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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 14 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 14 December, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 14th DECEMBER
1  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the insurance industry on the risk of future flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(142809)
2  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking to persuade (a) the European Commission and (b) European Union member states to lift the BSE-related ban on the export of live calves from the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(142948)
3  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to require the ability, competence and knowledge of those handling and transporting animals on journeys lasting eight hours or more to be assessed by an independent person or body rather than by their employer; and if he will make a statement.
(142949)
4  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps she has taken to ensure that Government departments 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 in each case, in service provision, employment, drafting of legislation and other activities; and if she will make a statement.
(142517)
5  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the development and progress of the Masterplan for the South Bank.
(142628)
6  
N  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussion he has had with the South Bank Board on the implementation of the Masterplan for the South Bank; if building under Jubilee Gardens and upon the Hungerford Car Park site is envisaged in the plan; and if he will make a statement.
(142597)
7  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will make a statement on his conclusions concerning his review of the statutory requirements for the provision of subtitling, signing and audio description services on digital terrestrial television.
(142807)
8  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about the future of Wembley Stadium.
(142591)
9  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to procure up to 12 Type 45 destroyers by means of an incremental capability strategy; how prices for any changes in specification over the life of the programme will be negotiated; what mechanisms there will be to control costs; and if he will make a statement.
(142765)
10  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with executives of BAe Systems regarding a non-competitive procurement strategy for the Type 45 destroyer.
(142764)
11  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training facilities in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) British bases overseas are being used by members of the Colombian armed forces.
(142316)
12  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what deployment of members of the UK armed services is required by participation in Plan Colombia.
(142312)
13  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will approve the Defence Procurement Agency's Design for Manufacture contract with BAe Systems for the Type 45 destroyer programme in advance of agreement between BAe Systems and Vosper Thorneycroft on the construction of ship platforms.
(142755)
14  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the Design for Manufacture contract with BAe Systems for the Type 45 programme specifies equitable competition between BAe Systems Marine and Vosper Thorneycroft for batches of later ships of the class; and if he will make a statement.
(142754)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in-service date is for the Type 45 destroyer First of Class; and if he will make a statement.
(142752)
16  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cost to benefit analysis his Department has undertaken of moving from a competitive to a non-competitive procurement strategy for the Type 45 programme.
(142750)
17  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the public bodies which (a) are under a duty to and (b) may advise local education authorities of special educational needs of children under the age of five years in order to assist them in planning provision for compulsory years of school attendance; and if he will make a statement on the collation and coordination of such information of needs.
(142629)
18  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the readiness of the Learning and Skills Council's information technology systems for its opening for business in April 2001.
(142631)
19  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a progress report on negotiations with training and enterprise councils for the apportionment of their assets spent; and how many (a) have or (b) have not yet reached agreement with the Department, the value of assets taken into public ownership or divested elsewhere and the value of such public assets put under the contrtol of local learning and skills councils.
(142630)
20  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money was paid to Cambridgeshire schools through the Standards Fund in each year since 1997-98.
(142871)
21  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many voluntary sector providers of education otherwise there are.
(142827)
22  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what discussions he plans to have with (a) the Children and Young People's Unit and (b) the Minister for Youth about consulting children and young people on the development of education policy.
(142825)
23  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what decision he has made on the public funding of Rudolph Steiner schools; and if he will make a statement.
(142822)
24  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what data he collects on the (a) numbers and (b) circumstances of pupils who are not on school rolls.
(142826)
25  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many permanent specialist science teaching vacancies there were in North Somerset Local Education Authority schools for each year since 1979.
(142863)
26  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the average class size in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the North Somerset Local Education Authority in each year since 1979.
(142947)
27  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many permanent specialist mathematics teaching vacancies there were in North Somerset Local Education Authority schools in each year since 1979.
(142944)
28  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many temporary teachers were employed in the North Somerset Local Education Authority schools in each year since 1979.
(142945)
29  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers were employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the North Somerset Local Education Authority in each year since 1979.
