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Our intention has always been to make payments for past winters as soon as practically possible. The first payments were issued in the week commencing 19 June last year, just two months after the claims process was up and running.
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Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the cost of the advertising campaign to inform men aged 60-64 of their eligibility for backdated Winter Fuel Payments. 
Mr. Rooker: The information is not available in the format requested. The total cost of the overall communication campaign for Winter Fuel Payments which ran from April 2000 was £1.1 million. The campaign, which featured national and regional press advertising, information leaflets and posters in outlets such as post offices, supermarkets and libraries, included messages for those seeking retrospective Winter Fuel Payments alongside information for people who get their payments automatically and for those who have to claim.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to continue with the advertising campaign informing men aged 60-64 of their eligibility for backdated Winter Fuel Payments. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what information he collects on the number of home visits made by local authority employees in connection with social security claims. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 2 April 2001]: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit statistical returns collected by the Department include information about the number of home visits successfully made by local authority benefit fraud officers.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners he expects to be eligible for the Minimum Income Guarantee following the introduction of the new capital limits; and what plans he has to contact them. 
Mr. Rooker: In March, some 102,000 pensioners were written to with information on the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) and invited to make a claim. These consisted of pensioners who were part of the original take-up campaign but were not entitled due to excess income or capital and those pensioners who had been excluded from the original mailings because they held capital over £8,000. Some 140,000 pensioners will newly benefit as a result of this month's increase to the MIG rates and capital limits.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much he expects to pay to organisations who have provided information under the terms of the Social Security Fraud Bill in the first year after the Bill is enacted. 
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Mr. Rooker: The costs to the Department of using the powers to obtain information are detailed in paragraphs 20 to 23 of the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Fraud Bill. The exact amount paid to the information providers will depend upon detailed negotiations after the Bill has received Royal Assent.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many benefit claimants have been subjected to sanctions under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 for failing to comply with community service orders. 
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 26 March 2001 to my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait), Official Report, column 481W, on the pensions advertising campaign, what subjects apart from pension education were included in the brief given to the agency responsible for the current advertising campaign. 
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many new personal pension schemes were first made available; and how many personal pension products ceased to be open to new members for each year between 1988 and 2000. 
|Year||Number of schemes newly registered||Number of frozen or closed schemes|
1. The information in the table is on schemes that are required to pay the Pension Schemes Registry levy.
2. Information on frozen and closed schemes was only required to be reported from 1997. "Frozen schemes" are schemes which admit no new members and do not permit existing members to make new contributions. "Closed schemes" are schemes that admit no new members but allow existing members to continue to contribute.
3. In addition there are 83 schemes that are no longer required to pay the Registry levy. These include schemes that have merged or wound up.
Pension Schemes Registry.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the Government's estimate is of the fines likely to be imposed on employers who fail to offer access to a stakeholder pension; and what leeway will be offered to employers in the first year of the scheme. 
Mr. Rooker: The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) will have the power to impose fines, under the Pensions Act 1995, on an organisation for failure to provide employer access to a stakeholder
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what basis he calculated the figures for the costs of his Department's advertising campaigns in (a) his answer of 7 March 2001, Official Report, column 233W, (b) his answer of 19 March 2001, Official Report, column 75W and (c) the most recent departmental annual report. 
Mr. Rooker: The figures given in my answer on 19 March 2001, Official Report, column 75W, were for all estimated advertising related expenditure for current campaigns. These cover advertising and other marketing activity eg. leaflets, research, direct mail, etc.
Figures given in my answer on 7 March 2001, Official Report, column 233W, were estimated for spend solely on advertising to be consistent with figures given for previous years as requested in the question.
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