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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 22 June 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 22 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 22nd JUNE
1  
  
Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the outcome was of the Agriculture Council held in Luxembourg on 19th and 20th June; and if he will make a statement.
(127555)
2  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the state of preparations for the 2002 CFP Review; and if he will identify the key issues for the UK.
(126925)
3  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of zonal fisheries management in relation to (a) overfished stocks, (b) excess fishing capacity and (c) discard.
(126927)
4  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fisheries regulations have been introduced since May 1997; and at what cost to the industry.
(126929)
5  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the capacity of EU institutional structures to accommodate regional fisheries councils.
(127001)
6  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from relevant parties on treaty changes required for zonal fisheries management; and if he will publish the external legal opinion he has received in respect of these matters.
(126923)
7  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation on the Hull University report, Regional Management of European Fisheries.
(126924)
8  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has held with representatives of the European Commission on initiating consideration at EU level of proposals for zonal fisheries management.
(126926)
9  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what further meetings he has planned with (a) the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and Scottish Fishermen's Federation, (b) European Commission officials, and (c) representatives of EU member states to discuss regionalisation of fisheries policy.
(126928)
10  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of trends in the fishing industry with regard to (a) recruitment and retention of staff, (b) profitability and (c) employment levels.
(126930)
11  
  
Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when she will publish results from the People's Panel Ethnic Minority Booster Research; and if she will make a statement.
(127382)
12  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000; and how many of them have not received substantive answers, with disproportionate cost cited as the reason.
(127336)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health regarding the use of surplus beds at Osborne Convalescent Home by recuperating NHS patients.
(127312)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost to public funds was of the Minister for Tourism's recent visit to Las Vegas.
(127307)
15  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received concerning proposals to preserve for posterity a number of the Little Ships which took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940; and if he will make a statement.
(127305)
16  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what legislative process is required to (a) repeal the Osborne Estates Act 1902 and (b) close the Osborne Convalescent Home.
(127308)
17  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received concerning proposals to erect a Battle of Britain memorial on the Thames Embankment; and if he will make a statement.
(127304)
18  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his will list the firms of quantity surveyors employed by the New Millennium Experience Company since May 1997, the duration of their contracts and the remuneration paid to them in each case.
(127309)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action he proposes in response to the publication by English Heritage of the Register of Buildings at Risk 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(127306)
20  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127549)
21  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127550)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000; and how many of them have not received substantive answers, with disproportionate cost cited as the reason.
(127335)
23  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the cost of making admission to the Dome free from 1st July to the end of the year.
(127485)
24  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 24th May, Official Report, column 563W, on procurement fraud, if he will state (a) against which contracts the three cases are being investigated, which were recorded against 1999--2000, stating which project within that contract is affected and (b) contracts for which the values were stated for (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1998-99 were found to have been affected by fraud and from which specific area of that contract; and if he will make a statement.
(126685)
25  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to its budget in each of the last five years in relation to non-procurement fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(126686)
26  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to its budget in relation to theft in each year since 1995-96; how many prosecutions in each year were brought against (a) military personnel, (b) civilian personnel and (c) others on charges of theft of MoD property, stating in each case the amount involved and the outcome of the prosecution; and if he will make a statement.
(126687)
27  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions in the past five years his Department has investigated allegations of corruption by (a) military personnel and (b) civilian personnel relating to procurement contracts; on how many occasions allegations were upheld; and on how many occasions a prosecution was taken forward, stating in each case the contract and project concerned.
(126688)
28  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127399)
29  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127407)
30  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) UN peace-keeping force in Sierra Leone and (b) Revolutionary United Front concerning Major Andrew Harrison.
(127311)
31  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received concerning the wellbeing of Major Andrew Harrison, serving in Sierra Leone, following his involvement with the RUF; what assessment he has made of threats to Major Harrison and the Ghurkha detachment being held hostage by the RUF; and if he will make a statement.
(127310)
32  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many graduate job applications were made and how many jobs were available at DERA in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and how many he expects for 2000.
(127605)
33  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of the personal role radios that his Department intends to buy.
(127608)
34  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the personal role radios to be procured will be compatible with both section and platoon nets.
(127606)
35  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to hold a competition for the BOWMAN requirement.
