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Column 498Sir Peter Large Esq. CBE
Joint Council on Mobility for Disabled People
Bert Massie OBE
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
Brian McGinnis Esq.
Mrs. Dorothy Rhodes
Mrs. Jean Williams
Welsh Council on Disability
Mrs. Jane Wilmot
Royal National Institute for Deaf People
Mr. Etherington : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the industrial diseases which are under review by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council or its research working group.
Mr. Scott : The council is currently investigating hand/arm vibration syndrome, process injuries, disorders of the knee, osteoarthritis of the hip and occupational rhinitis and keeps scientific evidence on all other industrial diseases under review on an ongoing basis.
Mr. Hague : The majority of examinations are carried out by medical boards or medical specialists at local medical boarding centres or consulting rooms. In such instances hospital referral is not necessary.
Where examinations are to be carried out at hospitals all attempts are made to have this done at a hospital convenient for the claimant.
Column 499man of 30 years would be absorbed in expenses, charges and commission during the lifetime of the contract if it were terminated after five years ;
(2) what proportion of the money contributed to an average personal pension at the rebate-only level by a man aged 30 years would be absorbed in expenses, charges and commission during the lifetime of the contract up to maturity ;
(3) what proportion of the money contributed to an average personal pension at the rebate-only level by a man aged 30 years would be absorbed in expenses, charges and commission in the first year of contract.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what change is projected in the population of those aged (a) over 65 years, (b) over 75 years and (c) over 85 years in each of the next 10 years.
Year |Number of |Number of |Number of |people aged|people aged|people aged |65 and over|75 and over|85 and over |(000s) |(000s) |(000s) ------------------------------------------------------------ 1993 |8,961 |3,917 |963 1994 |8,992 |4,092 |1,202 1995 |9,030 |4,028 |1,038 1996 |9,069 |4,134 |1,071 1997 |9,095 |4,215 |1,101 1998 |9,105 |4,271 |1,134 1999 |9,115 |4,320 |1,168 2000 |9,139 |4,362 |1,196 2001 |9,172 |4,407 |1,211 2002 |9,212 |4,442 |1,211 2003 |9,263 |4,471 |1,194 Source: OPCS and Government Actuary's Department: based on mid-1992 Great Britain population projections.
Mr. Ron Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many children there were in families in Wales receiving invalidity benefit or its equivalent in 1979 and at the latest available date.
Mr. Scott : Information for 1979 is unavailable. The latest date for which information is available is 4 April 1992, but not in the form requested. Such information as is available is the following : Number of child dependency increases in payment to invalidity benefit recipients in Wales--24,000
Source : 1 per cent. sample of claimants in Great Britain, rounded to the nearest thousand.
Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what arrangements he intends to make for an equivalent premium after 28 weeks for those recipients on income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit who are incapable of work following the introduction of incapacity benefit in 1995 and the award of a higher rate of short-term benefit after 28 weeks.
Column 500In particular, the new long-term incapacity benefit will act as a passport to the premium and for those who have no other means of entitlement to the disability premium, the period of incapacity needed to qualify will increase from 28 to 52 weeks. The new definition of work and assessment of incapacity will apply. We have no plans to introduce an additional premium payable after 28 weeks incapacity.
Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what additional resources he plans to provide to fund the Benefits Agency medical service, to take account of the operational costs of incapacity benefit ;
(2) what additional resources he plans to provide to meet the costs of additional medical assessors and social security appeal tribunals following the introduction of incapacity benefit.
Mr. Scott : The estimated additional administrative costs and manpower consequences of the introduction of incapacity benefit appear in the financial memorandum accompanying the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Bill. Further refinement of these figures will depend upon decisions still to be taken by Parliament. We are still considering the additional resources that may be required for the appeals system for incapacity benefit.
Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's budget for disability working allowance in 1993-94 and 1994-95 and the expected budget in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
Mr. Scott : Planned expenditure for disability working allowance was £16 million in 1993-94, and £50 million in 1994-95 and 1995-96, rounded to the nearest £50 million. Figures for 1996-97 will be available in the departmental report which is expected to be published in March.
Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the arrangements for claimants currently in receipt of severe disablement allowance whose incapacity for work is due for review after April 1995.
Mr. Fraser : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many giro payments of income support are reported missing in each year ; what percentage of total giro payment this is ; and how many giros remain missing without being cashed.
Mr. Burt : The payment of income support by girocheque is a matter for Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with such information as is available.
Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr. John Fraser, dated 10 February 1994 :
Column 501The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking about payments of Income Support made by girocheque.
Payments of Income Support are frequently combined with payments of other benefits therefore it is not possible to identify the number of payments made by girocheque that are for income support alone. However, figures relating to the issue and losses of all girocheques issued by the Benefits Agency are available and are detailed below.
|1988-89|1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Issues millions |30.844 |34.484 |34.470 |36.190 |27.863 Losses |84,901 |89,176 |83,849 |86,004 |135,546 Losses (Per cent.) |0.275 |0.259 |0.243 |0.283 |0.490 No. missing/ not cashed or traced |6,100 |3,855 |9,290 |12,078 |36,641
The Employment Service acts as our agent in the provision of girocheques to those who are unemployed and claiming Income Support; the above figures relate only to girocheques issued by the Benefits Agency.
