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Column 837Northumberland County Council
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Royal College of Nursing (Northern Ireland Board)
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Midwives (Northern Ireland Board)
Scottish Low Pay Unit
Southcombe Brothers Ltd.
The Brewers' Society
The Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Homes
The Newspaper Society
The Royal Society
The Law Society
The Labour Party
The Bookshop, Chipping Norton
Trade Union Council
UK Federation of Business and Professional Women
UK Baby Friendly Initiative
Ulster Unionist Council
UNISON--the public service union
University of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
Wandsworth Borough Council
Waterfront Partnership (for Unigate)
Woking Borough Council
Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what was the total number of tenants who received housing benefit in (a) local authority housing, (b) housing association housing and (c) the private rented sector in (i) London and (ii) Great Britain at the latest available date ;
(2) what was the average level of housing benefit paid to tenants in (a) local authority housing (b) housing association housing and (c) the private rented sector in (i) London and (ii) Great Britain at the latest available date.
Number of Housing Benefit Cases (Thousands) and Average Amount of Benefit (£/Week) in London and Great Britain in May 1992 |London |Great Britain --------------------------------------------------------------- Local Authority Number of cases |404 |3,030 Average amount |39.53 |26.45 Housing Association Number of cases |72 |341 Average amount |40.10 |32.24 Other private rented Number of cases |187 |948 Average amount |52.46 |40.69 All cases Number of cases |663 |4,318 Average amount |43.24 |30.04 Sources: The Housing Benefit and Community Charge Benefit Management Information System 1 per cent. inquiry for May 1992 and the Income Support Annual Statistical 1 per cent. inquiry for May 1992. Notes: 1. The figures are in benefit units and are rounded to the nearest thousand. A benefit unit may be a single person or a couple. 2. The information for "Other Private Tenants" excludes that of Housing Association tenants.
Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made as to the effects of the Child Support Act 1991 on the number of families entitled to (a) family credit and (b) income support, distinguishing between lone-parent families and the families paying maintenance.
Mr. Burt : In the long run it is estimated that increased payments of child maintenance under the Child Support Act will result in some 60,000 to 80,000 lone parent families no longer needing to rely on income support. It is expected that the majority of these will start work and be entitled to family credit. It is further estimated that around 10,000 lone parents already in receipt of family credit will move off this benefit. These estimates are based on data from the family expenditure survey for 1987, 1988 and 1989.
The Act should not have any significant effect on the number of absent parents entitled to income support or family credit.
Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the expected saving, in real cash terms, of delaying entitlement to the age allowance component of incapacity benefit by six months.
Estimates expressed in constant 1993-94 prices, are rounded to nearest £5 million and are net of offsetting changes in income-related benefit expenditure.
Dr. Wright : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security which of the public appointments for which he is responsible require advance notice to, and consultation with, the Chief Whip's Office ; and which appointments made since 1979 have been so notified and consulted upon.
Mr. Hague : It is not the practice of Her Majesty's Government to answer parliamentary questions about discussions and consultations between Departments and offices of Government relating to public appointments.
Mr. Scott : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate the cash limit for class XIII vote 4 will be increased by £1,870,000 from £2,558,124,000 to £2,559,994,000. The revision takes account of an increase of £1,806,000--running costs--offset by a corresponding reduction on Department of the Environment : Property Holdings and other services to Government, class VII, vote 6, an increase of £493,000--of which £484,000 is running costs--offset by a corresponding reduction on Department of Health : administration, miscellaneous health services and personal services, England, class XII vote 3, an increase of £6,000 running costs--offset by a corresponding reduction on Cabinet Office : other services, class XIX vote 1, a reduction of £348,000--running costs--offset by a corresponding increase on Department of Health : administration, miscellaneous health services and personal social services, England, class XII vote 3, a reduction of £47,000 offset by a corresponding increase in Foreign and Commonwealth office : overseas representation, class II vote 1, a reduction of £40,000 offset by a corresponding increase on Department of Employment : programmes and central services, class V vote 1.
Further running cost changes arise from a reduction of £99,000 for services provided by Department of Health and Social Services (Northern Ireland) on a repayment basis, an increase of £692,000 in value added tax refunds and a reduction of £6,920,000 as a result of a reallocation to capital expenditure.
