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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 2 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 April, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 April, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Tuesday 3 April see Part 2 of this Paper.

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 2nd APRIL
1  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what evidence he has collated to link the outbreak of foot and mouth (a) with Chinese restaurants or takeways and (b) other restaurants and takeaways in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne; and if he will make a statement.
(156655)
2  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent assessment he has made of the risks of infection as a consequence of burying infected carcasses; and if he will list the scientific studies which he has taken into account.
(156465)
3  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Oral statement of 27th March, Official Report, column 843, on foot and mouth disease, what reasons underlay the decision not to consider the use of napalm as a fuel for burning carcasses.
(156464)
4  
N  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his policy is on (a) reducing to a smaller area and (b) lifting altogether the designated foot and mouth infected area around Stonesby, Leicestershire.
(156466)
5  
N  
Sir Peter Emery (East Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what support he is giving to the agricultural supply industry during the foot and mouth outbreak.
(156281)
6  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many doses of foot and mouth vaccine are in stock.
(156009)
7  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what emergency provision has been made for the release to local veterinary inspectors of foot and mouth vaccine to vaccinate at-risk animals.
(156010)
8  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action will be taken to improve biosecurity to prevent the reintroduction of foot and mouth disease after the disease has been controlled.
(156011)
9  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will discuss with Department for Education and Employment the issuing of temporary work permits to Australian veterinary surgeons on holiday in the United Kingdom.
(156012)
10  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the loss of foot and mouth disease-free status on trade in cattle and beef products.
(156013)
11  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action will be taken to identify sheep that have recovered from foot and mouth infection.
(156014)
12  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to use trained hunt kennel men to augment slaughter teams.
(156015)
13  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many zoos are closed as a precaution against foot and mouth; if zoos which are outside a restricted area may re-open; and how soon after an outbreak a zoo in the area may re-open.
(156583)
14  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) vets and (b) support staff there were in the veterinary service in (i) 1971, (ii) 1979, (iii) 1997 and (iv) 2001.
(156467)
15  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recommendations he has received about the feeding of swill to pigs; and when he was first informed of them.
(156730)
16  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with Commissioner Byrne and Commissioner Fischler on animal health, in particular the risk from imports from countries with infected animals.
(156278)
17  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will (a) relax the existing exclusion zones up to 30 miles around an infected area to enable animals situated therein to reach slaughterhouses; (b) make good the economic hardship incurred by those farmers caught in exclusion zones unable to move their animals; and (c) make fuller information available to those farmers caught in form D and exclusion zones, in particular by updates to the MAFF website and a local MAFF regional office helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(156280)
18  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received on the protection of rare breeds during the foot and mouth crisis; and if he will introduce (a) blood tests to spare those in a firebreak situation and (b) the use of vaccination to protect irreplaceable breeds.
(156277)
19  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the proposed ban on pigswill comes into effect; and how the pigswill will then be disposed of.
(156279)
20  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if (a) semen and (b) embryos from (i) foot and mouth infected animals and (ii) foot and mouth vaccinated animals can be used subsequent to an outbreak within the criteria for disease-free status.
(156651)
21  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will provide a breakdown of sheep journeys in February by (a) movements direct to aggregation facilities prior to export, (b) live exports, (c) movements from farm direct to slaughter, (d) movements from farm to livestock markets, (e) movements from livestock markets direct to abattoirs, (f) movements from livestock markets to farms, (g) movements between farms arising from private sales, (h) movements between parcels of land in same ownership, (i) movements from winter keep to the home farm and (j) other movements.
(156660)
22  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the viability of the foot and mouth virus in vacuum-packed meats.
(156661)
23  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what date the final decision on the slaughter of individual infected herds and flocks was devolved to inspecting vets without reference to (a) regional or divisional departmental offices and (b) the Department's offices in London.
(156654)
24  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what basis the level of compensation for the Animal Welfare Disposal scheme was set for (a) new season lambs and (b) ewes in lamb or with lamb.
(156653)
25  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in what circumstances foot and mouth-free status can be achieved without the slaughter of vaccinated animals.
(156650)
26  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if vaccinations for foot and mouth of (a) exotic animals and (b) rare breeds of domestic animals which are not intended for export would compromise disease-free status.
(156652)
27  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many vets from each EU member state he has employed since the start of the outbreak of foot and mouth.
