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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 18 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 18 December, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
MONDAY 18th DECEMBER
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average acreage is of a farm in England and Wales.
(143506)
2  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last met representatives of the abattoir industry; and what matters were discussed.
(143176)
3  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will lay the statutory instrument to implement the proposed pig welfare levy; and when he expects the first payment to be made to producers affected by classical swine fever.
(142891)
4  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many cattle compulsorily slaughtered on TB reactors in the last 12 months for which records are available were (a) (i) over and (ii) under 30 months old, (b) on post mortem not showing signs of clinical infection, (c) condemned as unfit for human consumption and (d) sold by his Department for human consumption.
(142989)
5  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much will be available for payment in the Pig Farmers Outgoers Scheme in financial years (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2002-03.
(142892)
6  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has carried out to determine which rivers in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland have flood conditions which exceed (i) 10 feet and (ii) 15 feet above low water level, at the frequencies of (1) one in 10 years, (2) one in 50 years, (3) one in 100 years, (4) one in 200 years and (5) one in 500 years; and where information arising from such research has been published.
(142030)
7  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what research he has carried out to determine the area of land in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland which, being a river floodplain, is less than (i) 10 feet and (ii) 15 feet above the low water levels of the river.
(142031)
8  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average time is for the Forestry Commission to determine felling licence applications in England; and if there is a customer service target for such determinations.
(143445)
9  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his policy on restoring priority open ground habitats for biodiversity which are currently forested by (a) self-sown and (b) planted non-native tree species.
(143444)
10  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidelines the Forestry Commission uses to determine felling licence applications for lowland heathland sites.
(143533)
11  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if residents of the Channel Islands are eligible for concessionary TV licences.
(143522)
12  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications have been received for the concessionary television licence scheme.
(143526)
13  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of drug rehabilitation activity in the Armed Forces.
(143101)
14  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on service pensions for war widows who have subsequently remarried.
(141825)
15  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations his Department has undertaken with non-governmental organisations on the development of the Government's cross-departmental initiative on conflict resolution.
(143534)
16  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the final UK delegation who attended the Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference at Halifax in November.
(142849)
17  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the proposed salary scale is for Connexions personal advisors; and whether the scale is linked to the pay of teachers.
(142814)
18  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what financial help his Department has given during the last 12 months to help towards the education costs of young people from St. Helena to study in the UK.
(143529)
19  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the progress being made under the New Deal policy in the Greater London area.
(143532)
20  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the services and provision made available by his Department in England for those diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
(142845)
21  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many requests were received by A Level examination boards in England for remarking A level exam papers in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, and (c) 2000; and what assessment he has made of the changes in grades which resulted from this remarking in each of these years.
(143544)
22  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what due diligence enquiries have been undertaken into the financial supporters of Legacy plc.
(143272)
23  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when Treasury Holdings acquired a financial interest in Legacy plc; and what that financial interest is.
(143271)
24  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guarantees have been (a) sought from and (b) given by Legacy plc regarding the retention of the Millennium Dome structure for a minimum period of time.
(143274)
25  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he was informed of Treasury Holdings' financial interest in Legacy plc.
(143275)
26  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the involvement is of BT, 3Com, Sun Microsystems and NTL in relation to Legacy plc's bid for the Millennium Dome.
(143273)
27  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 13th December, Official Report, column 160W, concerning the rail network, if he will provide the same information for the period 1992 to 1997.
(143357)
28  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of Railtrack's compliance with condition No. 7 of its operations licence in relation to the number of broken rails in each year since 1994.
(143556)
29  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will secure from Railtrack an assurance that all strings of railway lines imported and used on the national rail network comply with Railtrack specifications.
(143548)
30  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will discuss with Railtrack the implementation of arrangements whereby future maintenance contracts for maintenance contractors will exclude the right of Railtrack to override recommendations for maintenance and renewal made by maintenance and repair contractors and include the right of maintenance contractors to vary repair and maintenance contracts with the approval of regulatory bodies.
(143550)
31  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if levels of asymmetry tolerance in relation to railway lines imported from Italy in 2000 have implications for the safety of the national rail network.
