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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 15 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 15 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.
 


 
MONDAY 15th JANUARY
1  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the loss of income to British farmers consequent on the French Government's ban on the import of beef cattle from Britain.
(45879)
2  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much of the fund for decommissioning UK fishing vessels was spent (a) up to May 1997, (b) between May 1997 and December 2000 and (c) remains available.
(145577)
3  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of its cod quota was caught by the UK fleet in the North Sea in 2000.
(145576)
4  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many foreign owned fishing vessels were on the UK register (a) in May 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(145575)
5  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many UK fishing vessels there were in (a) May 1992, (b) in May 1997 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(145579)
6  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effect since 1999 of United Kingdom measures against quota hopping in respect of (a) the quantity of quota stocks landed in UK ports by foreign owned UK flagged vessels and (b) additional quota being available to the UK inshore fleet.
(145574)
7  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps are being taken to improve regional management of the Common Fisheries Policy.
(145573)
8  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress has been made towards meeting EU targets for reducing fishing fleet over capacity.
(145578)
9  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what additional support is being made available to fishing communities adversely affected by cuts to total allocated catches and quotas for nephrops.
(145571)
10  
  
Mr Alan Campbell (Tynemouth):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with representatives of the regional development agencies regarding the improvement of regional management of fishing.
(145572)
11  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what reports his Department has received on the death of a 12 year old lion at Newquay Zoo from feline spongiform encephalopathy; what estimate he has made of the number of animals which have died from FSE; and if he will make a statement.
(145351)
12  
N  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 521W, on early retirements, how many (a) male and (b) female officials have accepted the offers of early retirement, and at what grade in each case.
(145272)
13  
N  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he will take to ensure that farmers whose land has been affected by flooding meet the requirements of the IACS regulations.
(144884)
14  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his latest estimate is of the total value of the derating of agricultural hereditments calculated on the basis used in the oral Answer given to the honourable Member for Holborn and St. Pancras on 4th December 1980, Official Report, column 409.
(145346)
15  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what English Nature's policy is regarding the criteria for use of the pumps positioned at the sea wall at Pagham.
(144969)
16  
  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on how many occasions since 1979 his Department has had the opportunity to apply to the European Commission for monetary compensatory amounts; on how many occasions applications were made; and how much was paid out in each successful application.
(145839)
17  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many pigs have been slaughtered under measures to contain the recent outbreak of classical swine fever.
(145602)
18  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what BSE testing he proposes to undertake in the United Kingdom during 2001.
(145831)
19  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has made to Her Majesty's Treasury to ensure that agrimonetary compensation is paid automatically each year.
(145091)
20  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to make a formal application for agrimonetary compensation for farmers in the dairy, beef, sheep and cereal sectors this year.
(145092)
21  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has received from the National Farmers Union of Scotland about agrimonetary compensation.
(145090)
22  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance he plans to give to areas which suffered from the recent flooding, with particular reference to the Tewkesbury area; and if he will make a statement.
(144918)
23  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the operation of the honours system.
(145321)
24  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to amend the provisions of the National Lottery Act 1998 concerning the process of awarding the licence to operate the National Lottery; and if he will make a statement.
(145171)
25  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the membership and biographical details of his Department's Advisory Committee on Public Appointments.
(145168)
26  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to protect the physical security of the contents of the Millennium Dome prior to the conclusion of its sale agreement.
(145016)
27  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on proposals to establish an alternative to the National Lottery.
(145139)
28  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the achievements to date of each of the regional culture consortiums.
(145527)
29  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Film Council regarding the publication of actuarial reports on the film franchises.
(145138)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to appoint the Chairman of the Broadcasting Standards Council.
(145170)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the new Millennium Experience Company decided to make remuneration payments through on offshore account; and what the value was of such payments.
(145565)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from trustees and directors of national museums regarding his proposals to alter the method of appointing trustees.
(145169)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what basis appointments are made to his Department's Advisory Committee on Public Appointments.
(145172)
34  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish details of the bids to operate the National Lottery.
(145561)
35  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department gives to the National Foundation for Youth Music in respect of its youth music action zones.
(145431)
36  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had about securing the land for a warm up track at Wembley.
(145836)
37  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the percentage funding is for each artistic discipline specificied by the Arts Council to the regional arts boards.
(145835)
38  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which of the English regional arts boards have a vacant literature officer post; and for how long each of these posts have been vacant.
(145833)
39  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Arts Council funding is spent on literature.
(145834)
40  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) Sport England and (b) Brent Council about establishing a regional sports facility around the warm up track to be built for the 2005 World Athletics Championships at Wembley.
(145742)
41  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his discussions with Rodney Walker on 10th January included discussion of government funding of (a) the National Stadium and (b) developments associated with it.
(145832)
42  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the total funds received by the BBC in 2000 from the European Union.
(145014)
43  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many depleted uranium rounds have been fired (a) by the Navy on operational sea training from their Phalanx and Goalkeeper weapons systems and (b) by the Army at Lulworth and Bovington.
(145225)
44  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances were given by the United States Government to Her Majesty's Government between 1980 and 1985 concerning plans to integrate the Strategic Defence Initiative of the United States with Fylingdales; and if he will make a statement.
(145360)
45  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the open-days at Porton Down were ended; and what plans he has to resume them.
(145352)
46  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fatal accidents have occurred on board Vanguard-class submarines since they entered into service; and what health and safety procedures have been introduced following such accidents.
(145359)
47  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marine, (c) Army, (d) RAF and (e) civilian personnel of his Department there are in Scotland.
(145125)
48  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to monitor the findings of NATO allies about depleted uranium monitoring in the Balkans.
(144670)
49  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future development of the RAF Museum Hendon.
(143732)
50  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the health and safety procedures for those operatives who are dealing with spent depleted uranium shells and munitions boxes that have came into contact with depleted uranium (a) in theatres of action and (b) in domestic ordnance facilities.
(145134)
51  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research into thermobaric weapons is being carried out by the Defence Research and Evaluation Agency at Fort Halstead.
(145526)
52  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department first considered investigating whether to add thermobaric weapons to the British inventory.
(145528)
53  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement regarding the presence, and length of stay, of British troops in Sierra Leone.
(145269)
54  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he intends to publish the legislation for the DERA PPP described in his Department's Performance Report 1999-2000.
(145402)
55  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the vesting date will be for New DERA plc; who the directors of the company are; and if he will place in the Library the articles of association of the company.
(145403)
56  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what single bed accommodation there is at Macrahanish Airport; and how many married quarters there are.
(145124)
57  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with the Gloucestershire Constabulary before deciding to reduce the number of his Department's police at RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(145167)
58  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what depleted uranium rounds were discharged for training purposes in Saudi Arabia on the Devil Dog Dragoon Ranges in 1990-91; and if the ranges were cleared after firing.
(145128)
59  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many married quarters are available to each service of the armed forces in Scotland, broken down by location; and how many are occupied by families.
(145120)
60  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how United Kingdom forces in the Balkans were warned to stay clear of areas in which depleted uranium amunition had been expended; what precautions they were required to take if they were obliged to enter these areas; what monitoring of their physical welfare took place thereafter; and on what date such precautionary warnings and measures were first announced.
(145136)
61  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single accommodation places exist for each of the services in Scotland for (a) officers and (b) other ranks, broken down by location; and how many are occupied.
(145121)
62  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools in the Leeds Central parliamentary constituency which have received funding under the New Deal for schools since May 1997, showing the amount of funding in each case.
