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Sport and Recreation Qualifications

Mr. Pendry : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what guidance his Department has given the Sports Council with regard to the development of national vocational qualifications for sport and recreation.

Mr. Sproat : None. The Sports Council chairs the industry lead body for sport and recreation and receives guidance in relation to this role from the Employment Department and the National Council for Vocational Qualifications.

English Heritage

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what benefits have accrued from English Heritage's transfer of management of a number of its properties to (a) English Heritage, (b) the new managers of the properties and (c) the Exchequer.

Mr. Brooke : In pursuance of the policies in its "Forward Strategy", English Heritage sought my agreement to the transfer of 22 sites to local management in March this year. Local management arrangements provide opportunities for improved cost-effectiveness and can bring benefits in terms of local enthusiasm for and commitment to the properties concerned, as well as additional resources for their preservation and presentation to the public. It is too early to quantify the extent of these benefits. However, I have agreed with English Heritage that it will keep the success of alternative management schemes under review and will formally evaluate the effectiveness of the policy in two years' time.

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what guidance he has given on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 to the staff of English Heritage employed at properties whose management is to be transferred to other bodies such as the National Trust.

Mr. Brooke : The Department of National Heritage has issued advice to English Heritage on the application of the Transport of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)


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Regulations 1981, in accordance with the guidance given by Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 11 March 1993, Official Report, columns 648-49. English Heritage follows this guidance in all relevant cases where the management of English Heritage properties is transferred to other bodies.

Royal Palaces

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will list the state ceremonial occasions, and expenditure on them by his Department, referred to under the heading "Occupied Royal Palaces", in his Department's expenditure plans for 1994-95, Cm 2511.

Mr. Sproat : The state ceremonials for which the Department has responsibility the planned expenditure on these for 1994-95 is as follows :


                                              |£              

--------------------------------------------------------------

Commonwealth Day Flag Flying                  |14,000         

State visit President of Zimbabwe             |210,000        

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Parade       |44,000         

United Nations Day Flag Flying                |2,200          

Remembrance Sunday                            |65,000         

Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women                 

   (AJEX)                                     |1,000          

                                              |-------        

                                              |336,000        

Additional costs                                              

Fees/storage/repairs                          |218,600        

                                              |-------        

Total                                         |554,800        

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will give a breakdown of his Department's estimated £11 million expenditure for 1994-95 on the Historic Royal Palaces Agency.

Mr. Sproat : Of the £11 million public expenditure allocated to the Historic Royal Palaces Agency for 1994-95 :

£3 million has been transferred to the Royal Armouries in year towards the cost of the new museum in Leeds ;

£1.5 million will be spent on modernising fire detection and prevention systems in line with the recommendations of the Bailey Inquiry following the Windsor fire ;

and the remainder will go towards other capital conservation and improvement schemes, building maintenance and running costs. Three quarters of the agency's costs are met from commercial receipts.

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will give a breakdown for each royal palace of the £20.6 million due to be spent by his Department in 1994-95 on the occupied royal palaces.

Mr. Sproat : The amounts planned to be spent on each of the occupied royal palaces in 1994-95 are as follows :


                                       |£ million          

-----------------------------------------------------------

Buckingham Palace                      |4.043              

Windsor Castle                         |5.910              

St James's Palace and Clarence House   |2.998              

Kensington Palace                      |1.171              

Utilities/salaries and ancillary costs |6.469              

                                       |----               

Total                                  |20.591             


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Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what are the other historic buildings referred to in his Department's expenditure plans 1994-95, Cm 2511, under the heading "Occupied Royal Palaces" ; and how much of the £26.4 million total for this period will be spent on them.

Mr. Sproat : The other historic buildings under this heading for which the Department has some responsibility are : Apsley house, the Royal Naval college at Greenwich, Osborne house and the Albert memorial. The Department also has responsibility for maintenance of Trafalgar square, and certain statues in London.

