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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 30 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 30 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 30th JANUARY
1  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, at what rate rural development funding obtained though the modulation scheme will be matched by Government funding.
(147852)
2  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from which countries the importation of beef into the UK is prohibited; and if he will make a statement.
(148057)
3  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the occasions he has granted permission under section 2(1) of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986; and what the nature of the permission granted was.
(147862)
4  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the volume of food imports into the United Kingdom.
(147853)
5  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the volume of agricultural imports into the United Kingdom.
(147854)
6  
N  
Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on livestock imports from France.
(147851)
7  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many public interest immunity certificates (a) he, (b) ministers of state, (c) junior ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30th May 1997
(147733)
8  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ask the United States Department of Agriculture for the evidence on which the USDA approved alkaline hydrolysis at elevated temperature as an effective technology for dealing with BSE infected animals; and if he will make a statement.
(147863)
9  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 562W, on GM crops, if the Government definition of GM agriculture is restricted to commercial agricultural activities.
(147885)
10  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 18th January, Official Report, columns 347-8W, on the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive, if he will provide details of the agreed limits placed on tractor use and the length of the transition period.
(147975)
11  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 141W, what representations (a) his Department and (b) other statutory bodies have received from Mr Hugh Leman.
(147974)
12  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will indicate for each component item of the farm aid package announced on 30th March 2000 whether the funding provided is ring fenced on an annual basis.
(147850)
13  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much severance pay the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool, will receive; and if she will make a statement.
(148030)
14  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how much money is allocated to the Hardship Fund for the current financial year; which dioceses have been given help from the Hardship Fund; what criteria are applied when distributing the Hardship Fund money; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Hardship Fund for the next financial year.
(148031)
15  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the net amount of sponsorship received from the Hinduja brothers was in respect of the Faith Zone in the Millennium Dome.
(148019)
16  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions since he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport he has met (a) Mr Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr Gopichand Hinduja; and what was discussed.
(147999)
17  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department is making available to new major sporting stadia; what events this funding will permit; and for how long each stadium is expected to be operational.
(147022)
18  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library copies of the Sponsorship Agreement for each sponsor of the Millennium Dome.
(147784)
19  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money is owed to the Millennium Commission out of the sale proceeds of the Millennium Dome; and if interest will be paid on this sum.
(147777)
20  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of tickets issued for visits to the Millennium Dome were (a) free and (b) discounted.
(147780)
21  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the New Millennium Experience Company owes to creditors.
(147782)
22  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total operations and running costs were of the Millennium Dome for 2000
(147728)
23  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money IMG raised for the Millennium Dome project; and how much they were paid for their services to the Dome.
(147779)
24  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sums were offered by each founding partner and sponsor of the Millennium Dome; and what sums have been paid so far by each sponsor, distinguishing cash payments from benefits in kind.
(147781)
25  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what date all the debts of the New Millennium Experience Company will be discharged.
(147783)
26  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the role of the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool was in procuring and negotiating sponsorship deals for the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement.
(147996)
27  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the first discussions were held with the Hinduja brothers about sponsorship of the Millennium Dome Faith Zone by the Hinduja Foundation; and if he will make a statement.
(148029)
28  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 577W, on US National Missile Defense, if he will make a statement on the content of the discussions between his Department and the previous US Administration.
(148022)
29  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 249W, what obligations the DFM contract places upon BAe Systems Electronics to prepare BAe Systems Marine and Vosper Thorneycroft to compete for later ships of the class.
(147983)
30  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if it is a requirement of the ministerial approvals for the current procurement strategy for the Type 45 destroyer that BAe Systems Marine and Vosper Thorneycroft are prepared for effective competition downstream in the programme.
(147982)
31  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written Answer of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 249W, if acceptance of BAe Systems Marine's unsolicited proposal would require (a) amendment and (b) renegotiation of the DFM contract with BAe Systems Electronics.