(145341)
63  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the staff complement is of the Children and Young Persons' Unit located in his Department; from which government departments and in what numbers his staff has been drawn; what is the (a) total estimated annual cost to each department and (b) overall estimated annual cost of the unit; and what arrangements are in place to secure co-ordination with the work of departments with responsibilities for the unit.
(145397)
64  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many personal advisers under the Connexions strategy will be in post in each of the three years commencing April; and what is the cost of their employment.
(145396)
65  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement of co-ordination of the activities of the Connexions Unit, the Children and Young Persons' Unit and the Youth Service Unit.
(145399)
66  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the work of inter-ministerial and cabinet committees in co-ordinating youth policies.
(145400)
67  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to (a) change the student support package to reflect social changes since the Education Act 1962 and (b) simplify and make more intelligible the content of the implementing regulations.
(145395)
68  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of the time of the Minister of State, Home Office, the Right honourable Member for Brent South, is devoted to the work of the Children and Young Persons' Unit within his Department; and on whose departmental vote the support costs are carried.
(145398)
69  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to encourage local education authorities to promote awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day in schools.
(145409)
70  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans the Government has to fund the provision of Steiner education techniques in maintained schools.
(145723)
71  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools in Newcastle upon Tyne that will receive extra resources because they are below the target of 25 per cent. A to C grade GCSEs; how much each will receive; and where in the ranking of the eligible schools each eligible school in Newcastle appears.
(145249)
72  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money was available to the City of Newcastle upon Tyne under the Standards Fund for each year of the Fund; how much was spent; and what was the total amount available under the Fund for 2001-02.
(145250)
73  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate what proportion of students in each government office region paid (a) full and (b) partial tuition fees and the proportion of those who were exempt in the 2000-01 academic year; and if he will estimate what percentage in each category there will be in each region in 2001-02.
(145255)
74  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which local authority areas in England and Wales will be eligible for the take up of opportunity bursaries in October 2001; and what will be the individual eligibility for students from those areas to receive such bursaries.
(145257)
75  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many mature students received bursaries for childcare and travel in 2000-01; from which local education authority areas those students came; and which universities those students attended.
(145256)
76  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of funding for the Higher Education Funding Council allocations to each university were in respect of research support in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000, (c) 2000-01 and (d) estimated for 2001-02; and what such allocations were expressed as a sum per student.
(145253)
77  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the participation rate in higher education for 18 to 24 year olds in each UK nation and government office region in each of the last five years.
(145254)
78  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funding is paid by his Department in the current financial year to the London Borough of Wandsworth for the development of nursery school provision.
(145428)
79  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, under what circumstances someone claiming jobseeker's allowance can sign on by post.
(145127)
80  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much was spent in the most recent year for which figures are available on reimbursing those on jobseeker's allowance, travelling to an interview at the jobcentre other than on their normal day of attendance.
(145126)
81  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of reimbursing the travel costs of those people in rural areas who have had to travel to jobcentres to sign on and claim benefits in the last three years.
(145135)
82  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures are in place to assist those living in rural areas with essential travel costs on public transport; what plans he has further to assist those living in rural areas with travel costs incurred by travelling to local jobcentres to apply for benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(145137)
83  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for what reason a resident of Herefordshire, with an approved individual learning account (reference 4001658711) who is studying 'A' Level Welsh through Coleg Gwent, cannot transfer funding to study at a Welsh establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(145436)
84  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many school playing fields have been sold in England in each of the last five years.
(145605)
85  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many school playing fields have been sold in the constituency of Penrith and The Border in each of the last five years.
(145606)
86  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what definition of business is used to determine the percentage of business representation on the regional learning and skills councils.
(145228)
87  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out the basis on which the sums being held back from local education authorities, funding in relation to adult education in 2001-02 have been calculated.
(145226)
88  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out for each local education authority their spending on adult education this year and the sum being top-sliced from their funding for adult education in 2001-02.
(145227)
89  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what additional resources he will provide to the Employment Service in Lymington and the New Forest to assist with redundancies consequent upon the reorganisation of the FACCENTA Group.
(145015)
90  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the three education authorities in England with the highest numbers of vacancies for qualified classroom teachers in maintained secondary schools.
(145634)
91  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many vacancies for qualified classroom teachers in maintained secondary schools there are in (a) England, (b) Essex, (c) Southend on Sea, (d) Kensington and Chelsea, (e) Barking, (f) Dagenham, (g) Lambeth, (h) Islington and (i) Enfield.
(145632)
92  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many vacancies for teachers in England there are within maintained schools classified by each subject; and what the total shortage in England was in each of the last 10 years.
(145633)
93  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the policy of his Department is towards the establishment of lists of buildings of local historical interest by local authorities.
(145751)
94  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the impact of the Transport Act 2000 on the CAA pension scheme.
(145401)
95  
  
Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will make available to parish councils further copies of the summary on the White Paper on rural England.
(145408)
96  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish a response to the Stewart Report on mobile telecommunications.
(145367)
97  
  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when consultations on the energy efficiency section of the building regulations began; when the closing date for responses was set; and what the expected implementation date of the new or revised regulations will be in England and Wales.
(145432)
98  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has issued to local authorities on height restrictions on new developments adjacent to existing properties.
(145531)
99  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Central Line on the London Underground is fully automatic train operation operational; and if he has received Her Majesty's Rail Inspectorate approval.
(145354)
100  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how the principle of using best available techniques not entailing excessive cost is applied to crematoria in the UK.
(144726)
101  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the findings of recent ambient air quality surveys have been concerning the level of airborne mercury particles near crematoria; and how, and at what level, such pollutants may become a danger to health.
(144727)
102  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what financial assistance is available to (a) private and (b) local authority cerematoria which experience difficulty in financing the purchase and installation of new equipment required by legislation.
(144728)
103  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his letter of 14th December 2000 to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, if he will make a statement on his meeting with Ralph King about the Flixborough disaster.
(144669)
104  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to announce his Soil Protection Strategy.
(144666)
105  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he proposes to take following the judgement of the House of Lords in the case of Goodes v East Sussex; and if he will make a statement.
(145719)
106  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he plans to allow public consultation before he announces new special areas of conservation; and if he will make a statement.
(145449)
107  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the guidelines by which he will decide on the location of new special areas of conservation.
(145450)
108  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce a national waste collection scheme for farm plastic; and if he will make a statement.
(145453)
109  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the sites he is proposing for new special areas of conservation.
(145451)
110  
  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what areas are designated as urban and rural for determining financial allocations and other departmental purposes; and what changes have taken place in the areas so designated over the last 20 years.
(145837)
111  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department received the latest planning application for the development of the former Warnborough College site in Boars Hill, Oxford; and when he expects to make a decision.
(145746)
112  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what enquiries and research his Department is undertaking as part of its consideration of the latest planning application regarding the Warnborough College site in Boars Hill, Oxford.
(145747)
113  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets there are for the speed of decision-making in his Department on planning applications.
(145748)
114  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the discussions on 8th January between the Minister for Local Government and the Association of London Government about asylum seeker support.
(145335)
115  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the United Kingdom's contribution to global carbon dioxide emissions has been for each of the past three years, (a) by volume and (b) in percentage terms.
(145590)
116  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the estimated contribution of private and commercial vehicles to total UK carbon dioxide emissions for each of the past three years in (a) percentage terms and (b) by volume.
(145433)
117  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which sections of concrete roads are planned to be surfaced with quieter materials in the financial year beginning in April 2001; and what criteria were used to select them for priority treatment.
(145445)
118  
  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if resurfacing of the concrete sections of the A50 at Doveridge in Derbyshire will take place in the financial year beginning in 2002.
