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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 9 December 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 9 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 9th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, when she expects the Committee to publish its revised proposals for re-opening the Line of Route during the Summer Adjournment.
(102143)
2  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the incidence of new cases of BSE for each of the last five years.
(102352)
3  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102373)
4  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will support the European Commission's proposal to ban bovine somatropin from January 2000.
(101748)
5  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the applications received by the Pesticides Safety Directorate for the use of (i) glufosinate ammonium and (ii) glyphosate on genetically modified herbicide resistant crops, for each application giving (a) the name of the applicant, (b) the crop for which approval is sought, (c) the date the application was received and (d) the date at which the decision by the Pesticides Safety Directorate will be announced.
(101749)
6  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the research work funded by his Department associated with the farm-scale trials of GM crops.
(101750)
7  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list research funded by his Department into GM food and crops giving (a) the research project title, (b) the project reference number, (c) the research contractors, (d) the date on which the research was completed or is due to be completed and (e) the date on which the results will be published.
(101751)
8  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he intends to continue to process applications for (a) GM varieties to be placed on the national list and (b) the use of herbicides on GM crops in the period up to 2003.
(101752)
9  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department will be funding research to confirm the findings of the Scottish Office's flexible fund project RO 818 (grant number FF818) on potatoes modified for the GNA gene undertaken by the Rowett Research Institute.
(101753)
10  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect of reduction in grant-in-aid on the Environment Agency's capacity to carry out its functions with regard to fishing in the North West Region.
(102395)
11  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions regarding the impact on the Environment Agency of cuts in the fisheries budget.
(102398)
12  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102338)
13  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the cost to pig farmers in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Cumbria of the banning of sow stalls and tethers.
(102396)
14  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much his Department has spent on fisheries in each of the past five years; and what is his estimate of spending on fisheries in each of the next three years.
(102397)
15  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if Financial Instruments Fisheries Guidance grants received by (a) the Scottish fishing fleet and (b) the England fishing fleet will be mainly funded by the United Kingdom under the Fontainebleau arrangement.
(102177)
16  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when his Department's cattle numeric tagging system will be in operation.
(102065)
17  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if a credit rating was sought for each of the companies which submitted a tender in the recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over 30 month scheme.
(102360)
18  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the views of the (a) hygiene service and (b) Meat and Livestock Commission were sought on each of the companies who submitted a tender in the recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over 30 month scheme.
(102357)
19  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if credit references were taken up in relation to each of the companies which submitted a tender in the recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over 30 month scheme.
(102358)
20  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what weighting was given to the journey time of livestock in recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over 30 month scheme.
(102359)
21  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will rank in order of importance the criteria (a) past trade record, (b) location, (c) quality of service, (d) ability to offer a dedicated service, (e) ease of supervision, (f) throughput and (g) price used for evaluating bids in the recent award of contracts to abattoirs by the Intervention Board under the over 30 month scheme.
(102356)
22  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many head de-boners went out of business as a result of the introduction of BSE safeguards; how many people lost their jobs; and how much compensation was paid by the Department.
(102311)
23  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the proposed hill farm allowance scheme will come into force in (a) England and (b) the rest of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(102174)
24  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what (a) economic and (b) environmental impact studies he has undertaken with regard to the effect on less favoured areas of the proposed hill farm allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(102173)
25  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many representations he has received in response to the Government paper, The Hill Farm Allowance Scheme in England; how many of them were from the West Country; and how long was the consultation period.
(102172)
26  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of the meat and meat offal of bovine animals exported in 1995 would be eligible for export under the Date-Based Export Scheme.
(102060)
27  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of the meat and meat offal products of bovine animals that were banned under the Beef Bones Regulations SI 1997/2959 will be eligible for sale under the draft regulations he intends to use to lift the ban on beef on the bone.
(102059)
28  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the budget for the promotion campaign of British beef abroad being led by the honourable Member for Gateshead East and Washington West.
