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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 2 July 2001

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 July, 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 2nd JULY
1  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations were made, and when, to government departments on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Authority regarding the applications for work permits by Mr Hector Sam and Mr Carlos Edwards.
(2089)
2  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Policy and Innovation Unit review of energy policy will examine the options for demand management.
(1971)
3  
  
Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to publish a white paper on regional governance.
(2197)
4  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proposals he has for co-ordinating Government and EU programmes in areas of high social and economic deprivation to maximise the impact such programmes have on building up social capital, economic activity, environmental improvement and public safety; and if he will make a statement.
(2122)
5  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his assessment is of the impact to date of the social exclusion unit; and if he will make a statement.
(2131)
6  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list those seconded to the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit to work on the current study of renewable energy, indicating in each case their qualifications.
(1768)
7  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to put the issue of Sellafield safety on the agenda of the Council of the Isles.
(1760)
8  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what has been the disbursement from the surplus of the Duchy of Lancaster to Her Majesty the Queen in each of the last 25 years.
(2075)
9  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the future of digital terrestrial television.
(2091)
10  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the economic impact of foot and mouth disease on the tourist industry in each of the Regional Tourist Board areas.
(2096)
11  
  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many foxes have been removed from the Royal Parks in each of the last four years; and what the method employed was.
(1826)
12  
  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what species of animals have been culled in the Royal Parks in each of the last four years.
(1825)
13  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which constituencies have received (a) less than 10 per cent. and (b) less than 15 per cent. of the national average for constituencies of grants to good causes from the National Lottery.
(1838)
14  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements are made to monitor the distribution of National Lottery funds.
(1830)
15  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the disparities between constituencies of grants to good causes from the National Lottery.
(1831)
16  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidelines are set for the creation and distribution of the National Lottery Communities First Fund.
(1832)
17  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures have been put in place to promote applications to the National Lottery Communities First Fund from the areas the fund is designed to assist.
(1829)
18  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice she has received about the proposed funding of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
(1341)
19  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library copies of the correspondence received by her Department from Sport England about the funding of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002.
(1343)
20  
  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects Sport England to make a further announcement about the feasibility of a new national athletics stadium at Pickets Lock.
(1753)
21  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the adequacy of funding arrangements for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
(1340)
22  
N  
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from Manchester 2002 Ltd and Manchester City Council about the funding of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
(1342)
23  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Football Association regarding the future development of Wembley Stadium.
(2153)
24  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the future plans for Wembley Stadium.
(2152)
25  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to providing further assistance to UK tourism following the foot and mouth outbreak.
(2150)
26  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on compensation for self-employed tour guides affected by foot and mouth restrictions.
(2149)
27  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Education and Skills in relation to increasing the number of hours spent on sport in schools.
(2151)
28  
N  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to introduce legislation to reform the liquor licensing laws.
(648)
29  
  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement about the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
(2198)
30  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the plans for staging the World Athletics Championships in 2005.
(2083)
31  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the honourable Member for Pontypridd will next meet the senior management of S4C.
(1756)
32  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the subsidy to S4C was (a) in total and (b) per viewer in the last year.
(1754)
33  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she is taking to prevent further crowd trouble at international cricket matches.
(1718)
34  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British forces are operating in and around the East Timor theatre; and what their role is within the United Nations contingent.
(1181)
35  
N  
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what responsibility his Department has for the maintenance of navigation marks, with special reference to moorings and lighthouses; and what plans he has to review those responsibilities.
(1263)
36  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the RAF air tanker programme.
(2139)
37  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which types of aircraft are expected to operate in the future large aircraft carriers.
(2138)
38  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the shortfall of servicemen in (a) the Army, (b) the Marines, (c) the Royal Navy and (d) the RAF; and to what extent the shortfall is supplemented by the Territorial Army.
(2140)
39  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects former Chatham Dockyard radiation workers to receive an offer of compensation under the no fault scheme for former radiation workers.
(1949)
40  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria will govern whether the United Kingdom joins the United States Administration's Missile Defense Programme.
(1773)
41  
  
