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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Friday 6 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Friday 6 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.
 


 
FRIDAY 6th APRIL
1  
N  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make provision for limited movement licensing of bulls in time for the end of the present spring calving period.
(157252)
2  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what estimate he has made of the percentage of animals susceptible to foot and mouth disease that have natural immunity to it.
(157630)
3  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the landfill sites in Surrey, Sussex and Kent that have been allocated to take animal carcasses as a result of the foot and mouth crisis.
(157602)
4  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what breaches of security there have been at the Pirbright Animal Health laboratories within the past 12 months..
(157364)
5  
  
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many landfill sites in the North Wiltshire consituency he intends to use for the burial of carcases; how many such carcasses there will be; and from where they will be transported.
(157546)
6  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will calculate the impact on the cost of food to consumers arising from the CAP since 1973.
(157376)
7  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if local vets will be allowed to agree movement of livestock in the local vicinity with supervision to enable farmers to manage stock.
(157394)
8  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when animals will be allowed to be slaughtered for food.
(157392)
9  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will take steps to speed up the process of slaughtering livestock under the animal welfare scheme for farmers in Lancashire.
(157163)
10  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the movement of cattle on farms in Chorley in order to ease overcrowding.
(157164)
11  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what support he will provide to farmers to manage lambing on split sites.
(157393)
12  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the restrictions on the movement and sale of livestock around Layer-de-la-Haye in Essex will be lifted.
(157245)
13  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will respond to the fax of 20th March from the honourable Member for North Essex concerning restrictions relating to the welfare, movement and sale of livestock belonging to Mr. P. Gladwin of Carr House Farm, Great Wigborough, Essex.
(157390)
14  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the last foot and mouth infected animals were burned at Layer-de-la-Haye, Essex; when disinfection of the infected farms will be completed; and when movement restrictions on surrounding farms will be lifted.
(157246)
15  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what sites are being considered in Herefordshire for the burial of slaughtered livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(157249)
16  
N  
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what consultations he has had with (a) Herefordshire Council, (b) local parish councils and (c) local NFU representatives on the location of sites in Herefordshire for the burial of livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(157250)
17  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will issue guidance on the minimum ratio of vets to animals culled; and what plans he has to increase the ratio.
(157540)
18  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ensure that RSPCA officers are present during any cull of over 5,000 livestock.
(157541)
19  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy not to burn animal carcasses at Throckmorton airfield.
(157247)
20  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress has been made in (a) digging trenches and (b) burying carcasses at Throckmorton airfield; and if he will make a statement.
(157248)
21  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Vale of York on 27th March relating to a ban on pigswill (ref: 156279).
(157368)
22  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Vale of York on 27th March relating to protection of rare breeds during the foot and mouth crisis (ref: 156277).
(157367)
23  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Vale of York on 27th March relating to discussions with European Commissioners about animal health (ref: 156278).
(157365)
24  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Vale of York on 27th March relating to exclusion zones (ref: 156280).
(157366)
25  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what were his Department's total gross running costs for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds but excluding such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom (a) in the three years to 30th April 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157629)
26  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total gross running costs to his Department were of the NDPBs accountable through his Department in the 1996-97 financial year.
(157627)
27  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997 of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(157628)
28  
N  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with reference to the GM oil seed rape trials being held in the UK for Aventis, what proportion of the seeds produced by each of the trials of a Fl hybrid oil seed rape will be sterile; in which of the trials the barnase gene and barstar gene will be present in the oil seed rape to be grown; if the barnase and barstar genes involve terminator technology; and which of the trials involve seeds which are sterile.
(157261)
29  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the disease risks from the proposed importation of poultry meat from the People's Republic of China.
(157595)
30  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk to the health of pregnant women from inhaling smoke from the burning of (a) infected and (b) uninfected carcasses.
(157369)
31  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will issue guidelines to his Department's staff, dealing with foot and mouth disease in the areas affected, to ensure that neighbouring residents are informed if slaughtered carcasses are to be burned near their homes.
