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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 22 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 22 January, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
MONDAY 22nd JANUARY
1  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce flood protection grants to mobile home owners towards the cost of raising the height of their homes above ground; and if he will make a statement.
(146643)
2  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will estimate the number of farmers in the UK with an annual income of (a) £25,000 or less, (b) £25,000 to £50,000, (c) £50,000 to £100,000 and (d) over £100,000.
(146152)
3  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what reasons underlay the decision to introduce a flat rate modulation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(146151)
4  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce an early retirement scheme for tenant farmers after 55 years of age; and if he will make a statement.
(146149)
5  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his estimate is of the number of (a) male and (b) female tenant farmers between the ages of 55 and 65 years.
(146150)
6  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the pig industry restructuring scheme for ongoers will open for applications; and if he will make a statement.
(146750)
7  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146589)
8  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the European Union countries in which cattle have been discovered to have BSE, indicating the measures taken to prohibit the import into the United Kingdom of beef products in each case.
(146576)
9  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his estimate is of the percentage of farmers in England who are part time and have incomes from other occupations.
(146751)
10  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fishing vessels were registered in the UK in (a) 1971 and (b) 2000.
(146640)
11  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many agricultural holdings were registered as at 1st January; and of that number how many were classified as smallholdings.
(146641)
12  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the permitted tonnage of cod and haddock catches was in (a) 1971 and (b) 2000.
(146639)
13  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many acres were in productive use in (a) 1971 and (b) 2000.
(146637)
14  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of introducing hazard analysis critical control point.
(146982)
15  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the impact of hazard analysis critical control point on official control of meat inspection.
(146981)
16  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the progress of the government-funded research into the development and testing of commercially viable farrowing systems which do not closely confine the sow.
(146865)
17  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from which bodies the Government has sought advice on the scientific justification for a ban in the United Kingdom on the use of fishmeal in animal feed.
(146404)
18  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much sugar by weight and value was exported from each Association of Caribbean Producers nation covered by the Sugar Protocol to (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union.
(146413)
19  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to seek a UK derogation on the EU ban on fishmeal in animal feed.
(146406)
20  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed EU-wide ban on fishmeal in animal feed on Britain's livestock farmers.
(146407)
21  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last wrote to the Prime Minister on the subject of imported over 30 month beef products.
(146400)
22  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what area of land is used to grow sugar beet in each EU member state, together with the percentage of that area that would be eligible for IACS payments if alternative crops were grown.
(146411)
23  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will state the latest intervention price for (a) beet sugar under the EU sugar regime, (b) cane sugar imported from the Association of Caribbean Producers countries under the EU sugar regime, (c) world prices for beet sugar and (d) world prices for cane sugar.
(146412)
24  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which Government department is responsible for monitoring imports of over 30 month beef at its point of entry into the UK.
(146409)
25  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what record the Government keeps of how much imported over 30 month beef is entering the United Kingdom.
(146410)
26  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) her Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146581)
27  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146931)
28  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her Answer of 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 48W, under which clauses in their model contract special advisors are allowed to be used by Ministers to cost opposition party policies; and if she will make a statement.
(146669)
29  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about the Government's plans to support independent regional cinema.
(144794)
30  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146584)
31  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January (ref 145431), if he will list the areas of social and economic need which will benefit from the Action Zones Initiative.
(146653)
32  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the new star rating system for self-catering accommodation is in operation in North West England.
(146819)
33  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of bids for National Lottery money from the North East of England were unsuccessful; and what the total value of these failed bids was.
(146821)
34  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Russia will participate in the forthcoming NATO theatre ballistic missile defence feasibility studies; and if he will make a statement.
(146636)
35  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the programme of closures of meterological outstation observing offices at civil airports; when he expects this to be complete; and what arrangements are being made to continue the provision of the information which these offices previously provided to their internal and external customers.
(146644)
36  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest figures are for mortality rates amongst (a) Gulf veterans and (b) the comparison group.
(146850)
37  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146583)
38  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what decisions his Department has made regarding intellectual property rights which will (a) be transferred to the privatised DERA and (b) stay with the retained DERA; if he will list them; how many intellectual property rights are still to be decided upon; and if he will make a statement.
(146454)
39  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many scientifc procedures on animals were carried out at Porton Down in each of the last five years.
(146461)
40  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will indicate (a) the circumstances of the death or injury on each occasion a Crown censure has been issued in the last 10 years and (b) the remedial action and compensation awarded in each case.
(146462)
41  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is in respect of the supply of condoms to UK service personnel; when the policy was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(146450)
42  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the work of the Veterans Cell in his Department.
(146466)
43  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements will be made for the availability and issue of the morning-after pill to female UK service personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(146451)
44  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how information about sexual health safety is communicated to UK service personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(146452)
45  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular forces, (b) reserves and (c) cadets have used the reserve forces training camp at Altcar, Hightown, Merseyside in each of the last 10 years; and what training is provided there.
(146946)
46  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Turkey about the use of the Incirlik airbase in South-eastern Anatolia for allied sorties into Iraq.
(145232)
47  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on Lord Robertson's speech given in Stockholm relating to the effect on peace-keepers serving in international missions in the Balkans of depleted uranium.
(146435)
48  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action his Department is taking to review its policy towards depleted uranium in Iraq.
(145236)
49  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spouses of former Far East prisoners of war have remarried and are thus ruled ineligible for the ex-gratia payment.
(146740)
50  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are deployed on the ground in Sierra Leone.
(146483)
51  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has undertaken into the potential risks to tank crews of firing depleted uranium rounds; and if he will publish the research.
(146578)
52  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress made in training of the Sierra Leone Army by the UK training teams.
(146482)
53  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much depleted uranium is left behind in tank gun barrels after the firing of depleted uranium rounds.
(146579)
54  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much depleted uranium is extracted from the barrel of tanks and evacuated into the atmosphere during the firing of depleted uranium rounds.
(146580)
55  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the reports that UNAMSIL peacekeepers will be deployed to the RUF-controlled areas of Sierra Leone.
(146480)
56  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the UK military personnel will play in the deployment of UNAMSIL peacekeepers to the RUF-controlled areas of Sierra Leone.
(146481)
57  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact on military personnel and people in the Solent area from the closure of Haslar Hospital and expenditure at Queen Alexandra, Southampton and Winchester hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(146606)
58  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors underlay his Department's decision to relocate the facilities at Haslar to Queen Alexandra, Southampton and Selly Oak hospitals; what the overall cost is of these changes; and if he will make a statement.
(146604)
59  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the non-availability of his Department's medical staff is reflected in the funds provided for medical support; on what basis staff in a medically downgraded category can participate in military operations; and if he will make a statement.
(146601)
60  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the consultants who have left Defence Medical Services in the last three years have taken up employment abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(146622)
61  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what impact financial incentives to fast track service personnel have had on NHS waiting lists.
(146706)
62  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans to develop the military ethos of Defence Medical Services.
(146705)
63  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to move service nurses to Selly Oak Hospital from Haslar Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(146621)
64  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many consultants have resigned from service at Haslar Hospital in each of the last three years.
(146708)
65  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what level of medical support was available to ground troops preparing for a possible intervention in Kosovo; and what assessment he has made of the level of medical support available to service the UK's commitment to (a) NATO and (b) the rapid reaction force.
(146707)
66  
  
Mr John Horam (Orpington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research is being undertaken into thermobaric weapons at Fort Halstead; and if he will make a statement on the development of these weapons in the UK.
(146626)
67  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what external legal advice he is taking on measures available in international law to protect the sites of maritime graves; and if he will make a statement.
(146442)
68  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure is on (a) research and development and (b) procurement for each of the armed services; and what proportion of each budget for each service is spent in Scotland in the current financial year.
(146178)
69  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of each of Her Majesty's Forces are stationed in Scotland; how many civilians are employed by his Department in Scotland; and what the projected figures are in each case for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(146173)
70  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to substitute depleted uranium rounds with other equally penetrative rounds.
(146296)
71  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of DERA's assets is; and what proportion of them is held in Scotland.
(146176)
72  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department calculates the number of people employed in defence and defence-related industries in the regions of the UK; what multiplier is used; and how many people are so employed in (a) each region of England and Wales and (b) Scotland.
(146177)
73  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to (a) alter and (b) expand barrack accommodation in Scotland; and at which locations.
(146175)
74  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list properties owned by his Department which are awaiting disposal.
(146174)
75  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if special advisors in his Department have been involved in (a) coordinating, (b) costing and (c) presenting costings of policies of opposition parties; and if he will make a statement.
