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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 11 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 11 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.
 


 
MONDAY 11th DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the application procedures for the cattle passport scheme need to be simplified.
(142253)
2  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what implications the EU animal by-products regulations will have on the composting of domestic kitchen waste.
(142250)
3  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he offers regarding the application of the animal by-products order to the disposal of kitchen waste, with special reference to meat, in waste dumps.
(142252)
4  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect on quota values of including heifers in the suckler cow quota.
(142255)
5  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance is made available to farmers regarding the cattle passport scheme.
(142254)
6  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the scientific tests used by other EU countries to test for BSE in slaughtered bovines.
(141716)
7  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the dates the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee considered each of the post mortem tests being used in other EU countries to detect BSE in bovines; and if he will place the reports of the their findings in the Library.
(141718)
8  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will identify the procedure for the retention and identification of carcasses of bovines while post mortem BSE tests are carried out, in other EU countries.
(141721)
9  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in which scientific journals post mortem tests for BSE used in other EU countries have been subject to peer review; and if he will arrange for these papers to be placed in the Library.
(141717)
10  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if all bovine carcasses imported from EU countries have been subject to post mortem tests of (a) brain tissue and (b) the central nervous system; and if he will identify those parts of the central nervous system that are tested.
(141719)
11  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141447)
12  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and the total cost to the Department of each publication.
(141464)
13  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142229)
14  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in the Civil Service under the New Deal for the Young Unemployed to date.
(142161)
15  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list each new publication issued by her Department since 1997 and the total cost to the Department of each publication.
(141474)
16  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list her Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141440)
17  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the cost per issue of 'Modernising Government News'; how many issues there have been to date; how many civil servants are employed full-time or part-time in work on it; what its circulation is; and what is its total cost to date.
(141428)
18  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions the joint Steering Group co-chaired by the Irish Department of the Taoiseach and the Cabinet Office has met since 10th November 1997; on what date the most recent progress report on East/West co-operation was drawn up; and if she will place a copy in the Library.
(142273)
19  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142232)
20  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if civil servants are unable to take part in work that analyses or costs policies of opposition parties; and if she will make a statement.
(141722)
21  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if, under the model contract for special advisers, they are unable to take part in work that analyses or costs policies of opposition parties; and if she will make a statement.
(141723)
22  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value in each of the last three years to (a) sports bodies and (b) cultural organisations of advertising and sponsorship by the tobacco industry.
(141416)
23  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures he proposes to promote a UK-wide accommodation rating scheme.
(141425)
24  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to extend the statutory protection of historic wrecks.
(141535)
25  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding for sport has been secured by the Tobacco Task Force since it was established.
(141415)
26  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the National Stadium project at Wembley; and if he will make a statement.
(141423)
27  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what methodology is used by his Department to calculate average spending by visitors to (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.
(141410)
28  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is towards proposals to extend EU competence in the field of tourism.
(141418)
29  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on trends in incoming tourism to the United Kingdom.
(141426)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list those contracts with a value in excess of £1 million entered into by the New Millennium Experience Company which have not complied with public procurement procedures.
(141408)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to restore a marketing remit to the English Tourism Council.
(141424)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform cross media ownership rules; and if he will make a statement.
(141533)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he was informed that the directors of the New Millennium Experience Company had applied for indemnities against actions regarding unlawful trading.
(141409)
34  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the future funding of the British Sports Trust.
(141413)
35  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the English Tourism Council regarding the funding of IT programmes.
(141417)
36  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Government's support for a bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, indicating where the opening and closing ceremonies would be held.
(141421)
37  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the award of the next licence to run the National Lottery.
(141412)
38  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to fund transport and other infrastructure improvements around (a) Wembley Stadium and (b) Picketts Lock.
(141420)
39  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to enable English Heritage to undertake projects on behalf of overseas clients.
(141537)
40  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the per capita public funding of tourism in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in the current financial year.
(141411)
41  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last (a) attended and (b) was represented at, the EU Internal Market Council for Consumer Affairs and Tourism.
(141419)
42  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform the regulation of independent television; and if he will make a statement.
(141534)
43  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on which dates since December 1997 the Tobacco Task Force has met; and who was in attendance on each occasion.
(141414)
44  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on England's bid to host the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(141422)
45  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to legislate for the closure of Osborne House convalescent home.
(141536)
46  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to reform the role of the Broadcasting Standards Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(141532)
47  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141443)
48  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and the total cost to the Department of each publication.
(141466)
49  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142231)
50  
N  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the United Kingdom's capacity to stage major athletics events.
(141889)
51  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the work of the Camelot Foundation continues regardless of decisions about the future of the National Lottery.
(141699)
52  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated.
(142191)
53  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141442)
54  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and the total cost to the Department of each publication.
(141472)
55  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will reconsider his decision not to allow representatives of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to take part in the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Imjin, planned to take place next April in Korea.
(142077)
56  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the contract for his Department's Staff Requirement 1248 programme for a precision-guided munition for the RAF; when the contract is due to be awarded; what time scale has been set for development and production of the precision-guided munition; and if he will make a statement.
(142173)
57  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department's civilian Salvage and Mooring Organisation has the experience, resources, and training to carry out the KURSK operation; what expertise RN personnel have regarding the deep-water intervention activity necessary for this operation; and if he will make a statement.
(142163)
58  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines his Department have set Raytheon for the integration of satellite-based global positioning system guidance into the RAF's Paveway II laser-guided bomb system; and if he will make a statement.
