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Mr. Ingram: The problem of cross-border fuel smuggling is being tackled in a strategic and co-ordinated way on both sides of the border. I am determined that criminal elements do not profit from such illegal activity and have the full support of the Irish Government.
Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the financial situation of Royal Ulster Constabulary widows and their families; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) if it is his policy to means-test the financial provision made to RUC widows' families; 
(4) what measures he will take to ensure the financial security of RUC widows and their families; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: In July, John Steele CB OBE TD DL was asked to review the Patten Commission proposal for a substantial fund to be set up to help injured police officers and their families, and police widows. He reported at the end of October and a copy of the report is available in the Library.
On 7 November my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced that he welcomed Mr. Steele's comprehensive and thorough report, which covers the points made by the hon. Member, and that the Government were undertaking a detailed assessment of each of the specific proposals. That assessment, including the arrangements for setting up a Trust Fund, is continuing.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to monitor sentencing of individuals according to (a) perceived community origin, (b) ethnic origin, (c) gender, (d) sexual orientation and (e) disability. 
Mr. Ingram: The Government are considering the development of a strategy for equity monitoring the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland as it affects different categories of people, while ensuring that such monitoring does not compromise judicial independence.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what action he has taken to correct incorrect benefit payments; and how much was (a) recovered and (b) paid in compensation for each major benefit in (i) 1979-80, (ii) 1996-97 and (iii) the most recent figures available. 
|Income Support (IS)||61.5||115.9|
|Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)||0.0||5.0|
1. No data are available from 1979-90, there was no system at that time to count overpayments.
2. Jobseeker's Allowance was introduced during 1996-97, recoveries of overpayments in that year were less than £100,000.
3. Other benefits figures summarise all BA delivered benefits apart from IS and JSA.
|Disability Living Allowance||396,251||157,713|
|Disability Working Allowance||15,434||25,955|
|Industrial Death Benefit||2,613||0|
|Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit||28,043||133,939|
|Invalid Care Allowance||90,352||156,446|
|Maternity Allowance (inc. SMP)||110||7,702|
|Reduced Earnings Allowance||65,059||107,562|
|Severe Disablement Allowance||57,835||30,236|
n/a = not available
(1) No figures are available for 1979-80.
(2) Jobseeker's Allowance was introduced on 7 October 1996 and replaced both Unemployment Benefit and Income Support for the unemployed. The figure displayed for Income Support payments made during 1996-97 may also include special payments made in respect of Jobseeker's Allowance, as discrete records were not maintained at that time.
(3) Includes £4,747,031 paid under the Dorset Trust special exercises(4) .
(5) Includes £406,338 paid by way of special exercises (IS bulletin 105/98).
(6) Includes £275,092 paid by way of special exercise (Retirement LEAP exercise).
(7) A further £2,518,462 was paid to certain recipients of Incapacity Benefit, Retirement Pension, Widows Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance by way of compensation for delays arising from NIRS2 implementation.
(8) A 'special exercise' occurs where a systemic failure affects a number of similar cases, delays in administration occur following introduction of new legislation, or defective legislation which does not reflect the intention of Ministers adversely affects a group of customers.
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Mr. Bayley: It is Government policy to review periodically the need for and operation of Government agencies, non-departmental public bodies and other sponsored bodies. In keeping with this policy we will shortly be commencing a review of the Independent Living Funds (ILFs). This review will have the following terms of reference:
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