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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Thursday 22 March 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 22 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.
 


 
THURSDAY 22nd MARCH
1  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what guidance he has given on the use of avilamycin in animals intended for human consumption; and what the possible consequences for human antibiotic protection are.
(154808)
2  
  
Mr Denzil Davies (Llanelli):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the names of the persons who are entitled to receive compensation from Her Majesty's Government as a result of the Factortame judgment, with the amount of entitlement in each case.
(155130)
3  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many reports his Department received in December 2000 of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and what actions he took.
(154928)
4  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the outcome was of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 19th and 20th March; what the Government's voting record was at the Council; and if he will make a statement.
(155102)
5  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is Government policy to encourage farmers to lay disinfected straw on roads adjacent to livestock farms to help prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.
(154996)
6  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what precautions are taken by his Department's vets and officials to avoid spreading foot and mouth disease when they move from farm to farm.
(154995)
7  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the reason is for the length of time taken for tests on livestock for foot and mouth disease to be completed and reported.
(154994)
8  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the countries from which the UK imports (a) livestock and (b) meat whose livestock is known to be infected by foot and mouth disease.
(154992)
9  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, from which countries raw offal is imported; what checks are made to ensure that it is free from contamination and infection; and for what purposes such imports are allowed.
(154991)
10  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information he has collated on livestock movements across the borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland since the outbreak of foot and mouth disease; what measures he is taking to trace such movements; and what indications he has received that the disease was discovered and concealed in the Republic of Ireland.
(154993)
11  
  
Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when restrictions on imported beef from (a) Argentina and (b) other countries where foot and mouth disease is endemic were first imposed.
(155232)
12  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155282)
13  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information was passed to EU officials by his Department regarding outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in 2000.
(154850)
14  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information his Department received about outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom (a) between May 1997 and December 1999 and (b) in 2000.
(154849)
15  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what measures were taken by his Department to deal with any outbreaks of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom prior to the public announcements made on 19th February in response to the infection reported at a Brentwood abattoir.
(154851)
16  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on (a) the threat to rare breeds displaying no symptoms of foot and mouth disease from the extension of the cull to a three kilometre radius of an infected area and (b) the potential permanent loss of pedigree herds and flocks; and if he will make a statement.
(155272)
17  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many suspected foot and mouth disease cases have been reported in Cambridgeshire in the past three months; and, in each case, how much time elapsed between notification of the suspected case and the visit of a Ministry veterinary surgeon.
(155070)
18  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he first received notification of a possible outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom and where any such outbreak took place; which overseas governments he notified of the outbreak and when; when he first informed the European Union of the outbreak; when his Department first placed orders for the purchase of (a) railway sleepers and (b) other material necessary for the incineration of carcasses; and if he will make a statement.
(154913)
19  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates in the last nine months his Department made enquiries of T. G. Norman Timber Limited, of Longtown, Cumbria, about the availability of timber, with particular reference to old railway sleepers.
(154960)
20  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what investigations were carried out in respect of each unconfirmed report received by his Department of a case of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom over the 12 months up to 19th February.
(154955)
21  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what contingency plans his Department had in place to deal with an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in the period up to the notification to his Department of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease at Heddon-on-the-Wall.
(154954)
22  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if his Department received unconfirmed reports of possible foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom during 2000.
(154957)
23  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when his Department was first informed of the possibility of a suspected case of foot and mouth disease at Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland.
(154956)
24  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates in the last three months his Department made enquiries of C. A. Talbot and Son (Timber) of Wootton Bank, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, concerning the availability of timber, with particular reference to old railway sleepers.
(154959)
25  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what enquiries his Department has made in the last 12 months to establish the availability of timber, suitable for use in pyres for burning deadstock.
(154958)
26  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what procedures his Department had in place to deal with unconfirmed reports of cases of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom over the 12 months up to 19th February.
(154961)
27  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will hold a briefing for honourable Members representing areas affected by the foot and mouth outbreak on the contingency plans by his Department to combat, control and exterminate the disease.