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests he has received from Wiltshire Police to assist the Operation Antler team to locate official notices which are alleged to state that volunteers were needed to take part in common cold research at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down.
(1734)
42  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to enable schools to fund more programmes to tackle drug abuse.
(2088)
43  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to review the ethnic composition of entrants to medical degree courses.
(1733)
44  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to scrutinise the effectiveness of vice-chancellors.
(1687)
45  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the (a) optimum number and (b) minimum number of pupils at which a primary school can provide a balanced education; and if she will make a statement.
(2123)
46  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the amount of time dedicated to sport in schools each week.
(2142)
47  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason newly qualified teachers (a) who trained and qualified in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and (b) from countries within the European Economic Area are allowed to teach in maintained schools in England without having to sit the national numeracy test.
(2141)
48  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase the amount of time given to sport in schools.
(2143)
49  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she plans to take to reduce primary school class sizes for those aged eight years and over.
(2144)
50  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what policies she is pursuing to tackle the problem of the digital divide; and if she will make a statement.
(1807)
51  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to announce the findings of the early process evaluation and customer satisfaction surveys in relation to individual learning accounts.
(1752)
52  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out the targets for recruitment into teacher training for each of the next three years for (a) BEd courses, (b) PGCE courses and (c) GTTP.
(1622)
53  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on admissions to secondary schools.
(1624)
54  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the areas of responsibility that have (a) been transferred from her Department to other departments and (b) been transferred to her Department from other departments since 8th June.
(1619)
55  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in further education colleges have undertaken AS levels in the current year; and what the cost of the exams has been to further education colleges.
(1627)
56  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consultation has taken place with teachers on the introduction of the new over-arching graduation award for 19 year olds.
(1621)
57  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching staff have (a) been employed in further education colleges and (b) left further education in each of the last four academic years.
(1629)
58  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the special advisers in her Department together with their date of appointment and their responsibilities; which of them are authorised to speak to the media; and if she will make a statement.
(1497)
59  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out the (a) remit and (b) timetable of the review of AS levels and details of the process of reporting the results of the review.
(1618)
60  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils have sat the new AS levels in the current year; what the average number of subjects studied was; and what the cost of the new AS level exams has been for schools.
(1626)
61  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received regarding admission policies for secondary schools.
(1620)
62  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the new graduation award for 19 year olds will be available to those studying at the further education colleges post-16; and if further education colleges will be expected to hold graduation ceremonies.
(1628)
63  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what analysis has been undertaken by her Department of the impact of the introduction of independent admission appeals panels on the number of appeals upheld.
(1623)
64  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information her Department collates on the number of people leaving teacher training who enter teaching; and if she will publish those figures.
(1617)
65  
N  
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions were held with the Learning and Skills Council on the introduction of the new graduation award for 19 year olds.
(1625)
66  
N  
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many academic staff at universities in the UK resigned their posts in the first three months of this year who would otherwise have been employed on 31st March and included in the RAE submissions either as research active or as not research active; how many of them were re-engaged (a) to teach and (b) to continue research broken down by university and unit of assessment; and if she will make a statement.
(1494)
67  
N  
Dr Robert Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of teacher shortages in Castle Point (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools; and what action she will take to remove those shortages.
(1485)
68  
  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what instructions have been issued to veterinary surgeons in respect of wild animals brought to them for treatment during the course of the current foot and mouth outbreak.
(1827)
69  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to reply to the letter to her predecessor from the Right honourable Member for Berkwick-upon-Tweed dated 8th February about genetically indexed flocks, to which a holding reply was sent on 12th February.
(1486)
70  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the need for (a) a light lamb disposal scheme and (b) a light lamb storage scheme.
(1692)
71  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts regarding the possibility of buying up sheep quota.
(1714)
72  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will adopt all the targets set by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in their public service agreement.
(1715)
73  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many administrative staff were employed by the Intervention Board in each of the last 10 years.
(1716)
74  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the impact on energy use of providing home buyers with tailored energy efficiency advice on properties.
(1813)
75  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to meet her counterparts in the devolved administrations to discuss the adoption of a common definition of fuel poverty.
(1812)
76  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the final fuel poverty strategy required by the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 will be published.
(1811)
77  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to set higher targets for recycling.
(1919)
78  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she takes to ensure that the building of incinerators does not undermine the viability of local recycling schemes.
(1810)
79  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she gives to local authorities in relation to planning applications for mobile telephone masts; what research her Department is sponsoring in the health risks involved; and what proposals she has to review such advice.
(2118)
80  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the number of arable farms which benefit from income from car boot sales; and if she will make a statement.
(2112)
81  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risks of using pigswill prepared to the required standards; and if she will further review her Department's ban on the use of pigswill.
(2097)
82  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on lifting the form D notices in (a) south Lancashire and (b) Lancashire.
(2148)
83  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the continuation of form D notices in south Lancashire.
(2147)
84  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding help for businesses that have suffered losses due to the foot and mouth crisis.
(2146)
85  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies she is pursuing to bridge the urban-rural digital divide; and if she will make a statement.
(1809)
86  
  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will issue a code of practice for petrol retailers using underground storage tanks from which site managers can bench mark their performance.
(1972)
87  
  
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she takes to ensure consistency in the advice her Department is offering to farmers on biosecurity relating to foot and mouth disease with the advice it is offering to county councils about the re-opening of footpaths; and if she will make a statement.
(1988)
88  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria she has published for the reopening of public footpaths following the foot and mouth outbreak.
(1735)
89  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the incidence of delays in payment of livestock compensation to farmers whose animals have been slaughtered in the foot and mouth crisis; and if she will pay interest from the date of stock loss.
(2175)
90  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons a 24 hour slaughter policy was not in place in the initial confirmed cases of foot and mouth disease.
(2186)
91  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what biosecurity measures were implemented during farm to farm milk tanker collections affected by foot and mouth restrictions.
(2173)
92  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action he has taken to examine and improve enforcement of existing import controls at all points of entry as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak.
(2190)
93  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the psychological effect of the foot and mouth disease on farm children; and what provisions have been implemented to ensure that adverse effects on their schooling are resolved.
(2179)
94  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food purchased railway sleepers prior to the foot and mouth outbreak.
(2180)
95  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what efforts are being made to encourage young farmers in the agricultural industry, with particular reference to family and livestock farming.
(2174)
96  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been (a) slaughtered and (b) disposed of in each day during the foot and mouth crisis.
(2189)
97  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been slaughtered as a result of foot and mouth disease.
(2184)
98  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much compensation has been paid to farmers whose stock has been culled on the grounds of (a) infected premises, (b) contiguous premises, (c) direct contact and (d) the three km cull policy.
(2185)
99  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of psychological trauma caused by foot and mouth disease to rural communities; and what provision they have made to counter this problem.
(2191)
100  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much coal was bought by MAFF as part of contingency plans in the past five years.
(2170)
101  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will assess the consequential losses suffered by farmers unaffected by culls who farm in a restricted area; and if she will establish a recovery programme for such farmers.
(2183)
102  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the possibility of foot and mouth disease being spread as a result of burning as a disposal method.
(2194)
103  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the duration of the current foot and mouth disease outbreak.
(2181)
104  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the contamination of water tables as a result of mass livestock burial.
(2196)
105  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the discovery of blisters found in the mouths of livestock during the foot and mouth outbreak but unconnected to the disease; and what impact they have had on efforts to diagnose the virus.
(2177)
106  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans were in place for vaccination prior to the foot and mouth outbreak; and when those plans had been made.
(2187)
107  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the consequential losses suffered by farmers whose animals are over 30 months old and are unable to proceed with the Over 30 Month Scheme; and if he will make them eligible for compensation.
(2188)
108  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, upon what basis the Government decided not to use vaccination in their efforts to eradicate foot and mouth disease.
(2182)
109  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of its decision not to use vaccination as an option to eradicate foot and mouth disease.
(2171)
110  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, upon what scientific evidence the Government based its decision to implement a three kilometre cull strategy around infected premises.
(2172)
111  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much it cost to dispose of slaughtered animals in the eradication of foot and mouth disease, broken down by (a) veterinary bills, (b) transport, (c) accommodation, (d) fuel and materials for pyres, (e) land access for burial, (f) contractors and slaughtermen, (g) machinery hire, (h) wagon transport, (i) consumables and (j) rendering.
(2193)
112  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the implementation of animal welfare standards during the culling of livestock during the foot and mouth disease outbreak.
(2195)
113  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations have been made by the farming community as to the use of foreign vets in efforts to eradicate the foot and mouth crisis.
(2178)
114  
N  
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the outcome of her discussions with Ofwat about possible remedies following sewer flooding last year.
(1479)
115  
  
