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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 18 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 18 January, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
THURSDAY 18th JANUARY
1  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) pig units, (b) dairy units and (c) poultry units there were in (i) Somerset and (ii) Yeovil constituency in (A) 1980-81, (B) 1990-91, (C) 1995-96, (D) 1998-99 and (E) 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(144585)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the EU's position regarding the control of BSE, with particular reference to the export of processed meat.
(146077)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those countries that have confirmed cases of BSE.
(146076)
4  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much funding the Government will provide to the United Kingdom farming industry as state aid support in the 2000-01 financial year.
(146268)
5  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the likely cost of implementing a stock recovery and vessel lay-up programme as proposed by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Report 'Choose or Lose'.
(146269)
6  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much funding from the EU was (a) available to and (b) received by the UK fishing industry in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(146230)
7  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much he expects will be received by the United Kingdom fishing industry from the EU for the (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 funding years.
(146274)
8  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fishing vessels were registered on 1st January in each of the last five years.
(146270)
9  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with sea fishing industry representatives with regard to stock recovery programmes in waters fished by UK registered boats.
(146271)
10  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what funding the Government has provided as state aid support to the United Kingdom fishing industry in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(146273)
11  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent estimate he has made of the anticipated costs of meeting the claims arising from the ruling over the Factortame case brought by owners of flag of convenience vessels.
(146272)
12  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the impact of recent severe weather conditions on potato and sugar beet crops.
(146234)
13  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to implement a compensation package for farmers whose harvests have been destroyed by recent severe weather conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(146235)
14  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the ministers with responsibility for deregulation in each department.
(146231)
15  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what account the social inclusion strategy takes of the role of independent advice services in the provision of free and impartial advice.
(146092)
16  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many commercial radio stations there are covering the Greater London area.
(146113)
17  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is towards the policing and protection of maritime war graves within (a) British and (b) international waters.
(146081)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if depleted uranium has been a component of munitions used on (a) Salisbury Plain training area, (b) Porton Down, (c) Lulworth ranges and (b) Shoeburyness.
(145945)
19  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date an amendment to Joint Services Publication 341 (The Road Transport Operations Handbook) was issued requiring a certificate to be signed by a commanding officer when normal operating standards are to be exceeded; and how many such certificates have been issued in each month since that date.
(146276)
20  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Oral Answer given on 15th January by the Under-Secretary of State to the honourable Member for New Forest East, Official Report, column 17, on Smart procurement, if he will list the problems which would be caused to the Eurofighter Typhoon by its being fitted with a cannon.
(146379)
21  
N  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total operating costs for all British overseas military bases less personnel costs were for the last year for which figures are available.
(146090)
22  
N  
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the West Indies Guard ship is currently situated.
(146050)
23  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) primary school and (b) secondary school pupils were in classes of 30 or more in (i) Somerset and (ii) Yeovil constituency in each of the years 1994-95 to 2000-01.
(144604)
24  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his estimate is of the proportion of three year olds in Somerset who will have a free early years place by (a) spring 2001, (b) spring 2002 and (c) spring 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(144606)
25  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority in England the amount each such authority has spent on education above its education SSA for each of the years 1995-96 to 2001-02 (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the total education SSA of the authority.
(144620)
26  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average per pupil standard spending assessment is in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) Somerset; if he will estimate the sums which would be available for education in Somerset if the average per pupil standard spending assessment for primary and secondary schools in Somerset were the same as the average for England; and if he will make a statement.
(144594)
27  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his estimate is of the level of spending per pupil in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Somerset for each year from 1990-91 to 2001-02, expressed in 1999-2000 prices; and if he will make a statement.
(144595)
28  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people in (a) Somerset and (b) Yeovil Constituency are on each option of the New Deal.
(144615)
29  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his estimate is of the average sizes of classes taught by one teacher in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Yeovil constituency in each of the years 1994-95 to 2000-01.
(144605)
30  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will rank local education authorities by the average amount that their education spending has exceeded their education SSA, as a percentage of that SSA, for the years since 1997-98.
(144621)
31  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what (a) the projected revenue to higher education institutions from student tuition fees and (b) the notional revenue on the assumption that no fees were rebated on account of low income will be for the next three financial years; and if he will indicate how the difference is scored in the presentation of government statistics.