As a result of these changes the running cost limit of the Department of Social Security will be reduced by £5,850,000 from £2, 921,010,000 to £2,915,160,000.
The additional requirements are offset by reductions elsewhere and will therefore not add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Lady Olga Maitland : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects the research by the social policy research unit on the assessment of self-employed earnings in family credit to be published.
We welcome this detailed review and plan to introduce a package of measures from April 1994 to improve the family credit service to self-employed families. The fast-track service for people who have recently started work will be extended to self-employed families. Currently the fast track for families of employees clears 95 per cent. of claims received within one week. At the same time the family credit claim pack will enable self- employed people to provide information about their earnings straightaway rather than later. These measures should speed up awards of family credit and make it as simple as possible to get the benefits due to them.
Within the next few weeks the Department will be issuing a consultative document to interested professional associations and bodies representing self-employed customers to seek their opinions on the issues raised by the report.
Mr. Burt : The cost in 1991-92 was £1,604 million. The estimated out-turn for 1992-93 was £1,838 million and the plans for 1993-94 account for £1,886 million. These figures are recorded in table 1 of the Department's third annual report--Cm 2213--a copy of which is in the Library.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many women were given community care grants in respect of the purchase of essential furnishings when they were re-housed from Women's Aid refuges in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland in each of the past three years ; what was the average amount paid to such claimants ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for 1Social Security (1) if he will set out his reasons for and the intended effect of his proposal to change the war pensions scheme by amending the Service Pensions Order to exclude diseases caused by the use or effects of tobacco, or the consumption of alcohol, from the definition of injury in schedule 4 to the order ; what
representations his Department has received from the Royal British Legion about the proposal ; what reply he has sent ; and if he will make a statement ;
(2) what responses he has had from members of the central advisory committee on war pensions to his proposal to change the war pensions scheme by amending the Service Pensions Order to exclude diseases caused by the use or effects of tobacco, or the consumption of alcohol, from the definition of injury in schedule 4 to the order.
Mr. Hague : The war pensions scheme provides compensation for disablement or death suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces. The long-standing policy of successive Governments has been that the decision to smoke or drink is a personal one, and that smoking and the consumption of alcohol should be regarded as attributable to service in the Armed Forces only where a severely disabling mental condition itself attributable to service renders the individual incapable of exercising personal choice.
The proposed amendments follow a recent decision in the High Court and would ensure that the legislation reflects the policy intention. Nineteen representations from members of the Central Advisory Committee on War Pensions, including three from representatives of the Royal British Legion, have been received.
Careful consideration is being given to all the representations, which have been both for and against the proposed change. Members of the committee will be advised when a decision has been reached.
Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if his Department or any agencies for which he is responsible has engaged the services of the firm Touche Ross or any of its partners since 1 July 1993.
12 July 1993--Extension of contract let on 16 February 1993 to provide consultancy support to the Benefits Agency Accommodation and Office Services market testing projects.
July 1993--Consultancy support to the Contributions Agency's Information Systems Strategy.
August 1993--Quality assurance of the Contributions Agency's management information system.
August 1993--Consultancy support to the Contributions Agency's market test of data entry activity.
6 September 1993--Consultancy support for the development and preparation of an outplacement counselling contingency plan for the Benefits Agency Personnel Directorate.
Mr. Straw : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether married women in receipt of small graduated pensions will be eligible to receive the increase in pension directly attributable to the imposition of VAT on domestic heating fuel.
Mr. Hague : The extra help for VAT on domestic fuel will be paid as an addition to the rate of basic retirement pension or income-related benefit. Married women who receive graduated retirement benefit with either a basic retirement pension or an income-related benefit will receive the extra help. Those receiving graduated retirement benefit only will receive no increase beyond normal price indexation.
Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has of the number of surplus places that exist in the primary, secondary and special places sectors in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire ; and what percentage this represents of the total number of places in each sector.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the estimated amount being spent by each shire local education authority on primary education and secondary education in 1993-94 and the likely amounts for 1994-95 if the 1994-95 total is increased or reduced by the proposed standard spending assessment and reduced or increased by any increase or reduction in the numbers entering schools in 1993-94, assuming that such increases or reductions were spread proportionately between the primary and secondary sectors.
Mr. Robin Squire : The table shows the full-time equivalent number of teachers employed in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools sector, including self-governing--grant-maintained--schools, in each local education authority in England at January 1993.
