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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 21 December 2000
Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
THURSDAY 21st DECEMBER
1  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144072)
2  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the principal changes his Department is seeking on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(143931)
3  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the total expenditure on production subsidies for each of the past 10 years.
(144043)
4  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total expenditure was on British agriculture by (a) the British Government and (b) the European Union in the latest year for which figures are available.
(144044)
5  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the costs of farming chickens and turkeys in (a) the UK and (b) in each other EU member state.
(143842)
6  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143864)
7  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the projects undertaken for her Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144087)
8  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, her Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143695)
9  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within her Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143867)
10  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144071)
11  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143699)
12  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements he is making to extend free television licences for people aged over 75 to Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
(144032)
13  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the numbers of flights including helicopter flights taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143868)
14  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144086)
15  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of storage was of spent fuel from nuclear-powered submarines in each of the last five years.
(144036)
16  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel visited Turkey during the last 12 months; and in what capacities.
(143929)
17  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143694)
18  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army personnel will be (a) allocated to the European Rapid Reaction Force, (b) able to be deployed with the European Rapid Reaction Force at any given time and (c) removed from availability for home defence as a result of such allocation and deployment; and if he will make a statement.
(143691)
19  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the dates since 1974 on which soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment have died during training exercises indicating (a) where the death took place, (b) at which barracks those officers were stationed in Northern Ireland, (c) whether the soldiers had, during their military career, been seconded for special duties or on assignment to other regiments and (d) who was responsible for the investigation of the cause of death and what were their findings.
(142334)
20  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many legal proceedings he is pursuing against newspapers, in addition to that concerning the Sunday People newspaper, in order to prevent publication of information about the Force Research Unit.
(143187)
21  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Treasury Solicitor hours were spent in respect of each of the five recent court hearings involving his Department and Mirror Group newspapers and at what cost; on how many occasions a solicitor of the Treasury Solicitor's Department was employed to deliver material by hand to the editor of the Sunday People and at what cost; and how many staff hours employees of his Department have spent in these actions and at what cost.
(143188)
22  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will assess the practicability of transporting HMS Tireless from Gibraltar to a British dockyard for repair on board a heavy equipment transporter ship.
(144031)
23  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143858)
24  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will include in army discharge papers details of contacts and functions of regimental associations.
(144052)
25  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will advise members of the armed forces who choose not to extend their service of details of the functions of regimental associations and how to join; and if he will make a statement.
(144053)
26  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of (a) the prime contractors' proposals for the procurement of the first batch of Type 45 destroyers, (b) the implications of these proposals for the investment plans of companies involved in procurement of the first batch and (c) how the proposals will affect the delivery of a competitive procurement strategy for follow-on Type 45s.
(143918)
27  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to raise awareness in the higher education sector of best practice in equal opportunities.
(143903)
28  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144076)
29  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what data he collects on the format of e-mail addresses given by schools to individual pupils.
(143773)
30  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will issue guidance to schools on the format of pupils' e-mail addresses in order to prevent the identification of individual children; and if he will update the Superhighway information pack to include such guidance.
(143774)
31  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many individual schools in the United Kingdom have not received a Superhighway safety information pack.
(143772)
32  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new jobs he estimates have been created in the Greater London area during the last 12 months.
(143930)
33  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many work permits were granted to foreign nationals during the last 12 months.
(143932)
34  
  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will issue new guidelines on the provision of appropriate education on health, relationships and sexual orientation for pupils aged 16 and over.
(144088)
35  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to include an understanding of the history and purpose of the United Nations in the study of citizenship in schools.
(144030)
36  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the basis is on which funding for nursery places will be allocated to local authorities for 2001-02.
(143589)
37  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance has been given to local authorities on the level of funding per child for places in early years education in 2001-02.
(143588)
38  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many staff vacancies there were in (a) each directorate of his Department, (b) his Department's Legal Adviser's office and (c) Government offices for the regions on business relating to his Department on 1st July.
(143590)
39  
  
Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to extend the Sure Start programme in Leicestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(144009)
40  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many registered disabled people are living in Durham.
(143911)
41  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the level of funding for higher education in the current financial year; and what the level was in each of the last five years at constant prices.
(143910)
42  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the numbers of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143869)
43  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out (a) the number and value of bids which he received from the most recent round of sustainability funding for pre-schools, and the number and value of successful bids and (b) the criteria by which successful bids were chosen.
(143775)
44  
N  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if a person with a permit from a local authority to (a) use his premises as a knackers yard and (b) to incinerate specified risk material requires a waste management licence to incinerate dogs.
