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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 19 December 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 19 December, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
TUESDAY 19th DECEMBER
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the future of the levy paid by milk producers towards the cost of running the Milk Development Council.
(143572)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the future of the Milk Development Council.
(143571)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the Milk Development Council on its 'White Stuff' publicity campaign
(143573)
4  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, the amount his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the White Paper on Modernising Government.
(143605)
5  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 14th December.
(143617)
6  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 18th September on behalf of Ms Forbes.
(143579)
7  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what her assessment is of the progress of ministers in replying to letters from honourable Members more promptly.
(141611)
8  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints were made in the last 12 months to the Press Complaints Commission; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(143615)
9  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to help unemployed people over the age of 25 to find employment.
(143610)
10  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of average secondary school class sizes in Yeovil constituency for each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(143314)
11  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his policy is on the level of tuition fees over the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(143315)
12  
N  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which of the top 15 per cent. of most improved (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England in 1997 to 2000 by region have 50 per cent. or more of pupils in receipt of free school meals; and if he will make a statement on the provison of bonuses for teachers and staff in those schools.
(143436)
13  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will publish the triennial survey of student finances.
(143183)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what independent academic studies his Department has commissioned into sources of student financing and student response to changes in the public student funding support package since the introduction of changes and abolition of grants following the 1997 Dearing Report; what studies of this nature have been received by his Department; and when they will be published.
(143184)
15  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, the amount his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the White Paper on Modernising Government.
(143603)
16  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 20th September on behalf of his constituent, Reverend Matthews.
(143576)
17  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 2nd October on behalf of Mr G. Mitchell.
(143577)
18  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, from what date his Department will require local authorities to provide older people with a free bus pass allowing them to purchase bus tickets for no more than half-price; and if he will make a statement.
(142762)
19  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what further studies he intends to commission on the problems experienced in Bath by North-South A46/A36 traffic, and their wider implications, before determining whether to de-trunk the A46 and A36.
(143574)
20  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which of the applications objected to by the Environment Agency in 1999-2000 were (a) approved, (b) rejected and (c) called in for review.
(143637)
21  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the planning applications included in the Environment Agency's Annual Report supplied to MAFF and his Department in June which were (a) approved, (b) rejected and (c) called in for review.
(143636)
22  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made in drafting legislation to tackle high hedges; and if he will make a statement.
(143635)
23  
  
Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assist local authorities which have let their new waste disposal contracts before the national strategy takes effect.
(143616)
24  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he will take to ensure that, in the design and planning of waste incinerators proposed for Guildford, Capel and Redhill, account will be taken of the need (a) to ensure the health and safety of those at risk and (b) to quantify the degree of risk in each case by a properly conducted risk analysis; and if he will publish in full such analyses by dates announced in advance.
(143394)
25  
N  
Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the proximity principle in waste management will be applied to incinerators that depend for their safe and profitable operation on (a) economies of scale and (b) a constant feed of large volumes of waste taken from a large catchment area.
(143395)
26  
N  
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, following the announcement of the Local Transport Plan capital settlement on 14th December, what money has been unallocated and kept in the LTP Reserve Fund for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06.
(143437)
27  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of (a) the number of businesses which will engage in self-certification for the purpose of claiming relief from the climate change levy and (b) the compliance costs for the businesses concerned.
(143454)
28  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of agreements concluded with (a) business sectors and (b) individual firms in connection with the introduction of the climate change levy.
(143456)
29  
N  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of energy used by the Scotch whisky industry he estimates will be exempt from the climate change levy.
(143455)
30  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the estimated loss of duty to the Inland Revenue as a result of spirit, beer and tobacco purchases in France by UK residents during the last 12 months.
(143619)
31  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the benefit in kind taxation paid by an employee in receipt of a company provided car is calculated on the retail price of the car; and if he will make a statement.
(143566)
32  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the most recent figures for the number of people waiting for in patient treatment in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust Area.
(143110)
33  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide a support package to help overseas nurses taking up postions in the NHS; and if he will estimate the cost (a) in total and (b) per overseas nurse of such a package.
(143575)
34  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to ensure that health authorities whose eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care fail to meet the requirements of Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended) act to comply with these requirements.
(143358)
35  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Regional Authority of the NHS Executive last discussed the compliance of the eligibility criteria of the Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authoritiy for NHS continuing care with the requirements of Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended); and if he will make a statement.
(143359)
36  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region the dates at which health authorities whose eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care had failed to meet the requirements set out in Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended) acted to comply with these requirements.
(143360)
37  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region those health authorities whose eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care fail to meet the requirements set out in Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (or as amended).
(143361)
38  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 was last updated; and what changes have been made to it since 11th August 1999.
(143362)
39  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when health authorities were last contacted by the Regional Officer of the NHS Executive to confirm that they had taken action as required by Health Service Circular HSC 1999/180 (as amended).
(143363)
40  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list by region, the health authorities whose eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care failed to meet the requirements set out in HSC 1999/180.
(143364)
41  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide the analysis of general medical service non-cash limited expenditure for locum allowance in England 1999-2000.
(143182)
42  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve the support available to sufferers of (a) sickle cell disease and (b) thalassaemia.
(143609)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have (a) joined and (b) left the nursing profession in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.
(143565)
44  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 (i) the total amount to be spent by his Department on coronary heart disease and (ii) the funds from which that money has been allocated.
(143567)
45  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01 each recipient of funds from his Department's coronary heart disease budget and the total sum to be received by each.
(143568)
46  
  
Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Health Council held in Brussels on 14th December.
(143618)
47  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 24th October on behalf of his constituent, Dr Davies.
(143578)
48  
N  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the agreement reached between his Department and the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union on equal value pay for speech and language therapists; if he will place a copy in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(143181)
49  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on European Union initiatives to combat organised crime.
(143611)
50  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam's letter of 27th November concerning the internet.
(143435)
51  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, the amount his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the White Paper on Modernising Government.
(143604)
52  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, in respect of how many dismissed immigration appeals the Adjudicator made a recommendation that the Home Office grant the appellant (a) leave to remain in and (b) leave to enter the UK in the last 12 months.
(143608)
53  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam's letter of 19th October concerning the internet.
(143434)
54  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action his Department is taking to improve access to disability living allowance for those with a history of mental illness.
(143180)
55  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many British nationals living abroad are in receipt of a British state retirement pension.
(143614)
56  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what discussions he has had with organisations concerned with pension reforms on the subject of widows and divorcees who in remarrying are disadvantaged in terms of their pension entitlement.
(143570)
57  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to review the system whereby widows and divorcees can be disadvantaged in terms of pension entitlement by remarrying.
(143569)
58  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, the amount his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the White Paper on Modernising Government.
(143606)
59  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Solicitor General, what plans he has to review the working of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(141602)
60  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many payments of employment tribunal awards in respect of insolvent employers have been made from the National Insurance Fund in each of the last five years; and what criteria were applied to these awards.
(142851)
61  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total tonnage of coal imported into the UK in the last 12 months.
(143612)
62  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total tonnage of coal mined in England and Wales in the last 12 months.
(143613)
63  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, the amount his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the White Paper on Modernising Government.
(143607)
64  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the procedures for representing the interests of the Scottish fishing industry in discussions within the EU.
[Question Unstarred] (141562)
65  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when he expects to place in the Library a copy of the report by Sir Thomas Legg on Portcullis House.
[Question Unstarred] (141609)


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