(146674)
76  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service volunteers were tested with the oripavine derivative TL 2636 by staff of the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, and in what years; for what reasons the tests were (a) started and (b) ended; what the results of these tests were; how many technical papers recording the results of these tests have been produced by Porton Down staff; and what research has been carried out by his Department to establish the long-term effects of this chemical on the health of individuals.
(146687)
77  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Erewash of 21st November 2000, Official Report, column 101W, regarding Porton Down, (a) what plans his Department has to write to hospitals and general practices in the UK to inform them of these arrangements and (b) who will analyse the data from the consultations at St. Thomas's Hospital.
(146686)
78  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if service volunteers under the age of 18 years have taken part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, since 1971; and what analysis and research his Department has carried out into the ages of service volunteers who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down.
(146648)
79  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research (a) his Department and (b) the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, has carried out to compare the number of individuals exposed to nerve agent in experiments with the numbers exposed to these same chemicals in the military experimental programmes of other countries.
(146691)
80  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Public Record Office a copy of the document 'A long-term follow-up of volunteers exposed to GB sarin (CDE Technical Note 175)'.
(146690)
81  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) coordinated in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings in the Library,
(146675)
82  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December 2000, Official Report, column 223W, on Porton Down volunteers, if his Department will compile reports on the nerve agent studies involving volunteers as part of the research to establish the definitive numbers.
(146688)
83  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down, initiated the survey of the health of service volunteers exposed to nerve agents reported in the document A long-term follow-up of volunteers exposed to GB sarin (CDE Technical Note 175) in July 1973.
(146689)
84  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultations he has held with awarding bodies and examiners in connection with their setting, marking and grading activities this summer; what assessment he has made of the extent to which the new AS levels will be accommodated within their programme of work and staff availability; and if he will make a statement.
(146058)
85  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the ILAs to be accessed through community action pilots as part of the regeneration strategy announced on 15th January will (a) be subject to the same criteria as other ILAs and (b) be of the same individual value; if the figure announced for take-up of 10,000 is in addition to existing credits; if this figure represents (i) an estimate and (ii) a target; and what arrangements he will put in place for evaluating pilot studies.
(146057)
86  
N  
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many young people received funding for driver training courses under the New Deal between 1st January and 30th September 2000; and how many passed their tests.
(146052)
87  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how he is planning to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
(146374)
88  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many persons were training to be teachers in each of the last eight years for which figures are available.
(146944)
89  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146588)
90  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many persons were recruited for secondary teacher training in (a) England and Wales and (b) England in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2000-01.
(146943)
91  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many lone parents aged (a) under 18, (b) 18 to 34, (c) 35 to 50, and (d) over 50 years have joined the New Deal since 1998 (i) nationally, (ii) in the constituency of Leyton and Wanstead and (iii) the boroughs of (I) Waltham Forest and (II) Redbridge.
(146978)
92  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent survey he has undertaken on the problems of the retention of teachers working in schools in the Greater London area.
(146942)
93  
  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the total capital expenditure available for schools in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Burton constiutuency for each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01.
(146985)
94  
  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the SSA per pupil was in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England for each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01.
(146984)
95  
  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much revenue expenditure was available for schools in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Burton constituency for each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01.
(146983)
96  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will announce the areas that have been selected to participate in the first wave of the Children's Fund.
(146858)
97  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146929)
98  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many responses his Department has received from LEAs to the letter from the Director General for Schools to LEAs of 23rd November regarding teacher shortages; and if he will place a copy of these responses in the Library.
(146426)
99  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much expenditure was undertaken by the Employment Service in relation to the New Deal and apportioned to New Deal budgets in each of the last three financial years.
(146424)
100  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on what basis the time spent by Employment Service staff on New Deal activities is apportioned to the appropriate New Deal budget.
(146423)
101  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the average class size in secondary schools; and what was the average class size in 1997.
(146362)
102  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools in Berkshire are (a) working and (b) planning a four day week.
(146360)
103  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the impact of housing costs on teacher recruitment.
(146361)
104  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to (a) increase and (b) widen the geographical area of payments of London weighting to teachers.
(146368)
105  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) co-ordinated in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings and relevant background documents in the Library.
(146668)
106  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) advised upon in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings and relevant background documents in the Library.
(146665)
107  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if special advisors in his Department have been involved in (a) co-ordinating, (b) costing and (c) presenting costings of policies of opposition parties; and if he will make a statement.
(146667)
108  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will meet the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux to discuss a statutory power to provide assistance with school clothing costs to low income families; and if he will make a statement in respect of good practice guidance in school clothing grant schemes.
(146486)
109  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) buses and (b) taxis were retrofitted to use LPG through the Powershift programme (i) before 1st January 2000 and (ii) during 2000; and if he will make a statement regarding targets for 2001 and beyond.
(146627)
110  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his estimate is of the number of passenger cars in the UK; and how many of these were powered by road fuel gases or were bi-fuel (a) in the first quarter of 1998, (b) in the first quarter of 1999 and (c) in the first quarter of 2000, and (d) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(146632)
111  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned into the amount of energy required through the refining process to produce a standard measure of distance travelled in vehicles propelled by (i) LPG, (ii) ULSD and (iii) ULSP.
(146630)
112  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received requesting the broadening of the eligibility criteria for the Powershift programme in respect of older vehicles.
(146633)
113  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his estimate is of the total number of public forecourt refuelling stations and sites in the UK; how many of these provided LPG (a) in the first quarter 1999, (b) in the first quarter 2000 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what estimates he has on the future rate of increase of public forecourt LPG refuelling sites.
(146631)
114  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned regarding the comparative environmental qualities of LPG, ULSD and ULSP in respect of (i) prevalence of particulates, (ii) noise, (iii) carbon dioxide emissions, (iv) oxides of nitrogen, (v) benzene and (vi) 1,3 butadiene.
(146628)
115  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the Government's contribution to funding for the Powershift programme was in each of the last three financial years and in the current year.
(146629)
116  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the outcome of the SWARMMS investigation into a possible bypass for the A38 at Dobwalls.
(146624)
117  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the year on year changes were in (a) all road traffic, (b) non-motorway traffic, (c) passenger rail use, (d) rail freight, (e) motorcycle use and (f) bicycle use (i) between 1997 and 1999 and (ii) since October 2000; and what the latest forecasts for changes in these categories are.
(147027)
118  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many buses running on (a) road fuel gases and (b) other alternative fuels there were at the latest date for which figures are available.
(147029)
119  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the average levels of new car carbon dioxide emissions were in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the EU in (i) 1995 and (ii) 1999.
(147028)
120  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information he has collated on the engine life of vehicles propelled by (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) LPG; and what assessment he has made of the consequent whole life sustainability of fuel technology.
(146987)
121  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those ministers in his Department who (a) have interests in the letting of property and (b) use the letting and relocation company Cendant to let their properties or purchase other properties; and how many civil servants in his Ministry have used the services of Cendant (i) to relocate and (ii) to be housed.
(146280)
122  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146596)
123  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce legislation to allow local authorities to close off alleyways causing a public nuisance if requested to do so by the police; and if he will make a statement.
(146577)
124  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of new homes (a) completed in Islington in the years 1995 to 2000 and (b) predicted for 2001-02; indicating the proportion built for the local authority and registered social landlords.
(146127)
125  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the basis is of the allocation of resources of the English Cities Fund between English regions and English cities; and if he expects to have allocations ready for the financial year 2001-02.
(146393)
126  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much public funding has been allocated for regeneration purposes to the London Borough of Wandsworth since May 1997.
(146500)
127  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the London borough councils that follow a cabinet system of administration in their local authority area.
(146939)
128  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many members of rent tribunals covering the Greater London area come from an ethnic community background.
(146938)
129  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what financial assistance his Department has given in conjunction with the London borough councils in seeking to improve their boroughs' priority bus routes in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(146941)
130  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the strategy and aims which will underpin the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 will be published.
(146857)
131  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department intends to monitor the number of abandoned vehicles on public highways and private property over the forthcoming year and the associated removal costs incurred by local authorities.
(146514)
132  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures his Department intends to introduce to assist local authorities with the removal of abandoned vehicles on public highways and private property.
(146513)
133  
  
Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he plans to make at the forthcoming international meeting to consider the conservation of albatrosses and petrels.
(146977)
134  
  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much his Department has made available for highway maintenance for Staffordshire County Council in each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01.
(146980)
135  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the frequency and reliability of Thameslink services from Mill Hill, Bushey and Hendon.
