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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list (a) how many and (b) which regional development agencies have given grants towards promoting, setting up or sustaining a television channel or channels; and whether he was consulted about such use of public money. 
Alun Michael [holding answer 15 June 2005]: I understand that two of England's regional development agencies have given grants towards promoting or setting up TV channels. The London Development Agency is investing a total of £630,000 in London TV as part of a three-year grant agreement with Visit London. Along with another partner, Yorkshire Forward has invested £2.9 million over three years in a new digital satellite television channel called Propellor to promote the region's film and television talents.
The regional development agencies are required to seek the consent of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to give financial assistance outside their delegated authority. The LDA's grant to London TV was considered as part of the grant to Visit London and the agency was granted consent. Yorkshire Forward's investment in Propellor was within the agency's delegated authority.
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policy changes have been made in the past year to the UK's application of the Wassenaar Arrangement; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: No policy changes have been made in the past year to the UK's application of commitments made within the Wassenaar Arrangement. The Government continues to fully support the export control activities and principles of the Wassenaar Arrangement.
Judy Mallaber: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in (a) Amber Valley and (b) Derbyshire are in receipt of (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) industrial injury benefit. 
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Stephen Brice, reference 1040238581, will have his payments to the Child Support Agency calculated under the new system. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the total number of UK citizens claiming incapacity related benefits for each year since 197879; and if he will make a statement. 
Incapacity related benefits between 1978 and 1983 included sickness benefit and the incapacity benefits of the time: invalidity benefit; non-contributory invalidity pension and housewives non-contributory invalidity pension.
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Since 13 April 1995, sickness benefit and invalidity benefit were replaced by incapacity benefit. From that date incapacity related benefits have consisted entirely of the incapacity benefits: incapacity benefit itself plus severe disablement allowance.
|Incapacity benefits(19)||Sickness benefit|
|Incapacity benefits(20)||Sickness benefit|
|As at November:||Incapacity benefits(21)|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients of incapacity benefit (a) returned to work, (b) died and (c) passed the state pension age in each quarter since 1997; and what proportion of all incapacity benefit claimants each represent; 
Mrs. McGuire: The numbers leaving incapacity benefits and returning to work are not recorded in this format. An estimate of the proportion of incapacity benefit leavers returning to employment can be obtained from the annual Destination of Benefit Leavers Survey (DWP In-House Research Report no. 132), which is available in the Library. The latest published figures, for 2004 benefit leavers, show that 49 per cent. of incapacity benefit leavers surveyed had returned to work of 16 hours or more per week.
|All terminations||Death of claimant||Percentage||Award of RP||Percentage||Failed PCA||Percentage|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claims were made from people previously registered as unemployed in each year between 199091 and 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
|Year of commencement to IB/SDA||All IB/SDA commencements||Those who had claimed JSA within previous 90 days||Proportion of IB/SDA commencements who previously claimed JSA (percentage)|
|1 September 199531 August 1996||1,012,100||307,700||30.4|
|1 September 199631 August 1997||997,600||312,100||31.3|
|1 September 199731 August 1998||869,400||247,700||28.5|
|1 September 199831 August 1999||828,900||242,200||29.2|
|1 September 199931 August 2000||799,700||236,100||29.5|
|1 September 200031 August 2001||775,200||227,500||29.3|
|1 September 200131 August 2002||728,200||209,200||28.7|
|1 September 200231 August 2003||715,600||208,300||29.1|
|1 September 200331 August 2004||684,700||189,700||29.2|
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