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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 12 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 12 December, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
TUESDAY 12th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the current tests available to detect the presence of BSE in (a) living and (b) carcasses of, bovine subjects; and if he will make a statement on their unit costs and reliability and practicality for mass screening programmes.
(141553)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the procedures are for a re-submission of an application for placement on the National Seed List; and what restriction there is on the time period before that re-submission can be tabled for acceptance.
(142099)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will commission an inquiry into the role of his Department during the recent application to place Chardon LL on the National Seed List.
(142097)
4  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the evidence that his Department planned to submit to the enquiry regarding the application to place Chardon LL on the National Seed List.
(142098)
5  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what account the National Lottery Commission is required to take of the work of the Camelot Foundation in making decisions about the National Lottery's role in supporting good causes.
(142195)
6  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met the Mull of Kintyre Group about the Chinook accident, and what issues were discussed.
(142464)
7  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to privatise the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency by means of (a) outright sale to an existing plc or a consortium of plcs, (b) sale to venture capital strategic investors, (c) an initial purchase flotation and (d) other means; and what is his timetable for the privatisation.
(141354)
8  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if DERA Boscome Down will (a) to remain a military airfield and (b) become a civil airport subject to the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(141355)
9  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what legal process he will change the status of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency from an agency of his Department to (a) a government-owned company and (b) a plc; and what will be the timetable.
(141356)
10  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the future status of DERA Boscombe Down within the proposed private public sector partnership.
(141357)
11  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the timetable for (a) the introduction of shadow structures and operations and (b) the establishment and ownership of a plc at DERA Boscombe Down.
(141358)
12  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he and his officials have had with (a) employee representatives, (b) management and (c) pension fund companies about future pension arrangements for current DERA employees.
(141359)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many DERA employees will cease to be civil servants from 1st April 2001.
(141360)
14  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list in each of the past 12 months to 30th November the movements of private commercial aircraft at the DERA Boscombe Down airfield by (a) date, (b) type of aircraft, (c) owner, (d) operator, (e) origin of flight, (f) destination of flight, (g) number of passengers, (h) attendance of HM Customs and Excise, (i) attendance of Home Office Immigration and Nationality officials, (j) airport charges levied and (k) national airport taxes levied.
(141361)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to promote equality between (a) older people, (b) disabled people, (c) ethnic minorities, (d) religious minorities, (e) women and (f) gay and lesbian people, and the rest of the population, with respect to the activities within the responsibility of his Department.
(141489)
16  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what progress has been made in linking further education colleges with the Joint Academic Network.
(141557)
17  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what he is doing to encourage the wider dissemination of career information in alternative formats to blind and visually-impaired people.
(141554)
18  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out his strategy for improving adult basic skills with particular reference to (a) the costs of the programme, (b) methods of delivery, (c) professional development for those involved in tuition and (d) the criteria for its evaluation.
(141556)
19  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how he will encourage higher education institutions to attract additional funds to assist needy students.
(141558)
20  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are the implications of the extra Golden Jubilee bank holiday in June 2002 for the timetable of public examinations during that summer.
(141555)
21  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to ensure that head teachers of maintained schools agree performance targets with their governing bodies by 31st December.
(142459)
22  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many head teachers in maintained schools he estimates will have agreed performance targets with their governors by 31st December; and what percentage this constitutes of all heads of maintained schools.
(142460)
23  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will respond to the report of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry.
(142279)
24  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to promote equality between (a) older people, (b) disabled people, (c) ethnic minorities, (d) religious minorities, (e) women and (f) gay and lesbian people, and the rest of the population with respect to the services and employment for which his Department has responsibility.
(141486)
25  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many extra staff have been employed in the further education sector to deal with the New Deal.
(142283)
26  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost has been to date of producing and distributing circulars, guidance and information from his Department to (a) local education authorities, (b) schools and (c) individual teachers, since May 1997.
(142286)
27  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the establishment of, and how many staff were in post in, (a) each directorate of his Department, (b) his Department's legal adviser's office and (c) Government offices for the regions on business relating to his Department, on 1st July.
(142292)
28  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will issue annual grant letters to the Higher Education Funding Council and the Teacher Training Agency.
(142281)
29  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff were employed in each of the (a) Schools Directorate, (b) Lifelong Learning Directorate, (c) Employment Equality and International Relations Directorate, (d) Legal Adviser's Office, (e) government offices for the region engaged on business relating to his Department, (f) Strategy and Communications Directorate, (g) Personnel and Support Services Directorate and (h) Finance and Analytical Services Directorate.
