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Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what saving in the cost of child dependency additions will result from deferring entitlement from 28 to 52 weeks of incapacity, in 1995-96 and each subsequent year for which estimates are available ; and what are the average numbers of families and children expected to be affected in each year.
|1995-96 |1996-97 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Estimated Savings<1> |£5 million|£5 million Estimated number of families affected<2> |10,000 |10,000 Estimated number of children affected<2> |20,000 |20,000 <1> Estimates expressed in constant 1993-94 prices, rounded to the nearest £5 million, and are net of offsetting expenditure on income-related benefits. <2> Figures given are the average number of cases affected at a point in time in the years concerned, rounded to the nearest 10,000.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will consult the members of the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Incapacity as to their willingness to have their identity revealed to hon. Members ; and if he will publish the names of those who have no objection ;
(2) if he will make the briefing and background papers which are supplied to members of the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Incapacity available on request to organisations not represented on the panel ; (3) which organisations are represented on the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Incapacity ; and by what criteria they were selected.
representatives of particular organisations. I explained my reasons in Standing Committee E on the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Bill on 1 February at columns 27-28.
I can reassure the hon. Member that copies of the background paper used by the assessment panel are available from this Department.
Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 26 January, Official Report, column 265, if he will outline what is meant by the referral to the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling on questions of European Law ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Scott : If a court or tribunal isa member state is unclear on a question of European law in a case before it, the issue can be referred to the European Court of Justice for a definitive interpretation of the provisions of European law in question. Such a referral can be made by any court or tribunal if it considers that a decision on the issue is necessary to enable judgment to be given. Once the European Court of Justice has answered the question, it is sent back to the national court or tribunal, which then applies the ruling to the case before it. Such a ruling by the European Court of Justice, interpreting provisions of European law at the request of a national court or tribunal, is called a preliminary ruling.
Letter from Ros Hepplewhite to Mr. Hugh Bayley, dated 3 February 1994 :
I am replying to your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Social Security asking for details about the projected expenditure on staff wages in the Child Support Agency in 1993/94.
Column 943Of the total budget of £116 million allocated for the Agency's capital and running costs in 1993/94, approximately £74 million is for staffing costs.
I hope you find this information useful.
Mr. Ingram : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on how many occasions since April 1993 the Child Support Agency has issued letters alleging parenthood which have been subsequently withdrawn as being in error.
Letter from Ros Hepplewhite to Mr. Adam Ingram, dated 3 February 1994:
I am replying to your recent Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Social Security, asking about maintenance enquiry forms (MEFs) sent in error by the Child Support Agency. The information requested is not collected. It is estimated, however, that of the 344,000 MEFs issued to the end of December 1993, less than 0.05 per cent. have been withdrawn owing to error. I hope that you find this reply helpful.
Miss Lestor : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he intends to publish the report in connection with the operation of the Child Support Act 1991 in relation to ethnic minorities ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Burt [holding answer 28 January 1994] : Prior to the launch of the Child Support Agency, the Department of Social Security commissioned surveys on the new system of child maintenance among a number of groups, including Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities. These surveys were carried out with a view to developing specific publicity campaigns and were taken into account in addressing the information needs of the communities but were not intended for publication.
Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's estimate of the number of people who will be aged (a) 65 years and over and (b) 80 years and over for each year to 2010.
Mr. Hague [pursuant to his reply, 28 January 1994, c. 446] : The information contained a typographical error. The estimate for the number of people--in thousands--aged 80 and over in 2001 should read "2,499".
Mr. Heseltine : I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on 4 May 1993, Official Report , column 4 , when I undertook to report the conclusions of the KPMG report to the House. An initial report was received from KPMG in November 1993 and further work has been commissioned which I expect to be completed in the near future.
Mr. Nicholas Brown : To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the total budget allocated by the European Community, under the European Coal and Steel Community treaty, to assist the improvement of economic and social conditions in the coal and steel-producing regions of the EC, giving figures separately, and in each year since their establishment, for (a) industrial loans, (b) conversion loans in areas where coal and steel industries h ave suffered severe job losses, (c) housing loans to improve living conditions for coal and steel workers, (d) readapation grants for workers made redundant in coal and steel industries, (e) RECHAR, (f) RESIDER and (g) coal and steel research ; and what proportion of each of these grants has been awarded to (i) the northern region and (ii) the United Kingdom as a whole.
|EC |All member |United Kingdom |United Kingdom |states |share |percentage share |(million ecu) |(million ecu) |(million ecu) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total ECSC loans advanced 1952-92 |19,670.4 |- |4,792.8 |24.0 Total disbursement of conversion loans at 31 December 1992 |- |5,485.2 |1,893.8 |34.5 Total disbursement of article 54 loans at 31 December 1992 |- |13,624.7 |2,862.8 |21.0 Total loans for workers' houses disbursed at 31 December 1992 |- |560.5 |36.2 |6.5
A total figure for the period 1952-92 and a breakdown by country is not readily available, figures for the last three years are given :
Steel industry |Coal industry ------------------------------------------------------------ 1990 |43 |36 1991 |62 |48 1992 |58 |48
|RECHAR |RESIDER |(million ecu<1>)|(million ecu<1>) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Total EC |325 |131 United Kingdom share |158 |5 Northern England |26 |5 <1> at 1993 prices.
