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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 26 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 26 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 26th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish details of recipients of agricultural support in excess of £500,000 per annum.
(147543)
2  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many recipients of agricultural support received in the most recent financial year for which figures are available (a) less than £5,000, (b) £5,001 to £10,000, (c) £10,001 to £50,000, (d) £50,001 to £500,000, (e) £500,001 to £2 million and (f) more than £2 million
(147542)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the financing of the disposal of fallen stock.
(147480)
4  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his policy is regarding the disposal of farm waste plastic; and if he will make a statement.
(147279)
5  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what provision he intends to make for the erecting of flood defences at Start Bay/Slapton following the recent storm damage.
(147288)
6  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if joint bids from more than one city are admissable in applications for European City of Culture status.
(147433)
7  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many written parliamentary questions about the Millennium Dome have been refused answer on the grounds of commercial confidentiality since 1st May 1997.
(147437)
8  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to ensure that proposed new BBC services comply with EU rules on state aid prior to being presented for final approval.
(147435)
9  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Football Licensing Authority concerning the re-introduction of standing accommodation at football grounds.
(147434)
10  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact on the existing visitor attractions industry of newly-opened lottery funded projects.
(147432)
11  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from manufacturers of sports equipment regarding quality and safety standards.
(147436)
12  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many representations (a) his Department and (b) TV Licensing have received from (i) honourable Members and (ii) members of the public on the conduct of TV Licensing.
(147609)
13  
  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of TV licensing's inquiry and enforcement methods with the European Convention on Human Rights.
(147610)
14  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance he has issued to museums displaying radioactive minerals.
(147619)
15  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking in his proposals for Culture On-Line to ensure compliance with copyrights and royalties.
(147618)
16  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department has given to the National Waterways Museum in the years (a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000.
(147620)
17  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the then Minister of State, Cabinet Office, the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool, was informed that the Hinduja brothers might provide funding for the Millennium Dome, and by whom; and if he will make a statement.
(147477)
18  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Hinduja brothers first gave an indication that they would consider providing funding for the Faith Zone of the Millennium Dome.
(147478)
19  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much revenue has been raised through the control of radio licensing by each of the regulatory bodies which are to be replaced by the proposed Ofcom in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what percentage of this income in each year has been raised through auctions.
(147613)
20  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what powers the regulatory bodies which will be succeeded by the proposed Ofcom will issue general authorisations for communications operators.
(147616)
21  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the regulatory burdens on communications operators caused by individual licensing; and if he will make a statement.
(147611)
22  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will assess the impact on tourism of the Slapton/Start Bay road remaining closed during summer 2001.
(147287)
23  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the increase in the number of tourists visiting Slapton beaches and Start Bay to view the recent storm damage; and if he will make additional funds available to the local authorities to cater for such additional tourists.
(147289)
24  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received calling for an extension to the concessionary television licence; and what would be the annual cost if it were extended to those aged (a) 65 to 69 and (b) 70 to 74 years.
(147532)
25  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) pilots and (b) fast jet pilots there are in the armed forces; and how many are women.
(147695)
26  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) pilots and (b) fast jet pilots are being trained for the armed forces; and how many are women.
(147696)
27  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the planned dates of decommissioning of each of the Royal Navy's S and T class submarines.
(147576)
28  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the anti-submarine systems carried by the Type 45 destroyers, and the age of the sonars involved.
(147575)
29  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what undertakings he has received from the relevant US authorities that British subcontractors and suppliers to the JSF project will have full access to Stealth and other technologies required to contribute to the manufacture of this aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(147568)
30  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what protections he has negotiated with the US Department of Defense for the eventuality that the new US Administration cancels the JSF project.
(147567)
31  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much will be paid, and over what period, to the US Department of Defense as the British contribution to the EMD phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project.
(147565)
32  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he proposes to place a contract for the first Type 45 destroyers; and if he will make a statement.
(147572)
33  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he proposes to place an order for the first batch of the Astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(147571)
34  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Lynx helicopters the Royal Navy possesses; and how many of these are fully serviceable.
(147564)
35  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned date of entry into service is of the first batch of Astute class submarines.