I hope that you find this reply helpful.
Mr. Alan Howarth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what rules he proposes to apply for the award of disability premium for people on income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit, following the introduction of incapacity benefit in 1995.
For those claiming these benefits as long-term sick the rules for the disability premium will be changed from April 1995 to reflect the incapacity benefit changes announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 1 December 1993. The new long-term incapacity benefit will act as a passport to the disability premium. Severe disablement allowance will continue to bring entitlement to the disability premium. For those who have no other means of entitlement, the period of incapacity needed to qualify will increase from 28 to 52 weeks and the new definition of work and assessment of incapacity will apply.
Disability living allowance, attendance allowance and mobility supplement are other passporting benefits to the disability premium, which can be awarded on other grounds--for instance, if the person is registered blind. These routes to the disability premium will not be affected by the incapacity benefit changes.
Mr. Cousins : To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the size, grades and costs of the staff of the Treasury Solicitors' Department in each of the last three years ending on 31 March and the current figures for numbers and grades.
The Attorney-General : The following table sets out the size and grades of the staff of the Treasury Solicitor's Department in each of the first three years ending on 31 March and the current figures :
|1991 |1992 |1993 Grade |31 March|31 March|31 March|Present ------------------------------------------------------ 1 |1 |1 |1 |1 2 |1 |1 |1 |1 3 |10 |9 |8 |8 4 |- |2 |3 |3 5 |38 |40 |39 |40 6 |59 |64 |58 |63 7<1> |78 |86 |91 |101 SEO |13 |13 |17 |19 HEO |33 |32 |32 |36 EO |68 |69 |67 |72 AO/AA |69 |74 |75 |75 Support |69 |74 |78 |77 |--- |--- |--- |--- Total |439 |465 |470 |496 The costs of staff of the Treasury Solicitor's Department in each of the last three years ending on 31 March were: 1990-91 £12.559 million<2> 1991-92 £14.088 million 1992-93 £15.073 million <1>Includes legal officers and senior legal assistants. <2>1990-91 includes notional figure for superannuation of £1.642 million. Superannuation was only charged in cash terms from 1 April 1991.
Sir Wyn Roberts : I am not aware of any public funding for this private children's home. No funding has been provided by the Department or other agencies for which the Welsh Office has direct responsibility.
Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations on school league tables he has received from the Institute of Welsh Affairs ; what reply he has sent ; and if he will review current policies as a result.
Before decisions are taken on the extent of school/college performance information to be published in autumn 1994 there will be consultations with schools, FE colleges, and education interests.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : Information on waiting lists is collected centrally on the basis of specialties recognised by the royal colleges. Open heart surgery is not one of these recognised specialties and hence the information requested is not available. However, at 30 September 1993, the latest date for which information is available, there were 301 people waiting for in-patient treatment in Wales in the specialty of cardiac surgery.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the chairman of the South Glamorgan health authority concerning the provision of University Hospital of Wales staff at the Cardiff BUPA hospital to provide immediate post-operative care for NHS cardiac surgery patients operated on at the BUPA hospital at NHS expense ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultation he has had with the chairman of the South Glamorgan health authority concerning the training of BUPA nursing staff in post-operative cardiac surgery recovery techniques at the University Hospital of Wales ; and what remuneration he has arranged for the South Glamorgan health authority for such training activities.
Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the present numbers who were treated at the BUPA hospital, Pentwyn, Cardiff, for open-heart surgery at the expense of the South Glamorgan health authority ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Gwilym Jones : In 1992-93, almost 1,000 adult open-heart operations were performed on NHS patients in South Wales, 50 of them under contract with the BUPA hospital in Cardiff. Commissioning authorities are fully funded to secure that level of service. Fifteen NHS open heart operations on patients from South Glamorgan were carried out at the BUPA hospital in Cardiff in 1992-93.
Column 504Professor Eric C. Midwinter (Chairman)
Mr. David R. Bruck
Mrs. Delia M. Buckle
Mrs. Beverley J. Davies
Mr. Lekh C. Dindayal JP
Mr. Nicholas P. Ellis
Mrs. Stella A. Fowler
Sir Alan Greengross
Mr. Karl T. Gurney
Mr. Michael J. Harris
Mr. I. Haynes
Mr. Andrew J. Holt
Mr. Ernest C. King
Miss Faith C. Lawson
Mr. Stepehen J. A. J. Le Bras
Mr. Laurie Mack
Mrs. Suzanne C. May
Mr. Peter Nichols
Mr. Peter L. Noble
Mrs. Dawn Penso
Mr. John A. K. Phillips
Mr. McLoughlin : Appointments to the Advisory Committee on Telecommunications for Small Businesses are the responsibility of the Director General of Telecommunications. However, I understand that the current members are :
Mr. Michael Ashton
Miss Joy Allan
Mrs. Judith Barden
Mr. Sefton Bennett
Mr. Robert Frenzel
Mr. Patrick Frymann
Mr. Richard Furey
Mr. Michael Jordan
Mr. Sean Mayo
Mrs. Pamela Parker
Mrs. Margaret Seymour
Mr. Michael Taylor