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

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 5 March, 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 MARCH
1  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what criteria he uses to judge when an outbreak of foot and mouth disease is called an epidemic; and if he will make a statement.
(151918)
2  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what sources of information he used to reach an understanding of the natural history of the foot and mouth disease virus.
(152414)
3  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what vaccines are available against foot and mouth disease; and what his policy is on their use.
(152471)
4  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what penalties apply for the collection from ships and aircraft of swill derived from outside the UK.
(152382)
5  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what inspection is carried out at transit points for personal imports of foreign meat.
(152381)
6  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate the Ministry has made of the total amount of imported meat in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(152379)
7  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many meat inspectors were in place at points of entry for imported meat products in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001.
(152380)
8  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will discuss with his counterparts in the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture and the Minister of Agriculture of the Irish Republic about creating a single veterinary regime for the whole island of Ireland.
(151879)
9  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list (a) farmed animals, (b) other organisms and (c) commodities in respect of which compensation is not payable to growers or owners in the case of compulsory slaughter; and if he will make a statement.
(152326)
10  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what basis farmers whose healthy livestock are compulsorily slaughtered are compensated.
(152328)
11  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the longest period of time is in which existing stocks of rendered specified risk material and over thirty months scheme material have been stored.
(152065)
12  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) contracts have been let, (b) different contractors have been let contracts and (c) contracts have been withdrawn by the Government for the disposal of rendered specified risk material and over thirty months scheme material.
(152070)
13  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total UK stocks of rendered specified risk material and over thirty months scheme material were on (a) 1st May 1997, (b) 1st January 1998, (c) 1st January 1999, (d) 1st January 2000 and (e) 1st January 2001; and how much was disposed of, and by what method, in the years (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, and (iii) 2000.
(152068)
14  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what proportion of the cost of the dispersal of (a) cattle from the over thirty months scheme and (b) the rendered material is recovered from the EU; and at what stage of the dispersal process the Government is entitled to the money.
(152069)
15  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the potential of crops grown for the production of biodiesel and bioethanol as alternative crops for British agriculture.
(152067)
16  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the recommendations of the Phillips Report about preventing the spread of TB from badgers.
(152285)
17  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will provide financial assistance to small abattoirs; and if he will make a statement.
(152295)
18  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what financial packages are available to help farmers with retirement; and if he will make a statement.
(152290)
19  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he has given to the British Horseracing Board about the holding of (a) horseracing fixtures in general and (b) the Cheltenham Festival in March; and if he will make a statement.
(152288)
20  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much nitrogen is (a) produced and (b) used annually on farms in the UK.
(152297)
21  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much meat has been imported from countries which have recorded BSE in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152299)
22  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to introduce a code of practice for retailers of farm produce; and if he will make a statement.
(152301)
23  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to claim agri-monetary funds from the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(152283)
24  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many items of primary and secondary legislation relating to farming matters have been introduced since May 1997.
(152306)
25  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with EU ministers about preventing the export of meat from other EU countries with recorded BSE; and if he will make a statement.
(152286)
26  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the level of investment on farms in the last four years.
(152300)
27  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what payments from public funds are currently being made to farmers with suckler cows; and if he will make a statement.
(152163)
28  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what money he has applied for from the EU to reclaim agricultural land affected by flooding; and if he will make a statement.
(152293)
29  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what revenue funding is available from the Rural Development Regulation Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(152303)
30  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make statement on trends in (a) farm gate and (b) retail prices of farm products over the last five years.
(152298)
31  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with local planning authorities regarding farm diversification applications; what guidance he gives to them; and if he will make a statement.
(152304)
32  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what business rate relief is available to farmers who diversify their businesses; and if he will make a statement.
(152305)
33  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what veterinary advice he has received regarding the level of threat posed to the spreading of foot and mouth disease by the holding of horse racing meetings; and if he will make a statement.
(152162)
34  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many suckler cows there are in (a) the UK and (b) Gloucestershire.
(152289)
35  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what encouragement the Government gives to young entrants to farming; and if he will make a statement.
(152291)
36  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much money has been paid to date by (a) the EU and (b) the UK Government to farmers as compensation for BSE; and if he will make a statement.
(152164)
37  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much beef was (a) produced in and (b) consumed by the UK in the last 12 months.
(152287)
38  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of the Rural Development Regulation Fund is spent on monitoring farmers; and if he will make a statement.
(152302)
39  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the impact of rules regarding milk producer monopoly situations in (a) the UK and (b) the rest of the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(152284)
40  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many registered veterinarians employed within his Department and its agencies are engaged in clinical diagnosis, epidemiological management and statutory control of animal disease.
(151923)
41  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many registred veterinarians employed within his Department and its agencies (a) are engaged in aquaculture and (b) hold post-graduate qualifications in fish health; and where they are based.
(151922)
42  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152112)
43  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152115)
44  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to compensate farmers who have cattle approaching the 30 month cut-off and who suffer financially from being unable to transport their cattle to market.
(152017)
45  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to ensure that exclusion zones are lifted as soon as a suspected case of foot and mouth disease produces a negative test and the farm in question is found to be clear of the disease.
(151929)
46  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much certified timber has been purchased by her Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152118)
47  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if her Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152111)
48  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Millennium Commission's funding of the ASHA project.
(151927)
49  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the criteria for assessing applications for financial support for economic and physical regeneration initiatives for funds administered by his Department; and how they take account of (a) the variation in the availability of previously developed land and buildings and (b) other considerations of environmental capacity.
(152340)
50  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    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 London, the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(152274)
51  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial and other resources the Government has provided for the establishment of football supporters trusts in England; to whom the Government provided such resources; and on what dates.
(152071)
52  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152103)
53  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152119)
54  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 133W, if the to-date costs for BBC Choice, BBC Knowledge and BBC News 24 were approved in principle with the BBC.
(152364)
55  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Scots and (b) non-Scots are serving in the UK armed forces.
(152405)
56  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements his Department has made to offer stakeholder pensions to members of the reserve forces.
(152055)
57  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternatives to anti-personnel mines are being researched by DERA; and at what cost.
