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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 27 June 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 27 June, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Tuesday 27 June, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Wednesday 28 June see Part 2 of this Paper.

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.
 


 
TUESDAY 27th JUNE
1  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April; and how many have not received substantive answers, citing disproportionate cost as the reason.
(128017)
2  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the decrease in pesticide usage that would result from 30 per cent. of agricultural land becoming organic in the UK.
(126310)
3  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 56W, on organic farming, what plans he has to undertake research into the balance of trade in organic produce in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what representations have been made to him regarding the balance of trade in this respect.
(126474)
4  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 57W, on organic farming, what have been the major conclusions of the organic research programme on (a) constraints on production, (b) costs of the conversion period and (c) the environmental impact.
(126475)
5  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of those farmers requesting information from the Organic Conversion Information Service entered the Organic Farming Scheme.
(127027)
6  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers requested information from the Organic Conversion Information Service in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(127028)
7  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who will carry out the independent scientific review of the relationship between separation distances and levels of varietal purity and the implications for thresholds of GM presence.
(127216)
8  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will publish the findings of the inquiry into the causes of the Advanta seeds contamination incident.
(127217)
9  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his enquiries have established the separation distance used between GM and non-GM crops in the production of the recently contaminated Advanta seeds from Canada.
(127219)
10  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the contracts between his Department and the Central Science Laboratory that are connected with GMOs.
(127220)
11  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make it her policy to appoint persons with earnings below half average earnings as members of the policy action teams.
(128051)
12  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April which requested information pursuant to her previous answers.
(128008)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will Answer the question from the honourable Member for East Surrey (ref. 125026) tabled on 5th June, concerning the publication of the revised Budget and Business Plan of the New Millennium Experience Company.
(128005)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 232W, on the Millennium Dome, in what way the precise content of a winning bid for the Dome's legacy might affect the division of the proceeds between the New Millennium Experience Company and English Partnerships.
(128004)
15  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the IPM-7 type radiation detectors at Faslane base meet the standard required for the function they are put to; what standard his Department requires of BRDL at Rosyth; and what differences there are between the operations at Rosyth and Faslane.
(128027)
16  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often the Electra Ratemeter and BP7 probes are given a functional response check; and how often they are calibrated at each site where they are in use.
(128032)
17  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what differences exist in the checks for radioactive contamination between personnel working (a) on reactor compartments and (b) in an active processing facility and nuclear repair workshops.
(128033)
18  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the MK10 probe came into service; how many are in use and at what locations; and what plans he has to replace them.
(128028)
19  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 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.
(128014)
20  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th June, Official Report, column 34W, on Northern Ireland, under what section of Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Government Information he based his reply.
(128026)
21  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th June, Official Report, column 36W, under which section of Exemption 14 his decision to withhold information was based.
(128022)
22  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of SCOPE's report on disability access entitled Left Out; and what action he is taking to encourage employers (a) to comply with the requirements of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and (b) to accept the business case for disabled access.
(127597)
23  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he is taking to encourage employers to improve facilities for disabled access to toilets.
(127599)
24  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many toilets at buildings owned or controlled by his Department (a) have and (b) do not have access for disabled people.
(127598)
25  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to equalise the funding arrangements for post-16 education and training.
(128002)
26  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the total cost of the magazine called Teachers since its inception.
(128067)
27  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd June, Official Report, column 269W, on the Standards Fund, if he will break down the way in which sums surrendered for the Standards Fund were used.
(128065)
28  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the linkages between personal health and social education and targets to reduce teenage pregnancy rates.
(127458)
29  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to develop provision for highly able pupils in schools.
(127253)
30  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils sat (a) GCSE and (b) A level exams early in the academic cycle; what was the youngest age at which the exams were sat; and how many students, as a percentage of all GCSE and A level students, sat exams early in (1) 1995-96, (2) 1996-97, (3) 1997-98, (4) 1998-99 and (5) 1999-2000.
(127254)
31  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in (i) Coventry and (ii) the UK are participating in the New Deal.
(127456)
32  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the linkages between personal health and social education and careers services for young people.
(127457)
33  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers are eligible to apply for performance-related pay.
(127884)
34  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April have not received substantive answers, citing as the reason (a) commercial and (b) other confidentiality.
(128016)
35  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) reducing all primary school class sizes to 25 pupils or fewer and (b) introducing a maximum average class size of 25 in primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(127507)
36  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing tuition fees for undergraduate courses in higher education in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(127506)
37  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the additional costs of making early years education freely available to all three year olds; and if he will make a statement.
(127505)
38  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the backlog of repair and maintenance work at schools in England; and if he will make a statement.
(127600)
39  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the performance of driverless trains on the London Underground in relation to attributable delays, with special reference to peak hour traffic; and for what reason not all new rolling stock is equipped for driverless operation.
(128041)
40  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of London Underground's statistics on attributable delays; and if he will make a statement.