(143846)
45  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144085)
46  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the implications are for safety arising out of comparative evaluations as to macrosegregation in the context of quality between railway lines produced by Voest Alpine of Austria, Luccini's of Italy, Corus operations in France and Corus operations in Workington.
(143441)
47  
N  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list all forms of assistance (a) available from, (b) allocated through and (c) provided with the support of the DETR, the DTI, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Education and Employment to Silloth in Cumbria.
(143440)
48  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many telephone calls were received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on 18th December from keepers of vehicles enquiring about the implementation of the new excise duty rates for vehicles of 1500cc and less.
(143890)
49  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement concerning the flooding of Deans Lane Allotments, Burnt Oak, from London Underground drainage works, and the consequent claims for compensation and proper reinstatement of neighbouring drains.
(143797)
50  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will (a) make a statement on the Government's approach to the monitoring of air quality, (b) list those sites which the Government uses for monitoring air quality and (c) make a statement on the role of local authorities in monitoring air quality.
(143883)
51  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend the age requirements in respect of those applying for driving licences.
(143926)
52  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent instructions he has given the Environment Agency with regard to the (a) monitoring and (b) enforcement of regulations relating to air quality.
(143884)
53  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the future of vehicle licensing.
(143925)
54  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the recent changes in Railtrack's maintenance and renewal contracts that have resulted in redundancies in the Crewe area.
(144070)
55  
N  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much he estimates will be contributed to public funds from the sale of the moth-balled Eurostar rolling stock to Canada; what talks have been held with the leasing companies about such sales; and what has been the total cost to public funds, including compensation paid, of the provision of rolling stock meant for services north of London.
(143708)
56  
N  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many projects submitted under the Merseyside Objective 1 2000 to 2006 Programme have been passed to the relevant section of DTI for clearance under European Commission state aid rules.
(143848)
57  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning secrecy in local government executive structures.
(144059)
58  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number, purpose and total value of contracts with external consultants and advisers that (a) have been let and (b) are due to be let, by his Department to further the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper indicating those contracts that relate specifically to management consultancy.
(143705)
59  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to require that the sellers' packs, proposed in the Homes Bill, will include (a) an energy efficiency rating for the property, (b) advice on cost-efficient energy saving measures that could be taken in the property and (c) the consequent savings due to these measures.
(143189)
60  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to promote energy efficiency to new home buyers; and if he will make a statement.
(143278)
61  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much public subsidy was awarded to private railway undertakings in each of the years 1996 to 2000.
(143902)
62  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consideration his Department is giving to grant-aiding the development of small-scale composting projects.
(143909)
63  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from local bodies about revising the exemption from waste management licensing for small-scale composting sites.
(143908)
64  
  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will revise the exemption from waste management licensing for small-scale composting sites.
(143907)
65  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what account his integrated transport policy takes of the ease of transfer between motorcycles and the railways; and if he will make a statement.
(144095)
66  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incinerators he estimates will need to be installed to meet the Government's waste targets; and if he will make a statement.
(144096)
67  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the outturn prices were of (a) public investment expenditure, (b) public resource expenditure and (c) private investment in transport in (i) strategic roads, (ii) rail, (iii) local transport, (iv) London and (v) other transport areas using the same criteria for these figures as was used in constructing Table A3 in Transport 2010: The Ten Year Plan in each year from 1987 to 1992.
(144093)
68  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for North Essex, Official Report, column 201W, of 14th December, on implementation of VED rates for commercial vehicles, (a) if rebates on existing vehicles and (b) the revised rates of VED on re-registered vehicles will be available to vehicle operators before 1st January 2001; and if it is his policy (i) to increase VED rates immediately and (ii) to delay the implementation of VED reductions until the Budget.
(144091)
69  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for the Government Advisory Group for Motorcycles to develop a national motorcycle strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(143901)
70  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was paid out in derelict land grant in each of the five years prior to its abolition; how many sites benefited; and if he will reinstate the grant as an instrument for bringing brownfield sites back into productive use.
(143920)
71  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143873)
72  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those sites designated as green belt for which planning permission has been granted since May 1997.
(143906)
73  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144080)
74  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his policy on charging VAT on war memorials, with special reference to the Korean War Memorial in West Lothian.
(142816)
75  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143702)
76  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the number, purpose and total value of contracts with external advisers and consultants that (a) have been let and (b) are due to be let, by his Department to further the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper, indicating those contracts that relate specifically to management consultancy.
