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Road Safety

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the outcome was of the meeting on 15 January between road safety campaigners and the Minister with responsibility for roads; and if he has ordered a critical summary of relevant controlled road safety evaluation studies. [148588]

Mr. Hill: My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Whitty), had a useful meeting with my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller), representatives of RoadPeace and other road safety campaigners, at which a variety of issues were discussed. The proposal for a critical summary of relevant controlled road safety evaluation studies has been made by the Institute of Child Health, and my noble Friend has invited the Institute to discuss their ideas with Departmental officials.

Travel Plan Bursaries

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement about bursaries to local authorities for the promotion of travel plans. [148735]

Mr. Hill: Following an invitation last November we received 263 bids from a total of 153 local traffic authorities and passenger transport executives in England for bursaries to employ dedicated staff to promote travel plans to schools and businesses in their area. I am happy to announce today that we have been able to accept bids for 111 posts across the country. The successful authorities with the number of posts that have been accepted are as listed. Funding will normally be for three years within a limit of £30,000 a year per post.

AuthorityNumberTypeGO region
Bedfordshire1CCEast
Buckinghamshire2CCSouth East
Cambridgeshire1CCEast
Derbyshire1CCEast Midlands
Devon1CCSouth West
Dorset1CCSouth West
Durham1CCNorth East
Essex1CCEast
Gloucestershire1CCSouth West
Hampshire2CCSouth East
Hertfordshire1CCEast
Lancashire1CCNorth West
Lincolnshire1CCEast Midlands
Norfolk2CCEast
North Yorkshire1(7)CCYorkshire & Humberside
Shropshire2CCWest Midlands
Somerset2CCSouth West
Warwickshire1CCWest Midlands
West Sussex1CCSouth East
Wiltshire2(7)CCSouth West
Worcestershire2CCWest Midlands
Cheshire2CCNorth West
Bournemouth2USouth West
Bristol City2USouth West
Hartlepool1UNorth East
Luton1UEast
Medway2USouth East
Middlesbrough1UNorth East
Nottingham City2UEast Midlands
Peterborough City1UEast
Poole2USouth West
Portsmouth City2USouth East
Rutland1UEast Midlands
South Gloucestershire2USouth West
Southend-on-Sea2UEast
Stockton-on-Tees2UNorth East
Stoke-on-Trent2UWest Midlands
Swindon1USouth West
Telford and Wrekin2UWest Midlands
York1UYorkshire and Humberside
Bromley1LBLondon
Croydon1LBLondon
Greenwich1LBLondon
Hammersmith and Fulham1LBLondon
Harrow2LBLondon
Lambeth2LBLondon
Merton1LBLondon
Redbridge1LBLondon
Wandsworth1LBLondon
Kingston upon Thames1LBLondon
Transport for London2TFLTransport for London
Birmingham City1METWest Midlands
Bradford City1METYorkshire and Humberside
Coventry City1METWest Midlands
Dudley2METWest Midlands
Gateshead2METNorth East
Kirklees1METYorkshire and Humberside
Leeds City2METYorkshire and Humberside
Newcastle upon Tyne2METNorth East
North Tyneside1METNorth East
Sheffield City1METYorkshire and Humberside
Sunderland1METNorth East
Wakefield1METYorkshire and Humberside
Walsall1METWest Midlands
Greater Manchester11PTANorth West
Merseyside5PTANorth West
Centro1PTEWest Midlands
South Yorkshire1PTEYorkshire and Humberside
Tyne and Wear Nexus1PTENorth East
West Yorkshire2PTEYorkshire and Humberside

(7) Full time equivalent posts


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Community Transport Schemes

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 26 January 2001, Official Report, column 739W, on community transport schemes, if applications for continued funding of existing schemes were (a) permitted and (b) encouraged. [148342]

Mr. Hill: The Rural Bus Challenge is intended to promote innovation in the provision and promotion of rural bus transport by seeking to support new approaches and projects. The bidding guidance for the 2000 competition neither prohibited nor encouraged the submission of bids for continuation funding of existing schemes. A number of authorities have submitted bids for continued funding of schemes funded by previous Challenge competitions and these are being considered alongside all the other bids. Successful bids to the 1999 competition included further funding for schemes successful in the 1998 competition.

