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Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are currently receiving (a) attendance allowance, (b) disability allowance, (c) family credit, (d) income support, (e) invalidity benefit and (f) sickness benefit in the Doncaster area.
Letter from Michael Bichard to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 8 March 1994 :
The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about benefit recipients in Doncaster.
The information is not available in the format requested. This is because Benefits Agency District boundaries do not correspond with county or borough boundaries. A small part of the Doncaster area falls within that covered by the Mexborough Branch Office of the Agency's Rother and Dearne District.
Statistics relating to the Mexborough customers living in the Doncaster area receiving Sickness Benefit, Invalidity Benefit, Income Support and Family Credit could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, I have provided details for the area covered by the Doncaster District only.
Statistical data for each of the benefits is collected and collated over different periods and timescales. The latest available figures show that on the last working day of January 1994 there were 14,728 people claiming Invalidity Benefit and 3,160 people claiming Sickness Benefit ; on the last working day of February there were 30,800 people claiming Income Support, and at 18 February 1994 there were 3, 010 people claiming Family Credit.
Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are centrally administered benefits. A clerical trawl would be necessary to ascertain the number of Attendance Allowance beneficiaries residing in Doncaster. To obtain the same information for Disability Living Allowance recipients would necessitate a scan of the DLA computer system. Both these exercises could only be carried out at a disproportionate cost.
I hope you find this reply helpful.
Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many landowners claiming full exemption from inheritance tax have been found not to have made appropriate arrangements to publicise the right of public access to their land.
Mr. Dorrell : Landowners who breach the undertakings they have given to secure conditional exemption are liable to an inheritance tax charge on the current value of the land. To date there has been no need to raise any such charge. Any questions which have arisen have been resolved in discussion.
Mr. Nelson : The United Kingdom's policy is to work with other creditors in the Paris Club to negotiate sustainable reschedulings of bilateral claims that will maximise recoveries. For severely indebted, low- income
Column 221countries, the United Kingdom's view is that more concessional relief is required,along the lines proposed by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in Trinidad in 1990,and the Government are working to achieve a consensus for this.
At its latest meeting, which ended on 4 March, the Paris Club agreed concessional reschedulings for Senegal and Niger. The world bank's publication "World Debt Tables 1993-94", a copy of which is in the Library, contains details of earlier multilateral debt relief agreements.
Mr. Nelson : A detailed breakdown of the forecast for the PSBR for 1993-94 was given in table 6.11 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report published last November. The table gives a summary of this information.
(b) Total expenditure per 100,000 population, based on mid-year population figures: |1990-91 |1991-92 |1992-93<1> |1993-94<2><3> |(£000's) |(£000's) |(£000's) |(£000's) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Humberside |8,311 |9,245 |9,880 |10,312 North Yorkshire |6,807 |7,566 |8,490 |9,140 South Yorkshire |7,850 |8,466 |9,583 |10,126 West Yorkshire |9,347 |10,395 |10,859 |11,709 <1>Using estimated expenditure for 1992-93. <2>Using budgeted expenditure for 1993-94. <3>Based on mid-1992 population figures. 1993 figures not yet available.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates he has made regarding the revenue derived from air passenger duty per annum in respect of (a) scheduled passenger flights and (b) charter flights to and from (i) Leeds-Bradford airport and (ii) Humberside airport.
Sir John Cope : CAA statistics for 1992 show terminal passenger traffic by individual airports. Assuming that all flights are return flights and that the proportion of EC to non-EC flights is the same as nationally, it is estimated that the air passenger duty revenue per annum for flights departing from these airports will be of the order of magnitude shown below.
(£ million) |Scheduled|Charter --------------------------------------------- Humberside |0.2 |0.2 Leeds/Bradford |0.9 |0.8
Mr. Alan W. Williams : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table giving the pre-tax profits for each financial year from 1978-79 for the following building societies (a) Halifax, (b) Nationwide, (c) Woolwich and (d) Abbey National now plc.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the loss of betting duty caused by the cancellation of horse race meetings due to bad whether during the last year.
Mr. Wigley : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the total amount of value added tax wrongly imposed on sports clubs in respect of subscriptions and the hire of grounds and equipment for each year since 1990 ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the use of freephone and freepost facilities currently being operated by his Department ; how much these facilities are costing ; for what purposes these facilities are being used ; and how much his Department has spent on operating freephone and freepost facilities in each financial year since 1979.
Column 223available of those occasions on which he, or other Ministers in his Department, have signed public interest immunity certificates, and for what reasons.
