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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 5 February 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 5 February, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
MONDAY 5th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149195)
2  
N  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the names of appointed carriers under the PETS scheme will be announced.
(148686)
3  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many cows were detected with BSE (a) over and (b) under the age of 30 months in each month of (i) 1999 and (ii) 2000.
(148877)
4  
  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many people are employed at the Battle Traceability Centre in West Cumbria; and if he will make a statement on its development.
(149174)
5  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assistance his Department is providing for farmers who have lost crops through persistent wet weather in Don Valley.
(149074)
6  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the increase in paperwork issued by his Department to farmers since 1990; and what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative load on farmers.
(149076)
7  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the value of crops lost due to adverse weather causing groundwater saturation in (a) Don Valley constituency and (b) South Yorkshire.
(149075)
8  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on his policy on paying agrimonetary compensatory amounts to (a) cereal producers, (b) pig producers and (c) other producers.
(148948)
9  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the relationship between the countryside stewardship scheme and rural development funds from (a) a national and (b) a European source; and if he will make a statement.
(148949)
10  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what means there are for farmers to inform themselves of the Government's Action Plan for Farming; and if he will make a statement.
(148954)
11  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the total gross running costs to his Department of fees and disbursements paid to consultants in the last 12 months.
(149148)
12  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many visits abroad have been made by him and his ministers on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149141)
13  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many visits abroad have been made by his Department's officials on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149142)
14  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the total gross running costs to his Department of the NDPBs accountable through his Department in the last 12 months.
(149147)
15  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total gross running cost to his Department in the last 12 months of entertaining by Ministers and officials.
(149159)
16  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total gross cost to his Department was in the last 12 months of alcoholic drinks.
(149146)
17  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the total gross running cost to his Department for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met by public funds for visits exclusively within the United Kingdom by (a) him and (b) Ministers in the last 12 months.
(149145)
18  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what were his Department's total gross running costs for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and any other expenses met from public funds but excluding all such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149139)
19  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the last 12 months of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(149144)
20  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans are in place to lease areas of sea adjacent to the coast for the purpose of fish farming.
(148679)
21  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many fish farms there are in the United Kingdom; how much it costs to acquire a licence for fish farming; and how much funding was given to fish farms in each of the last three years by his Department.
(148680)
22  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the organophosphate pesticide known as Crufomate [chemical name: Phosphoramidic Acid, Metryl-, 2-Chloro-4-(1.1-Dimetryletryl) Phenyl Metryl Ester] is licensed for use in the United Kingdom.
(148621)
23  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if boats from (a) Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery and (b) Rochester Floating Fishery are registered to fish for sole in the Medway.
(148711)
24  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many boats from (a) Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery and (b) Rochester Floating Fishery are unregistered.
(148712)
25  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to modify the system of nominations for honours.
(149166)
26  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress is being made on closing the Civil Service Pension Fund to new entrants; and if she will make a statement.
(148902)
27  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands consituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149192)
28  
  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about progress made by the Sports Action Zone in West Cumbria.
(149176)
29  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total Sports Council funding was for (a) tennis, (b) swimming, (c) basketball, (d) netball, (e) football, (f) rugby union and (g) rugby league in England for each year since 1990.
(149048)
30  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many donations were made to the Millennium Dome exhibition by mobile phone companies; and what the value of each was.
(148526)
31  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the future of the Wembley Stadium project.
(149093)
32  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to publish the minutes of his meeting held on 16th January about Picketts Lock with the Lee Valley Forum.
(148751)
33  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage sport in schools.
(148967)
34  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the progress made by British Resorts Task Force at the English Tourism Council.
(148959)
35  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149123)
36  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information regarding the decommissioning of Nancekuke is contained within the remaining documents held by the Government under the 30 year rule; and if he will place it in the Public Record Office.
(148908)
37  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what further progress has been made on the environmental survey at Nancekuke.
(148907)
38  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what documents exist regarding Nancekuke that are more than 30 years old but are not placed in the Public Record Office; and if he will place all remaining documents regarding Nancekuke in the Public Record Office.
(148905)
39  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evidence his Department has (a) collated and (b) evaluated regarding the burning of mustard gas at military establishments and its effect upon neighbouring civilian populations.
(148906)
40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, column 100W, on US National Missile Defense, what concerns his Department voiced to the previous US Administration with regard to US National Missile Defense; and what discussions took place with regard to the use of (a) RAF Fylingdales and (b) other military bases in the United Kingdom.
(148874)
41  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence related jobs were based in each Scottish local authority area in each year since 1996.
(149079)
42  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost of the British contribution to KFOR.
(149056)
43  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many organ parts are kept by the Defence Secondary Care Agency Unit; where they are kept; for what purpose; if informal consent was obtained in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(149096)
44  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the companies and regiments of the Army and Royal Marines which have been deployed to Sierra Leone since 1st May 2000, indicating in each case (a) the number of personnel in each company and regiment, (b) the date and duration of deployment, (c) where the company and regiment were deployed in Sierra Lone, (d) how many members of each company and regiment were administered with anti-malarial treatment before deployment, (e) how long before deployment treatment was administered and (f) how many members of each company and regiment were routinely screened for malaria on return; and if he will make a statement.