Planned expenditure in 1994-95 on these buildings and structures is £3.1 million. Additionally up to £1 million is being made available by English Heritage towards the restoration of the Albert memorial.

Cultural Services

Ms Mowlam : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what assessment he has made of the likely impact on national museums and galleries in the United Kingdom of the EU sixth directive relating to the VAT treatment of cultural services.

Mr. Sproat : Discussions are continuing between my officials and those of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise about the implications and scope of such an exemption. The views that my Department has received from the national museums and galleries have been taken into account during these discussions, and those organisations will be consulted on further developments.

Correspondence

Mr. David Howell : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he will reply to the letter of the right hon. Member for Guildford of 23 March requesting urgent action on behalf of a constituent.

Mr. Brooke : My private office replied on 3 May, informing the right hon. Gentleman that the letter in question was properly a matter for the Department of Trade and Industry, which has undertaken to reply substantively.

Outdoor Activity Centres

Mr. Jamieson : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage if he will make a statement about the contribution made by the Sports Council in drawing up the code of practice for outdoor adventure activity providers.

Mr. Sproat : The Sports Council is contributing its expertise to the development of a voluntary accreditation scheme for outdoor activity providers through its membership of the English tourist board's activity centre advisory committee. This Department has observer status on ACAC. The new code of practice, agreed at the committee's last meeting, will provide an important mechanism for ensuring that centres operate to nationally agreed safety standards. The committee has also agreed a programme of pilot inspections over the summer as part of the process of devising sports- specific guidelines and the Sports Council and the English tourist board will be helping to fund this work.


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WALES

Strategic Development Scheme

Mr. Dafis : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been allocated under the strategic development scheme, and, prior to the introduction of the scheme, how much was spent through (a) the urban programme, (b) the rural initiative, (c) projects of regional and national importance and (d) special project schemes for each year since 1989-90 for (i) each district council and (ii) Wales.

Mr. Redwood : 1994-95 strategic development scheme allocations to district councils in Wales, together with the all-Wales total, is provided in table 1. Details of expenditure between 1989-90 and 1993-94 through the urban programme, rural initiative, projects of regional and national importance and special projects schemes are in tables 2 to 5.


Table 1                                                       

Strategic Development Scheme Allocations-£'000                

                                        |<1>1994-95           

--------------------------------------------------------------

Alyn and deeside DC                     |1,337                

Colwyn BC                               |1,447                

Delyn                                   |829                  

Glyndwr DC                              |187                  

Rhuddlan BC                             |821                  

Wrexham Maelor BC                       |1,487                

Carmarthen DC                           |<2>184               

Ceredigion DC                           |<2>975               

Dinefwr BC                              |1,444                

Llanelli BC                             |2,224                

Preseli Pembrokeshire DC                |927                  

South Pembrokeshire DC                  |2,481                

Blaenau Gwent BC                        |1,753                

Islwyn BC                               |<3>1,267             

Monmouth DC                             |58                   

Newport BC                              |1,153                

Torfaen BC                              |640                  

Aberconwy BC                            |2,250                

Arfon BC                                |1,126                

Dwyfor DC                               |787                  

Meirionnydd DC                          |668                  

Ynys Mon BC                             |1,140                

Cynon Valley BC                         |<3>1,947             

Merthyr Tydfil BC                       |<3>903               

Ogwr BC                                 |1,102                

Rhondda BC                              |<3>4,460             

Rhymney Valley DC                       |300                  

Taff-Ely BC                             |<3>431               

Brecknock BC                            |2,330                

Montgomeryshire DC                      |126                  

Radnor DC                               |183                  

Cardiff CC                              |989                  

Vale of Glamorgan BC                    |1,190                

West Glamorgan CC                       |2,281                

Port Talbot BC                          |253                  

Lliw Valley BC                          |282                  

Neath BC                                |353                  

Swansea CC                              |2,625                

Wales Total (including county councils) |56,223               

Notes:                                                        

<1> Includes slippage on schemes carried forward from         

1993-94.                                                      

<2> Excludes £1,9 million set aside for projects approved in  

principle for Carmarthen DC and Ceredigion DC.                