(156536)
28  
N  
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps are being taken to (a) compensate and (b) assist riparian owners for repair and maintenance of river banks and islands for damage caused by flood water.
(156437)
29  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to compensate farmers who are affected by culling on farms contiguous to those with confirmed outbreaks of foot and mouth disease for the value of unused feed and other items on the farm which are rendered valueless by the cull.
(156771)
30  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average percentage increase in the salaries of members of the Senior Civil Service is in the current financial year.
(156726)
31  
N  
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Peoples Panel Support Group last met.
(156728)
32  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to preserve the Standard Units of Measurement embedded in the north wall of Trafalgar Square when the new steps are built; and if he will make a statement.
(156018)
33  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) UK Sport and (b) the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority about the costs of staging the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(156364)
34  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his latest estimate is of the likely date for the repayment of £20 million Lottery funding by Wembley National Stadium Ltd., to the Sports Lottery Fund.
(156366)
35  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to underwrite the cost of (a) developing the proposed new athletics stadium at Picketts Lock and (b) staging the 2005 World Athletics Championships.
(156363)
36  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what firm commitments he has received from (a) Sport England, (b) The Lee Valley Forum, (c) UK Sport and (d) other sources for the funding of the proposed new athletics stadium at Picketts Lock.
(156365)
37  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    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 London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155981)
38  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    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 constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156779)
39  
N  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department gives to supporting and promoting poetry.
(156219)
40  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the request for retrospective consideration of military decorations for servicemen in respect of action in Burma during the Second World War.
(156736)
41  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the FADEC-related nuisance faults experienced on the Chinook Mk2 helicopter fleet in the six months up to and including 2nd June 1994, indicating in each case their safety significance and whether this was understood by the crews.
(156367)
42  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the basis for calculating contributions in lieu of council tax for (a) single servicemans' accommodation and (b) service family accommodation, (i) at home and (ii) overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(156393)
43  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if, for each local authority in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland, he will list the contribution paid in lieu of council tax in the latest year for which figures are available; and the total sum paid in each country.
(156394)
44  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the average sum recovered in contributions in lieu of council tax from (a) married and (b) single armed forces personnel, by rank, (i) at home and (ii) overseas, in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(156395)
45  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel, in addition to their contribution in lieu of council tax, pay council tax on an unoccupied private residence; and if he will make a statement.
(156392)
46  
N  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th March, Official Report, column 14, when his Department sought approval from Colchester Borough Council for temporary residential accommodation for the Parachute Regiment; when approval was given; when construction will commence; when the accommodation will be ready for occupation; and if he will make a statement.
(156526)
47  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to extend eligibility for individual learning accounts to include those aged 18 and studying part-time.
(156669)
48  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the total allocation of direct payments to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Bury Local Education Authority for 2000-01 and 2001-02.
(156668)
49  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to require Oxford and Cambridge universities to provide his Department with the information they collect in respect of admissions to constituent colleges categorised by previous educational establishment for each of the last five years; and if he will publish this information.
(156670)
50  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the subjects to be made available as vocational GCSEs from September 2002.
(156667)
51  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the (a) educational SSA, (b) grants and (c) capital allocation in Newcastle upon Tyne for 2001-02.
(156659)
52  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will indicate the (a) areas, (b) total sums allocated in each area, (c) number of modern apprenticeships to be created and (d) number of additional computer training places in each of the five information technology pilot areas.
(156472)
53  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    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 London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155980)
54  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    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 constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156782)
55  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many new child care places were created in (a) Wandsworth and (b) the constituency of Battersea between 2nd May 1997 and April 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(156769)
56  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to grant official recognition to British Sign Language.
(156649)
57  
N  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many training places are available in Manchester for work-based learning for adults; and what the ratio is of adult unemployed to these training places for (a) Manchester and (b) England and Wales.
(156648)
58  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those Beacon schools which have received a second Ofsted inspection and those which have received Beacon status following a second inspection.
(156475)
59  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the use of homosexual role-play in school sex education classes; and if he will make a statement.
(156774)
60  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Truro and St. Austell of 9th February, Official Report, column 764W on student loans, if he will estimate the rate of interest required to increase the net present value of student loans in 1999-2000 by £455 million.
(156662)
61  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many projects to solve sewage problems have received EU financial support through Regulation (EEC) No. 1655/2000 of the European Parliament during (a) Phase 1, (b) Phase 2 and (c) Phase 3.