(128042)
41  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the performance of the London Underground Central Line in 1999 in relation to attributable delays, with special reference to the age of rolling stock involved.
(128040)
42  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many motorcycles are registered in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area.
(128031)
43  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Environment Council held in Luxembourg on 22nd and 23rd June; and if he will make a statement.
(128030)
44  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to publish his Department's review on regional government in England.
(127990)
45  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) is the current cost, (b) was the cost in each of the last five years and (c) is the projected cost of each of the Government Offices for the Regions.
(127992)
46  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people (a) are and (b) were in each of the last five years employed by each of the Government Offices for the Regions.
(127993)
47  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations have been carried out for his Department's review on regional government in England.
(127991)
48  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what functions are carried out by each of the Government Offices for the Regions; and what functions have been transferred from them to regional development agencies.
(127994)
49  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Advantage West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.
(127888)
50  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April 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.
(128013)
51  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Virgin Trains commercial study of the electrification of the North Wales mainline has been made available to the National Assembly for Wales.
(127889)
52  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Draft Programme on Climate Change on the additional costs which would fall on (a) air conditioning manufacturers and (b) consumers in the United Kingdom from a ban on the use of HFCs; and if he will make a statement on the draft programme's impact on the international competitiveness of UK air conditioning manufacturing.
(128039)
53  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the current contracts between his Department and the Central Science Laboratory that are connected with GMOs.
(128066)
54  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of new GM farm-scale trials which will be required for (a) autumn planting this year and (b) spring planting next year.
(127026)
55  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the varieties used in the non-GM part of the farm-scale evaluations.
(127218)
56  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the Government's policy is on auctioning landing rights at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(127504)
57  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the revenue which would be raised by auctioning landing rights at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
(127503)
58  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid from the National Insurance Fund to pay for non-contributory benefits in the last financial year.
(127986)
59  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the practicalities of paying working families tax credit by means other than through employers; what assessment he has made of the impact of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (ETS No. 108, 28.1.1981) on his policy on payment of working families tax credit; and what assessment he has made of Recommendation No. R( 90) 19, adopted by the Committee of Ministers, on the Protection of Personal Data used for payment and other related operations on 13th September 1990.
(128025)
60  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place a copy of the independently conducted Stress Audit of the Treasury in the Library.
(127885)
61  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April have not received substantive answers, citing as the reason (a) commercial and (b) other confidentiality.
(128015)
62  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 3rd April on behalf of his constituent the Reverend Mr Leeke.
(127890)
63  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will authorise a review of the Inland Revenue's fixed profit car scheme rates which were last reviewed in 1997, with special reference to petrol prices for motorists.
(128038)
64  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library details of the methodology used by the Inland Revenue in calculating the motor mileage rates used in the fixed profit car scheme.
(128035)
65  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield from increasing tobacco taxation by (a) 5p, (b) 10p and (c) 20p per packet of cigarettes.
(127601)
66  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of reducing the upper rate of income tax from 40 per cent. to 30 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(127501)
67  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing the 10 pence tax band and extending the personal income tax allowance over this range of income.
(127621)
68  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what would be the cost of increasing the value added tax threshold for small businesses by (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 50 per cent. and (d) 100 per cent. per year; and if he will make a statement.
(127494)
69  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue from taxing child benefit for (a) all upper-rate taxpayers at 40 per cent. and (b) upper-rate taxpayers at 40 per cent. but 50 per cent. for those with taxable incomes of over £100,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement.
(127500)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his letter of 25th May concerning the effect of the minimum wage on household incomes of different income deciles, what estimate he has made of the gross gain for each decile of households; and if he will make a statement.
(128037)
71  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he plans to take to reduce tax avoidance and evasion through non-domiciled status.
(127602)
72  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of tax revenue lost to the UK Exchequer as a result of tax evasion; and if he will make a statement.
(127603)
73  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the yield from introducing a 50 per cent. rate of income tax on taxable income of over £100,000 per annum, for each of the next five years.
(127604)
74  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the resulting level of the personal income tax allowance if the 10 pence tax band were abolished on a revenue-neutral basis.
(127622)
75  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if, during his forthcoming visit to Iran, he will raise with the Government the extent of religious freedom in Iran and the treatment of the Baha«'–« community.
(127985)
76  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 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.
(128010)
77  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has (a) to monitor implementation of best practice guidance and (b) to conduct further awareness campaigns in connection with the provision of continence services.
(127596)
78  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged under 16 have died non-accidental deaths while receiving treatment from a paediatric toxicologist in each of the last five years.
(128047)
79  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged under 16 have died non-accidental deaths in each of the last five years while receiving treatment from (a) general practitioners and (b) paediatricians.
(128048)
80  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the Government's policy on the sale of medicines on the Internet.
(127882)
81  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to provide protection to patients who utilise the Internet for health information services and products.