(146732)
136  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many escalators are installed at London Underground stations; how many are out of action; and what is the average length of time taken to bring unserviceable units back into service.
(146642)
137  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what benefits have arisen from the imposition of a 40 mph speed limit on the elevated section of the M4 in west London.
(146954)
138  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what benefits have arisen from the imposition of a 50 mph speed limit on the M4 eastbound section between Heathrow Airport and the elevated section.
(146953)
139  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of cyclist boxes at traffic signals in terms of (a) the danger to cyclists and (b) the delay to motorists.
(146966)
140  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect of cyclists using bus lanes in terms of (a) delay caused to buses, (b) danger to other road users due to buses overtaking cyclists and (c) danger to cyclists.
(146964)
141  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to require cyclists to use cycle lanes where these are provided.
(146963)
142  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what policy reason taxi-cabs are (a) permitted to use the bus lane on the M4 and (b) not permitted on the Heathrow Airport spur road.
(146965)
143  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in how many road accidents in each of the last three years subsequent analysis revealed that the driver had taken (a) cannabis and (b) other illegal drugs; how many of these accidents resulted in fatalities; and if he will make a statement.
(146464)
144  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has received the Inspector's report following the public inquiry held on 29th February 2000 in connection with the Baldock By-pass.
(146171)
145  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made in his consideration of the Inspector's report following the public inquiry held on 29th February 2000 in connection with the Baldock By-pass; and when he expects to make his decision.
(146170)
146  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received from the Environment Agency on breaches of licence conditions at Clifton Marsh tip, Lancashire, by BNFL in connection with their disposal of any forms of radioactive waste.
(146710)
147  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the resources available to meet the Government's target of bringing social housing up to a decent standard by 2010, and of achieving one third of the target by 2004.
(146836)
148  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the investment in (a) council housing and (b) housing owned by registered social landlords in each year since 1990; and what investment is planned in future years.
(146835)
149  
  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research has been undertaken by his Department into the suitability of footpath stiles for use by people with vision impairment.
(146712)
150  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what powers local government pension funds are prevented from offering stakeholder pensions.
(146487)
151  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects rent officers and rent assessment panels to complete the process of (a) revising rents and (b) recovering overpaid rent paid by registered tenants affected by the House of Lords decision on the Maximum Fair Rent Order.
(146493)
152  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146930)
153  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many transfer requests from London South Region have been approved by the British Transport Police in the past 12 months; what the average waiting time for them was; and how many of them were on urgent compassionate grounds.
(145030)
154  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many outstanding requests for transfer are being processed by the British Transport Police; from and to which regions; and how many of them are on urgent compassionate grounds.
(145031)
155  
N  
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the current waiting time is for a transfer within (a) the British Transport Police and (b) from London South Region to another region of the British Transport Police.
(145032)
156  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has undertaken into the impact on individuals of loss of sleep due to aircraft noise in the vicinity of Heathrow; and if he will place a copy of the results in the Library.
(146421)
157  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the noise from aircraft approaching Heathrow to land between 11.30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on residents in (a) London and (b) Berkshire.
(146420)
158  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department has undertaken into the economic benefits of night flights landing at Heathrow during the period from 11.30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
(146422)
159  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what initiatives his Department will be taking as part of the Government's National Noise Strategy to reduce the impact of night flights by civil aviation on those living in rural areas under flight paths.
(146425)
160  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he plans to take to put into effect the recommendations of the report entitled 'British Shipping: Charting a New Course' to safeguard the employment of British seafarers employed on contracts which are based in a foreign country.
(146333)
161  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library details of the numbers of incidents of illegal trespass by travellers reported by local authorities for the last three years (a) in total and (b) for each local authority.
(146866)
162  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce guidance on extending the seat belt requirement to all school transportation.
(146711)
163  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much was spent by his Department's Ministers on entertainment in 2000.
(146372)
164  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the overseas visits he has undertaken on official business over the last year, with the cost of travel and accommodation in each case for him and his party.
(146370)
165  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what funding has been provided for the maintenance of local highways in the north east of England in each of the last 10 years.
(146823)
166  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the financial allocation from his Department is to housing associations in the City of Durham for the (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02 financial years.
(146822)
167  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each year since May 1997 the total amount of funding made available by his Department in the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
(146572)
168  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to publish the consultation paper on the management and disposal of nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement.
(146733)
169  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of waste from plastics has been recycled in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(146470)
170  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will introduce a national waste collection scheme for the disposal of waste farm plastics; and if he will make a statement.
(146469)
171  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is taking in respect of the disposal and recycling of waste farm plastics.
(146471)
172  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received concerning a mandatory national waste collection scheme governing the disposal of waste farm plastics.
(146468)
173  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the report and recommendations of the inspector who conducted the planning inquiry into the application to build a fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport.
(146148)
174  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the life and funding of the Coalfields' Regeneration Trust.
(146597)
175  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms of the money so far allocated by the Coalfields' Regeneration Trust has been given to projects in the Cannock Chase area.
(146598)
176  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what and how many official spot checks were carried out on imported seed supplies with the purpose of detecting the adventitious presence of GM varieties in 2000.
(146408)
177  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on specific investement incentive measures for new pump infrastructure in alternative fuels in rural areas.
(146754)
178  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the land owned by his Department bounded by Honeypot Lane, Whitchurch Lane, the Jubilee Line and Edgware Brook in the London Borough of Harrow, what was (a) the date upon which contracts were exchanged between the property agents for the civil estates and the Asha Foundation for the purchase of the property, (b) the purchase price of the property detailed in the contract, (c) the survey valuation of the property prior to the date of the contract and (d) the latest valuation of the property.
(146281)
179  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146593)
180  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he has issued to other departments about the rights to receive windfall profits as part of Private Finance Initiative deals; and how many departments have agreed such deals (a) in accordance and (b) not in accordance with such guidance.
(146839)
181  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) the loss of VAT revenue for the proposed reduced rate of VAT on the repair of listed buildings used for worship, (b) the loss of VAT revenue from the conversion of residential properties into a different number of dwellings and (c) loss of revenue arising from the reduced rate of VAT on alterations to protected buildings.
(146392)
182  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he proposes to limit the proposed VAT reduction on conversion of dwellings into a different number of dwellings to conversions that follow explicit planning consent and to prevent houses in multiple occupation without the benefit of explicit planning consent from benefitting from any reduction.
(146395)
183  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the use of agricultural vehicles in public demonstrations means they are no longer used exclusively for agriculture for the purposes of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(146741)
184  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that red diesel is not misused; how many prosecutions there have been for misuse in each of the last five years; how many prosecutions were successful; what penalties were levied in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(146739)
185  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people from Lancaster and Wyre are claiming working families tax credit.
(145616)
186  
N  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid in friendly settlements of claims by widowers of the widows' bereavement allowance under the European Convention on Human Rights.
(146298)
187  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of absence from work due to sickness and injury for workers was in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(146961)
188  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of UK GDP his Department expects will be devoted to total health spending in the fiscal year 2004-05.
(146960)
189  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the regulatory impact assessment for the climate change levy.
(146419)
190  
  
Mr Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was (a) spent and (b) allocated for future use on (i) health, (ii) education, (iii) transport, (iv) law and order and (v) other public services (A) since 2nd May 1997, (B) for a similar period starting on 4th May 1979 and (C) for a similar period ending 1st May 1997.
(146478)
191  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the compensation to former Japanese internees will be included in their estate for the purposes of calculating inheritance tax.
(146488)
192  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) cigarettes and (b) other tobacco products sold in the United Kingdom he estimates are smuggled into the United Kingdom from countries (i) within and (ii) outside the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(146104)
193  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further measures he proposes to combat tobacco smuggling from countries (a) within and (b) outside the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(146105)
194  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated loss was to the Treasury of the smuggling of tobacco products for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(146106)
195  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146935)
196  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct an enquiry into his Department's regulation of Equitable Life during 1997 and 1998.
(146685)
197  
  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the estimates and outturns for the allowances for plant and machinery in the budgets for the years (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 and the estimated outturn for 2000-2001.
(146851)
198  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) number, (b) percentage of the total and (c) current value is of shares held by Her Majesty's Government in companies privatised since 1985.
(146837)
199  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the budget figure for the cost of maintaining, servicing and victualling official residences for Ministers in the 2000-01 Budget year.
(146373)
200  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how fuel tax is accounted for when motor fuels are delivered to retail petrol stations at temperatures in excess of 15 degrees centigrade.
(146971)
201  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the yield in 2001-02 of increasing the rate of income tax to 50 per cent. for annual taxable incomes in excess of £50,000.