(149177)
45  
  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical advice was given to members of the armed forces deployed on Operation Palliser prior to deployment regarding the risks of malaria; what anti-malarial protection precautions were taken with regard to armed forces kit and equipment for Operation Palliser (a) before deployment and (b) in theatre; and if he will make a statement.
(149178)
46  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the disciplinary offences falling to summary discipline procedures for each of the armed services and the punishments which may be imposed.
(148201)
47  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers received legal training in 2000; how long this training took; what it cost; and who the trainers were.
(148202)
48  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if journalists working alongside British forces in times of conflict are subject to the Service Discipline Acts.
(148203)
49  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances contractors working for his Department are subject to the Service Discipline Acts.
(148204)
50  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the proposals for improvements to the Army Training Estate at Otterburn requiring approval from a public inquiry remain of urgent national importance; and if he will make a statement.
(148433)
51  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish his consultation paper on the Protection of Maritime Graves.
(149179)
52  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149190)
53  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on progress in developing a national register of individual pupil identification numbers.
(148383)
54  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the number of professional footballers playing for UK clubs who hold passports of EU countries other than the UK but for whom a country outside the EU is their country of origin.
(148675)
55  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he has given to schools regarding the potential liability of (a) governors and (b) staff when emergency contraception is given to girls under the age of 16 by school staff or on school premises without the consent of parents.
(148677)
56  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of professional footballers contracted to UK clubs who hold an EU passport for a country other than the UK and hold joint nationality with a non-EU country.
(148676)
57  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of non-EU nationals who are refused a work permit to play professional football in the UK but who subsequently obtain an EU passport for a country other than the UK.
(148674)
58  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he has given schools regarding the potential liability of (a) school governors, (b) teachers, (c) head teachers and (d) other school staff in the event of emergency contraception being provided to girls under the age of sixteen by school staff or on school premises without the consent of parents.
(148678)
59  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if, following his letter of 29th January to local authority leaders, he will publish the methodology by which his allocation of the additional money was distributed between local authorities.
(148684)
60  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out for each authority in the former county of Tyne and Wear the allocations under (a) New Deal for Schools, (b) the Standards Fund in 2000-01 and 2001-02, (c) Excellence in Cities in 2001-02 and (d) the additional support for recruitment retention in schools tackling educational disadvantage in 2001-02.
(148818)
61  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne which received cash resources directly in the financial year 2000-01, with the sum for each school; and if he will estimate how much will be allocated in 2001-02 on the basis of his proposals in the pre-Budget report.
(148817)
62  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils were expelled or suspended from school in each of the London education authorities during the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(148898)
63  
  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the additional resources he has made available to schools in Copeland; under which (a) schemes and (b) funds they are provided; and if he will make a statement.
(149173)
64  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the schools and organisations in the Don Valley constituency which have received financial support from the Standards Fund, in each year since the fund was created.
(149073)
65  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the value was of Government financial support for education in Doncaster for each year from 1996-97 to 2000-01.
(149072)
66  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the value was of his Department's financial support for employment and training since May 1997; and if he will list individual projects indicating the value of Government funding in the Doncaster/Wakefield, employment district.
(149071)
67  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who is responsible for administering the Investors in People scheme locally in the Vale of York; and if he will make a statement.
(148956)
68  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to combat age discrimination in the workforce.
(148964)
69  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to ensure that good quality affordable childcare is available in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) the United Kingdom.
(148963)
70  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149121)
71  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many applications for the Fast Track teachers recruitment scheme have been received.
(148681)
72  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish, for each year from 1996-97 to 1999-2000 and for each local education authority, the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary age children who were educated in a local authority area other than the one where they normally reside.
(148622)
73  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when his Department last conducted a secondary curriculum and staffing survey; and when the next survey is due for completion and publication.
(148683)
74  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to make the NPQN mandatory for new headteachers of primary, secondary and special schools
(148682)
75  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many year 6 children attending Bristol local education authority primary or junior schools failed to gain places in Bristol local education authority secondary schools in each year from 1997-98 to 1999-2000.
(148623)
76  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands consituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149193)
77  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received on amending legislation dealing with abandoned vehicles on the public highway.
(147109)
78  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the draft climate change levy negotiated agreements for public scrutiny before they are signed.
(148911)
79  
  
Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out the timetable for publishing and implementing the Regulations under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(148920)
80  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the new Beacon councils; and if he will make a statement.
(149181)
81  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress is being made in concluding local public service agreements.
(149182)
82  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to levy charges on an increasing scale on developers who make repeated appeals in residential planning cases.
(149057)
83  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to place restrictions on the sale of garden plots for development.
