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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 11 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 11 January, 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 11th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the advice his Department has issued on how the introduction of hydro-power schemes can assist flood prevention.
(144867)
2  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many inspectors were employed within his Department and its agencies in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(145247)
3  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many prosecutions there were for breaches of (a) meat hygiene regulations and (b) pesticide safety regulations in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(145246)
4  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what monitoring his Department undertakes of the levels of depleted uranium in fish and shellfish caught in the Irish Sea.
(144984)
5  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who sets performance targets for permanent secretaries.
(145189)
6  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who is responsible for assessing whether a permanent secretary has met his or her performance targets; and how many have failed to do so since 1997.
(145188)
7  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for each year between 1992 and 2000, how many (a) people were seconded to the senior Civil Service from the private sector and (b) senior civil servants were seconded to the private and voluntary sectors; what the average length of their secondment was in each case; and how many (i) senior civil servants and (ii) permanent secretaries were on performance related pay.
(145187)
8  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the work done in each year from 1992 to 2000 by the Central Office of Information for the Royal Household and its value; when this relationship ended; how the value of that work was transformed into grant-in-aid to the Royal Household; and for what reason.
(145192)
9  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has for (a) The Buying Agency and (b) property advisers to the Civil Estate.
(145190)
10  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how the work of the Social Exclusion Unit is incorporated into her initiatives on drug abuse.
(145191)
11  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pusuant to her Answer of 11th Dember 2000, Official Report, columns 47-8W, concerning special advisors, if the results of exercises to cost policies and pledges of opposition parties are placed in the public domain; and if she will place details of the resulting documents in the Library.
(144704)
12  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information he received from (a) Mr Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, (b) Mr David James and (c) related parties concerning an offer to buy the site of the Millenium Dome.
(144711)
13  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the ownership of each of the Millennium Dome's zones, together with his plans for their disposal, listing the beneficiaries of any sale proceeds in each case.
(144715)
14  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when officials in (a) his Department, (b) the Cabinet Office and (c) the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions were informed of Mr Robert Bourne's donations to the Labour Party.
(144716)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visitors to the Millennium Dome (a) paid full prices, (b) paid a reduced price and (c) entered free in (i) November and (ii) December.
(144709)
16  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to the directors of the National Gallery about its exhibition for the millennium, Seeing Salvation.
(145223)
17  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for improving tourism in the Merseyside area in 2001.
(144945)
18  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much European funding has been obtained for tourism in (a) England, (b) North West England and (c) Merseyside for 2001.
(144909)
19  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had on the future of the Millennium Dome; and what estimate he has made of the effects on tourism in the area of the future use of the Dome site.
(144912)
20  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that new televisions which are described as digital can receive digital communications.
(145077)
21  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of staff of (a) GTec and (b) its contractors, have been convicted of corruption charges in the United States of America.
(145195)
22  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid out in grants in total, from Lottery funds, to (a) London and (b) Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens in (i) cash terms and (ii) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total.
(145194)
23  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery income in (a) cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the United Kingdom total Lottery income has been raised in (i) London and (ii) Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens.
(145193)
24  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Sierra Leone.
(144947)
25  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical evidence he has received on the effects on the human body of radiation from non-soluble ceramic, alpha-emitting, depleted uranium lodged in the lungs.
(144738)
26  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will initiate a programme of mass screening for traces of depleted uranium poisoning for all UK soliders who served in the Gulf War and who served or are serving in Bosnia and Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(144722)
27  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts about the health effects of depleted uranium on military personnel and civilians during the wars in the Balkans.
(144737)
28  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it remains his policy to sanction the use of munitions containing depleted uranium in future operations in which the United Kingdom is involved; and if he will make a statement.
(144736)
29  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which of his Department's test locations in the United Kingdom the firing of depleted uranium projectiles has taken place; how many test firings have been made at each location; what arrangements are in place for the protection and monitoring of people and the environment; and if he will make a statement.
(144771)
30  
N  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the firing of depleted uranium projectiles first took place at Eskmeals; whether such tests have been discontinued; what independent environmental monitoring takes place at this site; if the results are published; and if he will make a statement.
(144772)
31  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with American officials on (a) the upgrading of Fylingdales and (b) the upgrading of early warning facilities other than Fylingdales.
(145244)
32  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the ro-ro ship construction contract recently awarded to the winning consortium can be sub-contracted from the German Flensburg yard to a Polish sub-contractor.