(154923)
28  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if (a) he, (b) ministerial colleagues or (c) officials were informed of (i) suspected cases of and (ii) increased risk of foot and mouth in the period three months prior to its first identification in Brentwood on 19th February.
(155269)
29  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if (a) he, (b) ministerial colleagues and (c) his officials were in discussions with timber merchants with a view to supplying pyres for the disposal of carcasses for foot and mouth in the three months prior to 19th February.
(155268)
30  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155245)
31  
N  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will make the Rendering (Fluid Treatment) England Order 2001.
(155071)
32  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make a statement on the role of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor in the work of the Hawley Group.
(154517)
33  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the Government's policy is towards incorporating public feedback via the Internet into the process of policy formation and the taking of decisions; and if she will make a statement.
(155318)
34  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155246)
35  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to ensure that domestic satellite receivers are able to pick up unscrambled digital satellite channels.
(155266)
36  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the distribution of employment in the creative industries in the regions and nations of the UK, indicating the number employed in these industries (a) as a percentage of the total employed in the UK and (b) as a percentage of the total employed in each region and nation of the UK.
(154810)
37  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    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 the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155280)
38  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155244)
39  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alterations have been (a) undertaken and (b) planned at United Kingdom sites to facilitate a contribution to the US Government's proposed National Missile Defence System.
(155144)
40  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what purpose Fylingdales was upgraded in 1992.
(155103)
41  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions there have been between representatives of the United Kingdom and US Governments about the use of sites in Britain as part of the United States proposed National Missile Defence System.
(155134)
42  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the US Administration requested the use of sites in Britain as part of its proposed National Missile Defence System.
(155133)
43  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155233)
44  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of students on veterinary courses are from (a) state schools and (b) state schools in the north of England; and what the breakdown is in each of the veterinary colleges.
(155349)
45  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his policy is on the number of choices of course made available to veterinary and medical students applying to higher education.
(155354)
46  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the unit of resource per full-time student at English universities in (a) cash, (b) real terms and (c) indexed to a base of 1989=100, in (i) 1989, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1997, (iv) 2000-01, (v) 2001-02 and estimated for (A) 2002-03 and (B) 2003-04.
(154814)
47  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of chamber of commerce-run training programmes which are likely to close after the takeover of contracting arrangements by the Employment Service.
(155020)
48  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to ensure that adequate provision is made for adult training in Lancaster after 1st April.
(155021)
49  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will undertake a review of the contract awarded by the Employment Service for Adult Training for 1st April; and if he will make a statement.
(155019)
50  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he plans to issue on school discipline following the outcome of the Marjorie Evans case.
(155231)
51  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will make an announcement on the outcome of the consultation on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecom industry.
(155081)
52  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the annual membership fee of each of the national training organisations.
(155082)
53  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    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 Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155279)
54  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which authorities have changed school meal provision from hot meals to cold in the last year.
(154922)
55  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidelines he issues to local education authorities about the nutritional value of hot school meals.
(154921)
56  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many local education authorities provide (a) hot and (b) cold meals.
(154919)
57  
N  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what consultation he has initiated with schoolchildren about their preferences in respect of school meals and if meals should be hot or cold.
(154920)
58  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Computers within Reach programme will be introduced throughout the United Kingdom.
(155249)
59  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155236)
60  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils were recorded as the subjects of bullying at school (a) nationally and (b) in each of the London education authorities over the past 12 months, broken down by ethnic origin.
(154999)
61  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on tackling bullying in schools.
(154998)
62  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils were excluded from school (a) temporarily and (b) permanently (i) in each of the London education authorities and (ii) nationally during the past 12 months, broken down by ethnic origin.
(155000)
63  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the phasing out of the retention system in respect of new contracts for construction work; and if he will make a statement.
(155264)
64  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of a concessionary travel scheme that would allow pensioners to travel for half fare on all buses in the country.
(155132)
65  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what impact the construction of the Ribble Link beween the Lancaster Canal and the River Ribble will have on radiation levels in the Ribble estuary.