(152599)
58  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the anti-vehicle mines held by the UK, including mine type, the quantities of stocks held anti-handling devices and fuse types.
(152600)
59  
  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received concerning anti-handling devices on anti-vehicle mines; and if he will make a statement.
(152601)
60  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to establish a veterans' assessment centre.
(151689)
61  
N  
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the noise, shockwaves and vibration caused by the detonation of high explosives at Foulness Island upon those living in Herne Bay suffering from terminal cancer.
(152134)
62  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK troops have been injured in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo in the last two years; how many have been removed from the country where they were serving owing to the serious nature of their wounds; how many have been killed; and if he will make a statement.
(152598)
63  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received on the long-term effects of depleted uranium ammunition on the troops responsible for using the ammunition and recovering vehicles damaged by depleted uranium ammunition.
(152155)
64  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the UK has paid out in compensation because of road accidents to non-UK persons for road accidents involving UK personnel; how many civilians have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in such accidents in (i) Bosnia and (ii) Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(152596)
65  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many road accidents there have been in moving UK troops in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo in the last two years which resulted in major injury to UK military personnel; how many military personnel were killed in them; how many resulted in severe damage to vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(152597)
66  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports the Department has received or produced relating to neurological damage sustained by service personnel in the Gulf War; and if he will publish them.
(152154)
67  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150603)
68  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date and for what reasons he decided to acknowledge the existence of the Force Reaction Unit; what the limits are on disclosure of information regarding the activities of this unit; and what instructions he has issued regarding the co-operation of former members of the FRU with the Stevens Inquiry.
(150583)
69  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel in total have served with the armed forces in Northern Ireland since troops were deployed there in 1969; how many have been killed and injured in the course of their duties; how many are receiving war pensions as a result of injuries sustained in Northern Ireland; and how many widows are receiving pensions where bereavement is attributable to tours of duty in Northern Ireland.
(150584)
70  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what further action has been taken against the three paratroopers alleged to have shot Fahri Bici and Avni Dudi in Kosovo; and what duties have been undertaken since April 2000 by (a) the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment and (b) the three paratroopers against whom allegations have been made.
(150632)
71  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make available sites designated for live firing for dry military training.
(151692)
72  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates army firing took place within each of the firing ranges in the Dartmoor National Park; and which dates were advertised in advance for the year ending 31st December 2000.
(151884)
73  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to find alternative sites for dry military training on Dartmoor when the present licence expires.
(151691)
74  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of the part-time section of the Royal Irish Regiment is; how many new recruits there were and how many part time members resigned from the regiment in 2000; and if he will make a statement about recruitment into the part-time section of the Royal Irish Regiment.
(152152)
75  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what licences have been granted for the export of arms and military equipment to Sri Lanka in each year since 1997.
(152481)
76  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will develop a statutory framework for school councils in both primary and secondary schools.
(152281)
77  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money was made available for teacher training and in-service teacher training for teaching about child protection in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and how much will be available in 2001.
(152280)
78  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the criteria for assessing applications for financial support for economic and physical regeneration initiatives for funds administered by his Department; and what account they take of the variation in (a) the availability of previously-developed land and buildings and (b) other considerations of environmental capacity.
(152341)
79  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many 16 to 24 year olds have (a) entered the New Deal in London and (b) entered unsubsidised employment through the New Deal since 1998.
(152335)
80  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many lone parents in London have participated in the New Deal for lone parents since its inception; and how many have entered employment after participation in the scheme.
(152336)
81  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many 16 to 24 year olds were claiming jobseeker's allowance in (a) May 1997 and (b) January 2001.
(152334)
82  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which Government programmes allow for the use of section 106 contributions from planning agreements as match-funding; and if he will make a statement.
(152491)
83  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will publish a response to the report of the Disability Rights Task Force, From Exclusion to Inclusion.
(152415)
84  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the names and location of city academies (a) established to date and (b) in the process of being established together with, for each city academy, (i) the private sector investors, (ii) the total private sector financial contribution, (iii) the total public expenditure contribution and (iv) the total number of pupils in attendance and the admission limit.
(152502)
85  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, for each English local education authority, how many (a) applications have been received for specialist school status and (b) which schools are designated as specialist schools, with the date of designation, the specialism, the percentage of children eligible for free school meals, the percentage of children with five or more GCSE grades A-C, the status of the school, the admissions policy of the school and if the school is designated as a Beacon School
(152478)
86  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many and what percentage of pupils are eligible for free school meals in each English local education authority.
(152503)
87  
  
Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of pupils gained the expected level of literacy in (a) 1997 and (b) 2000.
(152497)
88  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of pupils left secondary school to take up university courses in (a) 1971, (b) 1977, (c) 1987, (d) 1997, (e) 1998, (f) 1999 and (g) 2000.
(152160)
89  
  
Mr David Lammy (Tottenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list by constituency of origin the number of students attending university who went to a school within the constitutency of their parental address.
(152411)
90  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150623)
91  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of A level students working to fund their studies; what assessment he has made of the effects that this has had on their results; and if he will make a statement.
(152095)
92  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the occasions since 1971 when compensation was paid to individuals who lost their jobs as a result of a change in the law.
(152278)
93  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the annual cost of providing private taxi hire for the purposes of school transportation in (a) Devon and (b) the United Kingdom.
(151881)
94  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action he is taking to reduce the numbers of forms required to be completed during (a) external and (b) internal inspections of post-16 establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(152639)
95  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what grants from the Students Fund for 2001-02 are still to be announced; and if he will make a statement.
(152482)
96  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152104)
97  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152144)
98  
  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much funding was made available to One North East and its predecessor bodies engaged in regional regeneration in each year since 1995.
(152472)
99  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 26th February, Official Report, column 317W, on Turnham Green tube station, on how many occasions Piccadilly Line trains have made special stops at Turnham Green tub station since the current engineering works began.
(152156)
100  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those local authorities which have been advised by the Audit Commission to increase their reserves in each of the last three years.
(152142)
101  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the criteria for assessing applications for financial support for economic and physical regeneration initiatives for funds administered by his Department; and what account they take of (a) the variation in the availability of previously-developed land and buildings and (b) other considerations of environmental capacity.