(145245)
33  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the breakdown of military attache«s' time shown by the survey of attache« output undertaken by his Department for the financial year 1999-2000.
(144901)
34  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he was consulted on the programme to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee; and for what reason a Fleet Review will not take place.
(144838)
35  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to request the Defence Radiological Protection Service to update its 1993 report on the exposure by British military personnel to depleted uranium during the Gulf war.
(145300)
36  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the recently published report by the United Nations Environment Programme into the environmental and health impact of the use of depleted uranium munitions by NATO forces during the conflict over Kosovo.
(145293)
37  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the methods used to contain, clean-up and immobilise depleted uranium particles fragmented by the test firing of depleted uranium shells at Eskmeals.
(145286)
38  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations have been received from the campaign against depleted uranium.
(145295)
39  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops and medical auxiliaries have been subject to exposure to depleted uranium from NATO and allied forces in (a) Iraq, (b) Kuwait, (c) Bosnia, (d) Kosovo and (e) other parts of the Balkans, arising from military conflicts in those areas in the last five years.
(145292)
40  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the reason for the year-by-year variation in the testing of depleted uranium shells since 1995.
(145297)
41  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communication he has received from the Royal Society in respect of its current inquiry into the effects of the military use of depleted uranium on human health and the environment.
(145288)
42  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research is being conducted by (a) his Department and (b) DERA into alternatives to the use of depleted uranium munitions.
(145298)
43  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of all minutes made of meetings held between representatives from the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency since May 1997, in respect of the environmental monitoring programme of the test firing of depleted uranium shells at the Kirkcudbright test range.
(145299)
44  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the toxic effects on the liver of the ingestion of particles of depleted uranium.
(145276)
45  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests have been received from the European Commission for information gathered by monitoring programmes on exposure to depleted uranium of British troops who have served in the Balkans; what assessments of depleted uranium dangers are being undertaken by NATO; and if he will make a statement on the current state of knowledge gained from the United Kingdom depleted uranium monitoring programme.
(145281)
46  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what response he has made to the representations made to him by the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association over exposure to military personnel of depleted uranium in Operation Granby in 1991.
(145291)
47  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out where the signal message on depleted uranium hazards dated 25th February 1991 from his Department, to which he referred in his Answer to the honourable Member for Linlithgow of 30th November 2000, Official Report, column 727, was found.
(145294)
48  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the source of the depleted uranium used to manufacture depleted uranium-tipped projectiles in the British military stockpile; and what steps are taken to remove high activity contaminants from the depleted uranium stocks before manufacture into weapons.
(145283)
49  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department has reviewed the evidence presented to inquiries held by the United States Congress into the potential hazards of the use of depleted uranium munitions.
(145296)
50  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts about the health effects of depleted uranium on military personnel and civilians during Operation Granby in the Gulf in 1991.
(145287)
51  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what depleted uranium weapons manufactured in the United Kingdom have been tested at sites abroad; and when and where the tests were.
(145284)
52  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department is monitoring the health checks being conducted by Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Norway, France and Belgium, on peacekeeper troops who may have come into contact with depleted uranium whilst deployed in the Balkans.
(145289)
53  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who will take responsibility for marine pollution caused by DERA activities following the privatisation of DERA.
(144990)
54  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines his Department follows when deciding at which sites depleted uranium munitions may be (a) fired, (b) stored and (c) transported.
(144989)
55  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted uranium shells have been (a) stored and (b) fired at (i) Aberporth, (ii) Llanbedr and (iii) Sennybridge.
(144986)
56  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted uranium shells have been transported by (a) air, (b) road and (c) rail to (i) Aberporth, (ii) Llanbedr and (iii) Sennybridge.
(144985)
57  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who will take responsibility for pollution at DERA sites following DERA's privatisation.
(144983)
58  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many claims of discrimination under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been considered to date by (a) employment tribunals and (b) the courts.
(144718)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many times the Ministerial Committee on the Coordination of Basic Skills Policy has met to date; and if he will make a statement.
(144719)
60  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to encourage the adoption of performance-related pay in higher education institutions.
(144720)
61  
N  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funding has been allocated for numeracy in primary schools.
(144445)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps his Department is taking to encourage stronger links between schools and further education colleges in order to widen opportunities for 14 to 16 year olds to take up vocational courses; and if he will make a statement.
(144039)
63  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what requirements there are for schools to provide medical and nursing arrangements for their pupils; what plans he has to increase the requirements; and if he will make a statement.