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the contingency plans which have been put in place in the event of a significant increase in the incidence of new cases of foot and mouth; and if she will make a statement.
(1828)
116  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the average interval between application and granting of monies for the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (a) in total, (b) in Gloucestershire and (c) the Forest of Dean.
(1800)
117  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications there have been for Home Energy Efficiency Scheme grants since its inception; and how many were successful.
(1801)
118  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what circumstances she has contingency plans to authorise a programme of vaccination against foot and mouth.
(1492)
119  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the deer population is harbouring foot and mouth; and if she will make a statement.
(1493)
120  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to respond to the recommendations of the Task Force of the Hills; and if she will make a statement.
(2071)
121  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criterion she uses to determine the areas of infection covered by the declaratory orders for foot and mouth.
(1488)
122  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sheep in upland areas her Department has tested for foot and mouth; how many and what percentage carried the foot and mouth antibody; and if she will make a statement.
(1489)
123  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many complaints she has received from (a) organisation and (b) members of the public about the conduct of the military in assisting with the foot and mouth cull.
(1487)
124  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of livestock farmers in England who have access to the Internet.
(1490)
125  
N  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many documented cases have been brought to her attention involving the slaughter of animals, as part of the programme of control of foot and mouth, which were carried out in inappropriate ways.
(1491)
126  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the text of the letter sent to the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent, dated 11th May, concerning the remit of consultants Arthur D. Little in the independent appraisal of the revised BNFL economic and market assessment for plutonium MOX fuel; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the completed ADL study.
(1758)
127  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to publish the White Paper on Radioactive Waste.
(1771)
128  
  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will order a public inquiry into the current outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.
(2094)
129  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations are planned prior to the implementation of the provisions of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in the New Forest.
(865)
130  
N  
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of implementing the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 on dog owners walking in the New Forest.
(866)
131  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the work of the Ad Hoc Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals.
(1993)
132  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on negotiations on the Draft Directive on Food Supplements.
(1992)
133  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of resources available to port health authorities to protect the UK from infected foodstuffs.
(1995)
134  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants were employed by (a) the Department of the Environment and (b) the Ministry of Agriculture in April 1997.
(1802)
135  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much illegal meat was imported into the UK and confiscated from ports and airports in the last 12 months; and if he will list the species of animal concerned.
(1999)
136  
  
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government is taking to control the trade in smuggled meat, with particular reference to smuggling from countries with foot and mouth.
(1998)
137  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the per capita spending of all government departments in each of the regions and nations of the United Kingdom was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(2163)
138  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government plans to make separate provision for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) England in respect of the application of the aggregates tax.
(864)
139  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the aggregates tax upon each local authority in the United Kingdom in respect of the cost of purchasing aggregates for construction and maintenance work.
(860)
140  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the British Aggregates Association in connection with the impact of the aggregates tax.
(862)
141  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what impact the aggregates tax will have on actual costs to the end user.
(861)
142  
N  
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the imposition of the aggregates tax from April 2002 on (a) the importation of aggregates, (b) the number of small quarries and (c) the use of road transport for transportation of aggregates.
(863)
143  
N  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 59W, on the Financial Services Authority, for what reason it is inappropriate to comment during the investigation into the Independent Insurance Co.
(1446)
144  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the optimum value of sterling in relation to the (a) DM, (b) euro and (c) dollar at which it would be most beneficial for the United Kingdom to enter the euro, provided that all other elements of his five economic tests are met; and if he will make a statement.
(2106)
145  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the policy of his Department is on the reforms of the European Central Bank that would be needed before the UK could join the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(1348)
146  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest date is by which his Department will complete its assessment of the five economic tests for UK membership of the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(1346)
147  
N  
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the technical work which is necessary before an assessment of the five economic tests for British entry into the euro is started; who will carry out this preliminary technical work in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(1347)
148  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 26th June, Official Report, column 59W, on company cars, what assessment he has made of the impact of the loss to employees of company car tax concessions.
(2084)
149  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has taken to ensure that the volunteers who helped distribute the Census 2001 forms have been adequately remunerated.
(1738)
150  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the loss in tax as a result of lost tourist industry income arising from the foot and mouth outbreak.
(2192)
151  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what obligation is placed on public bodies in respect of (a) PPP, (b) PFI and (c) other financial arangements, for advertising the relevant contracts in the (i) Official Journal and (ii) other publications of the European Community; under what article of which treaty and associated legislation any such requirement is made; what publication sets out the rules which must be followed in such agreements; and whether they apply equally to charitable and profit-making enterprises.
(2133)
152  
  