(143561)
32  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if problems with the welding of railway lines imported from Italy in 2000 have implications for renewal of the national rail network.
(143564)
33  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if levels of asymmetry tolerance in relation to railway lines imported from Corus operations in France have implications for the safety of the national rail network.
(143562)
34  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will secure from Railtrack an assurance that all rail track products used on the national railway network are as individual pieces of equipment traceable as to (a) country of manufacture and (b) name of manufacturer.
(143551)
35  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list all train derailments since 1994.
(143555)
36  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the implications for safety in the national rail network arising from not using angle probe techniques in the ultrasonic testing of railway lines.
(143560)
37  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place a copy of the Balfour Beatty maintenance audit report on railway stewardship of August in the Library.
(143557)
38  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if ultrasonic testing of railway lines at the site of the Hitchin crash included angle probe ultrasonic testing in the period prior to the crash.
(143558)
39  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if bulging in railway line products supplied to Railtrack from Italy has implications for Railtrack's renewal programme.
(143547)
40  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of Railtrack's (a) current and (b) future renewal programme involves the use of heat-treated rails.
(143552)
41  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will request Railtrack to provide details as to the nature of the contractual arrangements for the import of railway lines from Italy.
(143549)
42  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if ultrasonic testing of railway lines on site throughout the UK rail network included angle probe ultrasonic testing as a matter of routine.
(143559)
43  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the return of railway lines imported from Italy in 2000 was related to the need to maintain safety standards on the national rail network.
(143563)
44  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions Railtrack has been served with enforcement orders relating to its operations since 1994.
(143554)
45  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the safety and usage implications for the life of railway lines arising out of the use of (a) heat-treated and (b) non-heat treated railway lines on the national rail network.
(143553)
46  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much government funding has been made available during the last 12 months for the improvement of London Underground stations; and if he will make a statement.
(143530)
47  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people he estimates are sleeping rough in the Greater London area.
(143531)
48  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the provisions contained in Part I of the Homes Bill relate to park homes.
(143313)
49  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which regeneration projects in Liverpool have been assisted by Partnership Investment Programme funding; and how much funding has been allocated to each.
(143174)
50  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which projects put forward for Objective 1 funding in the Merseyside programme are being re-assessed in relation to the rulings made by the European Commission concerning state aid.
(143175)
51  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason copies of the national consultation document, 'The Future of Aviation', were not made available in the Vote Office and no ministerial statement made to the House at the time of publication.
(143448)
52  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will give additional powers to local authorities to enable them to more fully investigate complaints from private rented sector tenants about harassment and unlawful eviction by landlords.
(143311)
53  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a national register of actions taken by local authorities against the harassment and illegal eviction of private rented sector tenants.
(143312)
54  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on extending the CORGI registration scheme to cover non-gas work carried out in conjunction with work on gas applicances; and if he will make a statement.
(142638)
55  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions have been initiated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the past five years under the Gas Safety (Installation in Use) Regulations 1998.
(142641)
56  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with other government departments on ways of improving protection for consumers dealing with gas installation businesses; and if he will make a statement.
(142639)
57  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the desirability of introducing a scheme for the formal recording of gas equipment sales; and if he will make a statement.
(142588)
58  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to protect the public from the dangers arising from do-it-yourself gas fitting work; and if he will make a statement.
(142640)
59  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research the Government has commissioned on the impact of petrol and diesel prices on (a) miles travelled, (b) the sales of more fuel-efficient vehicles and (c) the design and promotion by manufacturers of fuel-efficient vehicles.
(143171)
60  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what directions overriding a note of dissent by an accounting officer have been given by the boards of non departmental public bodies within his Department's remit since May 1997; and if he will place details of such directions in the Library.
(143540)
61  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he proposes to take in the light of the High Court decision on his planning powers and their relationship to the Human Rights Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(143432)
62  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of new houses built in each year since 1991 in (a) the South West, (b) the former Avon area, (c) South Gloucestershire unitary authority, (d) Bristol unitary authority, (e) North Somerset unitary authority and (f) Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority.
(143096)
63  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the performance of the FSA in regulating the insurance sector, with particular reference to Equitable Life.
