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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Tuesday 24 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 24 April, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
TUESDAY 24th APRIL
1  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the plants authorised to render foot and mouth animals.
(158749)
2  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on his policy towards funding of the European Union Youth Orchestra; and how much support was given from public funds in the current financial year.
(158755)
3  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on the Battersea constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158762)
4  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the quality of annual library plans which have been submitted to his Department.
(158231)
5  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what successful steps the Government has taken since May 1997 to achieve multilateral nuclear disarmament.
(158786)
6  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what change there has been in the number of UK nuclear devices since May 1997.
(158785)
7  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he intends to provide the Royal Navy submarine fleet with an extra high frequency communications capability compatible and interoperable with that now used by the US Navy in their submarine communications; and if he will make a statement.
(157737)
8  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy personnel are tasked with the maintenance of HMS Valiant.
(157739)
9  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact on the frequency and duration of fishery protection patrols following the replacement of Island class patrol vessels by future offshore patrol vessels.
(157741)
10  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which major mechanical faults have been reported on Royal Navy warships in each of the past three years; and which Royal Navy vessels have been involved in (a) collisions with other vessels and (b) groundings in each of the past three years.
(157743)
11  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings he has had with his Indian counterpart in the past year.
(157745)
12  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministry of Defence staff are based in India in connection with procurement and disposal programmes.
(157747)
13  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 20th March, Official Report, column 105W, on Tye 45 Destroyers, if a contract has been placed with Vosper Thorneycroft; and if he will make a further statement.
(157749)
14  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what implications further delay in the down select for the Joint Strike Fighter would have on (a) the timings and (b) the cost of the development and construction of the two future aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.
(157735)
15  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will place the orders for the (a) second batch and (b) third batch of the Euro fighter within the planned total of 232 aircraft.
(157719)
16  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum output of fast jet pilots is from RAF Valley per year.
(157721)
17  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current shortages of trained pilots are for the (a) Sea Harrier FA2, (b) Harrier GR7, (c) Tornado F3, (d) Tornado GR1-GR4 and (e) Jaguar.
(157723)
18  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the future of the contract to be placed with Haarland and Wolf for the construction of two roll-on roll-off ferries to provide strategic sea lift capability for the armed forces.
(157725)
19  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to instal Link 16 in naval and air platforms; and what the projected in-service dates are for each aircraft type and class of vessel.
(157727)
20  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the latest in-service date is for the 4 Amphibious Landing Ships Logistics.
(157729)
21  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Type 45 destroyers will be provided with (a) Phallanx and (b) another close-in range defensive capability; and if he will make a statement.
(157731)
22  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what lessons he has drawn for the capability and assessment of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers from the USS Winston Churchill; and if he will make a statement.
(157733)
23  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer of 3rd April, Official Report, columns 110-11W, on missile defence systems, if he will publish a report on the progress of the Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme.
(158075)
24  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy SSNs are operational; and if he will make a statement.
(157736)
25  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future role of HMS Valiant.
(157738)
26  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which private contractors are involved in the maintenance of the main gun armament of HMS Norfolk; what role Royal Navy personnel will have in the maintenance and repair of the gun system; and if he will make a statement.
(157740)
27  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Royal Navy maintenance and refit work is underway at Rosyth; and what work is scheduled to be undertaken at Rosyth over the next three years.
(157742)
28  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many visits have been made by Defence Procurement Agency personnel to India in the past two years.
(157744)
29  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which former Royal Navy warships are in service with the Indian Navy; and what the date was of their commission into the Royal Navy.
(157746)
30  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Type 45 destroyer will be provided with (a) an anti-ship and (b) a land attack capability; and if he will make a statement.
(157748)
31  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects HMS Tireless to be operational; and if he will make a statement.
(157750)
32  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will enumerate the items on which the £600 million to be expended on UK specific requirements for the Joint Strike Fighter are to be spent.
(157734)
33  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason he has allowed the final production line for the A400M to be located in Spain.
(157720)
34  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out the anticipated shortfalls in (a) fast jet pilots and (b) single seat fast jet pilots for each of the next five years.
(157722)
35  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fast jet pilots in the (a) RAF and (b) Royal Navy are combat- ready.
(157724)
36  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the programme to secure guaranteed access to roll-on roll-off ferries to provide strategic sea lift capability for the armed forces.
(157726)
37  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the implications are for the defence budget of his Department's contribution to meeting the foot and mouth emergency; and if he will make a statement.
(157728)
38  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if Sonar 2076 will be available for the first of class of the Astute class submarines from the date of entry into service; and if it will provide the full stipulated military capability.
(157730)
39  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Type 45 destroyers will be provided with anti-submarine armament other than the torpedos carried by their Lynx helicopter; and if he will make a statement.
(157732)
40  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his Answer of 3rd April, Official Report, column 111W, on national missile defence, for what reason it is premature to decide to acquire a ballistic missile defence for UK territory or forces deployed overseas.
(158076)
41  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the chemical agent CR was first authorised for use in 1973; and in what formats it was weaponised (a) then and (b) subsequently.
(158788)
42  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the implications of Commission Recommendation C(2000) 2674 for United Kingdom law, indicating the subsequent proposals under discussion.
(158750)
43  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the issues raised at the 9th November Education and Youth European Council, pertaining to (a) the Social Agenda, (b) the Blois seminar, Learn the History of Europe, (c) Young People and Europe, (d) the Youth Programme, (e) Social Inclusion of Young People and (f) measures to combat racism in the young; and if he will list the documents concerned and place them in the Library.
(158751)
44  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the information collected by (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge universities in each of the last five years in respect of admissions, disaggregated by college.
(157901)
45  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many school children received free school transport in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000; and at what cost.
(158771)
46  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the honourable Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough will receive a reply to his question tabled on 1st December 2000 regarding teaching assistant posts.
(158539)
47  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what the average total education investment per state school pupil was in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and what he extimates it will be in (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003.
(158124)
48  
N  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to require commercial property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.
(157107)
49  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment his Department has made of the US-style yellow bus as a home-to-school transport service in those counties where it has been piloted; and what implications the scheme has for home to school transport throughout the rest of the United Kingdom.
(158769)
50  
N  
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about anticipated increases in container port capacity in Harwich, Felixstowe and on the Shell Haven site in Essex.
(157108)
51  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 4th April, Official Report, column 182W, regarding sites of special scientific interest, if he will list the locations of SSSIs in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement.
(158763)
52  
N  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when men aged over 60 years will be able to benefit from the national half-fare scheme.
(157199)
53  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow licensed minicabs to use bus lanes.
(158748)
54  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he intends Transport for London to assume full responsibility for London Underground before 7th June.
(157182)
55  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to promote the reopening of wildlife parks which have been closed as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(158229)
56  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if wildlife parks are eligible to claim for the foot and mouth preliminary financial compensation package, as announced by the Minister for the Environment on 20th March, Official Report, columns 191-210.
(158230)
57  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of churches which will benefit from the reduced rate of VAT on church repairs; and if he will make a statement.
(158764)
58  
N  
Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) employees and (b) women in Witney have had their pay increased as a result of the minimum wage.
(158123)
59  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his policy towards classification of EU documents graded as Top Secret.
(158753)
60  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the conventions of the Council of Europe which the UK has yet to ratify.
(158747)
61  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a screening programme to identify those at risk from osteoporosis.
(158766)
62  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for establishing a cord-stem cell bank and offering the facility to the mothers of all new-born children.
(158783)
63  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) other patients requiring a bone marrow match failed to find such a match in the year 2000-01.
(158782)
64  
  