<3> Includes £10,000 revenue allocation for each of the 5     

successful Community Revival Strategies, but excludes the     

capital allocations which will not be confirmed until receipt 

of the Business Plans in June 1994.                           


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Table 2                                                                                                   

Urban programme expenditure details                                                                       

£'000                                                                                                     

                                        |1989-90<1>|1990-91   |1991-92   |1992-93   |1993-94<2>           

                                                                                    |forecast             

                                                                                    |outturn              

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alyn and Deeside DC                     |275       |223       |265       |100       |338                  

Colwyn BC                               |45        |275       |280       |108       |57                   

Delyn                                   |622       |618       |235       |757       |338                  

Glyndwr DC                              |13        |8         |119       |133       |118                  

Rhuddlan BC                             |249       |601       |545       |992       |1,138                

Wrexham Maelor BC                       |521       |776       |1,449     |525       |246                  

Carmarthen DC                           |-         |16        |136       |18        |18                   

Ceredigion DC                           |18        |14        |132       |101       |77                   

Dinefwr BC                              |378       |168       |687       |1,069     |428                  

Llanelli BC                             |433       |467       |442       |1,037     |764                  

Preseli Pembrokeshire DC                |157       |157       |283       |95        |140                  

South Pembrokeshire DC                  |158       |139       |219       |172       |222                  

Blaenau Gwent BC                        |2,390     |2,744     |5,876     |1,534     |916                  

Islwyn BC                               |870       |944       |1,013     |709       |723                  

Monmouth DC                             |14        |41        |32        |30        |203                  

Newport BC                              |692       |623       |610       |690       |960                  

Torfaen BC                              |1,255     |927       |822       |464       |345                  

Aberconwy BC                            |169       |167       |261       |191       |170                  

Arfon BC                                |425       |309       |426       |616       |382                  

Dwyfor DC                               |100       |65        |-         |139       |121                  

Meirionnydd DC                          |112       |182       |402       |221       |158                  

Ynys Mon BC                             |213       |182       |184       |263       |127                  

Cynon Valley BC                         |1,073     |1,281     |1,727     |2,193     |1,776                

Merthyr Tydfil BC                       |1,366     |1,081     |1,055     |1,477     |987                  

Ogwr BC                                 |1,271     |1,230     |1,111     |1,333     |1,165                

Rhondda BC                              |2,043     |2,268     |1,330     |1,885     |2,805                

Rhymney Valley DC                       |1,082     |1,071     |362       |1,127     |744                  

Taff-Ely BC                             |429       |418       |320       |1,031     |533                  

Brecknock BC                            |102       |79        |25        |250       |-                    

Montgomeryshire DC                      |-         |-         |-         |-         |-                    

Radnor DC                               |5         |14        |15        |16        |16                   

Cardiff CC                              |916       |964       |1,155     |1,046     |1,310                

Vale of Glamorgan BC                    |282       |217       |294       |449       |761                  

Port Talbot BC                          |559       |696       |561       |149       |324                  

Lliw Valley BC                          |432       |19        |309       |424       |339                  

Neath BC                                |504       |438       |768       |675       |310                  

Swansea CC                              |535       |510       |572       |525       |965                  

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

Wales Total (including county councils) |27,732    |29,695    |36,584    |31,970    |29,347               

Notes:                                                                                                    

<1> Allocation not expenditure data provided for 1989-90. Expenditure details are not available on a      

consistent basis with future years because of the introduction of local authority capital expenditure     

controls in 1990-91. From this date information collected relates solely to local authorities expenditure 

against money provided through the Urban Programme, excluding any local authority expenditure financed    

through loans. Before this date authorities funded some of the schemes approved under the Urban Programme 

by raising loans and therefore only included appropriate loan charge payments on the payment returns.     