(152338)
102  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many kilometres of dedicated cyclepaths have been created in each year since 1992.
(152345)
103  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd January to the honourable Member for Hammersmith and Fulham, Official Report, column 525W, on London Underground, what factors underlay the difference between (a) the original figure for London Underground's gross operating margin for 1999-2000 and the revised figure, (b) the original operating loss of London Underground Ltd. for 1999-2000 and the revised loss, (c) the original budgeted gross operating margin of London Underground Ltd. for 2000-01 and the revised figure and (d) the original budgeted investment programme for London Underground Ltd. in 2000-01 and the revised figure.
(152370)
104  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent by government on dedicated cycling infrastructure in each financial year since 1992-93.
(152344)
105  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent by Government on schemes in the Cycle Challenge project in each financial year since its creation.
(152347)
106  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much has been spent by government on (a) reseach into promoting cycling and making cycling safer in each financial year since 1992 and (b) the marketing of the National Cycling Strategy in each financial year since its creation.
(152346)
107  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the compliance of London boroughs with measures proposed by his Department in design manuals to assist in achieving high standards of cycling safety in London.
(152350)
108  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many kilometres of the London Cycle Network have been created in each year since its creation; and how much has been allocated to London boroughs for the London Cycle Network for each financial year since its creation.
(152348)
109  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the timetable and interim targets are for completion of the London Cycle Network; and if he will make a statement.
(152343)
110  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the timetable and interim targets are for achieving the National Cycling Strategy's objective concerning the proportion of journeys made by bicycle; and if he will make a statement.
(152342)
111  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the Government programmes which allow for the use of section 106 contributions as matching finance; and if he will make a statement.
(152492)
112  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what has been the (a) percentage change and (b) cash change in real terms in the housing investment programme for each London borough in each year since 1996-97.
(152333)
113  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the criteria he will use to determine which housing authorities are banded as 'excellent' for the purpose of qualifying for arms length housing companies.
(152494)
114  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the criteria to be used in assessing bids under the Neighbourhood Renewal Programmes Community Development Fund are.
(152493)
115  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he (a) proposes and (b) has in place to prevent planning officers from misleading elected representatives.
(152469)
116  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what mechanisms exist for members of the public to complain about the conduct of planning officers; and what remedies exist in respect of complaints which are upheld.
(152264)
117  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the criteria governing the siting of Tiredness Kills notices on motorways.
(152263)
118  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations are in place to require planning officers to present planning committees with objectors' and developers' views in the same manner.
(152470)
119  
  
Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those who have responded to the three month consultation on the NATS PPP; when the consultation period will end; and when he plans to announce his decision.
(152377)
120  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many road fund licences were unpaid in (a) Essex and (b) Kent at the end of February; what the procedure for collecting the monies due for unpaid road fund licences is; and what the penalties for non-payment are.
(152595)
121  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many speed restrictions were in place on the rail network at the end of each month since October 2000; and how many are anticipated at the end of March and April 2001.
(152358)
122  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if all the speed restrictions on the London to Norwich railway line will be lifted by Easter.
(152361)
123  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate his Department has made of the effect of speed restrictions on journey times on the London to Norwich railway line.
(152360)
124  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the policy of the Government to maintain the existing formula for capping regulated fares on the railway for the purpose of new or revised rail franchises.
(152375)
125  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the policy of his Department and the Strategic Rail Authority is in respect of historic railway documents previously kept in the British Railways Board Records Centre.
(152366)
126  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the policy of his Department and the Strategic Rail Authority to sell the British Railways Board Records Centre, London W2.
(152365)
127  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultation takes place with Railtrack before railway records relating to the railway infrastructure are disposed of.
(152368)
128  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has made to Railtrack about the continued enforcement of speed restrictions; and when he estimates that the final restrictions will be lifted.
(152355)
129  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the policy of the Government to extend coverage of regulated fares on the railway.
(152374)
130  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regular meetings the Minister for Transport holds with representatives of the rail industry.
(152357)
131  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what arrangements have been agreed for new franchise agreements for the capping of regulated fares in respect of (i) the Chiltern franchise and (ii) the South Central franchise.
(152376)
132  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is the policy of his Department and the Strategic Rail Authority permanently to transfer records from the British Railways Board Records Centre to Railtrack and to the Public Records Office.
(152367)
133  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many speed restrictions are still in force on the rail network; and on which lines.
(152349)
134  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what speed restrictions have been placed on the London to Norwich railway line in each of the last six months; how many of these restrictions remain; what monitoring of the situation he is undertaking; and what representations he has made to Railtrack about the disruption these restrictions have caused to journey times.
(152359)
135  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimates he has made as to the effect of reduced performance reliability of the trains on road congestion.
(152356)
136  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many speed restrictions were in place on the London to Norwich railway line in each month since the end of October 2000; and how many are anticipated at the end of March and April this year.
(152362)
137  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150606)
138  
  
Mr David Lammy (Tottenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress his Department has made in reducing the number of people sleeping rough in London.
(152410)
139  
  
Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he is giving local authorities in planning their municipal waste management strategies; and if he will make a statement.
(152427)
140  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in what ways the construction skills certification scheme is enforced; what impact it has had; and what penalties have been used for non-compliance.
(152483)
141  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures his Department plans to assist persons forced by recent floods to move into temporary accommodation who receive housing benefit for one property but have to pay rents for the flooded and the temporary properties.
(152443)
142  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150615)
143  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Fishing Vessels; if he will deposit in the Library the draft Code; if he will list the consultees to the Code; what representations he has received on the draft Code; and if he will make a statement.
(152093)
144  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend concessionary travel fare to students.
(152121)
145  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the relative environmental sustainability of (a) the liquid biofuels, biodiesel and bioethanol and (b) the road fuel gases CNG and LPG.
(152066)
146  
  
Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the outcome of the review of Part L of the Building Regulations will be announced; and what technical changes he plans to introduce as a result of consultation.
(152449)
147  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to ensure that lead pipes carrying water into domestic properties in Lancashire are replaced; and if he will make a statement.