(155230)
66  
  
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 each housing capital improvement in (a) Westminster and (b) Kensington and Chelsea since May 1997.
(155350)
67  
  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he is making in implementing his commitments contained in Waste Strategy 2000 to curb junk mail.
(155107)
68  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will complete his review of transport safety and report to the House; and if he will make a statement.
(155069)
69  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the provision contained in the Ten Year Transport Plan for (a) a London east-west rail link, (b) the London Cross Rail scheme, (c) the Chelsea-Hackney Line, (d) the East London Line and (e) the West London Line; and if he will indicate the priority he gives to each of these projects.
(155068)
70  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce a conclusion to his negotiations with Transport for London concerning the PPP for the London Underground.
(154990)
71  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    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 Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155284)
72  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the cost to public funds is of the discounted sales of council dwellings under Consent A3.3 in each of the last three years in (a) Wandsworth and (b) the United Kingdom.
(155124)
73  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list each housing capital improvement project financed by his Department in Battersea since 1st May 1997.
(155126)
74  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many council dwellings have been sold to non-council tenants under Consent A3.3 in each of the last five years in (a) Wandsworth and (b) the United Kingdom.
(155123)
75  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what powers (a) the Government and (b) the Rail Regulator have to ensure the compliance of Railtrack with the 21st May deadline; and if he will make a statement.
(155331)
76  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the total cost of advertising run by his Department, its predecessors and its agencies was in each year since April 1992; and what the projected budget is for (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03.
(154852)
77  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the performance of the West Midlands Regional Development Agency.
(153631)
78  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received on the impact of the climate change levy on rural enterprises, with particular reference to farms, horticultural producers, sub-post offices and small hotels; and if he will make a statement.
(155270)
79  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he plans to give relating to the use of footpaths in exclusion zones; and if he will make a statement.
(155271)
80  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assurances he has (a) sought and (b) received from Railtrack concerning the timescale for re-instating the railway infrastructure.
(155247)
81  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155237)
82  
  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage the mobile phone industry to recycle discarded phones.
(155100)
83  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations apply to motor vehicle body repair shops and the use of volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances.
(155140)
84  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent representations he has received concerning the damage caused to wrecks by divers.
(155156)
85  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce legislation controlling diving around wrecks.
(155150)
86  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact he estimates the new children's tax credit will have on the incomes of working families.
(155127)
87  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to phase out the retention system in respect of construction works procured by central government; and if he will make a statement.
(155265)
88  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the highest qualification achieved in each region and nation of the UK was using Labour Force Survey data for summer 2000, broken down (a) into the (i) 16 to 49 and (ii) over 50 age groups and (b) by gender.
(154816)
89  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to insurance enterprises on the potential effect on reserves of with-profits bonds.
(154804)
90  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times in each year since 1992 his Department issued advice to insurance providers on possible breaches of solvency requirements.
(154806)
91  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date in 1998 his Department received the report of the Government Actuary's department into life offices' exposure to guaranteed annuities options.
(154807)
92  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library an estimate of the activity rates of (a) men, (b) women and (c) men and women in each region and nation of the UK for the (i) 45 to 49, (ii) 50 to 54, (iii) 55 to 59 and (iv) 60 to 64 age groups.
(154811)
93  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the average weekly earnings for full-time (a) male and (b) female employees in each region and nation of the UK; and if he will index all such earnings to a base in which 100 represents the average weekly earnings in each category.
(154815)
94  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people aged over 65 years were resident in Wales in 1997; and how many are resident today.
(154817)
95  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances employees who work for small businesses which have cash flow problems resulting in reduced working hours and changed conditions of employment may become eligible for the working families tax credit; and if he will make a statement with specific reference to businesses affected by foot and mouth disease.
(155353)
96  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances self-employed persons may become eligible for the working families tax credit; and if he will make a statement with specific reference to those businesses affected by foot and mouth disease.
