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Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reach a decision on the West Yorkshire Coroner's request for an order to be issued to allow an inquest to be held into the death of Denise Eckersley. 
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Armenia Republic of
Azerbaijan, Republic of
British Virgin Islands
Cambodia (aka Kampuchea)
Central African Republic
Libya Arab Jamahiriy
Lithuania, Republic of
Micronesia, Fed Stat
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Myanmar (formally Burma)
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and The Grenadine
Syrian Arab Rep.
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Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan Da Cunha
Turkmenistan, Republic of
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan, Republic of
Vatican City (Holy See)
Yemen, Republic of
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the method adopted to judge whether a claimant's combined savings and debts make them eligible to claim Jobseeker's Allowance. 
Angela Eagle: Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) consists of both contribution-based and income-based elements. The personal rate of contribution-based JSA is payable for six months irrespective of the amount of savings a person and their partner has. Those who do not qualify for, or whose needs are not met by the contributory element, can claim income-based JSA. Claims to JSA are referred to an independent Decision Maker for a decision on entitlement which is based on the facts of each individual case.
Income-based JSA is available to unemployed people whose resources are insufficient to meet their day-to-day living expenses and are below a level approved each year by Parliament. Generally, capital up to £3,000 is ignored and people can have up to £8,000 capital, including their partner's capital, and still get some income-based JSA. Debts or liabilities are not usually offset against a person's assets when assessing capital for Income Support purposes.
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1. The figures do not include sanctions for benefit fraud by authorities administering Housing and Council Tax Benefits.
2. The Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 introduced penalties as an alternative to prosecution, these came into effect in December 1998.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the level of benefit fraud by (a) number of claimants and (b) value (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of total benefit payments for each benefit in (A) the UK and (B) Scotland. 
Mr. Rooker: Information on the level of fraud on different benefits is derived from national and area benefit review exercises. Reports on these are placed in the Library as they become available. The latest report, "The Results of the Area Benefit Review and the Quality Support Team from April 1999 to March 2000" (for income support and jobseeker's allowance), was published on 18 January 2001. This contains information on Great Britain as a whole as well as specific information on Scotland.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of children lived in workless households in Scotland in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
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1. Children refers to all children aged under 16.
2. A workless household is a household that includes at least one person of working age where no-one is in employment.
3. The percentages given in the reply have not been adjusted for the small proportion of households where the household economic activity is not known.
Labour Force Survey, spring quarters (covering March to May). The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly sample survey of over 60,000 households in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Rooker: Winter fuel payment claim forms are available either by contacting the winter fuel payment helpline or from the departmental website or the internet. The administrative arrangements for the scheme in the 2001-02 winter have not yet been established, but I will bear my hon. Friend's suggestion in mind.
Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assumptions his Department makes about the proportion of the winter-fuel payment that will be used by (a) low-income and (b) other households to defray the cost of their winter fuel bills. 
Mr. Rooker: The winter fuel payment is intended to help elderly people defray their winter heating costs. This winter's £200 payment represents more than one third of the annual average fuel bill for a pensioner household.
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