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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 15 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 15 December, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what acreage of land is in set-aside in the United Kingdom.
(143144)
2  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much was paid in the last 12 months to land owners for putting land into set-aside; and if he will make a statement.
(143145)
3  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the members of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission and the names of the environment organisations to which they belong.
(143122)
4  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the regional cultural consortia regarding initiatives to promote British museums and heritage abroad.
(143121)
5  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to place the Design for Manufacture contract for the Type 45 Destroyer programme with BAe Systems; how many companies capable of bidding for the follow-on ships of the class have made representations to his Department on the subject; and what steps he has taken to ensure that this contract will contain adequate safeguards to ensure an equitable basis for competition for the follow-on ships.
(143035)
6  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Astute class SSNs will carry vertical launch tubes enabling them to fire the Tactical Tomahawk missile.
(143347)
7  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has (a) undertaken and (b) promoted into the integration of radar, electro-optic and accoustic seismic sensors into an air defence system; and if he will make a statement.
(143340)
8  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Joint Strike Fighter will be able to carry the meteor missile internally.
(143329)
9  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the RAF Tornado GR4 upgrade programme will be complete; and how many GR4s will then be available for operations.
(143334)
10  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he proposes to procure for the RAF combat aircraft an integrated fully encrypted real time air-to-air and air-to-ground voice and data communication system; and if he will make a statement.
(143351)
11  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has discussed with the United States Government the possibility of the United Kingdom procuring the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile.
(143344)
12  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends that in the long term the SSN fleet should continue to carry land attack missiles.
(143338)
13  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Lynx helicopters have had their rotor heads rectified and are now available for operational deployment.
(143335)
14  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he proposes to make a decision on United Kingdom participation in the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project.
(143328)
15  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to equip the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers with launchers enabling them to fire the Tactical Tomahawk missile; and what steps he is taking to procure this.
(143345)
16  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the possibility of acquiring advanced assault amphibious vehicles from the US for amphibious operations mounted from the Royal Navy's LPH or prospective LPDs and ALSLs; and if he will make a statement.
(143350)
17  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has now decided whether to convert the remaining Mark 3 Lynx helicopters to Mark 4 standard; and if he will make a statement.
(143349)
18  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the recent loss of a Merlin production helicopter.
(143331)
19  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Joint Strike Fighter's software architecture will allow for the integration of the Storm Shadow missile.
(143330)
20  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will itemise the efficiency savings so far achieved in the defence equipment procurement programme.
(143327)
21  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what timescale he has set to fit all Type 23 frigates with stern sonar.
(143348)
22  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he has put back to December 2004 the in service date for the 2087 Sonar; and if he will make a statement.
(143337)
23  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Rapier missile to provide adequate ground-based air defence for British forces for the foreseeable future.
(143342)
24  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Merlin helicopter can provide sufficient sea-to-land lift capability for future amphibious operations.
(143333)
25  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has undertaken a study of the merits of (a) helicopter-mounted and (b) fixed-wing mounted airborne early warning systems for short-deck and full-deck aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.
(143352)
26  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he proposes to replace the TLAM D missile currently carried by the SSN fleet once the US are no longer in a position to supply replacements; and if he will make a statement.
(143346)
27  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the extent to which British forces can be provided with adequate ground-based theatre air defence against (a) aircraft, (b) Cruise missiles and (c) ballistic missiles in the event of an operational deployment where such cover is not by allies; and if he will make a statement.
(143343)
28  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he proposes to place an order for the Type 2087 sonar for the Royal Navy.
(143336)
29  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the consequences for the coming into service of the Merlin helicopter of the recent loss of a Merlin aircraft.
(143332)
30  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he will take a decision on whether the Royal Navy's two new carriers will be built to carry (a) short take-off and vertical landing or (b) catapult take off and assisted landing aircraft.
(143353)
31  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to upgrade the air defence capability provided by the Rapier missile system.
(143339)
32  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which helicoper squadron (a) is allocated to HMS Invincible and (b) will be allocated to her in 2001.
(143037)
33  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken to ensure that the transfer of the WEU Satellite Centre to the European Union will not affect (a) WEU associate member countries' involvement in the Centre's activities and (b) the Satellite Centre's availability to the WEU.