(145737)
32  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what appraisal he has carried out of the implications of European Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27th November 2000 for the legal and administrative arrangements affecting disabled people in employment and occupation in the United Kingdom.
(145872)
33  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations he has had with ministerial colleagues concerning the recent report of the low income tax reform group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation entitled, 'Students--The Case for Making Life Easier'; and if he will make a statement.
(145738)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the work of the European Disability Forum.
(145873)
35  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list each category of grant, and the amount of each grant, paid by his Department to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
(146309)
36  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for each English local education authority, (a) the amount spent per primary pupil, (b) the amount spent per secondary pupil and (c) the amount spent per primary pupil as a percentage of the amount per secondary pupil for each of the past three years.
(145029)
37  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what monitoring of local education authorities his Department undertakes to ensure that ICT funding is distributed to schools in an appropriate manner.
(146085)
38  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement about the advice he offers to local education authorities on the distribution of ICT funds to schools.
(146084)
39  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for each local education authority the amount (a) in total and (b) per pupil, that is spent an ICT, broken down into (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools.
(146086)
40  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the AS level examination, and on its implications for university admissions; and if he will make a statement.
(146238)
41  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations he has received on the levels of grades required at AS level to secure admission to universities.
(146239)
42  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the (a) circulation and (b) cost of production and distribution is of 'Teachers' magazine.
(146236)
43  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children in (a) primary school and (b) secondary school education there were on (i) 1st January 1997, (ii) 1st January 2000 and (iii) 1st January 2001 in North Yorkshire.
(146229)
44  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his estimate is of the number of road accident (a) fatalities and (b) injuries within the Yeovil constituency for each year since 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(144608)
45  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) road and (b) rail accident fatalities there have been in the United Kingdom since 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(144607)
46  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on air quality within the Yeovil constituency.
(144609)
47  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent research the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated regarding the health effects of landfill sites; and if he will make a statement.
(146160)
48  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will consider recommendations for oil pollution to be subject to MARPOL standards and legislation.
(146158)
49  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers of intervention his representative has to allow the entry of unsafe vessels to ports.
(146157)
50  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what provision his Department makes available to meet the costs of oil pollution in ports.
(146159)
51  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each category of grant, and the amount of each grant, paid by his Department to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
(146311)
52  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the planning applications for housing development in England on greenfield sites (a) which he has called in and (b) for which he has issued a holding direction since 7th March 2000, indicating the location, number of houses and area of land involved.
(146075)
53  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the planning applications notified to him under the Town and Country Planning (Residential Development on Greenfield Land) (England) Directive 2000, indicating the location and number of houses and area of land involved in each case.
(146074)
54  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many planning applications he has called in in each of the last five years on which a tribunal has sat.
(146080)
55  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, further to the speech made by the honourable Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 14th December 2000, he will list the local planning authorities which have no adopted development plan, the local planning authorities which have not placed a development plan on deposit, the local planning authorities which have not begun a public enquiry, the local planning authorities with a redevelopment plan that ends in 2001, and the local planning authorities which have no proprosals for amending an existing development plan.
(146079)
56  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the planning applications for housing development in England, involving green field sites, which have been referred to him as departure applications since 7th March 2000 and provide details of the number of homes and area of land involved in each case.
(146073)
57  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce his decision regarding the authorisation of the mixed-oxide fuel plant at Sellafield.
(146043)
58  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is with regard to importing radioactive waste from overseas countries; and if he will make a statement.
(146045)
59  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many helicopters have been ditched in waters surrounding the United Kingdom in the last three years; where the ditchings occurred; how many (a) lives were lost and (b) helicopters were recovered; and if he will make a statement.
(144503)
60  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what hourly rate is charged to business for visits by the (a) HSE and (b) Environment Agency.
(146380)
61  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the dates on which parts of the (a) Bakerloo, (b) Central, (c) Circle, (d) District, (e) East London, (f) Hammersmith and City, (g) Jubilee, (h) Metropolitan, (i) Northern, (j) Piccadilly and (k) Victoria London Underground lines were closed to passengers during 2000; and if he will set out in relation to each closure the stretch of line closed and the purpose of the closure.
(145703)
62  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many listed buildings are used primarily as places of worship, broken down by religious affiliation.
