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Research and Development (North-West)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assistance her Department is giving to research and development in the north-west. [25411]

Mrs. Roche: The DTI is assisting research and development in the north-west primarily through the new SMART initiative, aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to improve their competitiveness by developing new products and processes to the benefit of the national economy. £3.98 million has been offered since 1 April 1997 in the north-west alone (excluding Merseyside). Nationally, DTI provides assistance under the LINK scheme. Since 1988 the Government have spent over £13 million supporting LINK projects in the north-west out of their total commitment of over £18 million.

Other indirect assistance includes joint working with the North West Partnership to produce a Regional Innovation and Technology Action Plan; funding for the North West Regional Industrialist; support for Faraday/Foresight NW; the Teaching Company Scheme; the Post Graduate Training Partnership and College Business Partnerships.

Export Licences (Firearms)

Ann Clwyd: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the amount of small arms included in each of the ML1 category export licences granted by her Department in 1995 for the export of small arms to the Channel Islands. [25329]

Mrs. Roche: I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible and place a copy of the letter in the Library.

G. S. W. Stewart Ltd.

Mr. Cousins: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if the winding up of the affairs of G. S. W. Stewart Ltd. entered into liquidation in 1991 is now complete. [25038]

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: The conclusion of the winding up of G. S. W. Stewart Ltd., is a matter for the liquidator, but my officials understand that, subject to the agreement of the creditors which will be sought at a meeting to be held in February, the liquidator proposes to conclude his administration as soon as possible by payment of a substantial dividend to unsecured creditors.

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SOCIAL SECURITY

Disability Benefits

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people resident within the boroughs of Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough are currently in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) mobility allowance, (c) attendance allowance and (d) incapacity benefit. [24513]

Mr. Denham: The administration of Social Security benefits is a matter for Peter Mathison, Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Peter Mathison to Dr. Ashok Kumar, dated 26 January 1998:

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people resident within the boroughs of Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough are currently in receipt of (a) Disability Living Allowance (DLA), (b) Mobility Allowance (MobA), (c) Attendance Allowance (AA) and (d) Incapacity Benefit (IB).




Number of people in receipt of benefit at the date shown, by Parliamentary Constituency

Parliamentary ConstituencyDisability Living Allowance (i)Attendance Allowance (ii)Incapacity Benefit (iii)
Redcar4,8361,6855,280
Middlesbrough5,9922,0634,300
Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East4,8501,8224,280
Hartlepool5,1561,8635,560
Stockton North4,5021,6534,360
Stockton South3,1611,2532,740

1. The boroughs of Redcar and Middlesbrough and the former borough of Cleveland encompass the residents of the Parliamentary constituencies of Redcar; Middlesbrough; Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East; Hartlepool; Stockton, North; and Stockton, South.

2. Disability Living Allowance consists of two components, these include a mobility and a care component, which replaced and extended the former Mobility and Attendance Allowance for customers aged under 65.

3. Figures current at (i) 30 November 1997, (ii) 31 August 1997, (iii) 31 August 1997.

4. The figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of the benefit computer system. The Incapacity Benefit figures exclude a small number of clerically processed cases.

5. Data are provisional and subject to change.


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Claimant Statistics

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will estimate the numbers of claimants of each of the disability-related non means-tested benefits in each of the regions of the United Kingdom; indicating the percentage of total claimants in each region and the percentage of the population in each region who receive each benefit. [23665]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is set out in tables, copies of which have been placed in the library. Figures for people currently overseas are not listed separately, but are included in the figures for the United Kingdom.

Compensation Payments (CSA)

Mr. Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list the number of compensation payments made by the CSA in each £50 band in the last year for which figures are available. [25463]

Mr. Keith Bradley: We expect the Child Support Agency to provide an efficient and effective service to all its clients.

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mrs. Faith Boardman. She will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Faith Boardman to Mr. Graham Stringer, dated 26 January 1998:



Number of Special Payments made in 1996-97

BandNumber of payments
Under £100257
Between £100 and £499334
Between £500 and £999180
Over £1,000212

Child Support Agency Live and assessed caseload at 28 February 1997--579,200.

I hope this is helpful.


Disability Living Allowance

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many people in receipt of disability living allowance have, in the last year for which figures are available, been re-assessed under the provisions of the Disability Integrity Project; and what percentage this represents of the total number to be re-assessed; [23650]

Mr. Denham: One of our key aims is to rebuild integrity in, and public support for, the Social Security system and the way in which public money is spent.

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Benefits should go to those who are properly entitled to benefit. This is why we have continued with the Benefits Integrity Project.

The administration of this programme is a matter for Peter Mathison, Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member with further details.

Letter from Peter Mathison to Mrs. Margaret Ewing, dated 26 January 1998:

The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions regarding the Benefit Integrity Project (BIP).






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