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Property Revaluation

Dr. Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to his answer of 26 June, Official Report, column 347, he will state (a) whether draft


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valuation lists deposited with charging authorities will be open to public inspection, and (b) what steps he will take to advise non-domestic ratepayers to ascertain the proposed new rateable values of their property ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ridley : The draft rating lists which the valuation office is to deposit with charging authorities will be open to public inspection. Non- domestic ratepayers might be well advised to check their proposed rateable values, though they should of course bear in mind that their 1990-91 rate bill will also be affected by the introduction of a uniform poundage and, in many cases, by the transitional arrangements for phasing in the new system.

Community Charge

Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the estimated community charge, assuming the grant regime and expenditure current at the time, payable in each of the Somerset districts for the financial years 1988-89 and 1989-90 ; and what estimate he has for 1990-91 assuming no changes in grant regime or spending plans.

Mr. Gummer : Illustrative 1988-89 community charges were placed in the Library on 23 June 1988. These assumed that the total grant available was the same as with rates. Illustrative 1989-90 figures will be published in due course. The 1988-89 community charges, disregarding the effects of the transitional safety nets, are as follows :


               |£      

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Mendip         |209    

Sedgemoor      |222    

Taunton Deane  |211    

West Somerset  |214    

South Somerset |214    

NORTHERN IRELAND

NIE (Privatisation)

Mr. Brazier : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has any plans to appoint consultants to advise on the privatisation of the Northern Ireland Electricity.

Mr. Viggers : Steps are being taken at present to recruit a financial adviser. Consultants in other disciplines will be appointed as they are required.

Payments for Debt

Ms. Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table in the Official Report showing the total deductions made from (a) invalidity benefit, (b) child benefit, (c) widow's benefit, (d) supplementary benefit, (e) unemployment benefit, (f) sickness benefit and (g) retirement pensions in each year from 1979 to 1989 under the Payment for Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971.

Mr. Needham [holding answer 20 June 1989] : The information requested for the year 1989-90 is estimated as follows :


Financial year 1989-90        |£'s                                          

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Income support                |245,280.97                                   

Child benefit                 |6,773.19                                     

Unemployment benefit          |6,553.67                                     

Sickness benefit              |991.33                                       

Invalidity benefit            |46,862.64                                    

Retirement benefit            |29,805.48                                    

Widow's benefit               |14,660.93                                    

Severe disablement allowance                                                

  (effective from April 1988) |94.47                                        

For earlier years I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 October 1988 at column 137 .

The figures are not however directly comparable with the earlier figures because the effect from April 1988 the


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major proportion of deductions from benefits against arrears of rent, rates, electricity and gas charges are made under the provisions of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations (NI) 1987. The figures relate only to deductions, which have been made in 1988-89 under the Payment for Debt (Emergency Provisions) Act (NI) 1971. The interim information given for 1988-89 in the answer on 25 October 1988 was compiled on the basis used in the years up to and including 1987-88 as the data had not at that stage been refined.


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SCOTLAND

Timber

Mr. Barry Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he can give details of the total value of Scottish timber sold in the last five years ; and what was the value of timber products sold to English- based customers.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The total value, delivered at mill, of the timber harvested from Scottish forests during the five years to 31 March 1988 is estimated to be over £300 million at current prices. Some of this will have been delivered to English mills. It is estimated that over the same period Scottish manufacturers sold timber products worth about £7,000 million at current prices, made from both home-grown and imported timber. It is not known how much of this was sold to English-based customers.


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EDRP Inquiry

Mr. Salmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will make a statement on the outcome of the European demonstration reprocessing plant inquiry.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : My right hon. and learned Friend is still considering the report of the public local inquiry into the proposed development and he is not yet in a position to predict a date for the announcement of his decision.