(145446)
119  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of British crematoria which do not conform to standards on emission of heavy metals laid down by existing international agreements.
(145011)
120  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the international agreements concerning the emission of heavy metals to which British crematoria must conform.
(145010)
121  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to issue new guidelines to British crematoria in respect of emissions of heavy metals.
(145013)
122  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the costs of modifying British crematoria to ensure that they conform to international obligations concerning the emission of heavy metals.
(145012)
123  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the site investigation of the proposed Green Burial site at Acorn Ridge, Enborne carried out by West Berkshire District Council, meets the requirements of the Planning Inspection Decision Letter (25/8/98) (Ref. T/APP/WO340/A/98/293497/PS).
(145224)
124  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the application to build a motorway services area near Brockworth, Gloucestershire.
(144917)
125  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many waste incinerator sites have been identified in the County of Essex; where they are located; and what steps he plans to take to amend his policy on waste to take account of Essex County Council's amendment to the draft Waste Local Plan.
(145846)
126  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the planning status is of each site in the County of Essex which has been identified as a possible location for a waste incinerator.
(145845)
127  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from Essex County Council about the County's draft Waste Local Plan; and if he will make a statement.
(145847)
128  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will seek medical and scientific evidence from the World Health Organisation and the European Union on the use of incinerators to burn waste in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
(145844)
129  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the level of subsidy has been in percentage terms which is paid to local authorities towards the cost of rent rebates for each year since 1990-91.
(145623)
130  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many households are defined as fuel-poor on the basis of (a) income including housing benefit and mortgage interest support, (b) income excluding housing benefit and mortgage interest support and (c) income excluding housing expenditure.
(145766)
131  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage integration and coordination between the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme, energy efficiency commitment schemes and other sources of funding for domestic energy efficiency programmes.
(145767)
132  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish a report on the improvements resulting from work carried out under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, showing for each energy conservation authority (a) expenditure on energy efficiency improvement, (b) percentage improvement in residential energy efficiency, (c) estimated reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and (d) estimated reduction in levels of fuel poverty.
(145763)
133  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what he estimates to be the reduction in numbers of fuel-poor households since 1996 and the amount of reduction attributed to (a) improved energy efficiency, (b) reduced fuel prices and (c) increased household income.
(145764)
134  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to help ensure that trains are designed to provide better access for people with disabilities, with particular reference to wheelchair and power scooter users.
(145394)
135  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what external advice he is taking in respect of his plans to extend the level of woodland cover in England.
(145439)
136  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions his Department have had with national park authorities about access to water for non-powered craft; and if he will make a statement.
(145438)
137  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to promote enterprise among disadvantaged groups in disadvantaged areas in the West of Scotland.
(145772)
138  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of respondents to the pilot census survey undertaken on 25th April 1999 in Leeds identified themselves as Kashmiri.
(145621)
139  
  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will abolish the rule that an application for up to six months funding of working families tax credits can be applied for only if the employer submits such application for funding at least nine working days before such employer is due to pay tax credits.
(145841)
140  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of workers on adult rates of pay in part-time employment have hourly earnings (a) including and (b) excluding overtime pay that are less than (i) £4.94, (ii) £6.58, (iii) £7.18 and (iv) £3.60 in (A) Scotland, (B) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (C) the UK, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female workers, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers.
(145666)
141  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the impact on the Scottish economy of the trading performance of the euro.
(145661)
142  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Scotland paid no income tax in the last year for which figures are available.
(145656)
143  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost of mortgage tax relief was in Scotland in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000; and what the estimated cost is in 2000-01.
(145667)
144  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost to the Scottish economy of the recent rail disruptions.
(145660)
145  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual expenditure by Her Majesty's Government on (a) the working families tax credit and (b) the childcare tax credit has been in Scotland since 1997.
(145669)
146  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average weekly earnings are (a) including and (b) excluding overtime, for part-time workers in (i) Scotland, (ii) each of the local unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (iii) the UK, broken down by (A) men and (B) women in (1) manual employment, (2) non-manual employment and (3) all employment.
(145664)
147  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the economic activity rate in Scotland is for (a) men, and (b) women, for age groups (i) 16 and 17, (ii) 18 to 24, (iii) 25 to 34, (iv) 35 to 49, (v) 50 to 59, (vi) over 60 and (vii) 16 and over in each year from 1995 to 2000.
(145662)
148  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of families with children in Scotland who are eligible for the working families tax credit.
(145670)
149  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue in (a) income tax and (b) National Insurance contributions was raised from the (i) top one per cent., (ii) top five per cent., (iii) top 10 per cent. and (iv) bottom 50 per cent. of taxpayers in Scotland since May 1997.
(145657)
150  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) number and (b) percentage of higher rate taxpayers in each local authority area in Scotland.
(145672)
151  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many persons in Scotland are in receipt of (a) working families tax credit and (b) the childcare tax credit.
(145671)
152  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average working families tax credit and (b) average childcare tax credit payment per week was for persons in Scotland since 1997.
(145668)
153  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the sum allocated in the draft EC Budget and Adopted EC budget for 2000 to the European Movement will be spent in Scotland in the 2000-01 financial year.
(145659)
154  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the attitude of Scottish business towards (a) entering and (b) staying out out of the euro.
(145658)
155  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue impact on the Exchequer that would result from harmonising VAT on repairs and new buildings on greenfield land at five per cent.
(145591)
156  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the organisations with which Treasury officials have had discussions in the last three months on the use of the term tax burden; and what advice and instructions were given on the use of that term.
(145618)
157  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue impact on the Exchequer of harmonising VAT on repairs and new buildings at five per cent.
(145594)
158  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of VAT paid by heritage groups in each of the last five years in respect of repair work on historic buildings.
(145588)
159  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from heritage groups about the level of VAT charged on repair work.
(145587)
160  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on planning decisions of imposing a five per cent. rate of VAT on new building on greenfield land.
(145592)
161  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT was paid by church groups in relation to repair work on churches in each of the last five years.
(145610)
162  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on the house building industry of introducing a five per cent. VAT rate on new construction.
(145593)
163  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his assessment is of the degree of convergence between the UK and economies in the euro zone between 1992 and 2000; and what his estimate is of the degree of convergence between 2001 and 2004.
(145635)
164  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make available to honourable Members his report to the EU Commission on his assessment of the United Kingdom's ability to meet the Maastricht criteria.
(145619)
165  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 462W, if he will make it his policy to provide compensation to Equitable Life policy holders who acted on the guidance issued by his Department.
(145570)
166  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what appraisal has been made of the efficiency and effectiveness of the self-assessment tax process by (a) his Department and (b) the National Audit office.
(145388)
167  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Customs and Excise entered into a confidentiality agreement with a third party for the purpose of evaluating evidence from that third party which may be offered in respect of current litigation; and if he will make a statement.
(145133)
168  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many auctions by the Bank of England of notes in foreign currencies there have been over the past five years; and if he will list the (a) currencies and (b) amounts involved.
(145628)
169  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the currencies which will be paid to the Bank of England for euro notes; and which currencies will be involved in the payment of interest.
(145629)
170  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the euro notes being auctioned by the Bank of England on 16th January will not be offered to institutions in the United States of America; and if any other nations are subject to the same restrictions.
(145630)
171  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the European Central Bank was consulted on the proposed issue of Euro notes by the Bank of England; and if he will make a statement.
(145627)
172  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average price per ton was secured by the Bank of England for the recent sale of gold which he instructed them to carry out.