(143169)
64  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Sustainability Fund is available to areas subject to the environmental costs of marine aggregate extraction.
(143538)
65  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the number of firms covered by the exemption for the domestic sector as a result of being small consumers of energy in respect of the Climate Change Levy; and what proportion of small and medium sized enterprises such firms represent.
(143074)
66  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small and medium sized enterprises have (a) applied for and (b) received grants from the Energy Efficiency Fund; and what is the value of the grants so made.
(143076)
67  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what relief from the Climate Change Levy is available for (a) vehicle manufacturers and (b) brewers in the UK; and in how many cases relief has been granted.
(143075)
68  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the amount of climate change levy revenue which will be foregone as a result of agreements with business sectors or individual firms.
(143073)
69  
  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each new tax introduced since June 1997 (a) the actual revenue raised and (b) the original revenue estimate.
(143431)
70  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government hospital building programme is subject to VAT at the standard rate.
(143390)
71  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he has taken of the (a) remoteness and (b) sparse population in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland when calculating the fixed rate of the proposed aggregates tax; and if he will make a statement.
(142967)
72  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the social and economic impact of the proposed aggregates tax on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(142966)
73  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he has taken of (a) the lower environmental impact of quarries and (b) the difficulties of recycling aggregates in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland when calculating the fixed rate of the proposed aggregates tax; and if he will make a statement.
(142965)
74  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what directions overriding a note of dissent by an accounting officer have been given by the boards of non departmental public bodies within his Department's remit since May 1997; and if he will place details of such directions in the Library.
(143542)
75  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax and national insurance is payable in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 by a married man claiming the married couples allowance with a working income of £6,000 with no dependent children and no other allowances.
(143429)
76  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what income tax was payable in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 by a retired married couple aged 59 years with an income of £6,000 paid to the man alone, with no dependent children and with no other allowances.
(143449)
77  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what income tax was payable in 2000-01 by (a) a married couple, the man born on 5th April 1935, the woman aged 61 years, with a household income of £6,000 with no dependent children, the woman receiving no income beyond her share of the state pension and with no other allowances and (b) a married couple, the man born on 6th April 1935, the woman aged 61 years, with a household income of £6,000, with no dependent children, the woman receiving no income beyond her share of the state pension and with no other allowances.
(143443)
78  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claim forms were issued for his new child tax credit and on what date; how many forms were returned in each month since then; what are the implications of the failure to return a form for the ability of a parent to receive the credit in April 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(143094)
79  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussons he has had with TaxAid about the implications for recently widowed men of the out-of-court settlement with Mr Christopher Crossland.
(143509)
80  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are owed outstanding national insurance contribution rebates for the 1999-2000 tax year, broken down into (a) those with personal pensions and (b) those in contracted-out money purchase pension schemes.
(143508)
81  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking in support of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with particular reference to through-bonded child labour.
(143546)
82  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which provisions of the Nice Treaty indicate that NATO is the option of first resort for all types of crisis management.
(143428)
83  
  
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 extent to which the Headline Goal has been harmonized with NATO's Defence Capabilities Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(143426)
84  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which NATO countries have not agreed on the circumstances in which the EU may act in an emerging crisis.
(143427)
85  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings he has had with Lord Levy to discuss Latin America.
(143304)
86  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the offices approved for closure by the board of the British Council as a result of the council's new strategy.
(143297)
87  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the offices closed by the British Council in the past year.
(143291)
88  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the British Council concerning the closure of British Council offices in Sierra Leone.
(143296)
89  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff will be relocated as a result of the new strategy of the British Council.
(143294)
90  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution to his Department's objectives made by the regional offices of the British Council in Germany.
(143299)
91  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many in-country staff the British Council plans to make redundant as a result of its new strategy.
(143292)
92  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sums in grant-in-aid will be allocated to each British Council operation in spoke countries for each of the next five years under its new strategy.
(143290)
93  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the British Council plans to spend on redundancy payments for staff made redundant as a result of the new strategy.
(143295)
94  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what studies have been undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) the British Council to evaluate the effectiveness of information technology for cultural diplomacy; and what the findings of such studies were.