(144954)
64  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much funding he has given to the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.
(145157)
65  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools in the North West had a shortage of teachers in 2000.
(144910)
66  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on progress made in the re-recognition of national training organisations.
(144866)
67  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he plans to name the national training organisations that have received NTO re-recognition.
(144865)
68  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his Department's consultation into the responsibilities undertaken by nto.telecom before going into receivership.
(144864)
69  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which 10 constituencies have the (a) most and (b) fewest people gained sustained employment under the New Deal.
(145313)
70  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent discussions he has had with universities' representatives on the introduction of top-up fees.
(145311)
71  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many public private partnerships have been introduced into schools in England and Wales since 1st May 1997.
(145312)
72  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those learning and skills councils which have members drawn from the ethnic minority communities.
(145005)
73  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent assessment he has made of the merits of streaming pupils of different abilities.
(143593)
74  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what powers a school governing body has to refuse to accept the appointment of a governor made by a minor local authority.
(144872)
75  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which areas will benefit from the new teacher salary arrangements; and what assessment he has made on the impact on areas near London.
(144725)
76  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with British Gas regarding the value of the proposal to sell the Millennium Dome to Legacy plc.
(144710)
77  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure cooperation between the public and private sectors in reacting to flood damage to major roads.
(144842)
78  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his powers are in relation to the combating of prolonged flooding of major roads.
(144841)
79  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will name the parties with a financial stake in Legacy plc.
(144713)
80  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role has been played by the Environment Agency in connection with the recent flooding of the A22 in Whyteleafe.
(144843)
81  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what perecentage of Legacy plc's equity is owned by (a) Mr Robert Bourne, (b) Treasury Holdings and (c) other parties.
(144712)
82  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he has taken over the recent flooding of the A22 at Whyteleafe; and if he will make a statement.
(144844)
83  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, over what period the Government will receive payments from the sale of the Millennium Dome.
(144714)
84  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 418W, from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has issued on the security implications of the provision of litter bins at railway stations.
(145182)
85  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his Department's policy is on the introduction of congestion charges in the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.
(144904)
86  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for further devolution of power to the regions.
(144307)
87  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice his Department is issuing on the possible locations of 'Tetra' telecommunications masts.
(144869)
88  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton has acted to meet the criticisms of the Local Government Commission concerning its efforts in serving the various communities within the borough.
(144933)
89  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information he has collated on the effect of commercial sand extraction on the decline of the shrimp harvest in the Ribble Estuary.
(144944)
90  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many beaches are regularly monitored for radioactivity in the North West Region.
(144943)
91  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the accuracy of the information available from the Ordnance Survey on the mean high water springs tide-contour around Britain's coastline.
(144942)
92  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to include in the standard spending allowance an additional dedicated sum for gritting and treatment to roads and paths.
(144913)
93  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his Department's policy is on the land filling of scrap tyres; and if this activity will be prohibited from 2003 in line with the EC Landfill Directive.
(144931)
94  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of improving Junction 10 on the M5 to provide access to both north and southbound traffic; and if he will make a statement on the future of the junction.
(145176)
95  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to re-examine local government boundary configurations in major conurbations outside London, before the introduction of elected mayors.
(145302)
96  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many jobs have been created as a result of the activities of the North West Development Agency.
(145303)
97  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which railway companies have been penalised since 1st May 1997; how much they have been fined; when they were fined; and what the reason was for the penalty in each case.
(145301)
98  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many owners of vehicles found in Lewisham were prosecuted by the DVLA, other than the Sidcup office, for (a) not registering their vehicle and (b) not taxing their vehicle in 2000.
(144998)
99  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many people were prosecuted as a result of activity by the DVLA Sidcup office in 2000 for (a) not registering their vehicle and (b) not taxing their vehicle.
(144999)
100  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what were the highest and lowest fines imposed on people for (a) not registering their vehicle and (b) not taxing their vehicle as a result of a successful prosecution by the DVLA Sidcup office in 2000.
(145000)
101  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many complaints were received in the DVLA Sidcup office in 2000 about untaxed vehicles (a) by telephone, (b) by letter and (c) by e-mail.
(145001)
102  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many untaxed vehicles were identified and (a) clamped and (b) removed by the DVLA contractor Sureways in each of the London boroughs in 2000.
(144996)
103  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many residents of Lewisham were prosecuted by the DVLA, other than the Sidcup office, for (a) not registering their vehicle and (b) not taxing their vehicle in 2000.
