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James Purnell: The pension credit plastic folder style wallets were designed to allow customers to store their pension credit correspondence. Production of these wallets ceased in February 2003; approximately 1,350,000 were produced.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the effect on retirement income for pensioners who are members of defined contribution schemes in (a) 2020, (b) 2030, (c) 2040 and (d) 2050 of a reduction equivalent to the value of the contracted-out rebate in contributions. 
James Purnell: The amount of pension derived from the contracted-out rebate for defined contribution schemes depends on investment returns and annuity rates at the point of retirement and it is not possible to predict the amount of that pension.
Where people contract out under such schemes, they forego all or part of their State Second Pension and, in return, part of their National Insurance Contributions is rebated and invested to build up a funded pension. The value of these rebates, subject to an age cap, is
actuarially neutral in relation to the State benefit foregone. If a person ceases to be contracted-out, they will start to build up rights to State Second Pension. Given the actuarial neutrality of the rebate, they should generally be no better or worse off in retirement as a result of not receiving the contracted-out rebate.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the proposals in Security in retirement whether earnings-related accruals in the state second pension (SSP) scheme up to 2030 will be paid to those receiving SSP for the first time after 2030; and how the earnings-related accruals to SSP will taper away after the restoration of the earnings link to the basic pension. 
James Purnell: Earnings-related accruals of state second pension would be tapered away by around 2030 by freezing the national insurance upper earnings limit, for the purpose of state second pension accruals, in cash terms from the point at which earnings uprating of the basic state pension as proposed in the White Paper is introduced. Earnings-related accruals built up under the state earnings-related pension scheme and/or the state second pension prior to 2030 would be fully protected and would continue to be revalued in line with earnings from that date. The combination of our proposals to flat-rate accruals of the state second pension and earnings uprate the basic state pension would ensure that the state pension outcomes for people reaching state pension age after 2030 would not be reduced. The following table shows examples of the state pension outcomes for individuals under the proposed reforms.
|Low earner (c £12,000 a year)||Median earner (c £23,000 a year)||High earner (c £33,000 a year)|
| Notes: 1. Figures have been expressed in 2005-06 earnings terms and reflect the value of pension entitlement in 2050 or 2053 relative to expected changes in the level of average earnings over time. 2. We have assumed that standard rate class 1 national insurance contributions have been paid or treated as paid over a working/caring life of around 40 years, from age 25 to state pension age.|
Senior citizens forums are responsible for securing their own funding and are financed mainly through membership fees, grants (usually from local government or organisations such as Age Concern) and lottery funding.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were receiving treatment for AIDS in the Province in each of the last three years, broken down by health board area. 
Paul Goggins: The number of diagnosed HIV infected-individuals resident in Northern Ireland, whose most advanced clinical stage ever was AIDS (including those who died of AIDS) seen for care in the survey year, broken down by health board area, is detailed in the following table.
Individuals are aged 15 years of age and over.
Survey of Prevalent HIV Infection Diagnosed conducted by Centre for Infections, Health Protection Agency, London.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has any strategies specifically tailored to combat bullying of children with special needs; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The Department of Education makes clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and actively promotes the development of anti-bullying initiatives through its Anti-Bullying Programme.
Information about the scale and nature of bullying in Northern Ireland schools is contained in a research report published in October 2002. A research briefing summary is available on the Departments website at www.deni.gov.uk/rb8_2002.pdf.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were used to ensure that funding from the Children and Young Peoples funding package would reduce under-achievement and improve life chances of children and young people by enhancing their educational development and fostering their health, well-being and social inclusion. 
Provision of high-quality structured learning and related activities, support and services, offered from 8 am to 6 pm in schools, youth settings, pre-school centres, child care settings, Sure Start and Childrens Centres;
Development of innovative approaches to delivery that build capacity and ensure that children and young people who are disadvantaged or marginalised, including those in rural areas, can benefit fully from early years education and after-school activities, supported by appropriate health related services;
Strengthening child protection arrangements and fostering inter-agency co-operation and collaboration;
Improving education provision and support for Looked after Children and vulnerable young people;
Developing and implementing an integrated framework for service delivery, that delivers high-quality, cost-effective and flexible provision that meets the needs of children and young people and their families.
Putting in place, from the outset, monitoring and inspection arrangements to assure Departments that the provision is making a positive difference to children and their families.
To ensure maximum impact from the available funding, the programme is being taken forward on a phased basis, targeted initially on children and young people who are disadvantaged, marginalised or have the most limited access to current services.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contracts above the European Union threshold have been awarded by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental public bodies since 2000. 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether education and library boards in Northern Ireland are using omega 3 and fish oil supplements in school meals; and whether boards have plans to use such supplements. 
Maria Eagle: The education and library boards regularly provide certain foods in school meals that contain naturally occurring omega 3 and fish oils, and therefore do not currently provide these as supplements.
The Department of Education is currently considering responses to its consultation on new nutritional standards for school meals and other food in schools. One of the new food-based standards will ensure that oily fish is available at least once every three weeks.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish an audit of the implementation of recommendations from the International Monitoring Commission to Government and Government bodies. 
Paul Goggins: Decisions by the Government in relation to implementation of recommendations of the Independent Monitoring Commission are a matter of public record. There is no intention to publish a comprehensive audit at this stage.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what occasions an (a) individual and (b) organisation has applied for a judicial review of decisions of his Department in each year since 1997; and what the outcome was of each case where proceedings have been completed. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the new Speech and Language Unit and Behavioural Unit at Knockavoe School and Resource Centre in Strabane was completed; what the total capital expenditure on the unit was; when this unit will be commissioned to operate; what the reason was for the delay in the commissioning of the unit; for what reason the unit did not have sufficient recurrent expenditure to open upon completion; and if he will make a statement. 
The school is to accommodate pupils with both severe learning difficulties (SLD) and with moderate learning difficulties (MLD). In planning for the establishment of the Speech and Language and Behavioural Units, the Western Education and Library Board always envisaged that it would be a phased three-year project in order to allow time to establish what staffing complement would be required for the pupils and to establish the extent of provision required within the two units.
Additional recurrent funding of £170,000 was allocated to Knockavoe School in 2005-06 to develop staff resources and equipment, with a further £174,000 provided in 2006-07 for additional staffing costs. The final phase is planned for 2007-08 with the opening of the Speech and Language and Emotional/Behavioural Disorder Units. Funding of £490,000 has been earmarked for 2007-08 to facilitate this and includes for teaching and classroom assistant staff and equipping of both units.
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