(142946)
30  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on progress made towards the achievement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government target on the proportion of women in decision making roles in political, public and private sectors by 2005.
(142513)
31  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from the Director General of the National Trust in the past three years on the A3 at Hindhead.
(142994)
32  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to consider the consultants' report on the A3 tunnel at Hindhead; and if he will set out a timetable for action.
(142993)
33  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was spent by his Department on trunk roads in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1990-91, at current prices.
(142872)
34  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many homeless families there were in each year since 1990-91 in England and Wales.
(142869)
35  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many homes were repossessed in England and Wales each year since 1990-91.
(142870)
36  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the SSA for each London borough for the next financial year on provision of respite care facilities.
(142301)
37  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to (a) inform and (b) seek the views of local authorities on the revision of the 1976 EC Bathing Water Directive.
(142937)
38  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he is making on reaching agreement with the European Commission on the inclusion of private sector property projects in the Objective 1 Programme for Merseyside.
(142860)
39  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the procedures that need to be followed in respect of the abolition of town and parish councils.
(142817)
40  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many applications were (a) received and (b) granted for requests for him to set aside the recouping of improvement grants from properties sold within five years of a grant being given in the last five years for which data are available.
(142736)
41  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the amount of energy and electricity consumption in the service sector that is attributable to the use of air conditioning in offices.
(142823)
42  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of new office buildings built in each year between 1990 and 1999 which had air conditioning.
(142824)
43  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what financial assistance the Government has provided to (a) Railtrack and (b) rail operating companies in each of last three years.
(142877)
44  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what date he intends to make an announcement regarding the Local Transport Settlement for 2001-02.
(142746)
45  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when road hauliers will receive their rebate cheques, in respect of the Government's decisions announced in the pre-Budget Report.
(142739)
46  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much he has paid out in respect of the Bus Employees' Superannuation Trust and the National Bus Pension Fund pursuant to the investigation carried out by the Pensions Ombudsman; when these monies were paid; who he has charged with responsibility for distributing these monies to members of these funds; how he will hold them accountable; and when he expects the monies to be fully distributed.
(142749)
47  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to publish the Aviation White Paper.
(142745)
48  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures were taken by the Environment Agency to consult local people about the application by BNFL at Bradwell Power Station for the use of incinerators to burn low level nuclear waste.
(142747)
49  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what additional information he has given since Monday 13th November to Mr Robert Kiley of Transport for London about the PPP contracts; and if he will make a statement.
(142748)
50  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent on fees to each consultant involved in the study of each regional airport; and how much has been spent on consultants' fees.
(142767)
51  
  
Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will announce details of the local transport capital settlement.
(142833)
52  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will introduce legislation to deal with tall trees and boundary hedges in domestic gardens; and if he will make a statement.
(142876)
53  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent studies have been undertaken by his Department into the reopening of railway lines; and if he will list the lines in Wales which have been considered for re-opening.
(142939)
54  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change VAT levels.
(141845)
55  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on carbon dioxide emissions of the introduction of the climate change levy on the United Kingdom horticulture industry.
(142621)
56  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many EU member states have imposed a climate change levy on their horticulture industry.
(142590)
57  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reliefs are available for horticultural enterprises in EU member states which impose a climate change levy on horticulture.
(142624)
58  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enterprises in the United Kingdom horticulture industry have benefitted from capital allowances in respect of thermal screens for glasshouses as a result of the extension of the list of investments qualifying for capital allowances following the introduction of the climate change levy; and what is the value of the allowances made.
(142622)
59  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the introduction of the climate change levy for the United Kingdom horticulture industry.
(142620)
60  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many horticulture firms have (a) applied for and (b) received support from the Climate Change Levy Energy Efficiency Fund.
(142625)
61  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the benefits of charging the benefit in kind taxation paid by an employee in receipt of a company-provided car on the cost of purchasing the car by the employer.