(155352)
97  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155285)
98  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contraventions of (a) section 3 and (b) section 47 of the Financial Services Act 1986 have been referred to the (i) police and (ii) High Court since April 1998.
(154997)
99  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155234)
100  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to take steps to allow financial services company representatives to sell the products of other companies; and if he will make a statement.
(155067)
101  
N  
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of removing the requirement for people to purchase an annuity with their retirement pension fund.
(154419)
102  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlie the decision to exempt motor vehicle repair shops owned by insurance companies from VAT on labour costs.
(155142)
103  
  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received concerning recent attacks upon Rohingya Muslims by Rakhine Buddhist extremists in Arakan State, Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(155348)
104  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 19th and 20th March; what the Government's voting record was at the Council; and if he will make a statement.
(155101)
105  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Pakistani Government concerning the recent kidnap and gang rape of Naira Nadia.
(155330)
106  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Pakistani Government concerning the increase in violent attacks perpetrated upon Christian women by Muslim extremists in Pakistan.
(155329)
107  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155238)
108  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contacts the Minister for Europe and his office have had with the entry clearance unit regarding objections to refusals of visa applications in (a) New Delhi, (b) Calcutta, (c) Bombay, (d) Nairobi, (e) Auckland and (f) Sydney in the last 18 months.
(154918)
109  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many objections to and refusals of visa applications were overruled by Ministers in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999, (e) 2000 and (f) 2001, broken down by applicants' country of origin.
(154917)
110  
N  
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds the Minister for Europe overruled objections to and refusals of visa applications in the last 18 months; if he will list the names of the applicants; and if he will make a statement.
(154916)
111  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average response time for answering parliamentary written answers in his Department is; and how many responses have taken more than 24 working days in the last twelve months.
(155135)
112  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on recent military activity around the oil concession areas of Sudan and the rate of civilian displacement and deaths in the last 12 months.
(155146)
113  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about the Years of Life Lost formula; and if he will place them in the Library.
(155111)
114  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated for medical negligence; how much has been top-sliced from allocations to health authorities to pay for it in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(155109)
115  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is in the Modernisation Fund; how it is proposed that local health organisations can access it; and if he will make a statement.
(155108)
116  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated to the NHS shared services project; how much has been top-sliced from allocations to health authorities to pay for it; what this project comprises of; if he will indicate the cost of each component; and if he will make a statement.
(155110)
117  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155288)
118  
N  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the reported links between electricity pylons and childhood leukaemia.
(153635)
119  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will issue the statutory guidance on charges for non-residential services; and if he will publish the non-residential charges for services for the elderly applied by London boroughs.
(155125)
120  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to include provision for mental health services among farmers in proposals for assistance in respect of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(155328)
121  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on his policy on the employment by the NHS of MS nurses whose salaries are paid by drugs companies.
(155248)
122  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155239)
123  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will extend the state registration period for NHS staff beyond one year to allow NHS staff from overseas to obtain work permits valid for over a year.
(155275)
124  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) increase the number of supervisory allowances for NHS clinical educators and (b) invest in additional post-graduate training for educators and locum cover for their existing caseload.
(155274)
125  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make ward allowance awards available to out-patient department and rehabilitation/clinical unit nurses.
(155276)
126  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to use recently retired senior clinical NHS staff to assist in the training of new NHS recruits.
(155277)
127  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources he plans to allocate to employ locum cover for NHS staff undertaking development training.
(155273)
128  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Ruislip-Northwood, for answer on 26th February, relating to proposed hospital development in Paddington.
(154842)
129  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the ethnic origin breakdown is of each youth offending team in England and Wales.
(155154)
130  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the criminal justice review undertaken by Lord Birt.
(155151)
131  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on shackling female prisoners.
(155153)
132  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of staff in the probation directorate have operational experience.
(155155)
133  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement about the shackling of a female prisoner from Highpoint to a prison officer during medical treatment recently.
(155152)
134  
  
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, including individual statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect upon Regent's Park and Kensington North of his Department's policies since May 1997.