(146840)
202  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about Government policy and administrative practice with regard to the destruction of the questionnaire forms that are to be delivered to households for the 2001 census of population for England and Wales.
(146448)
203  
N  
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; and what the (a) average and (b) median benefit was in each of the last three years.
(146154)
204  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) advised upon in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings and relevant background documents in the Library.
(146666)
205  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th November 2000, Official Report, column 343W, concerning capital gains tax indexation, what estimate he has made of the behavioural effects arising from re-introducing indexation and abolishing taper relief, while reintroducing retirement relief on the revenue yield.
(146153)
206  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) coordinated in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings in the Library,
(146671)
207  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) the percentage, (b) the average amount of capital gains tax paid by people and (c) the level of income in each earned income decile.
(146172)
208  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if special advisors in his Department have been involved in (a) coordinating, (b) costing and (c) presenting costings of policies of opposition parties; and if he will make a statement.
(146670)
209  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Inland Revenue did not access the child benefit records held by the Benefits Agency before issuing claim forms for the children's tax credit.
(146108)
210  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 568W, on the children's tax credit, if he will provide corresponding estimates on the basis that the rate of the credit in April is £10 per week.
(146319)
211  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of families who will benefit from the introduction in April of the children's tax credit; and if he will make a statement.
(146320)
212  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people died in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region and (b) age categories (i) 0-64, (ii) 65-74, (iii) 75-84 and (iv) 85 years or above.
(146322)
213  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 8th January, Official Report, column 458W, on the children's tax credit if he will make a statement on the publicity which has been undertaken; how much it cost; how much he proposes to spend by the end of February on further publicity; and what form that further publicity will take.
(146321)
214  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is at issue between the British High Commission in Belize and Belize Telecom; and if he will make a statement.
(146819)
215  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact there has been between Interoute (UK) Ltd and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and if he will make a statement.
(146820)
216  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what savings to public funds have been made through the use by the British High Commission in Belize of a telephone call back system; and if he will make a statement.
(146817)
217  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent correspondence he has received from the Chairman of Belize Telecoms; and if he will make a statement.
(146818)
218  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Portuguese Government has informed his Department about their intention to proceed with further charges against Professor Lowery; and what are the new charges likely to be.
(146845)
219  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the British Embassy has sent about the daily routine of Professor Lowery whilst serving his sentence in a Portuguese prison; and how many hours per day he is locked in his cell.
(146848)
220  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent contact staff from the British Embassy in Portugal have had with Professor Lowery; and what the state of his health is reported to be.
(146846)
221  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports the British Embassy in Portugal have sent on access to medical treatment for Professor Lowery; and what treatment he has recently received.
(146847)
222  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has received from the Government of Portugal about Professor Lowery.
(146844)
223  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the British Embassy in Portugal has been informed why Professor Lowery remains in prison in that country despite having served more than half of his original sentence; and what indication there is of when he will be released.
(146849)
224  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146595)
225  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the most recent returns relating to confidence-building measures submitted by states which are parties to the Biological Weapons Convention.
(146428)
226  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Government of Mauritius concerning future sovereignty of the Chagos Islands.
(146142)
227  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to publish studies on the economic viability of the Chagos Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(146141)
228  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what external legal advice he has received on the legal status of the Chagos Islands and Diego Garcia in respect of rights of self determination of its peoples.
(146128)
229  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget for 2000-01 for the administration of the British Indian Ocean Territories is; and how many of the relevant officials are (a) United Kingdom based and (b) locally based.
(146143)
230  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements have been made for Chagos Islanders to visit the islands since the recent court ruling on the right of return.
(146140)
231  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applicants are awaiting interview for entry into the UK as permanent settlers at British High Commission offices in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Sri Lanka.
(146498)
232  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has recently had, and with whom, regarding Asil Nadir; and if he will make a statement.
(146940)
233  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which ministers from his Department have visited (a) North Korea and (b) South Korea since May 1997, indicating the dates of the visits.
(146638)
234  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the mandate is of the UN Security Council to endorse air-strikes over Iraq.
(145230)
235  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Turkey about the export of oil to Turkey from Iraq.
(145231)
236  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss UN Resolution 1284 with the Governments of (a) France, (b) Russia, (c) China and (d) Malaysia.
(145233)
237  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on placing on hold humanitarian flights to Iraq.
(145234)
238  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Unicef about the deaths of Iraqi children.
(145235)
239  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the capacity of the Iraqi oil industry to export oil.
(145237)
240  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Italian authorities about medical examinations of Italian troops who served in Bosnia-Herzogovina in 1994-95.
(146433)
241  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Chief Prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal on the use of ammunition with depleted uranium in war operations in the Balkans being put on the agenda of the Hague Tribunal.
(146440)
242  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Greek authorities about the visit of Greek medical experts to the Urosevac area of Kosovo.
(146436)
243  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet Mr Bernard Kouchner to discuss the protection of the non-Albanian population of Kosovo and Metohija.
(146431)
244  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contracts have been blocked by the UK Government, which are clearly designed for humanitarian purposes.
(145238)
245  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of UN stock reports on the distribution picture for food and medicines verified by UN observers.
(145239)
246  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the operation of the oil for food programme in relation to Iraq.
(145240)
247  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what invitation has been received from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to send experts to investigate the soil and the export of food and wine in relation to the problem of depleted uranium.
(146434)
248  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has had from the People's Republic of China about the use of depleted uranium weapons by NATO.
(146437)
249  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Romanian authorities about the results of medical examination of Romanian soldiers who served in Bosnia-Herzogovina Peace Missions in 1994-95.
(146432)
250  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the German government over the issue of pensions for the Kindertransport people; and if he will make a statement.
(146853)
251  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the amount of per diem remuneration is of Sir David Hannay.
(146605)
252  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress of payments out of the International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution.
(146815)
253  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department gives to honourable Members to learn foreign languages; and if he will make a statement.
(146730)
254  
  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contacts have been established between UNAMSIL and RUF in Sierra Leone.
(146484)
255  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what private business Lord Levy is conducting while travelling in the Middle East.
(146489)
256  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) practical and (b) financial support his Department and embassies has provided to Lord Levy during his visit to the Middle East; and if he will separately itemise the cost of this support.
(146494)
257  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatability of section 7(1) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 with the UK's obligation under the European Convention of Human Rights in so far as it relates to the conduct of the United Kingdom's security service within the territories of countries that are signatories to the convention; and if he will make a statement.
(146147)
258  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatability of section 5(3) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 with the UK's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights, in respect of Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement.
(146145)
259  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he takes to ensure his policy regarding the placing of recruitment advertisments for posts in his Department is applied to the Irish ethnic press on the same basis as other ethnic minorities; and on what date his recruitment policy was last subjected to a PAFT analysis.
(146979)
260  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146933)
261  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what dates his Department gave approval to the United States Government to carry out research programmes in Diego Garcia in the last five years; what the titles were of each of the research programmes; to which United States department or agency approval was given in each case; and on what dates the results of each of the research programmes were given to the Foreign Office.
(146645)
262  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his UN counterparts about the imposition of a UN arms embargo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(146832)
263  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many export licences for military dual-use equipment have been refused to (a) Angola, (b) Namibia, (c) Zimbabwe, (d) Rwanda, (e) Uganda and (f) Burundi on the grounds that there was a possibility it would be used in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(146831)
264  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the British Government provides to support air traffic control monitoring in the air space in Sub Saharan Africa.
(146833)
265  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 10th December, Official Report, column 577W, on child labour, what progress has been made with the monitoring of child jockeys being sold into employment in the United Arab Emirates.
(146753)
266  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government has provided for Nigeria's Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission.
(146829)
267  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department collects on companies involved in (a) germ line therapy, (b) stem cell techniques and (c) transgenic technologies.
(146859)
268  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the companies involved in cloning research with which his Department has held meetings in the last three years.
(146860)
269  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the HIV prevention monies allocated to health authorities in 1998-99 was used for targeted prevention work with (a) people with family links or travelling to sub-Saharan Africa, (b) injecting drug users, (c) women having sex with people in at risk groups and (d) gay and bisexual men, based on AIDS Control Act reports submitted by his Department.
(146571)
270  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to NHS trusts about the use of refrigerated vans or lorries to store bodies when hospital mortuaries have insufficient capacity; and on what dates that guidance was issued.
(146465)
271  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if all NICE appraisal determinations on health technologies are submitted to him for final approval prior to their dissemination to the NHS.
(146388)
272  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to issue guidance within the NHS on the collection of data relating to the age of patients.