(102061)
29  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what arrangements (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside her Department.
(102372)
30  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for each of the buildings under her Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102331)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing all existing lottery terminals.
(102141)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Good Causes Fund of writing off the value of existing lottery terminals.
(102140)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he had with the National Lottery Commission prior to the announcement that existing lottery terminals will be required to be replaced in the event of a new operator being appointed to run the national lottery.
(102142)
34  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102363)
35  
N  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the football matches which are in category A under Part IV of the Broadcasting Act 1996 as amended.
(102096)
36  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the revised timetable for a decision on the rebuilding of Wembley Stadium.
(102144)
37  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102333)
38  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the bodies consulted on the design of the proposed ramped area from the external road to the olympic track of the English National Stadium Project; and if he will make a statement.
(102391)
39  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies he is undertaking of theatre ballistic missile defence against land mobile missiles; and what is his target date for putting a theatre ballistic missile defence system into service.
(102139)
40  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102376)
41  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102329)
42  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress in fitting satellite television facilities on Royal Navy ships.
(102343)
43  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance produced by his Department's Medical Assessment Programme for the administration of tests to monitor the effects of depleted uranium exposure experienced by military and medical auxillary personnel involved in the Gulf War in 1991.
(102175)
44  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 7th December, Official Report, column 454, on the terms of service of young people in the armed forces, if he will list the steps to which he referred and by which his Department will ensure the compatibility of personnel policies with the Human Rights Act 1998.
(102445)
45  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to maintain an arms broker company list; and if he will make a statement.
(101926)
46  
  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service families receive working families tax credit.
(102240)
47  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many sustained unsubsidised jobs of 13 weeks or more employment have so far been found by participants on the New Deal for Lone Parents.
(102105)
48  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the average total net cost or gain to the Exchequer of (a) an individual finding sustained unsubsidised employment of 13 weeks or more after leaving the gateway, (b) an individual finding sustained unsubsidised employment of 13 weeks or more after completing one of the options, (c) an individual on follow-through, (d) an individual leaving the gateway to be transferred to another benefit or to return to jobseeker's allowance and (e) an individual completing and leaving an option to be transferred to another benefit or to return to jobseeker's allowance.
(102115)
49  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his latest assessment of substitution, dead-weight and displacement in each of the New Deal schemes.
(102107)
50  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of additionality in each of the New Deal schemes.
(102106)
51  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people (a) have found sustained unsubsidised employment of 13 weeks or more, (b) are on follow-through and (c) have left for destinations other than sustained unsubsidised employment of 13 weeks or more from the New Deal scheme.
(102108)
52  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the impact on the unemployment count of those people who were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance prior to participating on the New Deal for 18-24 year olds and the New Deal for people aged 25 plus, and who have since ceased their claim as a result of leaving the gateway of the respective scheme for (a) an option and (b) claiming a benefit other than Jobseeker's Allowance.
(102114)
53  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had with the Office for National Statistics with regard to the production of an assessment of each of the New Deal programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(102101)
54  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many persons have left their New Deal scheme to be placed on (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support, (c) Jobseeker's Allowance and (d) any other benefit.
(102109)
55  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many letters have been sent to lone parents inviting them to participate in the New Deal for Lone Parents.
(102103)
56  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the independent expert studies which he has commissioned into each of the New Deal programmes.
(102102)
57  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many New Deal participants have found sustained unsubsidised jobs of 13 weeks or more before having had a New Deal interview.
(102104)
58  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to review arrangements for home to school transport.
(102239)
59  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he is taking to improve basic skill levels amongst the adult population, with particular reference to the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.
(102145)
60  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102377)
61  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102328)
62  
N  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to help businesses ensure that employees have the skills required to exploit modern communications and electronics.
(100555)
63  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have had an application for an individual learning account refused; and for what reasons.
(102314)
64  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many individual learning accounts have been allocated in the current development phase; and how many of them have been redeemed.