(143062)
34  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the state of readiness is of HMS Intrepid; and how long it will take for her to be returned to operational service.
(143050)
35  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if HMS Invincible will be used as an operational sea going carrier in 2001.
(143052)
36  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects HMS Invincible to be placed in reserve.
(143047)
37  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army were deployed in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo in each of the past 12 months.
(143034)
38  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people (a) left and (b) joined each of the three armed services in each of the past six months.
(143025)
39  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the concept of a European Security and Defence Identity.
(143065)
40  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected service life is of (a) HMS Invincible, (b) HMS Ark Royal and (c) HMS Illustrious.
(143069)
41  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the whole fleet of the RAF's Tornado F3s to be equipped with AMRAAM; and how many aircraft will be so equipped.
(143028)
42  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received from his Turkish counterpart regarding Turkey's prospective involvement in ESDP; and if he will make a statement.
(143040)
43  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the EU has agreed on the implementation of the WEU exercise programme for the period 2001 to 2005.
(143064)
44  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Swiftsure class submarines he expects to be operational next year.
(143046)
45  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to withdraw HMS Fearless from service.
(143072)
46  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the expects (a) HMS Portland and (b) HMS St Albans to be completed.
(143032)
47  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the next refit of (a) HMS Invincible and (b) HMS Illustrious will take place.
(143070)
48  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which elements of (a) the WEU/NATO framework on the release monitoring and return or recall of NATO assets and capabilities and (b) the NATO/WEU consultation arrangements will (i) be replaced by relevant EU/NATO arrangements and (ii) remain unchanged.
(143063)
49  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the RAF has spent on aircraft fuel in each of the past five years; and what the RAF fuel budget is for (a) this year and (b) next year.
(143051)
50  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if all nuclear fleet submarines currently withdrawn from service will be returned to full operational duties.
(143045)
51  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings he has had with the commercial airlines in the past year to discuss recruitment of former RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilots.
(143026)
52  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many uniformed staff will be allocated full-time to duties connected with the European Rapid Reaction Force.
(143038)
53  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) manpower establishments and (b) actual manning levels are for each of the three regular parachute battalions.
(143030)
54  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role Deputy SACEUR will play within the EU Military Committee.
(143066)
55  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the establishment of a joint RAF-Luftwaffe Tornado Squadron.
(143027)
56  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) competencies and (b) working relationships of the EU Council of Defence Ministers.
(143055)
57  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the amalgamation of Royal Navy shore establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(143043)
58  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of the charter agreements for RFAs Sea Crusader and Sea Centurion; and if he expects to renew these agreements.
(143033)
59  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tornado GR1s he expects to be upgraded to GR4 standard.
(143029)
60  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what investigations are taking place into alleged thefts at Faslane naval base; and if he will make a statement.
(143049)
61  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Ark Royal will return to operational service; when (a) HMS Bulwark and (b) HMS Albion will enter into service; and when he expects the repairs to HMS Tireless to be completed.
(143071)
62  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for refurbishment of the Upholder class submarines; and when each one will be ready for delivery to the Canadian Government.
(143048)
63  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Royal Navy has sufficient manpower to keep two carriers operational in a sea going role throughout 2001.
(143053)
64  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress made in establishing the (a) permanent political and security committee, (b) permanent military committee and (c) permanent military staff, as envisaged by the Helsinki summit conclusions.
(143054)
65  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the rationalisation of Royal Navy training facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(143042)
66  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of the repair work to HMS Fearless; and when he expects her to return to service.
(143044)
67  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps have been taken to ensure that, within the new ESDP structures, the rights of the non-EU European NATO members and other accession candidates will be in line with their status in WEU as associate members and associate partners.
(143039)
68  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list HMS Sheffield's deployments over the past 12 months and the planned deployments for the next 12 months.
(143031)
69  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress in setting modalities to enable EU access to NATO assets and capabilities within the framework of the Berlin plus agreements.
(143059)
70  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the Enhanced Paveway II system contract developed and produced by Raytheon; what the timescale is for operational interim capability in the contract; and if he will make a statement.
(143165)
71  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consult the Royal Army Veterinary Corps' Cyprus Defence Animal Support Unit about the repatriation of pets belonging to service families; and if he will make a statement.