(155351)
135  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported offences involving violence there were in Wales in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and how many of those involved (i) village shops and (ii) village post offices.
(154802)
136  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child curfew orders have been (a) applied for and (b) issued in Wales since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(154805)
137  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) child curfew orders and (b) anti-social behaviour orders have been (i) applied for and (ii) issued in Lancashire since their implementation; and if he will make a statement.
(154801)
138  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) funded and (b) actual specials were in post in each of the Welsh constabularies on (i) 31st March 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available.
(154803)
139  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) funded and (b) actual police officers were in post in each of the Welsh constabularies on (i) 31st March 1997 and (ii) the latest date for which figures are available.
(154812)
140  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who are currently serving a prison sentence (a) have undergone some part of the gender reassignment process, (b) are undergoing treatment for gender reassignment and (c) have requested an assessment for gender reassignment.
(155267)
141  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    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 Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155287)
142  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the total costs of the Lancet and associated inquiries to date, indicating the costs of the witness statements submitted to the CPS, broken down into (a) stationery, (b) postage, (c) clerical, (d) officers and (e) heating and lighting; and if he will make a statement.
(154924)
143  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the costs to public funds of the suspension of officers during Operation Lancet; and if he will make a statement.
(154925)
144  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the costs to date of the (a) Operation Dollar and (b) Operation Eagle inquiries broken down by (i) wage, (ii) overtime, (iii) expenses, (iv) office accommodation and (v) stationery; and if he will make a statement.
(154926)
145  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the total costs of the involvement of Warwickshire police in the Lancet Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(154927)
146  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will appoint the next HM Inspector of Prisons and HM Inspector of Probation.
(155104)
147  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has revised the terms of reference of HM Inspector of Prisons to include the inspection of the Prison Service.
(155105)
148  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155240)
149  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, on many occasions since May 1997 the Staff Inspector has reported on staffing levels in the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
(155347)
150  
  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the changes in the structure and practices of the Parliamentary Works Directorate.
(155229)
151  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help she is giving to poorer countries to improve the administration of justice.
(155128)
152  
N  
Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has for providing development assistance to Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement.
(155072)
153  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155241)
154  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the contribution to peace and development in Sudan being made by foreign oil companies operating in Sudan.
(155147)
155  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions her Department has had with the (a) Department of Trade and Industry and (b) Foreign & Commonwealth Office concerning the role of UK companies' investment in Sudan.
(155137)
156  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the Sudan Government's commitment to promoting poverty eradication and development; and what her estimate is of the amount spent by the Sudanese Government on (a) health, (b) education and (c) the armed forces in the last twelve months.
(155143)
157  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the Office of Fair Trading's recommendations concerning restrictive practices in the legal profession with particular reference to the QC system.
(153628)
158  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155286)
159  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many adjudicators are available to his Department to deal with asylum appeals; and how many he plans to have available by 1st April (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(154846)
160  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what qualifications are required of a person recruited to serve as an adjudicator for asylum and immigration appeals.
(154844)
161  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the average (a) cost and (b) duration is of training someone to serve as an adjudicator for immigration and asylum appeals.
(154843)
162  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what the average unit cost to his Department is of an asylum appeal.
(154845)
163  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has received a request for (a) information and (b) documents from the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk bombings; and if he will make a statement.
(154761)
164  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has received a request for (a) information and (b) documents from the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk bombings; and if he will make a statement.
(154760)
165  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he has received a request for (a) information and (b) documents from the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin, Monaghan and Dundalk bombings; and if he will make a statement.
(154759)
166  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155242)
167  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 16th March, Official Report, column 753W, on the Foot and Mouth Taskforce, for what reason he did not include in the taskforce representatives from the (a) National Assembly for Wales, (b) Farmers' Union of Wales, (c) Welsh Development Agency and (d) Welsh Tourist Board.
(155131)
168  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the percentage of (a) men, (b) women and (c) people who are in receipt of long-term disability benefits, broken down by (A) each region and nation of the UK and (B) by the (i) 45 to 49, (ii) 50 to 54, (iii) 55 to 59 and (iv) 60 to 64 age ranges.