(145631)
173  
N  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he gave approval to the proposal by the Bank of England to auction 500 million euro notes on 16th January; and what the purpose of the initiative is.
(145626)
174  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU colleagues about combating drug trafficking within the European Union.
(145322)
175  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the North Atlantic Council meeting which took place on 14th and 15th December.
(143749)
176  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the detention of the Greek Cypriot Panicos Tsiakourmas on 12th December 2000 by Turkish forces; and what representations have been made to the Turkish authorities.
(145608)
177  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the (a) average starting salary and (b) current average salary for London-based translators working for the Secret Intelligence Service.
(145349)
178  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the applications for exports to Iraq submitted in the last year which have been blocked in the 661 UN Committee by (a) Her Majesty's Government's representative and (b) other members of the Committee; and if he will indicate the value of the exports concerned.
(145430)
179  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many London-based translators with the Secret Intelligence Service have (a) been recruited or (b) resigned and retired in each of the last five years.
(145350)
180  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the landmine clearance programmes in which his Department is involved.
(145429)
181  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British High Commissioner in Cyprus about the detention of Mr Panicos Tsiakourmas in northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(145437)
182  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the rate of remuneration of Sir David Hannay in respect of his work in Cyprus.
(145567)
183  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to visit Cyprus.
[R] (145447)
184  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which date he first received advice from the British Embassy in Japan that discussions should begin with the Japanese on returning the Takahama mox fuel to the UK, following the discovery of the data falsification at Sellafield.
(145693)
185  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Chinese ministers regarding the destruction of churches in Wenzhou in China; and if he will make a statement.
(145268)
186  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the President of Burkina Faso about the recent UN report concerning his country and breaches of UN arms and diamonds bans on anti-government forces in Angola and Sierra Leone.
(145262)
187  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met Lord Levy to discuss his recent visit to South America.
(145259)
188  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement regarding the extension by the President of Sudan of the state of emergency by another year.
(145264)
189  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement regarding the recent United Nations report concerning the role of Gambia in trafficking in conflict diamonds.
(145263)
190  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of Lord Levy's meetings with officials during his visit to South America.
(145258)
191  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of Lord Levy's visit to South America, with particular reference to UK-South American relations.
(145260)
192  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the UK delegation to a meeting of the European Council of Ministers has been led by someone other than a member of Her Majesty's Government; and if he will list those involved.
(145646)
193  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what bar there is to people of any faith being appointed to be head of particular United Kingdom missions overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(145347)
194  
N  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues were discussed at the North Atlantic Council meeting which took place on 14th and 15th December.
(143738)
195  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action is being taken to secure the immediate release of Mr Tsiakourmas, a Greek Cypriot national by the Turkish Cypriot authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(145084)
196  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations are being made to the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot authorities regarding the medical condition of Mr Tsiakourmas; what treatment has been provided to ensure his health does not deteriorate; and if he will make a statement.
(145082)
197  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations have taken place into the events surrounding the abduction of Mr Tsiakourmas; what facts have been established in relation to the charges under which he is being detained; and if he will make a statement.
(145083)
198  
  
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit the Republic of Cyprus.
(145441)
199  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning (a) violence directed against the Christian minority in India and (b) the recent abduction and beating of two Christian priests in Gujarat.
(145759)
200  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the Prime Minister of India's recent reaffirmation of his commitment to secularism and religious toleration in India.
(145760)
201  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian authorities concerning the recent incidents of violence directed against the Christian minority in India, including attacks on churches in Vyara Taluka, Jwalapur and Bokaro, and a serious assault on a Catholic priest in Gwalior.
(145758)
202  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning the return of Ethiopian Oromo refugees from Sudan.
(145364)
203  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the EU aid package to Columbia will ensure that humanitarian assistance is brought to internally displaced communities.
(145362)
204  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning the arrest of several hundred Chin people from Burma who are seeking asylum in the Mizoram state of north east India.
(145363)
205  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the honourable Member for Walsall North will receive a reply to his letter of 4th December 2000, regarding a constituent.
(145600)
206  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of India in respect of the issuing of passports to the proposed delegation to Pakistan of the all-party Hurriat Conference.
(145533)
207  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish a response to the Stewart Report on mobile telecommunications.
(145366)
208  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the hospitals in Devon and Cornwall which failed to meet standards of basic hygiene according to the recent survey.
(145365)
209  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase patients' access to information about the licensing of new medicines.
(144583)
210  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the Government's review of section 118 of the Medicines Act 1968.
(144584)
211  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if (a) stoma care, (b) ulcer/pressure sore dressing, (c) peg feeding and (d) changing catheters for residents in nursing homes will be paid for under his proposals if they are delegated and supervised by a registered nurse.
(144920)
212  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam's letter dated 7th December 2000 concerning cost of living allowances.
(144776)
213  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact his proposals for the NHS to pay for nursing care in nursing homes from October 2001 will have on the amount residents are charged when they are being helped with their fees by the social services.
(144922)
214  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of health authority compliance with current guidance in respect of disease modifying therapies for MS.
(144773)
215  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if existing NHS guidance in respect of disease modifying therapies for MS will apply to (a) capoxone and (b) other drugs licensed by the MCA.
(144774)
216  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the minutes of the NICE Appraisal Committee meeting held on 13th December 2000.
(144775)
217  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents currently in nursing homes will be affected by his proposals for the NHS to pay for nursing care in nursing homes from October 2001; and if he will publish estimates of those likely to be affected in future years.
(144921)
218  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the tool to be used across the country for assessing for nursing care, referred to in paragraph 219 of the Explanatory Notes on the Health and Social Care Bill.
(144923)
219  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the result of his Department's review of the list of medicines that ambulance paramedics are allowed to administer on their own initiative; if he will indicate the timescale for implementing proposals arising from the review; and if he will make a statement.
(145356)
220  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will summarise the result of the pilot studies on Chlamydia; and if he will make a statement.
(145355)
221  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many packages containing lethally toxic and pathogenic substances have (a) been sent from and (b) been sent to the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down in each of the last two years; how many have been deemed to have been damaged; how many were delivered to the wrong address; what action was taken in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(145353)
222  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many retired people have received the winter anti-influenza vaccine to date.
(145768)
223  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has given to St. George's Hospital, Tooting, in each of the last three years.
(145440)
224  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trust audiology services are involved in trials of digital hearing instruments; where they are located; and how many patients have benefited from the new technology in each NHS trust area.
(144731)
225  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued by his Department concerning the issuing and use of digital hearing instruments; and how many such instruments have been issued to date at first wave sites.
(144730)
226  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations have been consulted during the formulation of his proposals for modernisation for NHS hearing aid services.
(144732)
227  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are on NHS waiting lists in the Brent Health Authority area; how many were on such lists in May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(145881)
228  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which strains of attenuated viruses have been used in the creation of the MMR vaccine over the past 10 years.
(145130)
229  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many human subjects were given the MMR vaccine during its trial period; what their age groups were; how long the trial period lasted for; how long after the trial period the human subjects were monitored for adverse reactions; and who conducted the monitoring.
(145129)
230  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what medical reasons single antigen measles and mumps vaccines are not licensed in the United Kingdom.
(145131)
231  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many days since 1st December 2000 Wycombe General Hospital has been on red alert.
(145596)
232  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting (a) in accident and emergency for beds and (b) in the medical assessment unit at 9 a.m. on each of the days from 1st December 2000 to 10th January 2001 at Wycombe General Hospital.
(145595)
233  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances nurses working for NHS Direct have access to individual medical records; and if he will make a statement.
(144959)
234  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow NHS Direct workers to have access to individual medical records.