(143123)
72  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conditions are necessary for the procurement of the first batch of Type 45 destroyers to ensure that yards capable of competing for downstream batches have the opportunity to compete equitably.
(142961)
73  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects contracts to be placed with BAe Systems Marine and Vosper Thorneycroft for work on (a) the Type 45 First of Class, (b) ship 02 and (c) ship 03.
(142962)
74  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action he is taking to ensure that the procurement strategy for the production and assembly of follow-on Type 45 destroyers is on a competitive basis.
(142963)
75  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many free alarm clocks have been distributed to jobseekers by his Department.
(142836)
76  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many rural schools have received funding from the administrative support fund for small schools; how much funding was received; and on what it has been spent.
(143127)
77  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what aspects of the Connexions schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Lincolnshire focus on rural issues.
(143261)
78  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools have taken up funding from the Administrative Support Fund for Small Schools; and for what purposes this money has been used.
(143264)
79  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will backdate the pension arrangements for widowers of female teachers to align them with the pension arrangements for widows of male teachers.
(143138)
80  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the next phase of Sure Start will be announced; and what plans he has to include in it small pockets of deprivation outside city council areas.
(142834)
81  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funding has been provided by his Department to the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.
(143147)
82  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost of the school transport scheme was in Doncaster Borough in 1999-2000.
(143141)
83  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing a school bus transport service applicable to all children living more than one mile from their school.
(143140)
84  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to help schools in coalfield communities meet the match funding requirements for the establishment of specialist sports or arts colleges.
(143142)
85  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the total amount awarded to schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham to improve school buildings was in each year since 1997.
(143383)
86  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his policy is in respect of including the income from tuition fees paid by parents in his estimates of total spending on higher education.
(143154)
87  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers local authorities have to require supermarkets to source a proportion of their products from local suppliers in considering the granting of planning permission; and if he will make a statement.
(143083)
88  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to issue guidelines to local authorities on the implementation of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
(143378)
89  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, whom he plans to consult on his proposals to end the 50 per cent. council tax discount for second home owners; when the consultation will be completed; and on what date he estimates that local authorities will first be able to charge the full tax.
(143260)
90  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what system will be used to allocate funding from the Community Service Fund; and if he will estimate the size of the allocation for communities in the South East Cornwall constituency.
(143286)
91  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what schemes have been funded through the rural transport partnership scheme; and how much funding each scheme received.
(143257)
92  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, whom he plans to consult on plans to relax restrictions on rural community transport; and when the consultation will be completed.
(143258)
93  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what forecasts his Department has made of the extent of (a) damage only road accidents, (b) injury road accident, (c) motorist fatalities, (d) pedestrian casualties and (e) pedestrian fatalities arising from increases in road traffic since October.
(142887)
94  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of industrial sites covered by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive are not energy intensive users.
(142878)
95  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what funding has been provided by his Department to the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.
(143146)
96  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his letter W/029539/00 of 22nd November, when he will reach conclusions on the report into the effectiveness of cycle helmets by Adrian Cook and Aziz Sheikh.
(142813)
97  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of investigations of the rollercoaster crash in Blackpool's Pleasure Beach in September.
(143153)
98  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much radioactive nuclear waste was (a) pumped and (b) dumped into the Irish Sea in (i) 1970 to 1979, (ii) 1980 to 1989, (iii) 1990 to 1999 and (iv) 2000 to date.
(143160)
99  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the Moors Management Agreement initiated by English Nature, relating to Thorne and Hatfield Moors, and make it available in the Library.
(143133)
100  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of English Nature's progress in producing conservation objectives for important United Kingdom conservation sites; and if he will make a statement.
(143134)
101  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the timetable is for English Nature producing conservation objectives for Thorne and Hatfield Moors and surrounding sites of special scientific interest; and if he will make a statement.
(143132)
102  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to produce detailed guidance for local authorities on the conduct of planning reviews arising from the designation of special areas of conservation and other sites of European significance.
(143139)
103  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the compulsory purchase orders proposed for the Pagham area of West Sussex by the Environment Agency.
(143156)
104  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what statistics his Department collates about injuries to children playing in local authority playgrounds; and if he will publish them.