(143704)
77  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the anticipated (a) gross and (b) net UK contribution is to the EU budget in the current financial year.
(144042)
78  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce vehicle excise duty to zero for motorcycles under 50cc.
(144094)
79  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he has set guidelines for the overnight investment of the foreign exchange reserves held by the Bank of England.
(143844)
80  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the average rate of return earned by the Bank of England on its foreign exchange reserves during 1999-2000.
(143843)
81  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if interest raised on all Objective One funds allocated to Wales will be transferred to the budget of the National Assembly for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(144090)
82  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) value-added tax and (b) income tax was collected in each year since 1995 in Wales.
(144089)
83  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Office for National Statistics has to provide monthly GDP statistics for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(144055)
84  
N  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of providing capital allowances for IT assets, using the definition of IT used in the Finance Act 2000, leased by SMEs, with first year allowances at 100 per cent., over a five year period; and if he will set out the basis used in the costing.
(143792)
85  
N  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of providing capital allowances for assets bought or leased by SMEs, with first year allowances at 100 per cent., over a five year period; and if he will set out the basis used in the costing.
(143791)
86  
N  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of providing capital allowances for assets leased by SMEs, with first year allowances at (a) 40 per cent. and (b) 100 per cent., over a five year period; and if he will set out the basis used in the costing.
(143790)
87  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143872)
88  
N  
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to publicise the risk to consumers who purchase tobacco over the Internet of the goods which they have purchased being seized by Her Majesty's Customs; and if he will make a statement.
(143190)
89  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the extra funding for further education announced in the Government's spending review will be included in the base measure for the Barnett Formula.
(144066)
90  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the proposed National Health Performance Fund will be included in the base measure for the Barnett Formula.
(144067)
91  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage religious tolerance in Iran.
(143904)
92  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144084)
93  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the system of prior scrutiny of arms sales by the United States and Swedish legislatures.
(143692)
94  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Russian Federal Government about the conviction of Platon Obukhov for espionage.
(144037)
95  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy on disclosure of matters relating to the rights of former inhabitants of Diego Garcia arising from their length of association with the islands; and if he will make a statement.
(142815)
96  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many EU directives became legally binding in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
(144005)
97  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143701)
98  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he received export licence application No. 16047 from Aylesbury Automation; when he expects to give a decision on the application; and if he he will make a statement.
(143706)
99  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many essays (a) critical of further political integration in Europe and (b) opposed to UK membership of the European Union were (i) submitted and (ii) awarded prizes in his Department's competition, What Europe Means to Me.
(143656)
100  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if potential entrants to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office competition, What Europe Means to Me, were informed that essays critical of closer political integration in Europe would be accepted.
(143657)
101  
N  
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December, Official Report, column 300W, what unpublished agreements there are with (a) other countries, (b) the EU and (c) NATO concerning arrangements for the European Rapid Reaction Force.
(143847)
102  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has negotiated an opt-out for North Sea oil from the provisions of Article 100(1) TEC, to which QMV was extended at the Nice Council.
(143782)
103  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guarantees he has obtained on the interpretation of the no bail out clause in Article 100(2) TEC, to which QMV was extended at the Nice Council.
(143783)
104  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason references to the Western European Union were deleted from paragraphs one, two and three of Article 17 TEU, as set out in the provisional Nice Treaty.
(143780)
105  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason it was decided at the Nice Council to abolish the national veto on the establishment of enhanced co-operation under the TEC.
(143785)
106  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on recent terrorist attacks on British nationals in Saudi Arabia.
(143776)
107  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Saudi Arabian authorities regarding the terrorist attacks on British nationals there.
(143777)
108  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason he agreed at the Nice Council to extend QMV to incentive measures in Article 13 TEC.
(143788)
109  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under the provisional Clause A agreed at the Nice Council, dealing with the general principles of enhanced co-operation, for what reason it was decided (a) to insert a new condition relating to co-operation and the process of integration and (b) to delete the condition relating to the interests of states not participating in the relevant measures.
(143786)
110  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason he agreed at the Nice Council to the extension of Article 191 TEC.
(143787)
111  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of the EU and its member states of increasing the number of (a) commissioners to a maximum of 27 and (b) MEPs to 732, as agreed at the Nice Council.
(143784)
112  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those (a) British citizens and (b) British citizens with dual nationality who have been kidnapped in Africa from 1st January 1999 to date, indicating the (i) date of the kidnap, (ii) identity or suspected identity, of the kidnappers and (iii) outcome of the kidnaps.