<2> Actual expenditure details not available until local authorities annual Audited claims are received   

at the end of the year.                                                                                   


Table 3                                                    

Rural initiative expenditure details since the programmes  

inception-                                                 

£'000                                                      

                       |1991-92 |1992-93 |1993-94          

                                         |forecast         

                                         |outturn          

-----------------------------------------------------------

Colwyn BC              |40      |-       |32               

Delyn                  |32      |32      |-                

Glyndwr DC             |180     |270     |175              

Rhuddlan BC            |147     |-       |27               

Carmarthen DC          |558     |126     |120              

Ceredigion DC          |127     |240     |338              

Dinefwr BC             |78      |123     |236              

Preseli Pembs DC       |32      |339     |1,021            

South Pembs DC         |60      |146     |681              

Blaenau Gwent BC       |10      |-       |-                

Monmouth DC            |219     |156     |57               

Aberconwy BC           |-       |262     |793              

Arfon BC               |157     |152     |590              

Dwyfor DC              |250     |108     |549              

Meirionnydd DC         |-       |100     |526              

Ynys Mon BC            |50      |122     |405              

Brecknock BC           |360     |-       |110              

Montgomeryshire DC     |350     |256     |262              

Radnor DC              |464     |157     |-                

Lliw Valley BC         |-       |-       |8                

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

Wales total (including                                     

   County Councils)    |4,315   |5,539   |8,439            


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Table 4                                                                                 

Projects of Regional or National Importance Allocations-£'000                           

                                        |1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ceredigion DC                           |-      |-      |-      |-      |500            

South Pembrokeshire DC                  |-      |-      |-      |-      |1.000          

Blaenau Gwent BC                        |1.700  |2.945  |1.055  |-      |-              

Aberconwy BC                            |-      |-      |-      |2.000  |-              

Dwyfor DC                               |-      |-      |1.400  |900    |-              

Swansea CC                              |1.500  |1.250  |1.239  |-      |165            

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

Total Wales (including County Councils) |5.639  |10.523 |15.216 |9.611  |6.571          

Figures for PRNI/SP relate to capital allocations for 1989-90 and supplementary credit  

approvals from 1990-91 onwards. Figures are therefore not strictly comparable.          


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Table 5                                                                                 

Special projects allocations-£'000                                                      

                                        |1989-90|1990-91|1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Colwyn BC                               |-      |-      |-      |-      |580            

Delyn BC                                |250    |200    |650    |2,000  |1,950          

Rhuddlan BC                             |950    |540    |840    |825    |1,200          

Wrexham Maelor BC                       |1,350  |1,350  |1,350  |200    |2,085          

Dinefwr BC                              |-      |-      |900    |600    |-              

Llanelli BC                             |1,000  |1,000  |1,000  |1,200  |1,500          

Preseli Pembs DC                        |-      |650    |650    |700    |-              

Blaenau Gwent                           |-      |-      |-      |700    |655            

Aberconwy BC                            |1,400  |-      |759    |185    |-              

Dwyfor DC                               |-      |-      |-      |1,000  |-              

Merthyr Tydfil BC                       |400    |-      |-      |-      |-              

Rhondda BC                              |-      |-      |900    |-      |-              

Taff Ely BC                             |-      |-      |350    |-      |-              

Brecknock BC                            |-      |-      |-      |-      |1,316          

Radnorshire DC                          |-      |500    |850    |250    |-              

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

Total Wales (including County Councils) |6,950  |4,240  |8,204  |7,660  |9,565          

Figures for PRNI/SP relate to capital allocation for 1989-90 and supplementary credit   

approvals from 1990-91 onwards. Figures are not therefore strictly comparable.          

Local Government Reorganisation

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date the Government decided that the White Paper on local government in Wales should not contain proposals for unitary authorities for Meirionnydd and Montgomeryshire.