(142174)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason 4 Upholder class nuclear powered submarines were removed from active service between 1994 and 1995; what plans he has for these submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(142172)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what levels of depleted uranium radiation were found on the Iraqi (a) main battle tanks, (b) other armoured vehicles (A vehicles), (c) soft skinned vehicles (B vehicles), (d) vehicle mounted artillery systems, (e) field artillery and (f) anti-aircraft gun systems recovered by British Armed Forces from the Gulf War and brought to the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(142164)
61  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he reviewed the attendance of MoD personnel at the Saville Inquiry; how many staff of what grades have attended the inquiry in each week it has sat in public; and in what capacity he is represented at the inquiry.
(142278)
62  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142234)
63  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average amount of overtime worked by his Department's police officers at (a) AWE Aldermaston and (b) AWE Burghfield in each month since June.
(141544)
64  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the longest amount of overtime worked by a MOD police officer at (a) AWE Aldermaston and (b) AWE Burghfield in any period of (i) one month and (ii) six months since June 1999.
(141545)
65  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the average number of sickness hours per officer among his Department's police (a) in total, (b) at AWE Aldermaston and (c) at AWE Burghfield for each month since June.
(141543)
66  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter from the Ministry of Defence to the Medical Research Council seeking advice on an independent epidemiological study on Porton Down volunteers.
(142418)
67  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the contact address and telephone number of the Porton Down Veterans Support Group will be added to the leaflet and website which publicises the Porton Down Volunteers Helpline run by the Defence and Evaluation Research Agency.
(142413)
68  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Public Record Office a copy of the document 'possible long-term sequelae of exposure to nerve agents--a retrospective survey' (CDE Technical Note 1010, August 1989).
(142384)
69  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he plans to subject the report of the zinc cadmium sulphide trials by Professor Peter Lachmann published in March this year to peer review by other scientists.
(142412)
70  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of individuals who have been exposed to nerve agents at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down.
(142411)
71  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Defence and Evaluation Research Agency will undertake to include the contact address and telephone number of the newly-formed Porton Down Veterans Support Group in all letters which are sent to volunteers in response to queries about their participation in trials.
(142414)
72  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the advice from the Medical Research Council on an independent epidemiological study of Porton Down volunteers will be made public once that advice has been received.
(142419)
73  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if an independent expert will be able to analyse the data from medical assessment programme consultations involving Porton Down volunteers to assess whether patterns of ill-health are associated with particular exposures.
(142417)
74  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the ways in which the Ministry of Defence will publicise the offer of a thorough medical assessment to the service personnel who have taken part in trials at Porton Down.
(142416)
75  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Chemical Defence Establishment Porton Down initiated the survey of the health of service volunteers exposed to nerve agents which was reported in the document 'possible long-term sequelae of exposure to nerve agents--a retrospective survey' (CDE Technical Note 1010) in August 1989.
(142383)
76  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements exist to monitor the Career Transition Partnership; and if he will make a statement on its performance in securing civilian employment.
(142151)
77  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Strategic Defence Review Learning Forces initiative and the Staffordshire Regiment.
(142150)
78  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Royal British Legion has in respect of resettlement of ex-forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(142152)
79  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what total Government expenditure was in 1996-97, and what the forecast is for 2000-01, on (a) pre-school provision, (b) schools, (c) further education and (d) higher education.
(142401)
80  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the per pupil expenditure was in 1996-97, and what it is projected to be for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 (i) on average, (ii) in primary schools and (iii) in secondary schools.
(142402)
81  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many modern apprenticeships there are in the engineering industry.
(141696)
82  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which overheads incurred by the Employment Service are attributable to the implementation of the New Deal.
(141694)
83  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the maintained sector seek vountary contributions from parents towards the running costs of the school.
(141698)
84  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many modern apprenticeships have been started in each of the last five yers.
(141695)
85  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money has been paid in subsidies to schools to recruit classroom assistants under the New Deal.
(141690)
86  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many jobs as classroom assistants have been created under the New Deal.
(141692)
87  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the maintained sector have a charitable trust to raise funds for education-related purposes.
(141697)
88  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost is to the Department of each publication.
(141465)
89  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost per issue is of the magazines (a) 'Catalyst', (b) 'Voices', (c) 'Teachers' and (d) 'Parents and Schools'; how many issues there have been; how many civil servants are employed full-time or part-time in work on each of them; what the circulation of each is; and what is total cost to date of each.
(141430)
90  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list his Department's spending on official publications for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141445)
91  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent research studies into the educational needs of autistic children his Department has funded; and if he will make a statement.
(142028)
92  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidelines have been issued to local education authorities on the provision of specialist teaching aids for autistic children.
(142029)
93  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142235)
94  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the total amount spent on (a) nursery and (b) pre-school education in (i) England in 1980 to 2000 and (ii) Wales in 1980 to 1998.
(141680)
95  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated.
(142184)
96  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (i) further education trusts, (ii) foundation schools and (iii) city technology colleges were in existence on 1st April; and if they are (a) statutorily required to publish annual reports, (b) statutorily required to publish annual accounts, (c) subject to the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary or Local Government Ombudsman, (d) subject to audit by the National Audit Office, (e) subject to audit by the Audit Commission, (f) statutorily required to admit the public to committee meetings, (g) statutorily required to hold public meetings, (h) statutorily required to publish the agendas of meetings, (i) statutorily required to publish the minutes of meetings, (j) statutorily required to publish the papers or documents for meetings, (k) statutorily required to keep and make publicly available a register of members' interests, (l) statutorily required to consult and report to local authorities in their areas on their plans and policies and (m) statutorily subject to scrutiny by local authorities in their areas of operation.
(142398)
97  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many learning and skills councils he estimates will be set up; and if they will be (a) statutorily required to publish annual reports, (b) statutorily required to publish annual accounts, (c) subject to the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary or Local Government Ombudsman, (d) subject to audit by the National Audit Office, (e) subject to audit by the Audit Commission, (f) statutorily required to admit the public to committee meetings, (g) statutorily required to hold public meetings, (h) statutorily required to publish the agendas of meetings, (i) statutorily required to publish the minutes of meetings, (j) statutorily required to publish the papers or documents for meetings, (k) statutorily required to keep and make publicly available a register of members' interests, (l) statutorily required to consult and report to local authorities in their areas on their plans and policies and (m) statutorily subject to scrutiny by local authorities in their areas of operation.
