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April 1988 benefit system: Average local authority rent and rates 

Married couple with 2 children aged 4 and 6                       

                                   Earnings head                  

                                                                  

                                  |£50.00 |£130.00|£160.00        

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Tax                               |0.00   |12.81  |20.31          

National insurance                |2.50   |11.70  |14.40          

Take home pay                     |47.50  |105.49 |125.29         

Family credit                     |44.20  |6.37   |0.00           

Child benefit                     |14.50  |14.50  |14.50          

Rent                              |19.90  |19.90  |19.90          

Rent rebate                       |8.79   |0.00   |0.00           

Rates                             |8.20   |8.20   |8.20           

Rate rebate                       |3.14   |0.00   |0.00           

Total net income                  |118.13 |126.36 |139.79         

Net income after housing costs<1> |90.03  |98.26  |111.69         

<1> Previously total income support [Tax benefit model tables     

November 1987].                                                   

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what percentage of families with children in Great Britain are expected to be (a) entitled to and (b) claiming income support or family credit in 1989.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Legal entitlement to an income-related benefit can be established only when an individual puts in a claim. Reliable estimates of the number of people who may be eligible for one of the income-related benefits but who do not submit a claim are available only on an historical survey basis. For the latest available estimates I refer the hon. Member to pages 272-273 of Cm. 288--the 1988 Public Expenditure White Paper. Later estimates, for 1985, will become available in the new year. Estimates published in October 1987 suggested that around 1 million families with children, or just over one-fifth of the total in Great Britain, might claim income support or family credit in April 1988. Information providing estimates for 1989-90 will become available when the 1989 Public Expenditure White Paper is published.

Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are currently claiming income support in the borough of Blyth Valley.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The borough of Blyth Valley is served by the local office at Blyth but the boundaries are not conterminous. The number of people claiming income support at Blyth local office on 31 August 1988, the latest information available, was 7,785. This figure is provisional and subject to amendment.

Tax Allowances and Benefits

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is his estimate of the number of adults and children who would become eligible for benefit if (i) the annual personal allowance for income tax, (ii) the one-parent benefit, (iii) the child dependency addition and (iv) both (i) and (ii), were terminated ; and how many adults and children would fall into the poverty and employment traps ;

(2) what is his estimate of the number of adults and children in households which would become eligible for benefit if child benefit was to be terminated.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Reliable estimates of the eligible population for the main income-related benefits, and of those who might be eligible for them as a result of major policy changes to child benefit, can be obtained only


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through historical survey data giving firm details of family size and composition, numbers of earners in the family, total incomes and employment status. Presently available sample data pre- date the social security reform introduced in April 1988. Eligible populations based on this information are therefore more than usually uncertain. There is no precise definition of the "poverty trap". Receipt of income-related benefits raises marginal deductions from income. In general, and with the exception of crossing lower rate national insurance contribution thresholds, no one should now face deduction rates of 100 per cent. or more, as could occur under the previous system.

No precise numerical definition of the unemployment trap exists, but the effect of the changes specified in the question on the numbers whose incomes are similar when in and out of work are likely to be small.

Family Credit

Mr. Lester : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish figures giving expenditure on family credit and housing benefit paid to people above and below retirement age who are not in receipt of income support and the revenue received from the same people through income tax, national insurance contributions and local authority rates.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Expenditure on family credit is running at the sorts of levels expected in Cm. 288--the 1988 public expenditure White Paper. Estimates of expenditure on reformed housing benefit will become available when the 1989 public expenditure White Paper is published. Reliable estimates of the kind specified in the question will be possible only when historical survey data on the numbers in receipt of the reformed income related benefits, along with corresponding information on incomes, earnings and local authority rates payments, are available. Even then, it is likely that the kind of information mentioned in the question could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Working Mothers

Ms. Richardson : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the average increase in net weekly spending power of a working woman with two children of seven and 11 years for each extra £1 she earns if she increases her pay from (a) £40 to £50, (b) £50 to £60, (c) £60 to £70, (d) £70 to £80, (e) £80 to £90, (f) £90 to £100, (g) £100 to £110 and (h) £110 to £120 for both a married woman and a one-parent family.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : It is not possible to provide the precise information requested for a married woman because this will depend on the status and the total income of the tax unit as a whole. For a lone parent the information is as follows :