Health Boards

Mr. Wallace : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much money the Scottish Home and Health Department indicated it expected each health board to commit to support finance purposes in each year since 1985-86 ;

(2) how much was spent by each Scottish health board for support finance purposes in each year since 1985-86.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information is given in the table :


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£ million                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                        1985-86                                       1986-87                                       1987-88                                       1988-89                1988-89                                      

Board                  |Indicative level      |Payments              |Indicative level      |Payments              |Indicative level      |Payments              |Indicative level      |Payments (provisional)                       

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Argyll and Clyde       |0.273                 |0.004                 |0.284                 |0.058                 |0.295                 |0.035                 |0.308                 |0.085                                        

Ayrshire and Arran     |0.227                 |0.025                 |0.237                 |0.047                 |0.246                 |0.142                 |0.257                 |0.315                                        

Borders                |0.154                 |0.273                 |0.190                 |0.097                 |0.153                 |0.103                 |0.149                 |0.085                                        

Dumfries and Galloway  |0.531                 |0.469                 |0.354                 |0.283                 |0.214                 |0.112                 |0.180                 |0.168                                        

Fife                   |0.540                 |0.379                 |0.331                 |0.218                 |0.301                 |0.410                 |0.285                 |0.534                                        

Forth Valley           |0.404                 |0.192                 |0.473                 |0.347                 |0.421                 |0.251                 |0.221                 |0.259                                        

Grampian               |0.507                 |0.271                 |0.522                 |0.408                 |0.621                 |0.601                 |0.511                 |0.652                                        

Greater Glasgow        |0.795                 |0.010                 |0.832                 |0.473                 |0.873                 |0.431                 |0.897                 |1.224                                        

Highland               |1.094                 |0.626                 |1.341                 |1.222                 |0.626                 |0.517                 |0.510                 |0.379                                        

Lanarkshire            |0.437                 |0.126                 |0.440                 |0.117                 |0.424                 |0.145                 |0.402                 |0.120                                        

Lothian                |0.533                 |0.108                 |0.481                 |0.539                 |0.486                 |0.707                 |0.509                 |0.651                                        

Orkney                 |0.015                 |0.025                 |0.015                 |0.015                 |0.015                 |0.011                 |0.015                 |0.019                                        

Shetland               |0.015                 |-                     |0.016                 |0.016                 |0.017                 |0.016                 |0.017                 |0.017                                        

Tayside                |0.313                 |0.154                 |0.396                 |0.235                 |0.368                 |0.114                 |0.361                 |0.337                                        

Western Isles          |0.176                 |0.192                 |0.183                 |0.150                 |0.148                 |0.140                 |0.103                 |0.075                                        

                       |---                   |---                   |---                   |---                   |---                   |---                   |---                   |---                                          

Total                  |6.014                 |2.854                 |6.095                 |4.225                 |5.208                 |3.735                 |4.725                 |4.920                                        

General Practitioners (Disciplinary Measures)

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the details of Scottish general practitioners who, in the last 10 years, have been in breach of their services and conditions and who have been subjected to disciplinary measures ; and if he will list where they were in practice at the time and where they are in practice today.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 19 June 1989] : Complaints about practitioners who are in contract with health boards to provide general medical or dental services are dealt with through the service committee procedures set out in the National Health Service (Service Committee and Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 1974. Service committee procedures are not disciplinary measures as such, but provide for the investigation of complaints that practitioners may have breached the terms of service of their contract. These complaints cover a wide variety of


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cases, ranging from breaches which are of a minor or vicarious nature to significant failures by practitioners to comply with their terms of service.

Since 1 January 1979, 98 general medical practitioners and 65 general dental practitioners in Scotland have been found to be in breach of their terms of service under the service committee procedures.

It is not the normal practice to publish information about individual cases.

Public Transport Accidents

Mr. Ingram : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the number of notified accidents in each mode of public transport for each of the last five years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton [holding answer 13 June 1989] : The available information on notified accidents is given in the following table. Casualty figures are also provided. The definitions of notified accidents differ by mode of transport, and footnotes describe the coverage.


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                    |Bus/coach          |Taxi               |Rail               |Glasgow Underground|Ferry services     |Air                                    

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(a) Number of accidents                                                                                                                                         

1984                |1,565              |627                |59                 |n/a                |37                 |7                                      

1985                |1,667              |614                |72                 |n/a                |43                 |4                                      

1986                |1,508              |711                |53                 |49                 |33                 |7                                      

1987                |1,506              |674                |76                 |55                 |42                 |6                                      

1988                |1,624              |670                |104                |52                 |24                 |3                                      

                                                                                                                                                                

(b) Number of casualties                                                                                                                                        

1984                |2,047              |833                |111                |n/a                |37                 |1                                      

1985                |2,274              |797                |69                 |n/a                |43                 |0                                      

1986                |2,065              |922                |54                 |49                 |33                 |64                                     

1987                |2,047              |858                |40                 |55                 |42                 |0                                      

1988                |2,119              |930                |23                 |52                 |24                 |270                                    

Notes:                                                                                                                                                          

Casualties: Include all fatal, serious and slight injury casualties.                                                                                            

Bus and Taxi: Only injury accidents are notified centrally. Casualty numbers include casualties in other vehicles and pedestrians.                              

