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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 25 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 25 April, of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

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


 
WEDNESDAY 25th APRIL
1  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out, with statistical information, the effects of his Department's policies and actions in relation to animal welfare since 2nd May 1997.
(158904)
2  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will prepare proposals to place before the next meeting of the Council of Agricultural Ministers of the Community designed to permit the United Kingdom to adopt systems of support to farmers and their auxiliary services aimed at sustaining their income and economic security at levels approximating to their purchasing power in the financial year 1999-2000.
(158813)
3  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which European cities have been visited by Ministers to promote UK tourism during the past two months.
(158900)
4  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was to public funds of the Minister for Sport's recent visit to Spain.
(158899)
5  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for North Tayside of 29th March, Official Report, column 733W, on the cost of the clean-up operation of Holy Loch, what proportion of the cost has been met by the US Defense Department; and if he will make a statement.
(158600)
6  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Defence Research Agency's report on the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre supports the RAF Board of Inquiry's verdict that the pilots were guilty of gross negligence.
(158907)
7  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what heat insulation standards for pipework are being required of new buildings at (a) GCHQ and (b) Ministry of Defence headquarters; and what plans he has to adopt a standard higher than BS5422.
(158808)
8  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision he is making for his Department's staff who wish to continue to be paid on a weekly basis.
(158541)
9  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make it his policy to require Oxford and Cambridge universities to publish annually in a standardised format information on admissions, disaggregated by college, in respect of previous educational establishment categorised by (a) private schools, (b) state grammar schools, (c) comprehensive schools, formerly grant maintained, (d) other comprehensive schools, (e) sixth form colleges and (f) other further education colleges.
(158034)
10  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the membership of the Education Strategy Group, together with their qualifications, grade and geographical area of employment (separately indicating the Technical group); if he will list (a) the terms of reference of the group and (b) the schedules of meetings of the strategy and technical groups; if he will publish a verbatim account of those meetings; and if he will indicate when the conclusions and the Government's response will be published.
(158901)
11  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 575W, on the Stockholm European Council, what explanatory memoranda he has sent to the Vote or Printed Paper Offices of Parliament in respect of these documents; in respect of paragraph 9 of the Stockholm Conclusions, which body of the European Community is charged with producing a joint report on these topics; and in what manner the Government is represented on this body.
(158812)
12  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) consultation documents, (b) regulations, (c) revised and corrected regulations, (d) guidance notes, (e) requests for statistical information and (f) letters from Ministers have been sent to schools by his Department since May 1997.
(158920)
13  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the timetable for completing A3 Hindhead improvement; what priority his Department is according to the project; and what measures remain to be taken prior to commencement of the scheme.
(158926)
14  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the number of rural pubs that will recieve 50 per cent. mandatory rate relief under the new Non-domestic Rating (Public Houses and Petrol Filling Stations) Order 2001.
(158905)
15  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what measures he has taken to ensure that the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1994 will be met by the railway industry by the 2004 deadline.
(158834)
16  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many incidents of vehicles leaving the road and encroaching onto railway tracks were recorded (a) each week and (b) each month in the last year for which figures are available; what measures are in place to protect railway passengers and staff; and if he will request the Highways Agency to investigate such incidences and the efficacy of motorway barriers.
(158831)
17  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will establish a common standard of training through the Rail Industry Training Board for all personnel in the train operating companies, Railtrack and companies proving personnel with access to the railway; and if he will ensure that an independent audit of such trianing is carried out on a regular basis.
(158825)
18  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Strategic Rail Authority's template Franchise Agreement.
(158833)
19  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to improve the requirements for facilities at stations beyond those contained in existing franchise contracts.
(158828)
20  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to consult the railway industry on the proposed EU Directive on Railway Safety; which departments are involved in discussions with the Commission; and how many British representatives are on the working party to consider railway safety.
(158824)
21  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to ensure that the Strategic Rail Authority contributes to the Government's goal of tackling social exclusion.
(158830)
22  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority to extend the Service Quality Incentive Regime beyond those services provided by the Passenger Transport Authorities to all services provided by franchisees.
(158827)
23  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the commitment in the 1998 White Paper on the Future of Transport relating to the adoption by public transport operators of crime prevention strategies contained in Guidance on Public Transport--Guidelines for Operators; how many public transport operators have formally adopted this guidance; and if he will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority to make it a condition of future franchise contracts that operators must formally adopt these guidelines.
(158835)
24  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the commitment in the 1998 White Paper on the Future of Transport that rail operators will be asked to report on their success in meeting the objectives in the code of practice for rail operators; and he will place a copy of these reports in the Library.
(158829)
25  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many public transport operators have undertaken gender audits in line with the Department's document, Women and Public Transport: the checklist; what plans he has to ensure that more operators undertake gender audits; and if he will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority to ensure that gender audits are a requirement of future franchise contracts.
(158826)
26  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many stations have received secure station accreditations; and if he will instruct the Strategic Rail Authority to make it a condition of future franchise contracts that all appropriate stations should be brought up to secure station accreditation standard within a given timescale.
(158832)
27  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many town and parish councils were abolished in each year between 1990 and 1997.
(158799)
28  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many town and parish councils have been created by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(158798)
29  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he has had about the suitability of BS5422 as a heat insulation standard; and if he will assess the benefits of raising the level of heat insulation for pipework specified in BS5422.
(158809)
30  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on Customs and Excise policy as regards the seizure of alcohol and tobacco from persons who have bought it for their personal use.
(158894)
31  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what right of redress persons have when alcohol and tobacco bought for personal use are seized by Customs and Excise.
(158893)
32  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the estimated average life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women retiring today; and what the figures were for (i) 1991, (ii) 1981 and (iii) 1971.
(158898)
33  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Scotland, (c) Glasgow and (d) Glasgow, Pollok, have claimed child tax credit, indicating the percentage in each case of the numbers estimated as being eligible.
(158817)
34  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 5th February, Official Report, column 413W, on indebted countries, if he will update the figures and list the countries for whom debt has been written off by Britian, together with the amounts written off in each case.
(158821)
35  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many callers to the Census Helpline have been asked to call back later.
(158819)
36  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Census Helpline does not permit callers to hold when operators are busy.
(158818)
37  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Greenock and Inverclyde benefited from the introduction of the national minimum wage; how many are estimated to benefit from the increase to £4.10p; and if he will make a statement.
(158599)
38  
N  
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, columns 300-02W, on what date each of the resource accounts for 1999-2000 were published; what the (a) greatest, (b) median and (c) least number of days that elapsed was between each of the resource accounts being laid upon the table and being made generally available to the public; and if he will make a statement.
(158540)
39  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he will take to stop money laundering from the developed world through the City of London.
(157659)
40  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 529W, on entry clearance, what proportion of the cases in which he intervened pertain to families of individuals known to him personally; and if he will make a statement.
(158811)
41  
  
Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Pakistani authorities concerning the case of Parvez Masih.
(158923)
42  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 532W, on the rapid reaction force, if a representative of the Danish Government was (a) present at and (b) participated in the discussion of the Presidency Report on European Security and Defence Policy; and how much time the council spent discussing the Report.
(158815)
43  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what means the EU Association Committee at its meeting in May will assess the compliance of Israel with the human rights clauses within the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and what factors it will take into account.
(158806)
44  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the agenda for the meeting of the EU Association Committee in May to review the operation of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
(158804)
45  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the EU Association Committee will consider at its meeting in May to stop the import into the EU under preferences of goods labelled, made in Israel which originate in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories.
(158807)
46  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who will represent the British Government at the meeting in May of the EU Association Committee reviewing the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
(158805)
47  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce inequities in waiting times between health authorities.
(158925)
48  
  
Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which five health authorities have (a) the lowest and (b) the highest percentage of patients waiting for ordinary inpatient admission waiting more than one year; and what is the difference in unweighted net per capita funding for the two groups.
(158924)
49  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the £700 million for mental health services for the years 1999-2000 to 2001-02 was allocated for each district health authority in England for financial years (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.
(159158)
50  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the money allocated for mental health services for the years 1999-2000 to 2001-02 has been allocated for the pilot assessment projects for those with dangerous severe personality disorder.
(159159)
51  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the third tranche of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services modernisation money for financial year 2001-02 will become available.
(159157)
52  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are made to provide support to prisoners serving a life sentence who are released having had their conviction overturned on appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(158895)
53  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support was provided to John Kamara following his release as a result of his conviction being overturned by the Court of Appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(158896)
54  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to protect scientific staff whose work involves animal testing from physical attacks and harassment directed at them because of their employment; and if he will make a statement.
(158820)
55  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated total cost of dealing with asylum seekers cases was in each of the last seven years.
(158800)
56  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have (a) been lost and (b) disappeared from the system since the introduction of the national dispersal and integration policy.
(158801)
57  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding has been allocated to (a) public and (b) private organisations in Walsall for (i) policing, (ii) crime reduction, (iii) community safety, (iv) regeneration and (v) drugs prevention and related matters for each year since 1996; and if he will identify the organisations and amounts allocated.
(158922)
58  
  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th November 2000, Official Report, column 750W, how many hours of work by departmentally employed staff were put in to pursue the Government's case in ADT v UK; what the total sum of expenses claims put in by staff working on the Government's defence was; and how much was paid to legal staff not already employed by his Department for advice and work on the case.
(158841)
59  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for compensation under the Firearms Compensation Scheme remain unsettled.
(158906)
60  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information, the effects of his Department's policies and actions in relation to animal welfare since 2nd May 1997.
(158903)
61  
  
