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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 31 January 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 31 January, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY
1  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 29th and 30th January was; and if he will make a statement.
(148200)
2  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148077)
3  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the five Satellite Communications Systems is; what the total number of units to be purchased is; when they all will be in service; and if he will make a statement.
(148102)
4  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the armed forces first used depleted uranium ammunition; which units were involved; when such ammunition was used in action in the last 10 years; by which units; and if he will make a statement.
(148113)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of surplus small arms has been destroyed in each of the last two years to conform to the UN resolution covering weapons; if surplus weapons have been sold to other countries to avoid being destroyed; and if he will make a statement.
(148104)
6  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what aircraft the Royal Air Force has sold to Poland in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(148115)
7  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new advanced electronic countermeasures Saturn System will be in service; what the service life of the system is; if it is compatible with all the NATO nations' aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(148103)
8  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of the US test for the Javelin missile; when it will take place; and if he will make a statement.
(148114)
9  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the purchase of the Javelin missiles is; how many have been ordered; and if he will make a statement.
(148101)
10  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the carrier-borne aircraft version of JSF and the timetable for a decision on the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier.
(148105)
11  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evidence his Department has collated about the effects of (a) the use, handling and firing and (b) the clearing up of cartridges from depleted uranium ammunition; and if he will make a statement.
(148116)
12  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many depleted uranium shells have been fired by United Kingdom armed forces in conflict, broken down by campaign.
(148160)
13  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects women to serve as submariners; and if he will make a statement.
(148171)
14  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148080)
15  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average per pupil standard spending assessment is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) England and (ii) North Somerset; and if he will estimate the sums which would be available for education in North Somerset if the average per pupil standard spending assessment for primary and secondary schools in North Somerset were the same as the average for England.
(148162)
16  
N  
Mrs Gillian Shephard (South West Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the cost to public funds is of educating and transporting the 25 eligible pupils who were not found places at Downham Market High School in the present academic year.
(147866)
17  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the net present value is of loans to students in financial year 1999-2000 under the current loan system; what rate of interest would be required to increase the net present value of student loan debt by £0.7 billion; and if he will make a statement.
(148138)
18  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Harrow West constituency which have received funding under the New Deal for Schools since May 1997, with the amount of funding in each case.
(148266)
19  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the final 2001-02 Standards Fund allocations made to local education authorities are by (a) consituency and (b) region; what the total local education authority contributions were to the Standards Fund for 2001-02, broken down by constituency; and what the total value of the Standards Fund was in 2000-01.
(148059)
20  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the percentage increase is in (a) local education authority contributions and (b) DfEE contributions to the Standards Fund for 2001-02.
(148061)
21  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what total amount of (a) grants and (b) capital spending is incorporated in the Standards Fund for 2001-02.
(148060)
22  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contracts of senior management of National Air Transport Services which contain clauses relating to performance related bonuses.
(148136)
23  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the (a) shortest elapsed recorded, (b) longest and (c) average times recorded between captains of aircraft being given clearance at (i) London Heathrow and (ii) Gatwick airports, and the actual time of touchdown, in the last 12 months.
(148137)
24  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate of sustainable hourly runway movements is being used in the new aviation policy.
(148166)
25  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what incidents of go-arounds and late clearances to land at Gatwick Airport have been recorded (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the previous 12 months.
(148165)
26  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what talks have taken place with provisional bidders for NATS in regard to extra capacity and aircraft movements in British airports.
(148190)
27  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the consultants advising the Government on the sale of NATS.
(148167)
28  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many town and parish councils have been abolished by him in each of the last three years; and what the reasons given for their abolition in each case were.
(148258)
29  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the annual cost is of giving mandatory rate relief at 50 per cent. to voluntary sports clubs in England.
(147887)
30  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many voluntary sports clubs in England during 1998-99 received discretionary rate relief; and at what level.
(147888)
31  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the cost is of exempting sporting rights in 1998-99 from the valuation role in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.
(147889)
32  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many voluntary sports clubs in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland are listed with the relevant agency responsible for the collection of rateable values.
(147890)
33  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions have taken place with the Better Regulation Task Force about the proposals for rate relief for voluntary sports clubs in the Green Paper for Local Government Finance.
(147891)
34  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport regarding the Green Paper on Local Government Finance and the Government's Sports Strategy.
(147892)
35  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment on the administrative burden on voluntary sports clubs through the Green Paper on Local Government Finance.
(147893)
36  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many sports clubs in England will benefit from the mandatory rate relief and discretionary relief proposals published in the Green Paper on the Local Government Finance Bill.