(146389)
273  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will provide answers to the honourable Member for Sutton and Cheam in respect of questions numbers 141561, 141498, 141506, 141501, 141508, 141500, 141507 and 141403.
(146390)
274  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146590)
275  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of change in the price of drugs prescribed generically by the NHS was during 2000; if he will list the 10 drugs which have shown the highest rate of increase and what that rate has been in each case.
(146453)
276  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided regarding the time traces of (a) cannabis, (b) marijuana, (c) Ecstasy, (d) cocaine, (e) heroin, (f) tobacco and (g) alcohol remain in the body and cause impairment; and what the estimate of the degree of impairment in each case is of a comparable input after 24 hours.
(146463)
277  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which European countries export animal feed; and which animal feeds are imported into the UK.
(146499)
278  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the incidence per 1,000 population of (a) heart disease and (b) lung cancer in (i) the National Health Service North West Region and (ii) Wigan and Bolton Health Area.
(146508)
279  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the funding allocation was to Sefton Health Authority in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000, and (f) 2001, (i) in total and (ii) per head of population.
(146663)
280  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Redfern Report to be published.
(146856)
281  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are on NHS waiting lists in the Barnet Health Authority area; how many were on such lists in May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(146509)
282  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what levels of spending on health per head of population were in each health authority area in each year since 1998-99, calculated on the same basis as used in his Answer of 19th October 1999, Official Report, columns 473-75W.
(146726)
283  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total resource allocation he has made of pilot studies on HPV testing; what the resource allocations are for each HPV pilot test project; and if he will break down the allocation to each HPV pilot test project.
(146446)
284  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the pilot studies for HPV testing will commence.
(146445)
285  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to add other NHS trusts in Hampshire to the list of trusts providing digital hearing aids.
(146512)
286  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what salary is being paid to the holder of the office of Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health.
(146955)
287  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was of medicines prescribed for coronary heart disease on the NHS (a) in the last six month period for which data are available prior to, and (b) in the first six month period for which data are available since, the implementation of the national service framework for coronary heart disease.
(146956)
288  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost per patient episode was for patients (a) treated under personal dental services pilots and (b) treated under general dental services.
(146962)
289  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fully staffed intensive care beds, by NHS region, were available in NHS hospitals in England and Wales on Friday 22nd December 2000.
(146957)
290  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if value-added tax is chargeable on (a) supplies of recombinant factor VIII for the treatment of haemophiliacs and (b) supplies of conventionally produced factor VIII; what representations he has made to HM Treasury in respect of charging VAT on these substances; on what date he made those representations; and what response he has received.
(146958)
291  
  
Mr John Horam (Orpington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase the funding of the London Ambulance Service to improve pay and conditions of staff.
(146625)
292  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the side-effects of high energy drinks; what research he has commissioned into these products; and if he will make a statement.
(145953)
293  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the manner in which Whiston Hospital handled a complaint into the treatment of the late Mrs Mary Kelly, a constituent whose address has been supplied to him; and if he will make a statement.
(145951)
294  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the statutory provisions which apply to (a) the adoption of children through the internet and (b) adoption agencies' use of the internet.
(146602)
295  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons Nick Court, Director of Communications of the Eastern Region of the Department of Health, failed to respond to requests for a telephone conversation with Andy Lever, Editor of the Thurrock Gazette; and what the date and timing of each request was.
(146300)
296  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146928)
297  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish his Department's clinical indicators and the CHKS tables of mortality rates by hospital trust.
(146490)
298  
  
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what agreement he has reached with the Joint Epilepsy Council on implementing the findings of the Clinical Standards Advisory Group Report on Epilepsy.
(146755)
299  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability of single sex clinics for the treatment of male breast cancer in each region of the health service.
(146811)
300  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the mortality rate for male breast cancer in each of the last 10 years.
(146812)
301  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health authority had the highest number of reported cases of male breast cancer over the last five years; and by how much this varied from the average authority.
(146813)
302  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance exists for the treatment of male breast cancer in mixed sex clinics.
(146810)
303  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of reported cases of male breast cancer in each of the last 10 years.
(146815)
304  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recorded deaths from sudden adult death syndrome there were in each of the last 10 years.
(146816)
305  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the guidance he issues to the deceased family after diagnosis of sudden adult death syndrome.
(146817)
306  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of reported cases of male breast cancer in each of the last five years, broken down by regional health authority.
(146814)
307  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds there were in the (a) Royal Berkshire and (b) Battle hospitals (i) in May 1997, (ii) in May 1998, (iii) in May 1999 and (iv) at the end of December 2000.
(146364)
308  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are waiting to get onto a waiting list in Berkshire.
(146363)
309  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing vacancies at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are (a) unfilled and (b) filled by agency and temporary staff.
(146365)
310  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing vacancies are (a) unfilled and (b) filled by agency and temporary staff in the NHS in England.
(146366)
311  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average hourly rate of pay is of a junior nurse on the full-time payroll.
(146367)
312  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Government funding has been made available for research into retinitis pigmentosa in each of the last three years; how many specialists there are who are able to treat this condition; and what collaborative projects with other European governments there are on this condition.
(146925)
313  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methods his Department is using to alert the NHS and GPs to the existence of the Medical Assessment Programme for volunteers who took part in experiments at the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down.
(146649)
314  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that NHS hospitals have position emmission tomography.
(146827)
315  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the NHS employs nurses who are HIV positive.
(146842)
316  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what health checks are carried out on prospective recruits into the NHS before they are employed as nurses.
(146843)
317  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the number of recorded cases of TB (a) in the Avon area and (b) nationally in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(146107)
318  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement of the honourable Member for Gateshead East and Washington West of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 558, if he will publish the evidence on which the Minister based her claim that over 30 month beef is not used in processed products sold in Britain.
(146430)
319  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has sought on the statistical risks involved in eating (a) French beef products and (b) beef-on-the-bone in the period leading up to the ban on beef-on-the-bone.
(146402)
320  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Government has taken to investigate the use of over 30 month beef in processed products sold in this country.
(146401)
321  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Ministry has responsibility for preparations to enforce a ban on the import of beef.
(146403)
322  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the Food Standards Agency has provided to the Government on the scientific justification for a ban in the United Kingdom on the use of fishmeal in animal feed.
(146405)
323  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, ref. 145569, which prisons do not have a significant known level of dealing in unlawful drugs.
(146713)
324  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, ref. 145569, in which prisons (a) a governor grade manager and (b) another member of staff have been charged under (i) section 8 of the Misuse Drugs Act 1971 and (ii) other provisions with supplying prisoners with illegal drugs.
(146714)
325  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 17th January, ref. 145569, if (a) he and (b) his officials have consulted the Crown Prosecution Service about the potential liability of management grade officers to prosecution under section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
(146719)
326  
N  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigation he has carried out into the claims that a young person in custody whose name has been supplied to him, assaulted a fellow inmate; what account was taken of this allegation in decisions relating to the continued custody of the person carrying out the alleged assault; and if he will make a statement.
(146415)
327  
N  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria he will use in setting a release date for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables; and if he will make a statement.
(146416)
328  
N  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that neither Robert Thompson nor Jon Venables will be relocated in Suffolk or neighbouring counties.
(146417)
329  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146591)
330  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it an offence for an adult to purchase alcohol for children aged under 18 years; and if he will make it a statement.
(146575)
331  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences in the broad categories of fraud and forgery were committed in each of the last five years for which statistics are available, together with the clear-up rate.
(146394)
332  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have taken place with regard to (a) fireworks causing distress to animals under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 in each year from 1990 to date and (b) throwing or setting off fireworks in the street under section 80 of the Explosives Act 1875.
(146683)
333  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with (a) senior police officers and (b) local authorities concerning graffiti-related criminal damage; and if he will make a statement.
(146492)
334  
  
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will review his decision not to issue guidance to paint spray manufacturers and retailers concerning age limits on the sale of their products.
(146491)
335  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reductions have been achieved in each category of crime in Lancaster and Wyre constituency since 1st May 1997.
(145615)
336  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the funding formula for allocating resources to police forces in England and Wales; and what weighting is given to social deprivation factors in the existing funding formula.
(146818)
337  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the expected wastage from each police force in England and Wales for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(146293)
338  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been released on the home detention curfew scheme to date before serving the requisite period; what offences they committed; what (a) the sentence served and (b) the requisite period was in each case; how many were recalled to prison to serve the remainder of the requisite period; and if he will make a statement.