£ million |ECSC |contribution -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Iron and steel employees readaptation benefits scheme at 1990 prices-1974 to 1992 |282 Readaptation benefits to coal workers-1984 to 1993 |266 Source: Evaluation report EMIS 6.
A more detailed breakdown is not readily available but some further information is available in the ECSC financial report for 1992, which I am arranging to be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 17 December, Official Report, column 986, what are the special adviser Lady Strathnaver's particular qualifications, expertise or experience relating to his departmental responsibilities.
Mr. Nigel Jones : To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) how many court cases have involved superannuation scheme transfers by state- owned industries since 1988 ; and what were their outcomes ; (2) which state-owned industries have used superannuation scheme surpluses for uses other than those for which the funds were established since 1988 ; and if he will make a statement ; (3) how state-owned industries' pension fund trustees are consulted over changes to the funds ;
(4) how many trustees are appointed to each of the state-owned industries' pension funds ; how they are selected ; and if he will name the current trustees in each case.
Column 946companies premium rate policies in respect of geographical areas and of insurance discounts for neighbourhood watch and allied schemes.
Mr. Neil Hamilton : None. The Secretary of State's powers under the Insurance Companies Act 1982 are primarily concerned with the solvency of insurance companies and, except where such matters are concerned, he does not intervene in their day-to-day business.
Mr. Heseltine : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, the cash limit for class IV, vote 1--support for business, consumer and investor protection, energy programmes and administration--will be increased by £1,789,000 from £1,237,111,000 to £1,238,900,000.
An increase in the gross running costs limit for the Department of Trade and Industry from £328,299,000 to £330,088,000 fully accounts for this amount. The increase largely results from the take-up of £1, 528,000 under the end year flexibility arrangements announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1993, Official Report, columns 512-17. The balance is accounted for by transfers from Property Holdings of £245,000 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of £28,000 offset by a transfer to the Office of Public Service and Science of £12,000 in respect of machinery of government changes. There are some other changes in the allocation of provision. This includes a net increase of expenditure by the Warren Spring Laboratory and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority merger costs amounting to £5,591,000 and £200,000 towards support for the mining equipment industry. These amounts are offset by a corresponding reduction on the fast reactor energy programme.
Mr. McLoughlin : In 1990 the United Kingdom exported 48,400 metric tonnes of CFCs. These are defined as chlorinated and fluorinated derivatives of acylic hydrocarbons and comprise commodity codes 290340100 to 290340600 of the combined nomenclature. More recent information is not available due to commercial confidentiality.
Column 947contained in "Statistics of Education and Training in Wales : Schools", No. 2, 1994,--tables 6.03 and 6.06--published on 2 February 1994.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Road transport will have good access to the tunnel via the trunk road and motorway network. It is for the railway operators to assess the needs of their customers. Connections with the inter-capital services from Waterloo are expected this year. Services are expected to develop as British Rail's schedules become fully operational.
Mr. Ieun Wyn Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the total amounts spent on redundancy payments for each Welsh health authority or trust, and for Wales as a whole, for each year since 1987.
Sir Wyn Roberts : Assistance for business start-ups and for existing businesses is of course available on an equal opportunities basis throughout Wales, but women entrepreneuses can face additional challenges and I am funding the consortium Chwarae Teg to report on the appropriateness of existing business support services in meeting the particular needs of women. In the light of these findings, Chwarae Teg will develop an action plan for improving those services.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the landfill refuse disposal sites in Wales (a) which are licensed for co- disposal and (b) for which applications for licences for co-disposal have been made but not yet granted.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of women in the eligible target group have been screened for breast cancer in the last three years in Wales ; how many women have breast cancer ; and how many women died from breast cancer in Wales.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : As at 31 March 1993, 39 per cent. of the eligible women in Wales--women aged 50 to 64--were known to have been screened for breast cancer in the previous three years as part of the national screening programme. However, it should be noted that the screening centres for the populations in north and west Wales did not become operational until the end of 1991 and the beginning of 1992 respectively.
Estimates of the number of women who currently have breast cancer are not available centrally. However, an average of 1,685 new breast cancer cases per year were registered for Welsh residents for the period 1984 to 1988.