(127609)
36  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if staff requirement (L) 4083 vehicle integrated communications and information system continues to form part of the BOWMAN requirement.
(127607)
37  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) was the original and (b) is the current budget for the BOWMAN requirement.
(127610)
38  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, citing as the reason commercial or other confidentiality.
(127340)
39  
N  
Sir Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of free places available in early years education for three year olds in each year from 1996-97 to 2000-01, in each county and local eduction authority; and if he will make a statement.
(126583)
40  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127404)
41  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127551)
42  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the numbers of 16 and 17 year-olds in full-time work with no training.
(127615)
43  
  
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the cost of the nine OFSTED inspections of Summerhill School between 1991 and 1999.
(127624)
44  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of people in (a) Scotland, (b) Great Britain, (c) Edinburgh and (d) Edinburgh East and Musselburgh involved in the New Deal for 25 plus, (i) at the end of March 2000 and (ii) at the latest available date, who (1) had been in the advisory interview process, (2) had found unsubsidised jobs through the advisory interview process, (3) had transferred to other provision, (4) had entered subsidised employment, (5) had taken education and training opportunities, (6) had entered Training for Work and (7) had entered Follow Through.
(126307)
45  
N  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the total number of people in (a) Scotland and (b) Edinburgh who had (i) joined the 18-24 New Deal, (ii) gained subsidised jobs from the 18-24 New Deal, (iii) gained unsubsidised jobs from the 18-24 New Deal, (iv) started on the 18-24 New Deal Gateway, (v) entered each of the 18-24 New Deal options and (vi) been on Follow-Through by (1) the end of March 2000 and (2) the latest available date.
(126308)
46  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the proposed timetable is for the testing of approaches to establish the Connexions Services in England; and what plans he has to publish the evidence.
(127475)
47  
N  
Sir Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reasons underlay the decision of the Franchising Director of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority concerning of the amount of notice given between the announcement of a possible new micro franchise on the Waterloo/Exeter rail line and the pre-qualification date for bidders; if he will instruct the Regulator to extend this deadline; and if he will make a statement.
(126689)
48  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the (a) make, (b) model and (c) number of each make and model of car (i) owned and (ii) leased by his Department; and what is the (1) purchase price and (2) annual cost of the lease of each car.
(127396)
49  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what actions were taken by (a) his Department and (b) NATS between 9th June and 17th June in order to ensure that the breakdown on 9th June was not repeated.
(127239)
50  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of his Department's telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127390)
51  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will release the full underlying data set to be used in compiling the new Index of Local Deprivation.
(127560)
52  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what geographical area each fully-qualified and dedicated fairground inspector employed by the Health and Safety Executive is expected to cover; and how many fairs each inspector is responsible for.
(127559)
53  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many dedicated and fully qualified fairground inspectors are employed by the Health and Safety Executive.
(127565)
54  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he plans to make an announcement about the new Index of Local Deprivation before 30th July.
(127562)
55  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department will establish a comprehensive academic peer review of the new Index of Local Deprivation specifically to consider the methodological basis of the proposals.
(127561)
56  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many inspections of fairgrounds were carried out by fully-qualified staff employed by the Health and Safety Executive in 1999; and how many of those inspections were (a) proactive and (b) reactive.
(127566)
57  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what criteria his Department uses when allowing motorway hard shoulders to be used as traffic lanes.
(127397)
58  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many mobile plant licences have been issued to practitioners within the land remediation industry; how many licensed the (a) in situ and (b) ex situ remediation of land; and what technologies were involved in each case.
(127580)
59  
  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the contaminated land, required to satisfy his proposals for house building up to 2016, he estimates will be remediated using (a) process technologies and (b) excavation to landfill.
(127581)
60  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the role of environmental impact assessments in the application of pollution prevention and control regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(127579)
61  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact on the level of regeneration funding for London boroughs of the new index of local deprivation.
(127161)
62  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions he has deposited papers in the Library in response to parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000.
(127337)
63  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what work he is carrying out in collaboration with National Energy Action to relieve conditions of fuel poverty in the United Kingdom.
(127576)
64  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of housing in the United Kingdom falls below the Standard Assessment Procedure 20 rating for energy efficiency; and what programmes are in place to improve Standard Assessment Procedure ratings in (a) pensioner and (b) single parent households.
