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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 8 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 8 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, where his Department's pre-1983 maps of less favoured areas are held; and if they are accessible for examination by members of the public.
(141303)
2  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has commissioned into BSE; and if he will name the organisations involved.
(141646)
3  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to implement a complete ban on MBM in animal feeds in the United Kingdom.
(141648)
4  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who has responsibility for coordinating his research programme for BSE; and if he will make a statement on what progress has been made to date.
(141647)
5  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to issue new regulations relating to animal feeds for all animal livestock in the United Kingdom.
(141649)
6  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recommendations she has made about developing drug detoxification strategies at regional level.
(142068)
7  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what research has been analysed to inform the policy of the Church Commissioners in respect of genetically modified crops.
(141640)
8  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance his Department (a) has given to Conference League football clubs to establish youth development programmes and (b) plans to give to Conference League football clubs to establish full-time youth academies.
(141950)
9  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money has been allocated to (a) charities by the National Lottery and (b) sports clubs by Sport England, by constituency, since 1998.
(141949)
10  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals he has for increasing the number of qualified sports coaches working with schools.
(142059)
11  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets he has for increasing participation of girls in sport.
(142058)
12  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to set a date beyond which non-digital television sets cannot be sold.
(141631)
13  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of how many television sets (a) able and (b) unable to receive digital television transmissions have been sold since his announcement in November 1999 that analogue services would be cut off.
(141632)
14  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set up an independent research project to evaluate the health effects of low dose radiation from insoluble particles of ceramic uranium trapped in the lungs and trachea bronchial lymph nodes.
(141951)
15  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the findings of (a) his Department's Medical Assessment Programme and (b) independent scientists concerning the level of depleted uranium in the urine of some sick Gulf War veterans.
(142032)
16  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will commission independent medical analysis of the health of Gulf War veterans, and their children born after 1991, based on clinical examination and assessed alongside comparable groups in the general population.
(141952)
17  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with homelessness charities on the issue of assisting homeless ex-servicemen; and what was the outcome of these discussions.
(142035)
18  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department offers to current service personnel to assist their reintegration into civilian life; what assessment has been undertaken on the impact of this assistance; and what is the annual cost of providing this assistance.
(142034)
19  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's medical staff are working at Selly Oak Hospital; and for what reason.
(141380)
20  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much investment his Department proposes to make at University Hospital Birmingham; and what facilities of his Department are planned to be developed there.
(141381)
21  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many doctors, nurses and other medical staff have been posted away from the Royal Hospital Haslar to take up overseas posts in the last three months; and what proportion this represents of all such medical overseas postings in the period.
(141382)
22  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the effect on the Leeds Central constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(141310)
23  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will issue further guidance to local education authorities and higher education institutions concerning students who are temporarily absent from their studies due to (a) illness and (b) caring responsibilities.
(141312)
24  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools made requests to parents for additional financial support towards school funds in 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(141942)
25  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teaching vacancies there were in (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000, by (A) constituency and (B) education authority.
(141944)
26  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new teachers that will have to qualify each year for the next five years to fill projected teaching vacancies; and what targets his Department has set for recruitment of new teachers for each of the next five years.
(141947)
27  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new teachers he expects will qualify in 2000.
(141946)
28  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of school budgets has been allocated to the purchase of reference books in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(141943)
29  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what meetings his Department has held with London borough chief education officers to discuss a pan-London strategy for the recruitment and retention of teachers in London.
(141945)
30  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the social class breakdown was, in each year since 1990, of students who (a) applied for and (b) were successful in obtaining places on, degree courses at British universities in (i) law, (ii) medicine, (iii) engineering, (iv) nursing, (v) BEd teaching, (vi) accountancy, (vii) veterinary studies and (viii) psychology.
(142047)
31  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each year since 1990 the (a) number and (b) percentage of applicants who attended maintained schools, for degree courses at British universities in (i) law, (ii) medicine, (iii) engineering, (iv) nursing, (v) BEd teaching, (vi) accountancy, (vii) veterinary studies and (viii) psychology.