(157373)
32  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will ensure that his Department's website is kept up to date with comprehensive and accurate information, with particular reference to the location of new outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.
(157370)
33  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will relax the rules regarding set-aside grasslands so that cattle from other farmers can be grazed on such grasslands where feed supplies are running short.
(157371)
34  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to enable farmers and others affected by the foot and mouth outbreak to have access to counselling, telephone helplines and other personal support services.
(157372)
35  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, since 1996 which personal press advisers to Cabinet Ministers have been funded (a) in whole and (b) in part from public funds; for which Cabinet members they worked; how much they were paid; what staffing, accommodation and access to official information was provided for them; and if she will make a statement.
(157310)
36  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Royal Opera House regarding its concessionary ticketing policy; and if he will make a statement.
(157534)
37  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Royal Opera House regarding the availability of standby tickets; and how many performances since the Royal Opera House reopened there have been for which standing tickets were available.
(157535)
38  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the listed buildings there are in (a) the City of Liverpool and (b) Riverside constituency; and how much funding has been allocated to them to assist conservation in the last three years.
(157432)
39  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on (a) the use of lottery money for the new Wembley stadium and (b) the amount of Lottery money proposed for the new Wembley stadium.
(157316)
40  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how often meetings are held between him and the Chairman of the new Wembley Stadium Company.
(157317)
41  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what help has been given to those sports which have relied on tobacco sponsorship; and if he will make a statement.
(157315)
42  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's role is in the new Wembley project.
(157318)
43  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) Lottery and (b) Sports Council money has been used to assess players in switching codes from Rugby League to Rugby Union.
(157696)
44  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what compensation will be made available to those in the tourist industry in (a) the Chorley area and (b) Lancashire following the foot and mouth outbreak.
(157312)
45  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he last met the Chairman of the new Wembley Stadium Company.
(157313)
46  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the impact on tourism in Lancashire of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(157311)
47  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the latest date is for the opening of the new Wembley stadium.
(157314)
48  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has held with the Cabinet Office on overseeing the new Wembley Stadium project.
(157544)
49  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when and how the papers of the New Millennium Experience Company will be opened for public scrutiny; and if he will make a statement.
(157244)
50  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Advisory Committee on historic wreck sites was consulted about the length of the licence granted to excavate the wreck site of the Hanover; and if he will make a statement.
(157425)
51  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason the licence to excavate the wreck site of the Hanover is without a specific time limit; and if he will make a statement.
(157426)
52  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to end the BBC's monopoly of religious broadcasting.
(157259)
53  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what grounds Christian broadcasting organisations are not allowed access to the air waves in the UK; and if he will review the matter.
(157260)
54  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces were deployed in the first instance in support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to deal with the foot and mouth outbreak; and how many members of the armed forces were so deployed on 3rd April.
(157418)
55  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will seek advice from his Department's Historic Branch on the contribution made in the battle of the Atlantic by the Polar Bears, in securing Iceland in 1941, and on whether they are entitled to the Atlantic Star.
(157420)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will seek advice from his Department's Historic Branch on the contribution made by 269 Squadron whilst operating out of Iceland in securing the Enigma code technology from a captured U-Boat; and if Squadron members are entitled to the Atlantic Star.
(157419)
57  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Minister for Veterans' Affairs will meet representatives of the 49th Infantry Division Association to discuss members' entitlement to the Atlantic Star.
(157421)
58  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what critiera were laid down for servicemen and women to be entitled to the Atlantic Star; and if he will make a statement.
(157417)
59  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if bombs coated with depleted uranium were used in the most recent bombing of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(157415)
60  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the most recent bombing of Iraq by the UK and USA.
(157414)
61  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy not to disadvantage schools which have been notified of a financial award by his Department which is based upon an administrative error; and if he will make a statement.
(157385)
62  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when it was decided that improvement awards should be given to all schools showing an improvement of at least 2.2 in the Key Stage 2 APS between 1997 and 2000; and what consultation was carried out prior to deciding the criterion.
