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Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for the (a) care and (b) mobility component of Disability Living Allowance have (i) been refused and (ii) been successful during each of the last five years. 
|Year||All decisions||Benefit refused||All awards||Care||Mobility|
(65) Care and mobility components do not sum to 'all awards' because claimants can be awarded both.
Department for Work and Pensions Information Centre: 100 per cent. data.
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications were received for the (a) care and (b) mobility component of Disability Living Allowance in each of the last five years; and what average time was taken to determine an application in each of those years. 
Maria Eagle: People claim Disability Living Allowance and may qualify for either the care or the mobility component or both. Relevant figures for the past four years are set out in the table. I will write to my hon. Friend about the figures for 199697 which are archived and not immediately available today.
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|Year||Number of claims received||Average clearance time (days)|
The Department of Work and Pensions Information Centre: 100 per cent. data
Significant backlogs of work accrued in the processing of Disability Living Allowance in 2000 because of the growing caseload and the introduction in October 1999 of a new system of decision-making and appeals. The Benefits Agency tackled this backlog as a priority and it has now been substantially cleared. The average clearance time in the first three months of 200102 is 42.17 days.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions by his Department there have been against landlord fraud in the Greater London area during the last 12 months. 
Mr. Kevin Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will begin public consultation on the introduction of changes to the Invalid Care Allowance and Vaccine Damage Payment schemes by regulatory reform orders. 
Maria Eagle: As announced last autumn, we intend to introduce changes to both the Invalid Care Allowance and Vaccine Damage Payment schemes. The changes will allow carers over the age of 65 to claim Invalid Care Allowance and also extend entitlement by up to eight weeks after the death of the person being cared for. At the same time we intend to make provision to change the name of the benefit to Carer's Allowance.
The changes to the Vaccine Damage Payment scheme will extend the time limits for claiming payment, reduce the level of disability necessary to qualify and allow certain people previously disallowed under the time limit or disability threshold to have their claims reconsidered.
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Dr. Moonie: Over the next two years the Ministry of Defence will be making payments equivalent to some £1.3 million towards the European Trans-sonic Wind Tunnel at the prevailing euro rates of exchange. Some 68 per cent. of this sum will be recovered from the Department of Trade and Industry. There are no plans to contribute further funding beyond 2003.
Mr. Ingram: The business case to possibly re-site DARA has recently concluded that due to high infrastructure costs, along with environmental and ecological considerations, it was not feasible to move DARA to Cardiff international airport.
The Welsh Development Agency has now re-focused its attention back to the St. Athan option and is working closely with the Defence Estates Agency, which is now taking the lead of this project, together with DARA, to provide a solution. DARA will be the hub of any development on the site.
Mr. John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the abandonment of the move from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff international airport on the restructuring of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency. 
Mr. Ingram: Red Dragon has not been abandoned. In conjunction with the Defence Estates Agency, the Welsh Development Agency and DARA are now focusing on an option to develop the St. Athan site as an aviation business park and for other industrial and defence uses. Much of the work carried out to define DARA's requirements for its fixed-wing aircraft business unit for possible relocation to Cardiff airport will facilitate the St. Athan study. There has therefore been very little impact on the overall project, which has not been abandoned.
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Mr. Ingram: The recommendation was made jointly by the Chief Executives of the Welsh Development Agency and the Defence Aviation Repair Agency following a review meeting and was endorsed by the DARA ministerial board on 11 July 2001.
Mr. Ingram: Two options were studied at Cardiff airporta West side and an East side. The study revealed there would be extremely high infrastructure and land preparation costs of at least £30 million at both locations. Additionally, the studies concluded that there was an unacceptably high impact on protected species and listed buildings within the area, and that noise pollution may have been a problem.
Mr. Ingram: Following completion of the studies for the possible move of DARA to Cardiff international airport, projected costs were estimated to be in the order of £65 million including provision for up to 46 fast jets and all supporting facilities. DARA's intention was to negotiate a leased facility option to avoid up-front capital costs.
Mr. Ingram: Red Dragon has not been abandoned, but its focus is now on developing first-class modern facilities at St. Athan that will help to reduce DARA's overhead so that it can compete favourably for long-term business. Only the Cardiff airport options have been eliminated from the study.
Mr. John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the consultants' report on the relocation of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency from RAF St. Athan to Cardiff International airport. 
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