(142397)
98  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to publish a concordat with the Department of Regional Development in Northern Ireland.
(142394)
99  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the timetable for phasing out railway carriages which allow excrement from toilets to be discharged on to the line.
(142388)
100  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to require that all main line railway stations are equipped with lifts to enable disabled people to cross between platforms.
(142244)
101  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much waste was imported for use in cement kilns in each of the last 10 years.
(142262)
102  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what emission standards are applicable to cement kilns and high temperature incineration plants.
(142259)
103  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will amend planning regulations to require a planning application to be submitted when composition of materials to be burnt in cement kilns is modified significantly.
(142263)
104  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow the export of hazardous waste from the UK.
(142264)
105  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the pending planning applications for cement kilns and high temperature incinerators.
(142258)
106  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what tonnage of hazardous waste was disposed of in cement kilns and high temperature incineration plants in each of the last 10 years.
(142260)
107  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations of cement kilns and high temperature incinerators in the UK.
(142257)
108  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list emission limits applicable to plants burning fuel.
(142266)
109  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what tonnage of emissions there were for each cement kiln and high temperature incineration plant per year in each of the last 10 years.
(142261)
110  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the cement kilns with combustion-emission monitoring equipment in place.
(142265)
111  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 and the planned expenditure for 2001-02.
(141456)
112  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and what the total cost to the Department is of each publication.
(141459)
113  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to announce final details of the Starter Homes Initiative.
(141402)
114  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress there has been on the Small Area Health Statistic Unit study, on health effects around landfill sites.
(142395)
115  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking to ensure that greater priority is given in the repair of track to the restoration of full normal line speeds for the services operated by Connex South Eastern.
(141340)
116  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional guidance he will offer to local authorities to ensure that the concerns of local residents over planning applications for mobile telephone masts can be more fully represented.
(141712)
117  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, following the recommendation that the precautionary principle should be exercised with regard to the siting of mobile telecommunication masts, what additional protection the Government plans to offer local authorities and their communities to avert the need for court action.
(141713)
118  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many members of staff are employed by his Department, broken down by departments; and how many were so employed in May 1997.
(141727)
119  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people have been employed in local government in each of the last three years.
(141729)
120  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the current budget is and how many people are employed in, each of the English Government Offices of the Regions, excluding London, (a) in the current year and (b) in each of the last three years; and how many are budgeted for next year.
(141732)
121  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the individual budget of each regional assembly and regional planning authority in England (a) was last year, (b) is for the current year and (c) is budgeted for next year.
(141724)
122  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list all the agencies responsible to his Department, the number of people they employ and their budgets.
(141730)
123  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many officials (a) are and (b) were in May 1997 employed by his Department on a (i) part-time basis and (ii) full-time basis.
(141726)
124  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are employed in the planning inspectorate; and what is their salary bill.
(141731)
125  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals are being evaluated for the transfer of responsibilities for regional development agencies and regional policy to another department.
(141547)
126  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people are employed in transport on the railways; and how many were so employed in May 1997.
(141728)
127  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the responsibilities of the regional Government Office for London and its budget for (a) last year, (b) the current year and (c) next year.
(141725)
128  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he intends to publish his air transport consultation document.
(142396)
129  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142233)
130  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what future expenditure by (a) the Government, (b) NMEC and (c) English Partnerships on the site of the Dome is required by the Heads of Agreement for the sale of the Dome to Legacy plc, under any eventuality.
(142176)
131  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the minimum amount payable by Legacy plc on completion of the agreement for the sale of the Dome.
(142177)
132  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the allocation of funds for the free bus token scheme.
(141347)
133  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many owners of houses in multiple occupation have been prosecuted for permitting use of substandard accommodation in each of the last 20 years.
(141686)
134  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of and how many houses in multiple occupation did not have adequate fire escapes in (a) England in 1980 to 2000 and (b) Wales in 1980 to 1998.
(141683)
135  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people lived in houses in multiple occupation in each of the last 20 years.
(141685)
136  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of and how many houses in multiple occupation were judged to be substandard in each of the last 20 years.
(141684)
137  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many deaths there were from (a) carbon monoxide poisoning and (b) fire in houses in multiple occupation in (i) each of the last 20 years in England and (ii) 1980 to 1998 in Wales.
(141687)
138  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the revisions to the Motor Vehicle (Driving Licence) Regulations 1999 will be implemented.
(141392)
139  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list meetings he has had with the Mayor and Greater London Assembly about the introduction of congestion charging in Greater London.
(141483)
140  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans for by-passes have been (a) cancelled and (b) proposed since May 1997.
(141485)
141  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings he has recently had with Transport for London concerning the London Underground.
(141484)
142  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the advantages and disadvantages regarding energy efficiency in the rented commercial office sector where (a) tenants are given an incentive to save energy by a separate energy cost based on actual energy consumption, alongside charges for floor space rental and (b) landlords are given an incentive to save energy through building refurbishment, by charging a fixed rental price from the owners of the building being occupied, regardless of energy use by the tenant.
(142256)
143  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the basis on which he has calculated changes in traffic levels in South Gloucestershire between 1998 and 1999; and if he will make a statement on the differences between the results produced by his methodology and the results arising from the council's automatic traffic counts.
(141434)
144  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated.