Mr. Redwood : It is not the practice to give details of internal discussions on policy matters.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Care Homes

11. Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he is taking to review the cases of residents of care or nursing homes in receipt of a preserved entitlement to income support.

Mr. Scott : Income support at the higher levels is paid to 284,000 people in residential care and nursing homes at a cost of £2.7 billion, compared with support for just 12,000 at a cost of £10 million in 1979.

These limits are reviewed each year.

Maxwell Pensions Unit

12. Mr. Lidington : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a further statement on the work of his Department's Maxwell Pensions Unit.


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Mr. Hague : The Maxwell Pensions Unit continues to work with all concerned to encourage the resolution of disputes as quickly as possible. The unit provides substantial administrative support to the Maxwell Pensioners Trust global settlement initiative, which aims to secure the pension rights of all Maxwell scheme members.

Child Support Agency

13. Mr. Mike O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has had in the last month on his policy on the Child Support Agency.

Mr. Burt : During April 1994 Ministers received representations from hon. Members, organisations and members of the public about various child support issues, some favourable, others not.

14. Mr. Jim Cunningham : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what he now estimates the Child Support Agency will collect in its first year of operation.

Mr. Burt : Provisional figures show that to the end of March the Agency had recorded £210 million as collected. This is not the total amount for the year, however. It does not include, for example, maintenance paid direct by absent parents to parents with care where benefit is not an issue. Nor does it include some other amounts collected which will be scored retrospectively.

15. Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to meet hon. Members to discuss the working of the Child Support Agency.


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Mr. Lilley : Ministers always give sympathetic consideration to requests from hon. Members to discuss particular issues.

18. Mr. Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what further changes he expects to introduce to the Child Support Agency.

23. Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proposals he has to amend the Child Support Act 1991 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to review the working of the Child Support Agency ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Burt : We have no immediate plans for change but are keeping the operation of the Child Support Agency under review.

25. Mr. Hoon : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are now paying maintenance as a result of the Child Support Agency's activities who were not paying it previously.

Mr. Burt : As at 31 March, 205,540 maintenance assessments had been completed. It is estimated that almost 60 per cent. of cases taken on by the agency were not already receiving maintenance.

27. Sir David Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many representations he has received concerning proposals for further changes in the child support regulations.

Mr. Burt : Between 5 April 1993 and 30 April 1994 Ministers received 13,081 letters about child support. The cost of establishing how many of these suggest changes to regulations would be disproportionately high.

Mr. Pawsey : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what have been the changes in family credit payments during the period of the Child Support Agency.

Mr. Burt : The information provided in the table is for 31 March 1993, immediately prior to the introduction of the Child Support Agency, and 31 October 1993, the latest date for which information is available.


                                    |March  |October        

                                    |1993<1>|1993<2>        

------------------------------------------------------------

Number of Family Credit recipients  |485,000|520,000        

Number of recipients with                                   

   maintenance                      |66,000 |80,000         

Number of recipients without                                

   maintenance                      |419,000|440,000        

Average award of all Family Credit                          

   recipients                       |£42.34 |£45.97         

Average award of recipients with                            

   maintenance                      |£45.90 |£48.40         

Average award of recipients without                         

   maintenance                      |£41.78 |£45.53         

<1> Source: Five per cent. sample of Family Credit          

recipients at 31 March 1993.                                

<2> Source: Five per cent. sample of Family Credit          

recipients at 31 October 1993.                              

Mr. Bill Michie : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received regarding publication of the Child Support Agency collection and enforcement manual.


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Mr. Burt : There have been a small number of representations regarding the publication of the Child Support Agency's collection and enforcement manual. However, there is good reason for the manual not to be available as it contains detailed guidance on the actions to be taken when enforcing, or deciding whether to enforce child maintenance and could allow a person liable to pay maintenance to delay or possibly avoid enforcement action being brought against him or her.