(147985)
32  
N  
Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written Answer of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 249W, in what circumstances the DFM contract allows for his Department to withhold its agreement for a significant sub-contract; how this is affected by the principle of the assumption of risk by the prime contractor; and if he will make a statement.
(147984)
33  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the required level of (a) outcome-related funding for New Deal for Disabled People programmes and (b) other New Deal programmes.
(147734)
34  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of eligible applicants with the New Deal for Disabled People will be excluded in order to provide a control group for comparative purposes; on what basis they will be selected; and how long the period of exclusion would be before they became eligible for the programme.
(147736)
35  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the projected average cost of obtaining for a person currently on incapacity benefit a sustainable job with the New Deal for Disabled People involving the use of a job broker; and what the average cost is per job of placements under other New Deal programmes.
(147735)
36  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Maidenhead, of 24th January, Official Report, columns 581-4W, on adult education, how much standard spending assessment was withdrawn from each of the local education authorities listed in respect of the switch of Government resources to the learning and skills councils.
(147991)
37  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the availability of exam markers for next summer's public examinations.
(147861)
38  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what funding he has given to each school in Hampstead and Highgate under the New Deal for Schools.
(147875)
39  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what communications he has received regarding the October 1999 visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education; and what measures he is taking to take account of UN concerns, with particular respect to provision for traveller children.
(148044)
40  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many unfilled places there were within the higher education sector in (a) autumn 1997, (b) autumn 1998, (c) autumn 1999 and (d) autumn 2000.
(147637)
41  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the potential benefit to high flood risk areas of restoring drained wetlands and allowing them to flood.
(147978)
42  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to consult on the responsibilities of local authorities for enforcing the housing, health and safety rating system, as set out in the statement on the Housing Green Paper in December 2000.
(148056)
43  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that primary legislation to implement a national licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation can be introduced at the earliest opportunity.
(148053)
44  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to consult on proposals for legislation to give powers to local authorities to set up schemes for selective licensing of private property owners.
(148052)
45  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to strengthen the Housing (Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Regulations 1990, announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State on 8th November 2000.
(148055)
46  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue interim planning guidance to local authorities with regard to mobile telephone masts.
(147881)
47  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the right to manage for lease holders proposed in the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill will be extended to council tenants.
(147880)
48  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research he has assessed on the environmental impact of mobile telephone masts.
(147973)
49  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidance to highway authorities emphasizing the importance of salting and clearing snow from roads following the ruling of the House of Lords.
(147829)
50  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will bring forward legislation to amend the Highways Act 1980 to require highway authorities to produce winter road maintenance plans for salting and snow clearance.
(147828)
51  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he is giving to highway authorities regarding salting and clearance of snow from roads following the recent House of Lords ruling.
(147831)
52  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Right honourable Member for Oldham West and Royton has taken action in accordance with the terms of paragraphs 119 and 120 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct (a) to remove a risk of conflict between his financial interests and his Ministerial position and (b) to avoid involvement in relevant decisions.
(148046)
53  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Right honourable Member for Oldham West and Royton has submitted a minute to the Permanent Secretary at the DETR concerning his financial interests, under the terms of paragraph 123 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
(148045)
54  
  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Right honourable Member for Oldham West and Royton has consulted the Prime Minister concerning his financial interests under the terms of paragraphs 121 and 123 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
(148047)
55  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy with respect to the licensing of private landlords in deprived areas.
(147021)
56  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many section 246 applications have been acceded to in road schemes.
(148048)
57  
N  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library the offer document for the Millennium Dome issued to potential bidders between March and December 1998.
(147778)
58  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on Government policy on the appointment of members to the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment.
(147883)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 528W, if consignments of imported crop seeds have been tested for the adventitious presence of GM varieties by the officials of a UK statutory body during 2000.
(147976)
60  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of unclaimed working families tax credit in 2000-01 to date; and if he will make a statement.
(146616)
61  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates the applications for banking licences were made by the Hinduja brothers; what advice he received on these applications; and if he will make a statement.
(148020)
62  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the reduced duty on red diesel affects the uptake of liquid petroleum gas and compressed natural gas.