Lone Parent, Two Children (Aged 7 and 11)                                                                                    

April 1988 Benefit System                                                                                                    

Pay increase (£ per                                Increase in              Average                                          

week)                                                                                                                        

From                     |To                      |net income after housing|increase for each £ of                           

                                                  |costs (£ per week)      |earnings (pence per                              

                                                                           |week)                                            

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40                       |50                      |1.13                    |11.3                                             

50                       |60                      |1.64                    |16.4                                             

60                       |70                      |2.43                    |24.3                                             

70                       |80                      |2.69                    |26.9                                             

80                       |90                      |2.04                    |20.4                                             

90                       |100                     |2.04                    |20.4                                             

100                      |110                     |1.38                    |13.4                                             

110                      |120                     |1.98                    |19.8                                             

Nurses

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what representations he has received from nursing organisations regarding changes in the social security payments scheme which affect their members ; if he will list those organisations submitting representations ; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy any difficulties ;

(2) whether he has received any representations from the college of nursing dialysis and the transport nursing forum ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Soon after the introduction of the income support scheme, we received a letter from one hon.


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Member which enclosed correspondence from the royal college of nursing dialysis and transplant nursing forum. We have no plans to change the premium structure for dialysis patients at the present time.

Supplementary Benefit/Income Support

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish a table showing with regard to the payment of supplementary benefit or income support to people in independent residential care and nursing homes and for each year since 1979 including an estimate for the current year (a) the expenditure in current and constant prices, (b) the number of claimants, (c) the average payment in current and constant prices, (d) the proportion of residents in receipt of supplementary benefit/income support and (e) the ceiling payments for care support under supplementary benefit/income support at both current prices and constant prices. Mr. Peter Lloyd The information requested is in the tables. All figures in table 1 are estimates. Information on the proportion of residents receiving supplementary benefit/income support is not yet available beyond February 1986. Table 2 provides information from April 1985 when the current system of national limits was introduced.


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Table 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Residential Care and Nursing Home Limits-April 1985-April 1988                                                                                                                                                              

                       April 1985                          November 1985                       July 1986                           April 1987                          April 1988                                           

Residential Care      |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                                  

Category              |(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)                  

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Elderly               |110              |123              |120              |133              |125              |136              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Very Dependent or                                                                                                                                                                                                           

   Blind Elderly      |-                |-                |-                |-                |140              |152              |145              |151              |155              |156                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Ill          |120              |134              |130              |144              |130              |142              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Drug/Alcohol          |120              |134              |130              |144              |130              |142              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Handicapped  |140              |157              |150              |166              |150              |163              |150              |156              |160              |161                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Physically Disabled                                                                                                                                                                                                         

   under Pension Age  |170              |190              |180              |199              |180              |196              |190              |198              |190              |191                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Other                 |110              |123              |120              |133              |125              |136              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nursing Home Category                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Elderly               |138.60           |155.30           |170              |188              |170              |185              |175              |183              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Ill          |148.60           |166.51           |180              |199              |180              |196              |180              |188              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Drug/Alcohol          |148.60           |166.51           |180              |199              |180              |196              |180              |188              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Handicapped  |168.60           |188.92           |200              |221              |200              |218              |200              |209              |200              |201                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Physically Disabled                                                                                                                                                                                                         

   under Pension Age  |198.60           |222.53           |230              |255              |230              |250              |230              |240              |230              |231                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Terminally Ill        |198.60           |222.53           |230              |255              |230              |250              |230              |240              |230              |231                                


Table 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Residential Care and Nursing Home Limits-April 1985-April 1988                                                                                                                                                              

                       April 1985                          November 1985                       July 1986                           April 1987                          April 1988                                           

Residential Care      |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                |£                                  

Category              |(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)|(current prices) |(May 1988 prices)                  

