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|Income support lone-parent expenditure in Great Britain (real terms, 2006-07 prices)|
|All lone parents on income support||Children aged under 3||Children aged between 3 and under 5||Children aged between 5 and under 11||Children aged between 11 and under 14||Children aged 14 and over|
|Income support lone-parent expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product|
|All lone parents on income support||Children aged under 3||Children aged between Sand under 5||Children aged between 5 and under 11||Children aged between 11 and under 14||Children aged 14 and over|
1. Figures up to 2007-08 are consistent with the historical out-turn and pre-Budget report forecast expenditure figures published on the Department for Work and Pensions website at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp.
2. Figures after 2007-08 are illustrative projections consistent with the 2006 Long-term Public Finance Report, and assume current policy continues throughout the projection period, including the migration of the dependant child element of income support for lone parents to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs as part of the wider child tax credits roll-out. They do not take account of policies proposed in the current Welfare Reform Bill.
3. Lone parents are defined as single claimants with dependants not receiving incapacity benefits. Expenditure refers to the total expenditure directed at working-age adults and any child dependants from income support for lone parents.
4. Expenditure has been apportioned among age groups using data on IS recipients from the 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. For all years beyond 2006-07, expenditure is apportioned using age group data for 2006-07.
5. Information prior to 1999-2000 has not been provided because the underlying data series begins in that financial year.
6. All figures relate to expenditure in Great Britain only, but GDP figures used are for the United Kingdom.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the Exchequer in each year from 2008-09 to 2020-21 of ending industrial injuries benefit for new claims while continuing to pay outstanding claims; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: I have asked officials to carry out a review of the IIDB scheme to ensure that it meets the needs of our modern society and is compatible with the Government's broader welfare reform agenda. A consultation document was published on 29 January 2007. The consultation document sets out questions that we would like stakeholders' views on. The questions address the key issues to shape an occupational scheme for injuries and diseases caused through work that will best meet the needs of our society, beyond financial compensation alone, today and for the future.
The consultation document does not commit DWP to any particular line of action or programmed spend. We are seeking stakeholders' views before we decide on the nature of the reform.
Outline estimates were made at the beginning of 2006 for stopping new claims to industrial injuries disablement benefit/reduced earnings allowance. These estimates should be used only as a guideline or indication rather than a complete and accurate assessment.
The estimated savings from not allowing new industrial injuries disablement benefit/reduced earnings allowance claims from April 2008 are in the following tables.
|Estimate of the potential savings to the Exchequer of ending industrial injuries benefit for new claims while continuing to pay outstanding claims|
|Year||Savings in 2005-06 prices (£ million)|
|Averaging period||Annual average saving each year in 2005-06 prices (£ million)|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest performance statistics are for the processing of national insurance number applications at each of the London offices dealing with such applications. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide my hon. Friend with the information requested.
Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 25 April 2007:
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question what the latest performance statistics are for the processing of National Insurance Number applications at each of the London offices dealing with such applications. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
There are currently four National Insurance Number processing sites in LondonTooting, Cityside, Camden, and Hounslow. There is also a satellite office at Harlesden. Cityside, our newest site, opened in November 2006. The centres in London deal with 36% of all applications nationally.
We aim to process applications for National Insurance Numbers as quickly and securely as possible. In order to manage performance we have set an internal target for our teams to clear 86% of applications within 30 days.
The current performance figures are shown in the table below.
|Proportion cleared within 30 days ( P ercentage)|
The figures quoted are up to the end of February 2007.
I hope this is helpful.
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