntarily disarmed and entered into rehabilitation programmes.
(126680)
74  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reciprocal arrangements exist to enable dentists trained in the UK to practise in India and dentists trained in India to practise in the UK.
(126912)
75  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners have received free eye tests since their reintroduction in the Crosby constituency.
(127169)
76  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to monitor the levels of fluoride added to toothpaste, mouthwashes and dental floss by manufacturers of dental products; and if he will make a statement.
(127234)
77  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers are available to him to require manufacturers to include the fluoride contents of (a) toothpaste, (b) mouth washes and (c) dental floss on product labels.
(127233)
78  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children have received the BCG immunisation in (a) London, (b) Brent and Harrow Health Authority area and (c) England and Wales; and what target the Government has set for such immunisation.
(127348)
79  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children have been immunised against measles, mumps and rubella in (a) London, (b) Brent and Harrow Health Authority Area and (c) England and Wales; and what target the Government has set for such immunisation.
(127349)
80  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the guidance given to medical practitioners by the NICE with regard to the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
(127297)
81  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to address health and social care problems of rural areas in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(127299)
82  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the benefits of joint health and social care (a) planning and (b) provision in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(127301)
83  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the budget for hospital and community health services of (a) health authorities and (b) primary care groups and primary care trusts was spent on administrative costs in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(126916)
84  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled and of these, how many patients were not re-admitted within one month in (a) Great Britain and (b) each health authority in England in each year since 1995.
(126995)
85  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds were available in (a) Great Britain and (b) each NHS trust in (i) 1979, (ii) 1990 and (iii) each year since 1992 for which figures are available.
(126921)
86  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients had their operations cancelled and were not re-admitted within 30 days for each month since April 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(126915)
87  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many influenza vaccinations were given in the run-up to the winter of (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the flu vaccination programme in each of these periods; and what assessment he has made of the incidence of flu in the (i) immunised and (ii) non-immunised groups in each of those periods.
(127302)
88  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers on the grounds of (a) commercial and (b) other confidentiality.
(127100)
89  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the financial savings made by NHS trusts in (a) domestic services and (b) cleaning contracts in the last year for which figures are available.
(126920)
90  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with pilot schemes for the prescription of emergency contraceptives by pharmacists; and when emergency contraception will be more widely available.
(126997)
91  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the voluntary sector organisations involved in (a) primary care groups and (b) healthy living centres.
(126881)
92  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards current EU discussions on (a) rights to family reunification and (b) temporary protection of displaced people.
(127195)
93  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance, signed on 29th May, with particular reference to alterations to the 1996 convention.
(127193)
94  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on planned UK participation in the Eurodac system.
(127196)
95  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make statement on his policy towards the European Refugee Fund.
(127194)
96  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) new recruits, (b) graduate recruits and (c) graduate recruits with first or upper second class degrees to the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years.
(127379)
97  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate for planning purposes of net pensions fund obligations, pensions less contributions, for (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b) all UK police forces in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2010-11; and how these obligations will be financed.
(127330)
98  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated average time required is for a police officer to complete the formal documentation of criminal evidence following an arrest for (a) burglary, (b) car theft and (c) criminal damage; and what steps he has taken to monitor the time spent on procedural rather than operational tasks and to reduce it.
(127344)
99  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the estimates of (a) the capital costs and (b) the running costs of Internet service providers, establishing a surveillance capability as required under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.
(127331)
100  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances the Government will require Internet service providers to contribute to (a) capital and (b) recruitment costs of security surveillance; and what the charging principles will be.
(127328)
101  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is for planning purposes of net pension fund obligations, pensions less contribution, for (a) the London Fire Service and (b) all UK fire services in financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2005-06 and 2010-11; and how these obligations will financed.
(127322)
102  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what were the monthly changes in each of the last two years in Metropolitan Police manpower figures, resulting from (a) recruitment and (b) resignation and retirement.
(127346)
103  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to make a statement on his policy on Gamma Hydroxybutyrate following the publication of the Metropolitan Police report on drug-assisted rape on 21st June.
(127296)
104  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which GHB is used as a date rape drug by groups of males acting in collaboration.
(127201)
105  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent reports he has received on the use of drugs in date rape cases.
(127200)
106  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of use of (a) Rohypnol and (b) GHB as date rape drugs.
(127203)
107  
  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Hampshire on the attack on Dr Burhan al-Chelabi and Detective Constable Stephen Longshaw on 30th April; and if he will make a statement.