(142185)
145  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the regional chambers set up in England, indicating if they are (a) statutorily required to publish annual reports, (b) statutorily required to publish annual accounts, (c) subject to the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary or Local Government Ombudsman, (d) subject to audit by the National Audit Office, (e) subject to audit by the Audit Commission, (f) statutorily required to admit the public to committee meetings, (g) statutorily required to hold public meetings, (h) statutorily required to publish the agendas of meetings, (i) statutorily required to publish the minutes of meetings, (j) statutorily required to publish the papers or documents for meetings, (k) statutorily required to keep and make publicly available a register of members' interests and (l) statutorily required to consult and report to local authorities in their areas on their plans and policies.
(142399)
146  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the net change in the number of people employed in manufacturing in the United Kingdom in each of the last 12 months.
(141689)
147  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have requested copies of the free Business Case Studies issued by the Euro Preparations Unit.
(142270)
148  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the free Business Case Studies being offered to businesses by the Euro Preparations Unit.
(142271)
149  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many unsolicited letters have been sent out by the Euro Preparations Unit offering free business case studies.
(142272)
150  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the tax cost and (b) the value of the concession on national insurance contributions arising from the introduction of the climate change levy for (i) UK manufacturing industry, (ii) UK service industries and (iii) the public sector.
(141435)
151  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what relief from the climate change levy is available for energy intensive businesses subject to international competition but not covered by the integrated pollution prevention and control directive.
(141438)
152  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the tax cost and (b) the value of the reduction in national insurance contributions arising from the introduction of the climate change levy for business, broken down by region of the UK.
(141439)
153  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure was for 2001-02.
(141453)
154  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141469)
155  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list (a) the agreements granting relief from the climate change levy which he has entered into with energy intensive business sectors subject to international competition and (b) the extent of the discount in each case.
(141427)
156  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) cost in tax and (b) value of the related reduction in national insurance contributions will arise from the introduction of the climate change levy for the UK textile industry.
(141437)
157  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in obtaining EU state aid clearance for (a) 100 per cent. capital allowances for energy saving investments and (b) his proposals for relief for business in respect of the climate change levy.
(141436)
158  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) small and medium sized enterprises and (b) enterprises have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted rebates in respect of the Climate Change Levy, broken down by applications per region.
(141538)
159  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the tax cost and (b) the value of the reduction of national insurance contributions arising from the introduction of the climate change levy for the UK (i) steel, (ii) chemicals, (iii) paper, (iv) cement, (v) glass, (vi) aluminium, (vii) food and drink, (viii) ceramics, (ix) farming and (x) foundries industries.
(141389)
160  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the details of his calculation that a reduction in the national insurance lower earnings limit to £59.20 per week would cost £420 million.
(142082)
161  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women were in work with earnings below the relevant lower earnings limit in each year since 1979.
(142079)
162  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the compensation scheme for those people with personal pensions who have suffered from delayed payment of their rebate from the National Insurance Fund.
(142081)
163  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are awaiting national insurance rebates for the tax years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and (e) 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
(142080)
164  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142230)
165  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers were being paid less than £3.70 per hour in real terms in each of the last 20 years.
(141681)
166  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield and cost of (a) increasing and (b) reducing the length of time that inheritance tax is chargeable on gifts made within seven years before death by one year.
(142245)
167  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason he is unable to provide a disaggregated cost of the three measures outlined in paragraph 6.80 of Cm 4917; and what estimate he has made of the time that Customs and Excise staff will have to spend in ensuring that enhanced relief does not subsidise high value properties.
(142251)
168  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households containing children in 2001-02 who will have no adult earning more than £7,400 per annum.
(141709)
169  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the saving from withdrawing his proposed child tax credit from higher rate tax payers at a rate of (a) £10 loss of credit per £5 of extra income, (b) £10 loss of credit per £4 of extra income and (c) £10 loss of credit per £3 of extra income.
(141342)
170  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council regarding the situation in Chechnya.
(142378)
171  
N  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what circumstances QMV applies to the Common Foreign and Security Policy, specifying the treaty base; from which treaty the power was derived; on what decisions it has been used; and in respect of which matters.
(141431)
172  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997 and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141458)
173  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141454)
174  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if Lord Levy's visit to Latin America was made on behalf of the Prime Minister as his personal envoy.
(142076)
175  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list (a) the visits made by Lord Levy as a member of Panel 2000 and (b) the objectives and outcomes of these visits since 1st April 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(142071)
176  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the value is of the expenses that Lord Levy has claimed from Panel 2000 since 1st April 1998.
(142070)
177  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the members of the Panel 2000 Task Force; on how many occasions it has met since its establishment; who was present at each meeting; what was discussed; what work it is currently undertaking; and what conclusions it has reached to date.
(142074)
178  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the work of the Panel 2000 Task Force.
(142075)
179  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of family visit visa applications (a) received, (b) determined, (c) allowed and (d) refused by each entry clearance post since 2nd October.
(142088)
180  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appeals against a refusal of a visa to visit a family member in the UK have (a) been lodged at posts abroad and (b) been received by the Immigration Appellate Authority since (i) 2nd October, (ii) 1st November and (iii) 1st December.
(142087)
181  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many refusals of a family visit visa application have been overturned by entry clearance managers after submission of an appeal since 2nd October.
(142089)
182  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142236)
183  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances he has received from his Yugoslav counterpart that the new administration in Belgrade will co-operate with the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
(141396)
184  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Presevo Valley.
(141399)
185  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the results of the Bosnia-Herzegovina general elections.
(141398)
186  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Yugoslav counterpart on securing the release of the Kosovo Albanian prisoners detained in Serbia.
(141397)
187  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Yugoslav Government's demands that the Kumanovo agreement be renegotiated; and if he will make a statement.