(147980)
63  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last reviewed the criteria for determining (a) who is eligible to use red diesel and (b) the purposes for which red diesel may be used.
(147981)
64  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will calculate the average annual financial value of using red diesel to users of (a) standard diesel and (b) ultra low sulphur diesel, broken down by economic sector.
(147990)
65  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the impact on Government revenues of the sale of publicly-owned assets in the last 20 years.
(147312)
66  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what savings have been made across Government departments through cost-saving measures over the last 20 years, based on current prices, expressed (a) in cash and (b) as a percentage of expenditure.
(147313)
67  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, wht assessment he has made of the factors affecting the price charged by oil companies for (a) ultra-low sulphur diesel and (b) unleaded petrol.
(147830)
68  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to ensure that fuel duty reductions on ultra-low sulphur petrol, announced in the Pre-Budget Statement, will be passed on to motorists.
(147832)
69  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many public interest immunity certificates (a) he, (b) ministers of state, (c) junior ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30th May 1997
(147732)
70  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister of State of 9th January, Official Report, column 194W, what is the timetable of his feasibility study relating to environmental problems of BIOT.
(146303)
71  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister of State of 9th January, Official Report, column 194W, what analysis he has made of who wants to return from (a) Mauritius and (b) the Seychelles to Diego Garcia and other atolls.
(146304)
72  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when concerns about the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners were last raised with the Chinese Government; and what actions Her Majesty's Government plans to continue to make in this matter.
(147977)
73  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the peace process in Colombia and on the support that Her Majesty's Government is making available to (a) the Columbian and (b) non-governmental organisations.
(147023)
74  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of plans for the international community to engage in efforts to aid the Colombian military with respect to combating drug trafficking.
(147024)
75  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to combat the smuggling of embargoed goods to and from Iraq; and what role Turkey plays in this process.
(147025)
76  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he is having with parties to the military conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(147019)
77  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many public interest immunity certificates (a) he, (b) ministers of state, (c) junior ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30th May 1997
(147731)
78  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Danish Presidency of the EU has placed on the agenda for its next meeting proposals for parliamentary oversight of the ESDP.
(146458)
79  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the result of the visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education in October 1999; and what communications he has received concerning the recommendations of the special rapporteur.
(148043)
80  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors underlay his decision to vote against resolution 2000/3 at the UN Human Rights Commission in March and April 2000 concerning the use of mercenaries; what position he will take in 2001; and what measures he has taken to regulate companies recruiting and offering the services of mercenaries.
(148042)
81  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the institutions of the European Union are required to abide by European directives
(148054)
82  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on a national alcohol strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(147879)
83  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department has given to (a) Camden and Islington NHS Trust, (b) The Royal Free Hospital and (c) The Whittington Hospital since May 1997.
(147878)
84  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will reply to the letter of the honourable Member for Manchester Central of 17th July (acknowledgement reference POH (2) S457/113).
(146519)
85  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the benefit of allowing insurance companies to have access to genetic information about individuals.
(147026)
86  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the conclusions he has drawn regarding the future of Lymington Community Hospital.
(146156)
87  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to receive the results of the research he commissioned into the effective sterilisation of surgical instruments by alkaline hydrolysis at elevated temperature.
(147865)
88  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of imported cattle carcasses are individually checked for specified risk material contamination.
(147857)
89  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what increased resources the Government has provided for the inspection of beef product imports in response to discovery of higher than previously expected levels of BSE in France and Germany in the last six months.
(147855)
90  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the recent discovery of contaminated shipments of German beef in Northern Ireland.
(147859)
91  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from the National Beef Association on the import of over 30-month beef; and if he will make a statement
(147858)
92  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of beef imports from Germany are subject to BSE checks of the kind that resulted in the recent discovery of specified risk material contamination in Northern Ireland.
(147860)
93  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if imported processed beef products are subject to the same checks for specified risk material contamination as imported carcass beef.