(142740)
62  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for meetings with the regional development agencies in England to discuss their involvement with the implementation of measures contained in his pre-Budget statement.
(141844)
63  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what improvements he plans to make in the income tax self-assessment scheme, with particular respect to investigations.
(142474)
64  
N  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Inland Revenue does not give reasons for investigations of individuals' tax affairs.
(142475)
65  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the loss of revenue to the Treasury resulting from the purchase of beer in Europe for transport to the UK (a) legally and (b) illegally in the last three years.
(142828)
66  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the level of the United Kingdom beer duty on the quantity of illegally imported beer from Europe into the United Kingdom.
(142829)
67  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the examples of justifications of a subsidy which is damaging to the environment which were submitted to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury during the Spending Review 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(142539)
68  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 2nd November on The Climate Change Levy.
(142731)
69  
  
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on vote reweighting in the European Union following the European Council at Nice.
(142875)
70  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings his Department has held with NGO's in Colombia to discuss the operation of Plan Colombia.
(142315)
71  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the representations he has received concerning Plan Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(142314)
72  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total UK Government financial involvement in Plan Colombia is, broken down into EU funding and bilateral arrangements.
(142313)
73  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Office and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland on the inclusion of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under the provisions of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
(142304)
74  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that its recruitment practices in Northern Ireland appeal to both Protestants and Catholics.
(142305)
75  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of staff in his Department and overseas posts come from Northern Ireland; and how this is broken down between the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland.
(142306)
76  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Catholics from Northern Ireland have been recruited to (a) the Policy Entrant/Fast Stream and (b) the Operational Entrant/Main Stream in each of the last 10 years.
(142307)
77  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures his Department has put in place to attract more applications from Northern Ireland's Catholic community.
(142308)
78  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many recruitment initiatives have been undertaken by his Department in Northern Ireland in predominantly (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant communities in the last 10 years.
(142309)
79  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's recruitment and advancement strategy and accompanying targets for recruiting (a) Catholics from Northern Ireland, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) women and (d) people with disabilities.
(142310)
80  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the outcome of Her Majesty's Government's request to the Chinese Government to open a dialogue with the Dalai Lama about the Tibetan situation.
(142155)
81  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients have been waiting over one year for inpatient treatment in (a) West Surrey and (b) Durham in (i) 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(142992)
82  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of additional ambulances and crew required by the London Ambulance Service (a) to achieve the best eight minute response rate currently achieved by an urban trust and (b) for 55 per cent. of calls to be responded to in eight minutes, using the most recent annual figures available.
(142546)
83  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many places in local authority secure accommodation have been (a) provided and (b) planned for since 1st May 1997.
(142623)
84  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding former child migrants in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
(142821)
85  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the situation of former child migrants in Zimbabwe.
(142820)
86  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the legal fees incurred by St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, for (a) the application for ward of court and (b) other legal costs, for the application to separate the Siamese twins Josie and Mary Attard.
(142737)
87  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responses he has received to his consultation document, Modernising Orthodontic Services; and when he will announce his response to the consultation exercise.
(142979)
88  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what senior positions in the Meat Hygiene Service are vacant; and if he will make a statement.
(142627)
89  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the claim by speech therapists for equal pay with equivalent professions in the NHS; how much as been provided to health authorities for settlement of compensation claims; and if he will set a target date for all claims to be paid in full.
(142753)
90  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Mid Worcestershire, dated 28th March, concerning Tara Ballard.
(142991)
91  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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 in each case, with respect to the services and employment overseen by his Department.
(142515)
92  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce human papilloma virus testing as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme.
(142867)
93  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the plan to pilot human papilloma virus testing for women has been delayed until March 2001.
(142874)
94  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning the need for human papilloma virus testing as part of improvements to the National Cervical Screening Programme.
(142873)
95  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the (a) actual and (b) target figure for the percentage of people with a history of coronary heart disease prescribed statins in 2000.
(142942)
96  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the availability of the statin class of drugs on the National Health Service to those with a high cholestrol rate but no history of coronary heart disease.