(152276)
148  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many miles of sewers in (a) Lancashire and (b) the United Kingdom are in a serious state of disrepair and need to be (i) repaired and (ii) replaced within the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(152275)
149  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to enforce the requirement for all vehicles to display a valid tax disc.
(152489)
150  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the planned budget of the Health and Safety Executive is for each of the next three years.
(152606)
151  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) routine inspections of construction sites and (b) inspections of construction sites in response to an accident there have been in each of the last five years.
(152603)
152  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with representatives of the construction industry concerning health and safety issues in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(152604)
153  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the budget of the Health and Safety Executive was in each of the last 10 years.
(152605)
154  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to meet its target of 10,000 megawatts of CHP by 2010.
(152638)
155  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) fatal accidents and (b) accidents requiring an overnight stay in hospital there were on construction sites in each Government region in the last three years.
(152640)
156  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many health and safety inspectors who are able to inspect construction sites there are in each Government region.
(152607)
157  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what trials of genetically modified crops have been authorised for sites in Cornwall; on whose advice they were permitted and when; what results were obtained; and what conclusions his Department has reached on those results.
(151793)
158  
N  
Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what residue seeds are in the natural seed bed in the sites in Cornwall selected in 1989 for genetically modified crop trials; and if he will make a statement.
(151794)
159  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his Department has authorised the First Group School Bus pilot initiative on the basis that the vehicles are classified as coaches; and if he will make a statement.
(152476)
160  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has made it a condition that vehicles used in the First Group School Bus pilot comply with (a) ECER 66 regulations and (b) ECEM 3 standard regulations.
(152475)
161  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the glass used in the construction of the First Bus Pilot School Project meets the same standards as required for UK public service vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(152477)
162  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of workers on adult rates of pay in part-time employment have hourly earnings, including and excluding overtime pay, that are less than (a) £5.00, (b) £6.00, (c) £7.00 and (d) £3.60 in (i) Scotland, (ii) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (iii) Great Britain, broken down by (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers; what the average weekly earnings are, including and excluding overtime, for part-time workers in (A) Scotland and (B) each of the local unitary local authority areas in Scotland for (X) all employment and (Y) non-manual employment.
(152153)
163  
N  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the effects of the abolition of the advance corporation tax credit on future pensions.
(150488)
164  
  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it has been the policy for improvements to public sector pension schemes to be applied retrospectively; and if he will make a statement.
(152161)
165  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the cost to public funds of the NIRS2 computer problem; and when the backlog of payments arising from this will be cleared.
(150502)
166  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150602)
167  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150616)
168  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors the Inland Revenue takes into account when deciding whether to allow an individual to make an agreed lump sum payment in lieu of submitting a tax return.
(152506)
169  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply of 26th February, Official Report, column 510W, on lump sum tax payments, in how many of the agreements entered into the initiative came from (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) the taxpayer.
(152507)
170  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the census is to be postponed as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(151885)
171  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers failed to submit their tax return by the deadline specified in 2001.
(152505)
172  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply of 26th February, Official Report, column 510W, on lump sum tax payments, how many agreements were entered into in each year since 1988; and how many were in respect of the same individual.
(152500)
173  
  
Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 213W, on unemployment costs, what the cost is to the Exchequer per unemployed person per year in terms of all foregone taxes where the calculation assumes (a) the person to have been on average earnings and (b) the person to have been on average earnings for the manufacturing sector.
(152468)
174  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Italian Government about debt relief discussions at the forthcoming G8 Summit; and if he will make a statement.
(152296)
175  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Vale of Clwyd constituency, the effects on the Vale of Clwyd of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(151932)
176  
N  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the types of childcare costs taken into consideration in the payment of the working families tax credit.
(150519)
177  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue lost to the Exchequer from United Kingdom-based heavy goods vehicles being licensed abroad in each of the last three years.
(151883)
178  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change to income tax receipts resulting from the basic state pension being uprated in line with earnings after 2002-03.
(151795)
179  
N  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average change in annual gross income tax paid in absolute terms about a 1 per cent. change in the basic rate of income tax in 2000-01 by income tax payers with taxable incomes (a) exceeding £1,520 and lower than £28,400, (b) exceeding £28,400 and lower than £100,000 and (c) exceeding £100,000 a year.
(151632)
180  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that whenever public money is being spent on construction projects that holiday entitlement and exemplary site conditions and safety systems and practices are made an essential part of the terms of employment of contractors and sub-contractors.
(152474)
181  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of (a) the number of people who have claimed the children's tax credit to date and (b) the number who had claimed by 31st January.
(152016)
182  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value is of the outstanding national insurance contribution rebates, broken down into the years to which the rebates relate.
(152434)
183  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people he estimates will invest in an individual pension account between April 2001 and April 2002.
(152439)
184  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Contributions Agency staff have been (a) disciplined, (b) prosecuted and (c) dismissed for misusing national insurance numbers in each year since 1992.
(152409)
185  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what has been the cost to date of hiring a consultant minority ethnic liaison officer.
(152408)
186  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was the (a) cost to public funds and (b) purpose of the Minister of State's visit to Egypt in February.
(151688)
187  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to implement the ILO resolution, recommending that the organisations members review the relations they may have with Burma, to ensure Burma cannot perpetuate or extend the system of forced or compulsory labour.
(152158)
188  
N  
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to prevent (a) UK investment in Burma and (b) UK imports from Burma when they are associated with the use of forced or compulsory labour.
(152159)
189  
N  
Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply substantively to the questions from the honourable Member for Gloucester tabled on 31st January.
(152150)
190  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to his Answer to the honourable Member for Strangford, of 14th December 2000, Official Report, column 226W, what meetings and events were organised in connection with the visit to Northern Ireland of the Your Britain, Your Europe roadshow; which political representatives of what political parties he met; what advice he (a) sought and (b) received concerning the marketing of the Your Britain, Your Europe roadshow among (i) young people and (ii) people whose community origin is not British; what flags and emblems are (A) associated with and (B) on display in conjunction with the roadshow; in what publications the visit of the roadshow was advertised; what the breakdown was of the total cost of the visit of the roadshow; and what further initiatives are planned in Northern Ireland.