(142293)
30  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, of the 1,013 staff employed in the Lifelong Learning Directorate of his Department, how many will transfer to the Learning and Skills Council on April 2001; what budget will be allocated to them; and what functions will remain in the Lifelong Learning Directorate.
(142290)
31  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of the planned total increase in the funding in each of the next three years will be met from (a) student fee contributions and (b) parental contributions.
(142280)
32  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out details of the funding for colleges of agriculture for (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.
(142284)
33  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many of the 753 staff of his Department employed in the Government offices will transfer in April 2001 to the Learning and Skills Council; and what fraction of the aid budget will be transferred as a result.
(142289)
34  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the percentage of business representation on each of the 47 local learning and skills councils.
(142282)
35  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the research and consultancy budget for his Department for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03.
(142285)
36  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the level of funding per student in higher education is in 2000-01 and is planned to be in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(142291)
37  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much extra funding schools in Gloucestershire will receive as a result of the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Statement.
(142100)
38  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his most recent estimate of the amount of carbon saved each year by 2010 as a result of the introduction of the climate change levy.
(142423)
39  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets have been set for improvements in energy efficiency on the Government estate; and what progress has been made in achieving them since May 1997.
(142420)
40  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish his Department's advice on the procedures for calling in a planning application.
(141739)
41  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he plans with local authorities concerning proposed changes in the second home council tax discount.
(141742)
42  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with Railtrack on the feasibility of redoubling the track between Swindon and Kemble.
(141738)
43  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had recently with representatives of Wales and West and First/Great Western on the subject of train punctuality and reliability.
(141737)
44  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the (a) process and (b) time scale is for the introduction of the end of the second home council tax discount.
(141741)
45  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many of the recommendations made in the seventh report of the Committee on Environment, Transport and the Regions, Session 1999-2000, his Department has implemented; and how many it plans to implement in the future.
(141736)
46  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much additional funding will be available for local authority recycling schemes as a result of SR2000; and if he will make a statement.
(142287)
47  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the additional superannuation costs for which local authorities in England and Wales will have to make provision in year 2001-02, as a result of changes to advance corporation tax.
(142288)
48  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources he allocated to local authorities in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 to enable them to carry out the new duties imposed on them by section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(142448)
49  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from the Radioactive Waste Management Committee about the management of fast reactor fuels held by the UKAEA at Dounreay; and if he will make a statement.
(141487)
50  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people over 60 years (a) have had work carried out and (b) he estimates will have had work carried out by 31st March 2001 under the new home energy efficiency plus scheme.
(142485)
51  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many fatal road accidents occurred in Gloucestershire in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(142105)
52  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many grants were awarded under the home energy efficiency scheme in the Eccles constituency between 1997-98 and 1999-2000; and what was the (a) total value of grants and (b) average value of grants.
(142482)
53  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who are eligible for working families tax credit have been paid compensation for delays or errors in payment.
(142462)
54  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his most recent estimate of the cost of the climate change levy expressed in terms of cost per tonne of carbon emissions saved.
(142421)
55  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultation was carried out regarding the accessibility of the design of the England and Wales Census 2001 forms for visually-impaired and deafblind people.
(141548)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if Census 2001 returns in England and Wales from blind, partially sighted and deafblind people will be accepted if they are submitted in alternative formats, with particular reference to (a) large print, (b) Braille, (c) disc, (d) audio-tape and (e) e-mail.
(141550)
57  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements are in place to provide one-to-one assistance to visually-impaired and deafblind people with completion of Census 2001 forms in England and Wales.
(141551)
58  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision has been made for Census 2001 enumerators in England and Wales to receive specific visual impairment and deafblind awareness training.
(141552)
59  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision has been made for Census 2001 forms in England and Wales and accompanying information to be made available to blind, partially sighted and deafblind people in accessible formats, with particular reference to (a) Braille, (b) large print, (c) disc and (d) audio-tape.
(141549)
60  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the cost for 2000-01 of the network of regional forums to help firms prepare for the euro.
(142466)
61  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue which will accrue in the first six months of fiscal year 2000-01 from (a) seizures of tobacco made by additional staff and (b) seizures resulting from the installation of scanners.
(141733)
62  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families are eligible for the working families tax credit.
(142480)
63  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of working families tax credit are receiving it via the payroll.