(148900)
84  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidance on the rights of objectors to attend planning committee site visits in residential planning applications.
(149055)
85  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidance to make it easier for objectors to speak at local authority planning committee meetings.
(149054)
86  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will bring forward proposals to give objectors equal rights to developers and their agents when inspectors visit sites subject to residential planning applications.
(149058)
87  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make the (a) quality of life and (b) availability of a varied range of properties a condition of granting planning approval for residential development.
(148901)
88  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on the sale of parts of gardens of residences for development purposes.
(148899)
89  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will limit the number of appeals a developer can make in residential planning cases.
(149059)
90  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent reports he has received on the safety of Kings Cross station in respect of the ventilation of smoke; and if he will make a statement.
(149099)
91  
N  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he intends to vary the GLA transport grant for 2000-01.
(148756)
92  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the value was of Government financial grants to the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive for each year from 1996-97 to the most recent year for which figures are available.
(149069)
93  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what rail inspection and repairs have been undertaken on the East Coast Mainline at the speed restricted stretch of line passing Bawtry, South Yorkshire.
(149053)
94  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the value was of Government financial support for transport infrastructure projects affecting Doncaster residents, for each year since 1996-97.
(149070)
95  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proportion of cars on the road between 8 to 9 a.m. are used by parents dropping children at school.
(149064)
96  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government is taking to improve the outcomes of and to learn from, SRB and City Challenge-funded projects which have concluded or are near their conclusion.
(149050)
97  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the value was of the Government's local government financial settlement for Doncaster Borough for each year from 1978-79 to 2000-01; and what the percentage increase was on the previous year.
(149068)
98  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will rank in descending order, each local authority in the West Midlands, on the basis of wealth per head of population.
(148889)
99  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recognition is given through the standard spending assessment formula, to the impact upon fire authorities of coping with major inland waterways in relation to (a) rescue activities and (b) or flooding incidents.
(148910)
100  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many submissions were received by his Department (a) in total and (b) from Worcestershire to the consultation paper on local government finance.
(148891)
101  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many responses to the local government finance Green Paper raised the issue of perverse incentives surrounding the fire service standard spending assessment.
(148909)
102  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will respond to the recent Green Paper on local government finance.
(148890)
103  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for each fire authority in England and Wales the value of the coastline element contained in the Fire Service standard spending assessment.
(148912)
104  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many schools in Worcestershire submitted responses to the local government finance Green Paper.
(148892)
105  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what financial recognition is given to deprivation in the current standard spending assessment formula, as applied to all local authorities in the West Midlands region.
(148888)
106  
  
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how deprivation is calculated in the methodolgy used in the standard spending assessment formula.
(148913)
107  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many mobile phone masts had been erected in (a) school grounds and (b) hospital grounds by (i) 1st January 2000 and (ii) 1st January 2001.
(148528)
108  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received from (a) schools and (b) hospitals about the safety of mobile phone masts.
(148524)
109  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his estimate is of the number of mobile phone masts which will be erected on (a) school grounds and (b) hospital grounds in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002.
(148527)
110  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what esimate he has made of the number of new mobile phone masts which will be erected in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.
(148529)
111  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of mobile phone mast sites are used by more than one operator.
(148531)
112  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the meetings between ministers at his Department and representatives of the mobile phone industry, and (b) the Ministers present at each such meeting, between 1st January 2000 and 1st January 2001.
(148530)
113  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received from local authorities about the safety of mobile phone masts; and if he will make a statement.
(148525)
114  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the use of a hybrid bill as the means of promoting a transport infrastructure project to which the Transport and Works Act 1992 applies.
(148976)
115  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many separate incidents of flooding were reported to his Department in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(149085)
116  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers he has to control the way in which the investment in plant and machinery is carried out by the various water companies and water authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(149084)
117  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incidents of flooding have occurred in the last three years where raw sewage was involved in the contamination of people's homes and property; and if he will make a statement.
(149080)
118  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Environment Agency will publish its report on the flooding on 15th September in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.
(148973)
119  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the responsibilities of water authorities whose customers have had their properties damaged because of the failure of the water authority properly to safeguard their plant and equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(149081)
120  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the organisations, authorities and agencies which are entitled to (a) mount on their vehicles and (b) use on the public highway, blue flashing or revolving lights; and if he will make a statement.
(148432)
121  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason he has not issued a decision letter in respect of the public inquiries into proposed development at Otterburn Army Training Estate.
(148431)
122  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the quality of the first round of local transport plans.
(149170)
123  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how he plans to measure the effectiveness of local transport plans in reducing casualties.
(149171)
124  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that money allocated to local authorities for local transport plans is not transferred to other local authority services.
(149172)
125  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the operations of the Belwin Scheme, with specific reference to arrangements for budgeting for (a) floods in November 2000 and (b) future floods.
(148951)
126  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to compensate fully local authorities for the total costs of the recent floods; and if he will make a statement.