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Elderly               |110              |123              |120              |133              |125              |136              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Very Dependent or                                                                                                                                                                                                           

   Blind Elderly      |-                |-                |-                |-                |140              |152              |145              |151              |155              |156                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Ill          |120              |134              |130              |144              |130              |142              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Drug/Alcohol          |120              |134              |130              |144              |130              |142              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Handicapped  |140              |157              |150              |166              |150              |163              |150              |156              |160              |161                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Physically Disabled                                                                                                                                                                                                         

   under Pension Age  |170              |190              |180              |199              |180              |196              |190              |198              |190              |191                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Other                 |110              |123              |120              |133              |125              |136              |130              |136              |130              |131                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nursing Home Category                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Elderly               |138.60           |155.30           |170              |188              |170              |185              |175              |183              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Ill          |148.60           |166.51           |180              |199              |180              |196              |180              |188              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Drug/Alcohol          |148.60           |166.51           |180              |199              |180              |196              |180              |188              |185              |186                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Mentally Handicapped  |168.60           |188.92           |200              |221              |200              |218              |200              |209              |200              |201                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Physically Disabled                                                                                                                                                                                                         

   under Pension Age  |198.60           |222.53           |230              |255              |230              |250              |230              |240              |230              |231                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Terminally Ill        |198.60           |222.53           |230              |255              |230              |250              |230              |240              |230              |231                                

Aged Persons' Homes

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what information he has on the numbers of people who have been removed from private aged persons' homes when their fees can no longer be met from income support payments.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I regret that such information is not available.

Housing Benefit

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing how much was spent on standard housing benefit for each year between 1982-83 and 1987-88 in 1987-88 prices.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information requested is given in the table.


Standard housing benefit      

expenditure at 1987-88 prices 

          |£ million          

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1982-83   |1,395              

1983-84   |1,666              

1984-85   |1,680              

1985-86   |1,754              

1986-87   |1,841              

1987-88   |1,829              

Note:                         

The housing benefit scheme    

for standard cases did not    

begin until 1983-84. The      

information for 1982-83 is    

for rent and rate rebate and  

rent allowance schemes        

operated by the Department of 

the Environment.              

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the number of claimants of housing benefit supplement in the week preceeding 4 April in each local authority area, and the number of claimants of housing benefit supplement for the subsequent week on a similar basis.

Mr. Lofthouse : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many new claims for housing benefit supplement were received at (a) the Pontefract and (b) the Castleford office from 1 November 1987 to 30 August 1988.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The only information available is that obtained from the housing benefit subsidy claims submitted by local authorities. It is not available for


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individual local offices. This information shows the number of housing benefit supplement cases in payment at 31 March in each year. The available returns for the years 1986-87 and 1987-88 have been placed in the Library. Some figures for 1987-88 are provisional. As part of our reform of social security, housing benefit supplement ceased to be paid on 1 or 4 April 1988. There will, therefore, be no cases in payment after these dates.

Castleford and Pontefract local offices deal with Wakefield metropolitan borough council. The Pontefract local office also deals with Selby district council. Both local authorities however deal with other local offices as well.

Unemployment Benefit

Mr. Sillars : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the saving in a full year of his decision to lower to 55 the age at which the abatement of unemployment benefit to occupational pensioners comes into force.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : We estimate the saving to be about £65 million in a full year.

Invalid Care Allowance

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the wider implications for women who are entitled to back-payment of the invalid care allowance in consequence of the award of benefit by a Social Security commissioner in the case of Lucy Mabel Hood of Horsham.

Mr. Scott : As I said in my aswer to the right hon. Member on 9 December at column 385 we are considering carefully the wider implications of the commissioner's decision.

Social Fund

Mr. Lofthouse : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of applications for social fund loans were successful in (a) Pontefract and (b) Castleford offices up to the last available date that figures are available.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information on the numbers, by month of applications processed for social fund loans together with the number and value of awards made is available in the Library.