(146323)
63  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the location of gauge corner cracks of the railhead on the lines between London Waterloo and Exeter via Salisbury; what speed restrictions were imposed; and what the age of the track was.
(146338)
64  
  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the railway lines between London Waterloo and Exeter were last tested ultrasonically.
(146337)
65  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers local authorities have to impound stray horses on the highway; and if he will make a statement.
(146099)
66  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many homes were repossessed between 1990 and 1997 within the area covered by the Chatham and Aylesford constituency.
(146161)
67  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what legislative and regulatory proposals have resulted from the work of the Park Homes Working Party; and if he will make a statement.
(146263)
68  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what health impact assessment (a) has been carried out and (b) will be carried out for those living by Heathrow Airport.
(145948)
69  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities which have not decided their future political structures under the Local Government Act 2000.
(146163)
70  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities which have not consulted their residents on new political structures.
(146162)
71  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to increase the financial reward from work.
(146120)
72  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total of public sector net borrowing as a percentage of gross domestic product, added to taxes and social security contributions as a percentage of gross domestic product was for each of the years 1989-90 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(144591)
73  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (i) the number of people and (ii) the percentage of the workforce earning (a) less than £4 per hour, (b) £4 per hour and up to £4.50 per hour and (c) above £4.50 per hour and up to £5 per hour in (A) the UK, (B) the South West of England and (C) Yeovil Constituency.
(144614)
74  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK marketable wealth owned by the least wealthy 50 per cent. of the UK population in each year from 1979-80 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(144610)
75  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the National Debt was per head of population in the UK for each of the last 30 years, in real terms using 1999-2000 prices.
(144589)
76  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of total UK public expenditure was accounted for by expenditure on (a) defence, (b) police, (c) health, (d) education, (e) pensions, (f) unemployment benefits, (g) overseas aid, (h) agriculture, fisheries and food and (i) road building and maintenance in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(144590)
77  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) Somerset and (b) Yeovil constituency earn (i) £3.60 per hour, (ii) £3.61 to £3.80 per hour, (iii) £3.81 to £4.00 per hour and (iv) £4.01 to £4.50 per hour; what percentage of total employees this constitutes in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(144611)
78  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to hold talks with Miners' Pension Fund trustees regarding the proportion the Government takes from Miners' Pension Fund surpluses.
(146233)
79  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of families with children where at least one parent works are receiving working families tax credit.
(146102)
80  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 458W, if he has received the Inland Revenue Commissioner's Report; and if it has been presented to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.
(145750)
81  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if current funding for nature conservation projects will be safeguarded during the review of the landfill tax.
(145613)
82  
N  
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about the sale of ineffective insurance policies to people aged under 18 years to cover the loss of mobile phones; and if he will make a statement.
(145702)
83  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis he has estimated the cost of reduction of VAT on listed church buildings; how many Church of England churches may qualify for the VAT reduction; and if he will make a statement.
(146324)
84  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportions of full-time workers in (a) Britain, (b) Scotland and (c) each local authority area in Scotland have hourly gross earnings (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime, below (1) £7.15, (2) £6.58, (3) £4.94 and (4) £3.60 for the categories (A) male manual, (B) male non-manual, (C) all male, (D) female manual, (E) female non-manual, (F) all female, (G) all manual and (H) all non-manual; and what the figure is for all workers.
(146240)
85  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for Scotland and each local authority area in Scotland (a) the weekly median earnings and (b) the amount of median earnings for those in the first and ninth deciles for (i) all manual, (ii) all non-manual and (iii) all workers.
(146247)
86  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of introducing VAT at (a) five per cent. and (b) 17.5 per cent. on rent of (i) commercial properties and (ii) domestic properties.
(146254)
87  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of (a) reducing the value below which inheritance tax is not levied by (i) £10,000 and (ii) £20,000 and (b) restricting the value of the personal allowance to (1) the basic rate and (2) 10 per cent.
(146250)
88  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of capital gains tax is paid by income tax payers with a taxable income below (a) £10,000, (b) £20,000 and (c) £30,000 per year.
(146260)
89  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of restricting the value of the (a) employee pension contributions and (b) employer pension contributions to (i) the basic rate of taxation and (ii) 10 per cent.