(157357)
63  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the national average increase was in APS for schools at GCSE/GNVQ between 1997 and 2000; how many schools had an increase (a) at or above the average and (b) below the average; how many had no increase; and how many had a decline in performance.
(157358)
64  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when it was decided that improvement awards should be given to all schools at Key Stage 1 showing an improvement of at least 1.4 in the APS between 1997 and 2000; and what consultation took place with schools about the criterion for deciding awards.
(157355)
65  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list, by constituency, those schools which received a school achivement award 2001 but had not qualified for one; and if he will list the (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 APS of each such school.
(157352)
66  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when it was decided that improvement awards should be given to all schools showing an improvement of at least 4.9 in GCSE/GNVQ APS between 1997 and 2000; and what consultation was carried out prior to deciding on the criteria.
(157354)
67  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the nature and cause was of the error made by his Department in calculating 1997 average point scores in tests for 11 year olds.
(157351)
68  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost of the error made by his Department in identifying schools which had won achievement awards in 2001.
(157384)
69  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the national average increase was in the Key Stage 2 APS for schools between 1997 and 2000; how many schools had an increase (a) at or above the average and (b) below the average; how many had no increase; and how many had a decline in performance.
(157350)
70  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on what dates, and at what locations, his Department has held Classroom of the Future roadshows in the last year; what criteria are used for determining locations; and what roadshows are planned for the next two months.
(157378)
71  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the national average increase was in APS for schools at Key Stage 1 between 1997 and 2000; how many schools had an increase (a) at or above the average and (b) below the average; how many had no increase; and how many had a decline in performance.
(157353)
72  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when it was decided that improvement awards should be given to all schools showing an improvement of at least 0.80 in Key Stage 3 APS between 1997 and 2000; and what consultation was carried out prior to deciding the criterion.
(157356)
73  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, for what reasons his Department miscalculated the award of school achievement grants.
(157308)
74  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many schools were misinformed by his Department about school achievement awards in England (a) in total and (b) in each local education authority.
(157309)
75  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of school pupils in Shropshire achieved five or more GCSEs in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(157600)
76  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many work permits for entrants to the UK were granted in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000 to information technology and e-commerce specialists from countries outside the European Union.
(157694)
77  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    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 (a) Leeds Central parliamentary constituency and (b) the City of Leeds, the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(157442)
78  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place Stafford Borough Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on the list of those areas in receipt of business rate relief in respect of foot and mouth disease.
(157613)
79  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue has been made available for local government services in Liverpool since 1997.
(157443)
80  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what research his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake about the action required to achieve a reduction of 60 per cent. in carbon dioxide emissions in the UK; and if he will publish it.
(157428)
81  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many households have been removed from fuel poverty by improvements to the energy efficiency of their home, referred to in paragraph 6.10 of The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy.
(157427)
82  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if plastic plant pots are considered to be packaging for the purposes of the Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997.
(157603)
83  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assumptions have been used for growth in electricity demand in table 1 on page 53 of the Climate Change, The UK Programme.
(157606)
84  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the outcome was of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 4th and 5th April; what the Government's voting record was at the Council; and if he will make a statement.
(157537)
85  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what level of sulphide hydrogen was emitted at Southwark tube station on 8th March 2001; how many London Underground staff were advised to seek medical attention following the discovery of the hydrogen sulphide leak; how many members of the public were advised to seek medical attention following the discovery of the hydrogen sulphide leak; and what public statement was made to inform the public as to the reason for the closure of Southwark Underground station on that date.
(157251)
86  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate how many cars are abandoned illegally each year.
(157256)
87  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the timescale for achieving the 30 per cent. energy efficiency savings laid down in the House Energy Conservation Act 1995.
(157539)
88  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, in advance of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary's visit to the c2c line in Thurrock, an examination will be made of anticipated additional freight movements consequent on the proposed new port development in East Thurrock, with particular reference to the impact on level crossing access to East Tilbury.
(157361)
89  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many bus journeys were taken in Shrewsbury and Atcham in (a) 1997 and (b) for the latest available 12 month period; and if he will make a statement.