(150612)
191  
N  
Dr John Marek (Wrexham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to refer to the territory of Belize as that defined in the 1859 Boundary Convention whenever he expresses his support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity for the country.
(151876)
192  
  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue of 12th to 14th February.
(152484)
193  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 1st March, Official Report, columns 736-7W, on Israel, if he will list the responses received by the European Union from the Government of Israel to the deĞmarches, statements and representations listed.
(152608)
194  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations to the Sri Lankan Government he has made about the possible introduction of capital punishment in Sri Lanka.
(152480)
195  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to encourage peace in Sri Lanka.
(152479)
196  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152106)
197  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152146)
198  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much additional funding above the GDP deflator will be available to the East Surrey Health Authority for the 2001-02 financial year; and what the change in cash resources will be available to the East Surrey Health Authority to spend at its discretion in meeting local health priorities above the GDP deflator for the 2001-02 financial year.
(151687)
199  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the advice given to health authorities in respect of procedures to be followed for the compilation of waiting list figures for cataract operations.
(151934)
200  
N  
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton and Honiton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if, in the case of a second eye needing a cataract operation, the second eye is listed as a separate event in the compilation of waiting list figures.
(151935)
201  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kensington and Chelsea and Cities of London and Westminster constituencies the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(152273)
202  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which departmental programmes allow for the use of section 106 contributions from planning agreements as match funding; and if he will make a statement.
(152495)
203  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the volume of health care being purchased by the NHS from private hospitals broken down by health district and health specialism.
(151875)
204  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting times in the Gastroenterology Department of Weston General Hospital were in 2000; and what the national average waiting time was in that year.
(152428)
205  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appointments were cancelled by Weston General Hospital in 2000; and what the national average was in that year.
(152429)
206  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the top decile of wards by rate of teenage pregnancy, giving the rate in each case.
(151920)
207  
N  
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when universal neonatal hearing screening will be piloted; in which health authorities it will be piloted; and how long it will be piloted before the Government announces the timetable for the national implementation of UNHS.
(151925)
208  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to set up a tinnitus research centre.
(152157)
209  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150607)
210  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met the representatives of the respective royal colleges to discuss the new consultants' contract; and if he will make a statement.
(152589)
211  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150619)
212  
  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comments Her Majesty's Government has made on the recommendations made in the Mission Report (ref. XXIV/1042/99 MR Final 22-26 Feb'99) to the Food and Veterinary Office on 26th April 1999; what visits Her Majesty's Government has received from EU officials to dicuss the placing on the market of live bivalve molluscs and of fishery products in member states; what future visits have been notified to Her Majesty's Government under the EU's FVO Missions Programme for 2001; what progress has been made in implementing recommendations made to Her Majesty's Government following previous inspections; and if he will make a statment.
(152094)
213  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment NICE have made of the savings that could be made by more effective management of pressure sores.
[R] (152310)
214  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to introduce regulations under the Inter Country Adoption Act 1999.
(152312)
215  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has asked NICE to consider targets for reducing pressure sores as part of their current study.
[R] (152311)
216  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target times have been set for (a) new and (b) similar products to be given approval for placement on the drug tariff.
[R] (152308)
217  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is for (a) new and (b) similar products to be given approval for placement on the drug tariff.
[R] (152309)
218  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department is giving to the establishment of a UK tinnitus research centre; and if he will make a statement.
(152151)
219  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which imported products are required to be labelled with the country of origin; and if he will make a statement.
(152329)
220  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for radiographers in each health authority.
(152499)
221  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are nationally for radiographers.
(152498)
222  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that food imported into the United Kingdom is labelled so as to indicate the country of origin.
(151690)
223  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) the amount and (b) the purpose of each specific grant allocation made to (i) Northwic Park Hospital and (ii) Mount Vernon Hospital since 1997.
(152490)
224  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) fatal accidents and (b) accidents requiring an overnight hospital stay there have been in each of the last 10 years.
(152602)
225  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152114)
226  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152113)
227  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are registered as suffering from age-related macular degeneration.
(152167)
228  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for promoting the treatment of, and research into, age-related macular degeneration.
(152166)
229  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the Government's additional funding allocated for community equipment services will be available for low vision equipment in Eastbourne; and what plans he has to appoint a visually impaired representative on the advisory group that will issue guidance to the NHS and Social Services.
(152165)
230  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to answer the question of 15th January, [Ref. 146107] tabled by the honourable Member for Northavon on TB in Avon.
(151924)
231  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) most serious and (b) least serious discipline matter is for which Dr Ali Dizaei has been warned of action.
(152387)
232  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in relation to the investigation of Dr Ali Dizaei, how many of those interviewed are (a) white and (b) non-white.
(152393)
233  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the requirements of suspicion are for a section 8 warrant.
(152392)
234  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what involvement he has had in the case of Dr Ali Dizaei.
(152396)
235  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which papers of Dr Ali Dizaei relating to his position as legal adviser to members of the National Black Police Association in cases relating to possible unfair treatment by an employing police service have been (a) seen and (b) taken by the police; who authorised such action; and what protocols have governed the confidentiality of the documents.
(152390)
236  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers have been working on the Jill Dando murder.
(152385)
237  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criminal offences were alleged against Dr Ali Dizaei; and if he has been arrested.
(152394)
238  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if ministers authorised telephone tapping of Dr Ali Dizaei.
(152389)
239  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which ministers were briefed on the surveillance of Dr Ali Dizaei, indicating when they were told and what were they told.
(152388)
240  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible for the investigation into Dr Ali Dizaei.
(152395)
241  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers have been working on the surveillance and investigation into the case of Dr Ali Dizaei.
(152386)
242  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what warrants have been (a) applied for, (b) refused and (c) executed in relation to the investigation of Dr Ali Dizaei, indicating the dates and the authority signing each warrant.
(152391)
243  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason and by what amount Wandsworth Prison's budget was cut last year; what other prisons received notification of budget cuts and what the amounts were in each case; and if he will make a statement on the budgetary control system for prisons.
