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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 23 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 23 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.
 


 
MONDAY 23rd APRIL
1  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his oral statement of 9th April, Official Report, columns 705-7, what plans he has to vaccinate deer in deer parks which are neither wild animals nor kept for food production in order to protect them from foot and mouth.
(158220)
2  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the use of homeopathic borax as a means of preventing the spread of foot and mouth; and if he will publish the scientific evidence he has received on this.
(158498)
3  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish a cost-benefit analysis of (a) slaughter and (b) vaccination to control foot and mouth with special reference to (i) costs to the public purse and (ii) costs to trade.
(158499)
4  
N  
Mr William Cash (Stone):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what standing instructions, made pursuant to the conclusions of the Western Command report on the 1967-68 outbreak of foot and mouth, were in place prior to the current outbreak; and if he will place a copy of the current standing instructions in the Library.
(158222)
5  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will empower local authorities to permit commoners to provide fodder to their livestock on commonland where such action would substantially benefit the rural economy during the current foot and mouth epidemic.
(158561)
6  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will empower local authorities to require areas of commonland to be fenced to retain livestock where such action would (a) inhibit the spread of foot and mouth disease and (b) benefit the rural economy during the foot and mouth outbreak.
(158564)
7  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will empower local authorities to permit commoners to provide fodder to their livestock on commonland where such action would inhibit the spread of foot and mouth disease.
(158562)
8  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will empower local authorities to require livestock to be removed from commonland where such action would (a) inhibit the spread of foot and mouth disease and (b) substantially benefit the rural economy during the foot and mouth outbreak.
(158563)
9  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to review the performance of the meat production industry; and if he will make a statement.
(157897)
10  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received from the RSPCA in respect of the cull of sheep and cattle following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(157898)
11  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans his Department has to fund the economic research required to understand the continuing impact of foot and mouth disease.
(158590)
12  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 13th March, Official Report, column 566W, if he will make a statement on which holding was responsible for the source of the disease, including evidence on the cause and possible transmission of classical swine fever.
(158451)
13  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the incidence of the airborne spread of foot and mouth disease.
(158450)
14  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the advice given to those flying close to outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.
(158449)
15  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if auctioneers peforming foot and mouth disease valuations are paid (a) a percentage commission of the valuation, (b) a fixed fee and (c) by other means.
(158204)
16  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what analysis has been made of dioxins and other materials emitted by slow burning wood fires with particular reference to (a) foot and mouth cremation pyres and (b) forest fires.
(158415)
17  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on how many premises preventative culls have been carried out.
(158203)
18  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average cost per head is of on-farm burial of livestock.
(158206)
19  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk of spreading foot and mouth by census personnel carrying out their work in rural areas.
(158414)
20  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list on his Department's website the addresses of premises where foot and mouth disease preventative culls are carried out.
(158202)
21  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average cost per head is of on-farm cremation of livestock.
(158205)
22  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158026)
23  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what studies he has commissioned on the lessons from the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease (a) in general and (b) relating to animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.
(158488)
24  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list those establishments licensed for the training of racehorses which were situated within areas restricted under foot and mouth disease precautions on 9th April.
(158390)
25  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice has been issued to establishments licensed for the training of racehorses on movements of horses into and out of foot and mouth disease restricted areas.
(158391)
26  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice has been issued to (a) the Jockey Club and (b) individual racecourses on the movement of horses into and out of foot and mouth disease restricted areas.
(158392)
27  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will use local vets to agree and supervise the movement of livestock across lanes to ease welfare problems.
(158359)
28  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will allow movement to take place of flocks of sheep owned by single farmers on split sites to lambing sheds on single sites.
(158360)
29  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to vaccinate livestock in Lancashire.
(158225)
30  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if livestock can be moved on welfare grounds from outside a restricted area to a restricted area.
(158358)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his policy is on the culling of wild deer in Wiltshire in the spring; and if he will make a statement.
(158196)
32  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many appeals his Department has received from farmers against the slaughter of their livestock as part of his policy to control foot and mouth disease.
(158264)
33  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, at what times and on what days of the week the foot and mouth helplines at each of his Department's offices are open to telephone calls from farmers and other members of the public; what plans he has to extend these hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158259)
34  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his policy is towards the employment and payment of agency vets to assist in slaughtering livestock infected with foot and mouth disease.
(158262)
35  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many hunt staff in England and Wales hold slaughtering licences from his Ministry.
(158260)
36  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what powers he has to order the slaughter of animals under the contiguous culling scheme without the consent of the animals' owners.
(158263)
37  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his policy is towards the use of hunt staff to slaughter livestock infected with foot and mouth disease.
(158261)
38  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if civilians and other staff working at Throckmorton airfield on the disposal of carcasses (a) have contact with other livestock in other locations or (b) live on a livestock farm; and if he will make a statement.
(158566)
39  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to apply more selective criteria to dairy herds when considering the implementation of the contiguous cull policy; and if he will a statement.
(158508)
40  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the spread of foot and mouth disease in Worcestershire; what role contiguous culls have played in inhibiting the spread of the disease in the county; and if he will make a statement.
(158477)
41  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what land in the vicinity of Throckmorton airfield, Worcestershire, has been purchased by government departments; how much land has been so purchased; at what price and for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(158207)
42  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to test milk and blood samples from dairy herds on premises contiguous with a foot and mouth outbreak for three weeks before proceeding with a contiguous cull of such herds; and if he will make a statement.
(158478)
43  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) milk sampling, (b) blood testing, (c) throat swabs, (d) faeces testing and (e) visual inspection as methods of diagnosing foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158509)
44  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the consistency of the application of the rules for identifying herds and flocks for contiguous culls to control foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158476)
45  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what resources are available to him to test milk and blood samples for foot and mouth disease (a) in his Department, (b) in other government departments, (c) in places of education, (d) in the private sector and (e) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
(158479)
46  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the combustion materials being stored at Throckmorton airfield will be used to burn animals on that site; and if he will make a statement.
(158187)
47  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps his Department is taking to establish the role of personal contact between farmers and (i) other farmers, (ii) veterinary staff and (iii) personnel involved in slaughter in the spread of foot and mouth disease.
(158565)
48  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what cost to benefit analysis he has conducted of the implications of (a) a regime of regular inspections and testing and (b) immediate culling of dairy herds of farms contiguous to outbreaks of foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158507)
49  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has received concerning the issuing of Form D notices to farmers by telephone.
(158489)
50  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will reply to the questions tabled by the honourable Member for Vale of York on 27th March relating to (a) a ban on pigswill, Official Report, column 286W, (b) provision of rare breeds during the foot and mouth crisis (ref: 156277), (c) discussions with European Commissioners about animal health Official Report, column 476-7W and (d) exclusion zones (ref: 156280).
(158480)
51  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the EU Commission about aid and support for the British fishing industry following the reduced fishing opportunities available under new quotas and the new instructions to protect cod and hake.
(158434)
52  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what information he has collated about (a) aid, (b) subsidy and (c) support given to national fishing industries over the last year by governments in (i) France, (ii) Belgium, (iii) the Republic of Ireland, (iv) the Netherlands and (v) Denmark.
(158435)
53  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations he has made to the European Commission about the compatability with European law of the aid given to their national fishing industries by other EU governments.
(158436)
54  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the pigswill used at Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, was treated and used by a neighbouring farmer.
(158244)
55  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what experiments his Department had carried out on the foot and mouth virus before the current outbreak; and what assessment he has made of the possibility of contamination of the national (a) herd and (b) flock as a result of such tests.
(158249)
56  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will order a public inquiry into the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158255)
57  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the basis was of his Department's statement that two named dealers were the main source of spread of foot and mouth disease.
(158251)
58  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his assessment is of the reasons for which the confirmed cases of foot and mouth are disproportionately concentrated in Dumfries and Galloway, Cumbria and Devon; and if he will make a statement.
(158253)
59  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what reports he has received about the results of the virology tests taken from livestock which were slaughtered upon suspicion by the French authorities, on the farm of M. Nozin, of Hameau le Fayed, St Nicholas de Bliquetuit, France; when the sheep in question were in contact with foot and mouth disease, and by what means; on what date the sheep arrived in France; what evidence the Head of Veterinary International Trade for his Department has that the serological test results were due to false positive reactions; what testing procedures other than the FMD Elisa test can produce such results; and if he will make a statement.
(158252)
60  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on what dates visits were made by MAFF officials to Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the Wall; for what reason such visits took place; on what date officials first formed suspicions about the possible presence of foot and mouth disease in pigs at Burnside Farm; how much time elapsed between the suspicion of disease and its confirmation by test; and if he will make a statement.
(158245)
61  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what his assessment is of the impact on the spread of foot and mouth of the time which passed between the implementation of the export ban and the UK movement ban.
(158250)
62  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if a flock of sheep from Abermarle Barracks, Heddon-on-the-Wall, was slaughtered and buried prior to the outbreak at Burnside Farm.
(158254)
63  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will identify (a) the veterinary surgeons and (b) other personnel (i) employed by and (ii) acting on behalf of his Department, who visited the farm at Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland run by the Waughs (A) on and (B) near 25th January; and if he will list the movements of such persons in the previous four weeks.
(158380)
64  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if (a) officials of his Department and (b) those acting on their behalf, asked participants in the insurance market in December 2000 and January 2001 about the availability, current and potential terms and affordability of insurance to cover losses to insureds consequent upon an event of an outbreak foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom.
(158379)
65  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if it is his Department's policy that animals must be slaughtered following all forms of vaccination in order to regain disease-free status for the United Kingdom.
(158382)
66  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if the veterinary surgeon who visited the Heddon-on-the-Wall farm in February and found evidence of foot and mouth disease in the pigs was the same veterinary surgeon who visited on 25th January; and if some of the same pigs were inspected on both occasions.
(158445)
67  
N  
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the countries, and regions thereof, from which imports of meat are admitted into the United Kingdom; and which of these (a) currently and (b) in the last 12 months have had occurences of foot and mouth disease.
(158381)
68  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he has assessed the possibility that foot and mouth spreads as a result of the gases rising from the incineration of carcasses in connection with the foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158718)
69  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to visit Montgomeryshire to discuss the foot and mouth outbreak with farmers.
(158721)
70  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the incubation periods are for the known strains of foot and mouth virus; and if he will make a statement.
(158726)
71  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of foot and mouth on the number of farms likely to remain in business in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(158720)
72  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farms had been identified with foot and mouth infection on the premises by midnight 9th April; and if he will make a statement.
