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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 30 April 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 30 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 30th APRIL
1  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make it his policy to take steps to reduce the length of animal movements by securing an increase nationally in the number of abattoirs.
(159597)
2  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of slaughterhouses in the UK; and what assessment he has made of (a) the additional costs to farmers, (b) the animal welfare implications and (c) the impact on the environment from extra transport movements resulting from the contraction in the number of slaughterhouses since 1979.
(159593)
3  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the benefits of relaxing controls in East Sussex on animal movements to allow movement of cattle from winter quarters to summer pasture; if he will allow such decisions to be a matter for Trading Standards officers at East Sussex County Council; and if he will make a statement.
(159588)
4  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will assess the implications for the farming industry of the closure of Invicta Lamb at Lamberhurst, Kent.
(159594)
5  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what advice he provides to vets on the implementation of Directive 91/628 in respect of the disinfection of transport.
(159587)
6  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what percentage of land in England was (a) under cultivation for crops and (b) used for animal rearing purposes in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990 and (iii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(159595)
7  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will set out his policy in respect of the vaccination of rare breeds during the present foot and mouth outbreak.
(159591)
8  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what the average distance moved by (a) sheep and (b) cattle intended for slaughter between farm and abattoir was in (a) 1980, (b) 1990 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.
(159596)
9  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farm animal carcasses were disposed of in Devon on each of the days from 16th to 25th April; and at what locations these farm animal carcasses were disposed of during this period.
[R] (159589)
10  
N  
Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many animals were slaughtered (a) on suspicion and (b) as confirmed cases of foot and mouth in Devon, indicating the farms concerned on each of the days from 16th to 25th April.
(159590)
11  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with Ministers from other EU and European countries on the introduction of a regime for permanent use of vaccination against foot and mouth disease.
(159513)
12  
N  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will provide a substantive Answer to the Question tabled for Answer on 30th March (Ref. 156200).
(159530)
13  
  
Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will discuss delays relating to the animal welfare cull of the stock belong to Gareth Owen in Powys with the Intervention Board; and what information his Department has on the current condition of the animals.
(159834)
14  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many and on what dates consignments of animal carcasses were returned to the UK by the French Government after slaughter for foot and mouth disease control reasons since 15th January.
(159525)
15  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when the French Government first slaughtered sheep as a result of the current outbreak of foot and mouth in the UK.
(159523)
16  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he first notified other EU governments of a suspected case of foot and mouth in England during the current outbreak.
(159522)
17  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he has had with the French Government in its investigation of the importation of foot and mouth disease-susceptible species into France, with special reference to its choice of starting date as 15th January; and if he will make a statement.
(159524)
18  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the research studies used by the Government to evaluate the potential risks of introducing GM fish varieties into aquaculture.
(159811)
19  
N  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on encouraging more school pupils to participate in the arts.
(158155)
20  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the decision by the Italian Government to legislate for analogue switchover in 2006; and what discussions officials from his Department have had with the Italian Government concerning their decision.
(159599)
21  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government's criteria to be met before analogue switchover occurs will be applied on a regional basis.
(159598)
22  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to include in the forthcoming Communication Bill a statutory duty on OFCOM to promote (a) take up of digital television and (b) early analogue switchover date.
(159600)
23  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) intends to take to promote digital television; and if he will make a statement on his target date for the switching off of the analogue transmitters.
(159601)
24  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he intends to open Robin Hood Gate into Richmond Park.
(159692)
25  
N  
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about financial compensation for tourist businesses adversely affected by foot and mouth.
(158152)
26  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Millennium Commission has spent on the Millennium Dome; and if he will make a statement.
(158151)
27  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has held with the Kirch group about their proposals to restrict the viewing of World Cup 2002 matches to pay per view only.
(159830)
28  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has held with the Football Association about their policy of retiring referees at 42 years of age.
(159832)
29  
  