(157598)
90  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress made with the flaxmill project in Ditherington, Shrewsbury.
(157599)
91  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it a condition of planning permission for new houses to be equipped with a small windmill to generate electricity.
(157542)
92  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with EU officials about the pre-treatment and disposal of APC-Residue; and if he will make a statement.
(157413)
93  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to classify fly-ash as prohibited waste; and if he wll make a statement.
(157412)
94  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to delay the deadline for local authorities to submit proposals for new political arrangements under Part II of the Local Government Act 2000, following the postponement of annual council meetings.
(157609)
95  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if applications for temporary rate reductions made because of the foot and mouth epidemic will be given priority over outstanding appeals against the 2000 rating list.
(157380)
96  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets have been given to the Valuation Office for determining applications for temporary reductions in business rates on the grounds of the impact of the foot and mouth crisis.
(157381)
97  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications have been made for a temporary reduction in business rates arising from the foot and mouth epidemic.
(157382)
98  
N  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the additional income received by residents of Cunninghame South constituency following the introduction of the national minimum wage.
(157396)
99  
N  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residents of Cunninghame South constituency (a) have benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage and (b) will benefit from the rise in the level of the national minimum wage.
(157397)
100  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost would be to the Exchequer of zero-rating audio books and audio newspapers from VAT.
(157533)
101  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many firms have taken advantage of the research and development tax credit for small and medium-sized enterprises.
(157387)
102  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the annual (a) gross and (b) net contributions to the European Community made by the United Kingdom since 1973.
(157398)
103  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of the rebates on the UK's contributions to the EEC budget secured by government's between 1979 and 1987.
(157375)
104  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 45W, on motorcycling (VAT), if he will reduce VAT on vital replacement parts for motorcycle helmets and safety clothing worn by motorcyclists, to the lowest applicable rate.
(157632)
105  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will permit the early review of the working families tax credit assessments of those affected by foot and mouth disease.
(157596)
106  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if compensation payments to farmers in respect of foot and mouth disease will be subject to income tax.
(157374)
107  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the EU made an announcement of its position on a China resolution at the 57th UN Commission for Human Rights prior to seeing the text of the resolution which the USA was drafting.
(157450)
108  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the United Kingdom proposes to take in (a) London and (b) Geneva, to encourage UN Commission for Human Rights members to vote against the no-action motion China will propose at the 57th UNCHR.
(157451)
109  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the EU's reasons for not co-sponsoring a resolution on China at the 57th UN Commission for Human Rights.
(157449)
110  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress made in the negotiations in Geneva on a protocol to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention.
(157441)
111  
  
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recently available text of the protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention being negotiated in Geneva.
(157604)
112  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan authorities concerning the attack on 18th February upon a Christian church in the Hingurangoda district of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(157243)
113  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the investigation into the murder of Brigadier Stephen Saunders, former defence attacheĢ to Greece.
(157597)
114  
N  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th March, Official Report, column 423W, how many local authorities have access within their local areas to specialist services for children who sexually abuse other children.
(157363)
115  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running costs were to his Department of fees and disbursements paid to consultants (a) in the period February 1996 to January 1997 and (b) in the financial year 1996-97.
(157614)
116  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's total gross running costs were for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds but excluding such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom (a) in the three years ending on 30th April 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157626)
117  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits abroad were made by his Department's Ministers on departmental business (a) in the three years up to 30th April 1997 and (b) in the 12 months up to 30th April 1997.
(157616)
118  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the 12 months ending 31st December 1996 of entertaining by ministers and officials.
(157625)
119  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits abroad have been made by officials on departmental business in the (a) three years ending 30th April 1997 and (b) 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157624)
120  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running costs were to his Department of the NDPBs accountable through his Department in the financial year 1996-97.
(157615)
121  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total gross running cost to his Department was in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997 of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(157623)
122  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the composition of the General Dental Council reflects the interests of patients.
(157448)
123  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about the General Dental Council's decision not to allow dental patients access to professionals complementary to dentistry, with particular reference to clinical dental technicians.