(102408)
65  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much each local authority in England and Wales spent on education in 1998-99 (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the authority's total budget.
(102313)
66  
N  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in which years between 1979 and 1999 the Government's revenue support grant for Shropshire County Council increased by double the rate of inflation or more.
(102137)
67  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what (a) ministerial and (b) official visits to Ghana have been undertaken by his Department in each of the last five years.
(101973)
68  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102378)
69  
N  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on Railtrack's applications for Orders under the Transport and Works Act 1992 in respect of the Thameslink 2000 Project.
(102136)
70  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out in the case of farm-scale trials of genetically modified crops (a) with which party those farmers hosting the trials have a contract, (b) what fees and compensation payments are involved, (c) what protocols have been agreed for growing the crops, (d) what arrangements have been made for access to the farms for research or publicity purposes, (e) what are the procedures for harvesting the crop and (f) what are the procedures for destroying the crop after harvest.
(101755)
71  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will outline the circumstances which he has identified whereby a crop from a GM farm-scale trial could enter the human or animal food chain; and what procedures there are for ensuring identity preservation and labelling of such crops and products of livestock fed on such crops.
(101756)
72  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the pesticides applied on the farm-scale trial of genetically modified oilseed rape and conventional oilseed rape at Model Farm, near Watlington, in 1999, giving in each case (a) the name of the product used, (b) the rate of application and (c) the date or dates applied.
(101757)
73  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for each of the buildings under his Department's control, how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102442)
74  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans his Department has to reform the voting rights of council tenants under large-scale voluntary transfers.
(102063)
75  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of houses constructed in the last five years which contain solar heating panels; and if he will make a statement.
(102353)
76  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to require bus companies to run services on public holidays; and if he will make a statement.
(102178)
77  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will ban the use of jet-skis in environmentally sensitive areas.
(102169)
78  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, at what rate 18 to 24 year olds unemployed for over six months left the unemployment count in March 1998.
(102110)
79  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a breakdown of the average monthly rate at which 18 to 24 year olds unemployed for over six months left the unemployment count for each year from 1990 to 1999.
(102112)
80  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average monthly rate at which 18 to 24 year olds unemployed for over six months have left the unemployment count since April 1998.
(102111)
81  
  
Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his policy in relation to the European Court of Auditors' rejection of the European Union's accounts for 1997.
(102179)
82  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the level of (a) bilateral, (b) private sector and (c) multi-lateral debts with Ghana for each of the past five years; and of this what proportion has been (i) written off and (ii) repaid.
(101975)
83  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conditions connected with (a) government and (b) economic development were placed on the Government of Ghana by (i) the IMF and (ii) the World Bank in the last five years.
(101976)
84  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102375)
85  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the impact of recent tax announcements on small businesses.
(100539)
86  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is taking to reduce the number of workers in the public sector taking early retirement on the grounds of stress; and if he will make a statement.
(102399)
87  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102327)
88  
  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on (a) the net and gross contribution figures to the EU Budget listed in Table 3 of HM Treasury White Paper, European Community Finances (Cm 4382) and (b) the ONS UK Balance of Payments 1999 edition, Table 9.2 and Table 9.7.
(102350)
89  
  
Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual increase in VAT income generated by each 1 pence increase in the pump price of fuel following an increase in crude oil prices; and what total increase he estimates will arise from such price increases in the current financial year.
(102170)
90  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the licence duty for amusement machines.
(102181)
91  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made on human rights issues to the Government of Ghana in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(101974)
92  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the British diplomatic missions that have been closed during the last five years.
(102407)
93  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102379)
94  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 6th and 7th December; and if he will make a statement.
(102349)
95  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date was the Government's last reassessment of the situation in Sri Lanka with respect to the appropriateness of granting export licences for controlled exports to that country.
(102185)
96  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Sri Lanka concerning human rights violations by the Sri Lankan army and security forces.
(102183)
97  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what currency the total of each salary paid to employees of his Department is expressed on his Department's computer systems.