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Single Payments

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many appeals to the Social Security appeal tribunals in Scotland were raised against refusal of single payments ; how many of such appeals were successful ; and what proportion the number which were successful is to the total number, showing in his answer the figures for each of the last 10 years prior to the abolition of single payments.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The table gives the information required. Figures for the years 1978 and 1979 relate to discretionary payments called exceptional needs payments. Figures from 1980 are for single payments payable under the single payments regulations introduced in that year.


Year                     |Total appeals (Scotland)|Number successful       |Percentage successful                            

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1978                     |2,553                   |659                     |25.8                                             

1979                     |2,127                   |660                     |31.0                                             

1980                     |3,056                   |979                     |32.0                                             

1981                     |3,889                   |961                     |24.7                                             

1982                     |4,587                   |893                     |19.5                                             

1983                     |5,545                   |1,181                   |21.3                                             

1984                     |6,988                   |2,089                   |29.9                                             

1985                     |9,734                   |3,073                   |31.6                                             

1986                     |13,427                  |3,828                   |28.5                                             

1987                     |22,822                  |6,368                   |27.9                                             

Benefits (Appeals)

Mrs. Margaret Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list in the Official Report the average length of time which elapses between the date of refusal of a social security benefit and the determination of an appeal against such refusal taken to the Social Security appeal tribunal in Scotland.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The latest administrative statistics on social security appeal tribunals for Scotland relate to appeals heard in the three months to March 1988, when the average time between lodgement of the appeal and the hearing was 25.9 weeks.

Child Benefit

Mr. Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people receive child benefit ; and how many of these are currently paying income tax.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : In Great Britain around 6.7 million families receive child benefit and around 5.2 million families with children pay income tax.

Child Tax Allowance

Mr. Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the combined value of child tax allowance after clawback and family allowance or child benefit for families at (a) half average earnings, (b) average earnings, (c) twice average earnings and (d) five times average earnings in the years 1958, 1965, 1975, 1985 and the latest date available.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information is as follows :


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Child support (1) for families with two children aged 11 or under, at                              

April 1988 (2) values.                                                                             

                     |April 1958  |April 1965  |April 1975  |Nov. 1985   |April 1988               

Families on:         |£           |£           |£           |£           |£                        

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1/2 average earnings |3.52        |4.00        |12.48       |15.44       |14.50                    

average earnings     |11.50       |13.58       |12.48       |15.44       |14.50                    

2X average earnings  |16.31       |15.01       |12.48       |15.44       |14.50                    

5X average earnings  |16.31       |15.01       |12.48       |15.44       |14.50                    

(1) The combined value of child tax allowance after clawback, and Family Allowance/Child Benefit.  

(2) Based on the movement in the General Index of Retail Prices at April 1988.                     

Lower Paid Families (Tax Rates)

Mr. Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish figures for the numbers of lower paid families with and without children, whose marginal tax rates including benefit withdrawal will be (a) 90 to 100 per cent., (b) 80 to 90 per cent., (c) 70 to 80 per cent., (d) 60 to 70 per cent., (e) 50 to 60 per cent., (f) 40 to 50 per cent., assuming that in 1989-90 personal tax allowances are raised in line with inflation and the basic rate of tax is maintained at 25 per cent.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to him on 14 December at column 589.

Housing Benefit (War Widows)

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list those local authorities who do not use their discretion under secton 28(6) (a) of the Social Security Act 1986 to disregard war widows's pensions in assessing housing benefit.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I regret that the informaton is not available.

Staff Reductions

Mr. Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the anticipated reductions in his Department's staff numbers by local offices in Scotland due to implementation of new technology and operational strategy.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The staffing reductions flowing from the implementation of operational strategy in local offices in Scotland are currently expected to be, 1,193 posts between 1 April 1989 and 31 March 1992. Local office by office savings are not available centrally.

Official Publications

Mr. Harry Barnes : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 12 December to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East, Official Report, column 454, whether his Department has any policy regarding the use of statements which may be the subject of political debate or controversy in its official publications.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Department's policy is to use objective and factual statements in all official publications.


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NORTHERN IRELAND

Further Education

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the salaries paid to lecturers in further education colleges in Northern Ireland contain an element in respect of unsocial working hours ;

(2) whether lecturers undertaking evening work receive any additional allowance in salary.