(142046)
32  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out the payments made to all local education authorities from his Standards Fund expressed in amounts per pupil for each year since 1997.
(141956)
33  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what payments his Department (a) has made and (b) intends to make directly to schools in the form of flat-rate payments.
(141955)
34  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what improvements he (a) has made and (b) intends to make for meeting the special educational needs of dyslexic pupils.
(141958)
35  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost of implementing the New Deal for Young People in the South Cambridgeshire constituency was between April 1998 and September 2000.
(141304)
36  
  
Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the findings of current scientific evidence on the contributions to global warming of (a) the greenhouse effect, (b) sun spots and (c) other cyclical influences on climate.
(141521)
37  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to investigate premature press leaks of confidential and market sensitive material relating to the findings of the T5 Planning Inspector's Report.
(142060)
38  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out his timetable for ministerial review and decisions on the Heathrow Terminal Five planning enquiry and for reporting to Parliament on the enquiry.
(142061)
39  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans his Department has to assist bus companies to recruit drivers in areas where there are significant driver shortages; and if he will make a statement.
(142062)
40  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans his Department has for assisting local authorities with flood prevention; and if he will make a statement.
(142065)
41  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many unused allotment plots there were in each local authority in 1999.
(142067)
42  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance his Department intends to give to local authorities wishing to initiate permanent park and ride schemes.
(142064)
43  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bids for funding from local authorities for the creation of home zones he has received; and how many grants for funding towards the creation of home zones his Department has made since 1999.
(142063)
44  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the total electricity bill of his Department was for each of the last four years.
(141384)
45  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those registered social landlords in the London Borough of Greenwich who have imposed rent increases over the rate of inflation in the last two years.
(141650)
46  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many appeals have been made against rent increases approved by the rent officers in each of the last four years; and how many have resulted in a higher rent being imposed for (a) private landlords and (b) registered social landlords.
(141651)
47  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reasons have been given by rent officers in the London Borough of Greenwich for approving rent increases for tenants of registered social landlords above the level of inflation.
(141652)
48  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the (a) rent increases for each registered social landlord in the London Borough of Greenwich that were applied for in the last two years; and (b) increases that were approved by the rent officers.
(141654)
49  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the average rent increase for tenants of registered social landlords in the last two years (a) in the London Borough of Greenwich, (b) in London and (c) nationally.
(141653)
50  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many representations his Department received in response to its consultation on aircraft noise.
(142052)
51  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what target he has set for increasing access to airports by public transport.
(142054)
52  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received in favour of a national school bus strategy.
(142049)
53  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent advice his Department has offered to local authorities with respect to clear separation of the cabinet and scrutiny functions in local government.
(142051)
54  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the total sum of public funds secured for regeneration purposes for the Borough of Doncaster since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(142050)
55  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Ordnance Survey plans to resume publication of maps indicating parliamentary, local authority and ward boundaries for each county.
(141319)
56  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, at what stage the review of the Collaboration Agreement between the Environment Agency and British Waterways is; and if he will make a statement.
(141305)
57  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources the Highways Agency has been allocated to meet obligations arising out of designated air quality management areas under the Environment Act 1995.
(141307)
58  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has commissioned to assess the benefit of erecting physical barriers to disperse air pollution.
(141306)
59  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what budget has been set aside for road schemes on (a) A5 Nesscliffe Bypass, (b) A6 Rothwell-Desborough Bypass, (c) A6 Rushden and Higham Ferrers Bypass, (d) A10 Wadesmill-Colliers End Bypass, (e) A21 Lamberhurst Bypass, (f) A23 Coulsdon Relief Road, (g) A46 Newark-Lincoln Improvement and (h) A63 Selby Bypass; and what progress has been made towards their implementation.
