Written answers

Tuesday, 11 January 2000

  • House of Lords

    • Football Licensing Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the 1999 Annual Report of the Football Licensing Authority.

    • Football Licensing Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to introduce legislation to transform the Football Licensing Authority into the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

      Historic Cinemas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to introduce statutory protection for historic cinemas on the same basis as that awarded to theatres.

      Tourism Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take as a result of the recommendations put forward by members of the Tourism Forum which met on 15 December.

      Cenotaph: Laying and Removal of Wreaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date in each of the last three years the wreaths laid at the Cenotaph during Remembrance Week were subsequently removed.

      Football: Women's World Cup

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to Fifa about Fifa's decision to move the next women's association football World Cup from 2003 to 2002, the year scheduled for...

      Playing of Football by Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken in 1999 to promote the playing of football by women.

      BBC Online: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have received on whether European Union rules would forbid funding BBC Online from advertising revenue while it remains a service funded by the...

      Sports Tourism: Contribution to UK Economy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the contribution made by sports tourism to the economy of the United Kingdom.

      Local Radio Development: North London Licence Option

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect the Radio Authority to make available a second radio frequency for use in north or north-west London; and, if so, when the new local licence is...

      Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider their present policy not to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon through their bilateral programme.

      Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they have provided to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon through United Kingdom and international non-governmental organisations.

      EU Membership: Withdrawal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, given that the treaties governing NATO and the World Trade Organisation specifically provide for the free and unilateral withdrawal of member states from...

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received concerning arms purchases by the Government of Sudan as a result of income from oil derived from the southern provinces; and...

      Trepca Mines, Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why French troops, part of KFOR, prevented local miners from inspecting and if possible re-starting production of the Trepca mine in Kosovo; and what is the...

      Ibero-American Summit, Havana: Declaration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their reaction to the statement of the representatives of Governments at the Central and South America conference in Havana, rejecting territorial...

      Diplomatic Posts: Open Competition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is now their policy, or has been at any stage, that senior diplomatic postings may be filled by open competition, making them available to...

      UN Security Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the question by the Lord Marlesford of 16 December, whether they support the case for greater representation of developing countries on the United...

      European Commission Administration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the administrative arrangements in the European Commission for covering political relations as well as aid, development, trade and...

      European Court of Human Rights: Assistance to UK Applicants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy to support and assist British citizens living abroad with any application to the European Court of Human Rights against a foreign...

      European Court of Human Rights: Assistance to UK Applicants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will examine the case of Mr Dick-Erickson, who has applied for a re-hearing before the European Court of Human Rights of the case of alleged medical...

      Angola

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest assessment of humanitarian need in Angola; and what bilateral and multilateral action they are taking to help meet it.

      Withholding Tax Proposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comment by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 2 December (H.L. Deb., col. 915), whether in September 1998 the Government indicated that the threat of a...

      Ufl Ltd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the framework, including controls, within which the department will provide financial support to Ufl Ltd.

      Grammar Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) For which grammar schools or groups of grammar schools or selective areas have letters been received by Electoral Reform Ballot Services notifying an intention...

      Secondary Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year available, how many: (a) Secondary comprehensive schools in England (excluding the sixth form) are of sizes below 301, 301-500, 501-700,...

      Holiday-taking and Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions were reached at the Department of Employment Conference for People with Disabilities (held on 14 December) with regard to holiday-taking and...

      Primary School Pupils: Spelling Tests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give further information about the new spelling tests for primary school pupils reported in the press on 12 December; which agency is developing...

      Gurkha Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will complete their examination of Gurkha pensions.

      Meningitis C Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are now adequate supplies available of meningitis C vaccine; and Whether there will be adequate supplies for the next phase of the meningitis C...

      Public Health Observatories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in setting up the promised public health observatories.

      Haemophiliacs: Factor 8 and Deaths from Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish documents relevant to the death of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C after being given Factor 8, referred to in the Observer on 21 November;...

      Breast Pumps

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of health authorities and trusts have made sufficient breast pumps available for free loan to mothers of premature or sick babies who cannot feed...

      Primary Care Groups: Complementary Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have of the effect of primary care groups on the provision of complementary medicine within the National Health Service; and if they do not have...

      British Fluoridation Society: Government Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 8 April 1998 (WA 144) and the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 December 1999 (WA 76): (a) When...

      British Fluoridation Society: Government Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is a proper use of taxpayers' money to make grants of £154,000 during the past two years to the British Fluoridation Society, in view of the...

      Removal and Retention of Tissues at Post Mortem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any evidence of the removal of glands, particularly pituitary glands, from the bodies of deceased children without the consent of their next of kin.

      Disabled 16 and 17 year-olds: Direct Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to implement their commitment to extend direct payments under the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 to 16 and 17 year-olds as announced by...

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the third report to Parliament on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

      London Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to improve the availability of taxis in London, particularly at night time; and Whether the regulation of London taxi fares takes account...

      DVLA Response Time

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What efforts are they making to speed up the response time of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Sheep Dip Disposal: DETR Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licences have been issued by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions for the disposal of all types of sheep dip.

      Long-distance Footpaths: Unauthorised Use of Motor Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What damage has been done in recent years to long-distance national footpaths through the unauthorised use of motor vehicles.

      Fly-tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the owner or occupier of private land should continue to be responsible for the collection and disposal of litter or dumped material...

      Roadside Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to make more effective use of roadside speed cameras.

      Single Burn Item Test

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept the relevance of smoke generation data available from the single burn item test contained in the harmonised European fire safety system.

      Toxic Smoke from Ignited Construction Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce regulations to limit the generation of toxic smoke from ignited construction products by including them in Approved Document B of...

      Common Land: Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals for the management of rural common land in England and Wales: and, if so, when they will appear.

      Single Room Rent Restriction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of abolishing the single room rent restriction on housing benefit for those under 25 (a) as a gross cost and (b) as a net cost; and how they...

      Child Support Agency: Administrative Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the administrative costs of the Child Support Agency.

      Social Security Benefit: 16 to 17 year-olds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of restoring full entitlement to social security benefits to 16 to 17 year -olds (a) at the present rates for those under 18 and (b) at full...

      Social Security Benefit: Cost of Any Increase

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of raising (a) social security benefits across the board by 1 per cent and (b) income support by 1 per cent, assuming no change in the...

      Organophosphate Sheep Dips

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether manufacturers of licensed organophosphate sheep dips are required to notify the licensing authorities of any changes they make in the trade formulation of...

      Welsh Local Authorities: Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the amount of support from central government grant and business rates to local authorities in Wales next year; and what percentage increase this...

      Welsh Local Authorities: Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the amount of income support grants to Welsh local authorities next year; and what percentage increase this represents.

      Welsh Local Authorities: Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the total amount of specific and special grants given to local authorities in Wales next year; and what percentage increase this represents.

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