(144997)
104  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate the DVLA has made of the percentage of vehicles on the streets of each of the London boroughs which are (a) not registered to the current keeper and (b) not taxed.
(144976)
105  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many calls the DVLA Sidcup office took about untaxed vehicles from members of the public in each of the last five years.
(144993)
106  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions for untaxed vehicles were discontinued because the information on the registered keeper was not kept up to date (a) in London and (b) nationally in 2000.
(144994)
107  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many complaints were received by the DVLA Swansea about untaxed vehicles found in each of the London boroughs in 2000.
(144995)
108  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, where the DVLA's roadside cameras for automatic photographing of tax discs and number plates will be piloted.
(144977)
109  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many vehicles in London are exempt from registration for three months as a result of being sold into the motor trade.
(144978)
110  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the impact on the effectiveness of the DVLA plan to photograph tax discs and number plates automatically from roadside cameras on tracking down drivers of untaxed vehicles of registration details being out of date.
(144975)
111  
  
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements the DVLA has made to take details of untaxed vehicles from members of the public in Lewisham.
(144987)
112  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many and what percentage of (a) fresh food outlets, (b) fresh food wholesalers and distributors and (c) fresh food processors were visited unannounced by environmental health officers or Meat Hygiene Service inspectors in each year since 1995.
(145003)
113  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent guidance he has issued to local authorities concerning the implementation and policing of the legislation on noise nuisance.
(145006)
114  
  
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what quantitative evidence he has to show that the benefits of the planned multi-modal interchange at Wolverhampton Railway Station will exceed the costs; and if he will publish his evidence.
(144930)
115  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which ministers (a) discussed and (b) decided how the Dome sale should proceed.
(144766)
116  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the planning decisions to be made concerning the Millennium Dome site.
(144762)
117  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many expressions of interest have been received from companies, consortia and individuals wishing to bid for the Dome site.
(144765)
118  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what checks were carried out concerning other potential bidders before confirming the Legacy Consortium as the preferred bidder for the Dome.
(144769)
119  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many acres of land will be sold as part of the disposal of the Millennium Dome.
(144767)
120  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the bid of the preferred bidder for the Dome is contingent upon planning permission.
(144764)
121  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the Government's estimate is of the value of the Dome site with the Dome (a) removed and (b) remaining.
(144763)
122  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information was made available to each bidder for the Dome site concerning the willingness of the vendor to accept staggered payments.
(144768)
123  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what funding has been provided by his Department to the Torbay Unitary Authority in each of the last three years.
(144908)
124  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the matters discussed and issues decided upon at the Ministerial Environment Council on 18th and 19th December 2000.
(145277)
125  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what monitoring his Department undertakes of the levels of depleted uranium in the Irish Sea.
(144992)
126  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what risk assessment he has made of the impact on public health of the firing of depleted uranium munitions into the Irish Sea.
(144991)
127  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he is taking (a) to improve access to the disabled person's tax credit and (b) to speed up consideration of cases.
(144717)
128  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list by region the number of churches within each denomination which will be entitled to claim VAT reduction on repairs to listed church buildings.
(144981)
129  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the number of churches within each denomination which will be entitled to claim VAT reduction on repairs to listed church buildings.
(144982)
130  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value is of the confiscation of the assets of criminals effected by the Customs and Excise, in each year between 1994-95 and 1999-2000.
(145212)
131  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal measures he plans to enable English regions to be economically competitive within the (a) UK and (b) EU.
(145213)
132  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent measures he has introduced to secure manufacturing jobs in the North West of England.
(145215)
133  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent measures he has instituted to guarantee matching funding on an annual basis, to ensure the draw-down in the English regions of European structural funds.
(145216)
134  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been prosecuted for tax evasion in each year between 1994 and 2000.
(145211)
135  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent measures he has taken to encourage social inclusion in the regions of England.
(145214)
136  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain earn gross pay less than (i) £279.21 per week, (ii) £257.73 per week, (iii) £193.30 per week and (iv) £140 per week, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) for all workers.
(145075)
137  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average weekly gross earnings for full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain for (i) all manual, (ii) all non-manual and (iii) all workers in the last 12 months.
(145074)
138  
  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of workers on adult rates of pay in part-time employment have hourly earnings, including and excluding overtime pay, less than (i) £5.11, (ii) £6.82, (iii) £7.39 and (iv) £3.70 in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) for all workers.
