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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 2 December 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 2 December 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 2nd DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with the EU on measures to offer price or income support to British pig farmers.
(101068)
2  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the sale of Forestry Commission forest land.
(101370)
3  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 when (a) poultry farms and (b) poultry processing plants in Thailand have been inspected by (i) MAFF officials alone, (ii) MAFF officials within an EU inspection team and (iii) an EU inspection team not including MAFF officials; and if he will place in the Library copies of the reports of those visits.
(101100)
4  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the surveillance project in the Memorandum of Understanding with the French Government, indicating (a) how the indentification of animals related to those born after 1st January 1996 will be achieved, (b) if the animals so identified are removed from the food chain on what basis the owner will be compensated and (c) in the case of animals so identified which are still in useful production if they will be prematurely slaughtered as part of the project.
(101073)
5  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to lift the ban on beef on the bone.
(101072)
6  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what quantity of turkey meat has been imported from France in each of the past three years; and what is the estimate for 1999.
(101075)
7  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what checks are made on the ingredients in the feed given to turkeys in the principal French production units supplying the British market.
(101076)
8  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if a Government health warning will be issued on the risk of E. Coli and salmonella poisoning from eating French turkeys without adequate precautions.
(101078)
9  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what checks are made on the welfare standards of turkeys imported from France.
(101077)
10  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies were in existence; what was their total annual running cost; how many employees they had; how many board members they had; and how many were in existence per sponsoring department in each of the last five years.
(101066)
11  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people visited Britain's visitor attractions in 1998; and what is his estimate of the number of visitors in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(101159)
12  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Mayor and Assembly of London will be permitted to make a bid during the eventual sale of the Millennium Dome.
(101315)
13  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations he has received concerning the BBC's decision to remove current affairs and analysis programmes from the schedules of the BBC World Television Service; and if he will make a statement.
(101361)
14  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will meet the Chairman of the BBC to discuss the proposed reductions in resources and personnel in BBC World Service Television.
(101377)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the value of surplus land disposals for the Royal Air Force in each of the last three years.
(101196)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the continuing involvement of the Air Accident Investigation Branch in the 1994 RAF Chinook crash on the Mull of Kintyre.
(101195)
17  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Smart Procurement Initiative.
(101194)
18  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make available to the public (a) Major-General Spacie's report, Welfare in the Army, (b) The Army's Retention Study and (c) the Continuous Attitude Surveys for service leavers produced by DASA; and if he will make a statement.
(100219)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which countries have agreed to contribute to the European Union Rapid Reaction Force; and what each nation will make available in terms of (a) personnel, (b) logistics, (c) ships, (d) aircraft, (e) artillery, (f) main battle tanks, (g) other armoured vehicles and (h) intelligence and surveillance capability.
(101101)
20  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of the use of uranium-based munitions by NATO forces in Kosovo.
(101200)
21  
N  
Mr Joe Ashton (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will investigate the delay to the extension to St. Lukes Primary School, Shireoaks, Worksop, Nottinghamshire; why there has been no response from his Department to documentation submitted by the architects; and if he will make a statement.
(101074)
22  
N  
Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the development of the New Deal for those over 25 years.
(99357)
23  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how he proposes to consult with children with disabilities on the provisions of the proposed Special Educational Needs Bill.
(100905)
24  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) maths and (b) science trainee teachers have been placed in the employment-based route to teaching schemes in each of the three terms of the 1998-99 school year; and what was the average cost per place in each of those terms.
(100908)
25  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people joined the Full Time Education and Training Option of the New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds between January 1998 and the end of July 1999, by unit of delivery; how many and what percentage of these (a) completed their courses before leaving the New Deal, (b) left their courses before completing them and (c) left at any stage for unknown destinations.
(100807)
26  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the extra money for education announced under the Comprehensive Spending Review (Cm 4011) includes contributions from local authorities.
(100840)
27  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the report recently published by the Corporation of London on Crossrail; and if he will make a statement.