(143778)
113  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason it was decided to extend Article 137 of the Treaty of European Communities to cover measures designed to encourage co-operation on the modernisation of social protection systems without prejudice to point (c), and for providing for agreement by QMV, as agreed at the Nice Council.
(143779)
114  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which Article 100(1) TEC has been used in the past (a) year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.
(143781)
115  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the circumstances of the attack in the West Bank on the vehicle carrying the British Consul-General last week; what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on action taken by the Israeli Defence Forces to stop the attack; and what plans the Israeli Government has to take action against those who attacked the Consul-General.
(144007)
116  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143871)
117  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the EU/ASEAN meeting, with particular reference to Burma.
(144033)
118  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to issue draft guidance to local authorities on charging for non-residential community care services; and what plans he has to consult service users when such draft guidance is issued.
(144010)
119  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will announce a timetable for universal neonatal hearing screening throughout England.
(144051)
120  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December, Official Report, column 43W, concerning hospital discharges, if he will provide the same information for each quarter of 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(143789)
121  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his policy that user-patients should be informed if the Bio Products Laboratory withdraws blood products on the basis of past donation information relating to CJD protection requirements.
(143857)
122  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tests are being carried out by the Government to determine the impact of GM foods on human health.
(143882)
123  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much, for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated, his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143697)
124  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in care homes there were in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Essex in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available.
(144092)
125  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each health authority area (a) the number of infections with and (b) the number of deaths attributable to MRSA in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(144060)
126  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will make an announcement on guidance for charging for care services.
(144029)
127  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will announce the outcome of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital's bid for funding an emergency assessment unit; and if he will make a statement.
(144064)
128  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about declaring 2002 autism awareness year; and if he will make a statement.
(143592)
129  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to the Medical Research Council to include ethnic monitoring in its research into autism.
(143591)
130  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143862)
131  
N  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in respect of the regulation of imports of French beef into the United Kingdom.
(142354)
132  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has issued on the security implications of the provision of litter bins at (a) railway stations and (b) other public places.
(144006)
133  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144083)
134  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many temporary firearms certificates have been issued by Cheshire Police in each of the past six months to holders of firearms certificates who are awaiting renewals.
(143855)
135  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each of the past six months, and for what reason, North Wales Police has issued written permission for a named person to possess firearms and ammunition in the name of the authority of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation dealer's certificate No. 116 for the purposes of section 8 of the Firearms Act 1968.
(143856)
136  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what residency qualificants are operated by the Metropolitan Police when considering for recruitment applications; what plans he has to review the qualifications; and if he will make a statement.
(143795)
137  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost was of early retirement and retirement on the grounds of ill health to police authorities in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) the latest 12 months for which statistics are available; and for each of these years, what percentage of the final budget this cost accounted for.
(143881)
138  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish, for each police authority broken down in the age year ranges (a) up to 35, (b) 36 to 50 and (c) 51 years and over, the level of recruitment and wastage in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) the most recent 12 months for which statistics are available.
(143888)
139  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish, for each police authority, the age profile of each police force in the age ranges (a) up to 35, (b) 36 to 50 and (c) 51 years and over in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) the most recent 12 months for which statistics are available.
(143887)
140  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of retirement to police authorities was in (a) 1980, (b) 1990, and (c) the most recent 12 months for which statistics are available; and for each of these, what percentage of total police budget this cost accounted for.
(143889)
141  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the evidence which has been submitted to him in relation to his review of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers.
(143927)
142  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost has been to the Scout movement as a result of charges for police checks on those wishing to work with children.
(143793)
143  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if charges for police checks on people wishing to work with children are applicable in Wales.
(143794)
144  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the titles of projects (a) undertaken and (b) completed by the Home Affairs Research and Statistics Directorate in the past six months, indicating which of these have been published; and how their findings have been made available.
(142333)
145  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to persuade the States of Guernsey to introduce legislation against discrimination.
(144034)
146  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what actions he is taking to reduce levels of motorcycle theft in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(143905)
147  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances have been recorded in the last 12 months of CS spray being used by police officers in an inappropriate way.
(143919)
148  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have tested positive through mandatory drug testing in each of the last five years.
(143913)
149  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been successfully prosecuted for smuggling drugs into prison in each of the last five years (a) in the UK, (b) at Franland Prison and (c) at Durham Prison.
(143914)
150  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of remand prisoners have received custodial sentences in each of the last five years.
(143917)
151  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides there were among male prisoners under the age of 25 years, broken down by prison, in each of the last five years.
