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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 11 April 2002

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Thursday 11 April 2002, 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.
 


 

THURSDAY 11th APRIL

1  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48405)

2  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many and what percentage of the British population attended (a) Oxford or Cambridge universities, (b) independent schools and (c) both; pursuant to his Answer of 26th March, Official Report, column 822W, on Permanent secretaries in the Home Civil Service, what steps are being taken to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for appointment to senior posts; and if he will make a statement.

 (48702)

3  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48395)

4  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 552W, on senior armed forces, how many officers there are of the rank of General and equivalent or above for each service; what steps the Ministry of Defence takes to ensure that its objective of reflecting the diversity of British society is monitored and implemented; and if he will make a statement on how the Government plans to ensure that senior officers are drawn from the whole range of society.

 (48701)

5  Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much public funding has been provided to the legal representatives of his Department, HM armed forces and other individuals appearing at the Saville Inquiry, broken down by each (a) barrister, (b) firm of solicitors and (c) other body involved.

 (48695)

6  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his written Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 562W, on warships, if the companies mentioned will be involved with nuclear material as part of their contract; and if he will make a statement.

 (48178)

7  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48391)

8  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if a decision has been made on a funding agreement between her Department and the proposed South Middlesbrough Academy.

 (48638)

9  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48402)

10  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made with investigations into the feasibility of using X-ray machines to detect illegal meat imports; and if she will make a statement.

 (47912)

11  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made with the pilot scheme for dogs to sniff out meat which is being brought into the country illegally; and if she will make a statement.

 (47913)

12  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to make the Products of Animal Origin (Import and Export) Regulations 1996 more effective; and if she will make a statement.

 (47914)

13  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what material is issued to inform people travelling to the UK of the regulations regarding personal imports of meat and the penalties for importing meat illegally.

 (48390)

14  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48407)

15  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what action the Treasury has taken to quantify unfunded state pension liabilities in Britain and the European Union since 1996; if he will publish figures for (a) unfunded state pension liabilities and (b) unfunded occupational scheme liabilities for (ii) the UK and (ii) those EU countries for which comparable figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

 (48700)

16  
N  
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial measures the Government has implemented since 1997 to stimulate research and development, and production, in the sectors of medical technology and of pollution control.

 (44493)

17  
N  
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the tax system to assist small landlords.

 (44494)

18  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures Customs and Excise are taking to prevent illegal imports of meat; and if he will make a statement.

 (48176)

19  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 578W, on vocational training, if he will provide a breakdown of the courses being followed by the claimants of vocational training relief in 1998-99.

 (48639)

20  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48404)

21  Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 25th March, Official Report, column 611W, on civil servants, if he will list the type of information held by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's manpower system, whether it provides information on the type of school that staff attended; and what steps his Department takes to ensure that its stated objective of reflecting the diversity of British society is monitored and implemented.

 (48698)

22  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48398)

23  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Food Standards Agency is taking to detect infected meat which has been imported from abroad and (a) is unsafe for human consumption and (b) could pass the infection to a farm animal; and if he will make a statement.

 (48175)

24  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48403)

25  Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of asylum seekers held in removal centres are waiting for an initial decision on their application; and if he will make a statement.

 (48699)

26  
N  
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Argyll & Bute, (a) dated 14th February, regarding the Iona Community and (b) dated 10th October 2001, on asylum seekers.

 (48177)

27  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48401)

28  
N  
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made towards the 2015 targets for reducing world poverty.

 (44496)

29  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48406)

30  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48397)

31  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48394)

32  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which of her Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48393)

33  
N  
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has for giving mineworkers a greater share of the surplus from their pension fund; and if she will make a statement.

 (44495)

34  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March, ref. 44277/44278, what percentage of the population of (a) each NUTS 2 area and (b) each shire county, unitary authority London borough or metropolitan borough which is not terminous with a NUTS 2 area lies within an area holding EU objective 2 status.

 (48388)

35  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will list the wards in the South and South East of England which have EU objective 2 status, in the grouping which enabled them to qualify for objective 2 status, listing for each grouping its (a) position relative to the lowest decile of deprivation indecies, (b) population, (c) unemployment according to the last census, (d) average income per head according to the most recent information available, (e) population of working age and (f) county.

 (48389)

36  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48399)

37  
N  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what plans he has to help local partnerships finance safe transport to school.

 (44492)

38  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the per capita aggregate external funding is for the Sedgefield District and Durham County councils for the most recent year for which information is available.

 (48384)

39  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what the per capita aggregate borrowing permission is to Sedgefield District and Durham County Councils in the most recent year for which information is available.

 (48386)

40  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what per capita aggregate capital grant is paid to the Sedgefield District and Durham County councils in the most recent year for which information is available.

 (48385)

41  
N  
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what Band D Council tax is payable by householders in Sedgefield District to their district and county councils.

 (48347)

42  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48396)

43  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the home responsibilities protection for foster carers.

 (48697)

44  
N  
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of his Department's projects have received sponsorship since 1997, including (a) details of the sponsor, (b) the nature of the project, (c) the date of the project, (d) the total cost of the project and (e) the amount of money involved in the sponsorship deal.

 (48400)

45  
N  
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to ensure that pensioners share in the nation's prosperity.

 (44516)

46  
N  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to increase the take-home pay of families of those in low paid work.

 [Question Unstarred]   (44504)

47  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received on instances of information on the identities of British soldiers or former soldiers who may be called upon to testify to the Saville Inquiry falling into unauthorised hands; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (47059)

48  
N  
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has recently reviewed the security arrangements for the handling of information relating to British soldiers and former soldiers by Treasury Counsel and others concerned with the Saville Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

 [Transferred]   (47125)

49  Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reforms he is planning to the revenue support grant in relation to foster carers.

 [Transferred]   (48696)



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