(156737)
62  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what role concessionaires at motorway service areas have in respect of the siting of Tiredness Kills notices.
(156834)
63  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for further consultation on the economic viability of the Sellafield MOX Plant; and if he will make a statement.
(156666)
64  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy on public open space in inner city areas; and if he has decided to call in the extension of a bus depot onto public open space at Stalyford, Newcastle.
(156468)
65  
N  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to provide compensation for (a) zoos which are forced to close as a foot and mouth disease precaution and (b) supplies of goods and services to zoos.
(156582)
66  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    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 London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155979)
67  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    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 constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156781)
68  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will reply to the honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham's letters dated 30th January, 12th February and 14th March and the Shrewsbury Chronicle's letters dated 11th January, 15th March and 22nd March concerning the 'Bale Us Out' campaign about business rate relief for flooded premises; and if he will make a statement.
(156584)
69  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, for what reason queries about the Shrewsbury Chronicle's 'Bale Us Out' campaign have been referred to his private office; and if he will make a statement.
(156579)
70  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the burial sites (a) in use and (b) being constructed for the purpose of burying the carcasses of animals in connection with the prevention of foot and mouth disease comply with (i) the provisions regarding the protection of groundwater in the EU Groundwater Directive of 1978 and (ii) the provisions of the EU directive on the landfill of waste of April 1999 concerning arrangements for the protection of soil and water via leachate collection and bottom sealing.
(156820)
71  
  
Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the Government will make use of the provision in Article 5 of the EU directive on the landfill of waste of April 1999 allowing the postponement of the attainment of the targets set out in that Article for the diversion of waste from landfill.
(156821)
72  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from the RMT on the London Underground strike; and if he will make a statement.
(156777)
73  
  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the RMT on transport issues in the last year.
(156778)
74  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many (a) inspectors and (b) inspector hours per year were devoted to inspecting experimental releases of genetically modified organisms in (i) 1996, (ii) 1997, (iii) 1998, (iv) 1999 and (v) 2000 to ensure consent conditions were complied with; how many breaches of consents were detected in these years; and how many resulted in prosecutions.
(156463)
75  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many inspections have been made of the releases of GM crops involved in the farm-scale evaluations; and how many breaches of the consent conditions have been detected.
(156462)
76  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to issue alterations to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity; and if he will make a statement.
(156819)
77  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with respect to Table 5.3 of the Working Families Tax Credit Statistics, Quarterly Inquiry, August 2000, what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the average tax credit awards payable to (a) managers and administrators and (b) taxi drivers.
(156833)
78  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for Table 5.3 of the Working Families Tax Credit Statistics, Quarterly Inquiry, August 2000, the average incomes for each occupation type who are in receipt of tax credits.
(156832)
79  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155978)
80  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the forecasts his Department has made of the impact on the economy of reducing national public spending by specified increments over the next three years.
(156580)
81  
N  
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the impact of the abolition of advanced corporation tax dividend credit on the future provision of private pensions.
(154882)
82  
N  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of his Budget allocation to Wales was calculated to match the money to be paid directly to schools in England.
(156533)
83  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations have been made in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Independent States on the detention of members of the British Forces in the Soviet Union after (a) the Second World War and (b) the Korean War; and if he will make a statement.
(156772)
84  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those EU member states which make a distinction between EU member states and candidate countries in the application of air passenger duty; and if he will make a statement.
(156831)
85  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the EU associated member states regarding changes to air passenger duty; and if he will make a statement.
(156826)
86  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the compatability of proposed changes to air passenger duty with the Czech-UK Agreement on Air Services signed in Prague on 20th March 1998.
(156829)
87  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Republic of Slovenia regarding changes to air passenger duty.
(156828)
88  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if candidate countries to the European Union will be treated as EU member states for the purposes of air passenger duty from the time that the European Common Aviation Area multilateral agreement becomes applicable.
(156830)
89  
  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on competitiveness of changes in air passenger duty on flights within the European Economic Area; and if he will make a statement.
(156827)
90  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will include engineering within the title of the Science and Technology Unit to be established in his Department.
(156017)
91  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the terms of reference for the Science and Technology Unit to be established within his Department.
(156016)
92  
  
Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will publish his review of the sanctions imposed on Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(156775)
93  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Iranian Government regarding the condition of the Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying; and if he will make a statement.