(158716)
73  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many animals which have not been identified with foot and mouth infection had been slaughtered by midnight 9th April; and if he will make a statement:
(158715)
74  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the Minister responsible for managing foot and mouth disease in the Welsh Assembly with regard to increased use of the Army to speed up implementation of the cull and carcass removal or incineration schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(158728)
75  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) sheep, (b) pigs and (c) cattle have been moved through or into Montgomeryshire from outside the county since 1st March; and if he will make a statement.
(158727)
76  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farms without confirmed foot and mouth cases had been earmarked for a partial or total cull by midnight on 9th April; and if he will make a statement.
(158717)
77  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he has taken to ensure a consistent message is generated by all parts of the Government regarding foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158730)
78  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he has taken to provide information on a daily basis to farmers regarding the actions relating to the foot and mouth outbreak and the progress of the disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158729)
79  
N  
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will make a statement about the allocation of the £52 million additional funds for flood defences.
(158463)
80  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 4th April, Official Report, column 220W, on foot and mouth, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's contingency plan that was submitted to the European Commission in July 2000.
(158304)
81  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling on 4th April, Official Report, column 220W, on foot and mouth, on what date his Department's updated contingency plan for foot and mouth was approved by the European Commission.
(158305)
82  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer to the Right honourable Member for Tonbridge and Malling of 4th April, Official Report, column 220W, on foot and mouth, if he will list the bodies outside his Department which were consulted over the updating of his Department's contingency plan for foot and mouth before it was submitted to the European Commission in July 2000.
(158306)
83  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he plans to lift restrictions on the movement of animals at Ley Farm, Diptford, Totnes; and if he will make a statement.
(158454)
84  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will halt the slaughter of healthy organic stock and rare breeds which are outside the three mile zone of an area identified with foot and mouth; and if he will make a statement.
(158283)
85  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will redraw the boundaries to allow cattle on the west bank of the River Avon to be transported for slaughter; and if he will make a statement.
(158453)
86  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum distance is from an outbreak of foot and mouth within which the free movement of cattle is precluded; and if he will make a statement.
(158452)
87  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, by what route sheep are being conveyed from Devon through Dorset and Hampshire for disposal in Sussex.
(158101)
88  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he expects to be able to ease movement restrictions in restricted areas of South Derbyshire.
(158571)
89  
N  
Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans there are to bring animals into Hampshire as part of the Government's culling programme.
(158226)
90  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will publish the amounts paid to the top 20 recipients of farming subsidy in Britain for each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive.
(158455)
91  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158129)
92  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of senior grade civil servants in each department have signed waivers for (a) working time rights and (b) other Social Chapter rights; and if she will make a statement.
(158328)
93  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Central Government National Training Organisation has completed a workforce development plan for the Civil Service.
(158422)
94  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the policy announcements since March 2000 which have been subject in advance to an assessment of their impact on the regions.
(158497)
95  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158556)
96  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in her Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis is for this limit.
(158116)
97  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Government's Annual Report for 1999-2000 was issued as an unnumbered Command Paper.
(158117)
98  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will instruct departments that internet-only publications that are no longer current should continue to be made publicly available in an archival subset of departmental websites.
(158118)
99  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will take steps to ensure that all unnumbered papers and command papers are made available in an information paper series in a common format and to proper archival standards and sizes.
(158211)
100  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action his Department is taking to enable television viewers in the Verwood area of Dorset to obtain access to the full range of digital terrestrial television.
(158473)
101  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what changes are proposed to the power output of the Rowridge and Salisbury transmitters to enable television viewers in the Verwood area of Dorset to obtain the full range of digital terrestrial television.
(158467)
102  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 9th April to the honourable Member for Scarborough and Whitby, Official Report, column 415W, on concessionary television licences, for what reason the proposed amendment is limited to accommodation provided or managed by a local authority, housing association or development corporation.
(158679)
103  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 9th April to the honourable Member for Scarborough and Whitby, Official Report, column 415W, on concessionary television licences, what the estimated cost to public funds in a full year is of the proposed amendment to the regulations; and how many individuals will benefit.
(158678)
104  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when a decision will be announced on the renewal of the licence of Premier Christian Radio.
(158410)
105  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158025)
106  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's policy is on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing of National Lottery tickets during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158490)
107  
  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many young people from (a) the South East, (b) London and (c) the UK have been given financial assistance for training for national squads in (i) boxing, (ii) cricket and (iii) football in the current financial year.
(158210)
108  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the amount of money allocated in Wandsworth from the New Opportunities Fund for out-of-school hours learning and childcare; and if he will list the schemes available for pupils in Battersea from these allocations.
(158555)
109  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will extend his grant scheme for listed places of worship beyond March 2003.
(158223)
110  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency, the effect on Shrewsbury and Athcam of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158433)
111  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158557)
112  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158112)
113  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consultations he has held with his Canadian counterpart on identifying Canadian assets for deployment in EU-led operations.
(158312)
114  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the costs of upgrading EU armed forces to comply with the strategic capability requirements as identified in the Presidency Report on the European Security and Defence Policy.
(158315)
115  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will define the phrase pursuit of efforts used in the Presidency Report of the European Security and Defence Policy at Nice, in the area of (a) command and control, (b) intelligence and (c) strategic lift under section I(i); and if he will make a statement.
(158309)
116  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list UK assets identified in the Force catalogue under the Helsinki Headline Goal; and if he will list those assets therein which are (a) double and (b) multiple-hatted to (i) the UN, (ii) NATO, (iii) other bodies and (iv) standing tasks.
(158314)
117  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will define peacemaking as established under the actions of the European Security and Defence Policy; and if he will make a statement.
(158308)
118  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the role of the Reserve Forces in the context of the European Security and Defence Policy commitments.
(158316)
119  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on changes to (a) his Department's and (b) NATO's practice in the context of the transparency of comparison of governments identified in the Appendix to Annex 1 of the Nice Presidency Guidelines on the European Security and Defence Policy.
(158317)
120  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the UK contribution to staffing (a) the Political and Security Committee, (b) the Military Committee of the European Union and (c) the Military Staff of the European Union.
(158323)
121  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the way in which his Department will hand over data to the European Union military staff for identifying possible assets for EU deployment.
(158324)
122  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the fleet size is of (a) Hercules C1, (b) Hercules C3, (c) Hercules C4 and (d) Hercules C5; how many on 1st April were (i) fully serviceable, (ii) unserviceable 1st line, (iii) unserviceable 2nd line, (iv) unserviceable 3rd/4th line, (v) on trials, (vi) held in reserve and (vii) undergoing upgrade; what percentage of the fleet this represents for each category; and if he will make a statement.
(157605)
123  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the investigation into allegations of accounting irregularities and financial malpractice on the Tornado maintenance programme; how many Defence Police Fraud Squad officers were attached to the case; when investigations will be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(157593)
124  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Tornado GR1/GR4 fleet are operationally deployable; what percentage of the fleet this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(157589)
125  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Tornado GR4s will be given military aircraft release; when the first GR4s will be deployed on operations; and if he will make a statement.
(157588)
126  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the scheduled deployments for the Tornado GR4 for the next year; indicating in each case the date and duration of deployment and the number of aircraft to be deployed; and if he will make a statement.
(157639)
127  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect there will be on the United Kingdom's commitments to the Joint Rapid Reaction Force of delay in achieving military aircraft release for the Tornado GR4; and if he will make a statement.
(157640)
128  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Hercules C130J are in service with the RAF; when they received military aircraft release; and if he will make a statement.
(157641)
129  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the UK has exchanged fissile plutonium with the United States of America for highly enriched uranium since 1980.
(158098)
130  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the United Kingdom's obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement with the United States of America.
(158100)
131  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature was of the cargo sent from AWE Aldermaston to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico via RAF Brize Norton and Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque on 2nd April.
(158097)
132  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the relationship between the nuclear weapons laboratories at Aldermaston and Los Alamos.
(158099)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support he and his predecessors have given to St. Dunstan's charity for blind ex-service men and women; and what further support is under consideration.
(158023)
134  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned deployments of HMS Edinburgh are for the next 12 months.
(158525)
135  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, purusant to his Answer of 21st December 2000, Official Report, column 253W, which Royal Navy shore establishments are under review with respect to possible amalgmation or closure.
(158526)
136  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxilliary ships have (a) entered into service with the Royal Navy since 1st May 1997 and (b) left the service of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary since 1st May 1997.
(158524)
137  
N  
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the Royal Navy's study of its training estate in the Library.
(158527)
138  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158028)
139  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Royal Naval personnel of all ranks are permitted to see their job evaluations; and if he will make a statement.
(158581)
140  
N  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many MLRS M28 rockets have been fired by Her Majesty's armed forces within the United Kingdom since 25th October 1998, indicating in each case the date and location.
(158395)
141  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the muzzle velocity is of the L21 A1 baton round.
(158506)
142  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of Military Appreciation of the Security Situtation in Northern Ireland presented to the Prime Minister on 4th October 1971.
(158505)
143  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures enable soldiers to give confidential information to officers concerning suspicions of (a) paramilitary and (b) Nazi membership of fellow soldiers.
(158570)
144  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the service career of former RIR Lance Corporal William Thompson, indicating in which units of the RIR he served.
(158569)
145  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, prior to the present outbreak of foot and mouth, what contingency plan his Department had for providing military assistance to the civil power in combating foot and mouth; and when this plan was last updated.
(158332)
146  
N  
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if, prior to the present outbreak of foot and mouth, his Department had received a request to prepare a contingency plan for providing military assistance to the civil power in combatting foot and mouth based on achieving a maximum of 24 hours between detection and slaughter anywhere in the United Kingdom.
(158307)
147  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the E5 fault code found on the FADEC of RAF Chinook ZD576.
(158185)
148  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 19th March, Official Report, column 86W, on what evidence he based his statement that RAF Chinook ZD576's engines were working right up until impact.
(158215)
149  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Air Accident Investigation Branch took to verify independently information provided by Textron Lycoming during their investigation into the loss of RAF Chinook ZD576.
(158184)
150  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158558)
151  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the European Security and Defence Policy.
(156928)
152  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158128)
153  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list those schools in East Surrey which were wrongly informed that they had won improvement awards; and if he will make a statement.
(158378)
154  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding Cockburn High School, Leeds, has received since May 1997.
(158339)
155  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the failure rate by those taking vocational A level assessments.
(158247)
156  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many job vacancies were notified to the Chelmsford Job Centre in each of the last six months.
(158189)
157  
  