(147856)
94  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since he became Home Secretary he has met (a) Mr Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr Gopichand Hinduja; and what was discussed.
(148000)
95  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on which dates since he became Home Secretary he has visited the Hindu Temple in Neasden; at whose instigation the visits were organised; and on how many occasions (a) Mr Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr Gopichand Hinduja were present.
(148003)
96  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were on the sex offenders register on 1st January.
(148049)
97  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration detainees were held in prison establishments (a) in January 2000, (b) in January 1997 and (c) on the last date for which figures are available; what entitlements detainees have while held in prison; and if he will make a statement.
(148010)
98  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the NASS has been notified, following an inspection by a local environmental health officer, that NASS-contracted accommodation is of an unacceptable standard; if he will provide details in respect of each case of notification; and if he will make a statement.
(148024)
99  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the units of accommodation inspected directly by the NASS were found to be (a) of an acceptable standard and (b) of an unacceptable standard; and if he will make a statement.
(148025)
100  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated net changes in police recruitment are in each force and in total in (a) the current year and (b) the next two years based on information given by forces in bids for the Crime Fighting Fund and funding allocations made under the fund; and if he will make a statement.
(148014)
101  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what enforcement action the NASS has taken to ensure that its contractors comply with statutory and contractual standards of accommodation and management; and if he will make a statement.
(148026)
102  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) police officers in each of the standard age groups were employed by each police force and in total (i) in 1992, (ii) in 1997 and (iii) on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148012)
103  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the units of accommodation procured by the NASS have been inspected since 1st april 2000 by (a) the NASS performance monitoring inspection teams, (b) the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate and (c) local environmental health officers; and if he will make a statement.
(148023)
104  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers (a) were recruited to and (b) retired, resigned or were dismissed from each police force and in total between (i) April and September 1999 and (ii) October and March 2000.
(148013)
105  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the breakdown was of (a) length of service and (b) age profile of police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148011)
106  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints have been received by the NASS about the standards of accommodation, management or support provided by the NASS accommodation providers; if he will provide details of each complaint; and if he will make a statement.
(148027)
107  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate are asked to use when inspecting the standards of accommodation procured by the NASS; if they are asked to take into account the standard of accommodation in relation to the needs of the occupants; and if he will make a statement.
(148028)
108  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish his response to the consultation document on modernising licensing laws.
(147876)
109  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account he will take of local authority administrative costs when formulating new regulations for the proposed new licensing regime.
(147877)
110  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he received, on what dates, from the honourable Member for Leicester East concerning the applications for naturalisation from (a) Mr Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr G. P. Hinduja; and if he will make a statement.
(147884)
111  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many public interest immunity certificates (a) he, (b) ministers of state, (c) junior ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30th May 1997.
(147730)
112  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Lord Levy has (a) made enquiries, (b) made representations and (c) submitted material in connection with applications for citizenship made by (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja.
(147988)
113  
N  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken on supporting volunteers who work for the police, with special reference to staffing police stations.
(147979)
114  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations were made to him in relation to the application by Mr G. P. Hinduja for British citizenship; and if he will make a statement.
(147994)
115  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contact was made with the Indian authorities about Mr S. P. Hinduja's business dealings before his application for British citizenship was considered; and if he will make a statement.
(147993)
116  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he was first informed of Mr S. P. Hinduja's application for citizenship; and if he will make a statement.
(147992)
117  
  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of funding the Criminal Records Bureau (a) centrally and (b) by charges for certificates issued.
(148041)
118  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Hendon of 22nd January, Official Report, column 413W, regarding the security of the Parliamentary Estate, what assessment he has made of the (a) savings to be derived from and (b) the operational possibility of replacing police officers with civilian staff.
(148015)
119  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what provision her Department is making to assist in the relief operations for the Indian earthquake.
(148091)
120  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial, (b) practical and (c) medical assistance she has given to the South African Government in relation to AIDS, since May 1997.
(147882)
121  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is with respect to providing development assistance to countries involved in long-term conflict.