In the three years to 31 December 1992 there were 2,365 deaths of Welsh female residents from breast cancer.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Health Promotion Authority for Wales concerning the calling in of the district auditor to investigate fraud and embezzlement in the authority ;
(2) on what date the district auditor was requested to investigate the travel budget of the health promotion for Wales ; and on what date he expects to receive the auditor's report.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : On 13 December 1993, following an internal enquiry, the chairman of the Health Promotion Authority for Wales requested the district audit service to carry out a full investigation of all expenses claims for international travel. Its investigation is continuing and a report is expected in mid-February. The chairman has kept the Department informed throughout and is continuing to do so.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the Health Promotion Authority for Wales, the chairman of the South Glamorgan health authority and the provost of the Welsh National School of Medicine in relation to the total cumulative salary and terms and conditions of employment present and future of the executive director of the Health Promotion Authority for Wales ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 949effect from Wednesday 2 February 1994. He therefore has no present or future terms and conditions of employment in relation to the Health Promotion Authority for Wales.
Ms Primarolo : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of women in the target group have had a cervical cancer smear test in Wales within the last five years ; how many women in Wales have cervical cancer ; and how many women died of cervical cancer.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : As at 31 March 1993 an estimated 84 per cent. of women in the target group--women aged 20 to 64 resident in the district but excluding those no longer required to be screened--were known to have had a cervical smear test in the previous five years as part of the national recall system.
Estimates of the number of women who currently have cervical cancer are not available centrally. However, an average of 373 new cervical cancer cases per year were registered for Welsh residents for the period 1984 to 1988.
In the five years to 31 December 1992 there were 611 deaths of Welsh residents from cervical cancer.
Mr. Redwood : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimates, the cash limit on class XV, vote 2 will be increased by £4,500,000 from £173,940,000 to £178,440,000 ; the cash limit on class XV, vote 8 will be reduced by £22,145,000 from £1,381, 726,000 to £1,359,581,000 ; and the cash limit on class XV, vote 9 will be increased by £404,000 from £65,142,000 to £65,546,000. The local authority capital cash limit--WO/LACAP--will be increased by £358,000 from £409,185,000 to £409,543,000 and the cash limit on the European regional development fund--WO/ERDF--will be reduced by £18,116,000 from £50,650,000 to £32,534,000. The running costs limit for the Department will be increased by £165,000 from £77,284,000 to £77,449, 000.
The increase in the cash limit for class XV, vote 2 is required partly to offset a forecast shortfall in receipts by the Welsh Development Agency.
The net reduction in the cash limit for class XV, vote 8 arises mainly from the transfer of provision to class XV, vote 7 in respect of (i) a revised estimate of drug expenditure for GP fundholders--£6, 750,000--and (ii) NHS trusts--£16,182,000. These transfers comprise part of a spring supplementary estimate for class XV, vote 7 of £46, 178,000.
The increase in the cash limit for class XV, vote 9 comprises mainly a transfer of £147,000 from the Property Services Agency and additional resources for capital expenditure of £250,000.
Column 950There are also changes to two non-voted cash limits. The increase in the cash limit for WO/LACAP is in respect of a transfer from HO/LACAP in respect of the replacement of fire service mobilisation and communication systems. The reduction in the cash limit for WO/ERDF reflects lower than expected expenditure on ERDF projects in 1993- 94.
None of the proposed changes will add to the planned total of public expenditure.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 16 December, Official Report, column 871, what are the particular qualifications, experience or expertise relating to Northern Ireland of the special adviser Mr. Jonathon Caine.
Mr. Ingram : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will provide figures for the amount his Department has been reimbursed by the Department of Social Security in respect of statutory sick pay provision for each of the past three years.
Year |Amount |£ ------------------------------ 1990-91 |93,269.04 1991-92 |60,164.56 1992-93 |63,817.38
Mr. William Ross : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on cash and running costs limits for the Northern Ireland Office, Northern Ireland departmental services, the independent living fund and certain national agricultural schemes for 1993- 94.
Sir John Wheeler : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary supplementary estimate, it is proposed that the cash limit for class XVI, vote 1--the Northern Ireland Office--will be increased by £29,526,000 from £895,440,000 to £924,966,000.
The cash limit for most Northern Ireland departmental services will be decreased by £46,165,000 from
Column 951£3,628,922,000 to £3,582,757,000. This decrease arises from the transfer of £22,333,000 to the Northern Ireland Office cash limit and other technical changes of £23,832,000 net.
The cash limit for the independent living fund will decrease by £52,000 to reflect a reduction in provision earlier in the year. The cash limit covering national agricultural capital grant schemes and certain assistance for production, marketing and processing and the fishing industry will decrease by £1,063,000 from £11,027,000 to £9,964,000 mainly as a result of transfers to non-cash-limited areas.
The combined running cost limit for the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland departments will be increased by £6,869,000 from £723,455,000 to £730,324,000. This reflects the take-up of £3,582,000 end-year flexibility entitlement announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 14 July 1993, Official Report, columns 511-17, a net transfer of £1,610,000 from the Department of Social Security, mainly in respect of child