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East London Underground Line

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Viscount Goschen: London Underground applied to London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) on 28 March 1995 for listed building consent to undertake essential works on the tunnel between Rotherhithe and Wapping. LDDC have recommended that the Secretary of State for the Environment should approve their proposal to grant consent. I understand that the Secretary of State for the Environment hopes to announce his decision shortly.

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Jewel Tower

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, since his Answer of 30 January on the subject of the moat of the Jewel Tower, any progress has been made with "English Heritage's plans to improve the Jewel Tower's surroundings", and therefore its seemliness as part of the surroundings of the Palace of Westminster.

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): I understand that English Heritage are in the process of preparing plans to improve the presentation of both the surroundings and the interior of the Jewel Tower with the intention of submitting them for lottery funding.

Single Parents Leaving Benefit 1991/95

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many single parents came off benefit in each of the financial years 1991–92 and 1992–93; and

    How many single parents came off benefit in each of the years 1993–94 and 1994–95.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The information is set out in the table.

Single parents coming off benefit (thousands)

Claim ceased Income support Family credit One parent benefit
1991/92 72 126
1992/93 74 128
1993/94 379 102 127
1994/95 109 118

Figures for Income Support are only available in the form requested for 1993/94.

Figures for housing benefit and council tax benefit are not available in the form requested.


1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

2. The income support cases shown are those receiving the lone parent premium.

3. Figures for family credit and one parent benefit include all claims which terminated during each period. Figures for income support were estimated from quarterly stock counts and exclude any claims which started and ended between enquiry dates.

4. Figures for all three benefits include multiple terminations, i.e. where a claimant may have gone on and off benefit several times during the year. They also include terminations where the claimant has now moved directly from one benefit to another.


Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiries 1993–94 (5 per cent. sample).

Family Credit: 5 per cent. sample of awards.

One Parent Benefit Quarterly Tables (4 per cent. up to June 1994 and 1 per cent. after).

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Young Persons: Homelessness and Destitution Statistics

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to Lady Blatch's answers of 13 July (H.L. Deb., cols. 1836–1839), whether they are aware of the article by Suzanne Glass, This Boy and His Friends Were Starving In Barnsley (Independent on Sunday, 16th July), and whether, without changing their policy of not commenting on individual cases, they will improve both their criminal and their social security statistics, in order to discover how many people are in the position described in the article.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: Young people need not suffer either homelessness or destitution. Youth training places and training allowances are available to young people. For those awaiting a place, income support may be payable if they would otherwise suffer severe hardship. Housing benefit is available for those who have a rent liability.

Child Support Act 1991: Benefit Savings

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish's figure that the Child Support Act 1991 had produced "recorded benefit savings of £897 million" (House of Lords Deb., 6 July, col. 1340) was arrived at.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The Child Support Agency achieved benefit savings totalling £417.84 million during 1993/94 and £479.05 million during 1994/95, giving a total of just under £897 million. This was comprised of £397.32 million from maintenance assessments and £499.57 million from reductions in benefit or income support ceasing.

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