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Mr. Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many widows in receipt of widows pension prior to their 60th birthday have failed to claim their state retirement pension. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: A woman in receipt of widows pension has various options on reaching State pension age (currently 60). She can choose to continue receiving her widows pension up to the age of 65, she can choose to claim her state pension in place of the widows pension, or she can give up her widows pension and not draw her state pension in order to earn a higher state pension or lump sum when she does claim it.
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Four months and four days before a person reaches age 60/65, the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS) passes personal and contributions details to the Pensions Strategy Computer System (PSCS) which will set up a pension account if a current address is held and:
(a) the first contribution condition for basic State Pension is satisfied with entitlement of at least 25 per cent. basic State Pension.
(b) there is entitlement to Additional State Pension, Shared Additional State Pension or GRB;
(c) the person is a widow, widower or divorcee (including an annulled marriage), regardless of entitlement in their own right; or
(d) PSCS issues a claim package.
1. leaflet BR33 SPIB that invites the customer to contact the Pension Service to make a claim over the phone, request claim form BR1 over the phone or return a tear-off for claim form BR1 to be issued;
2. a BR33R which contains:
(a) identity details;
(b) the choices on how to claim State Pension;
(c) details of the information the customer needs to have close to hand when contacting the Pension Service by telephone.
Caroline Flint: Claimant unemployment is now falling for 18-24 year olds. This is the result of our successful employment policies, including the new deal. Almost three quarters of a million 18-24 year olds have been helped into work through new deal for young people.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value of attendance allowance and disability living allowance payments to people over retirement age living in the City of York local authority area was in (a) 1996 and (b) 2006-07. 
|Total value of attendance allowance and disability living allowance payments to people aged 60 and over in City of York local authority|
|Attendance allowance||Disability living allowance|
1. Benefit caseloads data for 1996-97, produced from 5 per cent. sample data, were up rated to 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) totals. Caseloads for 2006-07 were produced from 100 per cent. WPLS data.
2. Figures are consistent with budget 2007 expenditure forecast.
3. Benefit Expenditure and Caseload Information is available on the DWP website at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp
Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate 5 per cent. and 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data and Department for Work and Pensions Benefit Expenditure Forecasts.
Mr. Byrne: Statistics for the numbers of documents lost in the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) are not kept. However the majority of passports held by BIA are in connection with managed migration casework. In the 12 months ending August 2007, 176 passports were lost from managed migration casework. Case working units in Croydon alone retain between 70,000 to 100,000 passports in their possession at any given time.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of letters sent by hon. Members to the Border and Immigration Agency have received a substantive reply within (a) three, (b) four, (c) six, (d) eight, (e) 10 and (f) more than 10 weeks; and if she will make a statement. 
(a) 12,713 (56.2 per cent.) were answered in three weeks or less
(b) 18,866 (83.3 per cent.) were answered in four weeks or less
(c) 20,917 (92.4 per cent.) were answered in six weeks or less
(d) 21,426 (94.7 per cent.) were answered in eight weeks or less
(e) 21,910 (96.8 per cent.) were answered in 10 weeks or less
(f) 643 (2.8 per cent.) took more than 10 weeks to answer.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the increase in the number of scientific procedures carried out on (a) goats and (b) sheep between 2004 and 2006; which establishments accounted for the greatest amount of that increase; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier: The use of animals in experiments and other scientific procedures is regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which puts into effect, and in some ways exceeds, European Union Directive 86/609/EEC. The 1986 Act provides a strong regulatory framework balancing the need to protect animals from unnecessary suffering with the legitimate requirements of the scientific community, and the public, for medical and other essential research and testing.
The operation of the 1986 Act has been regularly reviewed since it first came into force. Full-scale reviews have been carried out by the Animal Procedures Committee which published its 10 year review of the operation of the Act in 1998, and by the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures which reported in July 2002. In addition, specific aspects of the operation of the 1986 Act have been reviewed at various times by the Animal Procedures Committee, which is required under section 20 of the Act to advise the Secretary of State on matters concerned with Act and her functions under it. The Animal Procedures Committee has, for example, in the last five years, reviewed the use and acquisition of non-human primates, the cost benefit assessment of the use of animals in research, the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals published under section 21 of the Act, modular training for licence applicants and schedule 1 to the Act dealing with appropriate methods of humane killing
Jacqui Smith: Each asylum and human rights application made by a Sri Lankan national is, as with all other nationalities, considered individually against the background of current information from a wide range of well-recognised sources about the situation in Sri Lanka. Those who are found not to be in need of international protection and have no legal basis of stay in the UK, may return voluntarily to any region of Sri Lanka. Where an individual does not return voluntarily, removal may be enforced. Enforced removals will only be undertaken where we are satisfied the individual has no protection needs.
Revenue funding for the force is provided by the industry. The Department for Transport is providing £7.5 million for capital expenditure this financial year and the force receives money from the Home Office for specific initiatives.
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