Mr Jamie Cann (Ipswich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the effectiveness of the campaign to recruit childcare workers.
(158109)
158  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on (i) Plymouth travel to work area and (ii) Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158029)
159  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his Department's policy is on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158492)
160  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government has taken since May 1997 to ensure that environmental issues form part of the school curriculum.
(158710)
161  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of enforcement of the legislation relating to the employment of people with learning difficulties.
(158347)
162  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers in Wiltshire schools there were in each year from 1997 to 2001.
(157792)
163  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the percentage of 16-year olds in full-time education was in Wiltshire in 1999.
(157789)
164  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many vacancies there were for teachers in Wiltshire in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2000; and what the vacancy rate was as a percentage.
(157790)
165  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if the Government will support the setting up of the monitoring unit for bonded labour under the International Labour Organisation Technical Co-operation Unit.
(158119)
166  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many primary schools teach a second language.
(158397)
167  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children have gone on to (a) higher education and (b) further education since leaving secondary school in Burnley in the latest year for which figures are available.
(158398)
168  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to inform parents of the availability of nursery vouchers; how they may be applied for; and if he will make a statement.
(158465)
169  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the Government's planned approach to the United Nations International Labour Organisation meeting on bonded labour in June.
(158284)
170  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his plans are for the expansion of the specialist schools programme.
(158537)
171  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many hours of speech therapy will be provided to children under the provisions of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords].
(158122)
172  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to ensure statements under Part 3 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords] quantify provision.
(158121)
173  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much time is spent in primary schools in Year 6 on core subjects as a proportion of all teaching; and what the proportion was in May 1997.
(158536)
174  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many vacancies, unfilled with permanent staff, in secondary schools there are in the Chichester constituency; and how many there were in May 1997.
(158595)
175  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many vacancies, unfilled with permanent staff, in secondary schools there are in West Sussex; and how many there were in May 1997.
(158596)
176  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what has been the change to average class sizes in sixth forms in (a) West Sussex and (b) Chichester constituency since May 1997.
(158593)
177  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pre-school groups there were in (a) West Sussex and (b) the Chichester parliamentary constituency in 1997; and how many there are at present.
(158594)
178  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158560)
179  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158111)
180  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the increase in (a) standard spending assessment and (b) council tax between the previous and current financial years was for (i) Bournemouth, (ii) Buphton and (iii) Blackpool; and if he will make a statement.
(158246)
181  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what account he took of the need to minimise the possibility of spreading foot and mouth disease in deciding to authorise two sites in West Sussex for disposal of animals culled as part of the exercise to control that disease.
(158342)
182  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the safety of passenger aircraft approaching Newcastle Airport, following the AAIB report on an incident involving civilian and military aircraft on 20th March 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(158411)
183  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) emissions reduction and (b) congestion reduction of the decision to raise motorcycle excise duty by £5.
(158406)
184  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the number of road accidents during each of the last five years in which driver tiredness was (a) the cause and (b) a contributing factor.
A (158740)
185  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of research into tiredness as a cause of road accidents.
A (158741)
186  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Tiredness Kills notices.
(158405)
187  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many Tiredness Kills signs there are on UK motorways; and where they are located.
(158242)
188  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what the terms of reference given to the Building Research Establishment and Tree Advice Trust are to develop an objective way of assessing the obstruction of light by hedges; when the report will be completed; and when it will be published.
(158469)
189  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local rural regeneration partnerships operating in the South West of England; and what the budget of each is for 2001-02.
(158589)
190  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what date research was commissioned into the economics of the park homes industry; when the research is due to be completed; and when it will be published.
(158470)
191  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when a decision will be taken on the application for alterations to Highcliffe Castle to facilitate disabled access.
(158468)
192  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what changes there have been to the volume of road traffic in England since May 1997.
(158471)
193  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the grant given by the South West of England Development Agency to Business Links to combat the effects of foot and mouth disease in the region is for (a) grants and (b) loans to businesses; and what the deadline for its distribution is.
(158588)
194  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many housing developments were approved in London during each of the past three years; and what proportion of the development was for affordable rented housing and for social housing.
(158583)
195  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish the allocations of capital housing expenditure for 2001-02 for each London borough broken down into (a) repairs to local authority property, (b) repairs to regulated social landlord property, (c) new local authority build and (d) new regulated social landlord property.
(158584)
196  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list for the latest available date for each London borough (a) the number of people on the housing waiting list, (b) the number of priority homeless and (c) the number of people accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation under housing legislation.
(158582)
197  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with rail companies on the introduction of further fare concessions for retired people.
(158385)
198  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to increase opportunities for a wider range of people to sit on rent tribunals.
A (158731)
199  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with London local authorities to encourage the development of a London-wide cycle lane network; and if he will make a statement.
(158475)
200  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the implications of removing housing targets from the planning process.
(158431)
201  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on controls to prevent urban cramming in market towns.
(158432)
202  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    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) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158032)
203  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if it is Government policy to allow (a) development on green belt land and (b) a review of the green belt in certain circumstances.
(158658)
204  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to change the rateable value thresholds for mandatory rate relief following the recent business rate revaluation.
(158669)
205  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to allow councils to place conditions on planning permission to require materials to be constructed from local sources.
(158667)
206  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made on drawing up a national register of contaminated land.
(158698)
207  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures for (a) the number of hectares of green belt land in each region and (b) the proportion of land that is green belt in each region of the United Kingdom.
(158703)
208  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on introducing protection for whistleblowers who reveal that a company is breaking envrionmental laws.
(158671)
209  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations of each development on areas of outstanding natural beauty that he has given permission for since 1st May 1997.
(158708)
210  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to extend the local planning system to (a) forestry and agriculture (b) bulldozed tracks, (c) power stations and (d) overhead power lines.
(158666)
211  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the allocation of local authorities' transport supplementary grants are linked to air quality standards.
(158661)
212  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made since May 1997 on the establishing of pollution charges on the main air, land and water pollutants.
(158659)
213  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will publish figures for (a) the number of hectares of green belt land in each council in England and (b) the proportion of land that is green belt in each council of the United Kingdom.
(158702)
214  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incinerators will need to be constructed over the next 10 years under the Government's waste strategy.
(158706)
215  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if local authorities have power to introduce byelaws against dog fouling without the prior approval of his Department.
(158663)
216  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is on bringing lighting on commercial premises under local authority planning control.
(158700)
217  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many hectares of non-green belt greenfield land have been (a) developed on and (b) given planning permission for development, since 1st May 1997.
(158704)
218  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken since May 1997 to prevent the discharges of minewater from abandoned mines.
(158699)
219  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to ensure that products tested on animals are not able to secure an eco-label.
(158697)
220  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made since May 1997 on introducing minimum fuel efficiency standards for all vehicles.
(158660)
221  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to prevent trees in urban areas being destroyed by cabling operations.
(158665)
222  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps have been taken since May 1997 to equip local authorities with greater powers to regulate noise pollution.
(158701)
223  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he is taking to encourage more prompt payment of bills by local authorities.
(158670)
224  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which parts of the United Kingdom have failed to meet European drinking water and bathing water standards since May 1997.
(158657)
225  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations of each development on (a) green belt land and (b) non-green belt greenfield land that he has given planning permission for since 1st May 1997.
(158709)
226  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps have been taken since May 1997 to allow open green spaces of land in built-up areas to be designated as green belt.
(158664)
227  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many hectares of green belt land have (a) been developed and (b) given planning permission for development, since 1st May 1997.
(158705)
228  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken to allow councils to place conditions on planning permission to require buildings to optimise energy conservation.
(158668)
229  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the locations of each development on sites of special scientific interest that he has given permission for since 1st May 1997.
(158707)
230  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps the Government has taken to reverse the presumption in planning policy in favour of opencast mining.
(158662)
231  
N  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to reform riparian rights for those wishing to use Britain's waterways for leisure.
(158437)
232  
N  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his policy on major developments in (a) the area of national parks and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty in respect of the provisions of paragraph 3.21 of PPG 7.
(158389)
233  
  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the amount of overhanging debt which has been written off by central government for each local authority which has transferred its housing stock to a registered social landlord in each of the past three years, (b) the total estimated amount of overhanging debt which will be written off in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and (c) the budget heads under which these amounts are specified.
(158214)
234  
  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the level of housing revenue account debt for each local authority in England.
(158213)
235  
  