(141673)
60  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what budget has been set aside for road schemes on (a) A1 Willowburn-Denwick, (b) A6 Great Glen Bypass, (c) A27 Polegate Bypass, (d) A41 Aston Clinton Bypass, (e) A43 Silverstone Bypass, (f) A1033 Hedon Road, Hull Improvement, (g) A6 Clapham Bypass, (h) A11 Roudham Heath to Attleborough, (i) A43 M40-B4031 Improvement, (j) A66 Stainburn and Great Clifton Bypass, (k) A500 Basford/Hough/Shavington Bypass and (l) A650 Bingley Relief Road; and what progress been made towards their implementation.
(141672)
61  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the money allocated for the national rail network in the 10-year transport plan will be spent on (a) new signalling, (b) station improvements and (c) new rolling stock; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation.
(141671)
62  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money his Department spent on (a) road maintenance, (b) road widening schemes, (c) road building schemes, (d) bypass schemes, (e) junction improvements, (f) light rail projects, (g) guided bus schemes, (h) park and ride schemes, (i) priority bus routes, (j) rail signal improvements and (k) the national rail network in each of the last six years.
(141666)
63  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the money allocated for light rail and bus schemes in the 10-year transport plan will be spent on (a) light rail projects, (b) guided bus schemes, (c) park and ride schemes, (d) priority route schemes and (e) improved rural travel; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation.
(141669)
64  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discretion the Mayor of London will have as to where the money allocated to London Transport in the 10-year plan is spent.
(141670)
65  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much of the money allocated for national roads in the 10-year plan will be spent on (a) measures to tackle congestion, (b) safety measures, (c) road widening schemes, (d) bypass schemes and (e) junction improvements; what schemes are planned; and what progress has been made with their implementation.
(141668)
66  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what budget has been set aside for the widening schemes at (a) M25J 12-15 and (b) M60 J 5-8; and what progress has been made towards their implementation.
(141674)
67  
  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) list the light rail projects announced in the 10-year transport plan, (b) give the budget for each scheme and (c) state the progress made towards their implementation.
(141667)
68  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which EU regulation stipulates that the national identification symbol on number plates must be that of the member state.
(141518)
69  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for using the receipts of the auction of licences for broadband fixed wireless access at 28 GHz.
(141656)
70  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Don Valley constituency paying less in income tax and national insurance than in May 1997.
(142057)
71  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conclusion he has reached on the net impact of the climate change levy on the quarrying and aggregates industry.
(142056)
72  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received in favour of taxation on aviation fuel.
(142055)
73  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the (a) gross and (b) net effects on total Government expenditure in each of the next five years of the Goverment Resources and Accounts Act 2000.
(141373)
74  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the cost to the Treasury of the halving of the rate of employer's national insurance contributions in Objective 1 areas of the UK.
(141371)
75  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue he estimates was received in VAT from (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000; and how much he estimates will be raised from each of these territories, in (A) 2000-01, (B) 2001-02 and (C) 2002-03.
(141364)
76  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by the Treasury on (a) the Welsh Office in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 1998-99, and (b) the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and National Assembly in 1999-2000; what is the planned expenditure by the National Assembly and the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales in (A) 2000-01, (B) 2001-02 and (C) 2002-03; and if he will provide the figures on a consistent basis with regard to resource accounting and treatment of VAT.
(141378)
77  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on discussions between his Department and the European Commission on greater harmonisation of indirect taxes on (a) petrol and (b) diesel within the EU.
(141368)
78  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the three Israeli servicement recently abducted on the Israeli side of the Israel/Lebanon border.
(141326)
79  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Russian Government concerning the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg in 1945.
(141524)
80  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many primary schools (a) were invited to participate and (b) submitted entries to his Department's competition entitled 'My Vision of Europe'.
(141315)
81  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) schools on his Department's competition entitled 'What Europe Means to Me'.
(141317)
82  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if essays critical of further integration were eligible for the competition entitled 'What Europe Means to Me'.
(141313)
83  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent (a) by his Department and (b) by schools on his Department's competition entitled 'My Vision of Europe'.