(143963)
152  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are serving mandatory life sentences.
(143915)
153  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time served before release was for life sentence prisoners in the last 10 years.
(143916)
154  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of offenders were convicted of further offences during the two year period after they have been released from prison in each of the last five years.
(143912)
155  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143870)
156  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the budget for the (a) Police Service and (b) Prison Service was spent in (i) England and (ii) Wales in the last 12 months for which figures are available in (A) cash terms, (B) as a percentage of total expenditure on these services and (C) per head of the population.
(144069)
157  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in (a) Wales and (b) England at the latest date for which figures are available.
(144063)
158  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded (a) murders, (b) violent crimes, (c) thefts, (d) robberies, (e) sexual crimes and (f) arrests there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available (i) in total and (ii) per 1,000 of the population in (A) England and (B) Wales.
(144065)
159  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the projects undertaken for her Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144082)
160  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the system of prior scrutiny of arms sales in the United States and Swedish legislatures.
(143693)
161  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on her aid for social welfare for Kosovo.
(143277)
162  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated her Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143698)
163  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within her Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143866)
164  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144081)
165  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143700)
166  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144075)
167  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143696)
168  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the annual budget is for the Police Oversight Commissioner; if he will break down the costs into the main budget heads; and what representations he has received regarding the monies allocated for this purpose.
(142319)
169  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what communication he has received from the Coroner concerning the Sam Marshall case in the last 12 months; and what courses are available to him to enable Crown agents who may have evidence of criminal acts to give testimony before the Coroner without facing prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
(142320)
170  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the rate of (a) absenteeism and (b) sick leave is among all ranks of the RUC; what were the comparable rates were in each of the past 10 years; what targets he has set for further changes; and what additional measures he will take to achieve targets.
(142321)
171  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list, for each electoral district, the number of individuals that have been warned in the past 12 months that their personal details as compiled by security forces have been found in the possession of persons suspected of being engaged in the preparation and commission of acts of terrorism.
(142322)
172  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in identifying the source of military intelligence documents found in August in Clough, County Down; and how many people have been charged and convicted as a result of this raid.
(142323)
173  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in identifying the source of military intelligence documents found in November 1999 in Stoneyford, County Antrim; and how many people have been charged and convicted as a result of this raid.
(142324)
174  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police personnel were questioned in the investigation of complaints made by Mr Bernard Griffin; if he will list the issues of fact established in the criminal court; and how many disciplinary cases are pending.
(142325)
175  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the conviction of Darren James Neill and Michael Magowan.
(142326)
176  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he received (a) in mitigation of the offences of and (b) seeking early release for Darren James Neill, Michael Magowan, Andrew Timothy Lea and Matthew Shane Butcher.
(142327)
177  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will investigate the breakdown of discipline at Oldpark RUC barracks in February 1998.
(142328)
178  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list those criminal convictions in which statements by or evidence of RUC officers Darren James Neill and Michael Magowan was given or taken into account; how many individuals are currently serving a custodial sentence as a result of such convictions; how he plans to ensure that those individuals who may be eligible to have their convictions reviewed are informed of their rights; and how many individuals are so affected.
(142330)
179  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions police have been involved in preventing travellers from using the St. Christopher's Park site; what information is available to the police concerning alternative accommodation; and what is the policy of the police concerning movement of travellers who wish to enter and use the site closest to the Quay's shopping centre in Newry.
(142331)
180  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the outcome of the investigation into the shooting of James Alfred Cornhill on 19th April; and what views were expressed by the Independent Commission for Police Complaints.
(142332)
181  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143859)
182  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the projects undertaken for her Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144074)
183  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has received letters from the Right honourable Member for South West Surrey concerning the disparity in waiting times for NHS inpatient treatment between South West Surrey and Durham in the past year; on how many occasions he has read the letters; and on how many occasions he has replied personally.
(143892)
184  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it is his policy to reply personally to letters from backbench honourable and Right honourable Members concerning issues raised with him at Prime Minister's Questions.
(143891)
185  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 11th December, Official Report, column 358, what role is envisaged for the Rapid Reaction Force in peacekeeping activity on the (a) Kosovo-Serbia border, (b) Kosovo-Macedonia border and (c) Kosovo-Albania border.
(143276)
186  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144073)
187  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the number of flights, including helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143861)
188  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144077)
189  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to raise the capital limits for people in residential care and nursing homes in line with the changes to the Department of Health's charging rules announced in the NHS Plan.
