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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 7 December 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 7 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 7th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what was the cost of the recent refurbishment of two lifts in Norman Shaw North.
(101457)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many abattoirs are equipped to deal with the slaughter of organically-reared animals; and what are their locations.
(101146)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to take action to reduce lamb slaughter charges to the EU average level; and if he will make a statement.
(101147)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many operating abattoirs there were in each year from 1st May 1969 to 1st May 1999 inclusive.
(101148)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he intends to introduce arrangements under which the Ministry will (a) nominate which local veterinary inspector is to inspect a specific consignment of live farm animals prior to export and (b) pay the LVI and recover the cost for this service through charges on the exporter; and if he will make a statement.
(101634)
6  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he has asked the Farm Animal Welfare Council to review the question of leg problems in broilers; and if he will make a statement.
(101632)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he plans to take to press the European Commission to submit to the Council the report and proposals on intensive pig farming required by Article 6 of Council Directive 91/630; and if he will make a statement.
(101636)
8  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will strengthen the prohibition on the routine tail-docking of piglets in the proposed new Regulations on the Welfare of Farmed Animals to ensure that tail-docking is carried out only after consideration of other methods which might prevent tail-biting, and only on the advice of a veterinary surgeon; and if he will make a statement.
(101635)
9  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will commission an independent study to assess the incidence of leg weakness in the UK broiler chicken flock; and if he will make a statement.
(101633)
10  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce legislation to require pigmeat and other meat which has been produced by methods which would be illegal in the UK to be labelled as such; and if he will make a statement.
(101637)
11  
  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance his Department gives to encourage the production and harvesting of the reeds required for thatching roofs.
(101893)
12  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is his policy on the re-use of cardboard egg boxes; and if he will make a statement.
(101701)
13  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the recent reports he has received about welfare standards in the Dutch pig industry; and if he will make a statement.
(101699)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what new scientific evidence he received between 21st September and the date on which he announced the lifting of the ban on beef on the bone.
(101737)
15  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons the Government (a) decided to require that no beef with the bone in from cattle over six months old should be sold to consumers and (b) not to make public the research findings on the subject, together with SEAC's assessment of the risk.
(101735)
16  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the research into the causes of BSE in cattle that has been published by Professor Alan Esbridger and Professor John Pirt of King's College, London.
(101700)
17  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the cost of the ban on beef on the bone to (a) the beef industry, (b) local government and (c) central government from the date the ban came in to force until the date the Minister announced the lifting of the ban.
(101736)
18  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to extend the initiatives based on the use of IT to improve public services set up by her Department to other parts of the country.
(101915)
19  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the initiatives based on the use of IT to improve public services set up by her Department since 1997.
(101914)
20  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to publicise his Department's publication, Export of Works of Art 1998-99.
(101852)
21  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many press releases were issued by his Department in relation to the deferral of export licences for works of art (a) from May 1997 to June 1998 and (b) from June 1998 to date.
(101853)
22  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he will take to increase the ability of museums and galleries to make acquisitions.
(101851)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will own the lottery terminals which his Department has decided should become obsolete; and what value has been put on them.
(101515)
24  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Dome tickets have been sold through Lottery terminals.
(101513)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent to date on promoting the sale of the Millennium Dome to potential purchasers; and what form these promotions are taking.
(101617)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which celebrities have agreed to perform in the Millennium Dome on 31st December.
(101619)
27  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what extra costs will be incurred in terms of the provision of new lottery machines as a consequence of the decision that the existing ones should be replaced; and if this cost falls on (a) the sum available for good causes and (b) other budgets.
(101517)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is in respect of the amalgamation of companies holding ITV franchises.
(101458)
29  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what were the installation costs of the initial batch of lottery terminals; and what (a) direct and (b) indirect costs were met from public funds.
(101516)
30  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on publicity for (a) the Millennium Dome and (b) the Big Time Millennium Eve celebrations; what is the total budget for these projects; and in terms of both current spend and projected budgets, if he will break this down by (i) consultants, including outside PR agencies, (ii) press offices, (iii) advertising and (iv) other expenses.
(101618)
31  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who took the decision to scrap existing lottery terminals.