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the size of the changes in (a) costs and (b) taxes applying to business since 1997.
(1698)
153  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many empty homes will qualify for a reduction in VAT as announced in his Budget Statement 2001.
(1948)
154  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what criteria owners of empty properties will qualify for a reduction in VAT when renovating their properties.
(1955)
155  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the scope available to Ministers to intervene in the decisions of the European Central Bank in circumstances where they deem that the ECB Board has taken a decision which has a negative impact on EU member state economies.
(1762)
156  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policies he has to encourage banks to become partners in local regeneration projects.
(1776)
157  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received about the liability of hospices for VAT; and if he will make a statement.
(1345)
158  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when and how the Government has opposed Norwegian whaling (a) inside and (b) outside the International Whaling Commission; how the Government has sought to get the Norwegian Government to curtail whaling activities; and whether Norway is permitted to survey minke whale populations in United Kingdom waters.
(2078)
159  
  
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the diplomatic car licence plate numbers allocated to embassies and high commissions in the United Kingdom used to identify the country.
(1683)
160  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit (a) Bangladesh, (b) Nepal, (c) Hong Kong, (d) North Korea, (e) South Korea, (f) Malaysia, (g) the Moluccas Islands, (h) Rwanda, (i) the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (j) the Central African Republic, (k) Mozambique, (l) Nigeria, (m) Brazil, (n) Bolivia, (o) Mexico, (p) Guatamala and (q) Peru.
(1819)
161  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he proposes to extend observance of human rights in (a) the Commonwealth and (b) elsewhere.
(1835)
162  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support the resolution on China's human rights record at the next UN Commission on Human Rights.
(1739)
163  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit (a) Anguilla, (b) the British Antarctic Territory, (c) the British Indian Ocean Territory, (d) the British Virgin Islands, (e) the Cayman Islands, (f) Montserrat, (g) Pitcairn, (h) St. Helena and the St. Helena dependencies, (i) South Georgia, (j) Gibraltar and (k) the South Sandwich Islands.
(1817)
164  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to give greater priority to Africa within his Department's policy.
(1821)
165  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department received from the South African Government about the honourable Member for Neath during his period as a Minister with responsibility for Africa.
(1820)
166  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to visit (a) the Carribean, (b) Bermuda, (c) the Falkland Islands, (d) the Turks and Caicos Islands, (e) Canada, (f) Australia, (g) New Zealand, (h) Indonesia, (i) Turkey, (j) Saudi Arabia, (k) South Africa, (l) Chile, (m) Argentina, (n) Sudan, (o) Taiwan, (p) the UAE, (q) Iran and (r) Cuba.
(1818)
167  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures his Department proposes to make conflict prevention and peacekeeping more effective.
(1833)
168  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria he uses in balancing trade relations with the human rights records of trading partners; and if he will make a statement.
(2102)
169  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average number of requests for assistance per year from UK tourists to local consular offices and their equivalents was in (a) Florida, (b) Ibiza, (c) Corfu, (d) Barcelona, (e) Benidorm, (f) Majorca, (g) Rhodes, (h) Rome, (i) Paris, (j) Venice, (k) Milan, (l) Dublin, (m) Capri, (n) Tenerife, (o) Cyprus, (p) Nice, (q) Cannes, (r) Boston, (s) Las Vegas, (t) New York, (u) Jerusalem, (v) Los Angeles, (w) Moscow, (x) St Petersburg, (y) Berlin, (z) Dubai and (aa) Sri Lanka; and what category of assistance was requested in each case.
(2108)
170  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of running each of Her Majesty's embassies, broken down by (a) staff cost, (b) transport costs, (c) premises costs, (d) equipment costs and (e) entertainment and other costs in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(2101)
171  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a decision will be made on the settlement application under Islamabad reference 496527.
(1646)
172  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the United States' Government's intention to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; and if the future of the ABM Treaty was discussed with the United States administration delegation at the Gothenburg Summit in June.
(1823)
173  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the implications for the implementation of the Nice Treaty on EU Enlargement of the Irish Referendum result rejecting Irish ratification.
(1822)
174  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the report to the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs on the Treaty of Nice and the future of the European Union, Report Number A5-0168/2001 Final, dated 4th May.
(1764)
175  
N  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide guidance to health service providers carrying out universal neo-natal hearing screening about the need to inform other statutory authorities about the detection of deafness.
(1344)
176  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role the new strategic health authorities will have in ensuring effective patient and public involvement.
(1839)
177  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for reforming patient consultation in the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
(1841)
178  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his timescale for the introduction of the new strategic health authorities.
(1840)
179  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to approve (a) the hospital regeneration project at the Royal Victoria Infirmary site, Newcastle and (b) the new Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment; and what the target date for completion of each is.
(2074)
180  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures (a) have been and (b) will be introduced to help carers who look after those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
(1179)
181  
  
Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons his Department did not meet the deadline of December 1999 set out in circulars 11th August 1999 (Health Service Circular 1999/180 and Local Authority Circular (99) 30) to give final advice on the lawful way to charge nursing home fees; and what factors underlay the delays in issuing this advice prior to March 2001.
(1836)
182  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to monitor the delivery of the National Cancer Plan.
(1688)
183  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for inpatients for each hospital in the North West region for (a) hip replacements, (b) knee replacements, (c) heart surgery, (d) hernia operations, (e) eye surgery, (f) ear operations, (g) cancer surgery, (h) treatment for ingrowing toenails and (i) varicose vein surgery.
(2103)
184  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the additional number of beds that would be required to eliminate queueing for a bed on wards at (a) Whiston Hospital, (b) University Hospital, Aintree, (c) the Royal Liverpool Teaching Hospital and (d) Alder Hey Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(2168)
185  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of days hospital beds are blocked because of local authority delays in providing (a) care packages and (b) aids or adaptations to patients' homes for each local authority area in the North West; and if he will make a statement.
(2107)
186  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints from patients have been received in each of the last 12 months in respect of each hospital in the North West region; and if he will make a statement.
(2099)
187  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the recent change in the incidence of autism.
(2248)
188  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce tests for children at an early age to detect autism.
(2249)
189  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that children's hospices receive the same level of public funding as adult hospices.
(2247)
190  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she proposes to take to promote information and education for consumers on healthy eating.
(1726)
191  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase investment in NHS chiropody services.
(1727)
192  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to replace the law relating to claims for medical negligence with a system of no fault compensation involving payment of modest lump sums and pensions payable for fixed periods up to and including for life.
(1719)
193  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will issue his response to the review carried out by the UK National Screening Committee into the case for introducing a national neo-natal cystic fibrosis screening programme.
(1751)
194  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered blind people there are in the United Kingdom; and how many have assistance animals.
(1725)
195  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many surgical procedures to remove unwanted tattoos on (a) women and (b) men were carried out by the NHS; and at what cost in each year since 1997.
(1990)
196  
  
Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the golden hello payments to general practitioners joining the NHS to come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(1986)
197  
  
Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to (a) compile and (b) publish performance statistics for each consultant employed in NHS hospitals.
(1745)
198  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cash releasing efficiency savings procedure within the NHS.
(1951)
199  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of acute beds in the Dudley group of hospitals which are unavailable to incoming patients as a result of being occupied by patients needing accommodation in a nursing home.
(1805)
200  
  
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will investigate the care of medical patients on surgical wards in the Dudley group of hospitals.
(1997)
201  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide assistance to the recent study by the World Health Organisation into the effects of vaccines containing mercury used for MMR inoculations.
(1763)
202  
  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS structures in West Sussex.
(2095)
203  
N  
Dr Robert Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the diseases for which routine screening would be appropriate for men aged over 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
(1484)
204  
N  
Dr Robert Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he estimates that junior doctors will be required to work a maximum of 56 hours a week.
[R] (1483)
205  
N  
Dr Robert Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what allocation has been made for discretionary capital for each NHS trust in the Eastern Region in (a) the current financial year and (b) in 1999-2000.
(1481)
206  
N  
Dr Robert Spink (Castle Point):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend routine screening for middle aged male patients; and if he will make a statement.
(1482)
207  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost of implementing Information for Health; from which budgets that cost will be funded; and if he will make a statement.
(1968)
208  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when all GPs will be connected to NHSnet.
(1967)
209  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in defining conditions for the safe use of traditional herbal products; and if he will make a statement.
(1994)
210  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the provision of convalescent and respite beds and the maintenance of cottage hospitals; and to what extent his policy is expressed by targets and guidance to health authorities.
(1650)
211  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in hospices are available to the National Health Service; and what the figures were for each of the last 10 years.
(1057)
212  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of financial support is given per bed to hospices; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the National Health Service per bed of providing the same level of service itself.
(1058)
213  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the costs of running hospices is met by (a) grants from the National Health Service and (b) charitable giving; and what the figures were in each of the past 10 years.
(1059)
214  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he gives to NHS funding bodies about the level of support that should be given to hospices.
(1060)
215  
N  
Tony Worthington (Clydebank & Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to review policy on the relationship between the NHS and the hospice movement.
(1061)
216  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 97W, on work permits, if he will place a copy of the affidavit received from a Trinidad and Tobago Football Association medical officer in the Libraries of both Houses.
(2086)
217  
N  
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a decision on the citizenship application of Mr Cemal Han of Keverne Close, Aspley, Nottingham.
(1448)
218  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is of supporting Neighbourhood Watch schemes in (a) Lancashire and (b) the South Ribble constituency.
(1743)
219  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions exist on making the name and address of Neighourhood Watch coordinators available to honourable Members.
(1742)
220  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Neighbourhood Watch schemes exist in (a) Lancashire and (b) the South Ribble constituency.
(1744)
221  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he offers to the police and local authorities on the removal of unauthorised traveller encampments, with special reference to nuisance to the general public; and if he will make inquiries into the persistence of a rave beginning on 22nd June at Borough Hill, Daventry.
(1447)
222  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if surveillance of Dr Dizaei included telephone conversations on private and public telecommunication systems in connection with his position as adviser to the National Black Police Association.
(1921)
223  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what basis (a) the accounts of the National Black Police Association were disclosed to the Metropolitan Police and (b) his Department agreed with the Metropolitan Police Service not to allow the National Black Police Association to examine its own accounts.
(1924)
224  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the phone intercepts of Dr Dizaei carried out between September 1999 and October 2000 were of private conversations unrelated to Dr Dizaei's work as a police officer.
(1922)
225  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if phone interceptions were carried out and transcribed whilst (a) Dr Dizaei was giving advice to black officers taking proceedings against the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) Dr Dizaei was discussing such cases with the lawyers involved.
(1923)
226  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action has followed the formal complaint made by the National Black Police Association against the Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair, DAC Hayman and Superintendent Norman on 13th May over their conduct in investigating Dr Dizaei.
(1926)
227  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the investigation into Dr Dizaei has been to date including (a) salaries of police officers and support staff, (b) cost of other individuals involved, (c) use of technical equipment, (d) cost of facilities and administration and (e) expenses including overtime and travelling.
(1925)
228  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are working on the investigation of Dr Dizaei.
(1927)
229  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many statements relating to the investigation of Dr Dizaei have been taken to date and what proportion of those statements, excluding those from police staff, were taken from the visible ethnic minorities.
(1928)
230  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many superintendents within the Metropolitan Police in the last five years have received surveillance at the level of that carried out in the investigation of Superintendent Dizaei.
(1929)
231  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being taken to ensure persistent re-offenders are processed quickly through the penal system.
(1180)
232  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the findings of his consultation exercise on the reform of the laws governing corporate killing.
(1804)
233  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to abolish the criteria of fitness for operational duty as a condition of serving in the police force.
(2079)
234  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce national medical criteria for the police initial recruitment standards.
(2128)
235  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will implement Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary's recommendation to combine the recruitment and retention functions of the Metropolitan Police Force.
(2126)
236  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to adopt mid-career exit points for police, in line with the armed services.
(2127)
237  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to promote redeployment into civilian roles within the police force, for those no longer fit for operational duty.
(2080)
238  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people retired from the police force in 2000 (a) in total, (b) on medical grounds and (c) on medical grounds with an injury award.
(2081)
239  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has to tighten the criteria for injury awards for those taking early retirement from the police force on medical grounds.
(2082)
240  
  
Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces apply the criterion that recruits may not have more than a three millimetre gap between their front teeth; and what plans he has to change this.
(2125)
241  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Indonesia, (ii) Turkey, (iii) Saudi Arabia, (iv) South Africa, (v) Chile, (vi) Argentina, (vii) Sudan, (viii) Taiwan, (ix) the UAE and (x) Cuba.
(1824)
242  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Canada, (ii) Australia and (iii) New Zealand.
(1837)
243  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his predecessor (a) first visted and (b) last visited, (i) Brazil, (ii) Bolivia, (iii) Mexico, (iv) Guatemala and (v) Peru.
(1932)
244  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) Rwanda, (ii) Democratic Republic of Congo, (iii) Central African Republic, (iv) Mozambique and (v) Nigeria.
(1954)
245  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his predecessor (a) first visited and (b) last visited (i) South Korea and (ii) Malaysia.
(1947)
246  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted offenders are being held in each young offenders' institution, broken down by (a) average age, (b) average length of sentence and (c) category of offence; and if he will make a statement.
(2111)
247  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) juveniles and (b) young offenders are covered by probation orders; what the average (i) length of such orders and (ii) frequency of contact with a designated probation officer is, for each of the last 12 months; how many breaches there have been of such orders; and if he will make a statement.
(2100)
248  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many juvenile offenders are currently held in (a) young offenders' institutions and (b) elsewhere within the Prison Estate; and if he will make a statement.
(2110)
249  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost was in the last year of a place in each prison in (a) the Prison Estate and (b) privately run establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(2113)
250  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent so far on the quantum project; and what benefits it has produced in terms of providing (a) updated technology, (b) increased efficiency and (c) better quality of information; and if he will make a statement.
(2121)
251  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many secure unit places for juvenile offenders there are in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(2114)
252  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has for reviewing key performance indicators for policing following Merseyside Police's reorganisation of neighbourhood policing; and if he will make a statement.
(2116)
253  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what private sector criminal justice initiatives his Department supports for (a) juvenile offenders and (b) young offenders; and if he will make a statement
(2117)
254  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on private companies providing remunerated work-based prison regimes within the prison estate; and if he will make a statement
(2120)
255  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since the relevant provisons of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into effect in each local authority area, broken down by (a) reason for the order, (b) average age of the subject of the order and (c) source of the order; and if he will make a statement.
(2115)
256  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will report on the operation to date of the Football (Disorder) Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(1496)
257  
N  
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the review of sentencing; and if he will make a statement.
(1495)
258  
  
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been detained in asylum-seeker detention facilities in each quarter of the last year; and how many were in detention on the last night for which figures are available.
(1761)
259  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recourse is available to men who have been (a) acquitted of rape charges and (b) charged with rape but the charges were later withdrawn, with particular reference to those whose names have been published.
(1816)
260  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many men charged with rape were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) had charges withdrawn in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(1815)
261  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received since 1997 in favour of permitting citizens of other EU member states to vote in general elections.
(1974)
262  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his plans for the reform of coroners' courts.
(1729)
263  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the projects that his Department is funding in the current financial year that (a) provide parenting classes for adults and (b) otherwise include a parenting skills element.
(1722)
264  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions took place for offences carrying a potential life sentence in each year since 1974; how many resulted in conviction; and how many of those convictions were reversed at appeal.
(1973)
265  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support has been given by his Department to Mediation UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement about government support for local mediation services.
(2134)
266  
N  
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on community policing in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(624)
267  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what publicity was given to the implementation of section 1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, with particular reference to the changes in the administration of visitor visas.
(1648)
268  
N  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what orders have been issued under section 8(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
(1647)
269  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements he has made for the appointment of members of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal under section 65 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and if he will make a statement
(1965)
270  
  
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of statistics available to him on immigration and asylum.
(2093)
271  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences were recorded involving the use of an air weapon in each year from 1997.
(2169)
272  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the practice of senior policemen being suspended on full pay pending investigation for misdemeanor.
(2076)
273  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) guidance and (b) targets he gives to police authorities for the time taken to respond to (i) 999 calls and (ii) other calls.
(1651)
274  
  
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of royal travel by (a) the Royal Flight, (b) the Royal Train and (c) commercial airlines in the last year before the grant-in-aid to the Palace for royal travel was introduced.
(2085)
275  
  
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on phase one of the House of Commons paper recycling scheme.
(1747)
276  
  
Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the support given by her Department to animal conservation schemes in each of the past four years.
(1931)
277  
  
Mr Nigel Jones (Cheltenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what polices she is pursuing to tackle the problem of the digital divide in developing countries; and if she will make a statement.
(1808)
278  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on the proposals of the St Helena Leisure Corporation for the future of that island.
(1684)
279  
  