(127883)
82  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of maintaining redundant empty hospital buildings in each region in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(127692)
83  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total remuneration of each NHS health authority's general manager in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(127690)
84  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS management and administration in each region in England in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(127689)
85  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) administrative staff, (b) managerial staff, (c) nurses, (d) junior doctors and (e) other medical staff were employed in each region in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(127691)
86  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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 (a) citing disproportionate cost, (b) stating that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) citing commercial or other confidentiality.
(128020)
87  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Food Standards Agency will take regarding the Public Health Laboratory Service testing of Tesco's organic mushrooms; and if the results of the PHLS's inquiry will be made public.
(126309)
88  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS operations in England have been cancelled in the last 12 months for which records are available due to delays in procuring surgical instruments; and if he will make a statement.
(128021)
89  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Donaldson inquiry on therapeutic cloning to report.
(127987)
90  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of reducing (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient waiting times to (i) six months or less and (ii) three months or less; and if he will make a statement.
(127499)
91  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his estimate of the cost of providing free nursing care for elderly people outside hospital.
(127495)
92  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on widening access to NHS dentistry.
(127498)
93  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in respect of the last 12 months for which information is available, what proportion of persons appearing before (a) magistrates' courts and (b) crown courts had no previous convictions.
(128023)
94  
N  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of youth offending teams; and if he will make a statement.
(126367)
95  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received concerning the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill; and which organisations have expressed concern about the Bill's provisions.
(127459)
96  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many written parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April; and how many have not received substantive answers, citing disproportionate cost as the reason.
(128018)
97  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with developing countries in respect of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(127464)
98  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to her Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered (a) citing disproportionate cost, (b) stating that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) citing commercial or other confidentiality.
(128019)
99  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on how her Department is working with Caribbean banana smallholders and the Fairtrade Foundation to encourage the introduction of fair trade bananas to the UK market.
(127886)
100  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on how her Department is working with the EU and other institutions to assist Caribbean banana smallholders.
(127887)
101  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to appoint persons with earnings below half average earnings as (a) members and (b) advisers to the Social Exclusion Unit.
(128050)
102  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April which requested information pursuant to his previous answers.
(128009)
103  
  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will reply to the letter of 17th May from the Reverend David Pitkeathly of the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Peterhead.
(128029)
104  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the annual cost would have been in respect of pensioners in Scotland if the level of the state pension for (a) single pensioners and (b) couples had been up-rated in line with earnings from May 1997.
(128064)
105  
  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd June, Official Report, column 256W, on average incomes, if he will list the figures requested for single parents and disabled people.
(128063)
106  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department between 19th October 1999 and 20th April which requested information pursuant to his previous answers.
(128007)
107  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Government will publish its review of the 1979 vaccine damage payment scheme.
(128036)
108  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the cost of (a) restoring the severe disablement allowance and (b) reversing the changes to incapacity benefit entitlement made since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(127497)
109  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his estimate of the cost of restoring entitlement to income support to 16 and 17-year olds; and if he will make a statement.
(127496)
110  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost in each of the five financial years beginning with 2001-02 of (a) linking the basic pension to earnings and introducing an age addition of £5 for pensioners aged 75 to 79 years, and £10 for pensioners aged 80 years and above and (b) introducing an increase in the basic pension in 2001-02 of £5 for pensioners aged 75 years, £10 for pensioners aged 75 to 79 years and £15 for pensioners aged 80 years or above, followed by price indexation of all rates of pension thereafter, in each case showing the cost net of savings on means-tested benefits and increased income tax revenue.
(127881)
111  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future of the regional electricity consumers' committees.
(128024)
112  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to assess the compatability of (a) the Convention on Biological Diversity and (b) the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement in respect of the treatment of genetic resources.
(127462)
113  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to increase (a) public involvement in the WTO decision-making process and (b) openness in the operation of the WTO.
(127463)
114  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress he is making in achieving clarification of the relationship between multi-lateral environmental agreements and the WTO rules.
(127468)
115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of intellectual property rights over plant and animal varieties.
(127466)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to seek an amendment to Article 27.3(b) of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement to exclude genetic resources for food and agriculture.
(127465)
117  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his policy in respect of the admission of China into the WTO.
(127469)
118  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress he has made since the Seattle meeting in securing reform of the WTO.
(127467)
119  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of imported textiles and clothes on the UK textile industry.
(127460)
120  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of his recently announced support for the textile industry will go to firms based in (a) the Coventry area and (b) the West Midlands.
(127461)
121  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 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.
(128011)
122  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the net savings to the Exchequer in each of the next 10 years from restricting export credit guarantees to non-military exports; and if he will make a statement.
(127502)
123  
  
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, citing as the reason that the information is (a) not held centrally, (b) not held in the form requested and (c) not available.
(128012)
124  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has been in contact with Major Andrew Harrison.
[Transferred] (127988)
125  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken to monitor the welfare of Major Andrew Harrison.
[Transferred] (127989)


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