So far as I am aware, the only public interest immunity certificate signed by a Treasury Minister since 1979 was signed in January 1988 by my right hon. Friend the Member for St. Albans (Mr. Lilley) in his then capacity as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. That certificate was issued in connection with civil proceedings in which the Bank of England was concerned, and related to Treasury and bank documents. Public interest immunity was claimed on the grounds that it was necessary that the documents in question be withheld from production, in the case of some, for the proper functioning of the public service, and in the case of others, for the proper exercise by the bank of its functions and responsibilities as a central bank and banking supervisor. The claim was considered by the court and upheld.
Ms Harman : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Departments spend on child care ; on what provision the sum is spent ; how many children receive the child care ; and if he will make a statement about child care.
Mr. Nelson [holding answer 7 March 1994] : The information requested is set out for each of the Chancellor's Departments. The expenditure shown relates to the current financial year, unless otherwise stated.
Her Majesty's Treasury
Expenditure :-- £7,800 per annum.
Provision :-- School Holiday Playscheme and Emergency Nursery places.
Number of children receiving childcare this financial year to date : 32.
Inland Revenue :
Expenditure :-- The Inland Revenue subsidise a number of nurseries and playschemes, both in monetary terms and also by providing accommodation, utilities and administrative support. Childcare budgets are delegated to 34 regional offices, and no data are held centrally.
Provision :-- Nurseries and Playschemes.
Number of children receiving childcare : 651 use playschemes and 147 use workplace nurseries.
National Investment and Loans Office
Expenditure :-- £481 per annum.
Provision :-- School Holiday Playscheme.
Number of children receiving childcare this financial year to date : 3.
Government Actuary's Department
No expenditure on childcare.
Department for National Savings
No expenditure on childcare.
Registry of Friendly Societies
No expenditure on childcare.
No expenditure on childcare.
Central Statistical Office
Expenditure :-- £5,798 per annum.
Provision :-- Playschemes.
Column 224Number of children receiving childcare this financial year to date : 57.
The CSO also spent £173,000 in 1992-93 building and setting up an on site nursery for 34 children.
Customs and Excise
Expenditure :-- £428,000 per annum.
Provision :-- Workplace nurseries, bought in schemes and other playschemes.
Number of children receiving childcare this financial year to date : approximately 1,000.
Paymaster General's Office
Expenditure :-- £44,500 per annum.
Provision :-- Nursery.
Number of children receiving childcare this financial year to date : 43.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Jean Corston, dated 9 March 1994 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about where a 17 year old alleged offender who is deemed to be category A would normally be held in the prison system.
For any alleged offender who, because of the nature and circumstances of their alleged offences, is placed in category A, security must be the first priority.
Unconvicted persons in prison custody who are placed in category A can only be held in Prison Service establishments with an appropriate level of security. In the case of a 17 year old alleged (ie unconvicted) offender the only YOI with a level of security appropriate to hold a category A is Moorland. Unless the courts to which a 17 year old would have to be taken for remand and trial appearances are within reasonable travelling distance of Moorland, such an individual would have to be held in a category A holding local prison.
A copy of the text of the rules and the accompanying guide, which explains to claimants how the new scheme works and the criteria adopted for deciding applications, have been placed in the Vote Office and the Library. Copies of both documents may be obtained from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, Tay house, 300 Bath street, Glasgow G2 4JR.
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 9 February, Official Report, column 253, relating to the expected savings in 1994-95 in respect of bail hostels,what directions have been given to the West Midlands probation service as to the savings to be made in 1994-95.
Mr. Maclean : The Home Office has not given directions to the West Midlands probation committee on this matter. The committee has been asked to identify two approved hostels for closure so that the necessary savings in public expenditure may be made.
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements will be made for offenders in the west midlands when there is no vacancy in a bail or probation hostel in the west midlands.
Mr. Maclean : There are over 100 approved hostels in England and Wales, a number of which are located in probation areas neighbouring the west midlands. All are available to the west midlands courts and it is the responsibility of the probation service to bring them to those courts' attention.
Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide details of the rates charged by local authorities to other local authorities for accommodating those remanded on bail when there is no vacancy available in their own hostels.
Mr. Maclean : Local authorities are required to pay a standard flat rate charge for hostel residents for whom they have responsibility, irrespective of where that hostel is located. For 1993-94 the weekly charge is £65.03.
Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were sentenced to a prison term under each offence category in the latest year for which figures are available ; and what numbers and percentage of the total were fine defaulters.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 9 March 1994 :
Receptions under Sentence--
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking how many people were sentenced to a prison term under each offence category in the latest year for which figures are available ; and what numbers and percentage of the total were fine defaulters. The information you have requested is given in the table.