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has held with the Arts Council about their proposals to reorganise regional arts councils.
(159831)
30  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Minister of State's letter of 15th March, D/Min (AF) TS 0301/01/M, what consideration he is giving to the problem of lymph node analysis.
(158779)
31  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those civilians, including retired service personnel, who may have access to RAF Board of Inquiry reports held at the Inspectorate of Flight Safety.
(159281)
32  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the establishment of a European armaments agency; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the 'Masterplan for the European Armaments Agency'.
(159282)
33  
N  
Sir John Morris (Aberavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what lessons he has drawn from the death of Marine Richards; and what procedures have been put into place to avoid deaths in similar circumstances.
(159683)
34  
N  
Sir John Morris (Aberavon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will complete his (a) disciplinary and (b) other inquiries into the death of Marine Richards; and how many cases involving deaths of servicemen in the UK have yet to have all proceedings and investigations completed.
(159682)
35  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, has to conduct research to establish whether single doses of the oripavine derivative TL 2636 can cause long-term effects on the health of humans.
(159801)
36  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 659W, on oripavine, if he will place in the Library details of the evidence which suggests that following single acute doses of TL2636 there are no significant long-term effects on health.
(159805)
37  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd April, Official Report, columns 94-5W, regarding DMSO solvent experiments, if he will place in the Library copies of the two protocols which were submitted to the ethical sub-group of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee Medical Committee and the minutes of the committee which relate to the discussion of these two protocols.
(159803)
38  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if staff at the Medical Assessment Programme are entitled to request and receive classified and unclassifed information from the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down about experiments which have taken place at the establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(160064)
39  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if former service personnel who took part in experiments at the Chemical Defence Esablishment, Porton Down are entitled to a complete copy of the medical report assessing their health after they have attended the Medical Assessment Programme.
(160063)
40  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 5th March, Official Report, column 20W, on Porton Down, if he will place in the Library copies of each of the internal technical reports related to research involving oripavine TL 2636 identified by the Chemical and Biological Defence Sector of DERA at Porton Down.
(159802)
41  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what inquiries (a) his officials and (b) the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down have conducted since 1st January 1997 into allegations that service personnel were duped into taking part in experiments at Porton Down when they believed that they were taking part in research to find a cure for the common cold; and when each inquiry was conducted.
(160061)
42  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the four UK defence contractors which are participating in the Technology Readiness and Risk Assessment Programme.
(159804)
43  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 9th April, Official Report, column 368, regarding the United States military Department's liaison officer in Washington, what assessment he has made of the need to gather information on United States' arrangements for paying compensation to veterans who participated in chemical warfare trials in the United States.
(160062)
44  
  
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers were employed in state schools in England and Wales in each year since 1980.
(159918)
45  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the initial teacher training providers that have not, in their admissions policy, accepted the equivalence to GCSE English and Maths of Curriculum 2000 Level Two Key Skills Qualifications in Communications and Application of Numbers.
(159287)
46  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of pupils in England undertake swimming lessons as part of the national curriculum.
(159933)
47  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to promote and encourage the teaching of swimming in schools.
(159932)
48  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to integrate the methods of teaching in secondary education with those in higher education.
(159799)
49  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will take steps to require vice-chancellors to be subject to election by the university community.
(159797)
50  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will provide a breakdown of the head teachers at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools by (i) gender and (ii) ethnicity.
(159798)
51  
  
Mr Robert Jackson (Wantage):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursant to his Answer of 3rd April, Offiical Report, column 125W, for what reason the list of 1,140 organisations and 570 postcodes placed in the Library differs from the total of 2,330 organisations to which the consultation paper was sent; and if he will place the full list of the 2,330 organisations in the Library.
(160060)
52  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 16th March on behalf of Mrs Martin.
(159687)
53  
  