(146257)
90  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average benefit of (a) the exemption of capital gains tax on first homes and (b) the annual exempt amount of capital gains tax and the number of people who will benefit from each in 2001-02.
(146258)
91  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of introducing VAT at (a) 5 per cent. and (b) 17.5 per cent. on (i) private education, (ii) for profit health care and (iii) not for profit health care.
(146255)
92  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of beneficiaries of (a) taper relief and (b) exemption from capital gains accrued but unrealised at death in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(146042)
93  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of taxing child benefit (a) for upper rate tax payers and (b) at the marginal rate for all tax payers.
(146252)
94  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the distribution of the value of the personal allowance by income deciles in (a) annual income and (b) percentage terms.
(146249)
95  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of estates that benefited from exemption of capital gains unrealised at death in the last year for which figures are available; and what the (a) average and (b) median benefit was.
(146262)
96  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information he collates regarding the age of people who pay capital gains tax; and if he will make a statement.
(146261)
97  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of extending VAT to (a) the United Kingdom portion of international passenger transport, (b) water and sewage and (c) domestic passenger transport at (i) 5 per cent. and (ii) 17.5 per cent.
(146259)
98  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of reducing the exemption of the first £30,000 of payments on the termination of employment to (a) £15,000, (b) £10,000 and (c) nil.
(146256)
99  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield of (a) cutting age-related personal allowances to the level of the basic personal allowance and (b) increasing class IV national insurance payments to a rate of 22.2 per cent.
(146251)
100  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue yield for the next five financial years of abolishing petroleum revenue tax oil allowance.
(146253)
101  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide businesses and wealthy individuals with greater fiscal incentives to make charitable donations.
(146016)
102  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to foster the growth of credit unions.
(146022)
103  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the recommendation of the Third Report of the Committee on Welsh Affairs, on social exclusion in Wales, concerning regional variations in tax to encourage investment in less developed areas.
(146023)
104  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children's tax credit forms have been returned since 20th October 2000.
(146357)
105  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many completed children's tax credit forms have been returned from each region of the United Kingdom.
(146355)
106  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have contacted their local tax office to request a children's tax credit form.
(146356)
107  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if tissue banks will be permitted to include foetal tissues and immature gametes.
(146115)
108  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what distinction he has made between human embryos described as (a) poly-nucleate embryos, (b) pre-embryos, (c) pre-implantation embryos and (d) early embryos in the Ninth Annual Report of the HFEA.
(146117)
109  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on recent events concerning the handling of frozen embryos at the Hampshire Clinic; and what other IVF clinics are under investigation by the HFEA.
(146116)
110  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the (a) start up costs and (b) annual running costs of the personal dentist service pilots in (i) Taunton and (ii) Yeovil; and what his estimate is of the number of people each year who will receive treatment at such centres.
(144603)
111  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been on the in-patient waiting list at (a) East Somerset NHS Trust and (b) Taunton NHS Trust in each quarter since 1990-91; and how many of these people were waiting (i) more than six months, (ii) more than 12 months and (iii) more than 18 months.
(144613)
112  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the real increase was in (a) nurses' pay and (b) ancillary staff pay for each of the periods (i) 1978-79 to 1982-83, (ii) 1982-83 to 1986-87, (iii) 1986-87 to 1991-92, (iv) 1991-92 to 1996-97 and (v) 1996-97 to 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(144596)
113  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds were in use by the (a) East Somerset NHS Trust and (b) Taunton NHS Trust for each year since 1985-86.
(144598)
114  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been employed by the National Health Service for each of the last 20 years.
(144600)
115  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the number of NHS dentists who are overseas qualified dentists; and if he will make a statement.
(144602)
116  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the (a) propotion and (b) number of (i) adults and (ii) children who were registered with an NHS dentist in each (1) health authority and (2) county in England and Wales for each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(144601)
117  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been on the outpatient waiting list at (a) East Somerset NHS Trust and (b) Taunton NHS Trust for each quarter since 1990-91; and how many of these people were waiting (i) more than six months, (ii) more than 12 months and (iii) more than 18 months.
(144597)
118  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors were employed by (i) East Somerset NHS Trust and (ii) Taunton NHS Trust for each year since 1990-91.