(143300)
95  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the planned annual grant in aid allocation is under the new strategy for British Council country directorates in France, Germany and Italy for each of the next five years in real terms.
(143298)
96  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in each country the British Council plans to make redundant as a result of its new strategy; and what percentage this represents of total British Council staff.
(143293)
97  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the responsibilities and duties of Lord Levy, as the Prime Minster's personal envoy in the Middle East.
(142970)
98  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what ministers and heads of government Lord Levy met on his last visit to the Middle East as the Prime Minister's personal envoy.
(142971)
99  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the visits undertaken by Lord Levy since February as representative of Her Majesty's Government, indicating in each case the (a) dates, (b) destinations, (c) cost to public funds and (d) purpose of the visits.
(142974)
100  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Europe Houses there are in the United Kingdom; and what is their purpose and their cost.
(142968)
101  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which dates Lord Levy has had meetings with (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in his Department since 1st May 1997, giving in each case the purpose of the meetings; and if he will make a statement.
(142972)
102  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what practical support was given by his Department to Lord Levy during his recent visits to Middle Eastern states on official business as the Prime Minister's personal envoy.
(142973)
103  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role Lord Levy played in the recent round of Middle East peace talks.
(142969)
104  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply of 12th December, Official Report, column 122W, how many of his decisions to overturn the refusal of entry visas at posts in India since October 1999 involved applications for workers employed by (a) SHRICO and (b) other companies to work on the new Temple in Wembley.
(143068)
105  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December, Official Report, column 122W, on entry visas, if he will list the honourable and Right honourable Members whose representations were successful in the 19 cases, indicating how often each honourable and Right honourable Member was involved; and how many unsuccessful representations he has received from honourable and Right honourable Members since October 1999.
(143172)
106  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategic considerations warrant inclusion of (a) adhesive paper, (b) baking soda, (c) bath brushes, (d) children's balls for sport, (e) candles, (f) chalk, (g) detergents, (h) door knobs and (i) dust cloths on the sanctions list of items which cannot be supplied to Iraq.
(143503)
107  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UN assessment of the number of deaths in Iraq attributable to the current sanctions policy.
(143501)
108  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the health risks and (b) actual health damage to people in Iraq arising from exposure to depleted uranium used for bombing.
(143502)
109  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what directions overriding a note of dissent by an Accounting Officer have been given by the boards of non-departmental public bodies within his Department since May 1997; and if he will place the details of the directions in the Library.
(143453)
110  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of 999 calls placed to the Ambulance Service was in each quarter of the last three years in each NHS region.
(141561)
111  
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 for the London Ambulance Service to achieve an average eight minute response rate for urban trusts.
(142139)
112  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out for each health authority, by NHS region, the reason, number and percentage of over 75 year olds whose discharge was delayed in each quarter of the last three years.
(141457)
113  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will detail the services and provision made available by his Department in England to those diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
(142846)
114  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to offer parents a choice between separate injections of measles, mumps and rubella and the combined MMR vaccination.
(142850)
115  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of diagnosis of autism in children at the earliest possible age.
(142848)
116  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to help prevent childhood autistic spectrum disorders.
(142844)
117  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been allocated for 2000-01 for each health authority in England and Wales (a) in total and (b) per head of population.
(142888)
118  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers he has to regulate the imports of beef into the United Kingdom from France on safety grounds.
(143179)
119  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on abattoir numbers of increased meat inspection charges scheduled for introduction in April 2001.
(143178)
120  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish his response to the report of the meat inspection charges task force.
(143177)
121  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what prescribing guidance his Department has issued regarding Herceptin.
(143537)
122  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has made avaibale for newly approved drugs for the treatment of cancer.
(143536)
123  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authorities fund the supply of (a) taxanes for use in ovarian cancer, (b) taxanes for use in breast cancer, (c) Ribovarin, (d) Interferon Alpha and (e) Zyban.
(143535)
124  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of women detained in special hospitals who do not require this level of security.
(142635)
125  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women patients are awaiting transfer from special hospitals.
(142636)
126  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in developing a national strategy for women in need of secure hospital accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
(142637)
127  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to ensure that gelatine used in soft and hard drug capsules are not contaminated with BSE prions.