(102066)
98  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102326)
99  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of British forces in providing information to the International Tribunal on War Crimes in Kosovo.
(102342)
100  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy on the composition of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(102312)
101  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Ministry of Defence on the establishment of an arms broker company list; and if he will make a statement.
(101925)
102  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement concerning last month's meeting of the Working Group on Arms Exports on the issue of the control of arms brokers.
(101927)
103  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Indonesian government regarding West Papua and Aceh.
(101924)
104  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what were the annual running costs in the last year for which figures are available of (a) the United Kingdom's embassies in the EU, (b) the British Embassy in Washington DC, (c) the British Consulate General in San Francisco and (d) the British embassies and consulates in the USA in total.
(102444)
105  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received in relation to (a) Aspartame and (b) other artificial sweeteners; and if he will make a statement.
(102309)
106  
  
Dr Peter Brand (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the incidence of new cases of new variant CJD for each of the last five years.
(102310)
107  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have waited more than 18 months for treatment.
(101941)
108  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the announcement by the North Essex Health Authority concerning patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area who have waited more than 18 months for treatment.
(101939)
109  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons a number of patients in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area have been waiting more than 18 months for treatment.
(101940)
110  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the pay scales of trainee biomedical scientists in the NHS.
(102346)
111  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to monitor (a) outbreaks of MRSA in NHS acute trusts and (b) how NHS trusts prevent and control the MRSA infection.
(102243)
112  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many biomedical scientists are employed in each NHS hospital trust; and at what grade.
(102303)
113  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what educational and training qualifications biomedical scientists require to gain state registration.
(102347)
114  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102380)
115  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of heroin addicts in Great Britain received rehabilitation treatment in each of the past five years; and what estimate he has made of the numbers who will receive rehabilitation in the next five years.
(101977)
116  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting for an eligibility assessment for an electronically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair.
(102318)
117  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many extra contractual referrals took place during their last year of operation in respect of (a) orthotics, (b) prosthetics and (c) wheelchairs.
(102316)
118  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people who have been assessed as being eligible for an electronically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair are waiting for one.
(102319)
119  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning a national service framework for disablement services.
(102344)
120  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many out of area treatments have taken place for (a) orthotics, (b) prosthetics and (c) wheelchairs.
(102315)
121  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) artificial limbs and (b) wheelchairs were issued by the National Health Service in 1997-98.
(102320)
122  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a national service framework on disablement services.
(102345)
123  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the application of the HPV test in cervical cancer screening.
(101970)
124  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS paid for agency nurses in 1998-99, broken down by NHS region.
(101968)
125  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102332)
126  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the timetable for the introduction of EU guidelines on clinical trials of medicines; and if he will make a statement.
(102389)
127  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born HIV positive in each year from 1989 to 1999 in (a) Shropshire and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.
(102390)
128  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, of the people using NHS Direct, since it began, in Colne Valley constituency or other similar local areas for which figures are kept, how many (a) were referred to hospital, (b) were referred to their GP and (c) received other advice.
(102233)
129  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of NHS Direct on other local health services in the Colne Valley constituency, South Kirklees Primary Care Group area or other similar local areas.
(102232)
130  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Colne Valley constituency, South Kirklees Primary Care Group area or other similar locality for which records are kept have used NHS Direct since it began.
(102234)
131  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy on fluoridation of drinking water.
(102351)
132  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage NHS dentists to keep (a) their skills and (b) the treatments they offer up to date.
(102354)
133  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will draw up guidelines to ensure that all general practitioners with a conscientious objection to abortion are required to make such objection known within their publicity and advertising materials.
(101931)
134  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he received the recent surveys carried out by Voice for Choice on abortion services; and what steps are being taken to ensure that the criteria for obtaining an NHS abortion are standardised throughout England and Wales.
(101933)
135  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidelines to all general practitioners explaining that if they are unwilling (a) to advise on and (b) refer women for abortions they should help them make an appointment with another general practitioner who is willing to refer them to a hospital or agency for NHS treatment.