(148950)
127  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the resources available to local authorities in East Lancashire (a) to improve below standard private sector terraced houses and (b) to declare clearance areas, where appropriate, over the period 2001 to 2004.
(148942)
128  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assistance he is providing for pensioners using public transport.
(148961)
129  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate how many new rural bus services have been established since 2nd May 1997.
(148968)
130  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he is taking to improve the availability of social housing in rural areas.
(148966)
131  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to improve rural housing for people on low incomes.
(148960)
132  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149125)
133  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of water was lost by leakage by Severn Trent Water in each of the last five years.
(148974)
134  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when Planning Policy Guidance 13 will be revised.
(149062)
135  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to issue a planning policy statement to clarify the approach that the Government expects local authorities to take towards farm diversification proposals.
(149060)
136  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department will publish the revised Farmer's Guide to the Planning System.
(149061)
137  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when Planning Policy Guidance 25 will be revised.
(149047)
138  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will institute the Transport and Works Act 1992 procedure for consideration of the Central Railway Project.
(148754)
139  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Policyholders Protection Board of the financial collapse of Chester Street Holdings; and if he will recompense those who believed they were covered under employers liability insurance by policies held by Chester Street Insurance.
(148917)
140  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands consituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149137)
141  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy towards Russian debt to the Paris Club is; and if he will make a statement.
(149041)
142  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs in each category of the Standard Industrial Classification there were in the North East (a) on 1st January 1997, (b) on 1st January 2000; and how many are estimated for 1st January 2001.
(148879)
143  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the stock of businesses was in each category of the Standard Industrial Classification in the North East (a) on 1st January 1997, (b) on 1st January 2000 and (c) the estimate for 1st January 2001.
(148878)
144  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claimants are in receipt of working families tax credit while being paid less than the hourly minimum wage.
(148749)
145  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of introducing a fuel duty rebate for community transport operations.
(149078)
146  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received supporting the introduction of a fuel duty rebate for community transport operations.
(149077)
147  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to revise the Barnett formula.
(148946)
148  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the requirements, in respect of the operation and management of the euro by (a) the European Community and (b) the European Central Bank, concerning the need for (i) alignment and (ii) further harmonisation of tax rates and policies on income arising from commercial transactions, capital gains, non-occupational personal income from sources (A) inside and (B) outside the European Union, indirect taxation and taxes other than personal occupational income tax.
(149184)
149  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated number of families in Morecambe and Lunesdale failing to claim working families tax credit.
(148971)
150  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Morecambe and Lunesdale have benefited from the working families tax credit.
(148970)
151  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the national debt was on (a) 2nd May 1997 and (b) 31st January.
(148972)
152  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Morecambe and Lunesdale constitutency, the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149088)
153  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional yield from levying a 50 per cent. income tax rate on (a) taxable incomes and (b) gross incomes above £100,000; and if he will estimate in each case the (i) income tax and (ii) capital gains tax.
(148940)
154  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Hendon of 29th January, Official Report, column 58W, on Sir David Hannay, what work has been undertaken by Sir David for his Department.
(148875)
155  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Hendon of 29th January, Official Report, column 58W, on Sir David Hannay, how many days Sir David has worked; and how much Sir David was paid in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(148876)
156  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Swedish Government to ensure that IRA fund raising activities do not take place in Sweden through IRA-linked business operations; and if he will make a statement.
(149118)
157  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which (a) Ministers and (b) officials received (i) formal and (ii) informal representations concerning Iran from (A) the Hinduja brothers and (B) their representatives and representatives of their companies since 2nd May 1997.
(148385)
158  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when consular staff have met Mr Krishna Maharaj in the past two years.
(149040)
159  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on those responsible for the Lockerbie bombing other than Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
(148881)
160  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for entry visas from the Islamabad High Commission the Minister with responsibility for entry clearance accepted after previously being declined by the High Commisson in (a) 1992-93, (b) 1993-94, (c) 1994-95, (d) 1995-96, (e) 1996-97, (f) 1997-98 and (g) 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(148827)
161  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if discussions took place concerning the fishing fleets of Poland and Estonia and the review of the Common Fisheries Policy when he last met his colleagues from other member states of the European Union to discuss enlargement; and if he will make a statement.
(147897)
162  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Government has had from Premier Oil since its request for the company to withdraw from Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(149049)
163  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy on imposing sanctions on (a) Burma and (b) the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; and if he will make a statement.
(149087)
164  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions took place between his Department and the United Nations in New York concerning the granting of UK arms export licences for the refurbishment of guns situated in Western Sahara; on what date; and who took part in the discussions.
(148691)
165  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the mandate of MINURSO includes a duty to oversee the refurbishment of Moroccan guns in Western Sahara; and what discussions his Department has had on this subject with (a) the United Nations and (b) other interested parties.
(148690)
166  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning direct approaches from UK arms manufacturers to the United Nations concerning (a) Her Majesty's Government's refusal to permit the sale of spare parts for the refurbishment of Moroccan guns on Western Sahara and (b) the subsequent appeal against this refusal.