(143379)
105  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to (a) compel or (b) encourage local authorities to ensure that children's playgrounds have soft surfaces to minimise the risk of injury.
(143380)
106  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since 1997 (a) the amount paid to Shropshire from the Rural Bus fund and (b) the number of new or improved bus services in Shrewsbury; and if he will make a statement.
(143389)
107  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since 1997 (a) the financial value of capital receipts and (b) the number of council houses repaired or improved in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement.
(143371)
108  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those people who have been entertained at public expense at Dorneywood since May 1997.
(143268)
109  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from environmental organisations regarding the decision to extend the deadline for the cessation of the landfilling of tyres beyond 2003.
(143143)
110  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the rebate for vehicle excise duty announced for road hauliers in the Pre-Budget Statement will be paid.
[R] (142842)
111  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation on the control of high hedges.
(142954)
112  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from United Kingdom ports on the proposed EU Directive on ports services.
(142840)
113  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is Her Majesty's Government's policy to oppose the proposed EU Directive on port services.
(142839)
114  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the cost of the proposed EU Directive on port services.
(142838)
115  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when United Kingdom ministers will discuss the proposed EU directive on port services, with their counterparts in other EU member states.
(142841)
116  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to make a statement to the House on his Green Paper on Civil Aviation.
(143036)
117  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the working families tax credit on increasing the financial incentives for women to work.
(143166)
118  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to evaluate the impact of the working families tax credit.
(143125)
119  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in public sector national insurance contributions resulting from the introduction of the climate change levy on the level of public expenditure.
(142964)
120  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 118W, on the Climate Change Levy, what the timescale is for his work with the commission in respect of obtaining state aid clearance for the Climate Change Levy.
(143078)
121  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his estimate of the amount of energy used by sectors of British industry eligible for the lower tax rate of climate change levy expressed as a proportion of total industry use; and what is his most recent estimate of the proportion which will be subject to the lower rate.
(142955)
122  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 118W, on the Climate Change Levy, how many small and medium enterprises are covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations.
(143077)
123  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many men died from prostate cancer in each health authority in the last year for which figures are available.
(142837)
124  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed in manufacturing in each year since 1979.
[R] (142879)
125  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish a consultation paper on the details of the integrated tax credit.
(143255)
126  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the proposed integrated child credit will be implemented.
(143256)
127  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what preparations his Department has taken to prepare for the implementation of the integrated child credit.
(143253)
128  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the structures that have been put into place to provide a framework for dialogue, consultation and co-operation between the non-EU NATO countries and the EU countries concerning the nature and functioning of EU-led operations using NATO assets and capabilities.
(143056)
129  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements the EU has made to provide the non-EU NATO members with a voice in shaping EU decisions in crisis management.
(143041)
130  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the conclusions reached at the first meeting between the EU interim Political and Security Committee and the North Atlantic Council held in September 2000.
(143060)
131  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if non-EU NATO member countries will be given a seat on the EU Permanent Political and Security Committee.
(143058)
132  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects that the final shape of the structure for consultations between the EU and the non-EU NATO countries will be established.
(143057)
133  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the transfer of the WEU Institute for Security Studies to the EU on its working relations with the WEU and its Assembly.
(143061)
134  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications were made to (a) Magdalen College and (b) Oxford University by Government officials in relation to the application of the Prince of Brunei to Oxford University.
(142518)
135  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of (a) the Department's staff and (b) Far Eastern embassy and desk staff are graduates of Magdalen College, Oxford.
(142519)
136  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on facilitating applications to British universities by foreign nationals.
(142520)
137  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications from overseas citizens to British universities his Department has forwarded in the last 12 months.
(142988)
138  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 18th July, 24th August and 6th October from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs Fozia Mirza.
(143079)
139  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 31st August, 6th October and 9th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr M. A. Abdul Rahman.
(143080)
140  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Sri Lanka concerning the massacre of 25 Sri Lankan youths on 25th October.
(143387)
141  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations his Department has undertaken with non-governmental organisations on the development of the Government's cross-departmental initiative on conflict resolution.
(143369)
142  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent talks (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Kenyan government on the economic, environmental and political prospects of Kenya.