(143098)
128  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent tests his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned to ensure that gelatine used in drug capsules does not contain the prion for BSE.
(143099)
129  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services of gelatine are used in the manufacture of hard and soft capsules for drugs used in Britain.
(143100)
130  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has received on the need for research into embryonic stem cells to understand how adult stem cells work; what examination his Department has made of this research; who was consulted; and what the outcome was of this examination.
(143504)
131  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on the future of small and medium sized abattoirs of (a) the resources announced in the Rural White Paper and (b) the proposals of the Maclean Committee.
(142889)
132  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the ban on pithing on the future of small abattoirs.
(142890)
133  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the current distinctive curriculum for midwifery training will be preserved through a statutory midwifery committee in the new regulatory framework.
(143517)
134  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if an experienced Supervisor of Midwives post will continue to be available to the local supervising authority as their designated responsible officer.
(143520)
135  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the mechanisms for updating and monitoring the Midwives Rules and Code of Conduct will be maintained in the new Nursing and Midwifery Council.
(143519)
136  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase midwifery representation on the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
(143516)
137  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to ensure that users of maternity services will be involved in decisions taken by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
(143518)
138  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Medicines Control Agency has made in promoting, within Europe, its proposals for a Traditional Use Medicines Directive; and what the main provisions are of its proposals.
(143447)
139  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the extent to which the proposed Traditional Use Medicines Directive will provide a secure legal basis for products which are (a) combinations of herbal and other ingredients for which 30 years safe traditional use can be demonstrated and (b) combinations of herbal and other ingredients which have been brought more recently to market.
(143430)
140  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the extent to which the proposed Traditional Use Medicines Directive will provide a secure legal basis for products which are herbal medicines exempt from licensing under section 12 of the Medicines Act 1968.
(143446)
141  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy for awarding extra allowances to nurses in (a) West Sussex and (b) East Sussex.
(143433)
142  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the applications by G. P. Hindiya and S. P. Hindiya for British citizenship from (a) the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and (b) the honourable Member for Leicester East.
(143393)
143  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list by court and case number and initial of offender those cases where a person who had been jailed as a result of a charge of rape under (a) remand and (b) sentence was freed from prison due to the withdrawal of the accusation of rape by the accuser.
(143425)
144  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the total expenditure to date on the development, administration and implementation of the child curfew order.
(143097)
145  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent reports he has received from HM Inspector of Constabulary into delays in processing standard renewal applications for firearms certificates; and if he will make a statement.
(143109)
146  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms certificates fall due for renewal each week in the Cheshire Police area.
(143105)
147  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many current firearms certificates have been issued by Cheshire Police.
(143108)
148  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the renewal of standard firearms certificates have (a) been received and (b) been processed by Cheshire Police in each of the past six months.
(143106)
149  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff concerned with (i) administrative and (ii) operational firearms matters are suspended in the Cambridgeshire Police area.
(143107)
150  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that when a hostel in an honourable Member's constituency is to be used for the housing of high risk former prison inmates, that the honourable Member will be informed of this intention; and if he will make a statement.
(143424)
151  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of inmates of prisons who suffer from autism.
(142847)
152  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) self-inflicted deaths and (b) incidents of self-harm there were (i) in each prison service establishment and (ii) in total, in 2000; how many there were in total in each of the previous three years; and if he will make a statement.
(141750)
153  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Humberside Police on the review of Operation Pre-empt; and if he will make a statement.
(142761)
154  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons of Irish origin, descent or background have been the subject of notifications to the Special Branch in each year since Operation Pre-empt became live in the Humberside Police area; and how many of these persons became the subject of notifications as a result of (a) being brought into custody, (b) being subject to a routine street or driver check, (c) being subject to a police enquiry for any reason and (d) being brought to the attenton of the police by a member of the public.
(142756)
155  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons of Irish origin, descent or background (a) reside and (b) work in the Humberside Police area.
(142757)
156  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons of Irish origin, descent or background in the Humberside Police area are the subject of the files maintained by Special Branch.