(148687)
167  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what correspondence has passed between his Department and the United Nations staff in (a) New York, (b) Morocco and (c) Tindouf concerning UK arms export licences for the provision of spare parts to refurbish Moroccan guns for use in Western Sahara.
(148693)
168  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the United Nations, including MINURSO, in (a) Morocco, (b) Western Sahara and (c) Tindouf concerning the granting of UK arms export licences for the refurbishment of guns situated in Western Sahara; on what dates; and who was involved in the discussions.
(148692)
169  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) discussions have taken place and (b) correspondence been exchanged between his Department and the United Nations concerning the capability of MINURSO to oversee the refurbishment of Moroccan guns situated in Western Sahara.
(148688)
170  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what objections have been made by the United Nations to the Government concerning the Government's refusal of arms export licences for spare parts to refurbish Moroccan guns situated in Western Sahara; on what date; what the nature of the representations was; and what his Department's response was.
(148689)
171  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made within the institutions of the European Union to enable the free movement of third country nationals travelling from one EU member state to another.
(149092)
172  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he intends to raise within the EU the question of the freedom of movement within the EU of third country nationals.
(149091)
173  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what events were organised as part of the Bridges to the Future strategy in 2000; and what events are planned for 2001.
(148885)
174  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the temporary appointment of a minority ethnic liaison officer; under what length of contract the current officer is employed; and what was the budget allocation for the officer's work in (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01.
(148886)
175  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if those matters in the councils of the European Union that will be added to decision making by qualified majority vote after the coming into effect of the Treaty of Nice are within the categories of shared, or exclusive competence, of the Community and Union and its member states.
(149183)
176  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149126)
177  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he issues to GPs on the use of deputising services in respect of liability insurance for medical negligence.
(149094)
178  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statutory provisions govern the employment by GPs of deputising services.
(149095)
179  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in the last 10 years how many GPs found guilty of medical negligence have not held medical insurance.
(149098)
180  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, since which date GP deputising services have been required to ensure that the GPs they employ hold medical insurance.
(149097)
181  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action officials from his Department take to (a) monitor and (b) receive information about the levels of (i) polybrominated diphenyl ethers and (ii) dioxins and dioxin-like chemicals in fish; and if he will publish information obtained for each of the last 10 years.
(148820)
182  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on human health of the consumption of more than one (i) 100g and (ii) 130g portion of farmed salmon per week, with particular reference to (a) pregnant women and (b) children under the age of four years; and if he will make a statement.
(148819)
183  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value of 1/20th of the patient care budget will be for each health authority in each of the next three years.
(148567)
184  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library an organisation chart showing the lines of accountabilty, appointment, communication and authority between the NHS bodies overview and scrutiny committees, patient forums, PALS, independent local advisory forums and the Secretary of State, as set out in clauses 7 to 15 of the Health and Social Care Bill.
(148533)
185  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the costs of (a) setting up and (b) running patient forums, overview and scrutiny Committees, ILAF and PALS.
(148566)
186  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change in charging policy will be brought about by the transfer of local authority health related functions to the care trusts proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.
(148880)
187  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value was of (a) the Govenment's financial support for Doncaster Health Authority and (b) additional investment in equipment, NHS modernisation, the Health Action Zone, reform of primary care and winter planning in each year since 1996-97.
(149066)
188  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were on the (a) waiting list for operations and (b) waiting list for an outpatient's appointment at the Worcestershire NHS Acute Trust in each month from January 2000 to January 2001.
(148752)
189  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will define the term respite as it applies to an NHS hospital.
(148755)
190  
N  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times, and for how long, Alexandra Hospital has been on respite during December 2000 and January 2001.
(148753)
191  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits abroad have been made by Health Department officials on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149155)
192  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the total gross running costs to his Department of fees and disbursements paid to consultants in the last 12 months.
(149152)
193  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were his Department's total gross running costs for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and any other expenses met from public funds but excluding all such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149156)
194  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running cost to his Department was for travel, including fares, subsistence and accommodation and other expenses met from public funds for visits exclusively within the United Kingdom by him and his Ministers in the last 12 months.
(149150)
195  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total gross running costs to his Department of the NDPBs accountable through his Department in the last 12 months.
(149157)
196  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the total gross running cost to his Department in the last 12 months of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(149153)
197  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits abroad have been made by him and his ministers on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months
(149154)
198  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running cost to his Department was in the last 12 months of alcoholic drinks.
(149149)
199  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running cost to his Department was in the last 12 months of entertaining by ministers and officials.
(149158)
200  
N  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the redevelopment of the Cane Hill site, Coulsdon.
(148153)
201  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Morecambe Bay Health Authority received in (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994--95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97, (e) 1997-98, (f) 1999-2000 and (g) 2000-01; and what projections he has made of funding over the next three years.