(101291)
28  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many purchases of tropical timber have been made by the Environment Agency since 1998; what were the timber species; and for what purpose they were specified.
(101292)
29  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the benefit of the Merseytravel concessionary fares scheme to the (a) elderly and (b) disabled.
(101166)
30  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding the Goverment's draft waste strategy for England and Wales, A Way with Waste.
(101317)
31  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the recommendation of the EU to ban Lindane; and if he will publish the scientific evidence which he has received on Lindane.
(101067)
32  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to what extent public transport services will be reduced in London as a result of arrangements for public transport to the Millennium Dome.
(101158)
33  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with Railtrack and the train operating companies on re-opening the Burscough Curves railway line between Southport and Preston.
(101160)
34  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the effect of Daylight Saving on the numbers of road (a) injuries and (b) deaths of children in each year since 1990.
(100116)
35  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to commission research on the needs of older single homeless people accommodated and rehoused via local authority homeless services.
(101186)
36  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to commission research on the provision of temporary accommodation for and the resettlement support needs of young pregnant women and single parents.
(101187)
37  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many adjudications on the closure or diversion of footpaths he was called upon to make for each relevant authority in the last year for which figures are available; and in how many of these cases the local authority's view was overturned.
(101152)
38  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the smallest district council area which will be covered by the proposed cabinet structure for local government.
(101284)
39  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his proposed timetable is for the introduction of cabinet government into district councils.
(101286)
40  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what exemptions he proposes from the planned cabinet government structure for district councils; and whether the criteria for exemption will include (a) size of district, (b) population and (c) number of councils.
(101285)
41  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions the Health and Safety Executive has investigated the Central Trains service between Shrewsbury and Birmingham; and if he will make a statement.
(101161)
42  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what tests (a) train drivers and (b) drivers of public service vehicles are required to take to determine their ability to distinguish between colours; and how often they are required to take them.
(101167)
43  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that areas of outstanding natural beauty receive central support for their management and conservation.
(101208)
44  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase public access to woodlands and river banks; and if he will make a statement.
(101215)
45  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the Landscape Institute concerning the possible introduction of landscape policy guidance notes; and if he will make a statement.
(101209)
46  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent guidance he has given to Railtrack regarding trespass on railway lines.
(101325)
47  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on the action Railtrack should take following a trespass on Railtrack property that caused severe disruption to passenger trains.
(101326)
48  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for how long it is planned that the future Mayor of London will occupy the offices currently under conversion for him.
(101155)
49  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the budgeted cost is of converting offices for the future Mayor of London.
(101154)
50  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to tackle tobacco smuggling.
(101320)
51  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage other EU member states to increase tobacco taxation in order to reduce incentives for bootlegging.
(101319)
52  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what appeal procedures are available to taxpayers who believe they are unfairly targetted by Inland Revenue inspectors or subjected to investigation without reasonable grounds for suspicion.
(101365)
53  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what component of disability working allowance compensates for non-entitlement to free school meals.
(101145)
54  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated value of the amount included in (a) working families tax credit and (b) disabled persons tax credit as compensation for non-entitlement to free school meals.
(101143)
55  
  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in north west Norfolk he estimates will benefit from the Working Families Tax Credit; and by how much he estimates each family will on average benefit.
(101321)
56  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of procedures used by British High Commission staff to obtain police reports on the deaths of British citizens in Nigeria.
(101363)
57  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions when British High Commission staff have met representatives of the Nigerian Government to ask for a copy of the complete police report on the death of Mr. Mark Davey.
(101362)
58  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that the licensing authorities of (a) the Channel Islands and (b) other UK Dependent Territories are subject to the EU Code of Conduct for Arms Sales; and if he will make a statement.
(99939)
59  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to include a summary of licences issued by the Channel Islands and Dependent Territories in future annual reports by the UK Government on Strategic Export Controls; and if he will make a statement.
(100113)
60  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which member countries of the OSCE have failed to eradicate torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.