(147577)
36  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the state of readiness and expected date of return to full serviceability of each of the Royal Navy's S and T class submarines.
(147570)
37  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what implications the privatisation of New DERA will have for the UK participation in the JSF project; and if he will make a statement.
(147569)
38  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the sums to be paid to the US as part of the British contribution to the EMD phase of the JSF project are already provided for in the defence estimates; and if he will make a statement.
(147566)
39  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that Type 45 destroyers have their own anti-submarine warfare capability; if this will be available from the outset; and if he will make a statement.
(147574)
40  
  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sonar equipment will be carried by the Type 45 destroyers.
(147573)
41  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces deployed on Operation Palliser are in a medically downgraded category; what percentage of forces deployed on Operation Palliser this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(147562)
42  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces deployed on Operation Palliser have been discharged from the services on medical grounds; and if he will make a statement.
(147563)
43  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service personnel died between 1973 and October 2000, (b) service wives were widowed between 1973 and October 2000 and (c) service widows whose husbands died between 1973 and October 2000 had their service widows' pensions stopped as a result of remarriage or cohabitation.
(147739)
44  
  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the total sum saved by the stopping of service widows' pensions between 1973 and October 2000 on the remarriage or cohabitation of those widows and (b) the annual cost which would be incurred by restoring service widows' pensions to those who were widowed between 1973 and October 2000 but have since remarried or cohabitated.
(147740)
45  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date, and through which channels his Department first learned from the United States Administration that depleted uranium shells used by the United States forces in the Balkans conflict were contaminated with plutonium; and if British depleted uranium munitions contain plutonium.
(147744)
46  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students make contributions towards their university education of (a) the full cost, (b) more than £500, and (c) less than £500; and how many make no such contribution.
(147535)
47  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much additional funding has been made available to schools in Slough (a) as a result of the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement and (b) since 1997.
(147748)
48  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many key stage 3 maths teachers will qualify to apply for the second phase of the scheme for £500 subsidy for the purchase of a laptop or personal computer.
(147552)
49  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the sums provided in to the standards fund grants allocated to local education authorities for (a) the cost of the 10 per cent. lighter timetable for NQTs and (b) the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the arrangements for NQTs in (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02.
(147550)
50  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the definition of a key stage 3 maths teacher is for the purpose of determining qualification for the second phase of the £500 subsidy for the purchase of computer equipment; and if it is a requirement that the recipient be a maths graduate.
(147553)
51  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if supply teachers covering key stage 3 maths classes will qualify to receive the £500 subsidy for the purchase of computer equipment.
(147554)
52  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has on pay for new teachers designed to fill vacancies.
(147396)
53  
N  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools in the Basildon parliamentary constituency which have received funding under the New Deal for schools since May 1997, showing the amount of funding in each case.
(147392)
54  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress the shadow Strategic Rail Authority has reported to him in respect of the refurbishment works at (a) Cheam Station and (b) Sutton Station.
(147486)
55  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will make regulations under Part 2 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for the closure of public footpaths in urban areas for crime prevention purposes.
(147558)
56  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's discussions with the Housing Corporation with regard to co-operative housing.
(147539)
57  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, under what powers telecommuncation companies and freeholders of a property can obtain planning permission for mobile phone masts under 15 metres high without consulting leaseholders and tenants; and if he will make a statement.
(147537)
58  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will made a statement on his Department's policy on co-operative housing.
(147538)
59  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the new Policy Planning Guidance on Telecommunication Masts will be published.
(147536)
60  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy that in future considerations of planning applications and appeals in respect of motorway service areas on the M25 south western quadrant, each application and appeal is considered without a presumption that at least one of the proposed sites must be successful.
(147624)
61  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what length of time he will allow for the completion of the mapping exercises required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(147702)
62  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what commencement orders he intends to make under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(147701)
63  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has held with English Nature regarding the felling of pinewoods around Formby in Lancashire.
(147482)
64  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has held with English Nature regarding increasing transparency and public accountability of its activities.