Dr. Mawhinney : The remuneration of lecturers is laid down in the nationally agreed conditions of service. Salaries of full-time lecturers are paid in respect of their contracted hours. Any additional teaching hours undertaken, including evening work, are paid at the hourly rate appropriate to the level of the course.

Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance is given by the Department of Education, Northern Ireland to principals of colleges or staff responsible for timetabling in colleges regarding the desirability of sharing evening classes among staff in each department rather than allocating evening classes to the same member of staff annually.

Dr. Mawhinney : None. This is a matter for college management to determine.

Ulster museum

Mr. Faulds : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will publish in the Official Report the attendance figures for 1988 reported by the Ulster museum, including its outstations, with the percentage change on the attendance figures for 1987.

Dr. Mawhinney : It is estimated that about 320,100 people will have visited the Ulster museum and the Armagh County museum in 1988, an increase of almost 20 per cent. on the attendance figure for 1987.

Nurses (Pay)

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is : (a) the total amount of money allocated to the National Health Service in Northern Ireland for nurses' pay and (b) the amount allocated to each health board for nurses' pay in each of the years 1984 to 1988.

Mr. Needham : Allocations are made to boards to enable them to deliver the full range of health and personal social services. The setting of budgets within allocations is a matter for boards ; provision for nurses pay is not separately identified within the allocations. However, total expenditure on nurses' pay in 1987-88 was £185 million.

Nurses (Grading)

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will identify the total amount of additional money allocated to Northern Ireland on the basis of the Government's announcement of extra funding for the clinical regrading exercise.

Mr. Needham : Northern Ireland's share of the extra funding for the clinical regrading exercise was £5.4 million. This was in addition to the initial allocation of £18.5 million made following the review body announcement.


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Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the reasons for delays in the issuing of appeal results to nurses in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Needham : No formal appeals have been heard in Northern Ireland. When requested, the grades of some nurses are being reviewed informally and the outcomes of these reviews are being notified to nurses as quickly as possible.

Mr. Jim Marshall To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total amount of money allocated to the National Health Service in Northern Ireland for the implementation of clinical regrading.

Mr. Needham : The total provision for nurses pay has been increased by £32.2 million in the current year compared with 1987-88.

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to allow individual nurses in Northern Ireland an opportunity to set down the work they do as part of the clinical grading review ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham : The clinical grading exercise in Northern Ireland was carried out by line managers and when the job content of a nurse's post was not known nurses were asked to provide details of the work they did. Those nurses who are dissatisfied with the outcome of the grading exercise may ask for their grading to be reviewed and at this stage they have the opportunity to submit full details of the work they do.

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money (a) in cash figures and (b) as percentages of nursing budgets is estimated as necessary by the initial National Health Service clinical grading exercise for Northern Ireland as a whole and for each of the four health boards.

Mr. Needham : The initial provision for the clinical grading exercise based on the recommendations of the review body was for an average overall increase in costs, outside London, of 14.5 per cent. The amounts for each board were :


            |£ million              

------------------------------------

Northern    |4.2                    

Southern    |4.1                    

Eastern     |13.6                   

Western     |4.2                    

The total for Northern Ireland including the national board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting is £26.8 million.

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the initial National Health Service grading exercise has now been imposed on nurses in Northern Ireland without prior consultation with either the nurses concerned or their staff organisations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham : The clinical grading criteria, recommended by the nurses pay review body and accepted in full by the Government, have been applied to nurses in Northern Ireland following full consultation and with the agreement of the staff representatives on staff side of the Northern Ireland staffs joint council for nurses and midwives.


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Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure that the imposition of grades on nurses in Northern Ireland complies with the requirements of the Equal Pay Act (NI) 1970, the Sex Discrimination Order (NI) 1976 and the Fair Employment Act (NI) 1976 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Needham : The implementation of the clinical grading structure in Northern Ireland is a matter for health and social services boards as employing authorities.

I am satisfied that boards have had due regard to existing legislation in carrying out this task.