(157447)
124  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were received for the crime reduction programme closed circuit television initiative round 2; how many have been invited to bid for the final stage; and how many successful bids can be accommodated within the budget provision.
(157383)
125  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list, by county, those applicants who have been invited to the final bid stage of the closed circuit television initiative round 2.
(157379)
126  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department gives to local voluntary search and rescue organisations.
(157439)
127  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the level of compensation to the parents of Damilola Taylor; and if he will review the guidance relating to levels of compensation.
(157440)
128  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place a copy of the January 2001 ACPO manual of guidance on the police use of firearms, in the Library.
(157319)
129  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made in providing support for people who have been wrongfully convicted.
(157445)
130  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are awaiting a decision by the (a) Criminal Cases Review Commission and (b) Appeal Court in respect of wrongful conviction.
(157444)
131  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been released on grounds of wrongful conviction in the last five years.
(157446)
132  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to strengthen the powers of the police and local authorities to deal with illegally abandoned cars.
(157257)
133  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles removed by (a) the police and (b) local authorities have been declared a hazard in the past five years.
(157389)
134  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicle-keepers have been prosecuted for illegally abandoning their vehicles in the past five years.
(157388)
135  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations the Government has carried out with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland authorities about the possible introduction of a national identity card.
(157386)
136  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is towards the introduction of a national identity card.
(157347)
137  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notifications there were to his Department in each year from 1997 to date of criminal convictions of asylum seekers resident in the United Kingdom.
(157168)
138  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost to public funds of exempting volunteers from fees for criminal record checks.
(157348)
139  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigation there has been of the aircraft accident involving the Chief Commisisoner of the Metropolitan Police by (a) the Air Accident Investigation Branch and (b) the Police; and if he will make a statement.
(157362)
140  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pensioner households have had government funded and approved locks fitted to their homes; and if he will make a statement.
(157587)
141  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken as a result of the recent report on forced marriages.
(157548)
142  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of dealing with domestic violence in the last 12 months.
(157547)
143  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits abroad were made by him and his Ministers on departmental business in the (a) three years ending 30th April 1997 and (b) 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157617)
144  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running cost to his Department was for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds for visits exclusively within the United Kingdom by (a) him and (b) Ministers, in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157621)
145  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997 of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing.
(157620)
146  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running costs to his Department were in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997 of entertaining by (a) Ministers and (b) officials.
(157619)
147  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total gross running cost to his Department was of fees and disbursements paid to consultants in the 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157618)
148  
  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's total gross running costs were for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds, but excluding such cost for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom, in the (a) three years ending 30th April 1997 and (b) 12 months ending 30th April 1997.
(157622)
149  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of police protection was for former Ministers who (a) are and (b) are no longer honourable Members for the latest 12 months for which figures are available.
(157608)
150  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions his Department has accepted liability for interest on late firearms compensation payments.
(157262)
151  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses he has received to the Road Traffic Penalties consultation paper; and when he will report on these to the House.
(157416)
152  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will seek to extend the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include technical details of animal experiments; and if he will make a statement.
(157423)
153  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent investigations he has carried out into the activities at Huntingdon Life Science; and if he will make a statement.
(157422)
154  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are recipients of voucher-only support; and if he will make a statement.
(157173)
155  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to ensure that information held by the Criminal Records Bureau is as accurate as possible before checks become available to employers; and if he will make a statement.
(157171)
156  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is for asylum cases, from the initial lodging of an appeal with the Immigration Appellate Authority to the Authority's final decision; and if he will make a statement.
(157174)
157  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Prison Service establishments are over their certified normal accommodation levels; and if he will make a statement.
(157170)
158  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of requests for checks, (b) the income from fees and (c) the expenditure associated with running the Criminal Records Bureau in the first two years of operation; and if he will make a statement.
(157172)
159  
  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on changes to the immigration rules to facilitate the entry into the UK of information technology and e-commerce specialists.
(157695)
160  
N  
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, since when Parliamentary draftsmen have been working on the Elections Bill.