(156390)
94  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) the Minister for Europe has replied personally to representations by honourable Members concerning refusals of visa applications lodged in (i) Islamabad, (ii) Delhi and (iii) Bombay since 1999.
(156529)
95  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if (a) he, (b) the Permanent Under Secretary and (c) the Director for the Public Departments was notified (i) orally and (ii) in writing about the Minister for Europe's decisions to reverse visa refusals.
(156530)
96  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the effectiveness of the work of entry clearance officers, with particular reference to the refusal of visa applications.
(156528)
97  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list, in respect of each visa application approved, following initial refusal by the Minister for Europe, (a) the name of the honourable Member in whose constituency the applicant's sponsor lived, (b) the grounds stated in the notice of refusal on which the application was initially refused, (c) if (i) a second and (ii) a subsequent interview was conducted following the Minister of State's intervention, (d) the written terms under which the Minister of State instructed the entry clearance post to issue the visa, (e) if, after the original refusal, the entry clearance post stated that they continued to believe that the entry clearance should be refused, (f) if the applicant (1) overstayed the terms laid down in the leave to remain granted when they first arrive in the UK and (2) subsequently extended their stay and (g) if entry clearance posts notified the Migration and Visa Division (A) orally and (B) in writing of their concerns over the Minister's decisions to reverse visa refusals.
(156527)
98  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on arm sales to Iran.
(156807)
99  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to defer possible sale of land at Oxted and Limpsfield War Memorial Hospital until the outcome of the present inquiry by the Ombudsman is known.
(156665)
100  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he is taking to ensure the physical security of Oxted and Limpsfield War Memorial Hospital.
(156663)
101  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to reply to the letters of 7th February and 21st March regarding Oxted and Limpsfield War Memorial Hospital from the honourable Member for East Surrey.
(156664)
102  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the time patients have to wait to receive cancer scans and biopsies.
(156768)
103  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what numbers of acute and intermediate beds he has agreed for the Newcastle Hospitals Trust PFI; what target date he has set for the replacement of the Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment; and when he plans to put the PFI into open advertisement for bids.
(156469)
104  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the number of prescriptions per head of population was; and what the value of such GP prescribed prescriptions per head for (a) anti-depressants and (b) tranquillisers was in each of the last three years for each health authority in England.
(156470)
105  
N  
Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health patients detained in hospital received ECT (a) having given informal consent in advance, (b) not having given consent but having had the matter put to a second opinion-appointed doctor and (c) having given no consent and not having the matter referred to a second opinion-appointed doctor between November 2000 and February 2001; and how this data compares to that for the period November 1999 to February 2000.
(156671)
106  
N  
Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions have taken place with the staff Social Club at Broadmoor Hospital to resolve the difficulties raised over the future provision of services at the hospital.
(156672)
107  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155974)
108  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list (a) present and (b) proposed incentive schemes in primary care together with their purposes.
(156732)
109  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that patients will have an input into decisions over access to their medical records when electronic patient records are introduced.
(156731)
110  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the benefits arising from the introduction of primary care trusts.
(156733)
111  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent consultations have taken place with GPs over policy changes that will affect the way they work.
(156735)
112  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms will be put in place to enable GP practices to demonstrate their competence to primary care trusts.
(156734)
113  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156783)
114  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a maximum period of time for the process of types of product new to part IX of the drug tariff.
[R] (156657)
115  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines exist to prevent the repackaging of continence pads that have been opened after sterilisation.
[R] (156658)
116  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many industrial injury claims have been made by Ambulance Service employees in each of the last five years.
(156656)
117  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many yellow cards have been submitted in the past five years to record adverse reactions to the meningitis C injection.
(156476)
118  
N  
Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the honourable Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 3rd January, 1st February, 1st March and 28th March relating to her constituent, Mrs I. Wildish of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
(156697)
119  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the World Drug Federation regarding the closure of the Bayer plant in the USA.
(156358)
120  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he is giving haemophilia patients regarding the safety of human plasma-derived factor 8 with respect to (a) hepatitis A, B, C, (b) Aids and (c) CJD.
(156360)
121  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to obtain supplies of synthetic factor 8 for the treatment of haemophilia in the United Kingdom whilst the Bayer plant in the USA is closed.