(141316)
84  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what age groups were invited to participate in his Department's competition entitled 'My Vision of Europe'.
(141314)
85  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 4th and 5th December; and if he will make a statement.
(141626)
86  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives he has taken following the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea.
(141520)
87  
  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Ministers have visited India since May 1997; what was the purpose of each visit; by whom these ministers were accompanied; and what was the cost to his Department of each trip.
(141519)
88  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to health authorities regarding continuing care criteria for children and adults with special medical needs who require respite care; and if he will make a statement.
(141308)
89  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the availability of funding to health authorities for respite care for children and adults with special medical needs; and if he will make a statement.
(141309)
90  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will authorise the establishment of the Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service as a pilot site for Category C calls; and if he will make a statement.
(141325)
91  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the bioscience industry, (b) religious organisations and (c) other interested groups on the recommendations of the Donaldson Report; and what was the outcome of these discussions.
(142039)
92  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the issue of embryo cell research; and what was the outcome of these discussions.
(142036)
93  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation his Department has undertaken on pieces of research that offer an alternative to human embryo cloning for medical research; and if he will list those pieces of research that have been examined.
(142037)
94  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the estimated financial benefit to the bioscience industry based on the proposed extension of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
(142038)
95  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of beds are occupied by patients suffering from infections acquired in hospital in each NHS health authority and hospital trust.
(141321)
96  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what NHS provision there is for sufferers of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
(141639)
97  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision for diagnosis there is in England and Wales within the NHS for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
(141638)
98  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget health authorities have to discharge their responsibilites for the treatment of patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
(141637)
99  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibility health authorities have for the provision of treatment of patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if he will he make a statement.
(141636)
100  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are in place to ensure health authorities use resources from intermediate care funding for disability equipment and services.
(141322)
101  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated towards the intermediate care plan for the financial year 2000-01.
(141323)
102  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was given by his Department to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available; if he has any proposals to increase the amount; and if he will make a statement.
(141377)
103  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of MRSA have been detected in NHS hospitals; what steps including ward closures have been taken to prevent the spread of the infection; and what has been the resulting loss of medical facilities which would otherwise have been available.
(141379)
104  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to provide for the reclassification of hormone replacement therapy so that it qualifies for medical exemption certificate.
(141367)
105  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to implement the findings of the Phillips Report relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of variant-CJD.
(141376)
106  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated expenditure is in the current year on research work aimed at funding a drug or vaccine to control variant-CJD; and what plans he has to increase his expenditure next year.
(141375)
107  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that no unnecessary hysterectomies are performed; and if he will make a statement.
(141366)
108  
  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been since the enactment of the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996.
(141633)
109  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of applicants entering the National Asylum Seekers Support Scheme have requested voucher-only support in each month since April.
(141643)
110  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many voucher-only applicants to the National Asylum Seekers Support Scheme are from (a) families with children under 18, (b) adults aged 18 to 24 and (c) adults aged 25 and over.
(141644)
111  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the sickness rate in terms of days per staff member for (a) prison officers and (b) other staff in each of the young offenders' institutions in the last 12 months.
(142048)
112  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since 1999 in (a) England and Wales, (b) the Greater London area and (c) the Royal Borough of Kingston.
(141629)
113  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what preparations his Department has made to allow members of the public to report crimes via the Internet and e-mail; and if he will make a statement.
(141628)
114  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the average cost of issuing an anti-social behaviour order.
(141630)
115  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total electricity bill of his Department was for each of the last four years.
(141385)
116  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2001.
(141327)
117  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the qualification requirements to join the Metropolitan Police based on (a) UK residence and (b) UK Commonwealth and Irish citizenship; and if he will make a statement.
(141329)
118  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the action of the German government in respect of banning certain breeds of dog.
(141324)
119  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what would be the cost of waiving the charges of Criminal Records Bureau for checks requested by voluntary sector organisations.