(141400)
188  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals there are from EU member states and bodies for further treaties on (a) the codification of the existing powers of the EU, excluding any proposals agreed at the Nice Summit and (b) the definition of the relevant powers and relationship between institutions of the European Union and (i) office holders, (ii) governments of member states and (iii) democratic institutions.
(142386)
189  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, in order of their inclusion in the draft Treaty of Nice, each proposed Article relating to change in the procedure for taking decisions under qualified majority voting or other requirement, indicating for each (a) the article and treaty to which it applies and (b) the nature of the proposed change.
(142415)
190  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial contribution his Department makes to the landmine clearance programme in Croatia.
(141348)
191  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the WEU and the EU have agreed on how they are to cooperate during the transitional period until the EU's crisis-management structures become fully operational.
(141336)
192  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements the EU has made for non-EU NATO members to contribute to EU decisions on defence crisis management.
(141332)
193  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rights of non-EU European NATO members and other accession candidates (a) within the new ESDP structures and (b) their status in WEU as associate members and associate partners.
(141338)
194  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in settling means of parliamentary scrutiny over the CESDP; and if he will make a statement.
(141334)
195  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the basis and structure of consultation between the EU and non-EU NATO countries will established.
(141337)
196  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress made in developing permanent consultation bodies for cooperation between the EU and NATO.
(141333)
197  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the impact of the ESDP on NATO's primary rights to first resort for (a) collective defence and (b) crisis management.
(141331)
198  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on how NATO members are to be consulted on when and where the EU may act in an emergency crisis.
(141339)
199  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proposals by the European Parliament to offer representatives of national parliaments a limited opportunity for involvement in parliamentary scrutiny over CESDP
(141335)
200  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Your Britain, Your Europe roadshow will visit Northern Ireland; which locations it will visit; and if he will make a statement.
(142403)
201  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the annual cost of providing free dentistry for people aged 75 years and over.
(142387)
202  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if post mortem tests for BSE carried out in EU countries are carried out before the carcass is dressed.
(141720)
203  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each of the last five years the target month for completing the flu vaccination programme and the target take-up rates to be achieved by that time together with the rates actually achieved.
(141539)
204  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the take-up rates for flu vaccine as at (a) 1st November and (b) 1st December for each health authority.
(141403)
205  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisal of Rolecoxib (Vioxx) will be published.
(142268)
206  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141463)
207  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141448)
208  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will provide further guidance on the constitution and powers of the proposed patients' forums; and if he will make a statement.
(141529)
209  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will provide further guidance on the new Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(141528)
210  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many organs, by type, have been retained by hospitals in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(141526)
211  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will provide further guidance on local authority scrutiny of the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(141527)
212  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will provide further details on the proposed citizens' councils; and if he will make a statement.
(141530)
213  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will allow access to confidential hepatitis C testing in the NHS without the necessity for those wishing to be tested having to volunteer to be a blood donor.
(142246)
214  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether there are sufficient practising hepatologists to cope with the increasing numbers of patients with hepatitis C.
(142247)
215  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines have been issued to NHS trusts on the provision of specialist health care for autistic children.
(142026)
216  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research studies into the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder his Department has funded; and if he will make a statement.
(142027)
217  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the publication Diagnosis and Incidence of Prion (Creutzfeldt-Jakob) Disease: A Retrospective Archival Survey with Implications for Future Research, published in Neurodegeneration, Vol 4, pp 357-368 (1995).
(142267)
218  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the York Review of fluoride in drinking water; and if he will make a statement as to the implications for public policy.
(142239)
219  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were awaiting discharge from community hospitals in Worcestershire at the end of (a) October, (b) September, (c) August, (d) July and (e) June.
(141406)
220  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are awaiting discharge from (a) acute and (b) community hospitals in Worcestershire.
(141404)
221  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were awaiting discharge from acute hospitals in Worcestershire at the end of (a) October, (b) September, (c) August, (d) July and (e) June.
(141405)
222  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142228)
223  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in each region of the United Kingdom are on the Child Protection Register.
(141676)
224  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a regional breakdown of the hard to fill (three months or more) (a) nursing vacancies and (b) midwifery vacancies as of September, and a regional breakdown of all nursing vacancies as of September.
(142221)
225  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out the rules which govern the use of proceeds from sale of his Department's land by NHS trusts; and if these rules would apply to the sale of land by North Bristol NHS Trust at (a) the Frenchay Hospital site and (b) the Southmead Hospital site.
(141346)
226  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with the British Chiropody and Podiatry Association about the future regulation of the profession.
(142189)
227  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if clinicians are allowed to participate in clinical governance arrangements; and what sanctions are available if they do not.
(142188)
228  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated.
(142192)
229  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Fraud Squad has completed its enquiries about the Dome.
(141407)
230  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific criminal allegations are being pursued by Wiltshire Police in the investigation of the Porton Down volunteers scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(142377)
231  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish an impact assessment survey of proposals to require vetting of volunteer leaders and workers with youth organisations by the Criminal Records Bureau.
(141701)
232  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to youth organisations which will arise from charges for vetting volunteer leaders and workers by the Criminal Records Bureau.
(141700)
233  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the findings of the risk assessment on GHB carried out by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.
(142404)
234  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the decision by ACMD to review its view on GHB in relation to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
(142405)
235  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he proposes to take in response to the WHO recommendation that GHB should be scheduled under Schedule IV of the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances 1971.
(142406)
236  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141449)
237  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual running cost is, including the council tax liability, of his Department's former offices in 2 Marsham Street; how many civil servants work there; and what his plans are for the future of 2 Marsham Street.
(141429)
238  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost is to the Department of each publication.
(141462)
239  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what pilot schemes of electoral procedures he has approved for the local elections in May 2001.