(142940)
97  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of the 2nd October on premature death rates for those under 65 years
(142735)
98  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 22nd November regarding a constituent.
(142732)
99  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has issued to local authorities regarding CCTV cameras, with special reference to (a) who has access to the film, (b) for what purposes and in what circumstances the film may be used, (c) the monitoring procedure to ensure film is not mis-used and (d) introducing a complaints procedure for the mis-use of CCTV footage.
(142311)
100  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police constables there were in Sussex in (i) 1979, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1997 and (iv) the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.
(142766)
101  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rate of turnover of prison officers at Feltham was in each of the past three years.
(142865)
102  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers have (a) left and (b) joined the Prison Service since 1989.
(142866)
103  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the supply of places for juveniles on remand or sentenced provided by (a) the Prison Service, (b) local authorities and (c) the independent sector over the next five years.
(142593)
104  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) 15 and (b) 16 year olds are on remand in adult prisons; if he will list the prisons concerned; and how many were so remanded on the equivalent date in 1999.
(142595)
105  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the change in demand for places within the juvenile estate over the next five years.
(142594)
106  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what areas (a) a shortage and (b) a future shortage of places within the juvenile estate has been identified.
(142592)
107  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to end the remand of 15 and 16 year old youths to adult prisons.
(142596)
108  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police regarding the current level of recruitment to the force; how many recruits have been taken on by the force since May 1997; and how many officers have left the force since May 1997.
(142862)
109  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations have (a) opened and (b) closed in Avon and Somerset in each year since 1979.
(142861)
110  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of convicted sex offenders have been treated with cognitive behaviour therapies over the past 10 years; and what proportion of those (a) treated and (b) not treated have re-offended subsequently.
(142938)
111  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to move a motion in respect of the procedure for consideration of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill after its presentation similar to that moved by the Right honourable Member for Brent South on 7th February in respect of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(142738)
112  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the Petition from the residents of Therrington and others presented to Parliament on 27th July.
(142751)
113  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action was taken against three suspected illegal immigrants arrested in a lorry on the A40 near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, on 5th December.
(142626)
114  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy that the UK should be made a less attractive destination for economic migrants; and if he will make a statement.
(142788)
115  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which United Kingdom law complies with the United Kingdom's obligations under the 1997 OECD Convention on Transnational Banking and Business Transactions; what action he plans to take to ensure compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(142794)
116  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken by the National Asylum Support Service is to process an application for assistance; what his target time for processing such applications is; and if he will make a statement.
(142793)
117  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when it was decided to alter the target for the reduction of the backlog of asylum applications awaiting an initial decision to the equivalent of some two months' work, as stated in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Business Plan for 2000-01; what level of applications this represents; what progress has been made; if the target will be met; and if he will make a statement.
(142791)
118  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers housed at Oakington since the centre opened received an initial decision on their case while they were staying there.
(142768)
119  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the introduction of the vouchers system of asylum support has deterred the making of asylum applications by economic migrants; and if he will make a statement.
(142789)
120  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which asylum support vouchers are used fraudulently; and if he will make a statement.
(142787)
121  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time for granting citizenship is; and if he will make a statement.
(142776)
122  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers housed at Oakington since the centre opened have moved into (a) accommodation provided through the National Asylum Support Service, (b) another detention centre, (c) private accommodation and (d) have left the UK.
(142770)
123  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum removals there were in the first half of 2000-01; how many he estimates there will be in the second half of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142773)
124  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in the review of the voucher support system being conducted by the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, what consideration is being given (a) to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's aim of making the UK a less attractive destination for economic migrants by limiting the benefits available to them and making the conditions attached to such benefits more restrictive; and (b) the aim of making minimal cash payments to asylum seekers, as stated in the IND Business Plan for 2000-01; what plans he has to amend these aims; and if he will make a statement.