(146288)
339  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the planned police recruitment intakes in England and Wales for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04, broken down by force, differentiating between recruits under the Crime Fighting Fund initative and those who would otherwise be recruited.
(146291)
340  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal has exercised the discretion not to impose the prescribed custodial sentence under (i) section 110 and (ii) section 111 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; what the reasons in each case were; what sentence was imposed in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(146286)
341  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the home detention curfew scheme on public confidence in (a) the sentencing process and (b) the criminal justice system.
(146283)
342  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many internal communications advisers are employed by his Department; how many are to be recruited in the current recruitment process; and what the cost to public funds is.
(146294)
343  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal has exercised the discretion not to impose a life sentence under section 109 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; what the reasons were in each case; what sentence was imposed in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(146285)
344  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the monthly wastage from each police force in England and Wales in 2000-01 to date, and the expected wastage in the remainder of 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(146292)
345  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recruits in each police force area under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative had previously made application to join the police service and been rejected.
(146295)
346  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the planned police recruitment intakes in England and Wales for the remainder of 2000-01, broken down by force, differentiating between recruits under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative and those who would otherwise be recruited.
(146290)
347  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to inform victims when an offender is released on the home detention curfew scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(146282)
348  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stops and searches were conducted in each police force area in England and Wales in each month of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by ethnic origin of the person stopped; how many resulted in an arrest; and if he will make a statement.
(146287)
349  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to require sentencers to explain the effect on release dates of the home detention curfew scheme when passing sentence; and if he will make a statement.
(146284)
350  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) planned and (b) actual police recruitment intakes in England and Wales in 2000-01 to date, broken down by force, differentiating between recruits under the Crime Fighting Fund initiative and those who would otherwise have been recruited.
(146289)
351  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the performance measures, indicators, targets and milestones that have been established for the police since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(145716)
352  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number of (a) police officers and (b) special constables was and what the number of police officers per head of population was per police force and in total in (i) September 2000 and (ii) March 2000.
(145709)
353  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what date it is planned to implement measures to ensure victims of crime are kept informed by the Crown Prosecution Service of the progress of their case; and if he will make a statement.
(145705)
354  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders completed accredited programmes in the community in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(145717)
355  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of offenders on post release supervision were referred to drug treatment in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(145707)
356  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the change was in expenditure on policing in total and in real terms in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(145708)
357  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total expenditure on advertising to recruit special constables was in the last five years; what the total number of new recruits was during the same period; what the net change in the number of specials over the period was; and if he will make a statement.
(145710)
358  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many escapes there have been from (a) all Prison Service establishments, per category and in total and (b) Prison Service escorts, including contracted out escorts, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(145706)
359  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners discharged in each of the last three years were at level 1 or below in literacy and numeracy skills; and if he will make a statement.
(145718)
360  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on possible links between the use of high energy drinks and anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
(145952)
361  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the IND has failed to determine the application by a constituent, Ping Hughston, within the time period specified; and if he will make a statement.
(146634)
362  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since May 1997 a warrant has been issued under the provision of section 6(1) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(146136)
363  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since May 1997 he has exercised his powers under section 7(1) of the Intelligence Service Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(146132)
364  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants he has issued for interference with (a) property and (b) wireless telegraphy under section 5(1) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(146144)
365  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the members of the tribunal constituted under the provision of Schedule 2 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994.
(146130)
366  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since May 1997 the tribunal under the provisions of section 6(1) of Schedule 1 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 has determined that (a) the Intelligence Service and (b) GCHQ did not have reasonable grounds for their actions; and if he will make a statement.
(146138)
367  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions he has exercised his power under section 6(3) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(146134)
368  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will request a report from the Chief Constable of Sussex Police on the action it proposes to take following the Police Complaints Authority investigation into matters arising from the murder of Richard Watson.
(146123)
369  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the findings of the Police Complaints Authority investigation into the complaint made by Linda Watson and Amanda Lord-Williams.
(146126)
370  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions he has received an application from the Security Service in accordance with provisions of section 5(4) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(146137)
371  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions he has cancelled a warrant in accordance with section 6(4) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994.
(146133)
372  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Commissioner has considered a reference under paragraphs 2 and 4 of Schedule 1 to the Intelligence Services Act 1994; on how many occasions he has deemed that the Secretary of State has acted improperly in (a) issuing a warrant and (b) renewing a warrant; and if he will make a statement.
(146146)
373  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints the tribunal provided under section 9(1) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 has received since May 1997; and how many complaints it has determined.
(146131)
374  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what remedies have been awarded since May 1997 under the provisions of section 8(1) of Schedule 1 to the Intelligence Services Act 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(146139)
375  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warrants he has issued in accordance with section 5(3) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 for the purpose of the taking of action in support of the prevention or detection of serious crime outside of the British Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(146135)
376  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146927)
377  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) buggery, (b) indecent assault and (c) gross indecency, relating to males under the age of 16 years, have (i) been recorded (ii) led to charges being preferred and (iii) led to convictions in each police force area since 1997.
(146441)
378  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have been brought in each year since 1995 for conspiracy to defraud; and how many and what percentage, of offenders were sentenced to prison terms of over (a) 20, (b) 15 and (c) 10 years.
(146838)
379  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the clear-up rate for recorded crime in England on the latest date for which figures are available.
(146332)
380  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in England are charged with (a) speeding, (b) burglary and (c) vandalism each week at the latest date for which figures are available.
(146331)
381  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police time is estimated to be spent on (a) motoring offences and (b) vandalism in the latest year for which figures are available.
(146328)
382  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) reported motoring incidents and (b) burglaries result in a charge.
(146330)
383  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what categories of data not-for-profit organisations are exempt from having to notify under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146757)
384  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if voluntary sports clubs are classified as not for profit organisations under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146756)
385  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, is (a) national governing bodies of sport and (b) voluntary sports clubs will be able to store criminal records information on volunteers and coaches under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146760)
386  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce regulations regarding the notification of accounts and records data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146759)
387  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if voluntary sports clubs are exempt from having to notify personal data relating to membership lists under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146758)
388  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce regulations to define a relevant filing system for manual records under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146762)
389  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce regulations to enable national governing bodies of sport to store data relating to athletes, disciplinary procedures under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(146761)
390  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is concerning drivers who leave retail petrol sites without paying for fuel; how many reported incidents of drive-offs there were in 2000, broken down by constabulary in England and Wales; and how many sucessful prosecutions in respect of these there have been.
(146970)
391  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laboratories were licensed for using animals for the testing of drugs in (a) 1996 and (b) 2000.
(146825)
392  
  
Mr Gerry Steinberg (City of Durham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of offenders have committed further offences in the two years following the completion of their community service orders in each of the last five years.
(146824)
393  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many £2,000 fines have been imposed on (a) British and (b) foreign hauliers for attempted smuggling of illegal immigrants; how many of these fines have been (i) paid and (ii) waived; and if he will make a statement.
(146449)
394  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) coordinated in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings in the Library,
(146673)
395  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if special advisors in his Department have been involved in (a) coordinating, (b) costing and (c) presenting costings of policies of opposition parties; and if he will make a statement.
(146672)
396  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative Party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) advised upon in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings and relevant background documents in the Library.
(146664)
397  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to answer the letter from the honourable Member for Northavon, acknowledged on 18th August 2000 (Ref. 162520) regarding travellers.
(146109)
398  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he proposes to publish the document, 'Clarity Communication Data Retention Law' by Roger Gaspar.
(146169)
399  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) her Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146592)
400  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requests her Department has received for assistance for Nigeria's Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission.
(146830)
401  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the government in Khartoum concerning Sudan's acceptance of an IMF audit for oil resources.
(146828)
402  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146594)
403  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many mortgage repossession actions were (a) entered and (b) suspended in each quarter since 1st January 1999.
(146397)
404  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if it is his intention to implement section 13 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.
(146396)
405  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proposals he has to implement his Report on the First Phase of the Enforcement Review relating to allowing charging orders for payment arrears on county court judgments.
(146398)
406  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland has met the leaders of political parties in Northern Ireland since the publication of the Criminal Justice Review; which leaders he has met; and what matters were discussed.
(144924)
407  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146934)
408  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146586)
409  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he has not met religious leaders to discuss their objections to human cloning and the use of embryonic stem cells.
(146864)
410  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has met Sir Chris Evans since May 1997.
(146861)
411  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what advice he has received from Sir Chris Evans concerning stem cell techniques, cloning and biotechnology.
(146862)
412  
  
Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings he has held in the past three years with pharmaceutical and biotechnology (a) interests and (b) companies.