(101366)
61  
N  
Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) Serbs, (b) Roma, (c) Bosniaks, (d) Montenegrins, (e) Turks and (f) other minorities have (i) been abducted in Kosovo since the K-For occupation; (i) how many have been rescued, (ii) left Kosovo since the K-For occupation and (iii) been murdered since the K-For occupation; and how many people have been charged with offences against (a) to (f) since the K-For occupation.
(101119)
62  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian authorities over the invasion of Chechnya; and if he will make a statement.
(101193)
63  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase awareness among the public of the General Medical Council's responsibility for doctors working in private practice.
(101339)
64  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that legislation affecting the rights of the child is available in a language and format suitable for children.
(100906)
65  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will pilot the phone and go National Health Service dental access centres in Bolton.
(101318)
66  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many revision total hip replacement operations in the National Health Service were performed in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998 and (e) from January to June 1999 expressed as a percentage of total hip operations.
(101206)
67  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the development of diabetic care on the NHS.
(101368)
68  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the possible adverse reactions to Prozac (Fluoixtine), including reported cases of depression and suicide.
(99940)
69  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will remove dental anaesthesia from the general dental practitioners' scale of fees.
(101191)
70  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received opposed to the extension of free prescriptions to adults with cystic fibrosis.
(100111)
71  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, by region, those NHS trusts which have implemented anti-bullying policies.
(100937)
72  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the development of a core employee opinion survey for use by NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(100938)
73  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on whether persorption and translocation expose certain subgroups of the population to increased radiation doses.
(100861)
74  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into the risks associated with ingestion and inhalation of radioactive particles.
(100854)
75  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken to establish whether plutonium isotopes concentrate in human gonads.
(100856)
76  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on methods for assessing the relative biological effectiveness of auger-emitting radionucleides.
(100858)
77  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the risks from low doses and low dose rates of ionising radiation; and what research his Department is (a) undertaking and (b) has commissioned on this subject.
(100841)
78  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will commission research into the health effects of (a) ingested and (b) inhaled uranium as a result of exposure to ammunition containing depleted uranium.
(100842)
79  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what epidemiological research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned into the health effects of aqueous and atmospheric discharges of radioactive isotopes from licensed nuclear sites in England and Wales.
(100843)
80  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on the relationship between the chemical form of specific radionucleides and their localisation in the body.
(100860)
81  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the radiation dose from plutonium incorporated in tracheo-bronchial lymph nodes is determined.
(100853)
82  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken into whether radionucleides concentrate in human gonads.
(100855)
83  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on the interaction between ionising radiation and other environmental agents.
(100857)
84  
N  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on methods for assessing the relative biological effectiveness of natural alpha-emitting radioisotopes.
(100859)
85  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the question tabled on 8th October by the honourable Member for Thurrock concerning the cottage hosptial at Epsom was not answered.
(100935)
86  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services are provided at the cottage hosptial in the vicinity of Horton Country Park, Epsom.
(100940)
87  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on the distribution of meningitis C vaccination to the primary health care sector; whether enough vaccine is available; and if he will make a statement.
(101188)
88  
N  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has for additional funding for winter pressures for 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(100936)
89  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of Infliximab for prescription on the NHS for the treatment of Crohn's disease.
(101322)
90  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target his Department sets NHS trusts and health authorities for the maximum period for a patient to be notified of the results of a mammogram X-ray; and what is the actual maximum period for patients served by Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(101364)
91  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were classified as suffering from malnutrition in (a) 1970, (b) 1980, (c) 1990 and (d) 1998.
(101372)
92  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progess has been made by the review into hearing aid and audiology services; and when he will receive the report of the review.
(101142)
93  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) illegal and (b) legally-held handguns have been handed in since the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 came into force.
(101156)
94  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ban on privately-held handguns in reducing the level of gun-related crime in the United Kingdom.
(101165)
95  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action is being taken to (a) detect and (b) confiscate illegally-held handguns.
(101157)
96  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid in compensation to gun-owners for the surrender of handguns to the police since the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 came into force.