(144599)
119  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the in-patient waiting list size is at (i) East Somerset NHS Trust and (ii) Taunton NHS Trust; and how many people at each trust have been waiting (a) more than six months, (b) more than 12 months and (c) more than 18 months for an operation.
(144612)
120  
  
Mr Roger Berry (Kingswood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by the working party on silicone cosmosis; and when its findings will be reported.
(146275)
121  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list each category of grant, and the amount of each grant, paid by his Department to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
(146310)
122  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the most recent figures for the total number of people waiting for hospital treatment in Mid-Essex.
(145949)
123  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were on the Social Services Department's at risk list in each London borough council as at 1st January; and if he will make a statement.
(146119)
124  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the £10,000 ex-gratia payments made to former Japanese prisoners of war count towards capital for the purposes of charging for nursing and social care.
(146078)
125  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parents with care spent the Christmas and New Year holiday period with no regular payments from non-resident parents in respect of the maintenance of their children; and how many children were affected.
(146167)
126  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-resident parents were denied the opportunity to see their children over Christmas and New Year holiday as a result of decisions made by parents with care; and how many children were thus affected.
(146168)
127  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that stocks of BCG vaccine are maintained at adequate levels.
(146325)
128  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to target BCG vaccine towards areas with a particularly high incidence of TB when the vaccine is in short supply.
(146326)
129  
N  
Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he has taken to address issues arising from the undignified and disrespectful placing of bodies in the Chapel of Rest of the mortuary at Bedford Hospital.
(146013)
130  
  
Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the membership of the task force formed to study Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy; and if he will make a statement.
(146327)
131  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will answer the questions tabled by the honourable Member for Cardiff Central for answer on 18th December 2000 on the use of gelatine in the manufacture of drug capsules.
(146024)
132  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to answer Mr H. Waterston's letter dated 28th November 2000.
(146118)
133  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in the United Kingdom have been unlawfully killed since 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(144624)
134  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the incidence of crime in (a) rural and (b) urban areas since May 1997.
(144618)
135  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ratio was of notifiable offences to police officer numbers for each police force in England and Wales for the most recent year for which information is available.
(144617)
136  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in England and Wales in each of the years 1978-79 to 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(144648)
137  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the levels of crime in Somerset were for each of the years 1979 to 2000, broken down by the major categories of notifiable offences; and in each case what the clear-up rate was.
(144647)
138  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the actual strength was of the East Somerset Division of Avon and Somerset Constabulary for each quarter since 1995.
(144646)
139  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notifiable offences were committed in Avon and Somerset within the last two years by people released from prison under early release schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(144643)
140  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the proportion of people released from prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years who re-offended within two years; and if he will make a statement.
(144644)
141  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of police officers in (a) Avon and Somerset and (b) the Yeovil constituency area for each quarter or half year, as available, since September 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(144649)
142  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) violent crime offences, (b) car crime offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries, (e) thefts and (f) criminal damage offences there were per 1,000 head of population for each police force area within England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(144622)
143  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of notifiable offences were committed by young men between the ages of 14 and 24 years in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(144619)
144  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in England and Wales in (a) March 1992 and (b) March 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(144645)
145  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables there were in (a) Avon and Somerset and (b) the Yeovil constituency area for each quarter since September 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(144616)
146  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received mandatory minimum three year prison sentences for third-time domestic burglary, under the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(144623)
147  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reach a decision on the West Yorkshire Coroner's request for an order to be issued to allow an inquest to be held into the death of Denise Eckersley.
(146103)
148  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list each category of grant, and the amount of each grant, paid by his Department to (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99, (iii) 1999-2000 and (iv) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
(146312)
149  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals in each of the last three years have been (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of (i) wounding and (ii) killing with a legally held shotgun.
(145950)
150  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of supported asylum seekers in each category of support system in each district in the County of Tyne and Wear, distinguishing between those placed by the NASS partnership and those placed by NASS outside the partnership.
(146384)
151  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to allow NASS dispersal partnership partners to issue vouchers to asylum seekers directly.
(146385)
152  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women prison officers served in the Metropolitan Police force at the latest date for which figures are available.
(146111)
153  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has made available to the National Asylum Support Service to date.
(146114)
154  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police force have (a) up to five years, (b) up to 10 years, (c) up to 15 years and (d) up to 20 years service.