(157146)
161  
  
Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will urge other countries to adopt a policy of 100 per cent. debt cancellation to the heavily indebted poorest countries at the next meeting of the World Bank.
(157536)
162  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement about the (a) medical supplies and (b) other help the UK sent to India following the recent earthquake there.
(157411)
163  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will publish guidance for those wishing to pursue civil claims as litigants in person which fall outside the scope of the small claims court.
(157359)
164  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many civil actions, other than in the small claims court, have been commenced in each of the last five years by litigants in person.
(157360)
165  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much civil legal aid was allocated for personal injury cases in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
[R] (157435)
166  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much was spent on (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-01; and what the projected figure is for 2001-02.
[R] (157429)
167  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much money was allocated to neighbourhood law centres in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000; and what plans he has to increase the budget allocation for such centres.
[R] (157437)
168  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Community Legal Service to reduce (a) child poverty and (b) social exclusion; and how these policy aims were incorporated in the Legal Service Commission Corporate Plan for 2000 to 04.
[R] (157433)
169  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much of the allocated civil aid budget for personal injury cases has been spent on expanding the legal advice and representation budget for other areas of civil legal aid since the coming into force of the Access to Justice Act 1999.
[R] (157436)
170  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much was spent on civil legal aid in relation to (a) social security, (b) employment, (c) landlord and tenant disputes, (d) immigration and nationality and (e) consumer issues in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-01; what has been the change in the level of civil legal aid since the creation of the Community Legal Service, to civil legal aid in each of these areas; and what plans he has to increase the allocation of civil legal aid for these areas.
[R] (157430)
171  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of the Legal Services Commission on people excluded from civil legal aid as a result of the Access to Justice Act 1999.
[R] (157434)
172  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish a breakdown of disability living allowance awards in Northern Ireland for which deafness is the main disabling condition by (a) the rate of each component and (b) age.
(157407)
173  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recipients of disability living allowance higher mobility component in Northern Ireland qualify because they are both blind and deaf.
(157408)
174  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish a breakdown of disability living allowance awards in Northern Ireland for which deafness is the main disabling condition by (a) age and (b) type of award, indicating (i) care only components, (ii) mobility only components and (iii) combined care and mobility components.
(157406)
175  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recipients there are in Northern Ireland of (a) higher and (b) lower rate attendance allowance.
(157409)
176  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many DLA recipients, whose main disability is deafness, are aged between 16 and 64 and live in Northern Ireland.
(157410)
177  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many disability living allowance recipients there are in Northern Ireland; and how many there were in each of the last seven years, whose main disabling condition is deafness.
(157405)
178  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what considerations underlay the decision to exclude housing benefit and income support on mortgage interest from a household's income when determining whether that household suffers fuel poverty, as stated in Box 10.1 of The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy.
(157452)
179  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the regional backgrounds of aspiring people's peers who appear in the column 'other' on the Commission's web site.
(157253)
180  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will list the questions for answer by her which she has not answered on the grounds of disproportionate cost in the 2000-01 session.
(157169)
181  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, how many applicants for a people's peerage are over (a) 65, (b) 70, (c) 75 and (d) 80.
(157255)
182  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, how many applicants for a people's peerage are under (a) 25 and (b) 30 years.
(157254)
183  
  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will hold a public inquiry following the elimination of foot and mouth disease into the causes of the disease and the Government's handling of its consequences.
(157612)
184  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Prime Minister, when No. 10 was advised that the inquiry into Hollis Industries contained evidence of £200,000 payable to the honourable Member for Coventry North West.
(157166)
185  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what occasions and where since 3rd May 1997 he has met the creators of charitable foundations; what the purposes of such meetings were; and what their outcomes were.
(157258)
186  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many DLA recipients, whose main disability is deafness, are aged between 16 and 64 and live in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.