(143385)
143  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the agreements with (a) other countries, (b) the EU and (c) NATO concerning arrangements for the European Rapid Reaction Force; and which of these agreements have been published.
(142960)
144  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce legislation to restore full British citizenship to residents of the Island of St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.
(143082)
145  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the criteria his Department uses in assessing whether NHS dentistry is available to those who need it; and how many extra dentists will be required to ensure full availability, on these criteria, by 2001.
(143259)
146  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the one-stop primary care centres in rural areas will open; and where they will be located.
(143262)
147  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what extra funding is being made available to ensure the full availability of NHS dentistry by 2001.
(143263)
148  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contigency plans have been made since October by each ambulance trust to ensure that attendance times are maintained.
(142886)
149  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general medical practitioners practising in England retired due to ill health in each of the last five years for which figures are available, before the age of (a) 60 years and (b) 65 years.
(142882)
150  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons were diagnosed as HIV positive in the United Kingdom in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were for (a) 1995, (b) 1990 and (c) 1985.
(143280)
151  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons in the United Kingdom were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV/AIDS in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were for (a) 1995, (b) 1990 and (c) 1985.
(143281)
152  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients have been waiting more than one year for an (a) out-patient and (b) in-patient (i) surgical intervention and (ii) other secondary medical treatment; and what the comparable figures were for (A) 1995, (B) 1990, (C) 1985 and (D) 1980.
(143341)
153  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons died of AIDS in the UK in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were for (a) 1995, (b) 1990 and (c) 1980.
(143282)
154  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if annual leave payments for medical laboratory scientific officers are based on average, including non-contractual, on-call pay.
(143161)
155  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs to the NHS of (a) Relenza and (b) Lysovir are; and if he will make a statement.
(142812)
156  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department collects from local authorities regarding availability of nursing and residential care beds in their areas; how often that information is collected and collated; and in what form it is published.
(142811)
157  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his plans for financing research into strokes for the next three financial years.
(143135)
158  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the evidence his Department has collated on the determination of the type of physical therapy available to stroke victims in their recovery period.
(143270)
159  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the research projects into strokes which have been supported by government bodies; and what was the individual level of expenditure for each project.
(143247)
160  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will be the cost under the National Health Service Plan of establishing the Patient Advocate and Liaison Service structure.
(143131)
161  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make money available to (a) local authorities and (b) citizen's advice bureaux, for their work under the National Health Service Plan in representing patients' interests in the National Health Service.
(143129)
162  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the change in the funding of Community Health Councils from 1997 to 2000.
(143128)
163  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the additional cost, over the costs for Community Health Councils, will be of establishing the Patient Advocate and Liaison Service structure.
(143269)
164  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the consultation period on the future of Community Health Councils (a) commenced and (b) will end.
(143130)
165  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS CO‹of6›2 standard of heat insulation, specified in PFI tenders for new hospital buildings, is implemented in existing and future contracts.
(143163)
166  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on his proposals to abolish Community Health Councils.
(143386)
167  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total oncology drug budget was at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.
(143382)
168  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on proposals to pilot the clinical applications for logistics in the management trusts as developed at the Royal Shrewsbury Hosptal; and if he will make a statement.
(143381)
169  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of oral cancer patients at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital were given an outpatient appointment within 14 days of their GP making an urgent referal in (a) 1997 and (b) 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(143373)
170  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have benefited in Shrewsbury and Atcham from the new national standards for access to cancer care services; and if he will make a statement.
(143375)
171  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the locations of each defibrillator to be placed in public locations in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham and (b) Shropshire; and if he will make a statement.
(143388)
172  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the drafting of the new breast cancer guidelines by the British Association of Survival Oncology.
(143137)
173  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on access to NHS specialist services for people with stroke; what plans he has to end the postcode variations in care for stroke patients; and if he will make additional resources available for the treatment of this condition.
(142835)
174  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the additional £150 million made available recurrently in 2000-01 for investment in intermediate care and related services has been allocated to North Staffordshire Health Authority.
(143248)
175  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend the provisions of the Prisoners Act 1952 relating to the opening and examination of letters to and from prisoners to search for enclosures.
