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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 3 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 3 April, 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.
 


 
TUESDAY 3rd APRIL
1  
N  
Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee, what plans there are to erect memorials in the Palace of Westminster to commemorate the achievements of former female Members of the House.
(156785)
2  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his intention that farmers filing their IAACS returns by electronic mail may prevent their names and addresses being published in commercial directories.
(156679)
3  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to immunize those dairy cows which are destined for the over 30 month slaughter scheme against foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(156744)
4  
N  
Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how the compensation for milk wasted as a result of foot and mouth disease is calculated; what representations he has received regarding compensation levels for milk; what considerations informed the decision to set the level of compensation at a rate below market price; what plans he has to revise the structure of compensation; and if he will make a statement.
(156698)
5  
N  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent research he has commissioned on the risk associated with grain exports being a source of infection for foot and mouth disease.
(156742)
6  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer concerning VAT default surcharges enforced on VAT liabilities subject to time to pay arrangements introduced in response to the foot and mouth outbreak.
(156814)
7  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what specifications are required from rendering plants receiving foot and mouth carcasses.
(156857)
8  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish daily statistics showing the number of animals awaiting slaughter, broken down to show the number of (a) healthy animals, (b) animals suffering from foot and mouth disease and (c) the carcasses awaiting disposal.
(156835)
9  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the foot and mouth outbreak on safari and wildlife parks.
(156681)
10  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has reviewed the United States Aegis (SM2 BLOCK IV and SM3 missile version) air defence and anti-ballistic missile defence system as the possible basis for ground-based theatre defence for deployed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(156729)
11  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he has recently reviewed (a) the Patriot PAC 3 Advanced Capability missile, (b) the ground-based Aster 30, (c) the Israeli Arrow system and (d) other system of theatre anti-ballistic missile and combined anti-ballistic missile and anti-air defence; and if he will make a statement.
(156673)
12  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the operational status of HMS Brean.
(156674)
13  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the disposal of the remaining Type 22 frigates.
(156675)
14  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are (a) the estimated total costs, (b) the amounts expended so far and (c) the estimated in-service dates in relation to (i) Type 45 destroyer, (ii) Future Aircraft carrier, (iii) Astute class SSN, (iv) Auxiliary Oiler, (v) Landing Platform Dock, (vi) Future Afloat Support, (vii) Strategic Sea Lift ROROs, (viii) Alternate Landing Ships Logistic, (ix) Primary Casualty Receiving Ships, (x) Type 23 Frigate, (xi) Sandown Class Single Role Minehunter, (xii) Fishery Protection replacement, (xiii) Future MCM Capability, (xiv) Nato submarine rescue system, (xv) Multi role survey ships, (xvi) Mark 8 Lynx conversion and rotorhead, (xvii) Merlin ASW helicopter, (xviii) Future Organic AEW aircraft, (xix) Future Carrier Borne Aircraft, (xx) Support and Amphibious Battlefield Rotorcraft, (xxi) Future Air to Surface Guided weapon, (xxii) Stingray life extension programme, (xxiii) Goalkeeper successor system, (xxiv) Sea Dart Extension programme, (xxv) Sea Wolf MLU, (xxvi) Spearfish heavyweight torpedo, (xxvii) ASRAAM, (xxviii) 114mm Gun update, (xxix) Harpoon successor system, (xxx) PAAMS, (xxxi) Swiftsure/Trafalgar sonar update, (xxxii) Sonar 2087, (xxxiii) Sonar 2193, (xxxiv) JTIDS, (xxxv) SAWCS, (xxxvi) Surface Torpedo Defence System, (xxxvii) Co-operative Engagement Capability, (xxxviii) Active Offboard Decoy system, (xxxix) Type 675 jammer successor, (xl) Electric Ship Technology Demonstrator and (xli) Combined Aerial Target Service.
(156676)
15  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if HMS Invincible is being used in the Landing Platform Helicopter role; and if he will make a statement.
(156677)
16  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he is committed to the Nato Summit decision to recognise the need for extended theatre defence against ballistic missiles for deployed forces; and what steps he intends to take to address this threat.
(156678)
17  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the total number of (a) new early education places for three year olds and (b) new childcare places created in the Leeds Central parliamentary constituency since May 1997.
(156747)
18  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, what representations (a) he and (b) his officials received from trades unions representatives on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry, indicating the dates of meetings and their outcome.
(156840)
19  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have held with e-skills and EMTA on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry.
(156838)
20  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have held with the NTO National Council on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry, indicating the dates of the meetings and their outcome.
(156839)
21  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, how many organisations have been sent the consultation paper by his Department on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry; and if he will list them.
(156836)
22  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have held with board members of the former NTO-telecom on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry, indicating the dates of meetings and their outcome.
(156841)
23  
N  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd March, Official Report, column 334W, how many replies have been received in response to the consultation exercise undertaken by his Department on the future National Training Organisation representation for the telecoms industry
(156837)
24  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on local education authority funding for 2001-02.
(156859)
25  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent discussions he has had with officials of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on standards in education in the UK.
(156860)
26  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer on 27th March, Official Report, column 568W, (a) if he will assess the benefits of including the performance of registered social landlords in meeting housing need within the objectives of the Housing Corporation's proposed new regulatory code and (b) what representations he has received on this issue.
(156851)
27  
N  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March, Official Report, column 568W, what plans he has for the Housing Corporation's draft revised Statutory Housing Management Guidance to contain strengthened guidance on the obligations on registered social landlords to provide accommodation for households with priority under local authority allocation schemes.
(156850)
28  
N  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he intends to proceed with the East London Line extension to (a) Croydon, (b) Wimbledon and (c) Clapham Junction.
(156738)
29  
N  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for a London Orbital Rail Network.
(156739)
30  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) investigations of fraudulent claims, (b) prosecutions of fraudulent claimants and (c) penalties for fraudulent claimants have been made in respect of the working families tax credit.
(156787)
31  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Inland Revenue will complete its benchmarking of the level of fraud within working families tax credit and disabled person's tax credit; and if he will place a copy of the results in the Library.
(156788)
32  
N  
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if VAT default surcharges will be imposed on VAT liabilities subject to time to pay arrangements introduced in response to the foot and mouth outbreak.
(156813)
33  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the first year's revenue from IR 35.
(156861)
34  
N  
Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what decisions were made at the meeting of the Policyholders Protection Board on 21st March which will have implications for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.
(156478)
35  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Head of News Department saw a copy of the Foreign Affairs Committee's Second Report of Session 1998-99 on Sierra Leone before its publication.
(156824)
36  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many non-career civil servants there are in his Department's Press Office; in what position; and how much (a) they and (b) career civil servants of equivalent rank are paid.
(156823)
37  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the procedure is for appointing non-career civil servants in his Department's Press Office.
(156822)
38  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) United Nations and (b) United States counterparts regarding non-military sanctions against Iraq.
(156540)
39  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish Government regarding the case of Fatima Polattas and Ceven Salmanogli and their colleagues.
(156541)
40  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the extra costs to be incurred by the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust following his decision to suspend the transfer of services between the East Surrey and Crawley hospitals if that suspension is (a) until January 2002 and (b) indefinite.
(156786)
41  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the pilot tests for HPV testing (a) have started on schedule and (b) are taking place in the originally announced locations; and when he expects the results to be published.
(156745)
42  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to meet the European Standards in Cancer survival rates.
(156746)
43  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of publishing, printing and distributing, 'The NHS Plan--an action guide for nurses, midwives and health visitors'.
(156743)
44  
  
