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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 21 December 1999

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 21 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 21st DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the new beef slaughter premium scheme will be implemented; and from what date payments will be available.
(103903)
2  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the implications for the British soap and detergent industry of the French ban on British beef derivatives.
(103649)
3  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to introduce aid for the pig industry to cover the costs of offal disposal.
(103242)
4  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers receive total annual subsidies of more than (a) £1,000, (b) £5,000, (c) £10,000, (d) £20,000 and (e) £25,000.
(103664)
5  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to what extent primary quota stocks have been affected by (a) environmental change, (b) sea water temperature change, (c) fishing effort and (d) seals and other predators, in the last three years.
(103667)
6  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many prosecutions there have been of fishermen landing at United Kingdom ports by (a) area, (b) weight of fish and (c) value of fish landed in each of the last five years.
(103663)
7  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment his Ministry has made of the reason for the decline in fishing stocks in the last three years by (a) stock and (b) area.
(103666)
8  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the additional cost to his Ministry of operating the designated fishing ports scheme.
(103665)
9  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to her Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(103604)
10  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the number and value of contracts let by her Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(103607)
11  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the management of the archaeological site of the shipwreck 'Amsterdam'.
(103036)
12  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will assess the benefits of transferring responsibility for underwater cultural heritage to English Heritage.
(103037)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the bids received by English Heritage in respect of the Stonehenge Visitors Centre project have been evaluated and by whom; what is the timescale for consequent decisions; whether the bids have been seen and considered by (a) the National Trust, (b) the Ministry of Defence, (c) the DETR and (d) Salisbury District Council; and when their comments will be (i) considered by him and (ii) published.
(103408)
14  
N  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the overseas visits made by the honourable Member for West Ham in his capacity as the Prime Minister's Envoy to the 2006 World Cup campaign; and if he will list those members of the FIFA Executive the honourable Member for West Ham has met since taking on his new role.
(103124)
15  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received from former workers at the Nancecuke base in Cornwall regarding health risks caused by their contact with poisonous substances during the 1950s and 1960s.
(103938)
16  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what substances are currently stored at the Nancecuke military base in Cornwall.
(103942)
17  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on health problems suffered by former workers at the Nancecuke base in Cornwall.
(103940)
18  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Government's decision to allow early release of a document concerning health risks to workers at the Nancecuke base in Cornwall during the 1950s and 1960s.
(103939)
19  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the incident on 15th December when schoolboys discovered a grenade near the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk; and if he will make a statement about public safety in respect of other ammunition in that area.
(103916)
20  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy for agencies acting on behalf of his Department to recruit senior staff on the basis of open competition only; and if he will make a statement.
(103902)
21  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities his Department provided for the US Army Depleted Uranium Assessment Unit to investigate the medical results and contamination data relating to British troops injured or killed by friendly fire in the Gulf conflict.
(103654)
22  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the near miss involving an RAF Tornado and a British Midland plane near Edinburgh Airport earlier in December.
(103545)
23  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the occasions between 1987 and 1993 in which deceased aircrew were found guilty of gross negligence in accidents involving military aircraft which were not fitted with cockpit voice recorders or flight data recorders.
(103546)
24  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to let the contract for the second Type 45 Destroyer; to whom it will be let; and what the timescale is for the various elements of the contract.
(103923)
25  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the 12 Ship Programme for the Type 45 Destroyer will (a) start and (b) be completed.
(103924)
26  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost is of full-time personnel commanding Territorial Army units in the current financial year.
(103928)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps, and at what cost, he is taking (a) to increase recruitment into the Territorial Army and (b) to increase the retention of personnel.
(103929)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the total cost of full-time permanent staff instructors in each of the last three years in the Territorial Army.
(103930)
29  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost was of UK involvement in the Horizon Project; and what the cost of withdrawing from the project was.
(103925)
30  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the change in the size of the Territorial Army was in each of the last six months.
(103926)
31  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to let the contract for the Type 45 Destroyer; and what the timescale is for the various elements.
(103922)
32  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total intake of new recruits to the Territorial Army was in each of the last six months.
(103927)
33  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when and where British officials and military personnel met US Government officials to discuss the future of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency; and if he will list the names and job descriptions of the British participants.
(103407)
34  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will write to the honourable Member for Salisbury about the competition for interim strategic lift capability.
(103410)
35  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Salisbury of 29th November, Official Report, column 4W, on the Territorial Army Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Vessel 'Broadsword', if he will list each repair and its cost since the refit in May 1998.