(143152)
176  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces in England have been offered special payments in respect of the additional workload involved in Operation Care.
(143136)
177  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area which are planned to close.
(142985)
178  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area on 1st December, (a) 2000 (b) 1997, (c) 1998 and (d) 1999.
(142984)
179  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area which reduced the hours when they are open to the public in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(142982)
180  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations open to the public there were in England and Wales on 1st December; and how many there were in (a) 1999, (b) 1998 and (c) 1997.
(142987)
181  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area which have reduced the hours when they are open to the public since 1st May 1997.
(142983)
182  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area, which closed in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(142986)
183  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police stations in the Metropolitan Police area which are planned to have reduced hours when they are open to the public.
(142981)
184  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to encourage the (a) use of community beat officers and (b) assigning of named officers to patrol neighbourhoods; and if he will make a statement.
(142617)
185  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on recent Court of Appeal judgements relating to the use of mandatory sentences under the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.
(142616)
186  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the capacity for detaining asylum seekers; what is the (a) current and (b) planned capacity; what sites have been identified for new detention places; on what dates it is intended to open new detention facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(142632)
187  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the total number of police officers that will have been recruited in England and Wales by the end of the financial year arising from money allocated for police recruitment from the Crime Fighting Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(142599)
188  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes (a) have been made since May 1997 and (b) are planned to police pay and allowances; and if he will make a statement.
(142600)
189  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is undertaking to improve (a) retention and (b) recruitment of police officers; and if he will make a statement.
(142601)
190  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the planned expenditure on (a) new prisons and (b) prison places in (i) the current financial year and (ii) in each of the next two years; what proportion of expenditure is required for (A) reducing overcrowding and (B) accommodating estimated increases in the prison population; and if he will make a statement.
(142610)
191  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made (a) on implementing the proposals on modernising the management of the prison service in the Laming Report and (b) on producing an agreed set of standards for service level agreements between the Prison Service and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(142612)
192  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of sentence planning in the Prison Service.
(142614)
193  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much central government funding has been allocated in total to local crime and disorder partnerships in each year since they were established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(142602)
194  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) sex offender orders, (c) parenting orders, (d) child safety orders, (e) reparation orders, (f) action plan orders, (g) supervision orders and (h) detention and training orders (i) have been made, (ii) have had appeals made against them and (iii) have been breached; and if he will make a statement.
(142603)
195  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reprimands and (b) warnings under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 have been issued in each month since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(142604)
196  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Sentencing Advisory Council has made proposals on (a) framing and (b) revising guidelines on sentencing since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(142605)
197  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the number of neighbourhood warden schemes in operation; what central government funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on neighbourhood warden schemes since May 1997; what guidelines are in place relating to the operation of warden schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(142606)
198  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to improve consistency in sentencing between courts; and if he will make a statement.
(142607)
199  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures (a) have been and (b) are planned to be taken to (i) reduce the level of domestic violence and (ii) strengthen support for victims of domestic violence; and if he will make a statement.
(142608)
200  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend drug referral schemes to include referral for alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.
(142609)
201  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total expenditure on prison places and new prisons has been since 1995 to accommodate increases in the prison population; and if he will make a statement.
(142611)
202  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison workshops there are in the prison estate; how many are in regular use; for how many hours per week, on average, prison workshops are used; and if he will make a statement.
(142613)
203  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the current mandatory sentences, including fixed penalty fines, and the date each came into force; and if he will make a statement.
(142615)
204  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) reparation orders, (b) parenting orders, (c) child safety orders and (d) action plan orders have been granted by the courts under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; how many orders in each category have been (i) breached and (ii) revoked; and if he will make a statement.
(143008)
205  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) dogs and (b) other animals that will be destroyed if (i) Schedule 2 and (ii) Schedule 3 of the Hunting Bill is enacted; and if he will make a statement.
(143021)
206  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his definition is of a public disorder incident for the purposes of the performance measures and targets set out on page 4 of the Criminal Justice System Business Plan 2000-01.
(143010)
207  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if convictions for any of the offences created by (a) Schedule 2 and (b) Schedule 3 of the Hunting Bill would be disclosable on (i) the Criminal Conviction Certificate, (ii) the Criminal Record Certificate and (iii) the Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.