(149128)
202  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) new NHS developments and (b) improvements to NHS buildings have taken place in (a) the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency and (b) in Lancaster since 1997.
(149130)
203  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital developments were started in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000.
(149131)
204  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecombe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149120)
205  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors were working in the National Health Service in January.
(149169)
206  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of growth in real terms of NHS funding by 2004.
(149129)
207  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions during each of the last three years pharmacists were denied prescription reimbursement by the NHS because they had submitted forms for prescription charge exemption that had been erroneously completed by patients; and what was the estimated cost of these erroneously completed forms to pharmacists in each of those years.
(149063)
208  
N  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) planned expenditure and (b) actual expenditure was for the NHS in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000.
(148816)
209  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands constituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149194)
210  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 29th January, Official Report, columns 37-38, when he plans to bring Clause 33 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill into force.
(148188)
211  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January, Official Report, column 72W, to the honourable Member for Stourbridge, if he will express the percentage change in funding allocation to each police authority per head of resident population in each police authority.
(149180)
212  
  
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals have been granted permission to enter the UK on the basis of their qualifications in information technology in the last three years; and from which countries they have come.
(148903)
213  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent involvement his Department has had with high commissioners and ambassadors based in the UK concerning nationals from their country being held in prison in the UK awaiting deportation; and if he will make a statement.
(148894)
214  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates in England and Wales were aged over (i) 70, (ii) 75, (iii) 80, (iv) 85 and (v) 90 years on 1st January.
(148896)
215  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the longest period a person currently being held in prison in England and Wales awaiting deportation has been held.
(148895)
216  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were serving a life prison sentence in prisons in England and Wales on 1st January.
(148919)
217  
  
Mr John Cummings (Easington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pub exclusion orders were (a) applied for and (b) granted in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999 and (iii) 2000.
(148957)
218  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hoax 999 calls were received by the Metropolitan Police in the last five years for which figures are available; and what percentage of total 999 calls were received by the police.
(148214)
219  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglar alarm activations were responded to by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years; and how many turned out to be false alarms.
(148215)
220  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hours of Metropolitan Police time were occupied by burglar alarm activations in each of the last five years.
(148216)
221  
N  
Mr Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mobile phones were stolen in the Metropolitan Police area last year (a) during burglaries and (b) in motor vehicle crime.
(148217)
222  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been provided for victim support since May 1997.
(148893)
223  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of (a) the Government's financial settlement for the South Yorkshire Police Authority and (b) additional government support for crime reduction in the Doncaster Borough in each year since 1995-96.
(149065)
224  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of his Department's ministers were involved in considering the nationality application of Mr G. P. Hinduja in 1997; which other ministers made representations to his Department's ministers about Mr G. P. Hinduja in 1997; to which minister these were made; and if he will make a statement and place the transcripts of all telephone conversations and officials' minutes of such representations, conversations and meetings in the Library.
(148750)
225  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average prison population was in each of the last 10 years; what the population was on the latest date for which information was available; what his projections are for the level of the prison population in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(148578)
226  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were, and what the conviction rate was, for (a) all crimes, (b) violent crime and (c) property crime in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148580)
227  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 490W, on police expenditure, what the change in central government expenditure on policing was in total and in real terms in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(148583)
228  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average length of custodial sentence was given by (a) magistrates' courts and (b) crown courts in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what proportion of all sentences were custodial sentences in each of those years; if he will break down the data by category of crime and in total; and if he will make a statement.
(148579)
229  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 491W, on special constables, what the (a) expenditure was on special constable recruitment advertising and (b) number of special constables recruited was in each of the last five years.
(148582)
230  
  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of expenditure in each prison budget was used for educational purposes (a) as a percentage of a prison's overall budget and (b) per prisoner; in each year since 1992.
(149051)
231  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many units of accommodation the National Asylum Support Service estimates it will provide in total in (a) 2000-01 and (b) each of the next three years; how many units have been provided to date in 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(148824)
232  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the immigration status of those persons who claimed asylum after arriving on the hijacked Afghan airliner in February 2000, how many such persons have left the United Kingdom to date; and if he will make a statement.
(148821)
233  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost has been in 2000-01 of accommodation paid for by the National Asylum Support Service during the periods when such accommodation was (a) occupied and (b) unoccupied; and if he will make a statement.
(148826)
234  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce the backlog of asylum applications to frictional levels by April; what he estimates will be the size of the backlog in April; and when he estimates that the backlog will be cleared.
(148822)
235  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many units of accommodation are provided in property under contract to the National Asylum Support Service; and what proportion of such accommodation was (a) occupied and (b) unoccupied on the first day of each month in 2000-01 to date.
(148825)
236  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has conducted into housing asylum seekers in reception centres; what the conclusions were of that research; if he will place the conclusions of the research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(148823)
237  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement reconciling the figures for numbers of NorthYorkshire police in (a) the Answer of the honourable Member for Norwich South of 18th January, Official Report, col 352W and (b) the recent press statement made by North Yorshire Police Authority.