(127170)
108  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Greenock and Inverclyde will receive a substantive answer to his letter of 17th May concerning the visit of Mr Mike Tyson.
(126306)
109  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is the Chair of the Board of Visitors at Dartmoor Prison.
(127166)
110  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers on the grounds that the information is (a) not held centrally, (b) not held in the form requested and (c) not available.
(127099)
111  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account will be taken of seasonal factors that affect the availability of accommodation in seaside resorts when determining the dispersal of asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(127236)
112  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what priority will be given to cluster areas with (a) less than one per cent ethnic minority populations and (b) low levels of public housing in the dispersal of asylum seekers.
(127235)
113  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reinstate the rent allowance element of serving police officers' salary packages; and if he will make a statement.
(127359)
114  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the withdrawal of the rent allowance element of salary packages on the recruitment and retention of police officers.
(127357)
115  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average reduction is in serving police officers' remuneration following the withdrawal of the rent allowance element of salary packages.
(127358)
116  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to support the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(126919)
117  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received from the UK Director of the World Bank concerning modifications to the Qinghai component of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project; and if she will make a statement.
(126922)
118  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to monitor cleanliness of hospital wards and operating theatres.
(126918)
119  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the adequacy of provision of and access to legal information and help services for asylum seekers and refugees living in Sunderland and Newcastle; and if he will make a statement.
(127232)
120  
N  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the removal of the security fortifications at the Police Station in Downpatrick; and if he will make a statement.
(125499)
121  
N  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last met the Parades Commission to discuss the Drumcree marches.
(125472)
122  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he takes to ensure that the work of special advisers does not compromise the political neutrality of civil servants.
(127095)
123  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will set a maximum limit of two special advisers per department.
(127094)
124  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reason he has not yet responded to the Neill Committee's Sixth Report into Standards in Public Life.
(127093)
125  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the factors determining the number of delegates each political party was asked to provide for the drafting of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
(127184)
126  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to veto the inclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in any treaty base.
(127197)
127  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list by political party the number of UK delegates to the drafting body on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
(127190)
128  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Office between 19th October 1999 and 20th April have not received substantive answers on the grounds of (a) commerical and (b) other confidentiality.
(127106)
129  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st June.
(126581)
130  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to meet representatives of the (a) Scottish Parliament and (b) Scottish Executive to discuss mechanisms for consulting on the Government's policy on changing the number of members of the Scottish Parliament.
(126772)
131  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on how many occasions he deposited papers in the Library in response to parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000.
(127101)
132  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if time spent as a foster parent qualifies for state retirement pension under the rules of home responsibility protection.
(126913)
133  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many widowers have applied for compensation following the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling on widows' benefit.
(127325)
134  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average income in (a) cash, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage of average earnings in (i) 1979, (ii) 1984, (iii) 1989, (iv) 1994 and (v) each year from 1994 to 2000 for (A) the UK and (B) Scotland of (1) pensioners, (2) pensioners aged over 75 years, (3) students, (4) single parents, (5) the bottom decile, (6) the top decile and (7) the disabled; and if he will make a statement.
(126770)
135  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for South West Surrey of 28th February concerning Mr M Grove.
(127347)
136  
  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome was of the Research Council held in Luxembourg on 15th June; and if he will make a statement.
(127183)
137  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers on the grounds that the information is (a) not held centrally, (b) not held in the form requested or (c) not available.
(127096)
138  
N  
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what level of launch aid has been provided by his Department for the Airbus A3XX; to how many sets of components the launch aid applies; and how many jobs he estimates will be created as a result of the launch aid.
(127158)
139  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will use section 23 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 to give ministers of religion the same employment rights as other employees.
(126879)
140  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people in the Crosby constituency that have benefited from the minimum wage.
[Transferred] (127171)
141  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) fatal and (b) serious injuries accidents occurred per vehicle mile on the A90 between Ellon and Aberdeen in (i) 1995, (ii) 1996, (iii) 1997, (iv) 1998 and (v) 1999.
[Transferred] (127228)
142  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many of the (a) members and (b) advisers to the Social Exclusion Unit are residents of the 3,000 neighbourhoods that the Social Exclusion Unit has identified as being especially disadvantaged.
[Transferred] (127327)
143  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have received the working families tax credit in the Crosby constituency.
[Transferred] (127168)
144  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progress has been made in the last three years in reducing the waiting time of police officers in (a) magistrates' and (b) higher courts.
[Transferred] (127345)


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