(146863)
413  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received from the World Archaeological Congress regarding Hasankeyf and the Ilisu Dam; and if he will make a statement.
(146852)
414  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions on which he stated in public the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill, introduced in session 1997-98, had been blocked in the House of Lords.
(146438)
415  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, what instructions he issues to officials about volunteering corrections to mis-statements of, and righting misunderstandings concerning, his policy, opinions and reactions to public issues.
(146439)
416  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those ministers that (a) have interests in the letting of property and (b) use the letting and relocation company Cendant (i) to let their properties and (ii) to purchase new ones; and if he will list those ministries that use Cendant for relocating and housing their civil servants.
(146279)
417  
N  
Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    To ask the Prime Minister, how he is planning to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day; and how the Cabinet will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.
(146375)
418  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will discuss with President Putin statements by senior Russian generals about the environmental consequences of the use by NATO of depleted uranium warheads.
(146603)
419  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what (a) scheduled and (b) unscheduled meetings Lord Levy had with the media during his visit to South America.
(146620)
420  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the expenses that Lord Levy has claimed whilst acting as his personal envoy.
(146619)
421  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he has taken to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between Lord Levy's business interests and his mission as an envoy for his Department in the Middle East.
(146496)
422  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what (a) scheduled and (b) unscheduled meetings Lord Levy had with the media during his visit to the Middle East in (i) December 2000 and (ii) January of this year.
(146495)
423  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Prime Minister, if it is his policy that, provided the economy continues to perform well, UK health spending expressed as a percentage of GDP will reach the level of the European Union average by the end of 2004-05.
(146959)
424  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Prime Minister, what personal responsibility he has for the NHS.
(146952)
425  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to lay before Parliament a copy of the Commissioner's Report made under section 8(5) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994.
(146129)
426  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the official residences of ministers and the cost in 2000 of providing and servicing each one.
(146329)
427  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 340, what advice he has received from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards regarding his Ministerial Code of Conduct.
(146655)
428  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has met the Irish Prime Minister since 1st July 2000; and what the (a) date and (b) location of each meeting was.
(146647)
429  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146587)
430  
  
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will publish for each constituency in Scotland his latest estimate of the number of (a) male and (b) female (i) lone parents, (ii) pensioners, (iii) people in receipt of DSS benefits, and (iv) female unemployed persons, (A) under the age of 18 years, (B) aged 18 to 24 years and (C) aged over 24 years, (I) pensioners qualifiying for the free T V licence and (II) households qualifying for the £200 winter fuel allowance.
(146986)
431  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 11th January, Official Report, column 606W, on benefit payments, if he will estimate (a) the value and (b) the percentage of housing benefit payments that were found to be inaccurate in each local authority area for (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available.
(146093)
432  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if a client of the Child Support Agency may request the Agency to close his case prior to the introduction of the new scheme with the intention of re-applying after April 2002.
(146600)
433  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the average waiting time is for clients awaiting investigations by the Independent Case Examiner's Office looking at the work of the CSA; and if he will make a statement.
(146506)
434  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much is available in the local Social Fund budget for the London Borough of Wandsworth in the 2000-01 financial year.
(146511)
435  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many retired pensioners living in the Tooting constituency qualify for the minimum income guarantee.
(146497)
436  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much it would cost to extend the annual winter fuel payments to those aged under 60 years who receive the middle or higher rates of disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(146738)
437  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people from Lancaster and Wyre are claiming minimum income guarantee.
(145614)
438  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the cost of increasing the savings limit for (a) severe disability allowance and (b) income support to (i) £5,000, (ii) £6,000, (iii) £10,000 and (iv) £15,000.
(146734)
439  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the impact of the earnings limit on home carers in receipt of invalid care allowance.
(146736)
440  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the invalid care allowance announced in July 1998.
(146724)
441  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent assessment he has made of the savings limit on severe disability allowance and income support claimants in relation to (a) the Government's social inclusion priorities and (b) the efficient deployment of public resources.
(146735)
442  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he intends to review the earnings limit on carers in receipt of invalid care allowance
(146723)
443  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the opportunities available to disabled people who are in receipt of (a) severe disability allowance, (b) income support and (c) both, to make appropriate provision for their retirement.
(146737)
444  
  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) people and (b) vehicles have been supported in each year since 1995-96 for which figures are available, under the Invalid Vehicle Service.
(146725)
445  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, for what reason a decision on a constituent's claim for a war disablement pension, reference AB501819C with the War Pensions Agency, has been delayed; when the final decision will be notified; and if he will make a statement.
(146635)
446  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146936)
447  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will exempt from compensation clawback those ex-miners who have received, or will receive, compensation for having contracted respiratory diseases as a result of their work with British Coal or its predecessor firms.
(146460)
448  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what increase in resources the CSA plans for the Independent Case Examiner.
(147004)
449  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what are the processing times by the Independent Case Examiner for the CSA for cases referred (a) by a Member of Parliament and (b) by members of the public.
(147005)
450  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many CSA cases have been referred to the Independent Case Examiner for each year since its establishment; what was the annual funding for the ICE since its inception; how many outstanding cases are with the ICE; and what is the waiting time for ICE referred cases to be processed.
(146924)
451  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the cost will be of the Pensioner Mailshot Project; what its purpose is; and for what reasons it is not intended to prompt pensioners to contact their local Social Security office.
(146623)
452  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate, for each local authority, the total amount saved in benefit expenditure in the most recent year arising from anti-fraud initiatives; what this figure was as a percentage of the total expenditure on social security benefits administered by each local authority; and what his aggregate estimate is for Great Britain.
(146318)
453  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when Ms Williams of Tate and Mrs Gosling of Chipping Sodbury, whose national insurance numbers have been supplied, will receive their winter fuel payments for winter 2000.
(146479)
454  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of people who have been waiting for more than three months to receive the housing benefit to which they are entitled; and if he will estimate the total value of those arrears.
(146316)
455  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of the advertising campaign to increase awareness of the need of pension saving; and by what criteria he will assess the effectiveness of that expenditure.
(146317)
456  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what proportion of pensioners entitled to receive a free televison licence from November 2000 have not yet received one because of difficulties in reconciling data on entitlement between his Department and the Television Licensing Authority.
(146467)
457  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Walsall North of 5th December 2000 regarding a constituent.
(146297)
458  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Solicitor General, for what reasons his Department did not reply to the questions tabled by the honourable Member for Thurrock on 19th October 1999 [refs. 94621 and 94622]; and if he will make a statement.
(146299)
459  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement on the reasons for, and circumstances relating to, the decision of the CPS not to offer evidence at the trial of Linda Watson and Amanda London-Williams on 8th June 1999.
(146125)
460  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Solicitor General, for what reasons the senior CID officer overseeing the murder investigation relating to Richard Watson was not consulted prior to the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to present evidence in the trial of Linda Watson and Amanda London-Williams on 8th June 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(146124)
461  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146937)
462  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Solicitor General, against what criteria the public interest in prosecutions relating to (a) buggery, (b) indecent assault and (c) gross indecency, relating to males aged under 16 years, is measured.
(146443)
463  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Solicitor General, what changes in prosecution policy have been made in respect of the offences of (a) buggery, (b) indecent assault and (c) gross indecency, relating to males aged under 16 years, since 1997.
(146444)
464  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, columns 218-9W, on manufacturing, what procedures are in place for interested outside bodies, including employers' organisations and trade unions, to make representations to the ministerial groups which discuss industrial issues including job losses.
(146485)
465  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146582)
466  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on coal supply contracts that contain provisions for adjustment in coal prices in the event of state aid being paid; and if he will make a statement.
(146752)
467  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many visits the Export Control Organisation's Compliance Unit made to exporters to examine records held with regard to open individuals export licences in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999, indicating the number of visits to each exporter.
(146654)
468  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance he has issued to small employers regarding the Working Time Directive Regulations.
(146507)
469  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance he will issue to employment tribunals on differentiating between a weak case which has no real chance of success and a case with merit which may be unsuccessful.
(146055)
470  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to publish his proposals to amend employment tribunal procedure rules.
(146054)
471  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications were registered by the Employment Tribunal Service in 1999-2000; how many applications were successful; in how many cases costs were awarded; in how many cases costs were awarded against the respondent; and what the average costs were in each case.
(146056)
472  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many successful prosecutions have taken place under the Firework (Safety) Regulations 1997 with respect to (a) sales of aerial shells, aerial maroons, bangers, mini-rockets and fireworks of erratic flight to the public and (b) sales of fireworks to under 18 year olds.