Rail: Includes both passenger and normal freight services and covers all notified accidents, including non-injury accidents. 1984 includes the     Polmont      

disaster.                                                                                                                                                       

Glasgow Underground: Includes all accidents on the premises as well as trains.                                                                                  

Air: All notified accidents over Scottish airspace and includes operations to gas and oil installations. 1986 includes the Chinook helicopter     disaster and  

1988 the Lockerbie air disaster.                                                                                                                                

Contracts (Tendering)

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the costs of preparing an in-house bid for multi-service contracts either wholly or individually, within the health boards in Scotland, are assessed ; and what advantage these in-house tenders have over that of a private contractor bidding for the same contract.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 3 July 1989] : No assessment of the cost of preparing an in-house bid is made for the purposes of comparing tenders which, whether in or out-house, are treated on an equal footing.

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions an in-house tender has been awarded by health boards in Scotland for catering contracts where a private contractor submitted a lower tender ; if he approved this action ; if he will call upon the appropriate health board to reconsider its decision ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 3 July 1989] : Boards have reported two cases of a catering contract being awarded to an in-house team where a private contractor has submitted a lower bid. Boards report the circumstances of such an award, but there is no requirement for boards to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for such an action and no health board has been asked to reconsider its decison.

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take to draw the attention of health boards to Government policy on competitive tendering.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 3 July 1989] : Boards are already well aware of the Government's policy on competitive tendering and I do not propose to issue any additional advice at this time.

Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from private contractors regarding the award of multi-service contracts, either as a whole, or in part, within the National Health Service in Scotland ; and what was his response.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 3 July 1989] : None.


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Mr. Bill Walker : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what system operates in his Department to monitor in-house contracts which have been awarded within the National Health boards in Scotland, to ensure that the operations carried out are up to the prescribed conditions in the tender documents ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 3 July 1989] : It is for health boards to monitor standards of performance in respect of contracts whether in or out-house.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Pensioners

Mr. Andrew Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total expenditure on community care grants for pensioners in the year 1988-89 ; and what was the average amount received by way of community care grant by each pensioner in receipt of income support.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Total community care grant expenditure on pensioners in 1988-89 was provisonally £7.217 million. The average size of award was £212.

Mr. Andrew Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total expenditure on single payments for pensioners in the year 1987-88 ; and what was the average amount received by way of single payments by each pensioner in receipt of supplementary benefit.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Total single payment expenditure on pensioners in 1987-88 was £26 million. The average size of award was £62.

Income Support

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what basis the personal allowance and premium rates in the income support applicable amounts are calculated.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : As a first step in setting the benefit levels, illustrative rates were constructed which delivered roughly the same amounts of money to various types of


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claimants as they had been receiving under supplementary benefit. These were then adjusted up or down and the effects on claimants were studied using a computer model. The outcome of this process was the illustrative rates given in the technical annex to the 1985 White Paper. The personal allowance and premium rates for income support, on its introduction in April 1988, were obtained by a similar process using the latest statistics on numbers of beneficiaries and with adjustments to provide help towards the requirement to make a minimum contribution to domestic rates. Further adjustments have been made as part of this year's uprating.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he added a phrase to the Department of Social Security notification of award form which states that the applicable amount is the total amount that the law says you need to live on.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The current wording on the notice of assessment (form A14N), which advises claimants how their income support is calculated, dates from the introduction of income support in April 1988.

Widow's Benefit

Mr. Heddle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will investigate the case of Mrs. Christine Noden, JP, of 9 Wood crescent, Walton Stone, Staffordshire, and her entitlement to widow's benefit and request the relevant office in his Department to send forthwith a substantive reply following their last letter to her of 13 March.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Arrears of widow's benefit from 10 May 1988 and an explanatory letter were sent to Mrs. Noden on 30 June 1989.

Severe Disablement Allowance

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in the Doncaster and Mexborough area of South Yorkshire receive severe disablement allowance ; and what are the comparable figures for (a) five years ago and (b) 10 years ago.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I regret that the information is not available in the precise form requested. Severe disablement allowance was introduced in November 1984 and figures for five and 10 years ago are not held.