Benefits Uprating

16. Mr. Roger Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if it is Government policy regularly to uprate pensions and other benefits ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : Yes. We have uprated retirement pension and most other benefits in line with prices or better each year since 1979. This April, the uprating of retirement pension--and most other benefits--included an additional element, above the increase in prices, for extra help with the cost of VAT on fuel.

Pensions

17. Mr. Mark Robinson : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much total pension incomes have increased per annum between 1979 and the latest year for which figures are available ; and what was the equivalent figure between 1974 and 1979.

Mr. Hague : Between 1979 and 1990-91, the latest year for which figures are available, pensioners' total income from state pension and occupational pension grew at an estimated average annual rate of 3.1 per cent. for all pensioners.

The estimated average annual rate of growth between 1974 and 1979 was 0.4 per cent.

Child Care Allowance

20. Mr. Fabricant : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he currently makes of the number of families which will benefit from the introduction of the disregard for child care.

22. Mr. Richards : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many families will benefit from the recent introduction of a child care allowance in family credit.

Mr. Burt : We expect that 150,000 families will benefit from the introduction of the child care disregard. This includes 50,000 expected to take up work as a direct result of the change.

Management Consultants

21. Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement about his Department's use of management consultants.

Mr. Scott : Management consultancy firms have mainly been used by the Department to assist with the development and maintenance of the major computer systems introduced to support the Department's business. These systems play a major part in enabling the Department and its agencies to deliver an efficient and professional service.


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The introduction of these systems together with the use of consultants in other business areas has improved the quality of services provided throughout the Department.

Social Security Expenditure

28. Mrs. Angela Knight : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his latest estimate of spending on social security in the current year.

Mr. Hague : Currently the grand total of social security spending is expected to be £88.6 billion in 1994-95. This figure has been taken from the 1994 Social Security Department report.

Mobile Telephones and Pagers

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many (a) portable telephones, (b) pagers and electronic bleepers and (c) car telephones are currently used by his Department ; what are the annual costs of operating this equipment ; and to which personnel it is made available.

Mr. Hague : The information is not available in the form requested. The available information is in the table. The equipment is provided where a valid business case for its purchase and use is made by the individual/unit concerned.


                                    |Mobile telephones|Pagers                             

                                    |(including car                                       

                                    |'phones)                                             

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Benefits Agency                                                                           

Number in use                       |<1>-             |<1>-                               

Combined annual cost                |<2>£625,738.94   |<1>-                               

                                                                                          

Contributions Agency                                                                      

Number in use                       |<1>-             |<1>-                               

Combined annual cost                |<2>£194,183.18   |<1>-                               

                                                                                          

Information Technology Services Agency                                                    

Number in use                       |539              |1,111                              

Annual cost                         |£210,681         |£244,503                           

|Number issued to specified BA                                                            

and ES district offices for the use                                                       

of computer support staff           |-                |998                                

Annual cost                         |-                |£108,562                           

                                                                                          

DSS HQ                                                                                    

Number in use                       |49               |72                                 

Annual cost                         |£20,193          |£14,757                            

                                                                                          

Child Support Agency                                                                      

Number in use                       |380              |185                                

Annual cost                         |<1>-             |<1>-                               

                                                                                          

Resettlement Agency                                                                       

Number in use                       |7                |8                                  

Annual cost                         |<1>-             |<1>-                               

                                                                                          

War Pensions Agency                                                                       

Number in use                       |103              |5                                  

Annual cost                         |£27,810          |£439                               

Notes:                                                                                    

<1>Indicates that no central record is held by the Agency and the information could be    

obtained only at disproportionate cost.                                                   

<2>Includes combined annual cost of mobile telephones and pagers.                         

Figures quoted are as at the end of the 1993-94 financial year.                           

Occupational Pensions

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioner tax units receive occupational pensions ; if he will break this figure down


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into bands of occupational pension income of £1,000, up to a maximum of £20,000 ; and if he will give figures for the last five years.