(101514)
32  
N  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received about the removal of current affairs and analysis from BBC World TV programming.
(99965)
33  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tickets for the Millennium Experience had been sold in (a) North East England, (b) North West England and (c) the East Midlands by 1st November.
(101463)
34  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what controls his Department exercises over the storage of nuclear weapons on private land.
(101461)
35  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what articles of international law and international humanitarian law were used as the criteria for the United Kingdom's decisions establishing the legality of the choice of targets during the Kosovo conflict.
(101335)
36  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the United Kingdom exercised a national veto on proposed actions during NATO operations connected with Kosovo in 1999.
(101336)
37  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the amounts and types of ordnance used (a) during the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and (b) over Iraq in 1999.
(101337)
38  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements he has made to disseminate to local education authorities and schools best practice in the handling of specific learning difficulties (a) in special facilities and (b) alongside other pupils.
(101466)
39  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many proposals for (a) the introduction and (b) the closure of school sixth forms he has received in (i) May 1997 to April 1998, (ii) May 1998 to April 1999 and (iii) in the period since April 1999 respectively; and how many he has (1) accepted, (2) rejected and (3) deferred.
(101465)
40  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to ensure greater transparency in the allocation of funds by local education authorities to individual pupils with special educational needs.
(101467)
41  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements he has made for ensuring that trainee teachers have the necessary competence to identify pupils with specific learning difficulties.
(101468)
42  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many complaints have been received by his Department regarding campaigning literature (a) supporting the retention of grammar schools and (b) supporting the abolition of grammar schools, stating (i) the date when the complaint was first received, (ii) the date when a final decision was announced and (iii) whether the complaint was upheld.
(101702)
43  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what criteria he will use to monitor the performance and profits of organisations receiving privatised education services.
(101470)
44  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people had their jobseeker's allowance stopped after an interview with job centre staff in each month of (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.
(101469)
45  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the bid documents and business plans which have been submitted by those companies invited to tender for the management of local authority education services.
(101504)
46  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what meetings his Department has had with the London Borough of Islington concerning improving the education service (a) by the borough council and (b) by a privatised service.
(101508)
47  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he is undertaking to encourage links between schools, communities and families in educating children; and if he will make a statement.
(101086)
48  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to allow (a) individual schools and (b) groups of schools within a local education authority to bid for resources from the Standards Fund where the LEA has declined to do so.
(101909)
49  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the number of reported incidents there were of drink-driving in the last 12 months, broken down by region.
(101916)
50  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the increased incidence of drink-driving over recent Christmas and New Year holiday periods.
(101917)
51  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of media campaigns in reducing the incidence of drink-driving.
(101918)
52  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the drink-driving rehabilitation scheme; and what plans he has to extend it to other parts of the country.
(101919)
53  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the costs of public transport in (a) London and (b) other European capitals.
(101510)
54  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role of the public sector in providing match funding for the Objective 1 Merseyside Programme for (a) the current programme and (b) the programme for 2000-2006.
(101840)
55  
  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to ensure that those who have houses with thatched roofs are able to maintain and keep the thatch.
(101892)
56  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has given to regional development agencies on discharging of their statutory obligation to promote sustainable development in their regional economic strategies.
(101697)
57  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the regional economic strategies of the regional development agencies will be monitored to ensure that the regional development agencies conform with statutory guidance (a) to take account of the needs of rural areas and (b) to promote sustainable development.
(101698)
58  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the five worst accident blackspots on the A12 in Essex.
(101847)
59  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many persons have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on the A12 in Essex in each of the past 10 years; and what is the corresponding figure in the current year so far.
(101848)
60  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will complete his review of transport safety and accident investigation.
(101846)
61  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is his policy to exempt parking places at (a) police premises and (b) prisons from workplace parking charges.
(101837)
62  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on recent EU legislation allowing member states to recycle low-level radioactive waste into consumer products.
(101694)
63  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning the recycling of low-level radioactive waste into consumer products.
(101695)
64  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of a pre-eminence standard for claims for the conditional exemption of works of art on the number of works being sold.