The table shows, at the latest date available, the numbers of severe disablement allowance claimants at the Department's local social security offices at Doncaster, East, Doncaster, West and Mexborough which serve the Don Valley constituency, although their boundaries are not conterminous.


Date           |Doncaster East|Doncaster West|Mexborough                   

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31 May 1989    |721           |909           |233                          

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action. The figures quoted may     

include a small number of cases not actually in receipt of benefit. Data   

are provisional and subject to amendment.                                  

Community Care Grants

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing how much expenditure was allocated for community care grants in


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each local office in (a) 1988-89 and (b) 1989-90 ; and how much each local office over or underspent its budget for community care grants in 1988-89.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information requested is available in the Library.

Disabled People

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will introduce regulations to give immediate entitlement to the severe disability premium to people claiming income support whose doctor certifies that they have a medical condition which is terminal or which will last at least six months and which gives rise to substantial identifiable extra costs ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will introduce regulations to give immediate entitlement to the disability premium to people claiming income support whose doctor certifies that they have a medical condition which is terminal or which will last at least six months and which gives rise to significant identifiable extra costs ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott : We are considering what action we might take to provide help for terminally ill people through an amendment of the rules governing the award of attendance allowance.

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how he proposes to seek the views of disabled people in his forthcoming review of their benefits ; when he expects to decide the terms of reference for that review ; and whether he intends to appoint independent experts.

Mr. Scott : I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) on 3 July at column 7.

Occupational Pensions

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will bring forward legislation to ensure that a spouse remaining at home can continue to have a share of the occupational pension of someone admitted to permanent residential or nursing home care who is in receipt of income support.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : No. An individual who enters permanent residential or nursing home care remains entitled to an occupational pension. Whether part of a member's pension may be commuted to provide pension for a spouse is a matter for determination in accordance with the rules of the scheme.

Private Nursing Care (Claimants)

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if, in view of the concern regarding the handling of residents' moneys by proprietors or staff in private residential or nursing homes, he will review his policy of not making income support payments direct to claimants' bank accounts.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The facility to have benefit paid directly into a bank account is restricted to beneficiaries paid by computer because a transfer of magnetic tapes is required to effect the payment to the bank. Income support is paid clerically in local social security offices and the direct payment facility cannot be made available at present.


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However, it is anticipated that payment of income support will be computerised by the early 1990s and direct payment to bank accounts will then be offered as an option.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what advice his Department offers to income support claimants who are admitted temporarily to private residential or nursing care in meeting their liability for rates and other charges on their own homes when their personal expenses allowance is used up on meeting their residential costs.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Income support is available to help temporary and permanent residents of residential care and nursing homes meet the fees. People in homes temporarily can continue to receive housing benefit in respect of their own homes or can claim help with certain other housing costs such as mortgage interest, ground rent and service charges.

Mr. David Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his policy regarding the handling of claims for income support from residents of private residential or nursing care where they are required to contribute non-returnable deposits, payments of one month's fees in advance or payments in advance of funeral costs.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Income support is available to help people in independent residential care homes and nursing homes meet the fees they have to pay on a weekly basis. However, the terms on which people enter homes are a matter between themselves and the home's proprietors.

Benefit is not paid until the claimant is resident in the home but claims for help with fees can be made up to one month in advance. Income support is not available to meet deposits or funeral costs. Social fund funeral payments are available subject to a capital limit, to people who are responsible, for the cost of a funeral and who are receiving income support, family credit, housing benefit or community charge rebate at the time of claim. They cannot be paid in advance.

Mr. David Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his policy regarding the realisation of the sale of the former home of an applicant for income support in private residential care where such a sale would render the resident's previous carer homeless.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Owners of property should be able to receive the full benefit of the capital invested in their former homes before looking to public funds for their support. However, claimants for income support are not required to realise that property when it is occupied by a partner, or by a relative who is aged 60 or over or is incapacitated. Carers who occupy the claimant's former home in any of these circumstances will gain from these concessions. We are continuing to monitor the effects of this policy.

Mr. David Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) whether the nearest relatives of income support claimants in private residential or nursing care can refuse requests to top up the claimants' fees for care where the claimants' total income does not meet the full costs of care provided ;

(2) which agency is responsible for meeting the difference between the fees for private residential and


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nursing care and the total income of an income support claimant when their resources fall short of the costs of residence.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Income support is available to help people in independent homes meet the fees. The level of fees charged in private homes and the way fees are paid are matters wholly between proprietors and residents, or people acting on residents' behalf. Local authorities can meet a shortfall where people under pension age are in residential care homes, and local and health authorities can meet the full cost of care in certain circumstances.