MOX Fuel Shipments

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations have been received by Her Majesty's Government from other Governments in respect of the current shipment of MOX plutonium fuel to Japan in ships operated by BNFL. [147741]

Mr. Battle: I have been asked to reply.

To date, a representation has been made by the Government of New Zealand about the current shipment of MOX fuel to Japan. A meeting with the New Zealand High Commissioner took place on 19 January.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Winter Fuel Payments

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many (a) men and (b) women living in the Richmond Park constituency are entitled to winter fuel allowance; [148086]

Mr. Rooker: The administration of Winter Fuel Payments is a matter for Alexis Cleveland, the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Alexis Cleveland to Dr. Jenny Tonge, dated 1 February 2001:



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Child Support Agency

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what records the Child Support Agency maintains about fathers' employment status at the time an assessment is made; and what percentage of fathers in employment chose to give up their jobs within 12 months of a Child Support Agency assessment in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [146241]

Angela Eagle: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Mike Isaac to Mr. Mark Todd, dated 1 February 2001:


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Table 1: Number of non-resident parents who were in employment at 31 August 1999 and employment status at 31 August 2000, by CSA Business Unit: all cases(8)

Agency Business Units(1) Number in employment (9) at 31 August 1999(2) Number of (1) in employment (9) at 31 August 2000Number of (1) not in employment at 31 August 2000Number of (1) no longer CSA customers at 31 August 2000
Midlands80,00071,000 5,0004,000
South Eastern67,00063,0003,0001,000
Scotland and North East England87,00080,0006,0001,000
South Western86,00078,0004,0004,000
Wales and North West83,00070,0006,0007,000
Eastern89,00083,0005,0001,000
All491,000445,000(10)28,000(10)18,000
Number of population in paid employment(11) 27,500,00028,000,00028,000,000--
Percentage of CSA customers in paid employment against population as a whole1.781.59----

(8) All cases employed and self-employed with full and interim assessments.

(9) Those cases employed as at August 2000 may have had periods of unemployment during the year.

(10) NRP benefit status is more indicative of the case at take-on rather than at the current time.

(11) Source: Labour Force Survey (seasonally adjusted) rounded to nearest half million.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, therefore totals may not tally.

2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of CSCS.


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Table 2: Number of non-resident parents who were not in employment at 31 August 1999 and employment status at 31 August 2000, by CSA Business Unit:all cases

Agency Business Units(1) Number not in employment at 31 August 1999(2) Number of (1) not in employment at 31 August 2000(12)(3) Number of (1) in employment at 31 August 2000 (13)(4) Number of (1) no longer CSA customers at 31 August 2000
Midlands78,00069,0004,0005,000
South Eastern77,00071,0003,0003,000
Scotland and North East England90,00079,0006,0005,000
South Western57,00046,0005,0006,000
Wales and North West95,00084,0005,0007,000
Eastern85,00079,0004,0002,000
All483,000429,00027,00027,000

(12) The table does not show whether there were short term periods of employment during the year.

(13) Employed figure includes self-employed cases.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, therefore totals may not tally.

2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of CSCS.


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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps are being taken to improve the accuracy of Child Support Agency assessments. [146242]

Angela Eagle: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Mike Isaac to Mr. Mark Todd, dated 1 February 2001:








Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many cases the Child Support Agency is currently dealing with; and what the average cost was per case over the last 12 months; [146243]

Angela Eagle: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Mike Isaac to Mr. Mark Todd, dated 1 February 2001:








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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what information is contained in Child Support Agency records about the nature of a father's relationship to the child's mother; and how the CSA categorises such relationships. [146246]

Angela Eagle: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Mike Isaac to Mr. Mark Todd, dated 1 February 2001:







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