Teacher numbers (FTE) in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary sector in England, including self-governing (GM) schools, as at January 1993 |FTE of |teachers ----------------------------------------- Corporation of London |15 Camden |1,273 Greenwich |2,033 Hackney |1,550 Hammersmith and Fulham |1,024 Islington |1,533 Kensington and Chelsea |696 Lambeth |1,549 Lewisham |1,777 Southwark |1,705 Tower Hamlets |2,232 Wandsworth |1,754 City of Westminster |1,188 Barking |1,353 Barnet |2,597 Bexley |1,753 Brent |2,030 Bromley |2,080 Croydon |2,397 Ealing |2,130 Enfield |2,324 Haringey |1,589 Harrow |1,581 Havering |2,009 Hillingdon |1,843 Hounslow |1,869 Kingston upon Thames |1,051 Merton |1,297 Newham |1,972 Redbridge |1,858 Richmond upon Thames |1,029 Sutton |1,266 Waltham Forest |1,903 Birmingham |9,548 Coventry |2,752 Dudley |2,670 Sandwell |2,959 Solihull |1,857 Walsall |2,575 Wolverhampton |2,467 Knowsley |1,351 Liverpool |4,185 St. Helens |1,679 Sefton |2,515 Wirral |2,963 Bolton |2,517 Bury |1,467 Manchester |4,044 Oldham |2,256 Rochdale |1,851 Salford |2,000 Stockport |2,362 Tameside |2,036 Trafford |1,616 Wigan |3,096 Barnsley |1,696 Doncaster |2,760 Rotherham |2,335 Sheffield |3,866 Bradford |5,004 Calderdale |1,827 Kirklees |3,632 Leeds |6,010 Wakefield |2,741 Gateshead |1,707 Newcastle |2,212 North Tyneside |1,765 South Tyneside |1,325 Sunderland |2,651 Isles of Scilly |28 Avon |7,612 Bedfordshire |4,983 Berkshire |6,080 Buckinghamshire |5,215 Cambridgeshire |5,667 Cheshire |8,072 Cleveland |5,560 Cornwall |3,647 Cumbria |4,211 Derbyshire |8,098 Devon |7,229 Dorset |4,389 Durham |5,239 East Sussex |4,908 Essex |12,033 Gloucestershire |4,090 Hampshire |12,037 Hereford and Worcester |5,441 Hertfordshire |8,280 Humberside |7,740 Isle of Wight |997 Kent |11,980 Lancashire |11,922 Leicestershire |7,570 Lincolnshire |4,808 Norfolk |5,791 North Yorkshire |5,954 Northamptonshire |5,466 Northumberland |2,677 Nottinghamshire |8,508 Oxfordshire |4,206 Shropshire |3,563 Somerset |3,595 Staffordshire |8,357 Suffolk |5,276 Surrey |6,677 Warwickshire |3,961 West Sussex |5,319 Wiltshire |4,596 England |396,331
Mr. Robin Squire : My right hon. Friend welcomes the initiatives of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in producing this report. He regards it as essential that through the combination of science, religious and health education pupils are equipped to tackle the ethical issues which they will encounter at the various stages of their lives, including those resulting from advances in genetic science.
Mr. Darling : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if his Department or any agencies for which he is responsible has engaged the services of the firm Touche Ross or any of its partners since 1 July 1993.
Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the companies commissioned by his Department in 1992-93 to carry out polling and market research in the course of preparing (a) the further education charter and (b) the higher education charter ; and if he will list the areas of research, the questionnaires used and the groups questioned.
Mr. Boswell : The Department for Education commissioned The British Market Research Bureau--BMRB--and Research Services Limited--RSL--for both the further education charter and the higher education charter. BMRB undertook research among students, parents and the wider community and RSL specifically consulted employers. All areas of research undertaken are reflected in both charters.
I have recently received a number of representations about difficulties confronting some of our most prestigious brass bands. I am aware of the wider economic and social factors that might have contributed to specific instances of difficulty ; for example, for colliery bands.
I am also keen to see the brass band tradition strengthened in schools. I shall be raising these subjects with other Government Departments. In order to gain a better understanding of the position from an arts funding perspective, and of the current state of the brass band movement, I am consulting the Arts Council and the British Federation of Brass Bands.