(142481)
64  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many families the working families tax credit is paid to (a) a woman and (b) a man.
(142479)
65  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what actions he has taken in response to the disappearance of Surjit Kaur Athwal, a British citizen, in India in December 1998.
(142500)
66  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in how many cases since 1996 the Government has intervened in cases where British citizens were reported (a) missing and (b) killed in countries overseas; which countries were concerned; and what were the results of the interventions.
(142501)
67  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the House of Lords will reply to a letter sent to him by the honourable Member for Altrincham and Sale on 23rd November seeking intervention in the case of a 14 year old constituent suffering from spinal scoliosis.
(142193)
68  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the net change in the incidence of autism in the last five years.
(142461)
69  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to receive the report of the Mental Health Act Commission into deaths of detained patients.
(142495)
70  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the dangers of prone restraint and the possibility of positional asphyxia.
(142497)
71  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he issues on the timescale of completion of expert medical reports in relation to deaths being investigated by the police and for coroner's inquests.
(142496)
72  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average distance was travelled by patients to gain access to treatment at a NHS general practitioner's practice in each health authority for each year between 1987 and 1999.
(142503)
73  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many practising NHS general practitioners there were, per head of population, by health authority, for each year between 1987 and 1999.
(142502)
74  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients on average registered with a NHS general practitioner's practice by health authority in each year between 1987 and 1999.
(142504)
75  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much grant was (a) claimed by and (b) awarded to each local authority in England and Wales for the cost of supporting unaccompanied children who were asylum seekers in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) the period since 1st April.
(142446)
76  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many couples have been turned down by the NHS for infertility treatment (a) in Gloucestershire and (b) in the UK, in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(142102)
77  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the average cost per couple of providing infertility treatment on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(142101)
78  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate direct and indirect costs to the Metropolitan Police of the costs and investigation in relation to Gurpal Virdi.
(142498)
79  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met representatives of the National Black Police Association; and if he will make a statement.
(142499)
80  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidance to entry clearance officers to ensure that visa applicants who do not clarify that the principal intention of their visit is to spend time with a family member can still be eligible for a right of appeal.
(141734)
81  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if visa applicants are expressly notified of their possible qualification for legal aid if they request an oral hearing for their appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(141735)
82  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of reserves he intends to allow local probation boards to maintain; what arrangements he has made to permit probation committees to carry forward reserves into local probation boards; and if he will make a statement.
(142451)
83  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Data Protection Commissioner about the accuracy of criminal records held on the Police National Computer.
(142433)
84  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the average rate of staff sickness in terms of working days per person in the period since 1st April.
(142444)
85  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of criminal records held on the Police National Computer which contain significant inaccuracies or errors.
(142432)
86  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on the implementation of section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(142447)
87  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which areas of his budget he has transferred the money to enable the budget for 2000-01 for the Immigration and Nationality Department to rise from the level provisionally agreed in the Comprehensive Spending Review to that noted in the IND Business Plan 2000-01.
(142431)
88  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of hours is which prisoners spent in purposeful activity in the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) the period since 1st April.
(142440)
89  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the budget available for (a) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and (b) each unit and directorate within IND for the financial years (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04.
(142430)
90  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults on (a) staff, (b) prisoners and (c) other people took place in prisons and resulted in a positive disciplinary adjudication in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000, and (v) the period since 1st April; if he will express those figures (A) in terms of actual numbers and (B) as a percentage of the average prison population during the relevant period; and if he will make a statement.
(142439)
91  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's handling of the asylum application of N. Asur Saribal.
(142427)
92  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff at each prison establishment in England and Wales were (a) on long-term sick leave and (b) on restricted duties in (i) December 1996, (ii) December 1997, (iii) December 1998, (iv) December 1999 and (v) the most recent date for which information is available.
(142457)
93  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance standards he has set for the operation by Capita of the Criminal Records Bureau's information systems.
(142426)
94  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list in respect of each prison establishment at the latest date for which figures are available, the figures for (a) certified normal accommodation, (b) total accommodation and (c) the number of inmates.
(142458)
95  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many asylum cases since 1st May 1997 an applicant has been successful after the Home Office had pleaded that the application should be refused under Article 1F(b) of the 1951 Convention.
(142455)
96  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of non-fatal self-harm there were in (a) young offender institutions and (b) adult prisons in each financial year from 1996-97 to 1999-2000 and in the period since 1st April 2000.