(103406)
36  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in respect of the Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Fleet (a) what have been the running costs in each of the past five years, (b) what is (i) the current market value and (ii) the replacement cost of each vessel in the fleet and (c) if he will consider replacing the fleet with a PPP arrangement with leased yachts and instructors.
(103409)
37  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the temporary field accommodation has been fully deployed in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(103763)
38  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 19th June the shiplift at Faslane has been used by (a) submarines and (b) surface ships; and if he will make a statement.
(103411)
39  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to answer the question tabled on 19th November for answer on 23rd November by the honourable Member of Vale for York concerning the number of civilian staff employed at Imphal Barracks.
(103760)
40  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what personnel he plans to be located at the Centre of Defence Medicine in Birmingham on its planned opening by April 2001; and whence they will have been transferred.
(103412)
41  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils in maintained schools sixth forms are unable to qualify either for (a) child benefit, (b) other social security benefits and (c) student support.
(103235)
42  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the annual average cost of full-time education of persons aged 16 to 19 years in (a) maintained school sixth forms, (b) sixth form colleges and (c) other further education colleges in each of the last five years together with his projections for the next two years.
(103236)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many educational maintenance allowances have been paid to date and at what total cost, in each of the pilot areas; and if he will make a statement.
(103237)
44  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the collection by higher education institutions this term of fee contributions from (a) students and (b) local authorities.
(103119)
45  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students have not received in full their entitlement to student loans this autumn; how many have received partial advances; and if he will make a statement on the overall operation of the student support system.
(103120)
46  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he has had since May 1997 relating to the 16-hour rule and further education colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(103647)
47  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of unemployment among members of ethnic monority groups; and if he will make a statement.
(103248)
48  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the Government's policy is on the relative amounts of funding available for (a) single-discipline higher education institutions and (b) multi-discipline higher education institutions.
(103364)
49  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the Government's plans are for a further follow-up study of the drug-use attitudes of Project Charlie children; and if these plans include an increase in the size of the sample used previously.
(103481)
50  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(103605)
51  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(103608)
52  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to publish the initial survey of employers and older people carried out prior to the publication of the Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment.
(103905)
53  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to help to speed up the house-buying process.
(103239)
54  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to reduce the council tax burden for the lowest bands.
(103240)
55  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on the control of hedgerows in residential areas; and if he will make a statement.
(103241)
56  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the reasons for delay in the consultation process on his Department's soil strategy; and when the formal consultation document will be published.
(103121)
57  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the value is of the investment planned over the next five years by the regional airports whose investments are not subject to PSBR restraint.
(103906)
58  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what would happen to the proceeds of sales of surplus land or buildings from the current NATS property portfolio after the implementation of a public private partnership.
(103910)
59  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department has prepared a valuation of the land and facilities currently owned by NATS.
(103908)
60  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the current pension arrangements for NATS staff will be preserved under the proposed PPP.
(103904)
61  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will amend the standard spending assessment formula to make lighting column replacement eligible for capital funding under the transport policy programme; and if he will make a statement.
(103766)
62  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from environmental groups concerning the proposed Countryside Bill.
(103932)
63  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the date in each month on which the unemployment figures will be announced in 2000.
(103365)
64  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the projected investment over the next five years by all those public enterprises and publicly-owned companies whose investment programmes are not subject to PSBR restraint.
(103907)
65  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the public enterprises and publicly-owned companies whose investment programmes are not subject to PSBR restraint.
(103909)
66  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of money that will be payable annually to eligible claimants for working families tax credit and child care credits in (a) Liverpool/Riverside and (b) Liverpool.
(103931)
67  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what communications he has had with the OECD this year about the treatment of tax credits in the public accounts.
(103658)
68  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his latest estimate of the costs to businesses of administering the working families tax credit; and by what mechanisms he proposes to reimburse businesses for these costs.
(103660)
69  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what communications he has had this year with Eurostat about the treatment of tax credits in the public accounts.
(103659)
70  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the OECD's guidelines on the treatment of tax credits in the public accounts.
(103657)
71  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made since 1st November to (a) the United Nations and (b) the Vatican about the proposed visit of His Holiness the Pope to the Tomb of Abraham.
(103573)
72  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what engagements the Minister for Europe held with Mr Eddie Izzard on 1st December.
(103034)
73  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received concerning the policies and actions of the Government of Burma in respect of the Karen people.