(142758)
157  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those police authorities which operate a scheme similar or analogous to Operation Pre-empt developed in the Humberside Police area.
(142759)
158  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many files Special Branch maintains on persons of Irish origin, descent or background and how many notifications of Irish persons have been passed on to Special Branch from each police authority area.
(142760)
159  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that contracts funded by her Department are not given to companies which use child labour; and what monitoring is undertaken of this issue.
(143545)
160  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her Department's role in the current GATS negotiations.
(143086)
161  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what directions overriding a note of dissent by an accounting officer have been given by the boards of non departmental public bodies within his Department since May 1997; and if he will place the details of such directions in the Library.
(143543)
162  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, on which occasions during Lord Levy's visit to Latin America he (a) made public statements and (b) talked to foreign media, as a representative of (i) the Prime Minister and (ii) the United Kingdom.
(143326)
163  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to public funds was of Lord Levy's visit to Latin America; what contribution to the costs was made by Lord Levy; and what the purpose was of his visit.
(143287)
164  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what issues Lord Levy has represented the British Government during his visit to Latin America.
(143308)
165  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, with whom Lord Levy had unscheduled meetings in his role as personal envoy during his visit to Latin America.
(143305)
166  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what authority Lord Levy had to negotiate on behalf of the UK Government during his visit to Latin America.
(143306)
167  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if Lord Levy has passed messages between Latin American political leaders in his role as the Prime Minister's personal envoy.
(143309)
168  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, from which officials Lord Levy has received briefings on Latin America.
(143325)
169  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates (a) he, (b) the Foreign Secretary and (c) other Ministers held discussions with Lord Levy about Lord Levy's visit to Latin America; and if he will make available minutes of those meetings.
(143310)
170  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, with which Latin American political figures Lord Levy held talks (a) on behalf of the Prime Minister and (b) in pursuit of British interests during his visit to Latin America.
(143303)
171  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what access Lord Levy has to non-confidential government information.
(143288)
172  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what private business Lord Levy conducted during his visit to Latin America; and what steps he has taken to ensure that no conflict of interest occured between Lord Levy's business interests and his mission to Latin America as the Prime Minister's envoy.
(143289)
173  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what recent meetings he has had with Lord Levy to discuss Latin America.
(143302)
174  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what mechanism exists to ensure information gathered by Lord Levy on his visit to Latin America is communicated to him and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and if he will make a statement.
(143301)
175  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what expert knowledge of Latin America Lord Levy has.
(143307)
176  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about the winding up of the occupational pension plan operated by the UK section of McDermott International Ltd.
(143085)
177  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he plans to simplify benefit forms.
(141814)
178  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments of each major benefit there were in (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) the most recent figures available; and what was their value.
(143102)
179  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the percentage of benefit payments were found to be accurate in each benefits area directorate for (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) the most recent period for which figures are available.
(143104)
180  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action he has taken to correct incorrect benefit payments; and how much was (a) recovered and (b) paid in compensation for each major benefit in (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) the most recent figures available.
(143103)
181  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) women over the age 60 years and (b) men over the age of 65 years were in receipt of income support in each month since May 1997.
(143391)
182  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) women over the age of 60 years and (b) men over the age of 65 years were in receipt of the minimum income guarantee in each month since its introduction.
(143392)
183  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people, who have previously been awarded a life award of disability living allowance at high rate, have had that allowance downgraded following a review, in each year since 1st January 1994.
(143539)
184  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representations he has received about the winding up of the occupational pension plan operated by the UK section of McDermott International Ltd.
(143084)
185  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many occupational pension plans were wound up by employers where a surplus was recorded, for (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992, (d) 1993, (e) 1994, (f) 1995, (g) 1996, (h) 1997, (i) 1998, (j) 1999 and (k) 2000 to date; and what was the amount of surplus retained by each employer.
(143087)
186  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what directions overriding a note of dissent by an accounting officer have been given since May 1997 by the boards of non departmental public bodies within his Department's remit; and if he will place details of such directions in the Library.
(143541)
187  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many automatic payments of winter fuel payment are outstanding; and how many of these he expects to have been paid by Christmas.