(147020)
122  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he was first informed that Mr Srichand Hinduja had submitted an application for citizenship to the Home Office.
(148001)
123  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on what date the Lord Chancellor was guest of honour at a party at 80 Haymarket given by Mr Srichand Hinduja and Mr Gopichand Hinduja; and at whose instigation the party was arranged.
(148002)
124  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what rules he has made under section 56 of the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 1996.
(148051)
125  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has requested (a) the chief executive of any district council in Northern Ireland and (b) the Chief Electoral Officer of Northern Ireland to make provision for local elections to be held on 16th May.
(148033)
126  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action he has taken to ensure that the local council elections in Northern Ireland are able to take place on 16th May.
(148032)
127  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the enquiry he has established into naturalisation applications by S. P. Hinduja will be published before the next General Election.
(148016)
128  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy that no severance payments are made available to former ministers where loss of office has been mainly or wholly caused by personal misconduct.
(148021)
129  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct Sir Anthony Hammond Q.C. to ascertain whether a meeting took place in August 1998 between the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and Mr S. P. Hinduja and Mr G. P. Hinduja.
(147997)
130  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct Sir Anthony Hammond Q.C. to investigate the accuracy of the parliamentary answers given on 3rd December 1998 by the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool to the honourable Member for Christchurch about meetings between the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and Mr S. P. Hinduja and Mr G. P. Hinduja.
(147998)
131  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has had from Lord Levy regarding applications for citizenship by (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja; and if Lord Levy informed him of involvement on his part in such applications.
(147986)
132  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many invitations Lord Levy has accepted, and from whom, in 2000, for Diwali celebrations.
(147989)
133  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations Lord Levy has had from (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja regarding applications for citizenship; and what involvement Lord Levy had in such applications.
(147987)
134  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he received from the honourable Member for Leicester East in the period 1997-98 in relation to the applications for citizenship by Mr G. P. and Mr S. P. Hinduja; if he will place copies of relevant documentation in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(147995)
135  
N  
Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the estimate is of the amount of unclaimed (a) child benefit, (b) council tax benefit, (c) housing benefit, (d) income support, (e) invalied care allowance, (f) incapacity benefit, (g) jobseeker's allowance, (h) retirement pension, (i) severe disablement allowance and (j) disability living allowance in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the Yeovil constituency, for the latest year for which each figure is available; and if he will make a statement.
(146617)
136  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the cost was to his Department of benefits relating to industrial injuries; and what the cost was of such benefits paid to individuals living in the Lewes constituency in the last year for which figures are available.
(148017)
137  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will assess the impact of changes made to the administration of housing benefit upon registered social landlords.
(147874)
138  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on individual businesses of the transfer from Government onto individual businesses of the responsibility for insuring workplaces against injury.
(148018)
139  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions and at what locations officials from his Department accompanied the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool when he was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to meetings with (a) Mr Srichand Hinduja and (b) Mr Gopichand Hinduja.
(148004)
140  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with organisations which have sold shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences; and if he will make a statement.
(147408)
141  
N  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many public interest immunity certificates (a) he, (b) ministers of state, (c) junior ministers and (d) civil servants in his Department have signed in each calendar year from 30th May 1997.
(147729)
142  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evidence he has collated on the export potential of the technology of alkaline hydrolysis at elevated temperature for the inactivation of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; and what action he is taking to assist British firms with the licence to manufacture the required machinery.
(147864)
143  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when she last met the First Minister to discuss the impact of defence procurement on levels of employment in Scotland.
[Question Unstarred] (146180)
144  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York)‹bj536›what advice she has given on the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the right of the accused to remain silent on the prosecution of road traffic offences; and if she will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (146205)
145  
N  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)‹bj536›if she will make a statement about the implications of the MacIntosh case in relation to the confiscation of criminal assets of convicted offenders.
[Question Unstarred] (146206)
146  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered working abattoirs there were in England and Wales on 1st January.
[Transferred] (148050)


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