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UK Airspace

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government allows the use of UK airspace for the extraordinary rendition of those accused of terrorist activities. [19215]

Dr. Howells: The Government are not aware of the use of their territory or airspace for the purposes of 'extraordinary rendition'. The Government have not received any requests, nor granted any permissions, for the use of UK territory or airspace for such purposes.
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Under UK and international law, carriers on technical stopovers are not obliged to provide a passenger list, or even, under the Chicago Convention and the US/UK bilateral Air Services Agreement, to obtain permission from the Government to refuel.

The Government's policy is not to deport or extradite any person to another State where there are substantial grounds to believe that the person will be subject to torture or where there is a real risk that the death penalty will be applied.

Visitor Visa Appeals

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitor visa appeals lodged (a) before and (b) after 4 April are outstanding; and if he will make a statement. [18975]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

The latest provisional figures available from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) indicate that, at the end of June 2005, 17,800 family visitor appeals were considered as outstanding before the AIT.

Outstanding cases are those either listed and awaiting hearing before an immigration judge, or appeals that have been heard and that await determination by the immigration judge.

Statistical data confirming the numbers of family visitor appeals outstanding beyond the end of June 2005 is not yet currently available. It has not been possible to provide further information on the numbers of family visitor appeals lodged both before and after the 4 April 2005 without incurring disproportionate costs.



Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to monitor (a) the performance of the Child Support Agency database and (b) the accuracy of CSA payments. [14933]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive, Mr. Stephen Geraghty. He will write to the hon. Member with the requested information.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty to Mr. Jim Cunningham, dated 19 October 2005:

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Financial Assistance Scheme

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to date by the Financial Assistance Scheme, broken down by pension scheme. [19486]

Mr. Timms: No payments have yet been made by the Financial Assistance Scheme. We hope to be in a position to make the first payments before the end of the calendar year.

Pathways to Work

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the impact of the incapacity benefit pathways to work pilots as of June on (a) inflows to jobseeker's allowance, (b) levels of economic inactivity and (c) numbers of people in paid employment. [14333]

Margaret Hodge: Information on the impact of the incapacity benefit pathways to work pilots is not yet available.

The 'Destination of Benefit Leavers 2004' report found that nationally 52 per cent. of incapacity benefit leavers returned to, or started, work of 16 hours or more.

A further 18 per cent. moved onto another working age benefit, which in 72 per cent. of cases was jobseeker's allowance. This indicates that 13 per cent. of incapacity benefit leavers flowed onto JSA.

This information (as well as findings for lone parent, sick and disabled and JSA unknown destination leavers) can be found in the DWP Research Report no. 244—'Destination of Benefit Leavers 2004', which is available in The Library.

Pension Credit

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London constituency (a) received state pension, (b) applied for pension credit and (c) received pension credit in each of the last three years; and what the average pension credit payment was in each year. [16942]

Mr. Timms: The latest available information is in the tables. Information on the number of people who have applied for Pension Credit is not available in respect of individual constituencies. Pension Credit was introduced from October 2003.
Number of state pension recipients within the parliamentary constituencies contained within the London Government office region as at 30 September in the years 2002 to 2004

Bethnal Green and Bow11,50011,10010,800
Bexleyheath and Crayford15,60015,50015,800
Brent East10,1009,7009,900
Brent North11,30011,30011,500
Brent South9,60010,10010,200
Brentford and Isleworth14,70014,80014,800
Bromley and Chislehurst18,30018,40018,500
Camberwell and Peckham7,6007,8007,600
Carshalton and Wallington14,30013,80014,100
Chingford and Woodford Green15,80015,90016,000
Chipping Barnet15,40015,70015,800
Cities of London and Westminster13,00012,90012,900
Croydon Central16,40016,60016,600
Croydon North13,90013,90013,800
Croydon South17,50017,50017,600
Dulwich and West Norwood11,80012,00011,600
Ealing North15,20015,00014,800
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush12,60012,90012,900
Ealing, Southall13,90013,60013,500
East Ham10,50010,40010,100
Enfield North13,50013,40013,400
Enfield, Southgate16,20016,40016,700
Erith and Thamesmead11,30010,90011,100
Feltham and Heston13,00013,10013,400
Finchley and Golders Green17,20017,20016,600
Greenwich and Woolwich11,40010,80010,700
Hackney North and Stoke Newington9,3008,9008,400
Hackney South and Shoreditch9,2008,8008,900
Hammersmith and Fulham12,60012,30012,200
Hampstead and Highgate11,90011,70011,500
Harrow East17,20017,70017,800
Harrow West14,70014,70015,400
Hayes and Harlington10,60010,30010,200
Holborn and St. Pancras9,7009,3009,100
Hornsey and Wood Green12,00012,10012,400
Ilford North16,20016,30016,100
Ilford South12,20011,90012,100
Islington North9,5009,1009,600
Islington South and Finsbury9,9009,5009,800
Kensington and Chelsea13,20013,10013,000
Kingston and Surbiton16,20016,00015,800
Lewisham East11,70012,10012,100
Lewisham West11,50011,40010,900
Lewisham, Deptford7,6007,4007,500
Leyton and Wanstead10,80010,70011,000
Mitcham and Morden13,10012,70012,600
North Southwark and Bermondsey10,80010,30010,100
Old Bexley and Sidcup17,80017,60018,000
Poplar and Canning Town10,40010,30010,100
Regent's Park and Kensington North14,40014,40014,500
Richmond Park15,70015,60015,700
Sutton and Cheam15,80015,30015,300
West Ham9,3009,1009,200

