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Earl Howe: In considering the suitability of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich as a potential site for the Joint Service Command and Staff College, we took full account of the availability of the adjacent. Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital and the Devonport Nurses Home.
The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): Mr. Eric Heath is a minor in need of care and protection. He is not in a position to make reasoned decisions about his future and to support himself. The young people whose cases were raised in the debate of 20th October 1994 were of an age to make reasoned decisions about their way of life and able to support themselves without reliance upon the British taxpayer.
Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The Post Office reward scheme offers a financial incentive to Post Office clerks to prevent the fraudulent encashment of order books and girocheques, beyond their contractual obligation to the Benefits Agency (BA).
Since the national scheme began, 16,339 rewards have been paid. The standard reward is £10, although there is the option to make an award of £25 for exceptional cases, for example where a Post Office clerk has taken action which leads to a prosecution. Eight rewards of £25 have been paid.
(2) The application form and order book or giro cheque are checked by local BA fraud investigation staff prior to acceptance of the application. Applications are considered under various criteria, which are known by both
(3) Payment is made from the centre, where the application forms are checked again on receipt. The forms are also subject to further random security and management checks during the recording and payment authorisation processes. The rewards scheme itself is also subject to scrutiny by the BA internal audit unit.
Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: The department is aware that some allegations of benefit fraud against claimants may be made maliciously. It is not the department's policy to stop benefit until an investigation has been undertaken, and evidence which could affect the amount of benefit has been established.
Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: Since 1993, the Department of Social Security has provided practical encouragement for local authorities' anti-fraud efforts by providing a framework whereby local authorities have been able to earn additional subsidy, through good performance in detecting fraud against housing benefit and council tax benefit, as measured against performance thresholds set by this department. A system of penalties is also in place for those authorities who are failing in their duty to protect public funds.
From April, the level of additional subsidy which local authorities receive on fraud savings in excess of their thresholds will be raised from 20 pence in the pound to 25 pence. For those authorities who are achieving savings of less than 50 per cent. of their performance threshold the rate of penalty will be increased to £1 in the pound.
The Audit Commission (Accounts Commission in Scotland) have primary responsibility for auditing local authority fraud savings totals. Every authority is subject to a detailed annual audit of their subsidy claims by independent district auditors. The department works closely with these organisations and provides guidance and advice as appropriate.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): Permanent staff employed on any form of administration by the House of Lords (including posts shared with the House of Commons but excluding the Parliamentary Works Directorate, housemaids and Lords refreshment department catering grades) are located as follows:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege): The health authorities are listed in the Review of the Purchasing of Mental Health Services by Health Authorities in England, copies of which are available in the Library. Information on the health authorities of origin for patients receiving in-patient services in "Water Tower" mental hospitals is not available centrally.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey): We have responsibility for 2,029 persons currently being held in prison overseas. 1,638 are British citizens, 170 have other forms of British nationality, two are British protected persons, 51 hold Hong Kong certificates of identity and 168 are citizens of unrepresented Commonwealth countries. The breakdown by countries is as follows:
|Algeria||1 commonwealth citizen|
|Andorra||3 British citizens (BCs)|
|Argentina||4 BCs and 2 commonwealth citizens|
|Australia||43 BCs, 4 British Dependent Territories citizens (BDTCs) and 3 Hong Kong certificate of identity holders (HKCOIs)|
|Austria||12 BCs and 10 BDTCs|
|Bangladesh||1 BC and 2 BDTCs|
|Belgium||37 BCs, 2 BDTCs and 2 commonwealth citizens|
|Brazil||21 BCs and 3 commonwealth citizens|
|Canada||21 BCs and 2 BDTCs|
|China||3 BCs and 3 BDTCs|
|Colombia||2 BCs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Cuba||2 commonwealth citizens|
|Czech Republic||2 BCs|
|Dominican Republic||1 BC|
|Egypt||1 BC and 1 British overseas citizen (BOC)|
|Falkland Islands||1 commonwealth citizen|
|France||296 BCs, 1 BDTC, 1 BOC and 25 commonwealth citizens|
|French Guyana||1 BC|
|Germany||121 BCs, 3 BDTCs and 2 HKCOIs|
|Greece||11 BCs, 2 BDTCs and 18 commonwealth citizens|
|Hong Kong||7 BCs and 1 BOC|
|India||30 BCs and 1 British subject (BS)|
|Indonesia||1 commonwealth citizen|
|Israel||8 BCs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Italy||10 BCs, 1 BDTC and 4 commonwealth citizens|
|Japan||17 BCs, 4 BDTCs, 1 HKCOI and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Korea||2 BCs and 7 BDTCs|
|Mexico||1 BC, 2 BOCs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Morocco||35 BCs, 2 BDTCs and 6 commonwealth citizens|
|Netherlands||36 BCs, 2 BDTCs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Netherlands Antilles||2 commonwealth citizens|
|New Zealand||11 BCs|
|Norway||14 BCs and 4 HKCOIs|
|Papua New Guinea||1 BC|
|Philippines||5 BCs, 6 BDTCs, 2 British Nationals (Overseas) (BN(O)s), 8 HKCOIs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Portugal||14 BCs and 8 commonwealth citizens|
|St. Kitts||1 BC|
|St. Lucia||1 BC|
|St. Vincent||2 BCs|
|Sao Tome||1 BC|
|Singapore||4 BCs, 5 BDTCs and 2 commonwealth citizens|
|South Africa||23 BCs|
|Spain||361 BCs, 9 BDTCs, 1 British Protected Person (BPP) and 33 commonwealth citizens|
|Sri Lanka||6 BCs|
|Sweden||17 BCs, 1 BDTC and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Switzerland||23 BCs, 2 BDTCs and 1 BOC|
|Taiwan||5 BCs and 1 commonwealth citizen|
|Tanzania||1 BC and 1 BOC|
|Thailand||40 BCs, 67 BDTCs, 2 BN(O)s, 37 HKCOIs and 23 commonwealth citizens|
|Turkey||9 BCs and 5 commonwealth citizens|
|Turks and Caicos||1 BC|
|UAE||14 BCs and 2 commonwealth citizens|
|United States||250 BCs, 16 BDTCs, 4 HKCOIs and 7 commonwealth citizens|
|Vietnam||1 BDTC, 2 BN(O)s, 1 BPP and 4 HKCOIs|
|Yemen||1 commonwealth citizen|
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