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to introduce a Sure Start programme in Dartford to complement the recent allocation of money from the Children's Fund for new projects in Dartford to tackle social exclusion amongst children aged 5 to 13 years.
(159915)
54  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers commenced the National Qualifications for Headteachers course in (a) April 2000 and (b) January 2001, broken down by (i) Government Office region, (ii) gender and (iii) ethnic background in each recruitment cycle, from (A) primary, (B) secondary, including middle schools where appropriate, and (C) special schools; and how many in each of (a) and (b) (1) have completed the course, (2) are continuing with the qualification and (3) have withdrawn.
(159916)
55  
  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the collection and collation of data on the ethnic background of those teachers who start the National Qualification for Headteachers course.
(159917)
56  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on (a) train, (b) signal and (c) track failures in each financial year since 1994-95 for each line of the London Underground and the cumulative figures for all lines.
(159435)
57  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list those applications where incinerator ash or waste lime or dust was ultimately released to land by (a) site location, (b) year, (c) tonnage, (d) source and (e) end-use between 1990 and 2001; and if he will provide associated test results produced by his Department.
(159491)
58  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by (a) location, (b) year, (c) tonnage, (d) source and (e) specific end-use the sites which used incinerator ash, waste lime or dust, for the purposes described in Waste Management Licensing Regulations Schedule 3, paragraph 7, referring to the spreading of waste for the benefit of land between 1990 and 2001; what the nature of the ash was; and if he will provide associated test results produced by his Department.
(159488)
59  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what regulations govern the use of incinerator ash, waste lime and dust, for chemical treatment; if he will list the (a) end destination, (b) usage of the residues and (c) end-product of such treatments and list sites where such material has been ultimately released to land, retail outlets or the food chain by (i) site location, (ii) year, (iii) tonnage, (iv) source and (v) end-use between 1990 and 2001; and if he will provide associated test results produced by his Department.
(159489)
60  
N  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list by (a) location, (b) year, (c) tonnage, (d) source and (e) specific end-use the sites which received site-specific authorisation to use incinerator ash, lime and dust in unbound construction applications between 1990 and 2001; what the nature of the ash was; and if he will provide associated test results produced by his Department.
(159490)
61  
  
Mr Iain Coleman (Hammersmith and Fulham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources he is prepared to make available to Round 2 partnerships under the New Deal for Communities Programme.
(159928)
62  
N  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what work has been undertaken by the Government, as part of the developing aviation white paper process, on the possibility of extending designated airport status to other airports in the UK.
(159528)
63  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to address the issues of choice, flexbility and provision of information in the commercial property market.
(159934)
64  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to introduce greater flexibility into the commercial property market.
(159929)
65  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the 1995 code of practice for commercial property leases.
(159930)
66  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money had been paid to businesses under the extensions of the small firms loan guarantee scheme announced by the Minister for the Environment on 26th March by 26th April.
(159940)
67  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money central Government had paid out by 26th April under the matched funding scheme for public donations to foot and mouth relief.
(159939)
68  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what amount of rate relief has been given to businesses in rural areas under the foot and mouth relief scheme by 26th April; and if he will make a statement.
(159937)
69  
  
