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Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: In recalculating the costs, the same methodology was used as set out in the written reply of 24 June 2003, but updated to take account of current market conditions and the decision taken on the precise nature of the PPF compensation payable.

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: In order to be eligible for compensation from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), not only must the defined benefit or hybrid pension scheme be with insufficient assets to buy out the PPF level of benefits, but its sponsoring employer must also first be insolvent. So to that extent we did not

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need to take account of solvent employers in calculating the cost of the PPF.

Members of schemes where the sponsoring employer avoids insolvency will be protected through the new full buy-out regulations and scheme-specific funding arrangements.

Where a sponsoring employer is solvent and its salary-related occupational scheme starts to wind up, regulations have been introduced so that the debt due from the employer is calculated on the basis that the scheme should be able to meet the full costs of winding up and the full benefits that scheme members have accrued and expect to receive.

Under our proposals to replace the minimum funding requirement with scheme-specific funding arrangements, trustees and employers will be required to agree a strategy for funding the scheme's pension commitments and for correcting any underfunding. Where a sponsoring employer is unable to meet those funding requirements and becomes insolvent, the PPF will compensate the pension scheme members.

It is also worth pointing out that the funding of defined-benefit schemes is a long-term business—temporary underfunding does not necessarily affect member security.

Disability Benefits

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the total cost, at constant prices, of expenditure on disability benefits in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; and what is their estimate for the current year.[HL1475]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information requested is given in the table below.

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Attendance AllowanceIndustrial Injuries BenefitsDisability Living AllowanceMotability Specialised VehiclesFundVaccine Damage PaymentsTotal
1993–942,2978783,5473*6,725
1994–952,4848943,9542*7,334
1995–962,6898964,65948,248
1996–972,8468845,3503*9,083
1997–982,9088625,7134*9,487
1998–993,0098545,96959,837
1999–20003,1128306,2406*10,188
2000–013,2038236,55076610,649
2001–023,3028236,95310711,094
2002–033,3408047,2468211,400
2003–043,3427487,5418311,642

Figures may not sum due to rounding.


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Notes: All amounts are shown in £ millions and are in 2003–04 prices calculated using the GDP deflator published at Pre-Budget Report 2003.

The symbol* denotes amounts less than 1 million.

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All figures consistent with Pre-Budget Report 2003.

Figures for 2002–03 are based on estimated out-turns.

Figures for 2003–04 are a forecast of expenditure.

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Mobility Allowance

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many disabled people now receive the mobility allowance; what was the total spending on the allowance, at constant prices in each of the past 10 years; and what is their estimate for the current year. [HL1549]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: (1) The number of recipients of the mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA) is currently estimated at 2,191,000.

(2) Expenditure in real terms on the mobility component of DLA over the past 10 years together with the current year forecast is estimated as follows:

DLA mobility component expenditure 2003–04 prices (£ millions)

Year
1993–942,170
1994–952,340
1995–962,690
1996–972,980
1997–983,130
1998–993,240
1999–20003,340
2000–013,450
2001–023,610
2002–033,730
2003–043,820


    Sources:


    (1) Information on number of recipients comes from the Quarterly Statistical Enquiry (QSE) August 2003 5 per cent sample (Source: IAD Information Centre).


    (2) The expenditure figures are consistent with those in the benefit expenditure tables published at PBR 2003 and are converted to real terms using the GDP deflator (Source: IAD Benefit Forecasting and Model Development Division and QSE samples, February 1993 to August 2003).


    Note:


    (1) QSE sample data were used in the production of the DLA mobility component expenditure figures. Therefore, as in all cases where sample data are used, these figures are subject to sampling variation.


    (2) The figures are rounded to the nearest £10 million.

Motability

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What financial support was given to Motability, at constant prices in each of the past 10 years; and what estimate they have made for the current year.[HL1550]

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Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information requested is given in the table below:

Expenditure on Motability, real terms, 2003–04 prices

Motability Grant in Aid (£ millions)Motability Administration (£ millions)Total (£ millions)
1993–94336
1994–95247
1995–96459
1996–97359
1997–984510
1998–995510
1999–20006410
2000–01729
2001–0210212
2002–038311
2003–048311

Figures may not sum due to rounding.


    Notes:


    The information relates to the specialised vehicles funds. In addition the Motability scheme receives exemptions from insurance premium tax and from VAT on lease charges and end-of-lease sales currently to the value of about £250 million per annum (individual annual figures are not available).


    All amounts are shown in £ millions, rounded to the nearest £ million, and are in 2003–04 prices calculated using the GDP deflator published at Pre-Budget Report 2003


    All figures consistent with Pre-Budget Report 2003


    Figures for 1993–4 to 2000–01 are outturn information taken from the department's appropriation accounts


    Figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are outturn information taken from the department's resource accounts


    Figures for 2003–04 are a forecast of expenditure

Pesticides

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Under which legislation manufacturers of pesticides are statutorily required to distribute copies of material safety data sheets to the National Poisons Information Service centres. [HL1576]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: There is no such legislation. However, the person responsible for first placing a biocidal product on the market in Great Britain has a duty under Regulation 29 of the Biocidal Products Regulations 2001 (BPR—Statutory Instrument No 2001/422) to inform the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) centre in Birmingham. The information required is listed in Schedule 8 to the BPR. NPIS will accept a copy of the product's safety data sheet plus any additionally required information. Similar arrangements apply in Northern Ireland under the Biocidal Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 (Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland 2001/422), where the information must be supplied to the Poison Information Service.

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The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What notices of changes to members' personal interests have been received by the secretariat of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides since January 2002; from which members such notices have been received; and what were the changes registered.[HL1520]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Changes to member's declared interests since January 2002 were:

Emeritus Professor G Matthews. His previously declared consultancy on cold fogging techniques for Aventis ceased when the company became a part of Bayer CropScience.

Mr J Orson. Additional interests declared: chairman of WRAG (Weed Resistance Action Group) and a member of the scientific steering committee of the field-scale evaluations of GM crops. A personal specific interest in Mesosulfuron-methyl.

Mr C Stopes. Declared a personal specific interest in ECOguard Granules. Declared a lapsed personal non-specific interest in Breck-a-Sol.

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Professor G Edwards-Jones. Declared a non-personal specific interest in ECOguard Granules.

Dr D N Bateman. Declared an interest in an item on human health monitoring, as he works for National Poisons Information Service.

Common Agricultural Policy: Integrated Administration and Control Scheme

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the annual cost to public funds of administering and monitoring the Integrated Administration and Control Scheme in the United Kingdom under the European Union common agricultural policy.[HL1596]

Lord Whitty: The cost of administering and monitoring the Integrated Administration and Control Scheme within England for financial year 2002–03 (1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003) was £77,169,543 and represents the full costs within England. This figure includes direct and overhead expenditure.

The information for other countries within the UK is a matter for their respective devolved assemblies.



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