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, he will pay compensation to patients with haemophilia and other blood disorders who have contracted hepatitis C through infected blood transfusions; and if he will make a statement.
(156858)
45  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full time, graduate nurses have (a) completed training and taken up a post within the NHS, (b) retired from the NHS and (c) resigned from the NHS in each of the last six years for which records are available; and if he will make a statement.
(156810)
46  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the vacancy level is for the full-time graduate nurses within the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(156808)
47  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he plans to provide incentives to full-time graduate nurses to work within the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(156809)
48  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review NHS student support arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(156856)
49  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give those occasions on which NHS real estate has been sold for less than the assessed value made by the NHS district valuer in the last year.
(156682)
50  
N  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evaluation he has made of the research cited in the Home Office publication, 'Reducing Drug-Related Debts', concerning the number of drug-related deaths in Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.
(156789)
51  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of officers in the Thames Valley Police force in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.
(156680)
52  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on flooding in Mozambique.
(156539)
53  
N  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish a table in the Official Report to show how many (a) inquiries were made about joining the RUC and (b) applications were received for each intake to the RUC broken down by gender; and what was the (i) gender and (ii) religious breakdown of each intake in each of the last five years.
(156585)
54  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the President of the Council, when she received the recommendation of the Senior Salary Review Body into Parliamentary pay and allowances.
(156812)
55  
N  
Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will make a statement on progress in the appointment of people's peers.
(155213)
56  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts concerning United States policies on carbon dioxide emissions.
(156542)
57  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment she has made of the impact of the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease on the rural economy of Scotland.
(155175)
58  
  
Mr Douglas Alexander (Paisley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many over 60s in Paisley South qualify for the winter fuel allowance.
(156862)
59  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many recruitment companies and agencies made representations to the Department during the consultation on the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001.
(156842)
60  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list those recruitment agencies and companies that he has met regarding the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001, indicating (a) those companies which requested the meeting and (b) those which he invited to a meeting without a request.
(156845)
61  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001 on recruitment company products.
(156843)
62  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many requests for a meeting he received from recruitment companies regarding the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001.
(156844)
63  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from the Inland Revenue regarding the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001; and if he will place these in the Library.
(156846)
64  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he had with (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) the Better Regulation Task Force regarding the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(156849)
65  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001 on (a) women returning to work, (b) ethnic minorities, (c) work experience students and (d) improving the skills of women in the work place.
(156847)
66  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with (a) women's groups, (b) representatives of ethnic minority groups and (c) student groups regarding the implications of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2001.
(156848)
67  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he issued his claim for libel against Tom Bowers and Associated Newspapers in respect of the publication of extracts of Mr Bowers' book.
(156740)
68  
N  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sum has been set aside by his Department to cover his legal expenses in respect of his claim for libel against Mr Tom Bowers and Associated Newspapers.
(156741)
69  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what restrictions there are on his powers to appoint in Scotland chairmen and part-time chairmen of employment tribunals to Scottish advocates or solicitors only.
(156792)
70  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what period of office part-time chairmen of employment tribunals in Scotland are appointed; on what grounds such part-time chairmen may be removed from office; and what the procedures are for effecting such removal from office.
(156791)
71  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Employment Tribunal hearings were chaired by Lucy Crowe between 30th August and 31st December 2000; and if he will list the date, location and names of the parties in each such hearing.
(156790)
72  
N  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on works of art and antiquities since 1st May 1997; and where the items purchased are on display.
[Question Unstarred] (155214)
73  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) farmers and (b) others are prevented from (i) sending or (ii) receiving mail due to the restrictions imposed as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak; what mechanisms he intends to put in place to ensure that such persons will be able to vote by post at the forthcoming local elections; and if he will make a statement about the implications of the foot and mouth outbreak for those who wish to vote by post.
[Transferred] (156811)


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