(101932)
136  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to give women in Northern Ireland the same rights to abortion as those given to women in England, Scotland and Wales.
(101930)
137  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that health authorities set up a central telephone helpline and booking system for use by women, doctors and other health professionals in line with the Family Planning Association's recommendations following their recent survey on abortion.
(101934)
138  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's reports Picking up the Pieces: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System and The National Diversion/Liaison Scheme Register; and if he will implement the recommendation that mental health awareness skills should be part of a minimum training package for all police officers.
(100808)
139  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects an announcement on which towns have been granted city status.
(101967)
140  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prison officers were currently suspended from duty for alleged misconduct on 1st December.
(102405)
141  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the drug free units in prisons in England and Wales; and how many inmates are held in each of these units.
(102403)
142  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many girls aged 15 to 18 years, held in adult prisons, share (a) facilities and (b) accommodation with adults.
(102235)
143  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102374)
144  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the Scottish local authorities which have responded to his Department's request, for the purposes of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999, to identify accommodation that they regard as suitable for asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(101707)
145  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many senior police officers in Cleveland have been served with Regulation 6 disciplinary notices in connection with Operation Dollar; and if he will make a statement.
(102090)
146  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of (a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990, (d) 1995 and (e) the latest year for which figures are available, if he will list the total number of officers who held the rank of (i) Inspector or Chief Inspector, (ii) Superintendent or Chief Superintendent and (iii) Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable, Assistant Chief Constable or equivalent rank for each police force in England and Wales.
[R] (102401)
147  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the police forces in England and Wales, the dates of (a) force reorganisation plans and (b) new chief officers taking up appointment.
[R] (102393)
148  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102340)
149  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the entitlement of residents of St Kitts to British citizenship.
(102300)
150  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been disciplined for the inappropriate use of CS spray in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(102355)
151  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents occurred in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area in England and Wales, where shots were discharged by persons engaged in criminal activity.
(102165)
152  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in each of the last five years and the current year to date how many illegally-held (a) shotguns, (b) .22 rifles, (c) rifles of greater calibre than .22, (d) handguns and (e) other firearms were seized by the police in each police force area in England and Wales.
(102162)
153  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the ethnic breakdown of (a) prisoners of British nationality and (b) all prisoners in each prison in England and Wales.
(102171)
154  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when in the last five years the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture has visited the United Kingdom; how many months elapsed between each visit and the publication of the Committee's report; and when he expects the report of the Committee's most recent visit to be published.
(102186)
155  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to seek an amendment of the law to allow appeals against tariff lengths by victims or their next of kin.
(102182)
156  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the total value of overseas aid; to what projects such aid is allocated in Pakistan; and if she will make a statement.
(102406)
157  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside her Department.
(102371)
158  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for each of the buildings under her Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102336)
159  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding her Department has provided to the regional action programme on small arms in Southern Africa.
(101928)
160  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to her European counterparts concerning the development of a regional action programme on small arms in Southern Africa.
(101929)
161  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102361)
162  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the procedures for the enforcement of court orders relating to access by non-resident parents to their children; and if he will make a statement.
(102242)
163  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102325)
164  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102370)
165  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102334)
166  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the H blocks in the Maze Prison which are still in use; which group of convicted terrorist prisoners are in occupation of each block; and if he will list the H blocks in use and which groups occupied each on 1st December 1998.
(102161)
167  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what savings arose as each of the H blocks in the Maze Prison was emptied of prisoners.
(102160)
168  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the organisations dealing with rehabilitation of terrorist prisoners which receive funds from the public purse; which department funds them; and what sums went to each such organisation in each of the last five years and the current year to date.
(102158)
169  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will set out the criteria for payments to the representatives of welfare organisations making visits to prisons in Northern Ireland for meetings with terrorist prisoners.