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to subsidise local authorities, debt breakage costs where, following a large scale voluntary stock transfer, their capital receipt does not cover the full amount.
(158212)
236  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what funding his Department has provided to (a) Wiltshire County Council and (b) Salisbury District Council in the years 1997-98 to 2001-02, including grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.
(157791)
237  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will take steps to restrict future fare increases by train operating companies.
(158419)
238  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the change in the level of public subsidy on rail fares.
(158418)
239  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the owners of holiday units available to rent will be eligible for rate relief under the Government's measures to help businesses affected by foot and mouth disease.
(158265)
240  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) is planning with refugee organisations and others about acceptable evidence of identity for asylum seekers applying for a driving licence.
(158462)
241  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what evidence of identity is acceptable for asylum seekers applying for a driving licence.
(158461)
242  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his holding Answer to the honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham of 2nd April, on the Shrewsbury Chronicle's 'Bale Us Out Campaign', when he will give a substantive reply to the questions.
(158430)
243  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many appeals were made to the Planning Inspectorate against local authority planning decisions in each of the last five years; and how many were successful.
(158458)
244  
N  
Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what reports he has received about the impact on safety of the grades of steel used in railway tracks since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(158248)
245  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with other departments regarding the creation of a recovery package for those businesses which have been affected by the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158684)
246  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to visit Montgomeryshire to discuss the effects of the foot and mouth outbreak with local business people.
(158682)
247  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the payment of compensation for consequential losses to firms suffering significantly reduced turnover as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158725)
248  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much trade has been lost, in total, by individuals and organisations as a result of foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(158680)
249  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with banks regarding the waiving of interest payments of debts accrued directly as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158723)
250  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) suspending business rates, (b) suspending VAT payments and (c) introducing tax concessions for firms suffering significantly reduced turnover as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158722)
251  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he has had with Mid-Wales farmers and businesses regarding the degree of compensation required to support the region without business closures during the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158685)
252  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what discussions he has had with insurance companies to ensure fast payment of claims arising as a direct result of the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158724)
253  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he has taken to provide information on a daily basis to individuals and firms who are not farmers but whose livelihoods are directly affected by the foot and mouth infection; and if he will make a statement.
(158683)
254  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the amount of financial support that would be required to prevent the closure of five per cent. of businesses which have been affected by the foot and mouth outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
(158681)
255  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to ensure that only buses travel in the bus lane at peak times; and if he will make a statement.
(158404)
256  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what conditions attach to the most recent tranche of public finance made over to Railtrack; and if he will make a statement.
(158302)
257  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the impact on United Kingdom honey production of GM crops.
(158504)
258  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his policy is concerning suburban and brown belt residential developments which increase the number of units of accommodation on the same site; what instructions and guidance he gives to inspectors appointed to preside over planning appeals in such cases; and if such instructions and guidance changed in the last four years.
(158217)
259  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the response he has received to his consultation on the control of noise from civil aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(158573)
260  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what percentage of planning appeals decided (a) by hearings, (b) by inquiries and (c) by written representations have been determined within (i) 22, (ii) 26 and (iii) 30 weeks for each year since 1996-97 in (A) England and Wales and (B) the Yorkshire and Humber Government Office region.
(158275)
261  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many working days will elapse between the termination of the current public consultation exercise and the implementation of an order under section 16(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to the use of waste disposal companies by waste disposal authorities.
(158523)
262  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what comparative weight his Department attaches to planning applications which could have an economic regeneration impact in former colliery sites.
(158274)
263  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his plans in respect of the (a) purpose and (b) timescale of issuing an order under section 16(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1999.
(158517)
264  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what guidance he has provided to local planning authorities in relation to the regeneration of former colliery sites.
(158276)
265  
  
Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he has taken, and what new initiatives he proposes, to bring about the regeneration of former colliery sites in the Yorkshire area.
(158277)
266  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many acres of derelict land there are in (a) England, (b) the North West Region and (c) Halton; and what percentage of derelict land in (i) the North West Region and (ii) Halton is contaminated.
(158500)
267  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158550)
268  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action he is asking the Commission for Integrated Transport to take to implement the findings of the CPRE report 'Running to Stand Still' on the effectiveness of the Ten Year Plan in reducing congestion.
(158409)
269  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158110)
270  
  
Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many registered environmental bodies (a) have and (b) have not made landfill tax grants in respect of the conservation of buildings, including places of worship.
[R] (158408)
271  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what position he will adopt on the Solidarity Initiative During the Changeover to the Euro Currency (European Parliament Session Document BS-0029/01) in the Council of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.
(158325)
272  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products eligible for Chapter II funding.
(158327)
273  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors underlay his decision to raise motorcycle excise duty by £5.
(158407)
274  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent VAT tribunal ruling in respect of the outsourcing of investment management by Prudential Assurance on the outsourcing of vehicle repairs by insurance companies; and if he will make a statement.
(157900)
275  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of VAT refunds to be paid to the financial services industry following the VAT tribunal ruling against customs and excise in respect of the outsourcing of invesment management; and if he will make a statement.
(157899)
276  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April to the honourable Member for West Worcestershire, Official Report, column 301W, on foot and mouth, if he will list by valuation office area the number of appeals (a) made and (b) decided to date.
(158677)
277  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April to the honourable Member for West Worcestershire, Official Report, column 301W, on foot and mouth, if he will instruct the Valuation Office Agency to determine appeals for a temporary reduction in rating assessments on the grounds of the impact of foot and mouth within two months of such appeals being made.
(158672)
278  
  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) limits and (b) restraints are placed upon UK (i) public spending and (ii) public capital expenditure by arrangements with the European Union; what formulae apply; what are the total sums in each case; and what are the actual planned spending totals in each case.
(158349)
279  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department was warned before Equitable Life Assurance Society closed itself to new business that the company was potentially unable to meet its contractual commitment to its policy holders; and if he will make a statement.
(158567)
280  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of Customs and Excise officers who enforce border inspection rules, with particular reference to illegally-imported meat and other foodstuffs.
(158448)
281  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Professional Contractors Group since the recent court judgement on the IR35 case.
(158446)
282  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards annuity pension arrangements.
(158423)
283  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the figures for each year since 1985 for the numbers of Customs and Excise officers specialising in border control operations.
(158447)
284  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had recently with groups seeking reform of annuity pension arrangements.
(158424)
285  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158031)
286  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the powers of the National Audit Office to examine accounts and records of contractors to central government.
(158299)
287  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to extend the powers of the National Audit Office to audit all organisations which are completely owned by the Government, with special reference to (a) research and development organisations, (b) art galleries, (c) museums, (d) Remploy, (e) the Student Council Trust and (f) the Student Loan Company.
(158300)
288  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to extend the powers of the National Audit Office to audit all non-departmental public bodies, with special reference to (a) the Housing Corporation, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) regional development agencies.
(158301)
289  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will zero-rate church repairs for VAT.
(158224)
290  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 242W, on electronic commerce, if he will make a statement on (a) the nature of VAT rules for e-commerce supplies and the changes proposed by the Commission, (b) the purpose of the proposed directive on distance marketing of financial services and (c) when the proposed directive and changes to the VAT rules will next be considered by the Ecofin Council.
(158579)
291  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue guidance to businesses on the legal status of the euro in the UK after 1st January 2002.
(158393)
292  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals have been made by the Belgian Government through (a) the Council, (b) the Finance Ministers of the European Community and (c) otherwise, for providing powers to the Commission to raise tax revenue by direct levy, (A) as part of and (B) additional to existing means of providing resources for the Union.
(158394)
293  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to publish details of the proposed scheme for the provision of relief against business rates for amateur sports clubs; when he intends to commence the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(158120)
294  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the application of (a) VAT and (b) the climate change levy on activities in village halls.
(158464)
295  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to tax hearing aid dispensers as a single supply under the single supply taxation of optical dispensing services to be introduced from 1st June.
(158580)
296  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer, Official Report, column 256W, on working families tax credit, if he will waive the requirement that reviews are six months apart for those affected by foot and mouth disease.
(158575)
297  
N  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer, Official Report, column 527W, on VAT, if he will list the EU statutory provisions on which his response was based.
(158576)
298  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions between 29th June 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158543)
299  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the calculations on which the Government's claim that around one million children may have been lifted out of poverty since 1997 is based.
(158694)
300  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many one earner couples are on the children's tax credit taper or above children's tax credit entitlements who would be entitled if their income was divided equally between them as a two earner couple.
(158696)
301  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families are expected to (a) receive the full children's tax credit, (b) receive a partial children's tax credit because their income is too low to receive a full credit and (c) receive a partial children's tax credit because their income is too high to receive a full credit.
(158712)
302  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families are (a) on the children's tax credit taper and (b) ineligible for the children's tax credit because their earnings are above the threshold for entitlement; and how many of these are (i) one-earner couples, (ii) two-earner couples and (iii) single parents.
(158688)
303  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of the children's tax credit have, as a result, had a reduction in their entitlement to (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit, (c) working families tax credit, (d) disabled persons tax credit and (e) other benefits.
(158711)
304  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many death certificates have given MRSA as (a) the primary and (b) a contributory cause of death in each of the past five years.
(158285)
305  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158114)
306  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the state of human rights and democracy in Kazakhstan; and what conditions are included in EU agreements to provide for progress on these matters.
(158197)
307  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 797W, on entry clearance, by what means waiting times were reduced; what change in entry denial rates routes occurred; and if he will make a statement.
(158334)
308  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the taking over by the EU of continuing WEU deployments.
(158311)
309  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the future role of (a) the WEU Satellite Centre and (b) the Institute for Security Studies, under the CFSP.
(158310)
310  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 797W, on entry clearance, how many of the cases involving entry clearance were investigated by the Minister for Europe; in how many cases the Department's judgment was overturned; in how many cases (a) a constituent of the Minister and (b) an individual covered by an interest declared by an honourable Member, was involved; by what mechanism conflicts of interest were avoided; and if he will make a statement.
(158333)
311  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the consultations with Russia on security and defence issues, raised in section (2)(vi) of the Nice Presidency Report on the European Security and Defence Policy.
(158313)
312  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 797W, on entry clearance, for what reason a backlog of replies to honourable Members' letters on entry clearance cases accumulated; and what has been the reduction in waiting times since the Minister for Europe assumed responsibility.
(158335)
313  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 797W, on entry clearance, for what reasons he judged the Minister for Europe the best man for the job; what (a) qualifications, (b) exerience and (c) qualities to take into consideration; which other Ministers he considered; and if he will make a statement.
(158357)
314  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to receive the report on the feasibility study of allowing the Chagos islanders to return; and if he will make a statement.
(158650)
315  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what payments have been made by the USA for the use of Diego Garcia in each year since 1971.
(158651)
316  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many personnel are employed by the British Indian Ocean Territories administration in (a) the UK and (b) the Territories; and how many are posted on Diego Garcia in each category.
(158652)
317  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the USA concerning the future re-settlement of Diego Garcia by the Chagos islanders since the 2000 court judgement on the right of return.
(158649)
318  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure for each of the past 10 years on the British Indian Ocean Territories.
(158654)
319  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what areas of Sri Lanka the British High Commissioner and his staff have visited during the last six months; and if he will make a statement.
A (158733)
320  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on human rights in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.
A (158734)
321  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues concerning the Tamil community in Sri Lanka have been discussed by his Department with the Sri Lankan Government over the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
A (158732)
322  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official reports he has received from UN observers about the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist; and if he will make a statement.
(158132)
323  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance was provided by the Embassy for the First Minister for Scotland during his recent visit to Washington; and what advice the First Minister received from the UK Ambassador about representation of UK regions in the embassy.
(158133)
324  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on providing representation in the Embassy in (a) Washington and (b) Tripoli for constituent parts of the United Kingdom.
(158134)
325  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications he has had with the Indonesian authorities concerning the situation of Christians in the Moluccas.
(158484)
326  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he is taking to promote human rights in the Sudan.
(158487)
327  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning the situation of Christians in the Moluccas.
(158483)
328  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has has received concerning violence in the Sudan.
(158486)
329  
N  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he has taken to end violence in the Moluccas.
(158485)
330  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Somerton and Frome of 20th March, Official Report, column 112W, on Gibraltar (a) what obligations have been accepted by Her Majesty's Government arising out of the Matthews judgement, (b) how many electors will be enfranchised as citizens of (i) Gibraltar and (ii) Spain, (c) what options for representation he is assessing and (d) when the representation of Gibraltar will next be discussed at the General Affairs Council; and if a report from its working group will be published prior to that date.
(158578)
331  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has received to the letter which he sent to the Indian Government about the imprisonment of Peter Bleach; and if he will make a statement.
(158444)
332  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government will take in relation to the detention of (a) Mr Vincuk Viacorka, Chairman and (b) Mr Ales Byalatski, Deputy Chairman of the Belarussian Popular Front.
(158278)
333  
N  
Mr Michael Trend (Windsor):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made concerning the abuse of legal process in the trial of (a) Mr Ales Byalatski, Head of the human rights centre Vyasna and Deputy Chairman of the Belarussian Popular Front and (b) Mr Vincuk Viacorka, Chairman of the Belarussian Popular Front.
(158279)
334  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158551)
335  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158113)
336  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid in compensation by the NHS for medical negligence in each of the last 20 years.
(158338)
337  
  
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Health Authority, the effects of his Department's policies and actions on Health provision in the Sandwell District Health Authority since 2nd May 1997.
(158331)
338  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the definition is of orphan medicinal products referred to in Chapter 20 of the statement of revenue and expenditure of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products for 2001.
(158355)
339  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area the most recent figures for (a) those waiting for inpatient treatment and (b) those waiting 13 or more than 13 weeks to see a consultant.
(158192)
340  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 687W, on Victoria Climbie (a) when he expects to set up the statutory inquiry and (b) what the remit of the inquiry will be.
(158354)
341  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the national implementation of the Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening project.
(158648)
342  
  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department has given to (a) health authorities and (b) NHS trusts about plans to roll out the Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening pilot project; and what advice he has given about the timescale for preparing for the roll-out.
(158647)
343  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the advice given by his Department on the method of calculation of local authority payments to those also assisted by the Independent Living Fund.
(158586)
344  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over 60 years have had eye tests in each year since 1995-96 in Sefton Health Authority.
(158529)
345  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals within the Sefton Health Authority have had (a) hip replacements, (b) knee replacements, (c) hernia operations and (d) cataract operations each year since 1996-97; what the age profile was of the people undergoing these operations; and what the average cost of these operations is in the private sector.
(158515)
346  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people presenting with symptons of (a) breast cancer and (b) colo/rectal cancer were seen by a specialist within (i) two weeks and (ii) four weeks during (A) 2000-01 and (B) 1996-97 in Sefton Health Authority.
(158514)
347  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many qualified nurses are working in the NHS in the Sefton Health Authority; and what the number was in 1997.
(158510)
348  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors worked in Sefton Health Authority in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2000-01; and what the forecast is for 2001-02.
(158511)
349  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants were working in the NHS in Sefton Health Authority in 1996-97; and what the number is for 2000-01.
(158512)
350  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the Meningitis Group C vaccination programme has been.
(158531)
351  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of Meningitis C have been reported in the United Kingdom in each year since 1996.
(158530)
352  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was allocated to Sefton Health Authority in total and per head of population in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 2000-01 and (d) 2001-02.
(158518)
353  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were waiting for treatment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) March 2001; and what the percentage change was.
(158519)
354  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list in descending order the 10 parliamentary constituencies which had (a) the highest rate of heart disease and (b) the highest rates of death due to heart disease indicating the reasons for major discrepancies in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
A (158746)
355  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the health data for the fluoride compounds used in artificial flouridation procedures.
(158441)
356  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on dental fluorosis with specific regard to links to systemic toxicity.
(158440)
357  
N  
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the availability of Remicade is on the NHS.
(158466)
358  
  