(145073)
139  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the Exchequer yield from a 50 per cent. tax rate starting at (a) £50,000, (b) £100,000 and (c) £50,000 per annum with an additional rate of 60 per cent. starting at £100,000, and the number of taxpayers that would be affected in each case.
(145248)
140  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of deferred capital gains tax under (a) the enterprise investment scheme and (b) venture capital trusts in each of the last three years; what estimate he has made for the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(144705)
141  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer from the Minister for the Cabinent Office of 11th December 2000, Official Report, columns 47-8W, concerning special advisors, which exercises referred to in the Answer have been coordinated by the Treasury since January 2000; and if he will place details of the resulting documents in the Library.
(144703)
142  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many suspected war criminals have been arrested by UK forces in Bosnia.
(144946)
143  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time that spouses of UK citizens are having to wait for entry clearance interviews in Islamabad; and if he will make a statement.
(144724)
144  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will recognise the Chilean Government's claim to exercise control of its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone.
(144723)
145  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many chapters of the European Union application for membership by the Republic of Cyprus have been successfully negotiated; how many remain to be be discussed; and if he will make a statement.
(144907)
146  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons have appeared before the International War Crimes tribunal; and how many have been (a) found guilty and (b) acquitted.
(144903)
147  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Turkish Government about the arrest in Cyprus of Mr Panicos Tsiakourmas; and if he will make a statement.
(145159)
148  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the abduction of Mr Pancos Tsiakourmas, a Greek Cypriot, by Turkish forces from the British Sovereign Base area in Cyprus on 12th December 2000.
(144897)
149  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana.
(145186)
150  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospects of a return to full civilian, democratic rule in Sierra Leone.
(145309)
151  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Israeli Government on their treatment of Palestinian civilians.
(145308)
152  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with American officials on British facilities for National Missile Defence by the United States.
(145307)
153  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the 10 British embassies and high commissions with the (a) highest and (b) lowest running costs, indicating the number of staff employed in each case.
(145310)
154  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on discussions held in December 2000 on disposition options for surplus Russian military plutonium; and what role is being played by the G-8 in developing a financial strategy to support such assistance to Russia.
(145278)
155  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reason was given by the Syrian Government to justify their refusal to provide documents requested by the Government during the Lockerbie trial; and if he will make a statement.
(144770)
156  
N  
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the arrest and imprisonment of Mr Panicos Tsiakourmas, on 12th December 2000, by forces of the Turkish administration from Pergamos, and his health; and what representations he has made to (a) the authorities in northern Cyprus and (b) the Turkish Government about this matter.
(144721)
157  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December, Official Report, column 148W, how many patients were released by the Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority from NHS hospital care in their area to nursing or residential home care under the supervision of social services in each month from August 1998 to November 2000, inclusive.
(144496)
158  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December, Official Report, column 148W, how many patients were deemed by the Southampton and South West Hampshire Health Authority to be ready for release from hospital care in their area to residential or nursing home care under the supervision of social serivces and had continued to occupy a hospital bed for more than two weeks from the date they were deemed eligible for release in each month from August 1998 to November 2000, inclusive.
(144497)
159  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding in each of the last three years he has given to the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority.
(145158)
160  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish for each health authority the percentage take up by individuals of the meningitis C immunisation programme broken down between (a) children under 12 months, (b) 15 to 17 year olds and (c) other at risk groups.
(144870)
161  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list those animals besides cattle and sheep, which are being investigated by the Food Standards Agency for the presence of BSE and TSEs.
(144871)
162  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in Merseyside were vaccinated against meningitis in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000.
(144911)
163  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests have been received by doctors in England and Wales for separate vaccinations for (a) measles, (b) mumps and (c) rubella in the last 12 months; and how many of these requests have been granted.
(144935)
164  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were medically assessed as overweight in Merseyside during (a) 1999 and (b) 2000; and what plans he has to address obesity among children.
(144914)
165  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost per annum to the NHS is of (a) all public relations staff, materials and related expenditure including external contracts and (b) annual reports of health authorities, trusts and PCGs.
(144934)
166  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report was not published in autumn 2000.
(145008)
167  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, for the Merseyside and Cheshire Ambulance Service, the number of ambulance personnel and paramedics for each year from 1992 to 2000, together with the number of calls received for each year.
(145306)
168  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS consultant posts are unfilled; and if he will list the 10 consultancy categories with the most unfilled posts.