(157404)
187  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 20th March, Official Report, column 204W, how many applications for disability living allowance were received in each quarter of the last three years; how many of these were (a) successful, (b) unsuccessful, (c) subject to review, (d) successful at review, (e) unsuccessful at review, (f) subject to reconsideration, (g) successful at reconsideration, (h) unsuccessful at reconsideration, (i) subject to supersession, (j) successful at supersession, (k) unsuccessful at supersession, (l) subject to appeal, (m) successful at appeal and (n) unsuccessful at appeal; what the average number of days taken was to process applications; and how many decisions had not been reached at the end of each quarter for (i) first claim, (ii) renewal, (iii) review, (iv) reconsideration, (v) supersession and (iv) appeal stages.
(157424)
188  
N  
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much has been paid in (a) state retirement benefits to pensioners and (b) in child benefit to parents residing in each parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years.
(157395)
189  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 17, on means-tested benefits, to what the figure of 9 per cent. refers; what proportion of middle income pensioners are on means-tested benefits; and what will be the proportion from 2003.
(157543)
190  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will review Social Fund adequacy and availability for those affected by foot and mouth disease.
(157594)
191  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the oral statement of 2nd April, Official Report, column 11, by the honourable Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr on the take up of the minimum income guarantee, for what reason he described the figure extrapolated by his Department from its survey of take-up as a hocus-pocus figure.
(157148)
192  
N  
Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into BSkyB will have on the timetable to switch off analogue television channels and accelerate the take-up of digital TV.
[R] (157142)
193  
  
Mr Ron Davies (Caerphilly):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the number of claims and the amount of compensation paid to ex-miners under the (a) miners' compensation scheme and (b) vibration white finger scheme in the Caerphilly parliamentary constituency.
(157545)
194  
N  
Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who will represent the United Kingdom at the next meeting of the Council of the European Union (Transport and Communications); and what position the UK's representative will take on amending Directive 96/97/EC with regard to the further opening up to competition of Community postal services.
(157391)
195  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of schemes for retail take-back of electrical waste in (a) Austria, (b) Germany, (c) the Netherlands and (d) Switzerland.
(157610)
196  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the outcome of the Telecommunications Council held in Brussels on 4th and 5th April was; what the Government's voting record at the Council was; and if he will make a statement.
(157538)
197  
N  
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Government aid has been granted by his Department, and its predecessor, in support of civil aircraft projects since 1971, excluding Airbus projects; and if he will set out the amounts (a) granted in respect of each project and (b) recovered by way of sales and licensing levies.
(157377)
198  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he was advised that the inquiry into Hollis Industries had obtained evidence of an invoice of £200,000 payable to the honourable Member for Coventry North West.
(157165)
199  
N  
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 7W, on Hollis Industries, if he will place the advice to which he refers in the Library.
(157167)
200  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 4W, on paypoint terminals, what assessment he has made of the implications for competitiveness in convenient bill payment facilities of the Post Office's policy.
(157631)
201  
  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regulations on interruptions to domestic electricity supplies will apply from April 2002; and what compensation will be available to residents whose supply is significantly interrupted after that date.
(157583)
202  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, what studies are being undertaken by the Performance and Innovation Unit into the possibility of a national identity card.
[Transferred] (157349)
203  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, what consultations have been carried out in the past 12 months by the Performance and Innovation Unit about the possibility of a national identity card.
[Transferred] (157346)
204  
N  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures the Government is proposing to address the problem of illegally abandoned vehicles.
[Transferred] (157263)
205  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the measures the Government has taken to ensure equal pay within the Civil Service since May 1997.
[Transferred] (157693)
206  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average hourly earnings were of female part-time employees as a percentage of (a) total female full-time hourly earnings and (b) total male hourly earnings in each year from 1975 to 2000.
[Transferred] (157697)
207  
  
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the median hourly earnings were of female part-time workers as a percentage of (a) female full-time workers and (b) male full-time workers at the latest date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (157698)
208  
  
Mr Don Foster (Bath):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has carried out into the links between fuel poverty and excess winter deaths; and if he will make a statement on links between the level of winter deaths and the number of households in fuel poverty since 1997.
[Transferred] (157453)
209  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the progress of the bids under the Urban 2 Programme scheme.
[Transferred] (157438)


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