(102308)
170  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many privately owned, legally held (a) shotguns, (b) rifles and (c) handguns have been used for (i) murders and (ii) attempted murders in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years and the current year to date; and how many of the deaths and injuries were self-inflicted.
(102156)
171  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the next H block in the Maze Prison to be cleared of prisoners; and which one it will be.
(102159)
172  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for each year since it was established up to the latest available date what has been (a) the total cost and (b) the cost to United Kingdom funds of the International Commission under General de Chastelain; and under what main headings the sums were paid.
(102157)
173  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the President of the Council, what arrangements she has put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings with people outside her Department.
(102367)
174  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what information the Government has compiled on the degree of compliance by Mid Essex Hospital Trust with the Government's undertaking that treatment for in-patients will be carried out within 18 months.
(101942)
175  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Prime Minister, what arrangements he has put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings with people outside his Office.
(102368)
176  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, for each of the buildings under his Office's control, how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102443)
177  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102366)
178  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the research funded by his Department into genetically modified food and crops giving (a) the research project title, (b) the project reference number, (c) the research contractors, (d) the date on which the research was completed or is due to be completed and (e) the date on which the results will be published.
(101754)
179  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102330)
180  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in each of the last five years and the current year to date how many illegally-held (a) shotguns, (b) .22 rifles, (c) rifles of greater calibre than .22, (d) handguns and (e) other firearms were seized by the police in each police force area in Scotland.
(102163)
181  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many homicides were committed in Scotland using (a) shotguns, (b) rifles, (c) handguns and (d) other firearms in each police force area in Scotland in each of the last five years and the current year to date; and how many homicides were committed with the use of a legally-held firearm used by the owner, broken down by the type of weapon used, over the same period.
(102164)
182  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent representations he has received on the Government's plans for payment of benefits by automated credit transfer.
(102238)
183  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to ensure that recipients of benefits who do not choose to have benefits paid by automated credit transfer retain the option of payment by order book.
(102241)
184  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102369)
185  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 7, to the honourable Member for Canterbury, on means-tested benefits, if he will break down respectively the 8 million on means-tested benefits in 1997 and the 7.9 million expected to be on means-tested benefits (a) by those above or below pensionable age and (b) of those below pensionable age, the proportion in receipt of in-work benefits.
(102062)
186  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 13, to the honourable Member for Havant, by how much below 3.5 million he expects the number of pensioners on means-tested benefits will be reduced by 2050 as a result of the proposals in the Green Paper on the stakeholder pension and the second state pension.
(102064)
187  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 54W, in each of the last 12 months, how many (a) existing beneficiaries have chosen to switch to automated credit transfer (ACT) as a proportion of those claiming each of the benefits payable by ACT and (b) new claimants as a proportion of those claiming each of the benefits payable by ACT have chosen to use ACT.
(101938)
188  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to allow personal pension fund holders to purchase fixed-term annuities as an alternative to life annuities.
(102188)
189  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102337)
190  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims for industrial injuries disablement benefit were paid in respect of stress-related disablement in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 to date.
(102306)
191  
  
Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people received industrial injuries disablement benefit in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and what was the total cost of industrial injuries disablement benefit in each of those years.
(102305)
192  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the need to arrange communication support at personal adviser interviews does not delay the processing of benefit claims.
(102244)
193  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the requirement to provide properly qualified communication support for deaf claimants does not delay start-up or personal adviser interviews.
(102245)
194  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Solicitor General, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102364)
195  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the timetable is for implementation of those provisions of the Employment Relations Act 1999 relating to trade union recognition.
(102304)
196  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps were taken at the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Seattle to address the concerns of developing countries that existing agreements to put an end to dumping subsidised agricultural products have not been implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(101182)
197  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps were taken at the recent World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Seattle to address the concerns of developing countries about the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement.
(101183)
198  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps were taken at the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Seattle to increase market access in sectors of interest to developing countries, particularly agriculture and textiles; and if he will make a statement.