(127575)
65  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress made in partnership with Transco on implementating the affordable warmth programme in advance of next winter.
(127573)
66  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will obtain from Greenpeace their evidence on radioactive waste in the Hurd Deep.
(127567)
67  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission about its ruling on the investment of Government money in derelict land reclamation.
(127570)
68  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the ways in which other EU member states tackle problems of fuel poverty.
(127574)
69  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his reply to the honourable Member for Lewes of 7th June, Official Report, column 244W, on Cap de la Hague, if he will request information from (a) the French nuclear authorities and (b) Greenpeace France on nuclear waste liquid discharges and atmospheric radioactive discharges from the Cap de la Hague nuclear waste processing site.
(127612)
70  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of licensed hackney carriages in England and Wales were wheelchair accessible in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.
(127583)
71  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that licensed private hire cars are wheelchair accessible.
(127582)
72  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated cost of giving a full fuel tax rebate to community, voluntary and charitable groups.
(127414)
73  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his Department's telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127389)
74  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of levels of taxation on pensioners' income; and if he will make a statement.
(127613)
75  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what extent proceeds from the Climate Change Levy will be used to promote the development of offshore wind energy.
(127477)
76  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to grant further concessions for charitable giving in aid of public services.
(127242)
77  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how standard temperatures are applied in the determination of volume on which motor fuel duty is paid.
(127362)
78  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage the use of credit unions as part of neighbourhood renewal schemes.
(127162)
79  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April which requested information pursuant to previous answers.
(127343)
80  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his policy of stability in the British Government finances and in the economy on the exchange rate since May 1997.
(127484)
81  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the rate of entry for Sterling into the euro will be determined; what the scope is for negotiation of the rate; how long the exchange rate has to be maintained before entry; and if the relativity to be maintained to the euro allows for changes in the euro rate.
(127557)
82  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the amount of VAT which the UK would be required to collect if the proposed extension of VAT to road tolls were to be applied retrospectively.
(127384)
83  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127553)
84  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127388)
85  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to identify the location and value of assets held by the Burmese Government which have been frozen by the EU.
(127160)
86  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to introduce investment sanctions against Burma.
(127159)
87  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, citing as the reason that the information is (a) not held centrally, (b) not held in the form requested, and (c) not available.
(127334)
88  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department is putting in place to ensure that local service commissioners continue to fund delivery of specialist alcohol services in the run-up to implementation of the Government's strategy on alcohol misuse.
(127413)
89  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for publication and implementation of the Government's national strategy on alcohol misuse.
(127412)
90  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of his Department's telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127391)
91  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of granting all those on incapacity benefit in the UK free prescriptions.
(127240)
92  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the costs of giving free prescriptions to all those on incapacity benefit in Norwich North.
(127241)
93  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the outstanding repair and maintenance backlog at NHS facilities in each health authority in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(127164)
94  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the obligations on general practitioners to carry out tests and examinations as recommended by drug manufacturers (a) prior to placing patients on medication and (b) during treatment.
(127482)
95  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there were in medical posts in the specialty of accident and emergency in England in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(127163)
96  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in each NHS region were readmitted to hospital within one month of their discharge in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(127165)
97  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the obligations on general practitioners and chemists to provide patients with dosage for prescription-only medicines.
(127481)
98  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he is undertaking to recategorise Huntington's disease; and if he will make a statement.
(127410)
99  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Huntington's disease was declassified as a mental condition.
(127411)
100  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received (a) requesting that the present categorisation of Huntington's disease be reassessed and (b) opposing any recategorisation.
(127409)
101  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary about the Charity Commission's approach to the proposed registration of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers Charitable Trust Ltd as a charity; and if he will make a statement.
(126473)
102  
  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of child abuse (a) allegations and (b) convictions there were in the five years (i) before and (ii) after the changes in court procedures following the implementation of the Children Act 1989.
(127548)
103  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff who work in the juvenile wing at Portland Young Offenders Institution have training in dealing with adolescents.
(127426)
104  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if slopping out has been ended in Portland Young Offenders' Institution.
(127415)
105  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127552)
106  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127405)
107  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what real terms changes there have been on an annual basis since 1990 in the funding of the Metropolitan Police Service.