(147484)
65  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will assess the report of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, regarding the felling of pinewoods around Formby in Lancashire; and if he will issue new guidance to English Nature regarding protection of the red squirrel habitats.
(147483)
66  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received regarding the felling of pinewoods in red squirrel habitats around Formby in Lancashire.
(147481)
67  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the level of the red squirrel population in the UK.
(147487)
68  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to start work on the Temple Sowerby bypass on the A66.
(147545)
69  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to complete the safety study of the A66.
(147540)
70  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries arose from accidents on the A66 in each of the last three years.
(147544)
71  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the expected total cost is of the safety study of the A66.
(147541)
72  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the number of (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries on all roads in December for each of the last three years.
(147548)
73  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many owners of vehicles found in Slough were prosecuted in 2000 for (a) not registering and (b) not paying tax on their vehicles in 2000.
(147746)
74  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will reply to the letter sent to him on 12th November 2000 by Mrs V. Cooper, of Cox Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
(147549)
75  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the proposed designations for the approach channels and ports in the UK under the European Habitats and Birds Directive will not adversely affect the competitive position of the UK ports industry, relative to ports on the European mainland and in Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(147791)
76  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that the designation of approach channels and ports in the UK under the European Habitats and Birds Directive is consistent with the approach being taken by all other European member states.
(147789)
77  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will delay confirming designations of approach channels and ports in the Severn and Humber estuaries, under the European Habitats and Birds Directive, until a common approach to such designations has been agreed with all European member states; and if he will make a statement.
(147790)
78  
  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the European Parliament's decision to allow the European Commission to start issuing new licences for GM products to go onto the market in Europe from February.
(147579)
79  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what quantities and types of radioactive waste have been disposed of at the BNFL site at Ulnes Walton in Lancashire; and what radioactive limit is set for the site by the Environment Agency.
(147743)
80  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations have been received by Her Majesty's Government from other governments in respect of the current shipment of Mox plutonium fuel to Japan in ships operated by BNFL
(147741)
81  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information he has received from (a) the Japanese Government and (b) the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan concerning negotiations with Russia to assess the possibility of transporting nuclear waste from Sellafield to Japan via the Arctic.
(147742)
82  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the environmental damage to Start Bay, Slapton following (a) the recent storm and (b) storms in 1978-79.
(147290)
83  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when, where and for how long (a) the Housing Minister and (b) his officials have met the Council of Mortgage Lenders to discuss the Homes Bill, and if he will indicate the names and titles of those attending the meetings.
(147799)
84  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the names and salaries of the three most senior staff at the Rough Sleepers Unit.
(147800)
85  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the annual budget is of the Rough Sleepers Unit.
(147797)
86  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to public funds of extending section 33 of the VAT Act 1994 to cover national museums and galleries.
(147431)
87  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he proposes to review the provisions of the tonnage tax.
(147706)
88  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average annual cost to public funds is in terms of benefits payments and lost revenue of each unemployed person; and how this varies between employment sectors.
(147721)
89  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to introduce the reduced rate of VAT for listed churches; and if this proposal has been approved by the European Commission.
(147750)
90  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information HM Customs and Excise have received on the origin of cosmetics imported into the UK by Ahava (UK) Ltd under preference as made in the State of Israel.
(147581)
91  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Customs and Excise have already taken or are planning to take to verify that cosmetics imported to the UK by Ahava (UK) Ltd under the EC-Israel Association Agreement and labelled 'State of Israel' are produced within the internationally recognised borders of Israel.
(147580)
92  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Treasury has used its econometric model of the UK economy within the last year to estimate the likely size of tax increase needed to reduce interest rates by one percentage point relative to base and the likely cut in public spending needed to achieve this end.
(147623)
93  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what simulations the Treasury has undertaken using the Treasury economic model over the previous 12 months which were specifically to model the interaction between monetary and fiscal policy; and if he will make a statement.
(147622)
94  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions in the previous year the Treasury has performed simulations using its economic model; and what estimate he has made of the cost of doing so on each occasion.
(147621)
95  
N  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that statutory instruments which have a financial implication are subject to consultation with his Department before they are laid before Parliament.