Personal Pensions

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people had taken out a personal pension up to 5 April ; and how many have done so subsequently.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Almost 3.4 million people took out a personal pension before the end of 1988-89 tax year, and about 17,000 have done so subsequently.

National Insurance

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the most recent estimate of the cost to the national insurance fund of the 2 per cent. inducement under sections 1 and 7, respectively, of the Social Security Act 1986 in 1989-90 ; and how much of the cost relates to contributions in respect of 1987-88 and 1988-89, respectively.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Precise information is not yet available on the number of persons who will be eligible for incentive payments in 1989-90. The latest estimate is that incentive payments paid in 1989-90 will be £920 million, of which £370 million relates to 1987-88 and £550 million to 1988-89.

Source : Government Actuary's Department.

Agency Status

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether he will publish details of the surveys carried out prior to the publication of the report which proposed agency status for much of his Department.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : There were no surveys carried out specifically in relation to the production of the agency study report. The study team which produced the report did, however, draw on existing survey material and numerous other sources. The methodology of the team is listed in annex B of the report which is available in the Library.

Housing Benefit

Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects to introduce the over-18 rate of housing benefit for under-18s ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : On 10 July 1989.

Benefits

Mrs. Beckett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether he will publish in the Official Report a revised version of the table in leaflet AB11 of net incomes


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qualifying for help with National Health Service costs, including examples of persons receiving attendance allowance, mobility allowance, or invalidity benefit ; and whether he will insert a correction slip in leaflet AB11 giving similar examples.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 12 June 1989] : A revised version of the table would be as follows :


Single people without children                                                                  

                                                |If receiving attendance                        

                                                |allowance, mobility                            

                                                |allowance or invalidity                        

                                                |benefit                                        

                        |£                      |£                                              

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Under 18                |20.80                  |34.50                                          

18 to 24                |27.40                  |41.10                                          

25 and over             |34.90                  |48.60                                          

60 to 79                |46.10                  |48.60                                          

80 and over             |48.60                  |48.60                                          


Couples without children                                                                        

                                                |If one of the couple is                        

                                                |receiving one of the                           

                                                |above benefits                                 

                        |£                      |£                                              

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Both under 18           |41.60                  |61.10                                          

At least one of the                                                                             

  couple 18 or over     |54.80                  |74.30                                          

At least one of the                                                                             

  couple aged 60 to                                                                             

  79                    |71.85                  |74.30                                          

At least one over age                                                                           

  80                    |74.30                  |74.30                                          


Lone parents                                                                        

                                          |If the parent is                         

                                          |receiving one of the                     

                                          |above benefits                           

                     |£                   |£                                        

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Under 18             |31.20               |41.00                                    

18 and over          |45.30               |55.10                                    


Couples with children                                                                           

                                                |If one of the couple is                        

                                                |receiving one of the                           

                                                |above benefits                                 

                        |£                      |£                                              

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Both under 18           |48.10                  |67.60                                          

At least one of the                                                                             

  couple 18 or over     |61.30                  |80.80                                          


Children                                                               

                                                       |£              

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To the amount shown above that applies to you, add                     

  one of the following amounts for each additional                     

  child in your family:                                                

      Under 11                                         |11.75          

      11 to 15                                         |17.35          

      16 to 17, doing a full-time further education                    

        course not above A-level or equivalent                         

        standard                                       |20.80          

      18 and over, doing a full-time further education                 

        course not above A-level or equivalent                         

        standard                                       |27.40          

Add a further £6.50 for any child who is getting attendance allowance  

or mobility allowance.                                                 

Such a table would still not cover people who qualify for a disability premium on other grounds, nor reflect that some people receiving attendance allowance may qualify for the severe disability premium. The Department is considering, with the Department of Health, how best to clarify the position for all those who may be affected, in the light of the effect on the existing table of forthcoming changes in the income support pensioner premiums.

