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Mr. Hutton: The operating systems for the national health service University, including software, are yet to be decided upon and no purchase has been made from any particular supplier. One of the main considerations for any e-learning component of the NHS University will be its ability to reach the largest number of staff in the widest range of organisations. This will enable the NHS to utilise investments in hardware and software, from a number of suppliers, to the full.
Mr. Hutton: The national health service University is at an early stage of development. Established tendering procedures will be followed when the NHS University is in a position to let contracts to suppliers.
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The Attorney-General has since his appointment appeared for the Government on three occasions: once in the Court of Appeal; once at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg; and once at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. The last Attorney-General did not appear in court for the Government of any occasion. The last Solicitor-General appeared in court for the Government on eight occasions.
Mrs. Liddell: The Scottish Executive estimate tax receipts raised in Scotland in their publication "Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland". The latest edition published by the Scottish Executive in December 2000 was for the financial year 199899, a copy of which is available in the House Library.
Mrs. Liddell: My hon. Friend the Minister of State participates on the Clyde Shipyards Task Force and therefore maintains strong links with the upper Clyde yards. He last visited the Goven yard on 19 November to co-sign the contract to award two alternative landing support logistics ships (ALSLs) to BAE Systems Marine and plans to visit Scotstoun in the near future. I hope to visit the yards soon.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will bring forward measures to provide for half-price fares for older and disabled people on long-distance coach journeys between Scotland and England. 
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Mr. Foulkes: The Government, the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales are all consulting on proposals entitling coach operators to fuel duty rebates in return for them offering half-price fares to older and disabled passengers on scheduled long-distance coach journeys. The Government will hold discussions with the devolved Administrations on how best to co-ordinate arrangements across Britain.
Mr. Mudie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have been refused benefit under the habitual residence test, indicating what proportion of them were British citizens in each year of its operation. 
|Year||Total claims||Total claims disallowed||Claims from UK citizens disallowed||Claims from UK citizens disallowed as a percentage of all claims disallowed|
The habitual residence test was introduced in August 1994
Income Support/Jobseeker's Allowance (Income Based) Management Information System Programme.
|Year||Housing benefit claims disallowed||Council tax benefit claims disallowed|
1. The data refer to households, which may be a family, a single person or a couple.
2. The totals for Great Britain have been rated up to account for local authorities that have not responded. This is standard practice in reporting totals where there have been non-respondents.
3. The figures in the table will show some double counting as some households that have claimed one benefit will also have claimed the other.
4. The figures exclude cases where the household has claimed income support or jobseeker's allowance (income based).
5. Data are not collected separately on claims from UK citizens, so no proportionate figures can be given.
6. Data were not collected prior to 1996.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Policy Monitoring Returns 1996 to 2000
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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many suspected benefit frauds have been (a) investigated and (b) resulted in a successful prosecution as a result of (i) submissions to the Targeting Fraud website and (ii) calls to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline. 
|Period||Investigations completed||Fraud established/ corrective action taken||Successful prosecutions|
|Targeting Fraud website(5)|
|1 May 2000 to 31 March 2001||184||28||0|
|1 April 2001 to 30 September 2001||302||68||1|
|National Benefit Fraud Hotline|
|1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001||33,318||7,917||492|
|1 April 2001 to 30 September 2001||15,977||4,061||344|
(5) Launched May 2000
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact the heightened security measures in place in Government and civil service offices since 11 September have had on the operation and accessibility of benefits agencies for claimants; and if he will make a statement. 
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