(101854)
65  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the net outflow of revenue from (a) the North West and (b) the North East of England under his revised proposals for a climate change levy.
(101703)
66  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many claimants of family credit, (a) with and (b) without child care disregards, there were in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, what the average estimated value was of each credit payment and child care disregard, in 1997; and how many claimants of working family tax credit, working families tax credit child care payments, disabled persons tax credit, and DPTC child care payments there are in Newcastle upon Tyne at present, with the average value of payment in each case.
(101845)
67  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what lower age limit is contained in his proposals on the availability of tax incentives for stakeholder pension plans.
(101378)
68  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Bill on the ability of theatres and other arts organisations to raise finances.
(101088)
69  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of IR35 on contractors working within the information technology industry.
(101089)
70  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the administration costs associated with collecting VAT in each of the last five years.
(101906)
71  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue raised by VAT in the (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98 tax years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of simplifying the application of VAT between different retail sectors.
(101905)
72  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the administration costs to the Inland Revenue, incurred in assessing eligibility for each (a) income tax and (b) corporation tax (i) relief, (ii) threshold and (iii) allowance in each of the last five years.
(101907)
73  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury in the (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98 tax years of the individual basic tax allowance.
(101904)
74  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects a decision from the European Court of Justice on the VAT treatment of road tolls and road pricing; who initiated the proceedings in the court; and for what reasons.
(101704)
75  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guarantees have been given to the Saudi government in relation to potential nuclear threats to that country.
(101459)
76  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the (a) Kosovo Albanians and (b) Serbs reported murdered between Kfor's deployment on 12th June and mid-October are believed to be murdered by (i) Kosovo Albanians, (ii) Kosovo Serbs and (iii) others.
(101415)
77  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official engagements ministers fulfilled in Belize between 1990 and 1999.
(101739)
78  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what enquiries have been made by the British Embassy in Anuncion into the safety and security of documents relating to Operation Condor being held by authorities in Paraguay.
(101620)
79  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is giving to drug eradication projects in (a) Colombia, (b) Ecuador, (c) Bolivia and (d) Peru.
(101512)
80  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support and assistance his Department is providing to civic and human rights groups in (a) Colombia, (b) Ecuador, (c) Boliva and (d) Peru.
(101511)
81  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action KFOR is taking in Kosovo to prevent ethnic cleansing of Serbs and the destruction of their monastries.
(99857)
82  
N  
Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Southern Sudan.
(99958)
83  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what international agreement the International Court of Justice at the Hague would act in respect of action taken by armed military force of the European Union.
(101896)
84  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on human rights in Iran.
(99951)
85  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what audit is done on the performance and operation of entry clearance officers in British embassies and consulates.
(101910)
86  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training is made available to foreign nationals working in the entry clearance offices of British embassies and consulates.
(101911)
87  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been spent since 1st May 1997 on consultants in respect of PFI projects, listed by project and consultant for each project.
(101455)
88  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that registration authorities for care homes will be required to (a) list staff registered with the General Social Care Council and (b) list staff not registered with the General Social Care Council, in annual inspection reports published by registration authorities.
(101899)
89  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many professional care workers, care assistants and registered nurses there are in England caring for the elderly outside the NHS.
(101897)
90  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he proposes to place proposed legislation for his General Social Care Council before the House; and when he plans for it to become operational.
(101901)
91  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints his Department has received in the last five years about care workers, care assistants and registered nurses practising outside the NHS dealing with the elderly.
(101903)
92  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will create a new quality standard mark that care homes can display in their promotional material to indicate that all staff are registered with a national organisation.
(101898)
93  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered nurses practising outside the NHS have been struck off the national register held by the UK Central Council for Nurses and Midwives and have subsequently been reinstated; and in what time period this reinstatement occurred since the creation of the UK Central Council for Nurses and Midwives for all disciplinary issues and cases involving care of the elderly.
(101902)
94  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what duty will be imposed on managers of care homes to register their staff with his planned General Social Care Council.
(101900)
95  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) agreements and (b) contracts with consultants have been agreed since 1st July for future work, giving in each case the name of the consultants and the project concerned.
(101456)
96  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which fire authorities retain day staffing.