(103123)
74  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the conditions experienced by the Karen people in Thai camps.
(103122)
75  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appeals against refusal to enter his Department has lost in the last 12 months, indicating how many were for overseas students wishing to study in the UK.
(103405)
76  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will publish his review of the funding arrangements for BBC World Service Monitoring since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(103541)
77  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, since 1997, what has been the financial contribution to BBC World Service Monitoring of (a) his Department, (b) the MOD, (c) BBC World Service and (d) other sources, together with the names of those sources; and what are the forecast contributions for each of the next three years.
(103542)
78  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December, Official Report, column 111W, on Gibraltar, for what reason no representations have been made to Spain specifically in relation to the border incident on 29th November; and if he will make a statement.
(103543)
79  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the EU about resolving the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
(103945)
80  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the US Government about resolving the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
(103944)
81  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths of workers at military bases in Great Britain have been linked to exposure to nerve gas.
(103933)
82  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on health problems suffered by former workers at the MoD's Nancecuke base in Cornwall.
(103934)
83  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on health problems suffered by former workers at the Ministry of Defence's Nancecuke base in Cornwall.
(103937)
84  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from former workers at the Ministry of Defence's Nancecuke base in Cornwall arising from their claims that health was affected by contact with poisonous substances.
(103935)
85  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of exposure to nerve gas on those working at military bases in the 1950s and 1960s.
(103936)
86  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to investigate the extent to which people with mental health problems are able to obtain atypical antipsychotics; and what steps the Government will take to ensure that people with mental illness have access to the drugs most likely to improve their quality of life.
(103920)
87  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government plans to include in the proposed Mental Health Bill the principle of non-discrimination recommended by the Richardson Committee and the Disability Rights Taskforce.
(103921)
88  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has in place to address illegal drug addiction.
(103243)
89  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has in place to combat age discrimination in the provision of health services.
(103244)
90  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) the impact of dental charges and (b) access to dental services through the NHS in future.
(103249)
91  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his letter of 13th November, DOH (7) 5437/99 on Lord Justice Otton's Report on Medical Negligence, for what reason he does not accept that the proposed system will make things better.
(103035)
92  
N  
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has undertaken into the clinical effectiveness of endoscopic laser-assisted foraminoplasty in relation to patients suffering from spinal injuries.
(103765)
93  
N  
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) health boards and (b) NHS trusts have funded referrals to the Spinal Foundation in Rochdale of patients suffering from spinal injuries in the last five years.
(103764)
94  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the York Economic Consortium Review of the wheelchair voucher scheme will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(103662)
95  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the decision to deny women cancer patients access to their stored eggs.
(103653)
96  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if general practitioners and NHS establishments are obliged to obtain patients' consent for the forwarding of anonymised computerised research data to the GPRO database at the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(103480)
97  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide free prescriptions to sufferers of cystic fibrosis; and if he will make a statement.
(103651)
98  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the use of (a) ante and (b) neo-natal screening.
(103652)
99  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he is holding with (a) hospitals, (b) nursing homes and (c) residential care homes about the treatment of elderly patients; and if he will make a statement.
(103650)
100  
N  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve services to people suffering from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
(102840)
101  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities do not provide BCG vaccinations as a routine procedure.
(103646)
102  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to regulate pregnancy advice centres which do not refer clients on to medical procedures.
(103668)
103  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to fund the Life National Hotline and the Life Fertility Programme.
(103669)
104  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from what date all members of the Metropolitan Police discipline tribunals involving accusations of racism will have had anti-racism training.
(103918)
105  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide guidance to police forces about allowing officers facing disciplinary hearings the assistance, if requested, of a representative of the Black Police Association.
(103919)
106  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is the policy of the Metropolitan Police henceforth to allow officers facing a discipline hearing the assistance, if requested, of a representative of the Black Police Association in addition to the Police Federation.
(103917)
107  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will recommend Ruth Wyner of the Wintercomfort day centre in Cambridge for a pardon.
[R] (103915)
108  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the current operation and effectiveness of neighbourhood warden schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(103648)
109  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is given to family court welfare officers; and if he will make a statement.
(103245)
110  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to promote racial equality.
(103246)
111  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce measures to enable group complaints to be made to courts in racial discrimination cases.
(103247)
112  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were seconded from the private sector to his Department in (a) May 1997 to April 1998, (b) May 1998 to April 1999 and (c) May 1999 to the latest date for which figures are available, stating in each case the companies from which staff have been seconded.