(145305)
169  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he has held since June 2000 with private sector health care providers; and which other government ministers attended.
(145304)
170  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were transferred from the Gloucestershire Health Authority area to hospitals in other counties, because no special care baby unit cots were available in Gloucestershire, in the years (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000.
(144980)
171  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pregnant women, in the Gloucestershire Health Authority area, were transferred to give birth in other counties because no special care baby cots were available in Gloucestershire, in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000.
(144979)
172  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's decision on Beta Interferon has been delayed; and on what date NICE will announce its decision.
(145204)
173  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research into retinitis pigmentosa (a) is being and (b) has been recently funded by the Government.
(144932)
174  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of repetitive strain injury were diagnosed and treated in each year since 1995; and what estimate he has made of the total cost of treating the condition.
(145004)
175  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold an inquiry into the suspension, disciplining and dismissal of Dr Saher Sadek, a constituent.
(144900)
176  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 28th November 2000, concerning a constituent, which was transferred to his Department.
(144735)
177  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been accommodated in Wales under the Government's dispersal arrangements, indicating the local authority areas concerned.
(144956)
178  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, as what category of inmate people detained in prison for immigration irregularities will be held; and if he will make a statement.
(145163)
179  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what weekly financial allowances will be given to people held in prisons in England and Wales as a result of immigration irregularities.
(145162)
180  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on detaining people in prison for immigration irregularities; and if he will make a statement.
(145165)
181  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seeker applications were awaiting a final decision on 1st January.
(144905)
182  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from what prison budget funding is provided for the cost of detaining people in prison for immigration reasons.
(145164)
183  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total prison education budget for (a) England and Wales and (b) each London prison was in each of the last five years.
(145175)
184  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been held in prison for immigration irregularities in prisons in England and Wales since 1st January.
(145166)
185  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison inmates in England and Wales took education courses in each of the last three years.
(145161)
186  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many escaped prison inmates there are, indicating (a) from which prison they escaped and (b) on what dates.
(144906)
187  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible for the provision of foreign language leaflets in prisons in England and Wales; and if he will list the languages in which such leaflets are provided.
(145160)
188  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review levels of criminal injuries compensation following the judgement in the case of Heil v Rankin.
(144926)
189  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the validity of reports of former Ukrainian SS troops settling in Britain; what plans he has to investigate such people for war crimes offences; and if he will make a statement.
(144896)
190  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the net effect of his Department's recent grant to Merseyside Police under the Organised Crime Initiative on police numbers in the county.
(144941)
191  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of the annual cost to police forces of charges levied by telecommunications companies for tracking telephone calls and e-mail correspondence; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which the payment of such charges is cost effective.
(145181)
192  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with telecommunications companies over the variation in charges made for tracking telephone calls and e-mail correspondence.
(145185)
193  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the level of charges made by telecommunications companies for tracking telephone calls and e-mail correspondence for law enforcement agencies.
(145184)
194  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on policing in Gloucestershire of the cost to the constabulary of charges levied by telecommunications companies for tracking telephone calls and e-mail correspondence; and if he will make a statement.
(145180)
195  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of the South East Regional Crime Squad retired on grounds of ill health between 1995 and 2000.
(145242)
196  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of assets confiscated from convicted criminals in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(145243)
197  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been dispersed to Liverpool; and how many of them have returned to the South East of England.
(145275)
198  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new prison places have been created in the last 12 months at (a) Liverpool Prison and (b) Altcourse Prison.
(145217)
199  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the capacity is of (a) Liverpool Prison and (b) Altcourse Prison.
(145218)
200  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners there were in (a) Liverpool Prison and (b) Altcourse Prison on 8th January (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001.
(145219)
201  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those asylum seekers processed at the Oakington Detention Centre have been denied entry to the UK; and how many of those refused entry have been removed from the UK.
(144916)
202  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) convicted of selling unfit meat to the public and (b) sentenced to a term of imprisonment in excess of (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five years and over, in each year since 1990.
(145002)
203  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours of purposeful activity were spent on average by each prisoner in each Prison Service establishment since 1st April 2000.
(145009)
204  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent out of cells for each prisoner in each prison establishment was (a) during weekdays and (b) at weekends in (i) 1990 and (ii) 2000.
(144952)
205  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average level of staff sickness was in each Prison Service establishment in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) the period since 1st April 2000.
(144950)
206  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the time spent by prison staff in each Prison Service establishment on training was in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) the period since 1st April 2000.
