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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 17 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 17 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 17th JANUARY
1  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if ordnance containing depleted uranium has been fired on the Otterburn ranges; and if he will make a statement.
(145934)
2  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to develop an e-bomb to disable computers; what research he is sponsoring into such a weapon; and if he will make a statement.
(146072)
3  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the research and development levy income was for each of the past 10 years; and in respect of what categories of contracts it was levied.
(146070)
4  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department sponsors (a) research into and (b) the development of thermobaric weapons; and if he will make a statement on his policy on thermobaric weapons.
(146071)
5  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries which are exempted from the commercial exploitation levy, indicating the reason in each case.
(146069)
6  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage commercial exploitation levy is applied to defence related exports to recover MoD Research and Development costs; and what the percentage was in each of the last 10 years.
(146068)
7  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel take advantage of the long service advance of pay for house purchase; and what the current year's annual budget is for long service advance of pay.
(145146)
8  
N  
Ms Roseanna Cunningham (Perth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many homes in Scotland are funded by means of the long service advance of pay.
(145147)
9  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted uranium-based ammunition is authorised for use at (a) the Tain Air Weapons Range and (b) the Cape Wrath Range by (i) UK forces and (ii) overseas forces; and if he will make a statement.
(145909)
10  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations he has received concerning a ban on the use of depleted uranium ammunition by the armed forces.
(145937)
11  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local authority retaining a selective admissions system (a) the total number of pupils in years seven to 11 in maintained schools and (b) the percentages of this total in the schools designated by his Department as (i) grammar, (ii) modern and (iii) comprehensive.
(145028)
12  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to consult young people about government policy.
(144201)
13  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the annual capital spending on housing by Leeds City Council for each of the last 20 years.
(146000)
14  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has issued to local planning authorities on sustainable development; and if he will make a statement.
(145999)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce stricter controls governing the transportation of butterflies and their larvae between farms; and if he will make a statement.
(145867)
16  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road schemes were (a) accepted, (b) provisionally accepted and (c) rejected in the Local Transport Settlement 2000.
(146038)
17  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those major road schemes (a) accepted and (b) provisionally accepted in the Local Transport Financial Settlement 2000 which may affect a nationally designated site of environmental importance, indicating the designation in each case.
(146037)
18  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what studies he has commissioned in respect of the reliability and robustness of train protection warning system loop aerials.
(145027)
19  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what timetable he has set for the assessment of the case for Cornish to be specified for the purposes of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
(145869)
20  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what conditions he has attached to public money given to the railway industry as subsidy in relation to the priority for its repayment before dividends are paid to shareholders.
(145925)
21  
  
Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact of recruitment difficulties on bus operators in the south east of England.
(146097)
22  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions the Government has traded shares in Railtrack.
(146003)
23  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to dispose of the Government's equity stake in Railtrack.
(146002)
24  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what quality control checks are in place to ensure that the re-railing of track meets the industry's standards; and if he will make a statement.
(146005)
25  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when Her Majesty's Government took a 0.2 per cent. equity stake in Railtrack.
(146004)
26  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the benefits of introducing a liabilities regime in respect of contamination and damage from GM crops.
(144224)
27  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to improve the labelling of rodenticide products in respect of the danger they pose to barn owls; and if he will make a statement.
(145456)
28  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers have arrangements with the Inland Revenue whereby in exchange for payment of a fixed sum of tax they are absolved from having to file detailed accounts and tax returns; how many of these individuals are British subjects; and if he will list the nationality of those who are not.
(145788)
29  
N  
Mr Michael Portillo (Kensington and Chelsea):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long it has taken on average for a business to be reimbursed by the Inland Revenue those monies paid to employees as working family tax credits.
(145460)
30  
N  
Mr Michael Portillo (Kensington and Chelsea):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry about delays in reimbursement to businesses of monies owed by the Inland Revenue relating to payment of the working families tax credit; and if he will make a statement on the Inland Revenue's reimbursement policy.
(145534)
31  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals were permitted to make an agreed annual lump sum payment to the Inland Revenue in lieu of submitting a tax return in the last financial year.
(146006)
32  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made with his commitment to increase funds available for vaccine research into HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB for developing countries announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(145923)
33  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the case for (a) Welsh, (b) Scottish Gaelic, (c) Irish, (d) Cornish, (e) Scots and (f) Ulster-Scots to be specified for the purposes of (i) Part II and (ii) Part III of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
(145868)
34  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what ways non-governmental organisations will be involved in the UK delegation to the UN special session on HIV/Aids in June.
(146036)
35  
  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of deep vein thrombosis have been recorded in each health authority in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; and how many there were in the preceding five years.
(146095)
36  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to add NHS trusts in Northumberland and Tyneside to the list of trusts providing digital hearing aids.
(146008)
37  
  
Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for improving the delivery of substance misuse treatment orders.
(145940)
38  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations his Department has had with, and what representations he has received from, the Health Ombudsman concerning the proposed abolition of Community Health Councils.
(145729)
39  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken in respect of payment of fees for services in nursing homes, at the high level of fees paid by self-funders and the likely change in fee levels over the period covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(145870)
40  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his proposals for implementing a system of Best Value in the NHS.
(145730)
41  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th January, Official Report, column 538W, concerning hospital discharges, if he will publish the results of the survey completed on 11th December 2000 in the same format.
(145871)
42  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of government funding for mental health services is invested in (a) alternative treatments and therapies, (b) promotion of alternative treatments and therapies and (c) research into alternative treatments and therapies.
(146039)
43  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning proposals for a York-Hull Medical School; and what assessment he has made of them.
(146034)
44  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the prescription rate of herceptin is in the (a) North of England, (b) South-East of England, (c) United Kingdom and (d) rest of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(145935)
45  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision there is for medical training in the North East.
(146033)
46  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to require all correspondence sent to IND to be acknowledged.
(145457)
47  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many files under the control of IND went missing in each of the last five years; and how many of these subsequently have been found.
(145458)
48  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to improve the response times of IND to correspondence.
(145459)
49  
  
Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 23rd December from the honourable Member for North East Derbyshire requesting that he meet a delegation from the Derbyshire Fire Authority.
(146096)
50  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the guidance his Department issues to government departments on the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998.
(144196)
51  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policies are in place within the police service to ensure that employees with HIV are protected against discrimination.
(146035)
52  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change in expenditure was on (a) the Prison Service and (b) probation (i) in total and (ii) in real terms in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(145697)
53  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) probation officers and (b) Probation Service officers retired, per service, in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(145699)
54  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) probation officers and (b) probation staff (i) were recruited, (ii) retired, (iii) resigned and (iv) were dismissed, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(145701)
55  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total case load undertaken by probation services was and what the average case load per probation officer was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(145698)
56  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time probation officers were in post (a) in each of the last five years and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(145700)
57  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the incidence of crime was for each police authority in Wales; and what the percentage change was in each of the last 10 years.
(145938)
58  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of funding was for police authorities in (a) England and (b) Wales for each of the last 10 years.
(146007)
59  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes there were in each police authority in Wales; and what the percentage change year-on-year was in each of the last 10 years.
(145939)
60  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were per 100,000 population for (a) homicides, (b) violence against a person, (c) theft and handling, (d) robberies and (e) sexual offences for (i) England and (ii) Wales at the latest date for which figures are available.
(145936)
61  
  
Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had recently with the pharmaceutical industry concerning the supply of anti-HIV drugs to countries in Africa.
(146067)
62  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with pharmaceutical companies about making AIDS drugs available to developing countries at more affordable prices; and if she will make a statement.
(146098)
63  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the importation of goods into the United Kingdom from less developed countries will not adversely affect the poor through unjust working conditions, low wages and the lack of recognition of workers' rights.
(145944)
64  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what ways her Department is seeking change in World Trade Organisation policies to benefit the poorest countries and to achieve the international development targets and a more equitable trading system.
(145942)
65  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pipe bomb attacks occurred in each town in Northern Ireland during 2000.
(145932)
66  
N  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary have served in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo; if they were given advice about depleted uranium; if they have served in locations identified as sites subject to a presence of depleted uranium; what health checks will be provided for these police officers; and if he will make a statement.
(145931)
67  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to reform procedures for enforcing the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
(144199)
68  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the employment impact of recent orders won by Govan shipyard.
(145941)
69  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many applications for disability living allowance (a) care component, (b) mobility component and (c) care and mobility components were received in each quarter of the last three years; how many of these were (i) successful, (ii) unsuccessful, (iii) subject to review, (iv) successful at review, (v) unsuccessful at review, (vi) subject to reconsideration, (vii) successful at reconsideration, (viii) unsuccessful at reconsideration, (ix) subject to appeal and (x) successful at appeal; what was the average number of days taken to process applications; and how many decisions had not been reached at the end of each quarter for (A) first claim, (B) review, (C) reconsideration and (D) appeal stages.
(144846)
70  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications were made to the Social Fund in each of the last three years; and of (a) how many resulted in crisis loans in (i) Inverclyde and (ii) Scotland.
(144499)
71  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many winter allowance payments were paid in each of the last two years in (a) the parliamentary constituency of Greenock and Inverclyde and (b) Scotland.
(144500)
72  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff there are at the (a) Independent Tribunal Service office in Glasgow, (b) Information Technology Services Agency offices in Livingstone, (c) Child Support Agency offices in Falkirk and (d) Benefits Agency in the (i) South East of Scotland, (ii) South West of Scotland, (iii) West of Scotland, (iv) Central Scotland, (v) North East Scotland and (vi) the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; and what the (A) wage and (B) running costs of each are in the current financial year.
(145148)
73  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many personal computers, printers, faxes and vehicles are based at the (a) Independent Tribunal Service office in Glasgow, (b) Information Technology Services Agency in Livingstone and (c) Benefits Agency in the (i) South East of Scotland, (ii) South West of Scotland, (iii) West of Scotland, (iv) Central Scotland, (v) North East Scotland and (vi) Highlands and Islands of Scotland and (d) the Child Support Agency in Falkirk.
(145149)
74  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people of pension age in Scotland are claiming the state pension.
(145144)
75  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people with disabilities in Scotland are claiming state benefits.
(145145)
76  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the debt owed to the United Kingdom by highly indebted poor countries is for defence-related business; and what the value of this debt is.
(145933)
77  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list his responsibilities in international bodies represented by the European Commission which, under the Treaty of Nice, will be determined by (a) unanimity and (b) qualified majority voting.
(146001)
78  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the full environmental impact assesment report on the Ilisu dam to be completed.
(145924)
79  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment she has made, as part of the Government's anti-drugs strategy, of the impact on the use of Class 1 drugs that would follow from the decriminalisation of cannabis.
[Question Unstarred] (144213)
80  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what action is being taken as a result of the establishment of an Adoption Register for England and Wales to ensure that Welsh-speaking children are placed in Welsh-speaking families.
[Transferred] (146026)
81  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what percentage of adopted Welsh-speaking children have been placed in Welsh-speaking homes in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (145998)
82  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will grant an ex-gratia payment to the local community association in Bishopscourt/Ballyhornan in order to assist with the demilitarisation of the area.
[Transferred] (145943)


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