(152325)
244  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were (a) in each police force area and (b) in total in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152371)
245  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the crime clear-up rate was (a) in each police force area and (b) in total in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152372)
246  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total number of police per head of population was (a) in each police force and (b) in total on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152373)
247  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150605)
248  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to provide during the period of a foot and mouth emergency for (a) one free postal delivery of municipal election addresses, (b) monies to be spent promoting voting by post, (c) Northern Ireland local government elections to be brought forward to 3rd May and (d) monies to promote awareness for those using postal votes in Northern Ireland of the different method for voting between Westminster elections and that used for electing members of local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(151880)
249  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to prepare for commencement of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and what public bodies he has consulted concerning future application of a general duty to promote race equality.
(150613)
250  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down by religious belief (a) the prison population and (b) the population as a whole.
(150614)
251  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150618)
252  
  
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions since 1st May 1997 on which he has observed proceedings in courts of criminal jurisdiction.
(152135)
253  
N  
Mr David Prior (North Norfolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue was raised from fixed speeding penalties, arising from police cameras in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000.
(150624)
254  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Vale of Clwyd constituency, the effects on the Vale of Clwyd of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(151931)
255  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will give the (a) education service budget and (b) the budget for education materials for (1) Ford, (2) Altcourse, (3) Brixton, (4) Wormwood Scrubs and (5) Walton prisons expressed as (i) total figures and (ii) expenditure per head for each year from 1997 to 2001.
(151928)
256  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) operators and (b) hirers of self-drive vehicles have been liable for penalties under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Carriers Liability (Clandestine Entrants and Sale of Transporter) Regulations 2000 attributable to the actions of their clients; and if he will make a statement.
(151797)
257  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to address members of the Criminal Bar Association on their relationships with the criminal fraternity.
(152133)
258  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to bring forward the Mode of Trial Bill.
(152130)
259  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to meet the Chairman of the Bar Council to discuss the criminal justice system and the conduct of barristers.
(152131)
260  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will abandon his previously announced plans to restrict trial by jury.
(152129)
261  
N  
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to bring forward legislation enabling action to be taken against barristers at the criminal bar who are suspected of acting unprofessionally.
(152132)
262  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to launch a national public information campaign to heighten awareness of child abuse in the UK.
(152099)
263  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if a representative of the Government will participate in the Second World Congress on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children to be held in Japan in December; and what preparations Her Majesty's Government is making in advance of the Congress.
(152101)
264  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to take forward the Sexual Offences Review following the end of the consultation period in March.
(152100)
265  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual level of sewerage charges is on homes in (a) Devon, (b) the United Kingdom and (c) his Department's estate in Denbury.
(151882)
266  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152105)
267  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152145)
268  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) lay visitors to police stations and (b) members of lay observers' panels in England and Wales were aged (i) under 30, (ii) between 30 and 40, (iii) between 40 and 50, (iv) between 50 and 60 and (v) over 60 years in each of the last five years.
(152592)
269  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of places on lay observers' panels are not filled.
(152593)
270  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of places on schemes for lay visitors to visit police stations are not filled.
(152590)
271  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) gender and (b) ethnic breakdown is for members of lay observers' panels in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(152594)
272  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) gender and (b) ethnic breakdown was of lay visitors to police stations in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(152591)
273  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments he has made of the implications of the current foot and mouth outbreak for the feasibility of holding national or local elections in (a) April and (b) May.
(152168)
274  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received from Mongolia for assistance arising from the impact of severe winter conditions; what response has been made; and if she will make a statement.
(152265)
275  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has received from Mozambique about the impact of recent floods; what response has been made; and if she will make a statement.
(152266)
276  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the number of refugees in Guinea.
(151684)
277  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152110)
278  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much certified timber has been purchased by her Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152117)
279  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the use by South Africa of compulsory licensing and parallel importing of medicines as TRIPS compliant measures.
(152139)
280  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she discussed with the South African Government the legal action being pursued by GlaxoSmithKline concerning the amended South African Medicines Act during her recent visit to South Africa; and if she will make a statement.
(152137)
281  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the European Commission's policy is on the relationship between South Africa's amended Medicines Act and its obligations under TRIPS.
(152140)
282  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has contributed to research to identify a microbicide to prevent HIV transmission in the last four years; and which research organisations received funding.
(151631)
283  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she had during her recent visit to South Africa with the pharmaceutical companies pursuing a legal action against the amended South African Medicines Act; and if she will make a statement.
(152138)
284  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the composition, terms of reference and scheduled date of reporting of the planned commission on intellectual property rights.
(152141)
285  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150610)
286  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150622)
287  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Vale of Clwyd constituency the effects on the Vale of Clwyd of the Lord Chancellor's Department's policies since May 1997.
(151933)
288  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many RUC offcers have accepted voluntary redundancy under the recently introduced terms; how many have left to date on voluntary redundancy terms; how many officers whose applications for voluntary redundancy have been accepted have still to leave; and over what period they will be leaving.
(152383)
289  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if training of new replacement recruits will be completed before redundant RUC officers leave.
(152384)
290  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been (a) charged, (b) brought to court, (c) found guilty and (d) given a custodial sentence for smuggling goods across the Irish border in each of the past 10 years; if he will break down prosecutions in each of those years by (i) class A drugs, (ii) class B drugs, (iii) alcohol, (iv) tobacco, (v) petrol, (vi) arms and (vii) videos and musical recordings; if he will break down sentences in each year; and if he will break down arrests in each year by the electoral district in which the arrest was made.
(150580)
291  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to share information with the Garda Siochana concerning Mr Vincent McKenna; how many persons have been interviewed since the conviction of Mr Vincent McKenna; and what steps have been take to investigate further allegations.
(150582)
292  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures have been taken since the UK ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child to ensure that practices of the police and criminal justice agencies offer the full range of protection under international law.
(150596)
293  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will (a) list those sections of emergency legislation where the exercise of police powers involves officers making contact with members of the public and (b) specify those areas of their powers where police have a responsibility to ascertain whether the member of the public is an adult.
(150598)
294  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to familiarise officers of the RUC with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and what mechanisms are in place to monitor effective compliance.
