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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 9 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 21 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 9th JANUARY
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons British prisoners-of-war held during the Second World War who were not paid during their period of capture have not been subsequently compensated; what plans he has to make payments to the surviving former POWs; and if he will make a statement.
(144379)
2  
  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what method of payment households are paid working families tax credit, broken down by (a) employment status of both partners, (b) level of payment and (c) region.
(144657)
3  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidelines he follows for using civil servants' time to arrange public meetings between Ministers in his Department and prospective parliamentary candidates in that candidate's prospective constituency.
(144658)
4  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is towards ensuring political balance in public meetings with representatives of opposition parties organised and paid for through the Civil Service.
(144659)
5  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidelines were followed by his Department when they issued an invitation to a public meeting on 18th December 2000 in Henley between the Minister for Europe, the honourable Member for Leicester East, Mr Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Henley-on-Thames, and a leading representative from the Liberal Democrats.
(144660)
6  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the cost, of publicity and civil servants time, setting up the debate on 18th December 2000 in Henley between the honourable Member for Leicester East and the Conservative Party prospective parliamentary candidate.
(144661)
7  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison governors were (a) relieved of their duties and (b) demoted in each year since 1995; and what proportion of governors this represented.
(144651)
8  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers, other than those in senior and principal grade, left through (a) resignations and (b) transfer from each of the London prisons and Feltham YOI in proportion to total officer numbers in each year for each establishment since 1995.
(144652)
9  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has expressed his views about the Criminal Justice Review Group's recommendations on judicial appointments.
(144664)
10  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has communicated with members of the Criminal Justice Review Group.
(144663)
11  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has expressed his views about the merit of recommendations made by the Criminal Justice Review Group.
(144665)
12  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland responded to the request for consultation made by the Criminal Justice Review Group.
(144662)
13  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Chief Constable of the RUC will appoint district commanders for each of the reorganised policing districts in Northern Ireland; what the job specification is for the posts; what criteria and selection procedures, are to be used in making the appointments; if independent assessors will take part in the appointment process and if the posts are to be advertised outside the RUC.
(144380)
14  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure a wide range of candidates apply for the posts of district commander in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(144381)
15  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will instruct the present Police Authority not to make more than one appointment to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable; and if he will permit the incoming police board to advertise the post of Assistant Chief Constable and officers without obligation to consult the list of candidates prepared by the current Police Authority.
(144382)
16  
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 establishment and seniority structure of investigative officers in the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; how many officers have been appointed; how many appointees came from (a) RUC (i) serving and seconded and (ii) former officers and (b) other United Kingdom police forces (A) serving and seconded, (B) former officers and (C) Garda Siochana (1) serving and seconded and (2) former officers; and if he will list the nationality, background and previous experience of other appointees.
(144383)
17  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has drafted and agreed operating protocols for investigative officers.
(144384)
18  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been received by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; and how many investigations have been initiated.
(144385)
19  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in implementing a sickness management policy for the RUC and the RUC Reserve; what quality controls are in place; and what have been the results on levels of absence owing to sickness in the RUC.
(144386)
20  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) punishment beatings, (b) punishment shootings and (c) murders there were in Northern Ireland in (i) each week and (ii) each month from 1st October 2000 until 31st December 2000, indicating for each week and month how many of those crimes were committed by (x) Republican and (y) Loyalist groups.
(144650)
21  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the potential energy generation from (a) off-shore wind turbines, (b) land-based wind turbines, (c) wave power and (d) other renewable sources; what proportion of the United Kingdom's annual electricity consumption this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(144671)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter sent to him by the honourable Member for Lewes, dated 14th June.
(144378)
23  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what access criteria he uses for determining whether (a) remote and (b) rural areas are adequately served by petroleum distributors; and how these criteria are employed.
(144653)
24  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he takes to ensure that pricing policies of petrol wholesalers do not disadvantage independent retailers.
(144655)
25  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many independent petrol retailers (a) are in operation and (b) have been closed and sealed in each of the last 10 years.
(144654)
26  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of motor fuels was marketed by (a) each of the major suppliers, (b) hyper and supermarket chains and (c) independent retailers in each year from 1996.
(144656)


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