(142437)
97  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much expenditure for 2001-02 for each local probation board, will be ring-fenced for Drug Treatment and Testing Orders; what his policy is towards such ring-fencing for future years; and if he will make a statement.
(142452)
98  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) convicted prisoners and (b) remand prisoners commited suicide in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) the period since 1st April; how many suicides in each period took place in young offender institutions; and if he will make a statement.
(142438)
99  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of each probation committee applied unsuccessfully to continue as members of local probation boards; what are the party political affiliations of these unsuccessful applicants; and if he will make a statement.
(142422)
100  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each local probation board (a) the proposed cash limit before property charges for (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04, (b) the percentage increase which the figures for (A) 2002-03 and (B) 2003-04 represent over the cash limits for the previous year and (c) his estimate of inflation for (1) 2001-02, (2) 2002-03 and (3) 2003-04.
(142449)
101  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are being supported by each local authority; and if he will make a statement.
(142468)
102  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the property charges to be deducted from the cash limit of each local probation board for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(142450)
103  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners, expressed as a percentage of the average prison population, are held two to a cell designed for one; and what was the average rate of such doubling over the period since 1st April.
(142443)
104  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) family and (b) non-family asylum applications made since 1st April received an initial decision within two months.
(142429)
105  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he has made to ensure that errors in records held on the Police National Computer and supplied to employers by the Criminal Records Agency can be corrected.
(142434)
106  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost is of supporting (a) a single asylum seeker and (b) a family for seven days; and if he will make a statement.
(142428)
107  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff days he estimates the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will devote to training in 2000-01 as a result of (a) the Human Rights Act 1998, (b) the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and (c) the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(142463)
108  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the average number of convicted sex offenders held in custody at any one time during the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) the period since 1st April.
(142441)
109  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) number of established staff positions and (b) number of staff in post in each prison establishment was in England and Wales in (i) December 1996, (ii) December 1997, (iii) December 1998, (iv) December 1999 and (v) the most recent date for which figures are available.
(142456)
110  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have completed (a) a programme accredited as being effective in reducing re-offending and (b) a sex offender treatment programme in the period since 1st April.
(142442)
111  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum application forms submitted in each month since 1st January have been returned because the applicant provided no proper address; and if he will make a statement.
(142435)
112  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names of those members of probation committees whom he has designated to continue as members of local probation boards, their qualifications for office and their party political affiliations.
(142425)
113  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum awaiting an initial or appeal decision have been made by people who (a) have been convicted of and (b) have been charged with a serious criminal offence in their country of origin.
(142453)
114  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names of the chairmen-designate of local probation boards whom he has appointed, their qualifications for office and their party political affiliations.
(142424)
115  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum in each of the last five years have been refused under Article 1F(b) of the 1951 Convention on the grounds that the applicant had been convicted of a serious non-political criminal offence outside his country of refuge.
(142454)
116  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the population of (a) open and (b) other prisons in the United Kingdom.
(142103)
117  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian assistance is being provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (a) bilaterally and (b) via the European Union; and if she will make a statement.
(142483)
118  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the British Government has donated to the WTO technical assistance fund.
(142194)
119  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many asylum seekers are being supported by each local authority in Scotland.
(142436)
120  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he has taken to promote equality between (a) older people, (b) disabled people, (c) ethnic minorities, (d) religious minorities, (e) women and (f) gay and lesbian people, and the rest of the population, with respect to the (i) benefits, (ii) services and (iii) employment for which his Department has responsibility.
(141488)
121  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what advice about the availability of (a) the home energy efficiency plus scheme and (b) other means-tested benefits is given to enquirers about income support.
(142484)
122  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will provide a breakdown of the sub post offices which have closed since May 1997, by territory.
(142467)
123  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the names and addresses of the sub post offices which have closed since May 1997.
(142465)
124  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the requirements on companies to disclose the chemicals which they use in household cleaning products.
(142104)
125  
N  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with his American counterpart regarding the creation of a European rapid reaction force; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (141972)
126  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will carry out a review into the procedures concerning applications to join the National Seed List.
[Transferred] (141740)
127  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on support for asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors, in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) the period since 1st April.
[Transferred] (142445)
128  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much interest would have been accrued on unpaid national insurance contribution rebates since 1997 if they had been (a) invested 80 per cent. in equities and 20 per cent. in gilts and (b) had grown in line with the average growth of funded pensions.
[Transferred] (142477)
129  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average bank interest rate for mortgages has been since October 1995.
[Transferred] (142478)


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