(143003)
208  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons in England and Wales permit their land to be used for hunting wild mammals with dogs.
(143002)
209  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what positions (a) in the judiciary, (b) in the police service and (c) elsewhere in the public service a person convicted of an offence created by (i) Schedule 2 and (ii) Schedule 3 of the Hunting Bill would be disqualified from holding either by statute or by policy because of such a conviction; and if he will make a statement.
(143023)
210  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many public disorder incidents and how many such incidents per 1,000 of population have been recorded since 31st March.
(143009)
211  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what will happen to the proceeds of forfeiture orders made under the Hunting Bill.
(143020)
212  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of (a) Schedule 2 and (b) Schedule 3 of the Hunting Bill for delay in (i) the magistrates' courts and (ii) the Crown Courts.
(143019)
213  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are to be applied to a mammal to define if it is wild for the purposes of the Hunting Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(143022)
214  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers a constable in England and Wales has to arrest, without warrant, a person on the grounds that he is about to commit a criminal offence; and in respect of which criminal offences such powers exist.
(143016)
215  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) time implications for the probation service in England and Wales of each of the three options in the Hunting Bill; what additional resources his Department plans to allocate to the service to reflect these implications in each case; what discussions he has had with the service and the relevant representative organisations and what representations he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(143005)
216  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to young offender teams about the implementation of drug treatment and testing orders.
(143018)
217  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make available to the House the advice he has received on the compatibility of each of the options in the Hunting Bill with the Human Rights Act 1998.
(143007)
218  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) time implications for the courts in England and Wales of each of the three options in the Hunting Bill; what additional resources his Department plans to allocate to the courts to reflect these implications in each case; what discussions he has had with the court service and the judiciary; what representations he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(143006)
219  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is the Government's intention to seek to commit the Hunting Bill to a Special Standing Committee after the decision of the Committee of the Whole House on which option to adopt.
(143067)
220  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases sanctions available to the courts in the event that a person convicted of a criminal offence fails to pay a fine were used in each of the last five years broken down by sanction; and if he will make a statement.
(143004)
221  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) officer time implications for each police force in England and Wales of each of the three options in the Hunting Bill; what additional resources his Department plans to allocate to police forces to reflect these implications in each case; what discussions he has had with police forces and the police representative organisations and what representations he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(143017)
222  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be made in the case of Mrs S., whose file was referred to his Department on 15th August (Foreign Office reference number in Nairobi GV100/60287/JMB).
(142843)
223  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the policing of the recent Pensioners' Rally at Central Hall, Westminster, with particular reference to the (a) clothing worn by the police and (b) use of surveillance cameras.
(143159)
224  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Sussex on the policing of the pensioners' meeting held at Hove on 24th September and subsequent march to the Labour Party Conference, with particular reference to (a) the clothing worn by the police and (b) the use of surveillance cameras.
(143158)
225  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what ways her Department supports the education of girls in poorer countries; and if she will make a statement.
(143124)
226  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial help has been given during the last 12 months to assist towards helping young people from St. Helena to study in the United Kingdom.
(143149)
227  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the provision of education facilities in the United Kingdom for talented young people from Third World countries.
(143148)
228  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the Government has taken to assist Government and non-governmental organisations in Kenya to tackle the environmental and economic problems resulting from the drought in that country.
(143384)
229  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultations her Department has undertaken with non-governmental organisations on the development of the Government's cross-departmental initiative on conflict resolution.
(143370)
230  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds her Department has provided to support the purchase and use of manual vacuum aspirators in primary health clinics and refugee camps in the developing world.
(143266)
231  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for what reason she did not make a statement to the House on the publication of her Globalisation White Paper.
(143265)
232  
  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what medical opinion her Department has (a) sought and (b) received on the safety and use of manual vacuum aspirators in refugee camps where sterilisation equipment is not available.
(143356)
233  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish the summary of the consultation on the Family Graduated Fees Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(143081)
234  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the average cost is of an oral hearing in the magistrates' courts.
(143024)
235  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the progress made on refurbishing Shrewsbury County Court.
(143374)
236  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average daily cost of a sitting of the Saville inquiry has been; and what have been the (a) maximum and (b) minimum daily costs to date.