Mr Mike Wood (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget was for the National Blood Service for the year 2000-01; and by how much it was underspent.
(158781)
65  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Joint Schengen Authority information web page will be fully operational.
(158758)
66  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy towards retaining Schengen Information System material on domestic files after completion of the spot check.
(158756)
67  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what public information campaign he plans to launch about the Schengen Information System.
(158754)
68  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on UK participation in Schengen Information System inspections; and what assessment he has made of the report of 9th September 1999.
(158759)
69  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the Council Working Parties on Justice and Home Affairs, indicating (a) the number of meetings since 2000 and (b) the items on the agenda for each.
(158757)
70  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each London borough received in rounds one and two of the Home Office CCTV Challenge Fund allocations.
(158784)
71  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on the Battersea constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(158761)
72  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what trials are being undertaken of (a) the advanced Taser M26, (b) the Laserdazzler, (c) the bean bag and (d) pepper spray; what the specifications are for each test; what police forces or other bodies have been approached or agreed to conduct further trials; what his estimate is of the cost of each trial programme; and what social impact assessment he will commission for each weapon.
(158789)
73  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action her Department is proposing to stop imports of illegally-logged timber entering the United Kingdom.
(158760)
74  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has participated in with the objective of incorporating an independent element in his research into a less potentially lethal alternative to the plastic baton round and commissioning a social impact assessment of alternatives to the plastic baton round.
(158790)
75  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the groups identified as meeting the 1999 NCIS definition of organised crime comprise (a) fewer than 10 members, (b) 10 to 25 members, (c) 25 to 100 members and (d) more than 100 members; how many groups in each size band have their origins or initial association in a local unit of (i) Republican, (ii) Loyalist and (iii) other paramilitary organisations; and how many groups in each size band are focused around criminal activity within a local or district territory.
(158787)
76  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to consult victims' organisations over the acceptability of alternatives to the plastic baton round.
(158792)
77  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, by what means he advertised for the post of project manager for the Project Board of the Steering Group set up to examine alternatives to the plastic baton round; and what the (a) job description, (b) personal specification for the appointment and (c) remuneration for the post is.
(158791)
78  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Prime Minister, which UK companies, in receipt of funds from the European Investment Bank since 1997, have lobbied him over UK participation in the euro; which business leaders on the boards of the above companies have been associated with the Britain in Europe Campaign; and if he will make a statement.
(158752)
79  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, ‹dc20›if he will estimate the cost to the Treasury of uprating the basic state pension by (a) £5 per week for a single pensioner and (b) £8 per week for a pensioner couple.
(158765‹dc0›)
80  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much financial assistance will be made available to those post offices identified by the Government as most vulnerable.
(158767)
81  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in discussions on establishing a universal bank at the Post Office; and if he will make a statement.
(158770)
82  
  
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when payments will be made under the compensation scheme for former Icelandic-water trawlermen; and if he will make a statement.
(158768)


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