(142175)
240  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans that the Gaming Machines (Methods of Payment) draft Deregulation Order will be put out to formal consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(141542)
241  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion and total amount of (a) total government spending and (b) gross domestic product was spent on policing in each of the last five years; and what the planned proportion is of total government spending in each of the next two years.
(141710)
242  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average time is currently taken by the National Asylum Support Service to determine an application for support.
(142085)
243  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have exercised a human rights appeal under section 65 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in relation to a refused family visit visa application since 2nd October.
(142092)
244  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers (a) were recruited and (b) retired, resigned or were dismissed, in each police force and in total (i) in 2000 and (ii) in each of the previous three years; what was the net change in the number of officers in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(141708)
245  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for support were determined by the National Asylum Support Service in (a) September and (b) October; and in what proportion of these cases the application was determined (a) within seven days, (b) within 14 days and (c) in more than 14 days.
(142086)
246  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the net income from fees for family visitor appeals since 2nd October.
(142091)
247  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for support have been made to the National Asylum Support Service by asylum-seekers since 3rd April 2000; how many of these applications have been determined; and how many applications remain under consideration.
(142084)
248  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each police force and in total at the end of September; what the total was in March 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(141711)
249  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the rules governing asylum seekers' ability to undertake (a) voluntary work and (b) paid employment; and if he will make a statement.
(141705)
250  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed in processing asylum applications on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(141706)
251  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for reaching (a) an initial decision and (b) a final decision on an asylum application for (i) an individual, (ii) a family and (ii) for all applications, (A) on the latest date for which figures are available and (B) in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(141703)
252  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date he expects to comply with Government targets for the time taken to process asylum applications; and if he will make a statement.
(141704)
253  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he made of the administrative costs (a) in total and (b) per asylum seeker of providing support for asylum seekers through (i) the voucher system and (ii) the social security system; what the total cost to date is of administering asylum vouchers; and if he will make a statement.
(141707)
254  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date he plans to end the policy of not allowing change to be given when asylum vouchers are spent; and if he will make a statement.
(141702)
255  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide an analysis of the weekly unit cost of housing an asylum seeker at Oakington reception centre when the centre is operating at full capacity; what is the basis of the difference between the figures given in his answers to the honourable Member for Aylesbury on 14th April, Official Report, column 292W and the Right honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald on 26th October, Official Report, column 217W; and if he will make a statement.
(141482)
256  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the people whose cases have been referred to date by the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the Court of Appeal, indicating the amount of time elapsed between referral and the individual concerned being released on bail.
(141675)
257  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142226)
258  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to review the voucher scheme for aslyum seekers.
(141353)
259  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to assure applicants under the proposed licensing procedures that they will receive a fair judicial hearing if trained magistrates are removed from the licensing awards procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(142183)
260  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many businesses took part in the National Retail Business Watch scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(142180)
261  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to avoid a conflict of interests if the magistrates licensing authority is transferred to local councillors; and if he will make a statement.
(142179)
262  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role local magistrates will play under his proposals to transfer all licensing matters to local government; and if he will make a statement.
(142182)
263  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many industrial business watch schemes are in operation in England working to prevent crime and theft on industrial estates; and if he will make a statement.
(142181)
264  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance his Department offers to industrial business watch schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(142178)
265  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidences of domestic violence there were involving (a) grievous bodily harm and (b) death for England and Wales in the years 1980 to 2000.
(141688)
266  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been victims of domestic violence in each of the last 20 years.
(141679)
267  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of children involved in prostitution in each of the last 20 years.
(141677)
268  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many companies were prosecuted for illegally employing children in each of the last 20 years.
(141682)
269  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been reported as missing in each of the last 20 years.
(141678)
270  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Government departments (a) carry out and (b) fund procedures licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(142408)
271  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to explain to the public the criteria used to licence scientific procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(142410)
272  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to consult the public about research licensed under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(142409)
273  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement clarifying the comments made by a senior official of the Joint Entry Clearance Unit to the JECU user panel on 29th November on the primary purpose arrangements.
(142243)
274  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals have been received by the Immigration Appeals Advisory Service since the Government introduced the £500 charge for appeals in respect of family visits; and what has been the result of the appeals.
(142240)
275  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the refusal notices and appeal forms stemming from the Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations make no reference to legal aid; and if he will make a statement.
(142241)
276  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made for legal aid for appeals under the Immigration Appeal (Family Visitor) Regulations; and how many have been accepted.
(142242)
277  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he received a bid from Boyd Valley Ward in South Gloucestershire to participate in his parish warden scheme; and what level of financial contributions was to be made by the parties concerned at the time when the bid was submitted.
(141344)
278  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out (a) the number and (b) the rate per thousand inmates, of suicides at (i) Eastwood Park and (ii) all women's prisons, (A) in each of the last three full years and (B) in each month of the current year; and if he will make a statement.
(141345)
279  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial contribution was required from parishes participating in his parish warden scheme when the scheme was first introduced; and what change there has been to the level of contributions required.
(141343)
280  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the prohibition of foreign donations in the application of Schedule 15 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, to permitted participants to a referendum in Northern Ireland where an order is in force under Section 70(1) of that Act to allow foreign donations to political parties participating in the same referendum; what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland political parties and others about them; and if he will make a statement.
(141715)
281  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to bring into force those elements of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 not already brought in to force; and in particular when he proposes to bring into force (a) section 4, (b) section 10, (c) section 12, (d) section 13, (e) section 141 and (f) section 144.
(141481)
282  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are for the European Union to regulate (a) pan-European political parties and (b) national political parties; how the regulations will be justiciable; if it is the Government's policy that such regulation should be subject to qualified majority voting; and if he will make a statement.
(141476)
283  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on members of staff of the Electoral Commission who are members of political parties having access to confidential financial information relating to other political parties; if the Electoral Commission will disclose to political parties that members of its staff with access to confidential financial information about those parties are members of another political party; and if he will make a statement.