(143355)
237  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when his plans to visit the officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(143354)
238  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he will take to ensure the financial security of RUC widows and their families; and if he will make a statement.
(143252)
239  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make an equal tax-free lump sum payment to RUC widows' families based on the difference between the gratuities payable before and after November 1982, as measured by the RPI and if the sum had been invested from 1982 to date.
(143251)
240  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the financial situation of Royal Ulster Constabulary widows and their families; and if he will make a statement.
(143249)
241  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if it is his policy to means-test the financial provision made to RUC widows' families.
(143250)
242  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what authority is necessary for ministers to take (a) a spouse and (b) a partner on an overseas visit paid out of public funds; and how many such visits have taken place, and by which ministers, since May 1997.
(143162)
243  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral statement on 11th December, Official Report, column 349, on the Nice European Council, if he will list those aspects of industrial policy over which he has agreed to end the national veto at the Nice Summit.
(142885)
244  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of advertising in increasing the level of uptake for the minimum income guarantee (a) nationally and (b) in Scotland.
(143168)
245  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what factors determined the cost limit of 80p on the travel allowance for claimants attending benefit offices; and what plans he has to review the limit.
(143285)
246  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the date of reference of the earliest case which was referred to the Independent Case Examiner of the Child Support Agency where the initial review has yet to begin.
(143015)
247  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the waiting time between a complaint being referred to the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency and the beginning of the investigation of that complaint.
(143013)
248  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average duration of an initial review of complaints by the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency.
(143012)
249  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for the financial years (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01 to date, how many complaints there were, (i) which were referred to the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency, (ii) where an initial review was completed and (iii) where a substantive investigation took place following the initial review.
(143001)
250  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people work in the Office of the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency.
(143014)
251  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many complaints are awaiting investigation by the Independent Case Examiner for the Child Support Agency.
(143011)
252  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 13th December, Official Report, columns 132-33W, for each month between April 1999 and November 2000 to how many pensioners arrears were paid; what was the amount of arrears paid; and what was the average number of weeks of arrears that fell to be paid to each pensioner.
(143267)
253  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answers of 13th December Official Report, columns 132-33W, what the total amount of interest foregone by pensioners on late payment of pensions was in each six month period from January 1997 assuming Bank of England base rate of interest on deposits had been obtained.
(143150)
254  
  
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the Working Age Agency will be established.
(143254)
255  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have received all the backdated winter fuel payments to which they are entitled.
(143157)
256  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to support and encourage the export of British carpets.
(143167)
257  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to promote electronic commerce.
(143126)
258  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what date he estimates all post offices will be able to provide online banking services.
(143283)
259  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to update his Department's figures on energy use by United Kingdom industry.
(142884)
260  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of employment in manufacturing industry is in industries covered by the integrated pollution prevention and control regulations.
(142883)
261  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations his Department has received about anti-competitive pricing practices in the petrol supply sector.
(143151)
262  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the planned operating cost of Ofgem for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02.
(143155)
263  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, under what powers he plans to instruct the Post Office to maintain the rural network of sub post offices.
(142881)
264  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub post offices in which Horizon equipment had been installed have closed; and if he will place in the Library the monthly cumulative total of such closures.
(142957)
265  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on START; and what progress has been made since May 1997.
[R] (142880)
266  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to cap the number of people who may hold a basic bank account with the Universal Banking Services.
(142959)
267  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average cost is of installation of Horizon equipment for sub post offices.
(142958)
268  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he has taken to resolve the dispute between the Royal Mail and trade unions affecting Royal Mail services in London NW1.
(142956)
269  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on the Royal Mail services in London NW1.
(142952)
270  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Royal Mail postal deliveries in London NW1.
(142953)
271  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Urban II initiative bid for Wales will be affected by the European Commission's rejection of the United Kingdom's overall submission.
(143164)
272  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) percentage and (b) numerical change in youth unemployment was between (i) 1st May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (143376)
273  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) percentage and (b) numerical change in the number of unemployed disabled people was between (i) 1st May 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (143372)
274  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the extra funding required by local authorities to enable them to provide online services in libraries.
[Transferred] (143284)
275  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many disabled people have been helped back into work through the disabled person's credit; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (143377)


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