(150600)
295  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the Chief Constable of the RUC requested an investigation into the operation of the Force Research Unit; how many items of correspondence he has received from the RUC on the subject of the FRU in the past 12 months; and at how many meetings this subject has been discussed.
(150579)
296  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what dates information was received from the Garda Siochana concerning the allegations and prosecution of Mr Vincent McKenna.
(150581)
297  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, further to his Answer of 30th January, Official Report, if he will list and place in the Library the guidance that has been issued to police officers governing the treatment of minors under emergency legislation, under (a) Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 rules and (b) other rules.
(150595)
298  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) guidance, (b) instructions, (c) training and (d) rules have been issued to the police governing treatment of traveller children and children of other ethnic minorities.
(150597)
299  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the other written notices that have been circulated in the past five years (a) for the attention of and (b) to be communicated to officers having dealings with members of the public the responsibilities they have towards the exercise of their powers in respect of children.
(150599)
300  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what communication he has had with other Government departments concerning his contribution to the UK Periodic Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
(150601)
301  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the RUC was first informed of allegations against Mr Vincent McKenna; what steps were taken to protect children coming into contact with him; and what advice was made available to senior police officers and offficials coming into contact with the campaign with which Mr McKenna was identified.
(150837)
302  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the total sums projected to be spent in Northern Ireland in (a) this financial year and (b) each of the next two financial years (i) by the Northern Ireland Executive and (ii) through direct spending by the Government of the UK.
(152091)
303  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152107)
304  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152148)
305  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list (a) the publications and (b) the costs of the advertisements soliciting applications for a people's peerage and the responses generated by each title.
(152501)
306  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her Answer of 28th February Official Report, column 714W, on people's peers, for what reason the provision of information including the first part of the the post codes of applications would breach the requirement to treat applications in confidence.
(152277)
307  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 26th February, Official Report, column 338, concerning the Cabinet Secretary's meeting with the Hinduja brothers, from whom the advice came that it would be beneficial for the Cabinet Secretary to accept the lunch invitation.
(152064)
308  
  
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Prime Minister, when he intends to publish Sir Anthony Hammond's review into the circumstances surrounding the application for naturalisation by Mr S. P. Hinduja.
(152448)
309  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will discuss with (a) the President of France, (b) the Chancellor of Germany, (c) the Prime Minister of Italy and (d) the Prime Minister of Greece, KFOR's response to Albanian incursion into (i) Macedonia and (ii) Southern Serbia.
(152337)
310  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the Performance and Innovation Unit's research into new technologies to address HIV/AIDS in developing countries is considering microbicides; and if he will make a statement.
(151630)
311  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the terms of reference, composition and consultation mechanisms of the Performance and Innovation Unit's enquiry into health in developing countries, indicating when it will report.
(152120)
312  
  
Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what (a) direct and (b) consequential loss was sustained by salmon farmers between 1997 and the latest date for which data are available as a result of the implementation of destruction orders following outbreaks of infectious salmon anaemia.
(152327)
313  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate she has made of the total sums projected to be spent in Scotland in (a) this financial year and (b) each of the next two financial years (i) by the Scottish Executive and (ii) through direct spending by the Government of the UK.
(152090)
314  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much certified timber has been purchased by her Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152108)
315  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152149)
316  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting invalid care allowance from the overlapping benefits rules (a) entirely and (b) with respect to retirement pension.
(152330)
317  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he plans to take to ensure that carers who will become entitled to invalid care allowance as a result of the new package of measures for carers being introduced in April are made aware of their potential entitlement and encouraged to claim invalid care allowance.
(152331)
318  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps he is taking to ensure that carers who have an underlying entitlement to invalid care allowance but who do not receive any payment due to the overlapping benefits rules are made aware that they may qualify for income support as a result of being eligible for the carer's premium.
(152332)
319  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many tenants of regulated tenancies are not in receipt of housing benefit.
(151877)
320  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what research he has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on the income distribution of regulated new tenants.
(151878)
321  
N  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on his proposals for reducing fraud in social security.
(150492)
322  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many convictions for social security fraud there were in each of the last five years; how many of these convictions were for a second offence; if he will list the convictions by administrative areas for the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(152406)
323  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list for each of the past 20 years (a) the number of National Insurance numbers, (b) the number of National Insurance numbers created, (c) the number of National Insurance numbers cancelled and (d) the population aged 16 years or older.
(151921)
324  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what arrangements he has made to ensure that his Department can inform individually those who will be retiring with a SERPS pension after 2002 that their spouse will not be entitled to full inherited rights.
(151919)
325  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150604)
326  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what measures his Department plans to assist persons forced by recent floods to move into temporary accommodation who receive housing benefit for one property but have to pay rents for the flooded and the temporary properties.
(152444)
327  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will respond to letters from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire dated 19th January and 8th February relating to the case of Mr and Mrs Walker of Broadholme Lane Farm, Belper.
(152261)
328  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150617)
329  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims for winter fuel payments remain unpaid (a) nationally and (b) in Gloucestershire; what factors underly non-payment; what steps are being taken to ensure that these payments are quickly made; and if he will make a statement.
(152294)
330  
N  
Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the impact on income-related benefits for pensioners of the basic state pension being uprated in line with earnings from 2002-03.
(151796)
331  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the value was of Social Fund payments made in each of the last four years.
(152262)
332  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to spend more money in processing claims for war pensioners; and if he will make a statement.
(151686)
333  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to allow those who are 15 per cent. disabled to be eligible for a war pension.
(151685)
334  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published.
(152109)
335  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents.
(152116)
336  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what arrangements he will implement when full-scale automated credit transfer is introduced to protect benefit claimants from (a) delays that are the responsibility of Government and (b) delays that are the responsibility of banks.
(152431)
337  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 552W, on national insurance numbers, what reasons underlay the increase in the number of national insurance numbers removed from the Departmental Central Index.
(152442)
338  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many prosecutions there have been in each year since 1992 which involve benefit fraud and the misuse of national insurance numbers.
(152435)
339  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many national insurance numbers there were on (a) the Departmental Central Index and (b) NIRS/NIRS2, in each year since 1992.