(154809)
169  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Havant of 14th March, Official Report, column 606W, on national insurance numbers, how the new tests for national insurance numbers are more stringent.
(154915)
170  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Havant, Official Report, 14th March 2001, column 606W, on national insurance numbers, if the new test for national insurance numbers will apply to all numbers allocated to those under 16 years of age.
(154914)
171  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155281)
172  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent representations he has received on flood victims in receipt of housing benefit who have been forced to evacuate their homes and move into alternative accommodation; when will the review into their circumstances will be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(155113)
173  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what recent representations he has received on the length of time taken to process applications for housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(155112)
174  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155243)
175  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the ratio was between the number of people in work and the number of recipients of state retirement pension in (a) 1971, (b) 1981, (c) 1991 and (d) 2001; and what the projected ratio is for 2011.
(155122)
176  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155283)
177  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his actions relating to the allegations contained in the Daily Mail on 19th March in respect of his official responsibilities.
(154952)
178  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the legal action being taken by him concerning allegations made in the Daily Mail on 19th March; and what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of this action.
(154953)
179  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason the conclusions of the report by Hugh Aldous delivered to his Office on 12th December 1999 were not communicated to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards; and if he will list the honourable Members who were informed of the conclusions of the report and the dates on which they were informed.
(154853)
180  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the personnel involved in the Debt Task Force, its work programme and the preliminary conclusions it has reached.
(154813)
181  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the Hawley Group.
(154590)
182  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for the future role of the Engineering Council; and if he will make a statement.
(154591)
183  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place a copy of the report by the Hawley Group in the Library.
(154592)
184  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the work of the Hawley Group on the engineering and technology base and the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(154593)
185  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the involvement in the Hawley Group of (a) ministers and officials in his Department and (b) officials in the Office of Science and Technology.
(154594)
186  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions (a) he and (b) ministers in his Department have held on the outcome of the work of the Hawley Group since 1st February; and if he will make a statement.
(154595)
187  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    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 Chichester consituency, the effects on Chichester of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155278)
188  
  
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many ministerial meetings with honourable Members have been cancelled by Ministers since 1st January.
(155235)
189  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints were received by the Director General of Fair Trading of unfair practice by insurance company-owned motor industry vehicle body repair shops in 2000.
(155141)
190  
  
Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his policy towards competition in the UK motor vehicle body repair industry; and if he will make a statement.
(155139)
191  
N  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the impact of the green paper, 'Work and Parents: Competitiveness and Choice' on the people in the Northern Region.
(153633)
192  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how his Department ensures that investments made by UK companies overseas are in projects that comply with the international human rights commitments to which the Government is a signatory.
(155138)
193  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with UK companies (a) operating and (b) considering operating in Sudan.
(155149)
194  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the United Kingdom Government is taking to encourage investment by UK companies in Sudan.
(155148)
195  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many export credits have been granted by the UK Government for British companies exporting to Sudan in each of the last three years; and if he will list the (a) value of each export credit and (b) companies to which they were granted.
(155145)
196  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice the UK Ambassador in Khartoum gives to UK (a) companies considering investment in Sudan and (b) oil companies investing in Sudan.
(155136)
197  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale)‹bj536›when she will reply to Question 147384 tabled on 23rd January in relation to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill.
(155129)
198  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he is taking to reduce further the price of cars.
[Question Unstarred] (153627)
199  
N  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the British fashion industry on its role in the national textile and clothing strategy.
[Question Unstarred] (153649)
200  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations have taken place since 1st January between his Department and (a) regional development agencies and (b) regional assemblies about the Central Railway project.
[Transferred] (154847)
201  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what meetings have taken place since 1st January between Ministers in his Department and representatives of Central Railway.
[Transferred] (154848)
202  
  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow rural businesses in the tourist industry a payment holiday in respect of business rates as a result of losses incurred during the foot and mouth outbreak.
[Transferred] (155106)


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