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance his Department is giving to sufferers from macular degenerative disease.
(158337)
359  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency and (b) Plymouth, Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on (i) the South West Devon Health Authority area and (ii) Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158033)
360  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158491)
361  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances first reviewed Nutriprem 2; what recommendations that Committee made about its suitability for prescription; and if those recommendations have been implemented.
(158193)
362  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) Right honourable and honourable Members, (b) medical practitioners and (c) others about the prescription status of Nutriprem 2.
(158191)
363  
  
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department first received an application from the manufacturers of Nutriprem 2 for the product to be available on prescription; and when he will announce a decision on this matter.
(158190)
364  
  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answers of 9th April, Official Report, column 431W, on gelatine, what the reasons were for the delay in replying to the questions.
(158219)
365  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he decided to reclassify new endoscopic activity as complex outpatient rather than inpatient work; and if he will make a statement.
(158267)
366  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on a waiting list for inpatient gastroenterology in England and Wales.
(158266)
367  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the reduction in inpatient waiting lists consequent upon the reclassification of new endoscopic activity as complex outpatient procedures.
(158268)
368  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the national waiting list for gastroenterology is made up of patients waiting for endoscopic activity.
(158270)
369  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy not to approve a name for the new hospital under construction in Worcester before conducting a local consultation on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(158482)
370  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role is of the London Borough of Hillingdon in relation to the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport; and what funding is provided to the London Borough of Hillingdon for its pay and rations functions in relation the Health Control Unit.
(158371)
371  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what audit has been undertaken of the funding provided to the London Borough of Hillingdon for the management of the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport.
(158367)
372  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the appropriate staffing levels and staff qualifications needed to meet the demands placed upon the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport.
(158369)
373  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of funding was provided by his Department for the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-01.
(158372)
374  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport.
(158368)
375  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measurement his Department has made of the demand for services from the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport over the last five years; and what estimate has been made of the level of this demand over the next five years.
(158366)
376  
  
Mr John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets have been set for the Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport; and what assessments have been made of the fulfilment of these targets in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98, (d) 1998-99, (e) 1999-2000 and (f) 2000-01.
(158370)
377  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to introduce legislation to ban the import of oral tobacco products; when he intends to introduce such legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(158218)
378  
N  
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for West Derbyshire (a) dated 6th February and 19th March regarding Miss Holland of Doveridge in Derbyshire, (b) dated 26th February regarding the treatment and diagnosis of bowel cancer, (c) dated 5th February and 7th March regarding the funding of hospices and (d) dated 26th Feburary and 20th March regarding synthethic treatment for haemophiliac patients
(158074)
379  
  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to provide free prescription charges for people on incapacity benefit.
(158234)
380  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS walk in centres have been established in the North West; and if he will list them.
(158399)
381  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been allocated for (a) nicotine replacement therapies and (b) bupropian (Zyban), for (i) 2000-01 and (ii) 2001-02.
(158343)
382  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much new money was spent in England on specialist advice and support for the NHS for smokers waiting to quit in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01; what the figure will be for 2001-02; and if he will reconcile these figures with those in paragraph 4.9 of the 1998 White Paper, Smoking Kills.
(158352)
383  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence he has collated on the effectiveness of the investment of smoking cessation services set up following the White Paper, Smoking Kills.
(158353)
384  
N  
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was spent on sustained and co-ordinated health education campaigns aimed at reducing smoking in England in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1999-2000 and (c) 2000-01; what the figure will be for 2001-02; and if he will reconcile these figures with those in paragraph 6.38 of the 1998 White Paper, Smoking Kills.
(158351)
385  
  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement about NHS services available to women suffering from endometriosis.
(158188)
386  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress to date on the Information for Health initiative.
(158572)
387  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what MRSA infections occurring in NHS hospitals are reportable to his Department.
(158291)
388  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals carry out MRSA screening and which do not.
(158288)
389  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many legal cases arising from infections by MRSA whilst in hospital have been brought against the NHS in each of the past five years.
(158286)
390  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation has been paid by the NHS to patients who have being infected by MRSA in each of the past five years.
(158287)
391  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on current research into devoloping new drugs that will combat MRSA and on the extent of government funding in such research.
(158290)
392  
N  
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of antibiotics that are effective against MRSA.
(158289)
393  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average period is between a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances that a product is suitable for prescription and a decision to implement that decision; and what the average period of consideration given by his Department is to recommendations from that Committee in respect of Nutriprem 2.
(158320)
394  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which advisory committees of his Department have considered the suitability of Nutriprem 2 for availability on prescription; when that consideration was undertaken; what conclusions were reached; if those conclusions have been implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(158319)
395  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the provision on prescription to low income mothers of special nutritional formulae for pre-term infants once they are discharged from hospital.
(158318)
396  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he has received an application from the manufacturers of Nutriprem 2 for their product to be made available on prescription; and if he will make a statement.
(158321)
397  
  
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review the list of medical conditions for which Viagra is prescribable on the National Health Service.
(158474)
398  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158106)
399  
  
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Borough, the effects of his Department's policies and actions on the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell since 2nd May 1997.
(158330)
400  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recent report by the Board of Visitors into conditions at Lewes Prison.
(158340)
401  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers in 2000 (a) left voluntarily and (b) were involuntarily deported.
(158272)
402  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many advanced fee fraud letters he estimates have come to the UK from (a) overseas and (b) Nigeria in each of the last five years; and what powers he has, in the case of operations known to the police, to intercept such letters before they reach their intended recipients.
(158356)
403  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what income police authorities in England received from premier league football clubs in 1999-2000.
(158273)
404  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of the prisons and penal institutions where conditions have been severely criticised by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (a) he and (b) other Home Office ministers, have visited; and if he will ensure that a minister makes an unannounced visit to every such institution within a year of an adverse report by the Chief Inspector.
(158376)
405  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken to ensure that the recommendations for reforming conditions at the Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institution made by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons following his visit to Stoke Heath last October are fully and promptly carried out; and if he will ensure that frequent, irregular spot checks without prior warning are carried out in future.
(158374)
406  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what decisions have been taken about the renewal of the contract of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons when the present contract expires; and if he will recommend the re-appointment of Sir David Ramsbotham for a further term.
(158377)
407  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken to ensure that the safety and proper treatment of young offenders and adult prisoners are not entrusted to the former governor and deputy governor of the Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institution in Shropshire.
(158373)
408  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action was taken by (a) him, (b) his officials and (c) the Director of the Prison Service on receipt of Sir David Ramsbotham's recommendation that no more children should be admitted to two specified wings of the Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institution to ensure that this recommendation was immediately complied with; what changes were introduced in conditions in those wings; and if children are now again being admitted to the two wings.
(158375)
409  
N  
Frank Cook (Stockton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount necessary to be made available to the Post Office to cover the delivery of post-free election material in 2001.
(158216)
410  
N  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to detain all asylum seekers.
(158336)
411  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will add anti-ondrogen pharmacological treatments to the sex offenders regime.
(158522)
412  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers have been prosecuted for not having proper control of their vehicle while driving and holding a mobile phone in the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(158521)
413  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison disorders have taken place in prisons in England and Wales during the last 12 months; and if he will list the prisons concerned.
(158387)
414  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women sent to prison in England and Wales during the last 12 months had children under the age of five years at the time they were sentenced.
(158386)
415  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what tariff has been set for the imprisonment of Raymond Morris, a life sentence prisoner.
(158568)
416  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money was given directly to (a) the local authority and voluntary organisations and (b) the police in Walsall by his Department to aid in crime reduction and crime prevention in each year since 1997.
A (158743)
417  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussion he has had with other government departments on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158493)
418  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158030)
419  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice his Department issues on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchases on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158495)
420  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the Electoral Commission's rules for making grants under section 13(4)(b) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
(158421)
421  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appointments he has made since May 1997 in accordance with the Nolan criteria; how many appointees were aged over 60 years at the time of appointment; and how many declared a political affiliation for (a) the Conservative party, (b) the Labour party and (c) the Liberal Democrats party.
(158535)
422  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to ensure propriety in appointments.
(158363)
423  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deputy lieutenants there are in Lancashire; to what extent they are representive of all parts of Lancashire; if they are all members of one political party; how many are Lancastrians by birth; and what steps he is taking to reform the system of appointing deputy lord lieutenants.
(158365)
424  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to ensure that appointments of deputy lords lieutenant are not subject to political bias.
(158362)
425  
N  
Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what measures he judges the success or failure of his policies on the use of illegal drugs.
(158221)
426  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Aylesbury, of 16th March, Official Report, column 768W, if the Government intends to petition the House of Lords for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's judgement in the case of Bajram Zeqiri.
A (158744)
427  
N  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will call for a report from the Chief Constable of Cleveland on the amount of time he has spent on (a) Operation Lancet, (b) Operation Dallas and (c) Operation Eagle since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(158131)
428  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Lord Birt met representatives of (a) Victim Support and (b) other victims' organisations in his capacity as the Government's adviser on crime.
(158256)
429  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criminal justice organisations Lord Birt has met in his capacity as the Government's adviser on crime; and when.
(158257)
430  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Lord Birt met representatives of (a) ACPO, (b) the Police Superintendents' Association and (c) the Police Federation in his capacity as the Government's adviser on crime.
(158258)
431  
  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review his policy on the definition of a racially motivated offence.
(158269)
432  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration detainees were held in Battersea police stations in the past 12 months; and what was the average length of detention.
A (158736)
433  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who arrived from Kosovo as minors and applied for refugee status in 1999 are awaiting a decision on their case; and when Miss Klaida Eminaj, a constituent, who entered the United Kingdom in 1999 will a decision on her case.
A (158742)
434  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to consult the residents of Worcestershire before offering advice to Her Majesty the Queen on the name for the new hospital currently under construction in Worcester.
(158481)
435  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd April, Official Report, column 68W on baton rounds, if he will place in the Library (a) the outline plan of the technical assessment drawn up by DERA, Porton Down and endorsed by the DSAC, (b) the results of firing trials and impact modelling used to compare the performance of the L5A7 and L21A1 baton rounds and (c) studies conducted on post ricochet trajectories and energy of L21A2 baton rounds, indicating what the probability of impact to the (i) upper torso and (ii) head is, and what the cause of inaccuracy in the L21A1 delivery system was at the 40 metre range.
(158538)
436  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department has assessed the effect the installation of CCTV cameras has had on the reduction of crime in Burnley and Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(158402)
437  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the percentage of recorded crime in Lancashire that was drug-related in the last five years.
(158403)
438  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Totnes dated 22nd March regarding Ms Olga Maiboroda's application to his Department, made on 20th January; for what reasons the completion of her passport application has been delayed; and if he will explain the loss of her papers.
(158282)
439  
  
