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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of

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15 September from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan's constituency colleague Mr. Stewart Stevenson MSP, regarding his constituent, Mr. J. Watson of Macduff. [141744]

Maria Eagle: I regret we have no record of having received Mr Stevenson's letter. If he would like to forward a copy I will arrange for it to be dealt with urgently.

Winter Fuel Payment

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payment claim forms have been issued in 2003 in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency; and how many claim forms have been submitted. [140555]

Malcolm Wicks: The number of Winter Fuel Payment claim forms issued so far this year for the Haltemprice and Howden constituency is 1,751 and of those 1,388 have been returned to date.

We are publicising the availability of Winter Fuel Payments and how to obtain a claim form. Those who need to claim for this winter have until 30 March 2004 to do so.