(156359)
122  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many isolation wards for the treatment of tuberculosis have been opened in NHS hospitals since May 1997; in which hospitals; and on what dates.
(156535)
123  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reviews on the future of the Fire Service are in progress; when he will make announcements on them; and if he will make a statement.
(156773)
124  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if it is his policy to refuse relocation under the National Asylum Support Service allocation rules on grounds of severe clinical depression.
(156471)
125  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    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 London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155976)
126  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect CCTV cameras in Chorley have had on the reduction of crime in Chorley; and if he will make a statement on crime levels in Chorley in each of the past five years.
(156696)
127  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    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 constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156784)
128  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the file reference N194181/2 will be released from the enforcement section of IND.
(156727)
129  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to revise the system whereby the awards made to victims of crime are reduced if they have previous medical conditions.
(156361)
130  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to revise the current Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority tariffs system.
(156362)
131  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the food voucher system for asylum seekers.
(156357)
132  
  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is taking to encourage access to micro financial institutions in developing countries.
(156598)
133  
N  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he expects benchmark costs arrangements to commence and for what types of case; if benchmark costs will cover pre-litigated cases; what progress is being made in relation to fixed costs for fast track cases; and if he will make a statement.
(156581)
134  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received concerning the holding of an inquiry into a controversial death at the same time as (a) the continuation of a police investigation, (b) the continuation of an inquiry by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman and (c) the continuation of a coroner's inquiry; and if he will place a copy of this advice in the Library.
(156538)
135  
N  
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he received a report from Dr Keith Scupton on the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement on Government policy on its contents.
(156534)
136  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what monitoring of herbicide use is included in the ongoing genetically modified farm scale trials; if such monitoring includes studies of (a) run off, (b) leaching, (c) groundwater, (d) the effect on the marine environment and (e) the impact on weeds and wild plants adjacent to the trial crop; and if he will make a statement.
(156767)
137  
  
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what safety tests genetically modified crops being grown on UK farm scale trials have been subjected to in order to establish their safety for (a) human consumption and (b) use as animal fodder; if he will provide details of these tests, including studies of toxicity; and if he will make a statement.
(156770)
138  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of his Department's staff making home visits in the last year, (b) the total number of home visits made, (c) the total number of homes visited and (d) the number of such homes that were also visited by local authority staff in the same period.
(156531)
139  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what information he collects on the number of home visits made by local authority employees in connection with social security claims.
(156532)
140  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what checks are made to ensure that pensioners living abroad in receipt of the basic state pension are alive.
(156474)
141  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the (a) policy and (b) legal reasons that prohibit his Department and its agencies from joining (i) the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System and (ii) the National Hunter System.
(156473)
142  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155977)
143  
N  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will ensure that a written explanation is provided to unsuccessful applicants for the minimum income guarantee.
(155009)
144  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as directly as possible to the London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(155982)
145  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will list the criteria he uses in deciding whether a Diplock court hearing has been prejudiced by (a) public comment and (b) other matters outside the court.
(156537)
146  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make it his policy to prosecute those who produce literature including the phrase kill the Jews.
(156391)
147  
  
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement about the arrangements for instructing advocates to prosecute cases on behalf of the Government.
(156818)
148  
N  
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date he received the environmental impact assessment relating to the Ilisu Dam; what assessment he has made of the project; and if he will place a copy of the assessment in the Library.
(156282)
149  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the prospect of job losses at the Aiwa factory in Newbridge in Wales.
(156576)
150  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the owners of Aiwa on the prospect of job losses at the Aiwa factory in Newbridge in Wales.
(156578)
151  
N  
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    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 London Borough of Southwark, the effects on the London Borough of Southwark of his Department's policies and actions since May 2nd 1997.
(155975)
152  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will provide a breakdown of the costs of each of the projects involving the Rover Task Force and indicate how much of the funding allocated to it remains to be distributed.
(156776)
153  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    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 constituency, the effects on the High Peak constituency of his Department's policies and actions since May 1997.
(156780)
154  
N  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the progress of Britech.
(156388)
155  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria he uses in determining the eligibility of exporters of defence equipment for ECGD cover for the sale of their manufactures overseas.
(156477)
156  
N  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what representations he has received on the prospect of job losses at the Aiwa factory in Newbridge in Wales.
(156577)
157  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to improve flood defences in Leeds city centre.
[Transferred] (156806)


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