(144958)
235  
  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistical data he collects on the provision of local authorities of day care for the elderly.
(145580)
236  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the guidelines on the use of general wards in hospitals for patients with mental disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(145452)
237  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration he has given to the case of Mr Jim Norris of Fife Health Board; and what estimate he has made of the implications of this case for (a) health authorities and (b) patients in England and Wales.
(145692)
238  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the National Health Service is of a full course of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.
(145599)
239  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the National Health Service is of a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.
(145598)
240  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is to the National Health Service of a full course of radiotherapy to treat breast cancer following a mastectomy.
(145597)
241  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prescription rate for beta interferon is (a) nationally, (b) in North Yorkshire and (c) in other EU member states.
(145603)
242  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total cost of petrol to the NHS for each of the past three years.
(145878)
243  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the applications he has received in respect of the hospital building programme.
(145770)
244  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Tunbridge Wells of 6th December 2000, regarding the strategic outline case for a new acute hospital in Tunbridge Wells.
(145771)
245  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if an ambulance authority will be deemed to have met the eight minute target time for an emergency if attendance is by a volunteer under the first responder scheme.
(145530)
246  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Broxbourne of 18th October 2000, 16th November 2000, 13th December 2000 and 9th January on behalf of her constituent, Mrs. Rita Oliver.
(145097)
247  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will seek medical and scientific evidence from the World Health Organisation and the European Union on the use of incinerators to burn waste in other countries; and if he will make a statement.
(145843)
248  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute NHS trusts there are in England; and what population is served by each trust.
(145625)
249  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the acute NHS hospitals which have an MRI scanner on their premises.
(145624)
250  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received intermediate care services in 1999-2000; how his Department will ensure that the NHS and local councils are able to achieve the target set in the NHS Plan Implementation Programme for the number of people who will receive intermediate care beds in 2001-02; and how this target will be broken down regionally.
(145348)
251  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has been notified by NICE of the date for completing their technology appraisals of Interferon Beta and Glatiramer; and if he will make a statement
(145722)
252  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the national minimum standards for homes for older people.
(145105)
253  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 196W, what steps he plans to take to provide a secure regulatory framework on the market for those products which are safe combinations of herbal remedies and food ingredients; and if he will make a statement.
(145568)
254  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response the Medicines Control Agency has made to the European Commission in its call for comments on the draft Traditional use Medicines Directive; and if he will arrange for that reponse to be published in the Official Report.
(145389)
255  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 196W, if it is his policy to promote within discussions on the proposed Traditional Use Medicines Directive efforts to reduce the 30 year qualifying period for the demonstration of traditional use to a shorter period that reflects the conditions of the existing UK market.
(145582)
256  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 196W, if it is his policy to promote within the discussions on the proposed Traditional Use Medicines Directive the objective of extending its scope to include products which are combinations of herbs with other ingredients and which have been on the market for the qualifying period (a) as part of the combination in question or (b) as an ingredient separate from the one with which it is to be combined.
(145581)
257  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Dr Daniel Wani, a constituent, will receive his travel documents.
(145104)
258  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 573W, if he will list the prisons where (a) he and (b) the governors are aware of an obviously significant level of dealing in unlawful drugs; and if he will review the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to provide a valid defence to (i) prison governors and (ii) others in a relevant management position against charges under section 8.
(145569)
259  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision on Wyner and Brock on (a) Ministers', (b) his Department's officials' and (c) prison governors' responsibility for policy and management of prisons.
(145448)
260  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to support Holocaust Memorial Day.
(145589)
261  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what cultural activities will take place to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
(145411)
262  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the bid by Gedling Crime Prevention Partnership for the latest round of CCTV funding; and when he will make an announcement.
(145532)
263  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to prevent members of police armed response units being identified in legal proceedings.
(145358)
264  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of the availability of supervised youth facilities as an anti-crime and disorder measure; what has been the trend in the availability of such facilities over the past decade; and if he will make a statement.
(145357)
265  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) uniformed and (b) non-uniformed staff of Northumbria Police there were in each year since 1996-97 and proposed for 2001-02.
(145251)
266  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of crime in each main category there were expressed (a) as a total and (b) as a total per 1000 population in the Northumbria Police area for each six month period from April to October 1996 to April to October 2000.
(145252)
267  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the age of the youngest person taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police for prostitution was in the last 12 months.
(145427)
268  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the number of children under the age of 16 years who have entered the UK as asylum seekers (a) with parents and (b) on their own in each of the last three years.
(145761)
269  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of the issuing of asylum vouchers was in the last 12 months.
(145426)
270  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers are suspended from duty at each prison in England and Wales.
(145762)
271  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum vouchers were issued in each week of December 2000.
(145769)
272  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to address the issue of credit card fraud, with particular reference to cloning and skimming.
(144733)
273  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whom he has met recently to discuss credit card fraud.
(144734)
274  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact recent incidents of credit card fraud have had on e-commerce; and what steps his Department is taking to address the issue of credit card fraud.
(144729)
275  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities the Public Enquiry Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate offers private solicitors for dealing with immigration and asylum applications; how many practices are offered this facility; and what criteria they must meet.
(145529)
276  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of street robberies in the Metropolitan Police area were robberies of mobile phones in (a) each of the last four calendar years for which figures are available and (b) the period since the end of the last calendar year for which figures are available.
(145345)
277  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) how many and (b) what proportion, of 999 calls to the Metropolitan Police were made from mobile telephones in each of the last five years; and what the proportion of serious calls was from (i) mobile and (ii) other telephones in the same period.
(145344)
278  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will lay before Parliament the draft UK-wide codes in connection with the functions of examining officers and authorised officers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and the order under paragraph 19 of Schedule 8 to the Act in connection with a solicitor's presence at interview in Scotland.
(145842)
279  
  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what areas are currently designated as urban and rural for determining financial allocations and other departmental purposes; and what changes in designation have taken place, in the areas so designated over the last 20 years.
(145838)
280  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if a consultation on regulations for the commercial use of the electoral register will be conducted by his Department.
(145607)
281  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many press officers there are in his Department; and what his projected figure is for March 2001.
(145564)
282  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what plans he has consulted police organisations about a new framework of police conditions of service; and if he will make a statement.
(145552)
283  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the real terms increase in local police budgets will be in 2001-02.
(145018)
284  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of his Department's national recuitment campaign was up to 1st January; and what cost (a) has been and (b) is planned to be incurred in 2001.
(145095)
285  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) length of service and (b) age profile of police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police.
(145086)
286  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce local determination of police pay and conditions.
(145551)
287  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his projections are for total police numbers at (a) March 2001 and (b) March 2002.
(145558)
288  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received from police forces about recording of (a) stops, (b) searches and (c) stop and searches.
(145024)
289  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the consultants used by his Department in 2000 and proposed to be used in 2001, and the costs involved.
(145096)
290  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent reports he has received about the deterrent impact of stop and search in inner city anti-robbery initiatives.
(145098)
291  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the money for tackling crime announced on 27th March 2000 has been spent.
(145557)
292  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimates he has received from each police force for the three years commencing in April 2000 of (a) wastage in terms of losses to each force and the police service as a whole and (b) projected transfers between forces.
(145556)
293  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measures to address the decline in the number of special constables since April 1999.
(145609)
294  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) total wastage and (b) actual wastage in police numbers took place on a monthly basis in 2000 in respect of each police force.
(145102)
295  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his most recent assessment is of police forces' progress against crime reduction targets for vehicle crime and burglary.