(147894)
37  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many voluntary clubs in England have a rateable value of under (a) £3,000 and (b) £8,000.
(147895)
38  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much the Government Office for London allocated to Wandsworth Council's Housing Investment Programme for (a) 2000-01 and (b) 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(148139)
39  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many affordable housing units were built in the Wandsworth planning area in (a) 2000, (b) 1999, (c) 1998, (d) 1997 and (e) 1996.
(148123)
40  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much the Government Office for London has allocated to Wandsworth Council for major repairs (a) through the Major Repairs Allowance for 2001-02 and (b) through the Housing Investment Programme for 2000--01; and if he will make a statement.
(148124)
41  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many affordable housing units were built in Wandsworth planning area through planning gain (Section 106) in (a) 2000, (b) 1999, (c) 1998, (d) 1997 and (e) 1996.
(148122)
42  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the subject of pollution from the use of fireworks over the last Christmas and New Year period; and if he will make a statement.
(148168)
43  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what negotiations he is initiating to ensure that maritime states give shelter to oil tankers on the high seas which are in danger of breaking up.
(148169)
44  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the statutory duties of local authorities in respect of road safety.
(148198)
45  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance is given to local authorities for the appointment of (a) road safety officers and (b) environmental health officers.
(148199)
46  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has issued to road safety officers in the past 12 months.
(148197)
47  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to maximize take-up of the children's tax credit.
(148120)
48  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in the constituency of Glasgow, Pollok he estimates will be eligible to claim the children's tax credit.
(148119)
49  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the countries for whom debt has been written off by Britain, together with the amounts written off in each case.
(148121)
50  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total amount of unclaimed working family tax credit to date in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow, Pollok constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(148118)
51  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definitions of temporary and permanent employment are used in considering applications for entry clearance to the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(148163)
52  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings the honourable Member for Leicester East has had with representatives of the Indian Government and its agencies at which matters relating to the Hinduja family were discussed.
(148072)
53  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will sponsor with its European Union partners a resolution at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this year condemning bonded labour and other forms of slavery.
(148117)
54  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the management of United Nations Drugs Control Programme funds.
(148058)
55  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148076)
56  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has published to control and regulate the sale of (a) human organs and (b) other body parts to third parties, (i) inside and (ii) outside the NHS.
(148097)
57  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals have sold (a) thymus glands and (b) other body tissues to third parties, (i) inside and (ii) outside the NHS in each of the last three years; and how much money is involved.
(148096)
58  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what press releases were issued, speeches and other public statements supporting animal testing for medical research purposes were made by him and his ministers in the year to 18th January.
(147409)
59  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Blackpool Victoria Hospital Trust will receive the capital investment to develop its new cardio-thoracic facilities.
(147240)
60  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the Prison Service to collect separately the number of out of cell hours for (a) sentenced and (b) remand prisoners in young offender units.
(148176)
61  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers at (a) Feltham Young Offenders Institution and (b) other YOIs in the South East of England were on long-term sickness leave in each of the last three years in (i) actual and (ii) percentage terms.
(148172)
62  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the waiting time was for psychiatrically disturbed adolescents in Feltham Young Offenders Institution to obtain placements in NHS beds or secure psychiatric places in (a) each quarter for the last two years and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available
(148173)
63  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison staff of principal officer grade and above have (a) resigned and (b) transferred out of prisons in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(148175)
64  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on prisoners and staff in young offender institutions of the no overtime policy.
(148174)
65  
  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vacancies for prison officers were (a) advertised and (b) filled in each institution in the North West of England between July 2000 and the latest date for which information is available.
(148135)
66  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what considerations led him to reintroduce the rank of chief superintendent.
(148170)
67  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his original estimate was of the number of local child curfew orders that would be enforced annually.
(148066)
68  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when, and by whom, he was first informed of the citizenship applications submitted by (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja on 5th March 1997 and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja on 20th October 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(148093)
69  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he plans to introduce legislation to further extend the exemptions in section 34A(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to include additional categories of offender; and if he will make a statement.
(148062)
70  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his target date is for achieving the Government's pledge of halving the national average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders; what progress has been made; and when he expects the target to be achieved.
(148064)
71  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148074)
72  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions the honourable Member for Warwickshire North had with ministerial colleagues concerning the application for citizenship by Mr S. P. Hinduja following the conversation the Right honourable Member had with the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool; and if he will make a statement.
(148034)
73  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he was first informed of the contact between the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool and the honourable Member for Warwickshire North regarding the application for citizenship from Mr S. P. Hinduja; and if he will make a statement.
(148035)
74  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he received any representations from ministerial colleagues or other honourable Members regarding the application for citizenship by Mr G. P. Hinduja; and if he will make a statement.
