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Child Support Maintenance: Income Support Disregard Costs

Baroness Hollis of Heigham asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the full-year cost to the Treasury of the Child Support Agency disregarding parents with children in their care in receipt of income support of £5, £8 and £10 respectively.

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The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): On the basis of the latest available data, the long run estimated costs of a £5, £8 and £10 child support maintenance disregard for parents with care in receipt of income support are £110 million, £165 million and £205 million respectively. Costs are rounded to the nearest £5 million.

Asylum Seekers: Income Support Costs

Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of increasing income support for asylum seekers from 90 per cent of the normal rate to 100 per cent.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The extra cost is estimated at £10 million a year at 1994/95 prices and benefit levels.

Armed Services Careers Information Offices

Viscount Allenby of Megiddo asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Royal Naval, Army and Air Force careers information offices have been closed in the present financial year and which are planned for closure in the next financial year; what are the anticipated manpower and financial savings resulting; and what will be the effect on the travel budgets as a result of the changes.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Henley): As a result of the on-going rationalisation of Armed Forces careers information offices, the following offices have closed or are due to close in 1994/95.

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Royal Navy Army Royal Air Force
Blackburn Barnsley Ayr
Guildford Cheltenham Guildford
Hartlepool Chichester Ipswich
Portsmouth Crewe Newport
Hartlepool Portsmouth
King's Lynn St. Helens
Maryhill Sunderland
Pembroke Dock
St. Helens

Further closures in 1995–96 are still under consideration. It is not possible at present to estimate the savings to be achieved from current and future closures of careers information offices or the impact on travel budgets brought about by these closures. A careers information office will, however, still be within one day's return travel for the vast majority of potential recruits.

Community Charge Arrears

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is still owed by community charge defaulters; how many defaulters are involved; what is the average amount owed; and how many of those defaulters owe the full community charge for their area and how many were liable for 20 per cent. of the charge.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater): The outstanding arrears of community charge in England as at 31 March 1994 (the latest date for which comprehensive information is available) are estimated to have been £1.7 billion. Of this sum £155 million had been collected by September 1994, but no data are yet available centrally on further sums written off in this period.

The other information requested is not available.

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