(101184)
199  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government has taken to enhance the capacity of developing countries to participate in World Trade Organisation negotiations; and if he will make a statement.
(101197)
200  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will raise with the Council of Ministers ways of increasing the role of low-income countries in the WTO's decision-making process.
(102302)
201  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made by his Department towards a binding commitment on tariff-free and quota-free access for exports from the poorest 48 countries in the world.
(102301)
202  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those companies that have received promotional assistance in exporting to Ghana in each of the last five years.
(101972)
203  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export credit guarantees were made in respect of exports to Ghana in each of the last five years; how many of the guarantees have now lapsed; and how many payments have been made by the ECGD in respect of these guarantees.
(101971)
204  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total value of trade between the UK and Ghana for each of the last five years; and what is his estimate for the current year.
(101969)
205  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date approval was given for the licence for export of the Black Shahine missile to the United Arab Emirates; if an inter departmental Committee gave its approval to the licence; and if Ministers of (a) his own or (b) other departments were consulted prior to licence approval.
(102138)
206  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102362)
207  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the outcome of the Internal Market Council held in Brussels on 7th December; and if he will make a statement.
(102348)
208  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those goods requiring an export licence which have been licensed for export to Sri Lanka since 1st May 1997.
(102184)
209  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the United Kingdom aerospace industry's projected investment which is accounted for by the A400M airbus military aircraft project.
(102392)
210  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102339)
211  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the level of entitlement to retired miners concessionary fuel for each of the client groups entitled to receive it.
(102402)
212  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the (a) total cost of the retired miners concessionary fuel scheme and (b) the total number of retired miners eligible for it, in the last quarter for which figures are available.
(102400)
213  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the cost per ton of fuel delivered of the retired miners' concessionary fuel scheme.
(102394)
214  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for the involvement of private finance in the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(102236)
215  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the timescale for the review of Objective 2 and assisted areas status.
(102341)
216  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the reports provided to his Department in the past year by BNFL concerning safety and quality assurance of MOX plutonium fuel.
(102180)
217  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consulations he has had with British Nuclear Fuels plc concerning the quality control procedures covering MOX plutonium fuel manufactured at Sellafield for export to Japan; and what representations his Department has received from (a) Japanese customer companies and (b) the Japanese Government in respect of the monitoring of MOX fuel.
(102176)
218  
N  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of Britain's gross domestic product was devoted to research and development on the latest available figures; and what the equivalent figure was for other G7 countries.
(100530)
219  
  
Mr David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what arrangements (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have put in place for the taking and keeping of minutes of meetings between Ministers and people outside his Department.
(102365)
220  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, for each of the buildings under his Department's control how many rooms are set aside for (a) ethnic minority religious use, (b) pregnant and nursing mothers and (c) smokers.
(102335)
221  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what meeting he has held in the last three months with ministers from the Treasury to discuss Objective One match funding for Wales.
(102168)
222  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has undertaken of the effect of regulations affecting businesses on operating costs.
[Question Unstarred] (100537)
223  
N  
Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he is taking to encourage young business people to become world-class entrepreneurs.
[Question Unstarred] (100548)
224  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's classification is for recording children born with limb deficiency.
[Transferred] (102317)
225  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will ensure the payment of compensation to those damaged by vaccines.
[Transferred] (102167)
226  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many Justices of the Peace were appointed in England and Wales in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) from an ethnic minority background, (b) men and (c) women.
[Transferred] (102404)
227  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many homicides were committed using (a) shotguns, (b) rifles, (c) handguns and (d) other firearms, in each police force area in England and Wales in each of the last five years and the current year; and how many homicides were committed by the use of a legally held firearm used by the owner, shown by the type of weapon used.
[Transferred] (102166)
228  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what terms of reference will be given to the proposed Statistics Commission; to which Minister it will report; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (102237)
229  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to redefine the income limits for an individual to take income drawdown from a personal pension fund.
[Transferred] (102187)


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