(142790)
125  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-asylum offenders were removed in the first six months of 2000-01; how many he estimates will be removed in the second half of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142778)
126  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of substantive asylum applications are decided within two months; and if he will make a statement.
(142777)
127  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-asylum after entry decisions were made in the first six months of 2000-01; how many he estimates there will be in the second half of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142775)
128  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers and dependents, by nationality, have been housed at Oakington since the centre opened.
(142803)
129  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decisions on nationality cases were made in the first six months of 2000-01; how many he estimates there will be in the second half of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142774)
130  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many IND staff are employed at Oakington; and what their grades and functions are.
(142769)
131  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by when he intends to eliminate the existing backlog of asylum cases; and if he will make a statement.
(142782)
132  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the weekly cost of housing an asylum seeker at Oakington (a) is and (b) will be when the centre is operating at full capacity accounted for by the costs of Immigration and Nationality Directorate staff on site.
(142772)
133  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money the Government received in charges for the services of immigration officers from each relevant port for the financial years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000; how much he expects to receive from each such port in 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142804)
134  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers and dependants have been housed at Oakington Reception Centre since it opened.
(142771)
135  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the conclusions were of the inquiry ordered by the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, into the asylum cases highlighted by Refugee Action as contributing to the reasons for the closure of their Liverpool office on 2nd November.
(142783)
136  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to amend the Immigration Rules to include the proposals put forward in his consultation document on the refusal of entry to those with certain criminal convictions; and if he will make a statement.
(142784)
137  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers are available to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to obtain information from (a) other Government departments and agencies and (b) other organisations on persons suspected of being immigration offenders.
(142781)
138  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum decisions were made in the first six months of 2000-01; how many he estimates there will be in the second half of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(142779)
139  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about his policy of charging ports for the services of immigration officers.
(142805)
140  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total value was of the asylum support vouchers issued in the first six months of 2000-01; and what the total cost was to public funds of issuing them.
(142786)
141  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many internal flights have been taken by asylum seekers attending IND interviews; what the cost was; what his policy is on the taking of such flights; and if he will make a statement.
(142785)
142  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, 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 in each case, with respect to the services and employment overseen by his Department.
(142516)
143  
  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that street lighting on the Home Office Estate in Denbury, South Devon is set to GMT; and if he will make a statement on the administrative costs of collecting the annual fee from each household on the estate for this street lighting.
(142943)
144  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of illegally imported beer on levels of crime and disorder.
(142830)
145  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter, (ref. 19449/0).
(142733)
146  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people carrying replica guns were (a) injured and (b) killed by the police in (i) 1990, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998 and (iv) 1999.
(142619)
147  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on amending the Firearms Act 1968 to include a ban on replica guns.
(142618)
148  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's negotiating position on an agreement on trade in services in the World Trade Organisation negotiations.
(142557)
149  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the (a) non-governmental and (b) other organisations involved in the WTO negotiations on the general agreement on trade in services.
(142544)
150  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requirements are to be made of developing countries as part of an agreement on trade in services in the World Trade Organisation negotiations.
(142545)
151  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the impact of the General Agreement on Trade in Services on developing countries.
(142511)
152  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions have been tabled to her Department in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(142510)
153  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how funds for the New Cross departmental forum for reducing conflict in Africa will be spent.
(142514)
154  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many asylum appeal cases awaiting a decision there were at 31st December (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) at the end of each month in 2000.
(142780)
155  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement about Government programmes for the support of victims in Northern Ireland.
(142810)
156  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) joint FBI and RUC funded police training programmes since 1990 and their costs and (b) if he will make a statement on the future of joint FBI and RUC training programmes under the new Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(142317)
157  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions his Department has had with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the inclusion of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
(142318)
158  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from BAe Systems regarding the Government's competitive procurement strategy for the Type 45 destroyer; and if he will make a statement.
(142562)
159  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many recipients of a state pension are removed from entitlement after six weeks' NHS hospitalisation; and what the equivalent figure was for each of the last six years.