(141522)
120  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made in carrying out a regulatory impact assessment in respect of the fees to be charged by the Criminal Records Bureau, with particular reference to the voluntary sector.
(141523)
121  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to assist released prisoners find accommodation; and what follow-up assistance is available.
(142040)
122  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to identify the number of ex-servicemen who have been convicted of a criminal offence.
(142140)
123  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what notice period will be required for separated children in local authority care homes or temporary accommodation seeking asylum when they are dispersed by the National Asylum Support Service at the age of 18.
(142043)
124  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if separated children with siblings still in the care of a local authority will be referred to the National Asylum Support Service for dispersal; and if he will make a statement.
(142044)
125  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the treatment of child asylum seekers with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(142045)
126  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome was of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Brussels on 30th November to 1st December; and if he will make a statement.
(141624)
127  
  
Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) powered patrol and supervisory craft, (b) personnel broken down by rank, (c) other staff, (d) operational marine stations and (e) specialist divers of the Thames Division of the Metropolitan Police there were in each of the years 1980, 1989 and 2000.
(141365)
128  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Electoral Commissioners are to be appointed; and if he will make a statement.
(141388)
129  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidelines to all coroners instructing them to identify, report and publish information arising from early death which may be attributed to CJD; and if he will make a statement.
(141372)
130  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to reintroduce the Divine (Religious Marriages) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(141330)
131  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to decrease the length of time Royal records remain closed to the public.
(141635)
132  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to release the remaining records relating to King Edward VIII.
(141634)
133  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects Lord Justice Auld to submit his report on the criminal justice system.
(141953)
134  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the procedures for challenging abuse of public funds through the maladministration of legal aid.
(141641)
135  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers in Northern Ireland there are in each rank; and how many posts there are in each rank.
(141940)
136  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) officers, (b) male officers and (c) female officers are serving in the full-time RUCR; how many had (i) under one year, (ii) under two years and more than one year and (iii) between two and three years of their contracts remaining at the latest date for which information is available; how many (A) male and (B) female officers have served (1) under five years, (2) five to 10 years, (3) 10 to 15 years and (4) over 15 years in the full-time RUCR; and how many officers in each of these cohorts now qualify for (x) early retirement and (y) enhanced redundancy payments.
(141525)
137  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers in Northern Ireland of the rank of superintendent and above have indicated that they will retire in (a) December 2000, (b) January 2001, (c) February 2001 and (d) March 2001, broken down by rank.
(141939)
138  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will make a statement on the current work undertaken by the Ministerial Group on Food Safety.
(141642)
139  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Prime Minister, which areas of responsibility undertaken by European Union institutions he is seeking to remove from them.
(141318)
140  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, wha contingency funds have been made available to local Social Fund budgets in areas affected by the recent flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(141311)
141  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff vacancies there were in the Benefits Agency in 1999 and 2000 in (a) England and Wales and (b) Greater London.
(141941)
142  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for the last three financial years, (a) how much was recovered in benefits by the Corporate Recovery Unit, (b) in how many cases has benefit recovered, (c) what were (i) the amounts and (ii) number of cases in relation to (a) and (b), under each prescribed occupational disease; and if he will make a statement.
(141328)
143  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what his estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of senior citizens in the Don Valley constituency qualifying for the minimum income guarantee; and how many have (i) submitted, (ii) applied for and (iii) already received this benefit.
(142053)
144  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many outstanding claims for payment of SERPs to newly retired pensioners there were in January and June of each year since 1997; and if he will he make a statement.
(141515)
145  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what has been (a) the cash flow and (b) the interest payment benefit to his Department of delays in payment of SERPs to qualified newly retired pensioners for each financial year since April 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(141517)
146  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what amounts of arrears of SERPs have been paid to newly retired pensioners in each month since 1997; and how many pensioners have benefited in each case.
(141516)
147  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the number of people in each client group who have been found to have submitted invalid claims for housing benefit under the verification framework since its introduction.