(144949)
207  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were released on temporary licence (a) in total and (b) broken down by type of licence, in 2000.
(144951)
208  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in each Prison Service establishment are held (a) two to a cell in a single cell and (b) three to a cell in a double cell.
(144948)
209  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are held in Prison Service establishments more than (a) 25, (b) 50, (c) 100 and (d) 150 miles from their committal court town.
(144953)
210  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the landmine clearance programmes in which her Department is involved.
(144902)
211  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of Government aid was for South Africa for each year between 1995 and 2000; and how much has been spent on projects for the modernisation of government in South Africa.
(145220)
212  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice in respect of the potential health hazards posed by depleted uranium dispersed in the environment from NATO shelling has been given to British aid workers deployed in Kosovo.
(145290)
213  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13th December 2000, Official Report, column 167W, regarding lodgings for judges, for how many days cars were hired for the Lewes lodging during (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(144707)
214  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much will be spent on new magistrates' courts in Liverpool in the next two financial years.
(145222)
215  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the total cost was of Liverpool Magistrates' Court in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(145241)
216  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times he used scheduled flights between Northern Ireland and Great Britain on official business during 2000.
(145197)
217  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many nights on official business (a) he and (b) his ministers spent in Northern Ireland in each month in 2000.
(145196)
218  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    To ask the President of the Council, what arrangements she plans to make to inform the House of the compatibility of private bills with the European Convention on Human Rights.
(145183)
219  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the current value is of the block grant under the Barnett Formula to central government funding for Scotland; what it was in 1997-98; and what the forecast is for 2003-04.
(145199)
220  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much money has been provided from the Social Fund to individuals as a result of the recent flooding (a) nationally and (b) in Lewes.
(144708)
221  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on how the pension credit will work for those who receive less than the full basic state pension.
(145156)
222  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in (a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland receive the minimum income guarantee.
(144498)
223  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many British citizens who have retired and taken up residence overseas are in receipt of pensions which are (a) frozen and (b) uprated annually.
(145179)
224  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list those countries where British citizens who have retired receive frozen state pensions.
(145177)
225  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what his estimate is of the cost of abolishing the regulations governing the freezing of state pensions for British citizens who have retired and taken up residence overseas.
(145178)
226  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of pensioners failing to take up appropriate benefits and (b) the value of funds set aside for this propose, and surplus to requirements, in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(145203)
227  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much was spent by his Department on take-up campaigns in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(145202)
228  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the cost of anti-fraud measures was in (a) 1997-98 (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000.
(145201)
229  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people were prosecuted for social security fraud in each year from 1989-90 to 1999-2000.
(145200)
230  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases have been dropped after an initial charge has been laid by the Director of Public Prosecutions, in each year from 1992 to 2000.
(145221)
231  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that independent newsagents are not subject to unfair competition; and if he will make a statement.
(145076)
232  
N  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he has taken to make job-openings available to those who have been made redundant with the closure of BCC at Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
(143476)
233  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received about the regulation of direct mail; and if he will make a statement.
(144957)
234  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft code of practice covering the relationship between suppliers and producers in the produce trade.
(144899)
235  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has received from the Office of Fair Trading on how the process of consultation was determined in the course of preparing the Code of Practice covering the relationship between suppliers and producers in the produce trade.
(144898)
236  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies have relocated from the North West of England, to (a) London, (b) the South East of England, (c) overseas and (d) elsewhere in each year from 1989-90 to 1999-2000.
(145207)
237  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people within his Department work specifically on (a) science and technology matters, (b) competition and consumer offers, including energy, telecoms and environment, (c) trade and export, (d) manufacturing and (e) labour markets; and what is the total number of staff of his Department.
(145209)
238  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for each year between 1989-90 and 1999-2000, how much DTI grant aid was awarded (a) within each of the regions of England, (b) to Scotland, (c) to Wales and (d) to Northern Ireland.
(145208)
239  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many representations he has received on the removal of the Diamond Synchrotron project from Daresbury to Oxford since 1st April 2000.
(145205)
240  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the applications by Knight Piesold for export guarantees in the last 20 years and the projects subsequently approved.
(145315)
241  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what appointments have been made to the management board of the Export Credit Guarantee Department following the recommendation in the recent Mission and Status Review that outside directors should play a key role in overseeing ECGD's risk management systems; and if he will provide details of the appointment procedures followed, the salaries awarded and interests declared by the appointees.