(146681)
473  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make a formal response to 'Regulating Cyberspace--Better Regulation for E-commerce' published on December 2000 by the Better Regulation Task Force.
(146854)
474  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make an announcement concerning the submission made by John Moores University and TTL concerning its telescope project.
(146855)
475  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will break down the funding allocated to the North West for science in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000, by each major project.
(146684)
476  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the members of the Byers Committee.
(146763)
477  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people have accessed his Department's website concerning firework safety.
(146682)
478  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what change in electricity forward agreement wholesale generation prices has occurred since the intention to implement new electricity trading arrangements was announced in the October 1998 Energy White Paper.
(146742)
479  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what he estimates the cost of delay will be to consumers and industry if the new electricity trading arrangements are not implemented by 27th March.
(146951)
480  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will announce whether the new electricity arrangements are on course to go live on 27th March.
(146948)
481  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effect the fall in electricity forward agreement wholesale generation prices will have on the additional costs of the Government's renewables obligation; and if he will make a statement.
(146744)
482  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures OFGEM are carrying out to ensure that the new electricity trading arrangements will be implemented by 27th March.
(146949)
483  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will continue to set price expectations in the competitive electricity markets once the new electricity trading arrangements have been introduced.
(146743)
484  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he plans to make of the implications of the electricity crisis in California for UK energy policy.
(146950)
485  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the recent report of the Centre for Economics and Business Research into the impact of the euro on employment and unemployment; and if he will make a statement.
(146947)
486  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place a copy of the Small Business Service targets in the Library.
(146505)
487  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the percentage of customers who were satisfied with performance of Small Business Service in each quarter since April 2000.
(146503)
488  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent contacts his Department has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland over Huntingdon Life Sciences.
(146418)
489  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Small Business Service has met its operational targets for (a) establishing an index of regulation on small business and (b) reviewing business support services and publishing the results.
(146502)
490  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) individuals and (b) small businesses have used Small Business Service services in each quarter since April 2000.
(146504)
491  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of valid invoices have been paid by the Small Business Service within 30 days in each quarter since April 2000.
(146501)
492  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of letters the Chief Executive of the Small Business Service has replied to within 10 working days in each quarter since April 2000.
(146510)
493  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if BNFL this year has disposed of any form of depleted uranium at the Clifton Marsh tip in Lancashire.
(146709)
494  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received from the trades unions regarding the future of employment in the steel industry.
(146662)
495  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Chairman of Corus plc in the last two months regarding the future of the steel industry.
(146661)
496  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Hull Area Advice Centre Ltd and its equivalent in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, the Hull Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and the Humberside District Society of Chartered Accountants were amongst those organisations approached by A4E when applying for the small business links franchise for Humberside.
(146429)
497  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Slough constituency, the effects on Slough of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(146932)
498  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent by his Department's Ministers on drinks and entertainment in 2000.
(146371)
499  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the trips he has undertaken on official business to foreign countries, with the total cost of travel and accommodation for him and his party.
(146369)
500  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those sections of United Kingdom manufacturing industry in which his Department expects to see (a) earnings growth and (b) job growth.
(146921)
501  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the sectoral working parties his Department has in connection with different sections of current United Kingdom manufacturing industry.
(146920)
502  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations the EU is carrying out into vertical control in the motor fuel industry.
(146976)
503  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is his policy on vertical control in the UK retail motor fuels industry.
(146974)
504  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the value and tax of the vapour which passes from retail petrol stations' tanks back into the fuel tanker when motor fuels are delivered is accounted for.
(146972)
505  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many oil company employees are seconded to his Department by (a) appointment, (b) grade, (c) length of time in appointment, (d) planned time of secondment and (e) the name of the company from which they are seconded.
(146973)
506  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to meet representatives of the retail petrol industry and oil companies to discuss a code of practice; and if he will make a statement.
(146967)
507  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations he is conducting into the delivery by motor fuel wholesalers to retailers of fuel at temperatures in excess of 15 degrees centigrade.
(146968)
508  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his policy is on vertical pricing control by oil companies in the retail motor fuels market; and if he will make a statement.
(146969)
509  
  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the present policy of the EU is on vertical control in the retail motor fuels industry.
(146975)
510  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he has taken and what resources are available to support exports of ceramics from the United Kingdom.
(146573)
511  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many offers have been made between (a) £3,000 to £5,000, (b) £5,001 to £7,000, (c) £7,001 to £10,000 and (d) over £10,000 following the setting of revised financial limits under the Fast Track procedures of the emphysema and chronic bronchitis compensation scheme for ex-miners.
(146574)
512  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of electricity generated in each of the county council areas in Wales was from renewable sources.
(146477)
513  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate in percentage terms the amount of electricity generated from all renewable sources in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland.
(146476)
514  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate in percentage terms the amount of electricity generated from (a) onshore windfarms, (b) offshore windfarms, (c) tidal generation, (d) hydro-electric generation and (e) biomass generation for (i) Wales, (ii) England and (iii) Scotland.
(146475)
515  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking to support the development of biomass energy.
(146472)
516  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish a list of pending applications for windfarm developments in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland, giving their (i) location and (ii) proposed output in Kw hours.
(146474)
517  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish a list of all windfarm sites in operation in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland, giving their (i) location and (ii) output in Kw hours.
(146473)
518  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the dates of the meetings of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council of the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 1st January 2000.
(146659)
519  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the outside directors who have been appointed to the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 25th July 2000; what the functions are of outside directors on the Board; what the financial interests are of each of these outside directors; by what means members of the public can ascertain the financial interests of these outside directors; and if he will list the committees within the Export Credits Guarantee Department on which each of these outside directors sit.
(146652)
520  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library (a) a list of papers which have been presented to the Export Guarantees Advisory Council of the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) the minutes and agendas of the Council, since 1st July 1999.
(146660)
521  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of the Project Underwriting Handbook produced by the ECGD.
(146657)
522  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department first produced its publication ECGD News.
(146656)
523  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of the reports which have been produced by the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 1st January 2000 to report its progress towards achieving the key performance targets set out in the Service Delivery Agreement.
(146658)
524  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the operational committees which are responsible to the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department for overseeing the business functions and operations of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and on what dates each of these committees was set up.
(146646)
525  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes and agendas of the meetings of the Audit Committee of the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 1st January 2000.
(146651)
526  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library (a) copies of the minutes and agendas of the meetings of the Management Board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department and (b) a list of the papers submitted to such meetings since 1st January 2000.
(146650)
527  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what analysis he has undertaken of the reasons given by those in charge of sub-post offices for resigning from their posts in the last five years; and to what extent (a) the level of remuneration and (b) the perceived complexity of modern post office technology are factors in such decisions.
(146945)
528  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, from which non-Everything But Arms countries sugar can be imported into an EBA nation and then re-exported to the European Union at the EBA tariff rate.
(146399)
529  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much sugar by weight and value was exported from each nation covered by the Everything But Arms proposals to (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union.
(146414)
530  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list for (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98, (g) 1998-99, (h) 1999-2000 and (i) 2000-01, (I) his Department's total spending on quantitative and qualitative surveys of policy issues by focus groups, opinion polling, task forces or other means and (II) the cost of each individual project.
(146585)
531  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to instruct hospitals to record on death certificates when MRSA is a cause of death.
[Transferred] (146599)
532  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recommendations the working party evaluating the successes of previous marine nature conservation measures have made; and if their report will be published.
[Transferred] (146926)
533  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing social housing up to a decent standard.
[Transferred] (146834)
534  
  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have been recruited into the NHS from Sub-Saharan Africa in the last three years.
[Transferred] (146841)
535  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the President of the Council, what support the House offers to honourable Members to learn foreign languages; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146729)
536  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he takes to ensure compliance with the principles of equal opportunities in the appointment of (a) sherrifs, (b) under-sherrifs, (c) lord lieutenants and (d) deputy lord lieutenants; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146727)
537  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to review the appointment procedures for (a) sherrifs, (b) under-sherrifs, (c) lord lieutenants and (d) deputy lord lieutenants; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146728)
538  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) sherrifs, (b) under-sherrifs, (c) lord lieutenants and (d) deputy lord lieutenants there are; in each category (i) how many and (ii) what proportion are (A) women and (B) from ethnic minority backgrounds; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146731)
539  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress on the compensation scheme promoted by Germany for slave labour victims of the Nazis.
[Transferred] (146816)
540  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the renovation and improvements to the Barbican Arts Centre will commence; and how much partnership funding has been raised towards them.
[Transferred] (146826)


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