(143771)
190  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the impact on an individual's ability to claim the winter fuel allowance of being in full-time employment after the age of 60 years.
(143886)
191  
N  
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) the pensioners' credit on the likely uptake of stakeholder pensions.
(143845)
192  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list, for each year since 1995, the numbers of flights including helicopter flights taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143865)
193  
  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in how many cases over the past five years the War Pensions Agency defended appeals from nuclear test veterans to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal; and at what cost.
(143924)
194  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Solicitor General, in how many cases during the last 12 months appeals against lenient sentences resulted in an incease in the sentence that had been imposed.
(143928)
195  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out the substantive reasons adduced by the Northern Ireland Director of Public Prosecutions for his decision to drop charges against Mr Bernard Griffin.
(142329)
196  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144078)
197  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what powers he has to regulate the employment of armed UKAEA officers on board ships.
(142855)
198  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what has been the record of attendance of the United Kingdom representatives on the European Coal and Steel Community Consultative Committee over the past two years; what the criteria were for the selection of candidates for the final term of appointment to the Consultative Committee for the period up to the ending of the ECSC Treaty in July 2002; and which representatives were re-appointed.
(144028)
199  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what coal supply contracts have been cancelled or renegotiated because of Government policy on coal state aid.
(144027)
200  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the implementation of the UK Operating Aid Scheme will result in an electricity generating company benefiting from a reduction in the price it pays for coal under contracts struck prior to 1st January.
(144026)
201  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria were used in the selection of members of the Import Parity Price Panel under the UK Coal Operating Aid Scheme; which members of the Panel have been involved in assisting companies applying for aid; and which members have a continuing association with companies that have applied for aid.
(144025)
202  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he has received the OFT report on the legal profession; when he intends to make the report public; and if he will make a statement.
(143796)
203  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Post Office on the impact of new liberalised arrangements for operations on labour relations.
(143885)
204  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much for each financial year from 1998-99 until the latest date for which sums have been allocated his Department has spent and expects to spend on the implementation of the Modernising Government White Paper.
(143703)
205  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the implications of the Competition Commission decision to overrule Ofgem's decision to impose market abuse licence conditions on British Energy and AES.
(143900)
206  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he received export licence application No. 16047 from Aylesbury Automation; when he expects to reach a decision on the application; and if he will make a statement.
(143707)
207  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the commercial risk of publishing the formula proposed by the Post Office for calculating a social network payment for sub-post offices.
(143655)
208  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial assistance he plans to provide to help increase the number of low-sulphur petrol and diesel outlets.
(144058)
209  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many insolvency petitions for (a) small and (b) medium enterprises were allocated to each official receivers office in England and Wales in the last 12 months.
(144056)
210  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent measures he has taken to ensure the continuity of power supply.
(143922)
211  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the quality of power supply to businesses and homes in Slough.
(143923)
212  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what monitoring he undertakes of the frequency, duration and location of power cuts.
(143921)
213  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims have been (a) made and (b) settled by ex-miners from the East Kent coalfield for compensation for (i) respiratory disease and (ii) vibration white finger in the last five years.
(144045)
214  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects all outstanding claims for compensation from ex-miners from the East Kent coalfield to be settled.
(144046)
215  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many ex-miners from the East Kent coalfield have died while waiting for settlement of their compensation claims for (a) respiratory disease and (b) vibration white finger in the last five years.
(144047)
216  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to speed up the settlement of claims for ex-miners seeking compensation for respiratory disease and vibration white finger.
(144048)
217  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143863)
218  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his long term strategy for manufacturing industry.
(144062)
219  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the projects undertaken for his Department by (a) outside consultants, (b) academic researchers and (c) university departments since 1st May 1997, giving the total expenditure incurred in each category.
(144079)
220  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people in Wales have gained (a) sustained employment and (b) short term employment as a direct result of the New Deal since January 1998.
(144057)
221  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many flights including helicopter flights were taken by Ministers within his Department for UK and overseas visits in each year since 1995; on how many occasions (a) charter flights were used and (b) first and club class tickets obtained; and who accompanied the Ministers on each trip.
(143860)
222  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he has discussed with the Welsh Cabinet the possibility of a fast track procedure for Welsh legislation.
(144068)
223  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly concerning job losses in the manufacturing industry in Wales.
(144061)
224  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the cost of creating an artificial lake north of Shrewsbury to reduce the impact of flooding on the town; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (144035)
225  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of youth clubs funded by local authorities in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] [Notice originally given for Tuesday 16th January] (144003)


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