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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming the new Rehabilitation Support Allowance each year whose benefits will be reduced on account of a refusal to attend work-focused interviews or undertake the required preparation for work. 
Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in (a) youth unemployment and (b) long-term unemployment in Ilford, North on 31 December (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about youth and long-term unemployment in Ilford North parliamentary constituency. I am replying in his absence. (214949)
Table 1 overleaf gives estimates of the numbers of youth and long-term unemployed people, who were resident in the Ilford North parliamentary constituency, for the twelve-month periods ending February 1998 and 2004.
The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics of those claiming Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for local areas. Table2 overleaf gives the annual average number of young people aged 18 to 24 years old resident in the Ilford, North parliamentary constituency claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) benefits. It also shows all JSA claimants claiming for over 12 months for the years 1997 and 2004.
|Youth (aged 1624)||(35)Long-term unemployed|
|(37)Claimants over 12 months|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's spending on (a) new aircraft and (b) up-grades to aircraft since 1997; and how much of the money was spent in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North West. 
Mr. Ingram: Discussions continue on the contracting arrangements for the Demonstration and Manufacture of the Future Aircraft Carriers (CVF). These will be confirmed following the main investment decision, which we currently anticipate will take place mid-late 2005.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to apply the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to housing provided for members of the armed forces. 
Mr. Caplin: The standard for condition is used by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is higher than the criteria defined within the Decent Homes Standard. The application of the Decent Homes Standard to Service Families Accommodation would, therefore, result in the application of a less comprehensive standard than is currently the case.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes are provided in the UK for members of the armed forces, broken down by location at which such homes are provided; and when the last time was that properties in each location were (a) surveyed and (b) inspected. 
Mr. Caplin: As at the end of January 2005, approximately 49,700 properties were provided for the families of armed forces personnel, located at over 600 sites across mainland United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales).
Management of service families accommodation (SFA) is carried out by Defence Estates (DE). The housing stock is currently spread across nine regional offices, as set out in the following table. Included in the overall figures are about 1,000 substitute SFA properties, which although not managed by DE, are supplied under contract, where appropriate SFA cannot be provided from its own resources.
|Region||Total SFA provided(37)|
|Anglia (covering Norfolk and Suffolk areas)||5,750|
|Central (covering Bucks, Oxon, and parts of Wiltshire)||5,800|
|London (covering locations within the M25)||3,600|
|North (covering counties to the east )||7,150|
|South east (covering Portsmouth and Kent areas)||4,500|
|South (covering parts of Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and|
|South west (covering Somerset, Cornwall and parts of|
|West (covering Wales and the western counties)||4,200|
The majority of the housing stock was surveyed as a single exercise in the period 199798 to achieve a database of the condition of the stock, and provide the necessary information for investment decisions concerning an ongoing upgrade programme. Following that major exercise, properties are subject to further survey as required, for example when a package of properties is identified for upgrading. To set out the details for each individual location would incur disproportionate effort.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on housing for members of the armed forces in (a) the UK and (b) abroad, broken down by (i) revenue and (ii)capital for each year since 1992 (A) in nominal terms and (B) at 200304 prices; and what the projected spending is for the next three years. 
Mr. Caplin: Details of Ministry of Defence's housing expenditure are set out in the published accounts for the former Defence Housing Executive for 200102 to 200304 and these are available in the Library of the House.
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