(148953)
238  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been issued since May 1997 to those seeking citizenship through naturalisation, within seven months of the application being submitted.
(148673)
239  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total gross running cost to his Department for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds for visits exclusively within the United Kingdom by (a) him and (b) Ministers in the last 12 months.
(149138)
240  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits abroad have been made by him and his Ministers on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149043)
241  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running cost to his Department was in the last 12 months of entertaining by (a) Ministers and (b) officials.
(149046)
242  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits abroad have been made by Home Office officials on departmental business (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149042)
243  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross runing costs were to his Department in the last 12 months of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(149140)
244  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running cost to his Department in the last 12 months was of alcoholic drinks.
(149045)
245  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total gross running costs to his Department of the NDPBs accountable through his Department in the last 12 months.
(149143)
246  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the total gross running costs to his Department of fees and disbursements paid to consultants in the last 12 months.
(149151)
247  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's total gross running costs were for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds, but excluding such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom, (a) since 1st May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
(149044)
248  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces fit black boxes to their vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(148939)
249  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to encourage more women of Asian heritage to join the police.
(148941)
250  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to require individuals seeking British citizenship to attend instruction on the rights and responsibilities that come with the grant of citizenship.
(147102)
251  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires in (a) houses, (b) sheltered accommodation and (c) residential care homes took hold in upholstery which had not been treated with fire retardants in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(148944)
252  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the new form for proxy and postal votes will be published.
(148945)
253  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department has taken to improve animal welfare since May 1997.
(148958)
254  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were recorded on 2nd January.
(149119)
255  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149127)
256  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) vehicle crimes and (b) domestic burglaries there were in (a) April 1997 and (b) January 2001.
(148977)
257  
N  
Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the most recent crime figures for the Vale of Glamorgan.
(147105)
258  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Richmond Park dated 25th October 2000, regarding Miss Rosebell Kirungi (ref. K10003442).
(148619)
259  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reverse the growth in violent crime in the Avon and Somerset area since 1997.
(148685)
260  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the total number of immigrants to the United Kingdom in each year since 1990 and (b) how many of those were (i) people granted asylum and (ii) other categories of immigrant.
(149186)
261  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many designations have been made to date under section 16(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; and how many directions have been given under section 16(2) of that Act.
(149165)
262  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sex offender orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been (a) discharged and (b) breached; and if he will make a statement.
(149162)
263  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child safety orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been (a) discharged and (b) breached; and if he will make a statement.
(149164)
264  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detention and training orders have been made to date; and if he will make a statement.
(149161)
265  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug treatment and testing orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been (a) discharged and (b) breached; and if he will make a statement.
(149160)
266  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parenting orders have been made to date in each police force area in England and Wales; how many have been (a) discharged and (b) breached; and if he will make a statement.
(149163)
267  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he gives to voluntary associations which operate in England and Scotland on paying a contribution to the Criminal Records Bureau.
(148694)
268  
  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what action he is taking locally to provide advice, training and guidance regarding the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service prior to its commencement.
(149167)
269  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) men and (b) women were serving a life prison sentence in prisons in Northern Ireland on 1st January.
(148897)
270  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings he has had with representatives of the mobile phone industry since 1st January 2000.
(148532)
271  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on progress made by the inquiry conducted by Sir Anthony Hammond; and what representations he has received relating to the scope of the inquiry.
(148952)
272  
N  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Prime Minister, when Lord Levy met the Hinduja brothers at the House of Lords on behalf of the Government to confirm their sponsorship of the Dome; what instructions he was given; what report he made of the meeting; and to whom.
(148624)
273  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will instruct the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to collate a joint response to the collapse of Chester Street Holdings and its impact on sufferers from asbestos-related diseases; and if he will make a statement.
(148918)
274  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations she has received on proposals by the Scottish Executive to provide free care for the elderly; and if she will make a statement.
(148947)
275  
  
Dr Jack Cunningham (Copeland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims had been made by people living in Copeland for the winter fuel allowance by 31st January; and how may people in Copeland are eligible to recieve winter fuel allowance.
(149175)
276  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Havant, of 30th January, Official Report, column 138W, if he will recalculate the table on the basis that both (a) the basic state pension and (b) the minimum income guarantee were uprated with prices.
(148757)
277  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what public expenditure on pensions including winter fuel payments and free television licences was at the end of the (a) 1996-97, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 1999-2000 financial years.
(148975)
278  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he has taken to reduce (a) benefit fraud and (b) housing benefit fraud in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
(148965)
279  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will calculate the extra cost if state retirement pensions had been linked to earnings since 1997.
(149082)
280  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much has been spent on the provision of state pensions, including winter fuel payments and free television licences from 1997 to date.
(149083)
281  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect of his Department's policies and actions on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency since 2nd May 1997.
(149122)
282  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Morecambe and Lunesdale benefit from the minimum income quarantee; and what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency who fail to claim the minimum income guarantee.