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much money the regional development agencies had distributed to businesses under the foot and mouth relief scheme by 26th April.
(159938)
70  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the maximum length of a contract for a subsidised service as set out in Section 90(1) of the Transport Act 1985.
(159280)
71  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he received from the Strategic Rail Authority its study of east-west rail connections through or under London; if he will make a statement about the Government's policy towards a new east-west route; and if he will place a copy of the study in the Library.
(159688)
72  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how much central government spent on (a) housing and (b) social housing in (i) actual terms and (ii) real terms (A) in each year since 1979 and (B) as projected to the end of the current funding review period.
(159689)
73  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy when referring in official documents to road incidents to use the word crash instead of accident; and if he will make a statement.
(159790)
74  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will place the register of interests of the board members of the regional development agencies in the Library.
(159526)
75  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received about access to the census by disabled people; and what action he is taking in conjunction with ministerial colleagues to improve access.
(159409)
76  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of gross domestic product central government spent on (a) education, (b) health, (c) housing and (d) social housing (A) in each year since 1979 and (B) as projected to the end of the current spending review period.
(159690)
77  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he defines (a) boom and (b) bust in terms of GDP change quarter by quarter over a year.
(159791)
78  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the visits outside Britain made by his Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 1st July 2000, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case.
(159808)
79  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Permanent Secretary held with members and officials of the Irish government during his visit to Dublin in February 2000.
(159809)
80  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to long-term relief efforts aimed at solving the refugee crisis in West Timor; and what steps are being taken to ensure a secure environment for refugees and humanitarian agencies in West Timor.
(159925)
81  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the office of UNHCR on their decision to cease operations in West Timor at the end of the year.
(159926)
82  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Turkish authorities regarding the hunger strikers in Turkish prisons.
(159924)
83  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 30th March, Official Report, column 797W, if he will make a statement on when the relatives of the British newsmen killed at Balibo, East Timor in 1975 were informed of the investigation of the United Nations; and by whom.
(159517)
84  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the FCO advice offered to British citizens resident in East Timor at the time of the Balibo conflict in 1975.
(159515)
85  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications have taken place between the relatives of the British newsmen killed at Balibo, East Timor in 1975 and the FCO over the last 12 months.
(159519)
86  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if it remains the view of his Department that the deaths of the British newsmen at Balibo in East Timor in 1975 were accidental.
(159514)
87  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations into the death of the British newsmen killed at Balibo, East Timor in 1975 were already underway prior to the formal UN announcement.
(159518)
88  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what communications have taken place between the Australian Government and the FCO over the attack by Indonesian troops at Balibo in 1975.
(159520)
89  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Pakistani authorities over the subject of the treatment of Christians resident there.
(159516)
90  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the hospitals whose audiology department is equipped to use digital technology for patients with hearing loss; what plans he has to expand the use of this technology; and if he will make a statement.
(159284)
91  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the current waiting times for endoscopic sinus surgery in each NHS trust in Greater Manchester.
(159286)
92  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require the NHS Executive to collate and publish annually all relevant NHS performance indicators at the level of individual NHS trust, alongside those performance indicators appropriate to health authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(159285)
93  
  
Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) individual care homes and (b) care homes associations are taking legal action against (i) local authorities and (ii) the government due to the Government's fee structure for care homes.
(159931)
94  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the provision of renal services in Bolton.
(159835)
95  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has had from Professor Jonathan Hadgraft of the Skin Forum Group on the availability of skin for dermatological research.
(158884)
96  
N  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement of the recent outbreaks of meningitis with particular reference to (a) source of the disease and (b) stategies being used to combat its spread.
(159512)
97  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to dispose of Quarry House in Leeds.
(159604)
98  
N  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net number of administrative, clerical and managerial jobs lost in the NHS Executive, Department of Health and health authorities will be, as a result of the reorganisation announced by him on 25th April, (a) within the next 12 months and (b) upon full implementation of the restructuring he has outlined.
(159603)
99  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list, by region, the percentage of senior managerial and clinical posts held by women.
(158885)
100  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chief executives of (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities are women; and what proportion of such posts these figures represent.
(158886)
101  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his target time is for replying to letters from honourable Members; and what his policy is on the issuing of acknowledgement letters from the Ministerial Correspondence Unit.
(159792)
102  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to monitor the use of unlicensed and off-label treatments on children; and if he will make a statement.
(159605)
103  
N  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has carried out into the extent of the use of unlicensed and off-label treatments on children; and if he will make a statement.
(159606)
104  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 21st February on behalf of his constitutent, Mr J. T. Westgate.
(159686)
105  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures he has taken to tackle domestic violence since 1st May 1997.
(159914)
106  
N  
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Minister has responsibility for the policy issue of haemophilia patients infected by NHS products with hepatitis C.
(159764)
107  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis mileage payments are set for health service workers who travel between hospitals during the working day.
(159684)
108  
  
Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Medicines Control Agency to submit written comments to the European Commission following discussions on the proposed Traditonal Medicines Directive at the European Pharmaceutical Committee meeting on 5thApril; and if he will arrange for those comments to be published.
(159913)
109  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority has made a request for helicopter operating facilities at the site of its proposed new cardiothoracic hospital in Paddington Basin, West London, to (a) the Civil Aviation Authority and (b) The Greater London Authority.
(158603)
110  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority has made of the effect upon access to its proposed new cardiothoracic hospital in Paddington Basin of road user charges upon (a) patients, (b) staff and (c) relatives and friends of patients.
(158604)
111  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his assessment is of the average cost of bed and breakfast accommodation per night for the relatives and friends of in-patients at (a) Harefield Hospital, Middlesex and (b) St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London.
(158605)
112  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many isolation wards for the treatment of tuberculosis opened in each region of the NHS in England and Wales in the past four years.
(158606)
113  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been made available to help providers in South Cheshire deliver the provisions in the National Service Framework for Mental Health in (a)1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.
(159920)
114  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been made available to help providers deliver the provisions in the National Service Framework for Mental Health in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.
(159919)
115  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) persons and (b) organisations his Department has consulted in preparing guidelines relating to the use of animals in circuses.
(159592)
116  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to issue official guidelines on the use of animals in circuses.
(159602)
117  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his assessment is of whether advance fee fraud letters arriving from overseas (a) constitute a serious crime and (b) affect the economic well-being of the UK.
(159693)
118  
N  
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for asylum were received from (a) Ethiopia and (b) Eritrea; how many and what percentage of these were initially accepted; how many and what percentage of those rejected went to appeal; and how many and what percentage of those appeals were successful in each of the last five years.
(159283)
119  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspected sham marriages reported under section 24 of the Imigration and Asylum Act 1999 he has accepted as sham marriages.
(159840)
120  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect closed circuit television cameras have had on the crime levels in Bolton.
(159838)
121  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been issued by the National Asylum Support Service with a Department of Health certificate HC2 entitling them to free NHS services in the last 12 months; and what services are available with an HC2 certificate.
(159836)
122  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many marriages have been reported by registrars as sham marriages since the introduction of section 24 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and from which registration district they were reported.
(159839)
123  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the standards of fire cover were in percentage terms for the year April 1999 to March 2000 for each fire service in Wales and England.
(159766)
124  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the total numbers of fires in the UK in (a) 1998-1999 and (b) 1999-2000 were in each fire authority area.
(159769)
125  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Fire Inspectorate has received a response from Merseyside Fire Authority to the Principal Inspection report issued in the third quarter of 2000.
(159767)
126  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the standards of fire cover were in percentage terms in Merseyside in (a) January 1998 to January 1999 and (b) January 1999 to January 2000.
(159765)
127  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what percentage of cases where fire alarms were present in dwellings on fire in 1999, they (a) raised the alarm, (b) operated but failed to raise the alarm and (c) failed to operate altogether, in each fire authority area.
(159770)
128  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the research undertaken by his Department by subject, indicating where the research was undertaken, by whom it was carried out, and the cost of each piece of research since 1996.
(159793)
129  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Fire Research and Development Group, Part II--Review of Research 1999-2000, what were the conclusions and recommendations of the report on domestic smoke alarms (advice to the public).
(159788)
130  
N  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of households owned smoke alarms in each fire authority area in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(159768)
131  
N  
Mr Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal entrants to the United Kingdom were apprehended at the Eurotunnel terminal at Cheriton (a) in March, (b) in April and (c) since 1st January.
(159681)
132  
N  
Ms Ruth Kelly (Bolton West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to establish a human rights commission for England and Wales.
(159279)
133  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the numbers who would benefit from the introduction of a concession to all those children who were wrongly refused entry clearance to join their families in the United Kingdom as a result of the ECO deciding that they were not related as claimed; and if he will explain how this figure has been arrived at.
(159833)
134  
N  
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were in post per 1,000 head of population in the county of Cambridgeshire on 1st January in each year between 1996 and 2001.
(159521)
135  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current time taken for asylum appeals is from being received by the Appeals Support Section to final determination; and if he will make a statement.
(159922)
136  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to provide humanitarian relief to the refugees in West Timor; and what descussions he has had with the Indonesian Government over ensuring a secure environment for refugees and humanitarian agencies in West Timor.
(159927)
137  
  