(101199)
97  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12, (d) 13, (e) 14, (f) 15, (g) 16, (h) 17 and (i) 18 years have been (i) cautioned and (ii) convicted for (1) possession of and (2) supply of (y) Class A and (z) Class B illegal drugs in each of the last 10 years.
(101369)
98  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many custodial sentences were implemented by courts in Bolton for crimes relating to domestic disputes in each of the last 10 years.
(101316)
99  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent, under the proposed new arrangements for support of asylum seekers, it will be possible for voluntary or charitable bodies to supplement in cash or in kind the support provided from public funds without a corresponding reduction in that support.
(99941)
100  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when planning permission was obtained for the proposed detention centre at Oakington; what conditions were attached to the permission by the planning authority; and which of those conditions his Department does not intend to accept.
(101340)
101  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people currently subject to life imprisonment for murder are awaiting the outcome of a review by him of his tariff.
(101343)
102  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, since 1983 (a) how many people have been given life sentences for murder and (b) of these how many remain in detention; and what are the reasons for the difference between the two figures.
(101341)
103  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, since 1983, in how many cases of people convicted of murder, the tariff was set at less than 20 years; and what, in each case, was the reason for a tariff being set of less than 20 years.
(101342)
104  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will offer United Nations investigators the use of DNA testing equipment and trained staff to identify the killer of a Serb killed on Flag Day in Kosovo Polje; and if he will make a statement.
(101163)
105  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the savings from the implementation of his proposals to change the law relating to election for trial by jury.
(101371)
106  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent communications there have been between the Lord Chancellor's Department and Kingston Internet Ltd.
(101090)
107  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, under what circumstances the Lord Chancellor's Department has required a website to be closed.
(101091)
108  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans she has for the House to adjourn during February 2000.
(101205)
109  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the names of those present at the discussions at 10 Downing Street on the evening of 21st October 1997.
(101207)
110  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects the next meeting of the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee to take place; and what will be on the agenda.
(101214)
111  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what was the cost of servicing the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee in the last year for which figures are available.
(101211)
112  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many times the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee has met in 1999.
(101212)
113  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what rules of confidentiality apply to non-ministerial members of the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee concerning discussions in that forum.
(101213)
114  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, who sits on the Joint Cabinet Consultative Committee.
(101210)
115  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to make the payment of council tax benefit and housing benefit faster and more efficient.
(101367)
116  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the advice given to pension and benefit recipients about whether they can choose to collect their payments in their local post office.
(101069)
117  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what levels of take-up of income support for pensioners are assumed in current forecasts of expenditure.
(99942)
118  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will instruct the child benefit centre to write to all recipients of child benefit reminding them of their right to claim benefit in cash from their local post office; and if he will make a statement of his policy on encouraging benefit payments to be made by direct transfer to a local bank account.
(101327)
119  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated value of the notional amount included in family credit to compensate for non-entitlement to free school meals.
(101144)
120  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry about the impact of changes in the way social security benefits are paid on the viability of post offices.
(101374)
121  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received about the impact of changes in the way social security benefits are paid on the viability of post offices.
(101376)
122  
  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) the numbers of those resident in North-West Norfolk who will or would benefit from and (b) the full-year cost to his Department of delivery to those people of (i) the increase in the basic state pension (1) as announced and (2) if it had been raised this year in line with the rise in earnings, (ii) the minimum income guarantee for pensioners, (iii) the £100 payment for pensioner households and (iv) the free television licence for those over 75 years.
(101380)
123  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of calculating entitlement to housing benefit and council tax benefit for non-resident parents on the basis of income net of any maintenance they have been assessed as liable to pay under the proposed new child support scheme.
(101204)
124  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of parents with care who will have the level of their maintenance assessments reduced under the proposed changes to the child support scheme and are (a) not in receipt of tax credits, income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance and (b) in receipt of tax credits but have a child support assessment under the current rules of less than £15 per week.