(147533)
96  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) cost to public funds and (b) purpose was of Lord Levy's visit to the Middle East in January.
(146518)
97  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for how long a person who applied for settlement at (a) each post in the Asian sub continent, (b) Accra, (c) Lagos, (d) Aluja, (e) Manila, (f) Bangkok, (g) Moscow and (h) Kingston in December 2000 can expect to wait for interview; and for how long the last people interviewed in each of these posts in December 2000 had waited.
(147749)
98  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent authorisations for the issue of export licences for Iran as exceptions to the national arms embargo there have been.
(147699)
99  
  
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's response to continuing unrest in the Moluccas.
(147689)
100  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many invitations Ministers in his Department accepted and from whom in 2000, for Diwali celebrations.
(147292)
101  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what purpose the Minister of State, the honourable Member for Leicester East, caused enquiries to be made about the passport application of Mr Hinduja; and whom he employed for this purpose.
(147285)
102  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the aims of the European Union in the Barcelona Process for economic development in the countries involved.
(147694)
103  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in gaining access to British citizens held in Saudi Arabian prisons.
(147625)
104  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request from his counterpart in the US Administration the background information that formed the basis of their decision to withhold US Government funding from organisations providing abortion in the Third World and China.
(147700)
105  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he intends to support the United States President's recently announced policy concerning US Government funding for organisations providing abortion in the Third World and China during his forthcoming visit to the US.
(147690)
106  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 431W, concerning care home bed numbers, how many local authorities were in the survey; and how many responded.
(147283)
107  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 431W, concerning nursery and residential care home bed numbers, if he will set out how and to whom the survey results were disseminated.
(147281)
108  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 431W, concerning care home beds, if he will set out the judgements he came to in the light of the survey findings.
(147280)
109  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he proposes to issue following the judgment in the case of South Lanarkshire v McGregor, in relation to delays in providing nursing home care for persons assessed as needing it.
(147295)
110  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 431W, concerning care home bed numbers, what the estimated cost of the survey was.
(147282)
111  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December, Official Report, column 41-2W, if he will list the amendments to directives and proposed future directives the Food Standard Agency is seeking to allow food products to carry consumer information about disease risk exposure reduction; and if he will make a statement on the progress so far made in achieving these objectives.
(147745)
112  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what protection he plans to offer to women who have not received the rubella vaccination since MMR was introduced in 1988; and how many women of child-bearing age his Department estimates are not innoculated against rubella.
(147485)
113  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average hourly cost of a junior agency nurse is; and how much commission the NHS pays the agency.
(147395)
114  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will identify the NHS trusts which are to receive funding for an MRI scanner.
(147705)
115  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to encourage GPs to develop primary care trusts in inner cities and other under provided areas.
(147584)
116  
N  
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that minimally invasive heart surgery is carried out in cases where it is the preferred choice of the surgeon.
(147391)
117  
N  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has (a) made enquiries, (b) made representations and (c) submitted material in connection with applications for citizenship made by (i) G P Hinduja and (ii) S. P. Hinduja.
(147294)
118  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will require the same communications technology to be used across the three emergency services.
(147626)
119  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the project work undertaken by the Greater Manchester Fire and Civil Defence Authority when determining future radio strategies for emergency services.
(147629)
120  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of digital trunked radio technologies for the Fire Service as a replacement radio system developed specifically to cater for voice communications and data message transfer.
(147627)
121  
  
Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what approach will be used in the procurement process for future radio systems for the fire service; and what assistance will be offered to the Fire Service to meet best value targets.
(147628)
122  
  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the categories of ministers of religion who are barred from becoming honourable Members, indicating the statutory basis for their debarment; what plans he has to review the laws to revoke their prohibition; and if he will make a statement.
(147703)
123  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for the ability of political parties to introduce measures aimed at increasing the representation of women in parliament of the draft Equal Treatment Directive.
(147698)
124  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place the responses to 'Reducing Public Disorder--The Role of Fixed Penalty Notices', in the Library.
(147399)
125  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in (a) 1999 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available (i) how many persons aged over 18 years were (1) charged and (2) convicted of each of the offences listed in Clause 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill, (ii) how many persons aged under 18 years were so (1) charged and (2) convicted, and (iii) what was the average age of those so (1) charged and (2) convicted was.