(141477)
284  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the interim solutions considered by his Department on access to the electoral register together with his estimate of the cost of each solution and the reasons why each solution would not provide value for money; and if he will make a statement.
(141479)
285  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to lay before the House a draft order under section 70(1) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000; what consultations he plans to have with (a) Northern Ireland political parties and (b) other political parties prior to the draft order being laid; what representations he has received regarding the terms of the draft order; and if he will make a statement.
(141480)
286  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for the period between the commencement of the home detention curfew scheme and 30th November inclusive, (a) the total number of prisoners released on the scheme, (b) the number of prisoners convicted of each specific offence who were released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed, including specific offences committed by prisoners normally classified under the categories (i) other homicide and attempted homicide, (ii) other violence against the person, (iii) drug offences, (iv) assaults and (v) other offences, including a breakdown of the prisoners normally classified in the sub-category of other offences called other offences, (c) the average sentence (i) received and (ii) served, and the average period spent on the scheme, in respect of each specific offence, (d) the number of prisoners released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed, who (i) breached the conditions of the curfew, (ii) disappeared and were recaptured, (iii) disappeared and remain unlawfully at large and (iv) had their licences revoked, and for what reasons, (e) a breakdown of the specific offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme while on the scheme, including all offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence and (f) a breakdown of the specific offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme who committed a further offence whilst on the scheme that was similar in character to that for which they were originally convicted, including all offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence; and if he will make a statement.
(141714)
287  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the level of police morale in England and Wales.
(141401)
288  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how it is proposed that (a) political parties and (b) the Electoral Commission will verify to the standard required by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 that donations from individuals are from individuals registered on UK electoral registers at the time the donation is made; what discussions he has had with electoral administrators regarding the practicality of the proposed procedures; and if he will make a statement.
(141478)
289  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the local, sub-regional and regional partnerships, boards of zones and other cross-sectoral bodies supported by his Department; and the funding streams with which they are associated.
(142186)
290  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police authorities were in existence on 1st April 2000, and if they are (a) statutorily required to publish annual reports, (b) statutorily required to publish annual accounts, (c) subject to the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary or Local Government Ombudsman, (d) subject to audit by the National Audit Office, (e) subject to audit by the Audit Commission, (f) statutorily required to admit the public to committee meetings, (g) statutorily required to hold public meetings, (h) statutorily required to publish the agendas of meetings, (i) statutorily required to publish the minutes of meetings, (j) statutorily required to publish the papers or documents for meetings, (k) statutorily required to keep and make publicly available a register of members' interests, (l) statutorily required to consult and report to local authorities in their areas on their plans and policies and (m) statutorily subject to scrutiny by local authorities in their areas of operation.
(142400)
291  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money the Government has made available to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for emergency relief to the Kosovan Albanians to date.
(142160)
292  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141451)
293  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list each new publication issued by her Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141461)
294  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what action has been taken to implement the recommendations of the Report of the First Phase of the Enforcement Review; and if he will make a statement.
(142269)
295  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141460)
296  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141452)
297  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the value of judges' lodgings and associated expenditure as a benefit in kind for income tax purposes.
(141350)
298  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in relation to High Court judges on circuit, (a) what are the duties of the marshal, (b) who appoints the marshal, (c) who pays the wages and fees of the marshal, (d) what was the total cost of the marshal service to public funds for each of the last three years, (e) what uniform, dress code or badge of office distinguishes the marshal, (f) how many marshals there are and (g) what are the qualifications and experience required to be a marshal; and if he will make a statement.
(141351)
299  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in respect of the Crown courts situated at (a) St. Albans, (b) Reading, (c) Chelmsford, (d) Colchester and (e) Maidstone, (i) how many sitting days were held at each court in each of the last five years, (ii) for how many nights the judges' lodgings were occupied in each of the last five years, (iii) for how many High Court judges sitting at each of the courts (A) regularly made use of the lodgings and (B) habitually commuted from their own residence to court and (iv) what was the annual cost of each of the lodgings for each of the last five years.
(141349)
300  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in relation to High Court Judge's Marshals, when on circuit, (a) what is the selection or appointment procedure followed in choosing a marshal, (b) what training is given to ensure the marshal is appointed in accordance with equal opportunities legislation and (c) for each of the last two years, how many marshals (i) were men, (ii) were women and (iii) were from ethnic minority backgrounds; and if he will make a statement.
(141352)
301  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what has been the total cost to the Immigration Appellate Authority of administering family visitor appeals since 2nd October.
(142095)
302  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what is the average cost, including accommodation costs and other overheads, to the Immigration Appellate Authority of processing and determining an immigration appeal.
(142096)
303  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many appeals against a refusal of a visa to visit a family member in the UK have been determined by the Immigration Appeals Authority (a) at an oral hearing and (b) on the papers alone since 2nd October; and with what outcome.
(142094)
304  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many applications for funding in respect of representation in an oral appeal against a refusal of a visa to visit a family member in the United Kingdom have been made to the Legal Services Commission since 2nd October; and with what outcome.
(142093)
305  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142224)
306  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the eligibility criteria for the determination of the public funding by the Legal Services Commission of cases before employment tribunals.
(142382)
307  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the work of his Department.
(142381)
308  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost is to the Department of each publication.
(141471)
309  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure was for 2001-02.
(141444)
310  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications he has received for independent members of the Police Board; what is the breakdown of the applicants by (a) gender, (b) perceived community affiliation, (c) age under (i) 30, (ii) 31 to 40, (iii) 41 to 50, (iv) 51 to 65 and (v) 66 and over and (d) sexual orientation.
(142274)
311  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applicants for independent membership of the Police Board have disclosed criminal convictions.