(127238)
108  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the (a) current strength and (b) number of officers actually available for duty in the Metropolitan Police Service.
(127313)
109  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks were made on personnel who have entered the UK with Mike Tyson with regard to establishing previous convictions for serious offences.
(127398)
110  
  
Ms Jenny Jones (Wolverhampton South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who entered the UK accompaning Mike Tyson.
(127476)
111  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Report to Creditors prepared by the liquidator of Global Cultural Diversity Congress 2000 Ltd.
(127355)
112  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the planned capacity is of each of the proposed detention centres at Thurleigh, Harmondsworth and Aldington; what criteria will be used to allocate (a) asylum seekers and (b) other immigrants to these centres; and if he will make a statement.
(127354)
113  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria will be used to select the asylum seekers to be detained at Lindholme; what his target is for the average length of time for which an asylum seeker will remain at Lindholme; and if he will make a statement.
(127356)
114  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations attended his consultative meetings about the EC Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin.
(127352)
115  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments have been received by his Department in respect of civil penalties imposed on road hauliers under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(127353)
116  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 5,000 extra police he has announced will be allocated to Humberside Police Force; and how many are already in post in Humberside.
(127393)
117  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on EU draft instruments which seek to alter the onus of proof in court cases.
(127483)
118  
N  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Charity Commission about the proposed registration of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers Charitable Trust Ltd as a charity; and if he will make a statement.
(126472)
119  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the (a) make, (b) model and (c) total number of each make and model of car (i) owned and (ii) leased by his Department; and what is the (1) purchase price and (2) annual cost of the lease of each car.
(127395)
120  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many agencies of her Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127392)
121  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the report of the Independent Inspection Panel commissioned by the World Bank on the China Western Poverty Reduction Project.
(127578)
122  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 which requested information pursuant to her previous answers.
(127332)
123  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she had with Vice Premier Wen Jiabao concerning the China Western Poverty Reduction Plan; and if she will make a statement.
(127243)
124  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many agencies of the Lord Chancellor's Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127554)
125  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127406)
126  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000; have not received substantive answers, with commercial or other confidentiality cited as the reason.
(127339)
127  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127401)
128  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many agencies of his Department use interactive voice response systems when dealing with telephone enquiries from the general public.
(127400)
129  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is his policy on (a) ministers and (b) officials from his Department giving evidence to committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly in relation to the impact of reserved matters on devolved policy areas.
(126690)
130  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the occasions on which (a) ministers and (b) officials have been invited to give evidence to Northern Ireland Assembly committees; how many have been (i) accepted and (ii) refused, indicating the reasons for refusal; and what was the subject matter to be discussed in each case.
(126691)
131  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions he has deposited papers in the Library in response to parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000.
(127338)
132  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answers of 7th June, Official Report, column 288, and 14th June, Official Report, column 934, if he will reconcile the figures given in the two Answers for the number of jobs created under the New Deal; and if he will make a statement.
(127588)
133  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered for reasons of (a) disproportionate cost, (b) information not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) commercial or other confidentiality.
(127341)
134  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received in respect of the G-8 summit in Okinawa; and what responses he has made.
(127572)
135  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will meet (a) Save Our Sellafield Campaign, (b) Friends of the Earth Cumbria and (c) the Socialist Environment and Resources Association to discuss the future of Sellafield.
(127569)
136  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127402)
137  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 2000 have not received substantive answers, citing as the reason that the information is (a) not held centrally, (b) not held in the form requested and (c) not available.
(127333)
138  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 15th June, Official Report, column 713W, on housing benefit, what average time is taken to process the housing benefit claims dealt with by Chelmsford Borough Council that are not dealt with within the 14 day guidelines.
(127205)
139  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will conduct an analysis of the comparative position of pensioners in (a) the UK and (b) other EU states; and if he will make a statement.
(127617)
140  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the average income from state benefits for (a) pensioners, (b) pensioners over 75, (c) single parents and (d) the disabled (i) in cash and real terms and (ii) as a percentage of average earnings for (1) 1979, (2) 1984, (3) 1989, (4) 1994 and (5) for each year from 1994.
(126682)
141  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what analysis he has made of the annual financial benefit in respect of pensioners resulting from the reduction of the rate of VAT on heating fuel; and if he will make a statement.