(103606)
113  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the number and value of contracts let by his Department since May 1997 to external consultants and advisors for the management of competitive tendering processes.
(103609)
114  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Salisbury of 1st December, Official Report, column 500W, on driving offences, if he will list, using common names, the drugs found in the blood samples analysed by the Forensic Science Service.
(103404)
115  
N  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Torbay of 1st October regarding Dr Charl Malherbe and his application for residency on 9th September.
(103656)
116  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow): To ask the Prime Minister, what representations Her Majesty's Government has made since 1st November to the United Nations about the position of Hans Van Sponeck as United Nations Co-ordinator in Baghdad.
(103574)
117  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he was first informed of the offer made to the Prime Minister by the French Government to lift the ban on the import of grass-fed beef from Scotland.
(103661)
118  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much his Department paid between (a) May 1997 and April 1998 and (b) May 1998 and April 1999, in backdated claims arising from successful independent tribunal appeals against DSS adjudication decisions.
(103767)
119  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Solicitor General, if he will appeal against the sentence passed on 10th December by Judge Hyam in relation to the conviction of Stephen and Julia Bowles for corporate manslaughter; and if he will make a statement.
(103544)
120  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce legislation relating to ports.
(103911)
121  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the terms of reference, objectives and timing for the engineering review being conducted jointly by his Department and the Engineering Council.
(103768)
122  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives he has taken since his appointment to support (a) the engineering profession and (b) engineering industries.
(103769)
123  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) the engineering institutions and (b) engineering industries he has visited, and on what dates, since his appointment.
(103770)
124  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what current valuation the Government places on the assets of (a) the Post Office, (b) the Royal Mail, (c) Post Office Counters and (d) Parcelforce.
(103655)
125  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of his Department's assets have been disposed of during each of the last five years; what valuation the Government puts upon his Department's assets; and if he will list his Department's assets, broken down by (a) the Department of Trade and Industry (Core Department) (b) agencies, (c) trading funds, (d) non-departmental public bodies, (e) research councils, (f) public corporations, (g) the Office of Fair Trading, (h) the Office of Telecommunications, (i) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets and (j) the Export Credit Guarantee Department.
(103603)
126  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is undertaking to promote social and environmental responsibility in business.
(103302)
127  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to help to raise consumer understanding of mortgage products.
(103238)
128  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the damage to British companies as a result of American retaliatory action in the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
(103947)
129  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department has taken to resolve the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
(103946)
130  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to introduce legislation for the control of exports of controlled goods from licensed production facilities abroad.
(103672)
131  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many additional assurances have been sought in the last three years, in connection with the granting of export licences, that goods and technologies will not be re-exported from licensed production facilities to countries of concern; and what the legal status is of these assurances.
(103762)
132  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many licences for strategic exports have been refused or revoked since July 1997 for exports of goods and technologies in connection with licensed production agreements.
(103761)
133  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received concerning the use by United Kingdom companies of overseas licensed production facilities to supply weapons to countries in conflict.
(103671)
134  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made, during the consultation phases for new legislation on strategic export controls, of current US legislation regulating licensed production, with particular reference to the re-export of goods from licensed production factories.
(103670)
135  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he is making on the development of primary care trusts.
[Question Unstarred] (102262)
136  
N  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to increase the provision of prostate cancer screening.
[Question Unstarred] (102267)
137  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations his Department has received from British companies whose business has been damaged by the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
[Transferred] (103943)
138  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the number of jobs that (a) have been lost and (b) are at risk due to the increased tariff on certain British foods as a result of the banana dispute between the EU and the USA.
[Transferred] (103948)
139  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the report released by the Office for National Statistics concerning health risks to workers at the Nancecuke base in Cornwall during the 1950s and 1960s.
[Transferred] (103941)
140  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many occasions were recorded in each prison of the (a) illegal use and (b) supply of drugs in the past year.
[Transferred][R] (103913)
141  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review the law in respect of (a) the provision of day and night shelter places to people who may be drug users and (b) the vulnerability of managers, staff and trustees of day and night shelters to charges of not preventing the use or the supply of banned drugs.
[Transferred][R] (103912)
142  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison staff or officials, indicating the grades, have been charged with or convicted of allowing the supply of illegal drugs in prison in the last year.
[Transferred][R] (103914)


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