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The number of pension credit recipients and average award within the parliamentary constituencies contained within the London Government office region as at February 2004 and 2005

February 2004
February 2005
NumberAmount (£)NumberAmount (£)
Bethnal Green and Bow6,50071.787,20070.93
Bexleyheath and Crayford2,60037.602,90037.31
Brent East3,60069.704,30064.46
Brent North2,80075.203,20068.30
Brent South4,00073.704,50071.88
Brentford and Isleworth3,30062.323,90060.11
Bromley and Chislehurst2,80045.083,20043.22
Camberwell and Peckham3,80055.303,90053.89
Carshalton and Wallington2,50044.203,10046.23
Chingford and Woodford Green3,10049.343,60048.47
Chipping Barnet2,40049.842,80052.92
Cities of London and Westminster2,90061.723,50063.16
Croydon Central3,50049.493,80050.94
Croydon North4,30058.314,70057.91
Croydon South2,30045.942,50048.99
Dulwich and West Norwood3,00050.913,60055.80
Ealing North3,30071.124,10067.40
Ealing Southall4,60071.455,10069.92
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush4,30062.724,90061.86
East Ham4,40071.015,10074.24
Enfield North3,20057.023,90054.20
Enfield, Southgate2,70061.663,40058.06
Erith and Thamesmead2,90051.393,70050.44
Feltham and Heston3,90060.974,40059.12
Finchley and Golders
Greenwich and Woolwich3,50050.544,10049.89
Hackney North and Stoke Newington4,80069.045,10070.78
Hackney South and Shoreditch4,60073.515,00068.68
Hammersmith and Fulham3,50062.863,90066.14
Hampstead and Highgate3,30062.183,90059.81
Harrow East4.200J69.634,80068.22
Harrow West2,80072.493,30067.13
Hayes and Harlington2,40060.032,90056.88
Holborn and St Pancras4,30063.064,80064.04
Hornsey and Wood Green3,70062.714,30062.67
Ilford North3,00055.753,50059.94
Ilford South3,20069.053,80064.37
Islington North4,50063.875,00061.31
Islington South and Finsbury3,90057.464,40054.93
Kensington and Chelsea2,90053.413,20051.69
Kingston and Surbiton2,80053.663,30052.04
Lewisham East3,20053.163,50052.16
Lewisham West2,90044.993,40041.35
Lewisham, Deptford3,30062.003,70060.33
Leyton and Wanstead3,20055.463,80053.48
Mitcham and Morden3,00055.023,50050.61
North Southwark and Bermondsey4,20059.165,20057.43
Old Bexley and Sidcup2,20043.622,90040.07
Poplar and Canning Town5,40070.125,90066.45
Regent's Park and Kensington North5,60072.126,50071.63
Richmond Park2,50051.512,80049.09
Sutton and Cheam2,30044.122,80038.37
West Ham4,30065.364,80065.39
Total recipients/average award248,60059.23286,80057.61

1. Figures are taken from five per cent samples and are therefore subject to sampling variation.
2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 100.
3. Parliamentary Constituencies and Government Office Regions are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant Office for National Statistics postcode directory.
4. The state pension data are taken as at 30 September for the relevant years.
5. The pension credit data are taken as at 29 February 2004 and 28 February 2005.
6. Pension credit replaced the minimum income guarantee on 6 October 2003.
Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples

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