(152436)
340  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many national insurance numbers on the Departmental Central Index relate to people (a) now deceased, (b) who live abroad and receive no benefits, (c) who live abroad and receive benefits and (d) aged under 16 years.
(152438)
341  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many children have been lifted out of poverty since May 1997; and if he will provide the basis for the ministers' calculation concerning the number of children who will be lifted out of poverty by the end of the present Parliament.
(152432)
342  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many firms have said they intend to replace their existing occupational pension scheme with a stakeholder pension.
(152440)
343  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action will be taken to identify and remove inaccurate, duplicate and fraudulent national insurance numbers once the Data Cleaning Project comes to an end.
(152437)
344  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many housing benefit and council tax benefit regulations and operations and adjudications circulars have been issued in each year since 1992.
(152441)
345  
N  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Child Support Agency.
(150503)
346  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he has received a recent request from the Wiltshire Coroner to hold a fresh inquest on the death of Ronald Maddison at the defence research establishment at Porton Down; and if he will make a statement.
(152378)
347  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150609)
348  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150621)
349  
N  
Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Vale of Clwyd, the effects on the Vale of Clwyd of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(151930)
350  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has received on the retail price of compact discs.
(152098)
351  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the penalties which are applied to unlicensed money-lenders.
(152407)
352  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on recent changes in the degree of competition (a) nationally and (b) locally in the retail petrol industry.
(152102)
353  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to introduce flexible paid parental leave.
(152282)
354  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to give mothers and fathers the right to work reduced hours after the birth of a child
(152279)
355  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the criteria for assessing applications for financial support for economic and physical regeneration initiatives for funds administered by his Department; and what account they take of (a) the variation in the availability of previously-developed land and buildings and (b) other considerations of environmental capacity.
(152339)
356  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been allocated to fund pilot schemes for post offices in Scotland to act (a) as Government general practioners and (b) Internet learning and access points.
(151798)
357  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has made to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the spread of foot and mouth disease.
(152413)
358  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what controls Her Majesty's Government has over the (a) sale and (b) re-export of components or sub-systems exported from Britain to Chile, and assembled in Chile into the Rayo rocket system.
(152487)
359  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions there have been between his Department and (a) British Aerospace/Royal Ordnance, and (b) the Chilean authorities, about (i) the export of the Rayo rocket system to Chile and (ii) its subsequent re-export.
(152488)
360  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the export since July 1997 of components on sub-systems for the Rayo rocket system, from British Aerospace/Royal Ordance to the British/Chilean company FAMAE Ordnance Ltd, requires (a) export licences and (b) end-user certificates; and what such export licences or end-user certificates have been issued.
(152486)
361  
  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when an export licence was granted for the pre-production model of the Rayo rocket system exported by British Aerospace/Royal Ordnance to Chile in July or August 1997.
(152485)
362  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have held with (i) Mercedes Benz (UK) and (ii) the Retail Motor Industry Federation on the future plans for the sale of Mercedes Benz cars in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(152097)
363  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Director General of Fair Trading on the proposals by Mercedes Benz (UK) for their planned future car sales structure in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(152096)
364  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications for regional selective assisance grants for the glass industry were received by his Department during February.
(152447)
365  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria have been included in the review of the British glass industry being undertaken by his Department.
(152446)
366  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish the review of the British glass industry being undertaken by his Department.
(152445)
367  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many rural filling stations closed in 2000; and what action he is taking to ensure the viability of rural petrol stations.
(152363)
368  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton West constituency, the effects on Bolton West of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150608)
369  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(150620)
370  
  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints there have been of sexual harrassment and abuse in Royal Mail sorting offices in each of the last five years.
(152089)
371  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many commercial fireworks were imported into the United Kingdom in the last 12 months for which figures are available; what controls apply as to their end use; and if he will make a statement.
(152369)
372  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations he has undertaken into monopolies in provincial newspapers; and if he will make a statement.
(152292)
373  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce legislation requiring retailers of mobile telephones to obtain the name and address of those purchasing such equipment and for this information to be registered with a telephone licensing authority.
(152307)
374  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out (a) the timetable and (b) the criteria for the introduction of funding to support businesses in deprived areas under the Community Finance Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(152147)
375  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what outcome of the legal action being pursued by GlaxoSmithKline over the South African Government's amended Medicines Act would accord with Government policy.
(152268)
376  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 13th December, Official Report, column 141W, on HIV/AIDS, if he has supported the use of compulsory licensing and parallel importing of medicines by poor countries.
(152267)
377  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which countries have used parallel importing to reduce the cost of medicines in the last 10 years.
(152272)
378  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he has been in contact with GlaxoSmithKline concerning its legal action against the South African Government; and if he will make a statement.
(152269)
379  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contact his Department has had with the South African Government regarding its Medicines Act.
(152270)
380  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the compulsory licences applied for to his Department in the last 10 years and the outcomes.
(152136)
381  
  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which countries have issued compulsory licences to reduce the cost of medicines in the last 10 years.
(152271)
382  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims have been received by former miners in the Cannock Chase area under the respiratory disease compensation scheme; and how many of these claimants have received (a) interim payments and (b) full and final payments.
(152412)
383  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning declaring St. David's Day a bank holiday.
(151926)
384  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the total sums projected to be spent in Wales in (a) this financial year and (b) each of the next two financial years (i) by the Welsh Assembly and (ii) through direct spending by the Government of the UK.
(152092)
385  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the approximate annual income derived from the operation of the Hospital Downrating Rule, as it applies to reductions in the state pension after six weeks as a hospital in-patient, and the approximate annual cost of administering the Hospital Downrating Rule on state pensions.
[Transferred] (152143)
386  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that wherever public money is being spent on construction projects that holiday entitlement exemplary site conditions and safety systems and practices are made an essential part of the terms of employment of contractors and sub-contractors procured for the project.
[Transferred] (152473)
387  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he has responded to the formal request from the Nigerian authorities in relation to General Abacha and his associates; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (152496)
388  
  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households are in receipt of the working families tax credit in each English local authority.
[Transferred] (152504)
389  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many national insurance accounts had no annual contribution or credit in each year since 1992.
[Transferred] (152430)


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