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Myxoedema

Mr. Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is given to student doctors in diagnosing myxoedema; what treatment is recommended for this disease; and if he will make a statement. [105290]

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Mr. Denham: Responsibility for the content and standards of medical education is shared between the regulatory bodies (eg The General Medical Council and Specialist Training Authority), professional bodies (notably the medical Royal Colleges) and universities. It is neither practicable nor desirable for the Government to prescribe the exact training that any individual doctor will receive.

The recommended maintenance treatment for myxoedema is replacement thyroid hormone. Thyroxine sodium tablets is the normal maintenance therapy but in severe cases Liothyronine sodium tablets or injection may be used for a rapid response.

SOCIAL SECURITY

State Second Pension

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people he estimates will receive the state second pension (a) when it is introduced and (b) at each five year interval following its introduction over the next 20 years. [104092]

Mr. Rooker: In the first year of introduction, no one will receive payment of State Second Pension, although individuals will begin to accrue entitlement to it.

It is not possible to provide precise estimates of the number of individuals who will receive State Second Pension for specific years following its introduction.

The following table shows very broad brush estimates of the numbers who will benefit from State Second Pension. These are subject to uncertainty and possible subsequent revision.

Numbers benefiting from State Second Pension at the end of the financial year

YearMillion
2003-040.3
2008-092.1
2013-144.0
2018-195.5
2023-247.5

Notes:

1. The numbers given are the estimated numbers of individuals who will benefit from State Second Pension at the end of each year. For example, with the first year of awards being 2003-04, the entry in the table headed 2003-04 shows the number of beneficiaries after the first full year of awards.

2. Numbers for 2003-04 and 2008-09 have been rounded to the nearest 0.1 million. Numbers for later years are rounded to the nearest 0.5 million.

3. Figures include people who would receive State Second Pension payments as well as those receiving contracted-out pensions where they have benefited from higher contracted-out rebates than would have applied under SERPS.

4. The figures exclude those higher earning individuals who are contracted-out and whose rebates would be the same under State Second Pension as under SERPS, since such individuals would not benefit from awards of State Second Pension, nor would they gain from any increase in contracted-out rebates.


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Departmental Statistics

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the publication dates of statistics to be released by his Department and agencies in this calendar year. [104599]

Mr. Rooker: The information in the table relates to

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statistics published by the Department under the Government Statistical Service banner.

Although many of the dates are provisional at this stage, final release dates will be notified in the Office National Statistics Update in the month prior to the publication. This is in line with DSS release practice.

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TitlePeriod of issuePeriod endingDate of release
Imminent publications
Cross Benefit Analysis Quarterly Bulletin on the Population of working age on key benefitsQuarterlyMay 199913 January 2000
Abstract of Statistics for Social Security Benefits and indices of prices and earningsAnnualApril 199927 January 2000
Cross Benefit Analysis for Pensioners of the Population over State Retirement AgeBi-annualMay 199827 January 2000
Pensioners Income Series 1997-98Annual1997-9827 January 2000
Statistical summaryQuarterlyDecember 199927 January 2000
Tax Benefit Model TablesAnnualJune 199927 January 2000
Provisional publication dates
Child's Special AllowanceAnnualDecember 1999 February 2000
Housing Benefit Summary StatisticsQuarterlyMay 1999February 2000
Retirement Pensions Summary of StatisticsBi-annual September 1999February 2000
Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of StatisticsQuarterlyNovember 199910 February 2000
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Invalid Care AllowanceQuarterlyAugust 199917 February 2000
Income Support Quarterly Statistical InquiryQuarterlyNovember 199924 February 2000
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit--quarterly summary of statistics on new claims (accidents and prescribed diseases) and first diagnoses (prescribed diseases only)QuarterlySeptember 199924 February 2000
Jobseekers allowance statistics--quarterly inquiryQuarterlyNovember 199931 March 2000
Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance quarterly summary of statisticsQuarterlyNovember 199931 March 2000
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and Reduced EarningsAnnual1997-9831 March 2000
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit--quarterly summary of statistics on new claims (accidents and prescribed diseases) and first diagnoses (prescribed diseases only)Quarterly December 199917 April 2000
Statistical summaryQuarterly--27 April 2000
Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of StatisticsQuarterlyMay 200012 May 2000
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Invalid Care AllowanceQuarterlyNovember 199918 May 2000
Income Support Quarterly Statistical InquiryQuarterlyFebruary 200025 May 2000
Jobseekers Allowance statistics--quarterly inquiryQuarterlyFebruary 20008 June 2000
Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance quarterly summary of statisticsQuarterlyFebruary 200030 June 2000
Family Resources Survey reportAnnual1998-99July 2000
Industrial injuries disablement benefit--quarterly summary of statistics on new claims (accidents and prescribed diseases) and first diagnoses (prescribed diseases only)QuarterlyMarch 200017 July 2000
Statistical summaryQuarterly--27 July 2000
Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of StatisticsQuarterly August 200017 August 2000
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Invalid Care AllowanceQuarterlyFebruary 200017 August 2000
Income Support Quarterly Statistical InquiryQuarterlyMay 200024 August 2000
Jobseekers Allowance statistics--quarterly inquiryQuarterlyMay 200014 September 2000
Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance quarterly summary of statisticsQuarterlyMay 200029 September 2000
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit--quarterly summary of statistics on new claims (accidents and prescribed diseases) and first diagnoses (prescribed diseases only)QuarterlyJune 200017 October 2000
Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of StatisticsQuarterlyAugust 200016 November 2000
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Invalid Care AllowanceQuarterlyMay 200016 November 2000
Provisional Publication Dates
Income Support Quarterly Statistical InquiryQuarterlyAugust 200023 November 2000
Jobseekers Allowance statistics--quarterly inquiryQuarterlyAugust 200014 December 2000
Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance quarterly summary of statisticsQuarterlyAugust 200015 December 2000
Fraud and error in Income Support and JSAAnnual 1998-9928 January 2000
Release date to be determined
Housing Benefit Summary StatisticsQuarterlyAugust 1999Yet to be determined
Housing Benefit Summary StatisticsQuarterlyNovember 1999Yet to be determined
Take-up of Income Related BenefitsAnnual1998-99Yet to be determined (Summer 2000)
Appeals Service Adjudication StatisticsQuarterlyDecember 1999Yet to be determined
Disability Working Allowance Quarterly InquiryQuarterlyOctober 1999Yet to be determined
Disability Working Allowance Quarterly InquiryQuarterlyJanuary 2000Yet to be determined
Family Credit Statistics--Quarterly InquiryQuarterlyNovember 1999 Yet to be determined
Family Credit Statistics--Quarterly InquiryQuarterlyFebruary 2000Yet to be determined
Cross Benefit Analysis Quarterly Bulletin on the Population of working age on key benefitsQuarterlyAugust 1999Yet to be determined
Cross Benefit Analysis Quarterly Bulletin on the Population of working age on key benefitsQuarterlyNovember 1999Yet to be determined
Cross Benefit Analysis Quarterly Bulletin on the Population of working age on key benefitsQuarterlyFebruary 2000Yet to be determined
Cross Benefit Analysis for Pensioners of the Population over State Retirement AgeTri-annualMay 1999Yet to be determined
Cross Benefit Analysis for Pensioners of the Population over State Retirement AgeTri-annualNovember 1999Yet to be determined
Households below average Income StatisticsAnnual1994-95 1998-99Yet to be determined (Summer 2000)

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