(127586)
142  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the foreign countries where people claiming social security benefits currently reside; and how many customers of his Department reside in each such country.
(127351)
143  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many nationals of each of the successor republics to the former Yugoslavia who are residing in the United Kingdom are claiming social security benefits in this country.
(127350)
144  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the (a) make, (b) model and (c) number of each make and model of car (i) owned and (ii) leased by his Department; and what is the (1) purchase price and (2) annual cost of the lease of each car.
(127383)
145  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements to support sub-regional private/public partnerships will operate in London until the London Development Agency becomes operational.
(127563)
146  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking to promote and support manufacturing industry in Greater London.
(127386)
147  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish a draft of the Renewables Obligation statutory instrument.
(127478)
148  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the proposed new gas trading arrangements.
(127479)
149  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what increase in non-fossil fuel resources and/or reduction in energy demand would be needed to compensate for the expected closure of almost all existing UK nuclear plant by 2020.
(127480)
150  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what standard for the determination of hydrocarbon oil bulk volume is recommended by the Organisation Internationale de Me«trologie Le«gale.
(127363)
151  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the recommendations of the Organisation Internationale de Me«trologie Le«gale for standard temperature measurement are adopted throughout the marketing chain for the sale of petrol and diesel.
(127364)
152  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if those water companies considering mutualising their assets will be able to form limited liabilities partnerships under the Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [Lords].
(127558)
153  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce legislation to impose a duty of care on auditors towards shareholders of audited companies.
(127486)
154  
N  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to enable shareholders to vote on directors' salaries.
(125853)
155  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many diesel engines for rail locomotives were manufactured in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what action he is taking to encourage passenger and freight operators to invest in UK-manufactured engines, locomotives and rolling stock; and if he will make a statement.
(127408)
156  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what actions he has taken in respect of recommendation 71 (1999) on model agreements on transfrontier cooperation in the field of nuclear safety, agreed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe in November 1999.
(127571)
157  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken in the past 12 months to support the manufacturers of renewable energy technology; and what support he makes available to promote overseas sales of renewable energy technology and energy efficiency services.
(127568)
158  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his timetable is for responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Report, Energy--The Changing Climate.
(127625)
159  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will enable Non Fossil Fuel Obligation contracts to be implemented anywhere within the Government's jurisdiction.
(127585)
160  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to enable unfulfilled Non Fossil Fuel Obligation contracts for the supply of wind energy from onshore locations to be implemented anywhere within the area of sea within the Government's jurisdication.
(127584)
161  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many departmental telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by interactive voice response systems.
(127403)
162  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will outline his policy on (a) ministers and (b) officials from his Department accepting invitations to give evidence to committees of the Welsh Assembly in relation to the impact of reserved matters on devolved policy areas.
(126683)
163  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the occasions when (a) ministers and (b) officials from his Department have been invited to give evidence to Welsh Assembly committees; how many have been accepted; how many have been refused; if he will give the reasons for each refusal; and what was the subject matter to be discussed for each invitation.
(126684)
164  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered for reasons of (a) disproportionate costs, (b) information not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) commercial or other confidentiality.
(127342)
165  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent consultations he has had with the Ministry of Defence over the use of Welsh ports as emergency Z-berths for nuclear submarines.
(127577)
166  
  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if any of the Kosovo Protection Corps have been (a) arrested and (b) questioned following the weapons find in the village of Kleck; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (127556)
167  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average wage paid to 16 and 17 year-olds in full-time work with no training.
[Transferred] (127616)
168  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women working in the Greater London area benefit from the national minimum wage.
[Transferred] (127385)
169  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the average salary scales of (a) men and (b) women in employment in the UK.
[Transferred] (127387)
170  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will be eligible for the concessionary free television licence.
[Transferred] (127611)
171  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free eye tests have been undertaken for pensioners under the current scheme; and what is the cost of the scheme to date.
[Transferred] (127587)
172  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11th May, Official Report, column 468W, on the insurance industry, what his policy is on permitting discrimination between consumers by the insurance industry on the grounds of (a) disability, (b) ethnicity and (c) sexual orientation.
[Transferred] (127394)
173  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, by what mechanisms sub-regional private/public partnerships which have previously been supported by TECs will be sustained after March 2001.
[Transferred] (127564)


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