Mr. Jim Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give details of the amount of money set aside for successful grading appeals (a) within the total allocation for the Health Service in Northern Ireland and (b) within each of the health board's allocations.

Mr. Needham : The funds being allocated to area boards etc--which include £32.2 million as the assessed cost of the clinical grading review--are intended to cover all pay costs arising in the current financial year, including any costs arising from successful appeals.

Invalidity Benefit

Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the number of people receiving invalidity benefit by convenient area unit in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Needham : At 1 December 1988 the number of people receiving invalidity benefit in Northern Ireland was 46,898. The benefit is administered centrally and a breakdown of this figure by local area within Northern Ireland is not available.

Retirement Pensions

Mr. Hume : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the number of people receiving retirement pensions by convenient area unit in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Needham : At 13 December 1988 the number of people receiving retirement pension in Northern Ireland was 212,373. The benefit is administered centrally and a breakdown of this figure by local area within Northern Ireland is not available.

Expenditure

Mr. Livingstone : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table showing his Department's expenditure headings with the amount spent in each year from 1979 to the current date.

Mr. Ian Stewart [holding answer 15 December 1988] : Information is only available in a consistent format for the years 1982-83 to 1988-89 and can be found in Cm 288-II table 18.1. The figures for the years 1979-80 to 1981-82 are not strictly comparable with those for the more recent years. Figures for 1981-82 are shown in Cm 56-II table 3.18, for 1980-81 in Cm 9702-II table 3.18, and for 1979-80 in Cm 9428-II table 3.17. It should be noted, however, that a major restructuring of the programmes of Northern Ireland Departments took place prior to the 1987 public expenditure White Paper and as a result it is not possible


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to provide meaningful information for the individual programmes of Northern Ireland Departments prior to 1981-82. In addition, no figures are available for national agriculture and fishery support prior to 1981-82 and therefore the totals for 1979-80 and 1980-81 for Northern Ireland Departments, Northern Ireland block and Northern Ireland programme exclude this element.

HEALTH

AIDS

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) resources and (b) guidelines he has made available to (i) hospital authorities and (ii) community care agencies for the treatment of AIDS sufferers.

Mr. Mellor : In 1986-87 the Government made available additional central funding of £2.5 million and in 1987-88 £25.1 million as a contribution towards the additional costs of providing treatment and care for people infected with HIV and with AIDS. This year we have allocated over £58 million to help develop preventive, counselling and diagnostic services and as a further contribution towards the costs of care and treatment in hospitals and in the community for people with AIDS ; £2 million of this has been made available to the social services departments of inner London boroughs, where the great majority of people with HIV infection and AIDS are living. We have announced that, for 1989- 90, a total of almost £130 million will be available towards the costs of HIV-related prevention, care and treatment.

We have issued policy aims and service objectives for HIV-related services in health circulars setting out planning guidelines for the NHS. These were HC(86) 2, issued in January 1986, HC(87) 7, issued in March 1987 and HC(88) 43, issued in July 1988.

A list of the guidelines issued by the Government is as follows. AIDS-- General Information for Doctors. (Booklet 1, (CMO(85)7)). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--May 1985. Information For Doctors Concerning The Introduction of the HTLV III Antibody Test. (Booklet 2) (CMO(85)12)). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--October 1985.

Guidance For Surgeons, Anaethetists, Dentists and their Teams in Dealing with Patients Infected with HTLV III. (Booklet 3, (CMO(86)7)). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--April 1986.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, (AIDS) and Artificial Insemination-- Guidance for Doctors and A.I. Clinics. (Booklet 4, (CMO(86)12)). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--July 1986.

Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens--LAV/HTLV III--The Causitive Agent of AIDS and Related Conditions. Health Departments and Health and Safety Executive--June 1986.

Information and Guidance on AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) for Local Authority Staff (LASSL(86)8). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--July 1986.

AIDS--The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and HIV : The AIDS Virus. (CMO(86)18). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--December 1986.

Children at School and Problems Related to AIDS. (CMO(86)10). Issued by Department of Health and Social Security--June 1986. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) And

Employment--(Booklet). Issued by Department of Employment and Health and Safety Executive--1986.


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