(143090)
188  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people have contacted the Benefits Agency this year regarding (a) overpayment and (b) underpayment of winter fuel payments; and of these, how many were from widows who have received only half of their entitlement.
(143092)
189  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which consortium was responsible for his Department's IT infrastructure prior to 23rd November 2000; how long that consortium had been so responsible; how much money had been paid to that consortium over the period; which projects started by that consortium are not to be carried on by the Arcway consortium; for what reasons the contract was withdrawn from the previous consortium; when honourable Members were first told that a change was being considered; and if he will make a statement.
(143088)
190  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate how many men aged 60 to 64 years are eligible to receive backdated payments of winter fuel payment; and how many had not applied to receive a backdated payment by the deadline of 3rd November 2000.
(143091)
191  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many calls have been received by the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline since the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement; and if he will estimate the maximum number of people who were on hold during such calls at any one time.
(143093)
192  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he has received notice of a pending legal challenge to the process by which the contract for the new computer system for the Child Support Agency was awarded.
(143089)
193  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much it will cost to (a) increase the minimum income guarantee to £100 in April 2001 and (b) to introduce at the same time a benefit for pensioners with savings, assuming that it goes to single pensioners and married couples with an income of less than £135 a week, that it has a 60 per cent. taper, and that it interacts with existing means-tested benefits in exactly the same way as the existing minimum income guarantee.
(143507)
194  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims for backdated winter fuel payments were received (a) before and (b) after 3rd November.
(143525)
195  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men have become eligible for the winter fuel payments this year; how many have received it; and how many have not yet received it.
(143514)
196  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the proportion of housing benefit claims processed by local authorities within 14 days, for (a) the period immediately before and (b) the period since the implementation of the verification framework.
(143523)
197  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners have not yet received this year's winter fuel payment.
(143512)
198  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will break down the cost of the minimum income guarantee take-up campaign into the amount spent on (a) letters, (b) television advertising, (c) other advertising, (d) the telephone helpline and (e) other costs.
(143513)
199  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men who have an entitlement to a backdated winter fuel payment accrued when they reached 60 years have (a) received the backdated payment and (b) are awaiting some or all of the payment.
(143528)
200  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action he will take to ensure local authorities are allowed to offer stakeholder pensions to employees within the local government pension scheme.
(143505)
201  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men between the ages of 60 and 64 years have not yet received this year's winter fuel payment.
(143511)
202  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assumptions he has made about the level of next year's winter fuel payment in calculating next year's planned expenditure.
(143527)
203  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners have applied (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for the minimum income guarantee since the start of the take-up campaign in each Benefit Agency area.
(143524)
204  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what targets exist for the performance of customer helplines run by his Department.
(143521)
205  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, which local authorities have received information from banks and other private firms since 1997 that has facilitated the prosecution of people suspected of benefit fraud; and which of these prosecutions were carried out jointly with the Benefits Agency.
(143510)
206  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many men who have become eligible for the winter fuel payments this year but are not due backdated payments have been notified of their entitlement.
(143515)
207  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those organisations that (a) have replied to his Department's consultation on the Employment Agency Regulations and (b) he has met to discuss the regulation of 'temp to perm' contracts and the regulation of employment agencies; and if he will place all responses to this consultation in the Library.
(143173)
208  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will waive the additional government-sponsored health test from those former miners who are assessed by the Benefits Agency as suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
(142634)
209  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the extra £100m announced in October for miners suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema has been paid to former miners residing in (a) South Shields constituency, (b) the North East of England and (c) nationally.
(142633)
210  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date he will take a decision on whether NETA can go live on 27th March 2001.
(143452)
211  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals Ofgem has to change Transco's investment criterion of being able to cope with a one in 20 years summer as well as a one in 20 years winter.
(143451)
212  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes Ofgem proposes to Transco's licence conditions to encourage new capacity at gas terminals.
(143450)
213  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what Government support is provided for research into developing technology for lowering sulphur levels in the automative industry.
(143170)
214  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many calls were made to the minimum wage hotline in each month since its inception.
(143423)
215  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if subpostmasters are covered by minimum wage regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(143095)


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