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the results of the comparative study of air and sea access to the island of St Helena will be published.
(1685)
280  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the Natural Resources Institute concerning redundancies of specialists there.
(1691)
281  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the University of Greenwich concerning reduction in staff at the Natural Resources Institute; and what assessment she has made of its effect on development and food production.
(1689)
282  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made towards the UN international development targets for 2015; and if she will make a statement.
(1748)
283  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries following the planned reduction in staff at the Natural Resources Institute.
(1690)
284  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make the criteria for determining the award of city status more transparent; and if he will make a statement.
(1339)
285  
N  
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on what the criteria are for determining the award of city status to towns.
(1338)
286  
  
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the current state of the Libra computer project, including the total cost, specifying what sums expended are irrecoverable.
(1970)
287  
N  
Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how he will monitor the Government's commitment to openness in government departments.
(615)
288  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment he has made of the case for establishing a human rights commission to promote the Human Rights Act 1998 and investigate violations of human rights in the United Kingdom.
(1720)
289  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will initiate a study into the likely consequential effects of establishing a human rights commission on the existing arrangements for upholding laws relating to (a) equal opportunities, (b) sex discrimination, (c) racial discrimination, (d) disability rights and (e) child protection.
(1721)
290  
  
Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what support the Lord Chancellor's Department has given to Mediation UK in each of the last five years.
(2135)
291  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to the report of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission under section 69(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
(1717)
292  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the President of the Council, when the House of Lords Appointments Commission intends to launch its regional road shows to attract applications from aspiring people's peers
(1976)
293  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he made, and by which officials on his behalf, to (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) the Department of Culture, Media and Sport regarding the applications for work permits by Mr Hector Sam and Mr Carlos Edwards.
(2090)
294  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to establish a Cabinet sub-committee on foreign affairs which would include non-Government members.
(1740)
295  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will define the phrase world class in the context of his recent speech relating to public services.
(1649)
296  
  
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans the Government has for a public inquiry into the handling of the foot and mouth crisis.
(2176)
297  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if former members of Cabinet committees are required to submit political diaries and memoirs for clearance by the Cabinet Office prior to publication.
(1975)
298  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his reply of 25th June, Official Report, column 17W, on the Appointments Commission, what categories of individuals other than those enobled in order to enter the Government as Ministers will be recommended by him for a peerage without reference to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
(2154)
299  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 17W, on the Appointments Commission, if he will place in the Library correspondence with the House of Lords Appointments Commission concerning his practice of recommending some peerages without reference to the Commission.
(2155)
300  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, what restrictions govern the publication of minutes of meetings of the Joint Cabinet Committee held in the last Parliament.
(1977)
301  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the policy areas on which he plans to (a) cooperate and (b) enter into dialogue with the Leader of the Liberal Democrats; and if he will make a statement.
(1991)
302  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on advising (a) Parliament and (b) Her Majesty the Queen about violations of sovereignty and international law in the UK.
(1953)
303  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what communications he has had with his Swedish counterpart in respect of the shooting with live ammunition of demonstrators at the European Summit in Gothenburg.
(1759)
304  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals he has to mitigate poverty in the United Kingdom.
(1755)
305  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Eccles of 21st June, Official Report, column 1W, if he will provide details of the new high-level group on climate change.
(1774)
306  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions the Crown Prosecution Service has held with Merseyside Police Serious Fraud Squad concerning the investigation of the Walton Group in relation to Exchange Flags Liverpool; and if she will make a statement.
(1697)
307  
  
Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the implementation of the EU directive on fixed term work.
(1966)
308  
N  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Enterprise Bill will include measures to implement the Cruickshank Review recommendations on the establishment of a payments regulator.
(1480)
309  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to ensure that the economy of the Yorkshire and Humberside region grows to the United Kingdom per capita average.
(2166)
310  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the EU Regional Development Fund goes towards the city of Coventry; and what is the annual amount.
(1182)
311  
  
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much compensation has been paid to coal health claimants.
(2072)
312  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 31W, how many regulations her Department has (a) introduced and (b) reviewed the operation and working of since May 1997; and if she will place copies of such reviews in the Library.
(2158)
313  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 31W, if she will list (a) public consultations held under the Consultation Code, setting out the length of each consultation period and the reasons for consultations lasting less than 12 weeks and (b) regulations with an impact on business introduced under the new procedures setting out (i) the length of time between guidance being issued and the regulation taking effect and (ii) the reasons for guidance being issued less than 12 weeks before the regulation took effect.
(2156)
314  
  
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her Answer of 25th June, Official Report, column 30W, what operational target date the Small Business Service was set for the establishment of an Index of Regulation; and what plans the Government has for the Small Business Service to introduce such an index.
(2157)
315  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the review of the Office of Science and Technology carried out in her Department includes an examination of the research councils.
(1696)
316  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the workings of higher education establishments in relationship to the DTI review of delivery to business.
(1686)
317  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the career structures of women in science.
(1732)
318  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what impact her Department expects the Information and Consultation Directive to have on competitiveness; and if she will make a statement.
(2161)
319  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the United Kingdom's productivity rate compared to that of the United States; and if she will make a statement.
(2159)
320  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of regulation on UK productivity.
(2162)
321  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the special advisers in her Department together with their date of appointment and their responsibilities; which of them are authorised to speak to the media; and if she will make a statement.
(2160)
322  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what employment-related limitations her Department attaches to grants and loans administered (a) by her Department and (b) through other agencies on her behalf; what systems are in place to monitor the fulfilment of such conditions; what remedies are available to deal with breaches of such conditions; and if she will make a statement.
(2109)
323  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policies for supporting UK manufacturing industries.
(1728)
324  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will break down the amount of money spent from the Rover Task Force in each local authority area.
(1996)
325  
  
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if funding from the Rover Task Force will be provided for the Volunteer Bureau in Bromsgrove.
(1987)
326  
  
James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the Government's plans to consult on amending the Working Time Regulations to remove the qualifying period for paid annual leave.
(2077)
327  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what notice her Department has received of alleged breaches of (a) UK sovereignty and (b) international law in areas covered by her Department in the last six months; and if she will make a statement.
(1952)
328  
  
Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made with the inquiry into non-domestic gas prices.
(1950)
329  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions she has had with trade unions in respect of proposals to introduce greater private sector management into the public services.
(1757)
330  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to make arrangements for the treatment and return of German plutonium research reactor fuel, currently at Dounreay, to Germany.
(1770)
331  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to encourage regional development agencies to promote the (a) manufacture and (b) installation of renewable energy technologies.
(1765)
332  
  
Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what instructions she has given to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in support of Mirlees Blackstone of Hazel Grove in their bid to obtain credit for their contract with the Batman power station project in Turkey; and what action she will take to ensure UK exporters are treated no less favourably than other EU companies in securing export credit guarantees.
(1713)
333  
N  
Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's current responsibilities in respect of funding for fire authorities.
(630)
334  
N  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what recent advice he has taken from other European countries which allow positive discrimination in the selection of candidates for elected office.
(644)
335  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will require tailored energy efficiency advice to be provided to people buying a new home.
(1814)
336  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what steps he proposes to take to ensure that good practice in local government can be developed.
(2164)
337  
  
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what methods his Department uses to make direct comparisons of improved performance in the public and private sectors; and what have been the findings of this analysis since it was introduced.
(2165)
338  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to require local authorities to produce cycling strategies.
(1731)
339  
  
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will hold a public inquiry into the process and procedures by which a series of planning consents has been granted for the construction of the Rockingham Speedway, Northamptonshire.
(1783)
340  
  
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what further changes he is intending to make to regional planning guidance for Yorkshire and the Humber about the distribution of housebuilding in West Yorkshire.
(2073)
341  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what monitoring system his Department has in place to ensure that single regeneration budget programmes are delivered in line with the objectives set in the original bids; and if he will make a statement.
(2124)
342  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what contingency arrangements he has made in the event of strike action by fire fighters on Merseyside; and if he will make a statement.
(2129)
343  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what representations he has received proposing local authority boundary changes in Merseyside; and if he will make a statement.
(2105)
344  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the terms of reference are for the Boundary Commission's current review of local government boundaries in Merseyside; and if he will make a statement.
(2104)
345  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what his policy is towards land used as informal open public space being developed for housing purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(2119)
346  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the hectarage of farm land which is surplus to agricultural requirements but cannot be used for any alternative purpose due to (a) local plans and (b) greenbelt zoning.
(2130)
347  
  
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the outcome was of the Transport Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 27th to 28th June.
(1746)
348  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of deregulation on securing a comprehensive network of public bus services.
(1730)
349  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what studies he is undertaking into the turnouts for elections in different countries and the reasons behind the differences in turnouts; and if he will make a statement.
(1694)
350  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research he has commissioned into the low turnout in the recent General Election; and if he will make a statement.
(1693)
351  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into the costs and benefits of introducing compulsory voting for elections in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(1695)
352  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, for what reasons airlines and air carriers are exempted from the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1996; and what plans he has to bring them within the terms of the Act.
(1806)
353  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the airline carriers which will allow assistance animals to travel on board with their owners under the passport for pets scheme.
(1724)
354  
  
Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the airports which have facilities to process assistance animals travelling on passports for pets with their owners.
(1723)
355  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many people were accepted as homeless in each of the London boroughs in each of the last five years; how many of these were accommodated in bed and breakfast establishments; and at what cost.
(1737)
356  
  
Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what has been the average weekly level of (a) council rents in London and (b) rent charges for bed and breakfast establishments used by the London boroughs in each of the last five years.
(1736)
357  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to allow residents to elect to pay their council tax by 12 payments rather than 10.
(2167)
358  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing up to acceptable standard, the private sector housing stock in (a) Pendle, (b) Burnley and (c) East Lancashire as a whole.
(1989)
359  
  
Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what powers are available to him when a local authority fails to enforce the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 against owners who are in contravention of their obligations.
(1930)
360  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the target outputs for SRB-funded housing units between 1997 and 2001.
(1741)
361  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the changes he intends to make in the planning inquiry system; and what consultations his Department has had with non-governmental organisations on planning arrangements.
(1769)
362  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the role of transport infrastructure in delivery of regeneration policies.
(1767)
363  
  
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish his response to his consultation on the control of noise from civil aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(1969)
364  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will list the traffic figures for the A3 between Robin Hood roundabout and Roehampton Lane for each of the last 10 years.
(1749)
365  
  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will publish the accident figures for the A3 between Robin Hood roundabout and Roehampton Lane for each of the last 10 years.
(1750)
366  
  
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, how many civil servants were employed by (a) the Department of the Environment and (b) the Department of Transport in April 1997.
(1803)
367  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the distribution of regeneration funds in Wales.
(1775)
368  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Coventry are in the New Deal programme; and how many had been placed in employment up to June.
(1178)
369  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the number of elderly people entitled to the minimum income guarantee but not claiming it; and if he will make a statement.
(2132)
370  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if a non-resident parent's responsiblity to support a child will end if that child is adopted under the child support system to be introduced in April 2002.
(2145)
371  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the effect on his Department's policies of the creation of a new world commission on the social dimension of globalisation by the International Labour Organisation.
(1766)
372  
  
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to modify the planning system in respect of protection of sites of special scientific interest.
[Transferred] (1772)
373  
  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to clean the roof of the Dome; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (2092)
374  
  
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has for reviewing the competitiveness and fairness to the consumer of the ways in which the insurance industry assesses risk in relation to insurance premiums on a post code basis.
[Transferred] (2098)
375  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in relation to extending the free television licence scheme to all pensioners.
[Transferred] (2137)
376  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to implement paid parental leave for parents with children aged five years or under.
[Transferred] (2136)


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