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War Pensions

Mr. Jamieson: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many former service personnel are currently receiving war pensions due to exposure to asbestos in disability bands (a) 20 per cent. to 39 per cent., (b) 40 per cent. to 60 per cent., (c) 60 per cent., and (d) 100 per cent; [4811]

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Mr. Heald: The information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the saving to public funds in each of the last five financial years which has resulted from not disregarding war pensions in assessment of income support payments. [5639]

Mr. Roger Evans: The figures set out in the table represent the additional costs which would have been incurred over the five-year period.

Cost of fully disregarding war pensions in the assessment of income support

Cost
Financial year£ million
1991-9230
1992-9320
1993-9435
1994-9530
1995-9635

Estimates are rounded to the nearest £5 million and relate to the benefit levels in that financial year.


Child Support Agency

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the current policy of the Child Support Agency to improve the level of return of assessment forms; and what changes are planned in the near future. [3521]

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Mr. John Spellar, dated 11 December 1995:


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Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list for each month since April 1993 the amount of maintenance owed to the Child Support Agency indicating the amount attributable to (a) interim maintenance assessments and (b) full maintenance assessments. [4095]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will update his answer of 18 May 1995, Official Report, column 331, to the hon. Member for Newham, North-East (Mr. Timms) concerning maintenance assessments, by reference to the most recent data from the case load of the Child Support Agency. [4172]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


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    All figures are estimates based on 5 per cent. sample taken from the Child Support Computer System on 31 May 1995.

    Benefit Status of parent with care and absent parent at 31 May 1995 (fully assessed cases) Thousands

    Absent parents
    Parents with care Total Earned income Income support Other
    Income support237.1128.379.429.5
    FAMC/DWA30.919.28.23.4
    Others18.214.02.51.6
    Total286.2161.590.234.5

    Note: From the May scan the number of cases on IVB, SB, and UB is not known. Therefore this table varies from that which is updating.


    Net income employment of absent parent (AP) at 31 May 1995 (fully assessed cases)

    Absent parents
    £ per week000'sPercentage
    All absent parents--262.2100.0
    APs with no employment income -- 118.4 41.4
    APs with employment income -- 167.8 58.6
    Average net employment income 207.30 -- --
    Net employment income (£ per week)
    Up to £49.99--9.03.1
    £50.00-£99.99--99.93.5
    £100.00-£149.99--31.411.0
    £150.00-£199.99--41.314.4
    £200.00-£249.99--31.010.8
    £250.00-£299.99--18.56.5
    £300.00 or more--26.79.3

    Net income from employment is gross pay less income tax and NI contributions. Average net income is mean for APs with income from employment.


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Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the definition of maintenance assessment accuracy referred to in paragraph 28 of the memorandum CS 7 submitted to the Social Security Select Committee in October 1995. [4094]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 24 November, Official Report, column 362, on maintenance arrears, in what circumstances provisional debt due to interim assessments may be disregarded. [4167]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


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Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the number of staff dismissed from the Child Support Agency since its launch, indicating which month they were dismissed and which office they worked in. [4078]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the temporary employment agencies with which the Child Support Agency has an arrangement. [4079]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:


Ms Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give a breakdown of the amounts of weekly maintenance demanded by the Child Support Agency using the same bandings as in his reply of 20 April 1995, Official Report, column 280, (a) in cases where there are arrears and (b) in cases where there are no arrears. [4108]

Mr. Mitchell: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Miss Ann Chant. She will write to the hon. Member.

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Letter from Miss Ann Chant to Ms Liz Lynne, dated 11 December 1995:



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