(145318)
242  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions paperwork for applications for export credit guarantees received by the ECGD has gone astray in the last 20 years; and what procedures are in place to prevent this happening.
(145317)
243  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the applications for credit guarantees relating to Kenya received by the ECGD in the last 20 years, indicating the companies, amounts and projects in Kenya involved.
(145314)
244  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to publish minutes of meetings of the ECGD management board.
(145320)
245  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what export credit was given in relation to the building, construction and consultancy work associated with a concrete arch dam in Ewafo Ngiro, Kenya.
(145316)
246  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the period of time for which spent nuclear fuel from the Kalkar SNR300 is permitted to be stored at the UKAEA's Dounreay site; when he expects the plutonium fuel to be moved from Dounreay; and what its final destination will be.
(145282)
247  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the review of security at nuclear plants.
(145280)
248  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many officials in his Department work (a) full-time and (b) part-time in his Department's Regulatory Impact Unit.
(144706)
249  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the impact on the UK's balance of trade of the closure of Llanwern steel works.
(144882)
250  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many compensation claims on behalf of coalminers suffering from respiratory disease, which cover interim the entitlement to compensation arising from the High Court judgement of January 1998, have been settled in full for general and special damages.
(144868)
251  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has made to the European Commission for special dispensations to help the survival of the UK steel industry.
(144880)
252  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on other industrial sectors of the closure of Llanwern steel plant.
(144881)
253  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions and on what dates during the past two years he has met senior executives of Corus Steel to discuss the future of the steel industry in the UK.
(144874)
254  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the National Assembly for Wales on the impact of the Government's industrial policy on the prospects of the steel industry in Wales.
(144875)
255  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions during the past 12 months he has visited Corus steel works in Wales.
(144873)
256  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK steel industry's (a) imports and (b) exports were for the last year for which figures are available.
(144883)
257  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about funding for disease modifying therapies for relapsing/remitting MS.
(145078)
258  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the current value is of the block grant under the Barnett Formula to central government funding for Wales; what it was in 1997-98; and what the forecast is for 2003-04.
(145198)
259  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he was first informed of the possible closure of the Llanwern steel works.
(144878)
260  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps he has taken to ensure that the Llanwern steel works are not closed.
(144879)
261  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what meetings he has had with trade unions representing steel industry workers in Wales.
(144876)
262  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the impact in terms of lost jobs of the closure of the Llanwern steel works by Corus plc.
(144877)
263  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the number of pre-school places.
[Question Unstarred] (143465)
264  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategic military value is given in the context of the sanctions regime applied against Iraq to the inclusion on the proscribed list of (a) dyes, (b) easels, (c) envelopes, (d) spectacles, (e) flower pots, (f) forks, (g) fountain pens, (h) girdles, (i) handkerchiefs, (j) glue and (k) hearing aides.
[Transferred] (145319)
265  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on matters discussed and decisions taken at the EU political and Security Council Meeting held on 9th and 10th January.
[Transferred] (145285)
266  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on progress on the draft directive discussed at the December 2000 meeting of the European Employment and Social Affairs Council relating to information and consultation on company plans.
[Transferred] (144955)
267  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of drink driving were reported by police in Merseyside from 20th December 2000 to 2nd January 2001.
[Transferred] (144915)
268  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many homes in the UK are estimated to have television sets but no TV licence.
[Transferred] (144940)
269  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many prosecutions for use of TV equipment without a licence there were in (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000; and what the monthly trend is.
[Transferred] (144939)
270  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the method adopted to judge whether a claimant's combined savings and debts make them eligible to claim jobseeker's allowance.
[Transferred] (145279)
271  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many prosecutions in England and Wales there were (a) for driving without a valid vehicle excise duty licence, (b) for driving without insurance and (c) for failing to complete and present a SORN for the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available; and what percentage in each category were successful.
[Transferred] (144936)
272  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the latest estimate is of the number of unlicensed motor vehicles regularly used (a) on the highway, (b) off the highway with a valid SORN and (c) off the highway for more than one month without a valid SORN.
[Transferred] (144938)
273  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many without prejudice £25 fine notices were issued per month to vehicle owners who failed to provide information on unlicensed vehicles for which there is no SORN application over the last year.
[Transferred] (144937)
274  
  
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs were lost in the North West of England in each year between 1989-90 and 1999-2000.
[Transferred] (145206)
275  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from British Airways concerning the air worthiness of Concorde; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (145007)


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