Mr. Hague : Information for the years 1987 to 1990-91--the latest available--is in the tables :


Pension units in receipt of         

occupational pensions               

1990-91 - total number of pensioner 

units 7.04 million                  

Single pensioners with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,047                  

Up to 2     |596                    

Up to 3     |230                    

Up to 5     |251                    

Up to 7*    |161                    

Up to 20*   |167                    

All         |2,455                  


Pensioner couples with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |479                    

Up to 2     |397                    

Up to 3     |*173                   

Up to 4     |*154                   

Up to 5     |*126                   

Up to 7     |*148                   

Up to 10    |*124                   

Up to 20    |*120                   

All         |1,832                  


All pensioner units with            

occupational pensions               

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,526                  

Up to 2     |994                    

Up to 3     |404                    

Up to 4     |313                    

Up to 5     |217                    

Up to 6     |*157                   

Up to 7     |*152                   

Up to 8     |*119                   

Up to 10    |*120                   

Up to 13    |*91                    

Up to 20    |*81                    

All         |4,288                  


1990 - total number of pensioner    

units 7.05 million                  

Single pensioners with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,042                  

Up to 2     |543                    

Up to 3     |234                    

Up to 6     |*320                   

Up to 20    |*232                   

All         |2,374                  


Pensioner couples with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |506                    

Up to 2     |395                    

Up to 3     |332                    

Up to 6     |*238                   

Up to 20    |*265                   

All         |1,855                  


All pensioner units with            

occupational pensions               

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,548                  

Up to 2     |938                    

Up to 3     |398                    

Up to 4     |*312                   

Up to 5     |*221                   

Up to 6     |*193                   

Up to 8     |*274                   

Up to 20    |*246                   

All         |4,229                  


1989 - total number of pensioner    

units 7.02 million                  

Single pensioners with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,033                  

Up to 2     |*358                   

Up to 3     |*253                   

Up to 5     |*269                   

Up to 20    |*243                   

All         |2,159                  


Pensioner couples with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |584                    

Up to 2     |371                    

Up to 3     |*198                   

Up to 5     |*236                   

Up to 8     |*187                   

Up to 20    |*140                   

All         |1,858                  


All pensioner units with            

occupational pensions               

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,616                  

Up to 2     |729                    

Up to 3     |451                    

Up to 4     |*288                   

Up to 5     |*218                   

Up to 6     |*180                   

Up to 8     |*196                   

Up to 20    |*194                   

All         |4,017                  


1988 - total number of pensioner    

units 6.99 million                  

Single pensioners with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |972                    

Up to 2     |459                    

Up to 3     |*208                   

Up to 5     |*289                   

Up to 20    |*222                   

All         |2,154                  


Pensioner couples with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |606                    

Up to 2     |*272                   

Up to 3     |*167                   

Up to 6     |328                    

Up to 20    |*206                   

All         |1,715                  


All pensioner units with            

occupational pensions               

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,578                  

Up to 2     |731                    

Up to 3     |375                    

Up to 4     |*334                   

Up to 5     |*203                   

Up to 7     |*263                   

Up to 20    |*246                   

All         |3,670                  


1987 - total number of pensioner    

units 6.96 million                  

Single pensioners with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,033                  

Up to 2     |441                    

Up to 3     |*219                   

Up to 5     |*196                   

Up to 20    |*178                   

All         |2,080                  


Pensioner couples with occupational 

pensions                            

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |667                    

Up to 2     |347                    

Up to 3     |*179                   

Up to 6     |*250                   

Up to 20    |*203                   

All         |1,732                  


All pensioner units with            

occupational pensions               

£ thousands |Number                 

            |(thousands)            

------------------------------------

Up to 1     |1,700                  

Up to 2     |788                    

Up to 3     |398                    

Up to 4     |*231                   

Up to 6     |*264                   

Up to 8     |*184                   

Up to 20    |*147                   

All         |3,812                  

Notes:                              

1. All figures are estimates and    

should be treated as such.          