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer on 14th February, Official Report, column 176W, on prison governors, when he will write to the honourable Member for Wellingborough concerning changes of governor in prison establishments in the last five years.
A (158745)
440  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158559)
441  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers, patrol officers and community beat officers there were in West Sussex in 1997; and how many there are today.
(158597)
442  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) crimes and (b) violent crimes were recorded in West Sussex in (i) the latest year for which figures are available, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997.
(158574)
443  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which sections of 'Criminal Justice: The Way Ahead', Cm 5074, Lord Birt contributed in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158241)
444  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which Government policies on crime Lord Birt has contributed personally.
(158350)
445  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports Lord Birt has submitted to him in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158280)
446  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if Lord Birt continues in his role as a Government adviser on crime; what the duration of his appointment is; and if he will make a statement.
(158243)
447  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been claimed to date by Lord Birt in out-of-pocket expenses in respect of his role as a Government adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158227)
448  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 206W, on Lord Birt, what firm conclusions have emerged from Lord Birt's work; and how they have been reported to the House.
(158271)
449  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions, and on what dates, (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met Lord Birt in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement about the contribution of Lord Birt to his Department's policies.
(158238)
450  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were successfully prosecuted for (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit fraud in each local authority in the latest year for which records are available.
(158687)
451  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average sentence for people imprisoned for housing benefit fraud and (b) average length of time served by people imprisoned for housing benefit fraud was in end of the last five years.
(158674)
452  
N  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds the Zimbabwean war veteran Monica Masiti is making her application for asylum in the United Kingdom; where she is resident in the United Kingdom; and in what capacity within the NHS she is employed.
(158322)
453  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158108)
454  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158548)
455  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in her Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158105)
456  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions between 5th June 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158547)
457  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, on how many occasions, and on what dates, (a) the Lord Chancellor and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met Lord Birt in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement about the contribution of Lord Birt to his Department's polices.
(158239)
458  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many reports Lord Birt has submitted to the Lord Chancellor in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158237)
459  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, for what reason the advertisements for part-time lay members of the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal restricted applications to persons aged between 35 and 62 years.
A (158739)
460  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158130)
461  
N  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list, in respect of each of the recruitment competitions to the RUC from 1995 to date the (a) number and (b) percentage of (i) applicants and (ii) candidates offered appointment, broken down by perceived community background, who took up appointments in the (1) RUC and (2) full-time RUC Reserve.
(157607)
462  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the terms of reference are for the survey of public confidence in policing and criminal justice, the results of which are to be published in September; when the decision was taken to conduct this survey; what independent element the research will have; and what the advertising process was for tenders to complete the research.
A (158738)
463  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid in compensation to victims and relatives of victims for death and injury as a result of rubber and plastic baton rounds discharged by police and security services in each year since 1971.
(158513)
464  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals were charged with public order offences arising from events in and around Lurgan on (a) 10th July, (b) 11th July, (c) 12th July, (d) 13th July, (e) 14th July and (f) 15th July 2000; what the result of those prosecutions was; and what the breakdown by perceived community origin of those charged and convicted is.
A (158737)
465  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158546)
466  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158127)
467  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her oral Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 502, what the source was of the information pertaining to the constituency of the honourable Member for Tiverton; and if she will make a statement.
(158344)
468  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the President of the Council, how many honourable Members have asked Parliamentary Questions requesting statistical information on the effects of government policy since May 1997 pertaining (a) to their own constituency and (b) to the constituency of another honourable Member; at what cost in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(158329)
469  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will ensure fair political balance in appointment of high sheriffs; and what safeguards are in place to check the appointment system is open and fair and not subject to political abuse.
(158384)
470  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the President of the Council, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158545)
471  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 5th April, Official Report, column 251W, if he will list the representatives of farming and tourism interests he met on his recent visit to Worcestershire.
(158209)
472  
N  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to invite honourable members representing rural constituencies to meet him when making visits outside London to discuss foot and mouth disease; and if he will make it a statement.
(158186)
473  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions between 5th June 2000 and 31st March 2001 special advisers of the Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158549)
474  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions his (a) Chief of Staff, (b) Chief Press Secretary and (c) other members of his office travelled abroad on official business between 5th June 2000 and 31st March 2001.
(158591)
475  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions members of the Number 10 Policy Unit travelled abroad on official business between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001.
(158592)
476  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many reports Lord Birt has submitted to him in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158280)
477  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions, and on what dates, he has met Lord Birt in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement about the contribution of Lord Birt to Government policy on crime.
(158240)
478  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Prime Minister, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158115)
479  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions between 5th June 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158544)
480  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in her Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158126)
481  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the contractors for each London borough who are responsible for the administration of housing benefit; how many complaints have been received in the past year about each contractor; and what inspections he has authorised.
(158653)
482  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what representation he has received from ITnet covering their administration of housing benefit; and if he will place all correspondence in the Library.
(158585)
483  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, under what circumstances employment credit is not treated as income for the purpose of calculating housing benefit and council tax benefit for people on the New Deal 50 plus.
(158456)
484  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if employment credit is assessed as income for the purpose of calculating housing benefit and council tax benefit for a person setting up their own business under the New Deal 50 plus programme; and if he will make a statement.
(158457)
485  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of occupational pension schemes which have pensioners whose pensions do not meet the guaranteed minimum pension.
(158201)
486  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the expenditure incurred by the National Insurance Fund was in paying the guaranteed minimum pensions of members of Maxwell scheme pensions who suffered as a result of the theft of pension funds.
(158198)
487  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the agreements between his Department and Maxwell pension schemes for the recovery of national insurance loans and, in each case, (a) what the agreed sum to be recovered is, (b) how much has been recovered to date and (c) what the deadline for repayment is.
(158438)
488  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if national insurance numbers are checked to ensure that the declared income is the only source of tax income.
(158200)
489  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much of the expenditure incurred by the National Insurance Fund in paying the guaranteed minimum pensions of members of Maxwell scheme pensions who suffered as a result of the theft of pension funds has been repaid.
(158199)
490  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158024)
491  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans his Department has to introduce a more rigorous assessment procedure on the part of the Child Support Agency.
(158125)
492  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the cost of paying the state retirement pension from the day a claimant reaches pensionable age rather than from the Monday following that day.
(158348)
493  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many claims have been made to the vaccine damage payment scheme in each of the last five years; and how much compensation has been paid by the scheme since June 2000.
(158459)
494  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, in relation to applications for incapacity benefit from residents of Milton Keynes, how many (a) new applications and (b) renewals were made for incapacity benefit; how many applicants were required to take a medical examination; and how many of those medical examinations were undertaken at (i) Luton, (ii) Aylesbury, (iii) Euston and (iv) the person's home in each year since 1997.
(158208)
495  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158552)
496  
N  
Steve Webb (Northavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what the effect is on (a) entitlement to a widow's pension of a woman aged under 60 and (b) entitlement to retirement or widow's pension of a woman aged over 60 based on a late husband's contributions, of a woman having paid national insurance contributions at the reduced rate for married women.
(158281)
497  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the average time that people who apply national insurance number must wait before (a) being given an appointment with the Benefits Agency and (b) receiving a national insurance number.
(158676)
498  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what publicity campaigns his Deparment plans to run in the current financial year.
(158713)
499  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the results of the pension credit consultation will be placed in the Library.
(158691)
500  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many pensioners receive (a) a partial basis state pension, (b) basic state pension increments, (c) a basic state pension increase for dependent child, d) a graduated retirement benefit and (e) SERPS.
(158675)
501  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library up-dated versions of tables 1 to 11 at the back of the 2000 Departmental Report (Cm 4614); and if he will reintroduce these tables in future departmental reports.
(158693)
502  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people missed the March deadline for applying for a winter fuel payment for 2000; and if he will impose a similar deadline for applications for winter fuel payments relating to earlier years.
(158714)
503  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if any pensioner will suffer a reduction in their income as a result of the abolition of the capital rules and the introduction of the new pension credit.
(158692)
504  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make copies of the latest edition of the Benefits Information Guide available to honourable Members.
(158689)
505  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for New Forest West of 2nd April, Official Report, column 17, if he will list the assumptions behind his statement that nine per cent. more pensioners will be on means-tested benefits in 2003 compared with today.
(158695)
506  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's research on businesses' understanding of stakeholder pensions which he referred to on BBC Radio on 6th April.
(158686)
507  
  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when the last Benefit Fraud Investigation Service Annual Report was published; and when the next one is due to be published.
(158690)
508  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158104)
509  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions, and on what dates, (a) he and (b) the Attorney General have met Lord Birt in his capacity as an adviser on crime since his appointment; and if he will make a statement about the contribution of Lord Birt to his Department's policies.
(158228)
510  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Solicitor General, how many reports Lord Birt has submitted to the Attornery General in his capacity as an adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement.
(158235)
511  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list, by country, for each of the past 10 years, the amount of state aid permitted by the European Commission to each EU country by sector.
(158326)
512  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government supports a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
(158496)
513  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking to enable television viewers in the Verwood area of Dorset to obtain access to the full range of digital terrestrial television.
(158472)
514  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the medical assessment rate per month is for claims that are waiting to be completed for the miners' compensation scheme for (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster.
(158194)
515  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many widows are awaiting their claims to be resolved for their late husbands' mining compensation scheme for (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster.
(158195)
516  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of United Kingdom electricity generation is expected to be represented by the offshore windfarm sites announced on 6th April.
(158135)
517  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with other government departments on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement.
(158494)
518  
N  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to (a) Plymouth Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth Devonport constituency and (c) South West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth Unitary Authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158027)
519  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) average and (b) maximum length of time taken to process export licences was in 2000.
(158534)
520  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the attainment of the performance targets set for his Department in the Comprehensive Spending Review published in December 1998.
(158533)
521  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the report of the Competitiveness Council.
(158532)
522  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the loss to the economy of Gloucestershire of the postponement and cancellation of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival.
(158345)
523  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to assist businesses and individuals who have been financially disadvantaged by the cancellation of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival.
(158346)
524  
  
Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much compensation has been paid to miners, ex-miners and miners' families in respect of chronic bronchitis and emphysema in the Wansbeck constituency.
(158460)
525  
N  
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices closed between 1st April 2000 and 31st March.
(158341)
526  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many major companies have located their sites in the North West Region since the formation of the North West Development Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(158401)
527  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) Crown post offices and (b) sub-post offices (i) closed and (ii) opened in each year from 1979 to the last year for which figures are available.
(158303)
528  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take action under Article 20 of the World Trade Organisation in respect of the use of trade constraints to protect the environment following the decision of the United States Administration to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
(158428)
529  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the notifications he has received from BNFL of contracts secured for the importation of irradiated MOX fuel for each of the last 10 years, in each case indicating (a) the originating company and country and (b) the quantity of material.
(158412)
530  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the applications he has received from BNFL in each of the last 10 years for the reprocessing of irradiated MOX fuel, in each case indicating (a) the originating company and country and (b) the quantity of material and the decision he has made on the application.
(158413)
531  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions between 31st March 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158554)
532  
  
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what age limit is placed on appointments to public bodies in his Department; if this limit is mentioned in advertisements for such posts; and what the basis for this limit is.
(158107)
533  
  
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions between 5th June 2000 and 31st March 2001 (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity.
(158553)
534  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the US National Missile Defence System on the national security of the UK.
[Question Unstarred] (156940)
535  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many suicides there have been of individuals identified with the agricultural industry in each month since January 2000; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (158719)
536  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list cases of honey sold in the United Kingdom found to contain GM pollen.
[Transferred] (158503)
537  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce hazard analysis critical control point to the meat inspection system in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (158501)
538  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received concerning the introduction of hazard analysis critical point to the meat inspection system in the United Kindom.
[Transferred] (158502)
539  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 6th April, Official Report, column 321W, if the Health and Safety Executive will visit the site of the subsidence at Tudor Court School to ascertain that sufficient safety precautions have also been taken in relation to the abutting highway and neighbouring residential properties, and that its requirement to make the subsidence area safe, has been adhered to satisfactorily.
[Transferred] (158383)
540  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the contribution of nuclear power to generating electricity as a proportion of the United Kingdom's energy supply.
[Transferred] (158655)
541  
N  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's policy is on building new nuclear power stations.
[Transferred] (158656)
542  
N  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whom he has consulted, and what representations he has received, about the amount specified in the Electoral Commission (Limit on Public Awareness Expenditure) Order 2001.
[Transferred] (158420)
543  
N  
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the Answer of 6th April to the honourable Member for West Worcestershire, Official Report, column 301W, on foot and mouth, if he will instruct local authorities not to recover unpaid rates from businesses which have appealed for a temporary reduction in rating assessments on the grounds of the impact of foot and mouth and where the appeals have not yet been determined.
[Transferred] (158673)
544  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what help he proposes to provide for those people who are in receipt of a final salary occupational pension plan.
[Transferred] (158425)
545  
N  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many MLRS M28 rockets Her Majesty's armed forces have in stock.
[Transferred] (158396)
546  
N  
Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he expects to receive the results of the current inquiry into the Independent Living Fund; and if he will publish the submissions made.
[Transferred] (158587)
547  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many students have (a) applied and (b) been recruited to each medical school in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Scotland in the last five years, broken down by (1) gender, (2) ethnicity and (3) social class.
[Transferred] (158439)
548  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what his policy is for medical student recruitment in the new medical schools in relation to (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) social class.
[Transferred] (158443)
549  
N  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what changes in recruitment policy to medical schools there have been in the last five years, with particular reference to (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) social class.
[Transferred] (158442)
550  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce a discount on television licences for people who are registered deaf.
[Transferred] (158400)
551  
  
Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much money was collected by the Treasury via the Consolidated Fund in respect of all court and police imposed fines in each year since 1997 for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (158528)
552  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for entry visas made in Pakistan have been (a) granted and (b) refused in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (158388)
553  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if she will list the magistrates' courts covering the Greater London area.
[Transferred] (158577)
554  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many disabled people serve as justices of the peace in courts covering the Greater London area; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (158516)
555  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications for entry visas made in India have been (a) granted and (b) refused in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (158520)
556  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to (a) postponing the census for the duration of the foot and mouth outbreak and (b) having census forms delivered by post in rural areas at risk from foot and mouth disease.
[Transferred] (158416)
557  
N  
Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what instructions are being given to census personnel on precautions to minimise the risk of the spread of foot and mouth disease by the distribution of census forms in rural areas.
[Transferred] (158417)
558  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Prime Minister, what powers he has to replace a lords lieutenant.
[Transferred] (158361)
559  
N  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Prime Minister, what criteria are used to ensure that the appointment of lord lieutenants are not political.
[Transferred] (158364)
560  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if the United Kingdom has made a submission to Euratom pursuant to (a) Article 34 and (b) Article 35 of the Euratom Treaty since the United Kingdom joined the European Community.
[Transferred] (158426)
561  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many verification missions Euratom has made to United Kingdom nuclear facilities pursuant to Article 35 of the Euratom Treaty since the United Kingdom joined the Treaty; and if he will list the plants involved and date of visit to each.
[Transferred] (158429)
562  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have received assistance from the Know How Fund during the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (158735)


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