(147476)
126  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for indefinite leave to remain under the concession to those who have suffered domestic violence have been received since its introduction; and how many of those applicants were granted settlement in the UK.
(147560)
127  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by whom the naturalisation application of Mr Srichand Hinduja was determined in 1999; which Ministers in his Department (a) were consulted and (b) requested information about the application, and on what dates; and if he will make a statement.
(147322)
128  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) date and (b) time was of the telephone conversation between the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and the honourable Member for North Warwickshire in June 1998 regarding the nationality application of Mr Hinduja.
(147551)
129  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what dates the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool contacted him, Ministers in his Department and his officials, (a) in writing, (b) by telephone, (c) by other electronic means and (d) orally, regarding naturalisation applications by the Hinduja brothers.
(147325)
130  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the involvement of (a) the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and (b) other Ministers in the naturalisation applications of the Hinduja brothers.
(147326)
131  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool made to (a) him, (b) the honourable Member for North Warwickshire, (c) other Ministers in his Department and (d) officials in his Department regarding naturalisation applications by the Hinduja brothers; on what dates the representations were made; and if he will make a statement.
(147324)
132  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the record of the telephone conversation between the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and the honourable Member for North Warwickshire in June 1998 regarding the naturalisation application of Mr Hinduja.
(147323)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information was provided by (a) the honourable Member for North Warwickshire and (b) other ministers and officials in his Department to Mr Srichand Hinduja, following the telephone conversation between the honourable Member for North Warwickshire and the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool in June 1998.
(147430)
134  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each year since 1979, the total number of civilian staff employed by the police force in Cumbria.
(147546)
135  
N  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, for each year since 1979, the total number of (a) constables and (b) police officers in Cumbria.
(147547)
136  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people serving life sentences were in jail in 1995; and how many are serving live sentences at the latest date for which figures are available.
(147427)
137  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are serving sentences of more than (a) 25 years, (b) 20 years, (c) 15 years and (d) 10 years, respectively.
(147429)
138  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people convicted of murder are serving sentences of more than (a) 25 years, (b) 20 years, (c) 15 years and (d) 10 years, respectively.
(147428)
139  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to correspondence concerning Mrs Brenda Williams dated 23rd September 1999, reference IMPW25862 5(9) and PO18327/S8 and 16641/99.
(147423)
140  
N  
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to correspondence concerning Mrs Farahat Hamid Sultana dated 1st November 2000, reference S10 35382.
(147424)
141  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many policemen were on duty on a typical Saturday evening in London in the last 12 months.
(147393)
142  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many policemen were on foot on the beat on a typical Saturday evening in London in the last 12 months.
(147394)
143  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many policemen were on patrol in cars on a typical Saturday evening in London in the last 12 months.
(147397)
144  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many policemen were carrying out administrative duties on a typical Saturday evening in London in the last 12 months.
(147398)
145  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those prison establishments in which there have been changes at governor level, including changes involving those acting as governor for one month or more over the last five years, the date upon which each such change took place, the name of the governor leaving and the name of his or her replacement in each case.
(147561)
146  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-behavioural orders have been made in the area of the North Wales Police Authority.
(147479)
147  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department is supporting in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c) Nepal to help end the practice of bonded labour in these countries.
(147583)
148  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps will be taken to provide additional foreign aid to El Salvador following the recent earthquake in that region; and if she will make a statement.
(147582)
149  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what guidance he issues to judges on maintaining a politically neutral stance in public in respect of bills before Parliament.
(147474)
150  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if Lucy Crone, part-time chairman of an employment tribunal, is a member of the Law Society of Scotland; and if he will make a statement on her credentials with respect to practising in Scottish law and holding the post of chairman of an employment tribunal.
(147534)
151  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he plans to announce the results of Lord Justice Auld's review of the criminal justice system.
(147691)
152  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to encourage future recruitment and retention of lay magistrates.
(147692)
153  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what funding has been provided for the Northamptonshire Magistrates' Courts Service for each year from 1990.
