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Whether benefit claimants may expect to be issued with new electronic Post Office card accounts according to (a) their surname, (b) the benefits they receive, (c) where they live and (d) some other system. [HL2516]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The move to payment direct into bank/building society accounts between 2003 and 2005 will, broadly, be organised according to benefits received. And through universal banking services there will be Post Office access to a range of bank accounts.
The emphasis of our payment direct into bank/building society accounts migration and marketing strategy will be to ensure that each customer has the best account for his or her circumstances. The vast
Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The move to payment direct into bank/building society accounts, whether into a Post Office card account or any other type of account, will not be affected by the number of benefits received.
The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will not be making visits to any cities solely in connection with a bid for the Capital of Culture title. DCMS Ministers will, however, continue to visit for other reasons. My right honourable friend visited Belfast in October 2001 but she currently has no plans for a further visit.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The Irish Government have at no point made representations on their own behalf on this matter, although it has featured in discussions between the two governments as an issue known to be of concern to Sinn Fein.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: There are currently no police deployed solely for the purpose of Drumcree. However, current police deployments do address the protest, particularly in the evenings and the Sunday parade.
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