(145085)
296  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the monthly recruitment intake target for the Police College at Hendon is for 2001; and how many entrants have applied in respect of each intake date to date.
(145094)
297  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a regional structure for the police service; and if he will make a statement.
(145547)
298  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entrants have been recruited in each police force area under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative.
(145554)
299  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entrants there were to the Metropolitan Police Service on each intake start date in 2000; and what the monthly recruitment intake target was for each such date.
(145093)
300  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to revise Code A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.
(145017)
301  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the national cost to the Police service of (a) pay, (b) pensions, (c) capital financing and (d) national crime fighting agency levies, in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02.
(145019)
302  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of his consultations with police organisations about police reform.
(145553)
303  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent reports he has received about the effectiveness of directed beat patrolling by police.
(145548)
304  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of real terms differences in the costs of (a) pay, (b) pensions, (c) capital financing and (d) national crime fighting agency levies to local police forces between 2000-01 and 2001-02.
(145022)
305  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on police recording stop-only encounters, in accordance with Recommendation 61 of the MacPherson Report; and if he will make a statement.
(145081)
306  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments (a) are available and (b) have been made to police authorities in respect of demands on the police during the floods in 2000.
(145559)
307  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) dog handlers and (b) dogs were in the police service in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999 and (iv) 2000.
(145546)
308  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables (a) were recruited by each police force and (b) left the service between 30th September 1999 and 2000; and if he will make a statement on the number of special constables.
(145087)
309  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many constables had less than two years police service in the Metropolitan Police in each month of 2000.
(145103)
310  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many completed application forms have been received by each of the police forces in England and Wales as a result of his Department's national recruitment campaign.
(145101)
311  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money from the Crime Fighting Fund has been spent.
(145549)
312  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police constables and (b) special constables in the police service in England and Wales there were on 31st March for each year since 1990; and if he will list (a) the figures for 30th September 2000 and (b) his projected figures for 31st March 2001.
(145562)
313  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the new accelerated promotion scheme for the police.
(145550)
314  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the average cost to local police forces of (a) pay, (b) pensions, (c) capital financing and (d) national crime fighting agency levies in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02.
(145020)
315  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers left the Metropolitan Police Service in (a) the first and (b) the second year of their service in 2000.
(145079)
316  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were on secondment to other police forces and duties from the Metropolitan Police Service on (a) 1st April 2000 and (b) 30th September 2000.
(145099)
317  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the (a) capacity of each police training centre in respect of new recruits, (b) the number of new recruits entering training in each month from and including April 2000 and (c) the estimated future monthly (i) training capacity and (ii) number of recruits at each centre.
(145555)
318  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of funding will be provided to local police budgets as standard spending in 2001-02 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms.
(145023)
319  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) residential and (b) non-residential training courses provided by the Police College at Hendon since May 2000 and the number of officers attending each course.
(145563)
320  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of service of police officers was in the Metropolitan Police in 2000.
(145100)
321  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of local police budgets are used to fund (a) pay, (b) pensions, (c) capital financing and (d) national crime fighting agency levies.
(145021)
322  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of sex offences against minors in each year since 1990.
(145560)
323  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many racially-motivated crimes were committed in the North Wales Police area in (a) 1999, (b) 1994 and (c) 1997.
(145392)
324  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions for drink driving offences were made in the North Wales Police area in (a) 1999, (b) 1994 and (c) 1997.
(145391)
325  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he has taken to improve links between ethnic minorities and the North Wales police.
(145393)
326  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 23rd November 2000 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Aras Saleh
(145720)
327  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to reply to the letter sent to him dated 14th November 2000 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr K. M. Khan.
(145721)
328  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his plans for licensing liberalisation will include conditions of fire exits, safe capacities and noise restrictions for licensed venues.
(145443)
329  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the Cranfield University study, 'Licensing Law Liberalisation: The Scottish Experience', on the link between licensing liberalisation and binge drinking and alcohol-related violence.
(145442)
330  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many public interest immunity orders have been issued in the case of Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh.
(145566)
331  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to local authorities about the determination of the age of asylum seekers claiming to be minors; what plans he has to revise that guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(145336)
332  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he next expects to receive a report on religious discrimination from the University of Derby; and if he will make a statement.
(145328)
333  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish his Department's (a) Business Plan and (b) annual report for 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(145330)
334  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of housing asylum seekers who fall outside the dispersal scheme.
(145329)
335  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the differences between the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000 and the existing rules which they are intended to replace.
(145337)
336  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the policy bulletins issued by the National Asylum Support Service.
(145080)
337  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to local authorities about the duties of social services to asylum seekers who are unaccompanied minors when they reach the age of 18 years; and if he will make a statement.
(145338)
338  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish his Department's summary cash plans for 2000-01 and for future years following the Comprehensive Spending Review 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(145327)
339  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the government's asylum policy following the judgement of the House of Lords in the case of Aitsegner and Adan.
(145334)
340  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers there were in the North Yorkshire Police Force on (a) 1st May 1997, (b) 1st May 1999 and (c) 1st January 2001.
(145601)
341  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the asylum applications awaiting an initial decision have been outstanding for (a) between six months and one year, (b) between one and two years and (c) more than two years.
(145434)
342  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have requested to see the files held on them by the security and intelligence services under the Data Protection Act 1998 and European Data Protection Directive 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(145435)
343  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of police strength levels in the Metropolitan Police Service for the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(144964)
344  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Metropolitan Police Service officers are employed on a part-time basis; and if he will make a statement.
(144965)
345  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons in England and Wales engage in slopping out; and if he will make a statement.
(144961)
346  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are on long-term sick leave in each police force in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(144968)
347  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) target and (b) actual police officer strength is of each metropolitan policing borough; and if he will make a statement.
(144960)
348  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civilians were employed by the Metropolitan Police Service in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(144966)
349  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time equivalents and (b) officers available for duty there were in each police force area in (a) March 1997 and (b) September 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(144967)
350  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to implement Part II of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(144963)
351  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are sharing (a) two to a cell designed for one and (b) three to a cell designed for two at the latest date for which figures are available; what the equivalent figure was for each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(144962)
352  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what was the cost of each of the last three years, of (a) the police officers and (b) the civilian court staff employed in the Parliamentary Estate; and if he will make a statement.
(145725)
353  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's target for expenditure on overseas development as proportion of gross domestic product.
(145774)
354  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 263W, if she will make a statement on the result of the investigation into support for centres of social welfare in Kosovo.
(144668)
355  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the aid given to St. Helena in each of the last six years for which figures are available.
(144970)
356  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much assistance her Department provides to support anti- corruption bureaux in developing countries; and if she will list them.
(145361)
357  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that the funds transferred from a former client of the Receivership Division of the Public Trust Office to a nursing home owner under the special exercise relating to clients with less than £10,000 are subsequently applied for the benefit of the former client.
(145684)
358  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many casual and agency staff are employed in the Public Trust Office in clerical and administrative grades; and how many have authority to issue cash payments from clients' funds.
(145685)
359  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been paid to outside consultants working at the Public Trust Office in the last year; and how many consultants there are.
(145682)
360  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what progress has been made in putting out to tender the Last Resort Receivership work carried out by the Receivership Division of the Public Trust Office.
(145678)
361  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the cost to public funds of the flat fee system.
(145687)
362  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many staff formerly employed in the mental health division of the Public Trust Office have left the Agency in the six month period to 1st December 2000; and what was the equivalent figure for (a) the previous six months and (b) the same period in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1997.
(145680)
363  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to bring forward legislation to transfer the role of the Public Trustee to the Official Solicitor.