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date it is planned to start demolishing the old Department of the Environment offices at 2 Marsham Street.
(158838)
62  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if asylum seekers are given health checks; if they are treated for (a) TB, (b) AIDS and (c) other infectious diseases; and what arrangements are made for maintaining such treatment when asylum seekers are dispersed by private sector accommodation providers.
(158919)
63  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations were held by his Department with (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) South Humberside before accommodation agents began to purchase property there for the dispersal of asylum seekers; and if he intends to hold such consultations in the future.
(158912)
64  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many private sector accommodation providers are (a) seeking and (b) purchasing property in North East Lincolnshire to which asylum seekers can be dispersed.
(158910)
65  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how private sector accommodation providers who are participating in his programme of dispersal of asylum seekers are chosen and vetted; what form of contract they enter into with his Department; what influence he has on the areas in which they acquire accommodation; and how it is inspected and vetted by his Department.
(158921)
66  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the names and location of the head offices of the accommodation providers with whom he has entered into agreements to disperse asylum seekers and refugees since May 1997.
(158908)
67  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what control he has over where private sector accommodation providers purchasing property for the dispersal of asylum seekers out of the South East decide to make such purchases; and how he ensures an even spread of purchases rather than a concentration on these parts of the country where house prices are lowest.
(158915)
68  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he has held with (a) local authorities, (b) regional consortia, (c) RDAs, (d) health authorities and (e) education authorities before accommodation is purchased in their areas for the dispersal of refugees and asylum seekers.
(158911)
69  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he makes of the ability of areas to cope with the numbers of asylum seekers he allocates for disperal to each; and how local authorities and the Health Service are recompensed for additional pressure on their facilities.
(158917)
70  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total cost to his Department of arrangements made with private sector accommodation providers to disperse asylum seekers and refugees in the last five years.
(158909)
71  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers and refugees have been allocated for dispersal to (a) the Grimsby cluster, (b) North Lincolnshire, (c) Lincolnshire and (d) East Riding; and on what basis the numbers going to each was decided.
(158916)
72  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if, in deciding allocations of asylum seekers for dispersal to areas outside the South East, he takes account of the number already coming in to such areas through ports of entry within the areas.
(158914)
73  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments per capita are made to private sector accommodation agents for each asylum seeker dispersed from the South East; and if these payments vary by region.
(158913)
74  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he holds with asylum seekers (a) individually and (b) collectively about dispersal out of the South East by private sector accommodation providers and where they wish to be dispersed to; what information they are given about areas they are to be dispersed to; and what sanctions are imposed on those who migrate back to the South East.
(158918)
75  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value was of her Department's aid to (a) Macedonia, (b) Kosovo and (c) Serbia for the most recent six month period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(157575)
76  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what new proposals she has to reduce fatalities in childbirth in Azerbaijan.
(157644)
77  
N  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the condition of internally displaced people in Myanmar.
(157902)
78  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the 2001 UN World Food Programme Appeal for Sudan has requested; how much her Department has provided for the 2001 appeal; how much the EU has provided; and how much the US has provided.
(158772)
79  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the size of the food deficit in (a) The Upper Nile, (b) the Southern Blue Nile, (c) Twitch County, (d) The Nuba Mountains and (e) Eastern Equatoria regions of Sudan.
(158773)
80  
  
Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many justices of the peace there are in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster broken down by party political affiliation.
(158797)
81  
  
Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the completed applications for the Royal Ulster Constabulary received by 30th March were from (a) Northern Ireland Protestants, (b) Northern Ireland Roman Catholics and (c) persons of no religion and from other religious backgrounds with addresses in Northern Ireland.
(158823)
82  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many completed applications for the most recent Royal Ulster Constabulary recruiting campaign were received by 30th March; and how many were received from (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) the Republic of Ireland, (iii) Great Britain and (iv) outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
(158822)
83  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will discuss with President Bush the role of the American element in KFor in Macedonia and at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(157576)
84  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if self-employed persons on low incomes are eligible for stakeholder pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(158897)
85  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people in Greenock and Inverclyde will benefit from the latest increase in child benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(158598)
86  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to revise the rules to help with funeral costs.
(158837)
87  
  
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what assessment he has made of the time it takes citizens to make contact with an operator regarding the minimum income guarantee when telephoning 0800 028 1111 from Wales.
(158836)
88  
  
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who is conducting the review of UK law on employee consultation; and when the review will be completed.
(158814)
89  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the terms of the settlement reached between the European Community and the United States of America concerning the import of bananas from associated states of the Community and non-associated producers of bananas, together with the consequential effects on traditional imports from current and former members of the Commonwealth, and the consequent financial and social effects.
(158816)
90  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list funding for scientific research and development in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) from the United States from (i) government, (ii) industry and (iii) charities for the year 1999-2000, in absolute terms, as a percentage of total research and development and as a percentage of gross domestic profit.
(158803)
91  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the funding for scientific research and development from (a) government, (b) industry and (c) charities for each of the years since 1997, in absolute amounts and as a percentage of total research and development spend.
(158802)
92  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many former Japanese internees have been refused compensation payments on the grounds of nationality; and in how many cases enquiries are ongoing.
[Transferred] (158839)
93  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many former Japanese internees who were regarded as British before 1981 who held British UK-based passports until their deaths have been refused compensation on the grounds of non-British nationality.
[Transferred] (158840)
94  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will insist on a pipework heat insulation standard higher than BS5422 in government PFI and PPP programmes.
[Transferred] (158810)
95  
  
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision of the Greek Government to postpone the acquisition of 60 Eurofighter Typhoon strike aircraft.
[Transferred] (158902)


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