(149132)
283  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many (a) staff, (b) personal computers, (c) printers, (d) fax machines and (e) vehicles are based at his Department's offices at Northgate in Glasgow; and what the annual running costs are of this facility.
(148434)
284  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 489W, on victims, how the Crown Prosecution Service will phase in the implementation of a system to ensure that victims are informed of decisions for which the CPS has responsibility; and if he will make a statement.
(148581)
285  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Solicitor General, what was the average cost of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed with a prosecution which was at an advanced stage in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148955)
286  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire Moorlands consituency, the effects on Staffordshire Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2nd May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1st May 1997.
(149191)
287  
  
Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will carry out an investigation into the operations of the company First Point International, and the reasons for defaulting on its creditors.
(148904)
288  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the dates of (a) the meetings and (b) other contacts made by ministers with the Hinduja brothers, indicating which (i) ministers and (ii) other honourable Members were present and which honourable Members arranged the meeting.
(148620)
289  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what basis the ECGD considered International Generics to be a suitable beneficiary of export credit cover in 1994; and when they ceased to be considered suitable.
(148828)
290  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many projects supported by the ECGD in the last 10 years have been subsequently discovered to have involved the misdirection of funds to purposes different from those approved by ECGD; and in which countries this occurred.
(148831)
291  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason the ECGD accepted a sovereign guarantee from the Bank of Ghana in 1994 against the advice of the IMF and World Bank.
(148830)
292  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will inquire into the circumstances under which the ECGD provided credit cover to a hotel project in Ghana involving the Bank of Scotland and International Generics; and what steps have been taken by the ECGD to ensure that the funds were used for the purposes for which they were intended.
(148829)
293  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for the future of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; and if he will make a statement.
(148384)
294  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the European Commission's guidelines for granting state aid to firms that promote environmental protection; and if he will make a statement.
(149136)
295  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what communications he has had relating to the Type 45 proposal submitted by BAe Marine; and if he will make a statement.
(149086)
296  
  
Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken by his Department to increase consumer protection.
(148887)
297  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) post offices and (b) sub post offices there were in the Vale of York on (i) 1st February 1997, (ii) 1st February 1998, (iii) 1st February 1999, (iv) 1st February 2000 and (v) 1st February 2001.
(149187)
298  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the number of sub post offices that (a) have closed and (b) will close as a result of compulsory computerisation.
(149188)
299  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what definition he uses of avoidable closure of a post office in the context of the Government's formal requirement on the Post Office to maintain the rural network.
(149189)
300  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals have been made by EU member states to impose (a) new and (b) additional dumping duties in respect of steel imports into the European Union in general, and those from Russia in particular.
(149185)
301  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, including statistical information, the effect on the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(149124)
302  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the monthly totals for the number of medical assessment procedures conducted at each testing centre in the miners' compensation for chest disease agreement from January 2000 to date.
(149090)
303  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the new testing centre for the Medical Assessment Procedure at Ammanford will be operational; and if he will make a statement.
(149089)
304  
  
Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total amount paid out to miners (a) for vibration white finger and (b) for chest disease in each month from January 2000 to date.
(149168)
305  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers are estimated to benefit from the minimum wage in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (148962)
306  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how frequently (a) the River Idle near Bawtry and (b) the River Don along the Sprotborough Gorge are dredged; and to what depth.
[Transferred] (149067)
307  
  
Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures the Environment Agency has planned for flood prevention and defence for (a) the River Idle and (b) the River Don along the Sprotborough Gorge.
[Transferred] (149052)
308  
  
Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners in Morecambe benefit from (a) the winter fuel allowance, (b) free television licences and (c)the minimum income guarantee.
[Transferred] (148969)
309  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will propose legislation to adopt into English law the Scots law rule of bringing an offender to trial within 110 days of committal to trial (a) for young offenders and (b) for all offenders; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (148943)
310  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the expenditure by Ofgem in 2000-01 on NETA.
[Transferred] (149133)
311  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the expenditure by Ofgem in 2000-01 on the regions.
[Transferred] (149134)
312  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the expenditure by Ofgem in 2000-01 on the merger of Offer and Ofgas; and how much of this relates to (a) redundancy, (b) refurbishment costs and (c) delapidation.
[Transferred] (149135)
313  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department played in the restructuring of the Iron Trades Employers Association and the transfer of asbestos-related risks to Chester Street Insurance Holdings in 1989.
[Transferred] (148914)
314  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he is taking to ensure that those (a) who worked for publicly-owned enterprises and have an asbestos-related disease and (b) with asbestos-related diseases relating to pre-1972 exposure, do not suffer adversely from the collapse of Chester Street Holdings.
[Transferred] (148916)
315  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what advice he has received over the past 10 years about rising asbestos liabilities; and what action he has taken to ensure that those suffering from asbestos-related diseases were covered by employers liability insurance.
[Transferred] (148915)


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