(145689)
364  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much he plans to allocate to setting up and maintaining the new Public Guardianship Office.
(145688)
365  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many staff formerly employed in the mental health division of the Public Trust Office have been transferred to other duties connected with (a) customer services and (b) the Change Directorate.
(145681)
366  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what meetings he has had with trade union representatives on proposals to change the terms and conditions of staff at the Public Guardianship Office.
(145690)
367  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the rate of remuneration paid to the highest paid consultant at the Public Trust Office is.
(145683)
368  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what steps have been taken to ascertain the opinions of (a) clients and (b) carers of clients of the Receivership Division on the proposals to tender out the last resort receivership work.
(145686)
369  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much has been paid out to clients of the Public Trust Office in compensation for errors made in the six-month period to 1st December 2000; and what was the equivalent figure for the same six-month period in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.
(145679)
370  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how he defines the term public interest in relation to the early release of royal records.
(145755)
371  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what discretion the Lord Chancellor has in deciding whether to release royal records relating to King Edward VIII.
(145756)
372  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what criteria will be used to determine the release of the records relating to King Edward VIII.
(145757)
373  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the circumstances under which a recent High Court trial was abandoned as a result of the liaison of a police officer with a member of the jury.
(145740)
374  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the cost was of the publication by the Legal Services Commission of a document listing lawyers in the Welsh language; and for what reason it was circulated to every honourable Member.
(144845)
375  
  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to lay before Parliament the draft code of practice and the sound and vision video recording code of practice under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(145840)
376  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the number of additional retirement pensioners in Northern Ireland who will become eligible to receive the minimum income guarantee, housing benefit and council tax benefit in consequence of the measures announced in 2000.
(145119)
377  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many retirement pensioners in Northern Ireland are receiving (a) the minimum income guarantee, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit.
(145118)
378  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost from 30th September to 30th December 2000 of the Saville Inquiry was; if he will break down the costs by (a) salaries of staff, (b) travel and subsistence, (c) accommodation, (d) hearing/witness costs, (e) fees to solicitors representing those killed, (f) solicitors representing others, (g) barristers representing those killed, (h) barristers representing others, (i) IT/communications and (j) miscellaneous, including general office expenditure; and if he will provide the totals of each heading and the total costs since this inquiry began.
(145525)
379  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will bring forward proposals to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons to consolidate the Vote Bundle and parts 1 and 2 of the Order Book into one gathered document bundle.
(145622)
380  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Prime Minister, what progress has been made towards fulfilling the commitments he made at Coleraine in 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(145749)
381  
N  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what contact officials in his Office have had with the media concerning correspondence from the Right honourable Member for South West Surrey regarding a constituent.
(144919)
382  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to promote awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day.
(145410)
383  
N  
Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy in respect of the tapping of telephones of honourable Members.
(144972)
384  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the dates in the last 12 months on which Lord Levy has met the Prime Minister; what the duration was of each meeting; and where the meetings have been held.
(145325)
385  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 236W, on Lord Levy, if he will place the texts of the personal messages delivered by Lord Levy on his behalf to (a) President Zedillo, (b) President-Elect Fox, (c) President Chavez, (d) President Batte, (e) President Banizer and (f) President Noboa.
(145324)
386  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the business interests that Lord Levy would be required to register were he a Minister.
(145326)
387  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans there are for (a) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and (b) other ministers to accompany Lord Levy on future trips whilst acting as his personal envoy.
(145261)
388  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if Lord Levy has (a) security protection and (b) a personal bodyguard provided by Her Majesty's Government whilst travelling as his personal envoy in (i) Israel and (ii) Latin America.
(145267)
389  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to appoint further personal envoys.
(145265)
390  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 236W, what his policy is on the payment of travel expenses by Lord Levy whilst travelling as his personal envoy.
(145273)
391  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 238W, concerning messages carried by Lord Levy, for what reason such messages could not be carried by ministers and diplomats.
(145274)
392  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what definition he uses of personal envoy, in relation to the work of Lord Levy.
(145266)
393  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 236W, for what reason Lord Levy did not claim travel expenses in respect of his visit to South America.
(145271)
394  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 20th December 2000, Official Report, column 236W, if Lord Levy's visit to the Middle East over the Christmas period was made in his capacity as his personal envoy.
(145270)
395  
  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will announce the full composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Western European Union.
(145830)
396  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the new public bodies established by his Department since May 1997.
(145639)
397  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on European Union regional aid (a) in the years 1997 to 2000 and (b) proposed for 2001.
(145665)
398  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent advice he has given to the Prime Minister regarding the readiness of the Scottish economy for the entry into the euro zone.
(145644)
399  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on poverty in Scotland, and numbers of Scottish people living in poverty, in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(145645)
400  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the impact of a single European currency on the Scottish economy.
(145642)
401  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action his Department is taking in relation to the increase in the number of drug deaths in Scotland.
(145643)
402  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the impact of the vehicle fuel duties on the rural economy in Scotland.
(145640)
403  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many job losses there were in Scotland, broken down by the lowest regional level for which data are available, for each of the last five years.
(145647)
404  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people (a) entered and (b) completed the New Deal scheme in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999 and (iv) 2000.
(145655)
405  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the average cost has been for an individual to complete the New Deal scheme.
(145653)
406  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the average cost has been of the New Deal scheme per number of jobs created in Scotland.
(145652)
407  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury about the operation of the Barnett Formula; and if he will make a statement.
(145641)
408  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people obtained full employment as a result of the New Deal scheme in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(145654)
409  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total cost of the New Deal Scotland was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 and the budgeted cost for (i) 2000-01, (ii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2002-03.
(145651)
410  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the (a) number of and (b) trends in excess winter deaths in Scotland since May 1997.
(145663)
411  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received from the National Farmers Union of Scotland about agrimonetary compensation.
(145088)
412  
N  
Mr Michael Moore (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has made to Her Majesty's Treasury to ensure that agrimonetary compensation is paid automatically each year.
(145089)
413  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many erroneous dates of death were broadcast by the departmental central index computer system to other benefit computer systems in March 2000.
(145339)
414  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the cause of erroneous dates of death being broadcast by the departmental central index computer system in March 2000 to other benefit systems; and what action was taken to prevent the problem recurring.
(145340)
415  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Scotland were in receipt of means-tested benefit in Scotland, (a) aged 15 to 25, (b) aged 26 to 40, (c) aged 41 to 65 and (d) in total for each year since 1992.
(145650)
416  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the total cost (a) of people receiving a means-tested benefit in Scotland, (b) of providing a means-tested benefit for people aged 15 to 25 in Scotland, (c) of providing a means-tested benefit for people aged 26 to 40 in Scotland and (d) of providing a means-tested benefit for people aged 41 to 65 in Scotland for each year since 1992 in cash terms and at 1999-2000 prices.
(145649)
417  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of pensioners (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in Scotland live in a low income household.
(145676)
418  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases of benefit fraud were discovered in each constituency in Scotland in each of the last five years.
(145677)
419  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much of the social security budget was spent in Scotland, broken down by the expenditure headings of the Departmental budget, in the last three years.
(145675)
420  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many reports from the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate have been published in respect of (a) local councils and (b) other organisations in Scotland.
(145638)
421  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the total cost of benefit fraud in Scotland in each year since 1992 in (a) cash terms and (b) 1999-2000 prices.
(145648)
422  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the level of benefit fraud by (a) number of claimants and (b) value (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of total benefit payments for each benefit in (A) the UK and (B) Scotland.