(101895)
97  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many section 19 applications arising from the Fire Services Act 1947 have been submitted from each fire authority since 1994; how many have been refused; and what was the basis for each refusal.
(101894)
98  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations responded to the consultation on his Department's (a) draft and (b) final report to the Council of Europe on the Convention for National Minorities; and what issues they raised.
(101505)
99  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the number of parking places at prisons in England and Wales and of the use made of these by prison officers and civilian staff.
(101838)
100  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent of parking places at police premises in England and Wales and of the use made of them by police officers and civilian staff.
(101839)
101  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been given to Montenegro in 1999; and how much is planned for 2000.
(101464)
102  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is her estimate of the amount of financial assistance required from the international community to stabilise the economy of Montenegro.
(101462)
103  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Commonwealth Development Corporation's investment in the Belize hydro-electric project in 1994-95 meets the criteria for investment currently in operation; and what value for money assessment her Department has made of the project.
(101738)
104  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what are the benefits to recipients, other than favourable treatment for interest rates, of loans provided by the Commonwealth Development Corporation which cannot be provided by commercial borrowing.
(101745)
105  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the largest investment made by the Commonwealth Development Corporation in the years 1990 to 1997.
(101741)
106  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the average value of investments made by the Commonwealth Development Coporation in each of the years 1990 to 1997.
(101740)
107  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the development benefit to Belize of its investment in the hydro-electric power project in 1994-95.
(101744)
108  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in which hydro-electric projects the Commonwealth Development Corporation invested from 1990 to 1997.
(101743)
109  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what was the average (a) interest charge per year levied by the Commonwealth Development Corporation and (b) bank rate per year over the period 1990 to 1997.
(101742)
110  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which organisations responded to the consultation document, Contact between Children and Violent Parents, produced by her Department's Advisory Board on Family Law; and what issues they raised.
(101506)
111  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Lord Chancellor will publish the report on the consultation on the document, Contact between Children and Violent Parents.
(101507)
112  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many special advisers are employed in 10 Downing Street.
(101454)
113  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, how often the Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Animal Issues has met in the past year.
(101747)
114  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, which is the lead department for the Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on animal issues; and which department provides the secretariat for this group.
(101850)
115  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, which ministers are represented on the Inter Departmental Ministerial Group on Animal Issues.
(101746)
116  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on Animal Issues has discussed equine issues; and if he will indicate the specific issues discussed.
(101849)
117  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to reply to the Question of 17th November (ref 98578) from the honourable Member for Hertsmere.
(101696)
118  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the total value of money purchase plans presented for annualisation or income drawdown plans was in (a) 1990, (b) 1997 and (c) 1998; and what value is estimated for (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2004.
(101844)
119  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the value of suspended or party-paid endowment plans is taken into account in the calculation of savings for the savings limits in means-tested benefits.
(101401)
120  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place a copy of the PRIME contract in the Library.
(101841)
121  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the PRIME contract with Trillium allows his Department to sub-let immediately surplus parts of the estate above the 2 per cent. per year which his Department is allowed to vacate without charge.
(101842)
122  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the PRIME contract with Trillium allows his Department to sub-let surplus parts of the estate above the 35 per cent. which his Department may vacate without charge.
(101843)
123  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make available (a) to the Trade and Industry Committee and (b) to the Plaintiff before the JDS Tribunal in the case of Gerald James file bundles 120 and 121 in respect of Astra Commission payments.
(101460)
124  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on plans for operating the national minimum wage.
(101509)
125  
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 the Employment Relations Act 1999 on the working of the entertainment industry.
(101087)
126  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the (a) dates, (b) places at which meetings were held and (c) purposes of conferences of the World Trade Organisation since its inception and those of the former General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or other conferences relating to its preparations, together with the names of (i) members of the Government and (ii) officials who were present when draft rules were (1) considered and (2) agreed.
(101920)
127  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken to prevent energy suppliers taking over the electricity and gas contracts of customers without their authority; and what penalties are proposed for those companies that do so.
(101908)
128  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations concerning the 13 Iranian Jews detained on charges of espionage in Iran.
[Question Unstarred] (99974)


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