Mr. McLoughlin : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what benefits are covered by the payment of national insurance contributions ; what percentage of the total sum is each one, assuming the person is on average weekly wage ; and what percentage of each benefit is covered by taxation.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 13 June 1989] : National insurance contributions, less the allocation to the National Health Service, are paid into the national insurance fund, which pays for all contributory benefits. These include : retirement pension including the Christmas bonus and the earnings-related additional component, widow's benefits and industrial injuries benefits. National insurance contribution rates are fixed each year to balance very broadly contributions into and benefit expenditure out of the fund ; they are not fixed by adding up components relevant to the cost of each benefit. Assuming the abolition of the Treasury supplement from April 1989 the fund will receive no income from taxation. Entitlement to the state earnings-related part of the retirement pension is fixed by reference to the movement of earnings since the year in which the relevant contributions were made. In 1989-90 the share of breakdown of contributory benefit expenditure, and the remaining information is expected to be as follows :


Breakdown of Contributory Benefit Expenditure                                                                                         

                                                                                 Breakdown of net                                     

                                                                                 contributions<3>(per                                 

                                                                                 week)                                                

                                            |£ billion        |Percentage share |Pre-October 1989 |Post-October 1989                  

                                                                                |£                |£                                  

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Retirement pensions<1>                      |20,766           |73.2             |16.00            |14.13                              

Widow's Benefits                            |930              |3.3              |0.72             |0.64                               

Unemployment, incapacity and other benefits |5,160            |18.2             |3.98             |3.51                               

Other<2>                                    |566              |2.0              |0.44             |0.39                               

Administration                              |960              |3.4              |0.74             |0.66                               

                                            |-------          |-------          |-------          |-------                            

Total                                       |28,382           |100              |21.87            |19.33                              

<1> Including Christmas bonus and earnings-related benefits.                                                                          

<2> Including Industrial Injuries benefits and Maternity Allowance.                                                                   

<3> A man on average male earnings is assumed to earn £275.10 a week in 1989-90. On the basis of the current NIC system in force      

until October 1989 he will pay £24.76 a week if he is not contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS). £2.89  

of the £24.76 is allocated to the National Health Service, giving a net contribution to the National Insurance Fund of £21.87 a week. 

Under the system that will operate from October 1989 the not                                                                          

contracted out contribution will be £21.75 of which £2.44 will be allocated to the NHS leaving a net contribution of £19.31 to the    

Fund. These net figures are further broken down by reference to the percentage shares quoted in the table. (Components do not add to  

the totals because of rounding).                                                                                                      

Disability

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish in the Official Report a table equivalent to table 2.15 of the second report of the surveys of disability in Great Britain by the Office of


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Population Censuses and Surveys indicating the working status of disabled adults under pension age in each English region, Scotland and Wales.

Mr. Scott [holding answer 14 June 1989] : The information requested is as follows :


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Working status of adults under pension age by sex and region:      

Disabled adults and general population                             

Percentage                                                         

                          Proportion of adults                     

                          under pension age who                    

                          are working                              

                          Disabled adults   General population     

                         |Men  |Women|All  |Men  |Women|All        

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North                    |20   |21   |21   |68   |52   |60         

Yorkshire and Humberside |29   |25   |28   |76   |57   |66         

North West               |28   |32   |30   |72   |53   |62         

East Midlands            |44   |31   |38   |81   |63   |72         

West Midlands            |28   |28   |28   |73   |54   |64         

East Anglia              |52   |29   |42   |86   |64   |75         

Greater London           |42   |38   |40   |82   |63   |73         

South East<1>            |46   |38   |42   |87   |63   |75         

South West               |38   |27   |34   |86   |59   |73         

                                                                   

Wales                    |24   |17   |21   |75   |57   |66         

                                                                   

Scotland                 |25   |20   |23   |77   |59   |68         

<1>Except Greater London.                                          

Source:Disabled adults-OPCS Survey of Disability (data collected   

in 1985).                                                          

General Population-1985 Family Expenditure Survey.                 

Notes:                                                             

1. The data are obtained from sample surveys and are subject to    

sampling error. Sampling errors on results broken down by regions  

are considerably larger than those in the original, national       

table. (Table 2.15 in the second report of the OPCS surveys of     

disability: "The financial circumstances of disabled adults living 

in private households").                                           

2. Further breakdown of the data shown in the table is not         

possible: sample numbers are too smal for the figures to be        

statistically reliable.                                            

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish in the Official Report a table equivalent to table 5.4 of the second report of the surveys of disability in Great Britain by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, indicating the average


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equivalent resources of disabled adults compared with the average equivalent income of the general population in each English region, Scotland and Wales.


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