(146112)
155  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women prison officers serve at prisons in England and Wales; and how many served in each of the last three years.
(146110)
156  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the eligibility criteria are in each EU member state for foreign nationals to participate in that member state's national elections.
(146083)
157  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to allow EU citizens resident in the United Kingdom to vote in British general elections.
(146082)
158  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the organisations and individuals from whom he has received representations on the plan to charge for criminal records checks.
(146051)
159  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of senior police staff hours per annum which are devoted to initiating, writing and checking bids for central funds.
(146264)
160  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(145704)
161  
N  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the correspondence sent to him concerning Damira Majic of Hope raised with him on 11th July 2000 and acknowledged by card reference number 13706/0 of 21st July 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(146047)
162  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for the most recent year for which figures are available, for the number of convictions for each criminal offence which were punished by fine at level (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, and (e) five on the standard scale.
(146041)
163  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the offences punishable by a fine at (a) level one, (b) level two, (c) level three, (d) level four and (e) level five on the standard scale.
(146040)
164  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will appoint an officer from a force outside the Metropolitan Police to conduct an investigation into the complaints made by Keith Green; and if he will make a statement.
(145538)
165  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Keith Green has been refused a copy of the notebook belonging to Superintendent Jarrett.
(145539)
166  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what communications his Department has had with (a) Essex Police Authority, (b) Essex Fire Brigade and (c) Thurrock Borough Council about hazards presented by horses straying on to the highway.
(146101)
167  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which (a) directorate and (b) sub-division of the Metropolitan Police the police officer whose liaison with a member of the jury caused the abandonment of a recent High Court trial serves; and if he will make a statement.
(145536)
168  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what basis, and for what amount, the Metropolitan Police has made an out of court settlement to Keith Green.
(145541)
169  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the disciplinary hearing of John Redgrave will be conducted by the Metropolitan Police; and if he will make a statement.
(145540)
170  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which papers have been lost in respect of the complaint made by Keith Green to the Police Complaints Authority; to which agency the loss is attributable; when the loss was discovered; and if he will make a statement.
(145537)
171  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the police budget in England and Wales is for the financial years 2000-01 to 2003-04.
(146278)
172  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many constables in the Metropolitan Police Force there were at the end of September 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(145947)
173  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers, (b) civilian staff and (c) special constables there were (i) in total and (ii) per head of population in each police force in England and Wales, in (1) September 1999, (2) March 2000 and (3) September 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(145946)
174  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he proposes to take to improve co-operation between his Department, the National Assembly for Wales and local authorities in Wales in tackling crime in Wales.
(146018)
175  
  
Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects whose principal focus was disability were funded by her Department in the last 12 months; what was the total sum thus expended; and what percentage of her Department's project finance that total represented.
(146387)
176  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress made by the Accelerating Access Initiative facilitated by UNAIDS.
(146248)
177  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many statutes enacted prior to (a) 1997, (b) 1995 and (c) 1990 have sections which have not yet come into force.
(146237)
178  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will review the Government's debt recovery policies to ensure that they support the aims of its social inclusion strategy.
(146014)
179  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on his responsibilities in relation to vacancies among the membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the method proposed for filling the vacancy in Strangford.
(145789)
180  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the President of the Council, when the Government will implement proposals set out in the First Report from the Liaison Committee, Session 1999-2000, HC 300; and if she will make a statement.
(145535)
181  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, how many people are employed by the House of Lords Appointments Commission; how many are on fixed-term contracts; and what the annual running costs of the Commission is.
(146277)
182  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Prime Minister, when Alastair Campbell will leave his post at No. 10 Downing Street.
(146376)
183  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the recommendation in the Third Report of the Welsh Affairs Committee, on social exclusion in Wales, concerning the availability of disaggregated statistical information relating to Wales.
(146019)
184  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the new child support scheme indicates the categories of expenditure covered by the Child Support Agency maintenance payment.
(146121)
185  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Yeovil constituency receive the over 80s premium on the basic state pension; and if he will make a statement.
(144588)
186  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Yeovil constituency have a weekly gross income of under (a) £100, (b) £150, (c) £200, (d) £500 and (e) £1,000.