2. Estimates derive from the Family 

Expenditure Survey for the combined 

years 1990-91 and the Government    

Actuary's Department's Survey of    

Occupational Pension 1991.          

3. * denotes unreliably small       

sample size.                        

4. Percentages may not sum due to   

rounding.                           


Column 357

Housing Benefit

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the annual cost of housing benefit being paid to (a) tenants of local authorities, (b) tenants of housing associations and (c) tenants of private landlords.

Mr. Hague : The available information is in the table.


Housing Benefit Expenditure in Great Britain          

                        |1992-93  |1993-94            

                        |£ million|£ million          

------------------------------------------------------

Local Authority Tenants |4,347    |5,004              

Private Tenants<1>      |3,257    |3,817              

Data Source:                                          

Social Security Departmental Report 1994.             

Notes:                                                

<1> Separate information on the amount of Housing     

Benefit paid to Housing Association tenants is not    

available and is included in the private tenants      

total.                                                

Incapacity Benefits

Mr. Matthew Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he will introduce arrangements to allow people receiving benefits for incapacity to do voluntary work.

Mr. Scott : Regulations were laid before Parliament on 22 April 1994 and come into force today. These regulations will enable people to continue to be accepted as incapable of work for the purposes of sickness benefit, invalidity benefit and severe disablement allowance if they are doing voluntary work for up to 16 hours a week.

Local Offices

Mr. Skinner : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will introduce legislation to elect directly boards of management to all social security offices.

Mr. Scott : No. It would serve no purpose other than to result in an increase in bureaucracy. Customers and their representatives are already consulted regularly so their views can inform future service planning.

Centenarians

Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many telegrams he sent to (a) male and (b) female centenarians in the past year and five, 10 and 16 years ago ; what was the cost to public funds in each of those years at current prices ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is not available. Such information as is available is as follows :


Number of telegrams sent 

to centenarians          

       |1988 |1993       

-------------------------

Male   |238  |311        

Female |1,904|2,589      

The approximate cost of each telegram, exclusive of staff time, is currently £2.65.


Column 358

Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill

Mr. Beith : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many hours of civil servant time, and at what cost, was spent on drafting new clauses and amendments to the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill.

Mr. Scott : I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council on 12 May at column 213.

Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many representations he has received since Friday 6 May from disabled people's organisations and others regarding progress on the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill ; what has been the nature of such representations ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott : To date I have received eight letters and a small number of telephone calls relating to the future of the Bill which is scheduled to continue its Report stage on 20 May.

I announced the Government's plans for combating discrimination against disabled people during the debate on Report of the Bill on 6 May at column 996 and gave further details in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton (Mrs. Browning) on 10 May at column 136.

Mr. Thurnham : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish the calculations underlying the cost compliance assessment in respect of the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill.

Mr. Scott : The basis for the calculations is contained within the compliance cost assessment, copies of which were placed in the Library on 5 May.

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when was the last date before 6 May that he discussed the progress of the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill with the Prime Minister.

Mr. Lilley : There was a discussion at Cabinet on 5 May which focused on the Government's own proposals on civil rights for disabled people and the compliance cost assessment of the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill.

EMPLOYMENT

Training and Enterprise Councils

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for the Barnsley/Doncaster TEC (a) the names and addresses of the directors, (b) their current salary and (c) what relevant experience they had for their appointment.

Miss Widdecombe : (a) Barnsley and Doncaster training and enterprise council directors are :

Mr. P. Wetzel

Joint Chief Executive

S. R. Gent Plc.

Dodworth Road

Barnsley

Mr. A. Goulbourn

Chief Executive

Barnsley and Doncaster TEC

The Conference Centre

Eldon Street

Barnsley


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