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Members' Allowances

Mr. Dismore: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consultations the Commission will hold with hon. Members on plans to change hon. Members' stationery and postage allowances; and if he will make a statement. [14191]

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Nick Harvey: The Commission has been considering the level of expenditure by Members on stationery and pre-paid envelopes, which is a charge on the administration estimate. No change will be made to the current entitlement regime without consultation.

Security Barriers (Bridge Street)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consultation took place with Transport for London before the installation of steel security barriers in Bridge Street; and what steps will be taken to enable the 211 bus from Waterloo to stop conveniently for visitors to Portcullis House. [14101]

Nick Harvey: Before the installation of the security barriers, Transport for London and Westminster city council were consulted about the implications for traffic operations including buses. The current relocation of the bus stop is considered to be the best option in the circumstances.



Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received from the Health and Safety Commission concerning the implementation of the asbestos hazard management regulations; and what resources are being applied to the enforcement of the regulatory requirements for asbestos hazard management. [13990]

Margaret Hodge: In its annual report for 2004–05, the Health and Safety Commission reported that the campaign to raise awareness of the duty to manage asbestos continued in order to encourage increased compliance amongst dutyholders. One of the important elements of the campaign last year was the launch of the successful video How are you managing?".

Health and Safety Executive inspectors are working in a number of ways to encourage dutyholders to comply with the legal requirement to manage asbestos. These include visits to large organisations' head offices, site visits and presentations at events. The planned resource for this work in 2005–06 is similar that allocated in the preceding year when more than 1,000 visits were conducted. At the majority of these visits improvements were secured by the provision of advice but on at least 50 occasions enforcement notices were issued.

Attendance Allowance

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much attendance allowance has been withheld from pensioners in self-funded care homes in Scotland since the introduction of free personal care in Scotland; [8889]

(2) how many people in Scotland have been paid attendance allowance for which they are ineligible as a result of being in receipt of free personal care; whether the Department intends to seek repayment of such overpayments; and if he will make a statement. [8890]

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Mrs. McGuire: The administration of attendance allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran to Mr. Danny Alexander, dated 21 July 2005:

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons those over the age of 65 require six months of night-time care before they qualify for the higher rate of attendance allowance. [13753]

Mrs. McGuire: Attendance allowance provides a contribution towards the extra costs faced by severely disabled people aged 65 or over as a result of long-term disability. The purpose of the six-month qualifying period is to establish that disability and the care needs arising from it are long-term, rather than the result of short-term or transient illness. However, the decision maker will always look at for how long care has been required when the disabled person claims the allowance or reports an increase in their care needs, and will consider whether some or all of the qualifying period had already been completed.

Benefit Cut-off

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much people with disabilities are allowed to earn before their benefits are affected; and if he will make a statement. [13922]

Mrs. McGuire: Benefits paid specifically for disability, disability living allowance and attendance allowance are, however, not subject to earnings restrictions.
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Disabled people may be entitled to the full range of social security benefits, depending on their individual circumstances. Where they are entitled, they will be subject to the earnings restrictions that apply to those benefits in the same way as all other claimants.

Income related benefits, such as income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit all have a variety of disregards, dependant upon the claimant's circumstances, above which certain earnings are taken into account. The number of hours a person can work whilst claiming these benefits is also restricted. There is a higher disregard for those receiving a disability premium.

Carers Allowance

Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of carers allowance in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency; and if he will make a statement. [14068]

Mrs. McGuire: The latest available information is that at 28 February 2005, some 436,820 people in Great Britain were receiving carer's allowance, of whom 42,330 were in Scotland. Details of the numbers of carer's allowance recipients in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland at that date are in the table. Information about the number of people receiving carer's allowance in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office.
Carer's allowance: number of recipients in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland as at 28 February 2005

Aberdeen Central225
Aberdeen North460
Aberdeen South310
Airdrie and Shotts835
Argyll and Bute435
Banff and Buchan665
Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross540
Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley1,010
Central Fife870
Clydebank and Milngavie635
Coatbridge and Chryston670
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth495
Cunninghame North630
Cunninghame South755
Dundee East700
Dundee West620
Dunfermline East640
Dunfermline West450
East Kilbride560
East Lothian575
Edinburgh Central320
Edinburgh East and Musselburgh630
Edinburgh North and Leith450
Edinburgh Pentlands485
Edinburgh South445
Edinburgh West455
Falkirk East650
Falkirk West630
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale765
Glasgow Anniesland870
Glasgow Baillieston1,010
Glasgow Cathcart620
Glasgow Govan570
Glasgow Kelvin350
Glasgow Maryhill760
Glasgow Pollok805
Glasgow Rutherglen695
Glasgow Shettleston880
Glasgow Springburn870
Greenock and Inverclyde550
Hamilton North and Bellshill665
Hamilton South720
Inverness East Nairn and Lochaber615
Kilmarnock and Loudoun775
Motherwell and Wishaw690
North East Fife370
North Tayside495
Orkney and Shetland200
Paisley North530
Paisley South515
Ross Skye and Inverness West560
Roxburgh and Berwickshire395
Strathkelvin and Bearsden425
Tweeddale Ettrick and Lauderdale335
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine330
West Renfrewshire475
Western Isles215

1.Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.
2.From November 2002, the methodology for producing these figures was changed to allow statistics to be published much sooner. This has resulted in a small increase in the reported caseload. This is because some cases which have actually terminated but have not yet been updated on the computer system are now included.
Information Directorate, 100 per cent. data.

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