(148036)
75  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the use of professional witnesses to gather information; what his estimate is of the increased use of such witnesses since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148065)
76  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to date in respect of (a) juveniles and (b) adults; how many are in force; and if he will make a statement.
(148073)
77  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja satisfied all the requirements for naturalisation when the decision was taken to grant them citizenship; if exceptions to the requirements were made in either case; and if he will make a statement.
(148094)
78  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of uniformed police patrols was in (a) England and Wales as a whole and (b) each individual police force in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(148063)
79  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the steps taken by UNESCO to implement the Education for All Programme following the Dakar Summit.
(148164)
80  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her proposed budget is for (a) bilateral development assistance and (b) development assistance through the EU to Egypt in the financial years (i) 2001-02 and (ii) 2002-03.
(147886)
81  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Ministers and officials in her Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if she will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if she will make a statement.
(148078)
82  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148196)
83  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish the exchanges between him and the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool concerning the latter's resignation as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
(148126)
84  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will invite the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to investigate the activities of the Hinduja brothers under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 in relation to their passport applications; and if he will make a statement.
(148098)
85  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, what gifts have been received since 2nd May 1997 from the Hindujas by (a) Ministers and (b) other persons representing the Government.
(148067)
86  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, which officials in his office have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148075)
87  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what occasions since 2nd May 1997 he has met (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja; and if he will make a statement.
(148069)
88  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, when, and by whom, he was first informed of the possibility that the Hindujas might provide sponsorship for the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement.
(148095)
89  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 2nd May 1997 he has discussed matters relating to the Hinduja brothers with (a) the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool, (b) the Right honourable Member for Blackburn, (c) the honourable Member for Leicester East, (d) the honourable Member for North Warwickshire and (e) other Ministers.
(148068)
90  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, when, and by whom, he was first informed of the citizenship applications submitted by (a) Mr G. P. Hinduja on 5th March 1997 and (b) Mr S. P. Hinduja on 20th October 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(148092)
91  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in (i) the constituency of Glasgow Pollok and (ii) in Glasgow (A) in May 1997 and (B) on 29th January; and what the percentage change was in each case.
(148127)
92  
N  
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what savings have been made in his Department over the last 20 years, based on current prices, in (a) cash and (b) percentage of spending terms from (i) detecting fraud and (ii) providing a more accurate and efficient service administration.
(147314)
93  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are (a) eligible to receive (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit, in (A) Scotland and (B) each local authority area in Scotland and (b) actually claim the relevant benefit in each case.
(148128)
94  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the proposed timetable is for (a) discussions between the TUC, the CBI and the Government on the incorporation into UK law of the EU Directive on Consultation and Information and (b) for bringing necessary legislation before the House; and if he will make a statement.
(148125)
95  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the prospects for the common position reached in the Council of Ministers over the Droit de Suite directive being maintained; and if he will make a statement.
(148071)
96  
N  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to publish a white paper on manufacturing and business skills.
(148070)
97  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the surpluses to be paid to the Government from (a) the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme and (b) the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, this year and in each of the next five years.
(148131)
98  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what surpluses have been received by the Government in each of the past five years from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.
(148130)
99  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have closed in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.
(148161)
100  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average pension paid to people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK from (i) the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme and (ii) the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme is.
(148133)
101  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK receive a pension from (i) the Mineworkers' Pensions Scheme and (ii) the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.
(148132)
102  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was paid to the Government from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme surplus in each year since 1994.
(148129)
103  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Ministers and officials in his Department have (a) been contacted by and (b) contacted (i) Mr G. P. Hinduja and (ii) Mr S. P. Hinduja since 2nd May 1997; if he will list the occasions on which there was such contact; and if he will make a statement.
(148079)
104  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about unemployment levels in Wales.
(146521)
105  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to meet chief constables in Wales to discuss police funding and crime levels.
(146539)
106  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much Trans-European Network funding has been paid to assist in the upgrading of the A75; how many separate grants have been made; in which year; and for which projects.
[Transferred] (148134)
107  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Northern Ireland Secretaries in the last 20 years have been provided with a Jaguar.
[Transferred] (148195)
108  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what use is made of the official car which was used by the Right honourable Member for Redcar when she was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (148191)
109  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much it cost to buy and adapt the official car for the Right honourable Member for Redcar as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (148194)
110  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many former Northern Ireland Secretaries have chauffeur-driven Jaguars provided for their current use.
[Transferred] (148192)
111  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much it cost to buy and adapt the Jaguar for the Right honourable Member for Hartlepool as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (148193)


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