Written answers

Monday, 19 March 2001

  • House of Lords

    • European Security and Defence Policy: NATO Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which assets and capabilities belonging to NATO the European Union is seeking guaranteed access, as stated in Section (2) of the appendix to Annex 7 of the...

    • NATO Security Threat Review: US Participation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the new United States administration is invited to participate in a review by NATO of the security threats faced by its...

      NATO Analysis of Missile Proliferation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements, if any, have been agreed with the new United States administration on an analysis to be undertaken by NATO per se on the extent of missile...

      Arms Control: Discussions with US

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the new United States administration on priorities for arms control and disarmament as part of a common approach to global...

      Steven Bryant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the authorities in Morocco for the release of Mr Steven Bryant in view of the fact that it is likely that he has spent...

      Steven Bryant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any indications of when Mr Steven Bryant will be released from a Moroccan gaol.

      Steven Bryant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any prospect of Mr Steven Bryant serving a proportion of his Moroccan prison sentence in a United Kingdom gaol.

      Zimbabwe: Commonwealth Team

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 28 February (WA 133), what is the purpose of the...

      Police Sickness Management Policies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the implications for sickness management policies, an appeal is to be lodged against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of R v...

      Driving a Bus while using a Mobile Phone

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many bus drivers were successfully prosecuted in 2000 for a driving offence involving the use of a hand-held mobile phone.

      e-mail: Service Provider Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the practice of internet service providers checking e-mail subject lines for malicious code, for example to filter out the Kournikova virus, would...

      Special Constables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the sharp decline in numbers of special constables over the last three years, reported in the Official Report on 6 February (H.C. Deb., cols....

      Criminal Records Bureau Registered Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5 March (WA 5), what steps they are taking to ensure that organisations which agree to act as...

      Proscribed Organisations Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2001 will be debated in Parliament in March 2001.

      Immigration Act Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give the number of people detained solely under the Immigration Act powers, broken down into those detained on arrival and those detained after...

      Immigration Act Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what statutory authority they have issued instructions to staff concerning the list of nationalities referred to in the Immigration Service's Operational...

      Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Zimbabwean citizens applied for asylum in the United Kingdom in November and December 2000 and in January 2001 respectively; of these how many were...

      Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Office has not published a country assessment on Zimbabwe.

      Immigration Service Operational Enforcement Manual

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the operational enforcement manual containing instructions for members of the immigration service; and, if not, why not.

      Gaming Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to deregulate the gaming industry.

      Microsoft and Temporary Employees Ruling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the ruling by United States District Judge John C Cougenhour in the so-called "permatemp" case between Microsoft and its temporary...

      Supermarkets and Suppliers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that the larger food buyers are abusing their commercial strength to the detriment of producers and consumers, notably in the cases of milk...

      Supermarkets and Suppliers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether "the climate of apprehension amongst many suppliers", identified in the report of the Competition Commission on Supermarkets (Cm 4842), has been relieved...

      NMEC: Hinduja Foundation Contribution and VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company will explain whether VAT is payable on the £1 million given to the Millennium Dome Faith zone...

      Gulf Veterans and Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many serving Gulf war veterans are diagnosed as suffering from cancer and are still retained in the services; and how many have died from cancer while in service.

      Armed Forces: Racial Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the result of the 1997 initiative by the Ministry of Defence to abolish racism in the Army and to attract more men and women from the ethnic...

      Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme and the Joint Ministry of Defence/Department of Social Security Compensation Review.

      Strategic Export Controls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to respond to the proposal from the Joint Report of the Commons Defence Select Committee, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the...

      Morocco: Refurbishment of Weapons Licence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What licences they have approved since May 1997 for refurbishment of weapons on behalf of the Moroccan Government; what these weapons were; and whether they were...

      ITEC Stocks: 3G Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they respond to the recent speech of Hans Geyer, vice-president of Intel, to the GSM World Congress suggesting that, because of the level of debt provoked by...

      Broadband Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16 February (WA 67-68), what are the "significant errors" contained in the European Competitive...

      Electronic Communications: EU Regulatory Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the European Commission will have powers over Oftel, and subsequently Ofcom, in the event that the European Commission's new framework for...

      Internet: EU e-commerce Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming European Union green paper Rome II relating to consumer rights on the Internet is consistent with the European Union's e-commerce directive...

      Internet: EU e-commerce Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming European Union green paper Rome II proposes legislation that would entitle dissatisfied Internet customers to seek redress under the laws...

      Employee Information and Consultation: Proposed Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 5 March (WA 14), whether they will either veto any proposals for the enforcement of the proposed...

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allocate the required funds to the National Autistic Society to assist in the Autism Awareness Year in 2002.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have in place to improve data collection on all autistic children in the United Kingdom and to fund advocacy services.

      Parkinsons's Disease: American Clinical Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to take account of the health and safety implications of the use of foetal cells to treat American Parkinson's disease patients, given that these...

      Parkinsons's Disease: American Clinical Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for details of the research using foetal cells in Parkinson's disease treatments to be placed before the Select Committee on Stem Cell...

      NHS Charges: Increase

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase National Health Service charges and the value of optical vouchers.

      Northern Ireland: Air Sea Rescue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current arrangements for air sea rescue in Northern Ireland; and Whether there is a plan to change the arrangements for air sea rescue in Northern...

      Rail Passenger Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether mandatory seat belts on passenger trains would help passenger safety and reduce deaths and injuries in railway accidents.

      Driving a Bus on Oxford Street while using a Mobile Phone

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is an offence for a bus driver to drive along Oxford Street while using a hand-held mobile phone.

      Dog Wardens and Foxes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any local authority dog wardens releasing into the countryside foxes caught in urban areas.

      France: Motorway and Port Blockades

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the blockades by hauliers and farmers of motorways and ports in France have had on international traffic passing through the country to which the...

      Equestrian Centres of Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their definition of the proposed equestrian centres of excellence; how many they propose to establish; what funds will be made available and for what...

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