(101201)
125  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to have eliminated all remaining delays in payment of retirement pensions resulting from the transfer to the NIRS 2 computer system; and if he will estimate (a) the total number of such payments still outstanding, (b) the total amount still outstanding, (c) the total number of pensioners who have been affected since the problem first occurred and (d) the likely total cost of compensation.
(101141)
126  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many non-resident parents are exempt from payment of child support maintenance under regulation 26 of the Child Support (Maintenance Assessment and Special Cases) Regulations 1992 on the grounds that they have the family premium included in the calculation or estimation of their protected income level.
(101202)
127  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate (a) the number and (b) the percentage of pensioner benefit units receiving income support in each of the last 10 years; if he will provide his estimate for the remainder of the public expenditure planning period; and if he will provide separate figures for single and married pensioners.
(101079)
128  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of disregarding the full amount of child support maintenance payment received in calculating entitlement to housing benefit and council tax benefit.
(101203)
129  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what end-user undertakings were given with regard to arms exports to the Channel Islands between 1st January and 31st December 1998 regarding the permanent OIELs issued under summary classifications 14 and 333 and the SIELs issued under classifications ML1, ML2, ML3 and ML4; and if he will make a statement.
(100112)
130  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on arms exports to the Channel Islands, with specific reference to Clauses 5(a), 11(a) and 11(d) of the criteria used in considering coventional arms export licence applications.
(100114)
131  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 1st May 1997 the export licensing authorities of the Channel Islands have consulted his Department with regard to the re-export of arms originally exported to the Channel Islands under licence from his Department; what the outcome was of these consultations; and if he will make a statement.
(100115)
132  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the documentation on the (a) business objectives, (b) rollout timetable, (c) costs and (d) partners of the Horizon Project; and if the costs of implementation will be met by Her Majesty's Treasury or the Post Office.
(101379)
133  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the Government's response to the recent consultation exercise upon the future for renewable energy.
(101071)
134  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the advice has given to the Small Businesses Service on how to enhance co-operative forms and businesses and small enterprise.
(101070)
135  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will define the phrase, undue cross-subsidy, in paragraph 28 of the Post Office White Paper.
(101289)
136  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the costs to small and medium sized business enterprises trading in Europe of the increase in letter postage rates from the United Kingdom to Europe over the last six months.
(101189)
137  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with other members of the European Union on improving the competitiveness of business.
(101198)
138  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of significant numbers of child benefit claimants switching from cash to direct bank account payments on the rural post office network; and if he will make a statement.
(101328)
139  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to assess the safety of gas cookers; and if he will make a statement.
(101162)
140  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 30th November; and if he will make a statement.
(101168)
141  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to ensure that British Gas LP Gas is accountable to the Gas Consumer Council.
(101164)
142  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many public limited companies in the UK have been taken over by companies based in Germany in each of the last three years.
(101360)
143  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his Department has issued to consumers regarding security of financial details when shopping on the Internet.
(101324)
144  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of fraudulent Internet transactions.
(101323)
145  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the impact on (a) post office incomes and (b) the viability of post offices of paying social security benefits directly into claimants' bank accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(101373)
146  
  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of post offices which would close in (a) the Vale of Glamorgan, (b) Wales and (c) the United Kingdom if social security benefits were to be paid directly into claimants' bank accounts.
(101375)
147  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total amount of agri-environment or general agricultural support expended, in the most recent period for which figures are available, on SSSI land in England; and if he will break down the figure in different types of expenditures.
[Transferred] (101290)
148  
  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost is of maintaining the blocks at 2 Marsham Street.
[Transferred] (101153)
149  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he is taking to stop the practice of hairdressers administering dental whiteners illegally.
[Transferred] (101190)
150  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action the Government is taking to secure a revocation of the EU Directive on dental whiteners; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (101192)
151  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will equalise the rights and the responsibilities of unmarried parents where both parents' names are given on the child's birth certificate and where there is financial commitment by both parents to the maintenance and welfare of the child.
[Transferred] (101338)


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