(142275)
312  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to monitor sentencing of individuals according to (a) perceived community origin, (b) ethnic origin, (c) gender, (d) sexual orientation and (e) disability.
(142277)
313  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what regulations govern the wearing of personal identification, full uniform and regalia of the RUC; and what are the disciplinary procedures in the event of non-compliance.
(142276)
314  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many boys who have been assessed by the Placement Panel were recommended as suitable for transfer from Lisnevin to another juvenile justice centre; and if he will make a statement.
(142166)
315  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if children can be legally represented at the Placement Panel; and if he will make a statement.
(142170)
316  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who is responsible for deciding whether to implement the decisions of the Placement Panel; on what criteria this decision is made; and if he will make a statement.
(142168)
317  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many boys assessed to be suitable for transfer by the Placement Panel were transferred to (a) St. Patrick's and (b) Rathgael; and if he will make a statement.
(142167)
318  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if there is an appeals process against the decisions of the Placement Panel; and if he will make a statement.
(142171)
319  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the current membership of the Placement Panel is; and if he will make a statement.
(142169)
320  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many boys in Lisnevin have been assessed by the Placement Panel for suitability for transfer to another juvenile justice centre since the introduction of the Criminal Justice (Children) (NI) (1998); and if he will make a statement.
(142165)
321  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142225)
322  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, where people's peers will be placed in the order of precedence.
(141540)
323  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, how many and what percentage of applicants for a people's peerage are to be invited for interview.
(141541)
324  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the President of the Council, how many and what percentage of written parliamentary questions asked in Session 1998-99 received a holding answer, broken down by department.
(142190)
325  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what (a) practical and (b) financial support the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British embassies provided to Lord Levy during his visit to Latin America; and what was the cost of this support, broken down by the principal items of expenditure.
(142078)
326  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what access Lord Levy has to confidential government information.
(142069)
327  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, to which Minister Lord Levy reports.
(142073)
328  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what further visits he has asked Lord Levy to undertake in his capacity as the Prime Minister's personal envoy.
(142072)
329  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what are Lord Levy's engagements on his behalf in Latin America.
(141395)
330  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he decided to send Lord Levy to Latin America.
(141394)
331  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date the Foreign Secretary was informed of Lord Levy's diplomatic mission to Latin America.
(141393)
332  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it remains his policy that ministers should notify honourable and Right honourable Members in advance if ministers plan to make an official visit to their constituencies.
(141531)
333  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those agreements reached at the European Council Meeting in Nice to permit enhanced co-operation on matters not within the scope of existing EU treaties stating the position taken by the United Kingdom on each such agreement and the reasons for it.
(142385)
334  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141446)
335  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost was to the Department of each publication.
(141470)
336  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his responsibilities in relation to the High Court of Justiciary as a criminal court of first instance and of appeal.
(142391)
337  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142222)
338  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the current SERPs rebate rates for those who have contracted out of SERPs and taken out private pensions; and what estimate he has made of what these rates would have been had their calculation taken into account the recently announced SERPs widows' entitlements.
(141546)
339  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how frequently senior civil servants in national departments of social security in English-speaking countries meet together in conference; when and where the last three such meetings were held; which of his officials attended those meetings; and at what cost to public funds; what subjects were discussed; and if he will place a copy of the minutes of those meetings in the Library.
(141341)
340  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people who have been convicted of social security fraud in each of the past five years had a previous conviction for social security fraud.
(141432)
341  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many winter fuel payments have been sent to people who are ineligible for the benefit in each year since 1997; and what action has been taken to re-claim these incorrect payments.
(142407)
342  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of social security fraud in each of the last five years.
(141433)
343  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142227)
344  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what documentation has been prepared by his Department for the TRIPS Council to demonstrate compliance of the United Kingdom intellectual property law with the TRIPS Agreement; what response his Department has received from the TRIPS Council and other bodies to which such documentation was addressed; and if he will place copies of such documentation and responses in the Library.
(142083)
345  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the Employment Agency regulations.
(141693)
346  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason Hope FM has been required to reduce its broadcasting power to 15 watts; and if he will make a statement.
(142162)
347  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost is to the Department of each publication.
(141473)
348  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141441)
349  
  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will refer the proposed sale by Whitbread plc of the freehold in its public houses to the Competition Commission.
(142390)
350  
  
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will discuss the impact of the proposed sale by Whitbread plc of the freehold of its public houses with board members of that company.
(142389)
351  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which organisations have been shown a copy of the business case for a universal bank.
(142249)
352  
  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Blackpool South constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(142223)
353  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which open general export licences covering the export of goods on the Military List do not include Israel as a permitted destination.
(142238)
354  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the outstanding applications for Standard Individual Export Licence and Open Individual Export Licence outstanding at 16th November covering the export to Government or commercial consignees or end-users in Israel have been waiting for longer than six months for determination.
(142237)
355  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on medical examinations for vibration white finger in respect of the intermittent nature of the condition.
(142153)
356  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if solicitors are entitled to take part of the compensation awards to claimants under the Vibration White Finger and the Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema litigation schemes.
(142187)
357  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many jobs as classroom assistants have been created to date under the New Deal in Wales.
(141691)
358  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list each new publication issued by his Department since 1997; and what the total cost is to the Department of each publication.
(141468)
359  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's spending on official publications was for (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01; and what the planned expenditure is for 2001-02.
(141455)
360  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the impact of the New Deal for over 50's in Wales.
(142376)
361  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement as to the proposed census form for Wales.
(142379)
362  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the proposed census form for Wales.
(142380)
363  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he plans to introduce his bill on commonhold and leasehold.
[Transferred] (142149)
364  
  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sanctions will apply to banks who do not meet the marketing, accessibility and availability tests of their financial exclusion responsibility.
[Transferred] (142248)


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