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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 4 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 4 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.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 4th APRIL
1  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish a daily total of the numbers of animals, by species, awaiting slaughter under the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme.
(156904)
2  
  
Mr David Curry (Skipton and Ripon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many animals broken down by species, have been accepted for slaughter under the Livestock Welfare (Disposal) Scheme.
(156908)
3  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 78W, for what reason motor vehicles arriving from France are not subject to the same disinfectant procedure as motor vehicles leaving Britain.
(157085)
4  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from the RSPCA regarding animal welfare during mass slaughter programmes.
(156967)
5  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what contingency plans were drawn up by his Department prior to the current outbreak for the handling of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and at what point in the outbreak it was proposed that the Army should become involved.
(156876)
6  
N  
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the owners of Dawn Cardington abattoir in Bedfordshire concerning a date for the re-opening of the abattoir.
(156800)
7  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the (a) volume and (b) value was of seizures of illegal meat and livestock imports into Britain in each of the last 10 years.
(157035)
8  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many prosecutions there were for illegal meat and livestock imports to Britain in each of the last 10 years; what the total value of fines was; and how many convictions there were, for each of these years.
(157034)
9  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what warnings were given to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department of the risk of spreading foot and mouth prior to the present outbreak through out-of-ring sales at markets.
(156882)
10  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what warnings were given to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department of the risk of spreading foot and mouth prior to the present outbreak through contaminated meat imports.
(156881)
11  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which Ministers in his Department approved the contingency plan for dealing with an outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and on what dates.
(156877)
12  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what date since he became the Minister the contingency plan for dealing with an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was first put to him by his officials for his consideration; and what his response was.
(156878)
13  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what warnings were given to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department of the risk of spreading foot and mouth prior to the present outbreak arising from the use of swill feeding.
(156879)
14  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what warnings were given to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department of the risk of spreading foot and mouth prior to the present outbreak on account of the absence of a standstill period after movement for sheep, goats and cattle.
(156880)
15  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the administrative costs of the hill farm allowance scheme as a percentage of grants disbursed.
(156864)
16  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what factors he took into account in changing the minimum land holding for grant qualification by introducing the hill farm allowance.
(156865)
17  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will introduce a programme of vaccination against foot and mouth for deer to allow the Royal Parks to be re-opened to the public.
(156894)
18  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place a copy in the Library of advice he has issued to port health authorities about their actions in respect of inspection of goods possibly containing smuggled meat products.
(156970)
19  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the British Museum about exhibiting the Lindisfarne Gospels in the north of England: and if he will seek the inclusion of Holy Island in any future programme to exhibit the Gospels outside London.
(156969)
20  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to convey accurate information to foreign tourists of the impact of foot and mouth disease on human health.
(157026)
21  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the British Tourist Authority and (b) other tourist bodies regarding the impact of foot and mouth disease on the tourist trade.
(157027)
22  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if compensation will be made available to non-rural tourism businesses that have been adversely affected by foot and mouth disease.
(157050)
23  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment had has made of the impact of foot and mouth disease on non-rural tourism in Britain.
(157030)
24  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with official veterinary agencies of foreign governments on the giving of advice on travel to the United Kingdom.
(1507029)
25  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department has given to British Aerospace with regard to that company's contract to supply Hawk jets to India.
(156871)
26  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ministers from his Department have been involved in discussions with (a) BAe and (b) the Indian Government regarding the contract to supply Hawk jets to India.
(156872)
27  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many training rounds were used by (a) RAF and (b) Fleet Air Arm pilots, by aircraft type, in the last 12 months.
(156976)
28  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the number of occasions (a) UK, (b) US, (c) Soviet and (d) other NATO aircrews in jet aircraft used cannon armament, in his assessing the need for a Eurofighter cannon.
(156973)
29  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those occasions since May 1997 on which defence assets were (a) hired out and (b) loaned to a private (i) company and (ii) individual; and if he will make a statatement on his policy thereon.
(156972)
30  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans to make greater use of the Commonwealth as a source of potential army recruits; which (a) countries and (b) specialities will be targeted; and what the budget of the recruitment exercise will be.
(156793)
31  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the plans to make greater use of the Commonwealth as a source of potential army recruits will include the recruitment of Commonwealth nationals into (a) existing regiments and units or (b) new Commonwealth regiments and units; what pay and conditions will apply; and if he will make a statement.
(156794)
32  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the plans to make greater use of the Commonwealth as a source of potential army recruits include recruitment from Commonwealth countries whose head of state is not Her Majesty the Queen; and if he will make a statement.
(156795)
33  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-British citizens from Commonwealth countries are serving in the armed forces other than in training or observation roles, in each case (a) the regiment or unit in which they serve, (b) the country of which they are a citizen and (c) the terms of service; and if he will make a statement.
(156796)
34  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what oath of allegiance will be taken by non-British recruits from Commonwealth countries when they are enlisted into the British Army under the plans in the Strategy for the Army.
(156797)
35  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he received the report of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist on its analysis of clothing taken from children at Lairg Primary School, Sutherland, following an incident on 15th February; and if he will make a statement.
(156891)
36  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army Reserve attached to units which were disbanded under the Strategic Defence Review (a) transferred to other Army TA units, (b) transferred to other reserve occupations and (c) joined the services full time; how many left the TA; and if he will make a statement.
(157091)
37  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the designated strength of the Territorial Army Reserve is; and what the number enlisted is.
(157092)
38  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) the designated strength and (b) the number enlisted in each battalion or unit of the Territorial Army Reserve; what action is being taken to fill vacancies; and if he will make a statement.
(157090)
39  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those schools in the Lancashire Carrefour which participated in the European Union, Action Aimed at Young People, programme, identified in the Communities' publication, 'At the Very Heart of Europe'; if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) polling questions and (b) Commission response; what part was played by his Department in the survey; and if he will make a statement.
(156977)
40  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the ability tests set by grammar schools will be set on the same basis as those in the National Curriculum.
(156887)
41  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what targets were agreed at the meeting on 19th March of the Green Ministers Committee for (a) the purchase of renewable energy by departments and (b) the reduction of water consumption by the Government estate.
(156905)
42  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 815W, on foot and mouth, if he will amend the criteria for entry onto the list of authorities able to give relief from business rates to include the incidence of foot and mouth cases within an authority's boundaries.
(157088)
43  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many full-time equivalent staff have been employed as environmental health inspectors in British (a) airports and (b) ports in each of the last 10 years.
(157032)
44  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the numbers of each commemorative coin issued since May 1997 and the cost of minting each such coin.
(156975)
45  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 7th December 2000, Official Report, column 2W, to the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East, on fiscal intervention, what the average price per ounce was of gold at each phase of the gold sell-off; what quantity was sold at each phase; and what quantity of euros were bought.
(157028)
46  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the waiting time is for receipt of working family tax credit application forms following an initial request.
(156971)
47  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed as HM Customs and Excise officers in British (a) airports and (b) ports in each of the last 10 years.
(157033)
48  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department in each year since 1997 of complex VAT fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(156899)
49  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times (a) the Minister for Europe and (b) other ministers from his Department have met with Nadhmi Auchi, of General Mediterranean Holdings Limited; and if he will list the (i) dates and (ii) locations of all such meetings.
(156873)
50  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to attend the negotiations in Geneva on a protocol to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention.
(156968)
51  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had regarding the case of Mr Panikos Tsiakourmas of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(157031)
52  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations with Libya.
(156906)
53  
  