(145637)
423  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Scotland under 25 years of age were claiming benefits in the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(145636)
424  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of children lived in workless households in Scotland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(145673)
425  
  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much was paid by each of his Department's administrative areas to (a) the elderley, (b) people with long-term illness or disability, (c) families, (d) unemployed people, (e) children and (f) others in Scotland in each of the last 10 years, indicating in each case the percentage of the budget spent on each group.
(145674)
426  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioner households will receive the winter fuel allowance this financial year.
(145612)
427  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the recent government actuary's report on the affordability of restoring the pensions link with average earnings; and if he will make a statement.
(145604)
428  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much the Government spent on the winter fuel allowance in each of the years (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(145611)
429  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the level of the Christmas bonus for pensioners will be revised; and if he will make a statement.
(145406)
430  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will arrange for application forms for winter fuel payments to be available at post offices.
(145620)
431  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the total of the unclaimed winter fuel allowance; and how many men aged between 60 and 64 years have not claimed the allowance in Scotland.
(145122)
432  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures he has taken to advertise the winter fuel payments for men aged 60 to 64 years from 1997 to 2000 which are unclaimed.
(145123)
433  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many retirement pensioners in Great Britain are receiving (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit.
(145111)
434  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many retirement pensioners are receiving the minimum income guarantee in (a) Great Britain, (b) each region of Great Britain and (c) each parliamentary constituency.
(145110)
435  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of (a) single pensioners, (b) pensioner couples and (c) all pensioner households were dependent on state benefits for at least 75 per cent. of their income in the latest year for which figures are available.
(145115)
436  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the average additional income which retirement pensioners will be eligible to receive in April in consequence of the most recent changes (a) to the minimum income guarantee, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit, distinguishing between (i) single pensioners and pensioner couples and (ii) pensioners already in receipt of benefits and pensioners newly entitled to benefits.
(145114)
437  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of additional retirement pensioners who will become eligible to receive the minimum income guarantee in April in consequence of the measures announced in 2000, distinguishing between the effects of the increases in income and capital limits.
(145112)
438  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proposals he has to simplify the information required for pensioners to support claims for the minimum income guarantee.
(145107)
439  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what further measures he plans to encourage the take-up of the minimum income guarantee by retirement pensioners; and what proposals he has for publicising the changes to be introduced in April.
(145106)
440  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what incentives there are for Benefits Agency staff to improve the take-up rate for the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.
(145108)
441  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has for separating work relating to pensioners in Benefits Agency offices from work relating to other clients.
(145109)
442  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the value was of the basic state pension for (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples, for each year between November 1979 and April 2001; and what it would have been had it been uprated each year in line with the higher of average earnings or prices.
(145116)
443  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of additional retirement pensioners who will become eligible to receive housing benefit and council tax benefit in consequence of the measures announced in 2000.
(145113)
444  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the (a) mean and (b) median income of (i) single men aged 65 to 74 years, (ii) single men aged 75 years and over, (iii) single women aged 65 to 74 years, (iv) single women aged 75 years and over, (v) pensioner couples aged 65 to 74 years and (vi) pensioner couples aged 75 years and over, for the latest year for which figures are available.
(145117)
445  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assumptions his Department makes about the proportion of the winter-fuel payment that will be used by (a) low-income and (b) other households to defray the cost of their winter fuel bills.
(145765)
446  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he plans to answer Mr Steven Burton's letter of 28th November 2000.
(145880)
447  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 467W, on housing benefit fraud, if he will estimate (a) the average payment made to local authorities benefiting from the weekly benefit saving scheme, (b) the average penalty payment made by local authorities under that scheme and (c) the number of local authorities (i) receiving subsidies, (ii) paying penalties and (iii) neither subsidised nor penalised.
(145523)
448  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) male and (ii) female pensioners that would be at a financial disadvantage if the winter fuel allowance and the free television licence for over 75 year olds was consolidated in the state pension.
(145524)
449  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the support provided by his Department for British carpet manufacturers.
(145773)
450  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with OFTEL concerning further opening up of the domestic telecommunications market.
(145752)
451  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff full-time equivalents were employed in the independent petrol retail industry in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(145342)
452  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list for each of the last 36 months (a) the average retail price of four star unleaded petrol and (b) the average price of a barrel of oil.
(145343)
453  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to support the development and use of bioaviation fuels.
(145724)
454  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the conclusions were of the most recent review of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory as regards the appropriate role of (a) government and (b) private contractors in the provision of trading standards and consumer protection work by the NWML.
(145404)
455  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what timescale he envisages for the review of the NPL/SERCO business plan for management of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory in Teddington; and what his plans are for consulting NWML's clients, customers and partners before a decision is made.
(145405)
456  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he proposes to take to protect the interests of consumers in respect of the hostile takeover of Abbey National by Lloyds TSB.
(144971)
457  
N  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the system of prior scrutiny of arms sales in the Swedish and US legislatures.
(143746)
458  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement about the future of the Marine Laboratories, with particular reference to plans for merger at (a) Plymouth, (b) Liverpool and (c) Dunstaffnage.
(144667)
459  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the nature was of the representations he received about his Department redeeming its special shares in Powergen and National Power; and what criteria were applied in the process that led to his Department redeeming the shares.
(145731)
460  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government has (a) become entitled to and (b) taken each year since 1994 from the surpluses of the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme.
(145691)
461  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the Belgian Economics Minister relating to his decision to block the acquisition by Interbrew SA of the brewing interests of Bass plc.
(145390)
462  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his policy is concerning the export to Israel of goods whose export is controlled for strategic reasons; what changes were made to his policy during 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(145332)
463  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what issues are involved in the decision on whether to grant export licence application 16047 from Aylesbury Automation; and to which other government departments he has circulated this export licence.
(145333)
464  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export licence applications were received by the Export Control Organisation in August 2000; how many of those applications are still awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(145331)
465  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to update the limits set under section 247 and section 249(3) of the Companies Act 1985 relating to small and medium-sized companies and groups.
(145444)
466  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many many applications have been received under the compensation scheme for former distant water trawlermen; what the average time is from receipt of applications to payment; and how many payments have been issued so far.
(145132)
467  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the names and affiliations of the members of the coal compensation monetary committee which he chairs.
(145323)
468  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last discussed Britain's military relationship with the United States with his American counterpart.
[Question Unstarred] (143724)
469  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average duration in each of the last three years was of the (a) industrial injuries disablement benefit tribunal cases and (b) appeals against tribunal decisions; and if he will make a statement on trends in the length of cases in years.
[Transferred] (145753)
470  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the length of delays in matters being listed for hearing at tribunals concerning claims for industrial injuries disablement benefit; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (145754)
471  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received concerning redemption of Government special shares in (a) BAA plc, (b) BAE Systems, (c) Belfast International Airport, (d) BG plc, (e) British Energy plc, (f) Cable & Wireless plc, (g) CDC plc, (h) Eurostar (UK) Ltd, (i) Inter-Capital and Regional Rail Ltd, (j) London and Continental Railways Ltd, (k) National Grid Group plc, (l) Pheonix Natural Gas Ltd, (m) PUK plc, (n) Rolls-Royce plc, (o) Scotish Power plc, (p) Scottish and Southern Energy plc, (q) Stena Line Ltd, (r) UK Nirex Ltd, (s) Viridian Group plc and (t) VSEL Ltd, respectively.
[Transferred] (145732)
472  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date he expects the Government to have redeemed all its special shares in non defence-related, former nationalised companies.
[Transferred] (145733)
473  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the criteria his Department uses to determine the speed, and order in which the Government redeems its special shares in former nationalised companies.
[Transferred] (145734)


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