(147704)
154  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many invitations the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool accepted and from whom to attend Diwali celebrations in 2000.
(147293)
155  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what purpose the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool instructed his Private Secretary to inquire about the progress of the passport application of Mr Hinduja.
(147284)
156  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the President of the Council, what evidence has been (a) sought from and (b) produced by the Conservative Party and its auditors to show that the Short money which they have received has been used exclusively for its prescribed purpose.
(147801)
157  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many invitations he accepted and from whom in 2000 for Diwali celebrations.
(147291)
158  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Prime Minister, what account he has taken of the application of sponsorship principles Nos. 1 and 4, contained in 'Guidance to departments on sponsorship of Government activities', in respect of the intervention by the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool concerning the citizenship application by Mr Hinduja.
(147286)
159  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the additional cost of paying the minimum income guarantee to (a) all eligible Scottish pensioners and (b) to all Scottish pensioners, at April 2001 rates.
(147559)
160  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what discussions he has had with pensioner groups of the importance of pension entitlements after re-marriage.
(147490)
161  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of proposals to change the arrangement for pension entitlements to a dependent spouse after the death of the policy-holder.
(147491)
162  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the impact of pension sharing on an individual after (a) divorce and (b) re-marriage.
(147488)
163  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will take steps to ensure that a divorcee does not receive a reduced pension entitlement after re-marriage.
(147489)
164  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will alter the formula for calculating interest on capital in determining an individual's eligibility for council tax benefit so that it more accurately reflects the interest that might reasonably be expected to be earned from that capital; and if he will make a statement.
(147578)
165  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Slough are claiming the minimum income guarantee.
(147747)
166  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) male and (b) female pensioners living in housholds with income below half the national average there were, broken down by five year age group, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(147807)
167  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library an estimate for each parliamentary constituency of (a) the number of beneficiaries from the winter fuel payment and (b) the number of recipients of free television licences.
(147806)
168  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which of the proposals of Ofcom detailed in the Communications White Paper require legislation to incorporate agencies overseen by his Department; if Ofcom will operate in shadow form; and if he will make a statement.
(147615)
169  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which proposals from (a) the European Union and (b) the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations to liberalise the licensing regime for communications networks have been (i) assessed, (ii) accepted and (iii) rejected.
(147614)
170  
  
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the remaining proposals from the EU and European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations identified in the Communications White Paper.
(147612)
171  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many ministerial visits to non-European countries involved in the Barcelona Process have been made by ministers from his Department since 1997; in which years; and to which countries.
(147693)
172  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the locations and (a) dates and (b) proposed dates of opening are of centres for medical assessment of claims for (i) vibration white finger and (ii) respiratory disease.
(147802)
173  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list by region of residence the numbers of (a) claims received in respect of respiratory disease, (b) interim and expedited awards in respect of respiratory disease by (i) number and (ii) value, (c) claims in respect of vibration white finger and (d) interim and general damage awards in respect of vibration white finger by (i) number and (ii) value.
(147805)
174  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims his Department has received in respect of respiratory disease; and in respect of how many claims spirometry has been completed.
(147803)
175  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims have been made in respect of respiratory diseases by (a) the sufferer and (b) widows and dependants where the claimant has died after the date of claim.
(147804)
176  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Gulf War veterans have been waiting (a) over six months and (b) over one year for a hearing before the Pensions Appeal Tribunal.
[Transferred] (147425)
177  
N  
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many Gulf War veterans are awaiting a hearing before the Pensions Appeal Tribunal.
[Transferred] (147426)
178  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Minister has responsibility for the procedure for appointment of chairmen of employment tribunals in Scotland.
[Transferred] (147475)
179  
  
Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
[Transferred] (147617)
180  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are housed in temporary accommodation in Eastbourne.
[Transferred] (147798)
181  
  
Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to limit the activities of British citizens who receive training in sabotage in the United Kingdom and engage in terrorist activities abroad.
[Transferred] (147792)
182  
  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to review her policy on the provision of public funding to overseas aid organisations involved in compulsory abortion and sterilisation in the Third World and China; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (147697)


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