(144586)
187  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what percentage of people of working age in Yeovil constituency receive (a) income support and (b) disability benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(144587)
188  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library a copy of the audit investigation into the computer error in October 1999 that led to £1.32 million worth of duplicate income support payments.
(145010)
189  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Paisley South of 11th January, Official Report, column 607W, on family incomes, if he will revise the table to include those families dependent on (a) family income supplement, (b) family credit and (c) working families tax credit.
(146012)
190  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much of the £1.32 million of duplicated income support payments in October 1999 has been recovered.
(146011)
191  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of recipients of income support or its equivalent amongst (a) pensioners, (b non-pensioners with children and (c) non-pensioners without children for each of the past 30 years.
(146009)
192  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many lone parents in (a) Iverclyde and (b) Scotland are in receipt of income support; and what the comparable figures were for (i) 1994 and (ii) 1997.
(144501)
193  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many former Far-East prisoners of war residing in (a) Renfrewshire and (b) Scotland have made applications to the War Pensions Agency for compensation; and when they will receive the compensation.
(144502)
194  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will extend payment of the winter fuel allowance to adults below the age of 60 years who are housebound through disability.
(146267)
195  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the rate of the basic state pension to the level of the minimum income guarantee in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland in each of the next five years.
(146088)
196  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the administration costs of the minimum income guarantee have been for each year for which figures are available.
(146089)
197  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many cases the Child Support Agency is currently dealing with; and what the average cost was per case over the last 12 months.
(146243)
198  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the cost to the Child Support Agency of every £100 it recovers.
(146244)
199  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what records the Child Support Agency maintains about fathers' employment status at the time an assessment is made; and what percentage of fathers in employment chose to give up their jobs within 12 months of a Child Support Agency assessment in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(146241)
200  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what information is contained in Child Support Agency records about the nature of a father's relationship to the child's mother; and how the CSA categorises such relationships.
(146246)
201  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much money per year the Child Support Agency collects on behalf of children; and what the equivalent amount recovered for this purpose by other means was in the three years prior to its inception.
(146265)
202  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps are being taken to improve the accuracy of Child Support Agency assessments.
(146242)
203  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the Child Support Agency's performance against compliance targets is independently verified.
(146245)
204  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of individuals living in households below half average income in the first quarter of the most recent financial year for which he has constructed a data set, according to the Households Below Average Income methodology.
(146315)
205  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) male and (b) female pensioners living in poverty there were, broken down by five-year age group, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(146313)
206  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the largest margin of uncertainty which applies to estimates within his most recent Households Below Average Income publication which do not appear within brackets.
(146314)
207  
N  
Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the benefit claims forms that referred claimants to the Citizens' Advice Bureaux Service for assistance and advice in their completion as at 31st December 2000; what percentage of documents issued referred benefits claimants to Citizens' Advice Bureaux in each year from 1996 to 2000; and what discussions the Government has had with the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux in respect of the inclusion of such references to advice.
(146091)
208  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the Government will set a timetable for the elimination of poverty in the UK.
(146021)
209  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the adjudication and operations circulars and guidelines on (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit that have been issued to local authorities since May 1997; and place copies of these in the Library.
(146343)
210  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reasons pensioner families in the top income decile are eligible for the minimum income guarantee, as indicated in chart 5.3 of the latest Pre-Budget Report.
(146345)
211  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action he is taking to ensure that women born after 1955 are informed of the forthcoming increase in retirement age.
(146348)
212  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) inquiries and (b) complaints have been received from people aged 60 years and over who have been incorrectly assessed as living with another person over 60 years for the purpose of assessing eligibility to the winter fuel payment in each year since 1997.
(146359)
213  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the implications of the continuing NIRS2 problems for the implementation of stakeholder pensions.
(146349)
214  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much funding the Government provided to Motability in each year since it was founded, broken down into (a) the equipment fund, (b) the administration fund and (c) any other payments.
(146346)
215  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the minimum income guarantee take-up campaign will come to an end; and when the final results will be made public.
(146350)
216  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people were (a) on Motability's waiting list and (b) waiting to terminate a vehicle in favour of a suitable wheelchair accessible solution in each year since the charity was founded.
(146347)
217  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the net cost is of (a) the increase in the basic state pension from April 2001, including the inflation element, and (b) the increase in the minimum income guarantee from April 2001.