Mr Tom Pendry (Stalybridge and Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures diplomatic posts are taking to ensure that potential foreign visitors are aware of tourist opportunities in the United Kingdom.
(156979)
54  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to Yasser Arafat regarding the release from prison of members of (a) Hamas and (b) Islamic Jihad.
(156907)
55  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he has taken since the meeting between the Minister of State and Nabil Shaath on 20th March regarding Palestinian violence.
[R] (156898)
56  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the National Alcohol Strategy.
(156875)
57  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking with regard to the advertising of alcoholic drinks targeted at those under 18; and if he will make a statement on the arrangements for self-regulation in the alcoholic drinks industry.
(156874)
58  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prevalence in the pharmaceutical sector and the cost to the NHS of the practices criticised by the OFT following its investigation of Napp Pharmaceutical's pricing policies; and if he will make a statement.
(157089)
59  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the term 'by 2006' used in the NHS Plan refers to 1st January 2006.
(157087)
60  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many urologist consultants are projected to be in post in 2005.
(157086)
61  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant urologist posts there were in the NHS in (a) 1990, (b) 1995 and (c) 2000; and how many of those posts were vacant.
(157109)
62  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is his intention to apply for a derogation until 2007 for the EU Directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products.
(156798)
63  
N  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if it is the intention of the Government to publish its preferred position on derogation of the implementation of the EU Directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products prior to consultations on the transposition of the directive into UK law.
(156799)
64  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the nature of the partial declassification of the Schengen documentation.
(156974)
65  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on current food deficit levels in Sudan.
(156896)
66  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list her Department's contributions to the World Food Programme earmarked for Sudan since 1997.
(156892)
67  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) her EU counterparts and (b) the UN concerning World Food Programme supplies for Sudan.
(156895)
68  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make further aid to the Palestinian Authority conditional on a reduction in corruption; and if she will make a statement.
(156897)
69  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners he expects to be eligible for the minimum income guarantee following the introduction of the new capital limits; and what plans he has to contact them.
(156978)
70  
N  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners with preserved rights who are ineligible for local authority support.
(156863)
71  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the monetary value of unclaimed 2000-01 winter fuel payments by newly eligible men by 30th March.
(157056)
72  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to continue with the advertising campaign informing men aged 60-64 of their eligibility for backdated winter fuel payments.
(157052)
73  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the cost of the advertising campaign to inform men aged 60-64 of their eligibility for backdated winter fuel payments.
(157051)
74  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of men aged 60-64 that made an (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful claim for the (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000 winter fuel payment.
(157053)
75  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the number of newly eligible men who made a successful claim for the 2000-01 winter fuel payment by 30th March.
(157055)
76  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the monetary value of unclaimed winter fuel payments by men aged 60-64 for the (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 winters.
(157054)
77  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what delays there have been in the payment of the 2000-01 winter fuel payment.
(157057)
78  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times (a) Lord Sainsbury and (b) other ministers from his Department met with Nadhmi Auchi of General Mediterranean Holdings Limited; and if he will list the (i) dates and (ii) locations of those meetings.
(156883)
79  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department has given to British Aerospace with regard to that company's contract to supply Hawk jets to India.
(156885)
80  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will provide details of the (a) grants and (b) export credits awarded to (i) General Mediterranean Holdings Limited and (ii) its associate companies.
(156884)
81  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Ministers from his Department have been involved in discussions with (a) BAe and (b) the Indian Government regarding the contract to supply Hawk jets to India.
(156886)
82  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Britain/Israel trade missions have taken place in each of the last six years.
[R] (156893)


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