(141383)
148  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total electricity bill of his Department for each of the last four years.
(141386)
149  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the recent auction of licences for the provision of broadband fixed wireless access at 28 GHz will have on the availability of high-speed Internet access in rural areas.
(141659)
150  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of rural areas will be left without broadband fixed wireless access following the recent 28 GHz auction; and what measures are being considered to assist those rural communities excluded from such access.
(141658)
151  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provisions he is putting in place to ensure the benefits of local loop unbundling are extended to all areas.
(141665)
152  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reasons underlay the decision to award by auction licences for the provision of broadband fixed wireless access at 28 GHz.
(141660)
153  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the recent auction for broadband fixed wireless access will have on the Government's aim of making broadband access universally available.
(141657)
154  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the extent to which rural communities will be able to benefit from British Telecom's planned provision of ADSL Internet access.
(141664)
155  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the outcome of the auction for licences for broadband fixed wireless access at 28 GHz; what contingency plans were in place for such an outcome; and how he intends to award the remaining licences.
(141661)
156  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when further licences for the provision of broadband fixed wireless access at 40 GHz will be awarded by auction.
(141662)
157  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the extent to which rural businesses will benefit from ADSL Internet access following local loop unbundling.
(141655)
158  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome was of the Energy/Industry Council held in Brussels on 5th December; and if he will make a statement.
(141625)
159  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome was of the Internal Market/Consumer Council held in Brussels on 30th November; and if he will make a statement.
(141627)
160  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the findings of the Department's research into the impact of parental leave provisions on multinationals operating outside Britain, which he commissioned as part of the review of parental leave.
(142025)
161  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has undertaken to identify the primary factors which influence decisions by women to return to work following a period of maternity leave.
(141959)
162  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how he intends that the Post Office Regulator will carry out his duties under the Postal Services Act 2000.
(141957)
163  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to require manufacturers of television sets to indicate on the sets that they are capable of receiving digital television.
(141623)
164  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how may new transmitter masts will be required in the UK to provide complete mobile phone coverage; and if he will breakdown the various size-groups of transmitters to be used.
(141369)
165  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly on enhancing the status of St. David's Day; and if he will make a statement.
(141374)
166  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce routine checks for spongiform encephalopathy in all animals slaughtered for human consumption.
[Transferred] (141645)
167  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce legislation to improve the employment rights of workers employed by employment agencies.
[Transferred] (141948)
168  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average number of days taken to process new housing benefit applications was in each local authority in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.
[Transferred] (142066)
169  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what was the total amount of revenue raised in Wales from the business rate in each of the last four years.
[Transferred] (141387)
170  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what payments the Treasury (a) has made and (b) intends to make directly to schools in the form of flat-rate payments.
[Transferred] (141954)
171  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children seeking asylum were placed in the care of local authorities in each of the last three years; and how many children seeking asylum are accommodated in care homes in (a) Britain, (b) each region and (c) Bolton.
[Transferred] (142041)
172  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many separated children seeking asylum were accommodated in bed and breakfast hostels and hotel annexes in each of the last three years in (a) Britain, (b) each region and (c) Bolton; and how many of these were under the age of 16.
[Transferred] (142042)
173  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in the joint review by his Department and the Inland Revenue of flexible retirement; when he expects it to report; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (141320)
174  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what compensation payments will be made to (a) the families of those who have died from CJD and (b) those suffering from this condition.
[Transferred] (141370)
175  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent in legal costs defending the recent judicial review permission hearing of IR35; and what estimate he has made of the final cost of defending the judicial review if the case is concluded at (a) the High Court, (b) the House of Lords and (c) the European Court of Justice.
[Transferred] (141663)
176  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to ensure that excess flow valves are fitted inside dwellings.
[Transferred] (141363)
177  
  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people he estimates died over the past three years as a result of gas explosions; and how many of such deaths would have been prevented had excess flow valves been fitted to dwellings.
[Transferred] (141362)


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