HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 cc369-70W
Mr. Garnier

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is his estimate of the total value of legal charges standing to the benefit of the Legal Aid Board, and of the notional or actual interest earned on that total, for the last five years for which figures are available. [41897]

Mr. Hoon

It is not possible to give an estimate of the total value of charges, because in a significant minority of cases the amount is unquantified. Nor is it possible to give notional or actual figures for interest. No records are available of notional interest, and it is not possible to say how much interest will have accrued by the time each debt is paid off.

Angela Eagle

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has not had any meetings to discuss biotechnology with any of the companies or organisations specified. The Minister for the Environment has however had meetings with Greenpeace, Green Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Gene Watch, the Soil Association and the Consumers Association, to discuss biotechnology.

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