(146352)
218  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what powers local authority fraud investigators have to request information from banks relating to suspected benefit fraudsters.
(146353)
219  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if local authority employees in charge of housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud investigations may investigate cases where there is suspicion of related income support and jobseeker's allowance fraud.
(146342)
220  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2000, Official Report, columns 78-9W, what the average incomes of pensioner households for the United Kingdom were in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(146339)
221  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason the estimate of entitled non-recipients of income suppport for the over 60s for the year 1997-98 published in the revised edition of Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 1996-97 was different to the estimate for 1997-98 published in Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 1998-99.
(146344)
222  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action he will take to ensure that people aged 60 years and over will be given prior notification of the £50 reduction in this year's winter fuel payment.
(146354)
223  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what extra resources he will make available to Motability as a result of the extension of higher rate mobility to three and four year olds.
(146358)
224  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many disabled income support claimants would see their income rise and how many people would become newly-entitled to income support if the capital rules for people with disabilities were increased to match the new rules for pensioners.
(146341)
225  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2000, Official Report, columns 76-7W, on the winter fuel allowance, on what basis the figure for the number of people entitled to backdated winter fuel payments is estimated to be 1.7 million.
(146340)
226  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much it would cost a pensioner to purchase an annuity that provides an income covering the gap between the basic pension and the minimum income guarantee at current annuity rates for (a) a single man and (b) a single woman.
(146351)
227  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the introduction of paid parental leave.
(146122)
228  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices there are in each parliamentary constituency; how many receive 40 per cent. or more of their annual income from pensions and benefits business; and if he will make a statement.
(144593)
229  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) post offices and (b) sub-post offices there were in (i) Yeovil constituency and (ii) South Somerset in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(144592)
230  
N  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to publicise the range of services available at the Post Office.
(144537)
231  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to address skill shortages in the engineering industry.
(146232)
232  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what will happen to the returned Takahama Mox fuel when it is imported from Japan into the United Kingdom.
(146046)
233  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the reasons for excluding energy from waste from the Renewables Obligations.
(146381)
234  
N  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on which date he first received advice from the British Embassy in Japan that discussions should begin with the Japanese Government and electricity industry on the issue of returning the Takahama Mox fuel to the United Kingdom, following the discovery of the data falsification at Sellafield.
(146044)
235  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the next draft of his social and environmental guidance to Ofgem.
(146382)
236  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what specific measures his Department has introduced to raise the awareness of the national minimum wage and the national minimum wage confidential helpline among ethnic minorities.
(146087)
237  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with ASW/Co Steel with respect to (a) climate levy assistance, (b) rate reduction and (c) financial assistance.
(146049)
238  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had about the introduction of further legislation to control the activities of unscrupulous landlords; and if he will make a statement.
(146017)
239  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will commission a study of the implications and practicality of replacing the Barnett Formula with a needs based formula for resource distribution within the UK.
(146020)
240  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will review the mechanisms and systems available for people suffering from social exclusion in Wales and seek to ensure that the outcome of this review is taken into account in the formulation of the Government's legislative programme.
(146015)
241  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ASW/Co Steel with respect to (a) climate levy assistance, (b) rate reduction and (c) financial assistance.
(146048)
242  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with other Government departments to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses.
[Question Unstarred] (144544)
243  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the benefits of introducing legislation to allow local authorities and emergency services (a) to recover the cost of removing horses wandering on the highway and (b) to provide for fixed penalty fines to be paid on redemption of horses found wandering on the highway; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146100)
244  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she has received the conclusions of the World Health Organisation study on the possible increase of cancer rates in Southern Iraq; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146383)
245  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he plans to set up an immigration appeal tribunal in the North East Government Office Region.
[Transferred] (146386)
246  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many foreign relatives of UK citizens were denied visas to attend family weddings in the UK in the most recent year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (146165)
247  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many spouses of UK citizens living abroad have been refused a visa to enter the UK.
[Transferred] (146164)
248  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many initially refused applications for visas to enter the UK were (a) reconsidered and (b) approved, following intervention by honourable Members in the last three years.
[Transferred] (146166)
249  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that residents of elderly persons' and nursing care homes are granted rights to reasonable notice of closure of the places where they live.
[Transferred] (146266)


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