(142298)
160  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many under-pensionable age recipients of income support who lose benefit due to being in hospital for six weeks or more there were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(142300)
161  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the (a) cost and (b) number of recipients of the pension supplement for those over 80; what the cost is of increasing it to (i) £5 per week and (ii) £10 per week; and what the administrative cost is of delivering the benefit.
(142303)
162  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many dependants of pensioners who claim income support due to the removal of a state pension after six weeks in hospital there were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(142299)
163  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the average income levels for pensioner households for each English region for (a) the latest date for which figures are available and (b) each of the last four years.
(142302)
164  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average cost in administration is of (a) reviewing life awards for disability living allowance and (b) appeals against the outcome of reviews of disability living allowance.
(142998)
165  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many reviews of life awards for disability living allowance have been conducted in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in each year since 1993.
(142997)
166  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK, who have previously been awarded a life award of disability living allowance have had their disability living allowance (i) discontinued and (ii) downgraded, following a review, and thereafter reinstated to the original position following an appeal in each year since 1993.
(142999)
167  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK are in possession of a life award of disability living allowance, broken down by rate.
(142996)
168  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the value was of unclaimed benefits in the UK and Scotland for each financial year from 1995-96 for which figures are available.
(142598)
169  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of the 13th November regarding increasing the earnings limit before benefits are affected.
(142734)
170  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Solicitor General, what recent advice he has given to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding notifying prosecution witnesses that it has decided not to proceed with a case.
(142950)
171  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Solicitor General, what plans he has to issue guidance to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding information made available to (a) witnesses and (b) victims regarding the progress of a case.
(142951)
172  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that BAe Systems complies with the undertakings given to him as a condition for his approval of its merger with Marconi Electronic Systems in relation to maintaining competition for sub-contracts in the procurement of defence equipment.
(142742)
173  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the industrial implications of the Ministry of Defence moving from a competitive to a non-competitive procurement strategy for the Type 45 destroyer programme.
(142744)
174  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what procedures the ECGD follows in order to ensure that commission payments on arms sales covered by ECGD guarantees to United Kingdom companies are declared to it.
(142808)
175  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bereavement awards have been granted to date to the widows of former miners under the mineworkers' compensation scheme.
(142818)
176  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) maximum and (b) minimum bereavement award has been granted to the widows of former miners under the mineworkers' compensation scheme.
(142819)
177  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate how much ultra-low sulphur petrol was distributed by oil companies to garages in the UK in the last month.
(142743)
178  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the average retail price of petrol and diesel in each EU country indicating the percentage of the price which is accounted for by taxation.
(142741)
179  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the impact of the General Agreement on Trade in Services on developing countries.
(142512)
180  
N  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review the impact of the exchange rate on the British tourist industry; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (141853)
181  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many cases have been reviewed by the Independent Monitor of Entry Clearance Refusals in each month of the current year to date.
[Transferred] (142792)
182  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by local authority area, the number of anti-social behaviour orders that have been (a) applied for and (b) granted.
[Transferred] (143000)
183  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the need for a Sure Start scheme in the Gedling constituency; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (142941)
184  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to consult young people about the impact upon them of Government policies; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (142831)
185  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the adequacy and availability of leisure and recreation facilities to young people in all areas of the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (142832)
186  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the National Alcohol Strategy.
[Transferred] (142995)
187  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what her policy is on authorising ministers and officials to reply to letters from (a) privy councillors, (b) honourable Members and (c) members of the House of Lords; what distinction she makes between members of the opposition and Government supporters; and which categories of correspondents the Prime Minister replies to himself.
[Transferred] (142980)
188  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives there were in (a) May 1997, (b) 1979 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available (i) in total and (ii) in full-time equivalents; and if he will assess the impact of the 1994-95 change from a pay scale based system to an occupation code-based one.
[Transferred] (142990)
189  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head of population by social services in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1990-91 at current prices.
[Transferred] (142868)
190  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to prevent the sale of illegally imported beer to children.
[Transferred] (142864)


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