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the earthquake relief given by her Department to Turkey.
(159923)
138  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 25th April, Official Report, column 300W, on genetically modifed fish, if she will identify the two environmental impact assessments referred to in her Answer, indicating where the reports are available.
(159864)
139  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contractual relationship exists between her Majesty's Government and fish geneticists at the University of Wales; and what returns her Department has had to date from the profit sharing agreement.
(160059)
140  
  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Answer of 10th April, Official Report, column 547W, if she will list Departmental staff involved at the Hanoi conference in November 2000, other United Kingdom participants who attended and those assisted to do so by Her Majesty's Government's funding; and where the conference report and papers are available.
(160058)
141  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the vists outside Britain made by her Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 11th July 2000, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case.
(159806)
142  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what visits her Permanent Secretary attended with members and officials of the United States government during his visits to New York on 20th to 22nd March 2000 and to Washington on 15th to 22nd April 2000.
(159807)
143  
  
Mr William Ross (East Londonderry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in what capacity Mr Neil Mulholland is employed by the Northern Ireland Office; when his employment began; and when his contract of employment is due to expire.
(159921)
144  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the visits outside Britain made by his Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 14th July 2000, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case.
(159795)
145  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th May 1999, Official Report, columns 445-6, on planning, on what date he met the President of Wal-Mart International for a short courtesy call.
(159800)
146  
N  
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his reply to the the honourable Member for Maidstone and the Weald of 31st January, Official Report, column 224W, and to the honourable Member for Ruislip, Northwood of 6th April, Official Report, column 290W, if he will make a statement on the precedents he followed in not giving details of his meetings with individuals, foundations and companies.
(158542)
147  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which Irish Government departments the Permanent Under-Secretary of State met during his visit of 10th to 11th February 1999.
(159796)
148  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many persons (a) qualified for the higher mobility rate of disability living allowance and (b) participated in the Motability scheme, in each of the last five years.
(159741)
149  
N  
Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners whose company pension is reduced because they are also receiving a state retirement pension.
(158887)
150  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, on what basis mileage payments are set for people in receipt of the mobility component of disability living allowance for visits to hospitals.
(159685)
151  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many times since 1st March 1998 the War Pension Agency has requested information from the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, with regard to former service personnel who are claiming disablement as a result of experiments at Porton Down.
(159810)
152  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Solicitor General, when the trials of those accused of serious offences arising from Northumbria Police's Operation Rose will be restarted; and if he will make a statement.
(159529)
153  
  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to protect employment levels in engineering.
(159837)
154  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will respond to the recommendations of the Postcommon Inquiry into the future of the rural post office network.
(159936)
155  
  
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will announce the final details of the proposed Universal Bank; and when he expects the new accounts to become available to post office users.
(159935)
156  
N  
Sir Brian Mawhinney (North West Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Right honourable Member for North West Cambridgeshire will receive a reply to his letter of 19th March on behalf of his constituent, Mr R. G. Reeve.
(159691)
157  
N  
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that the request by Holne Chase Hotel in Dartmoor National Park under the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in respect of a loan of £250,000 is agreed to; and if he will amend his Department's guidelines for the scheme in respect of hotels and tourist attractions in National Parks to take account of the foot and mouth crisis, with particular reference to companies which have already had a loan guaranteed under the scheme.
(159607)
158  
N  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he began an investigation into share trading with the public listed company Chelsea Village; how many hidden trusts own Chelsea Village plc shares; how many of these hidden trusts are registered in the West Indies; and if hidden trusts have traded Chelsea Village shares between themselves.
(159527)
159  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what commitments he has made to the ongoing financing of the first seven years of the London Underground public private partnership.
[Transferred] (159794)


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