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To report a break-even situation in the Income and Expenditure Account 2000-01.
To meet the net vote target in 2000-01.
To ensure that total overhead costs are less than 55 per cent. of total costs.
To increase non-DTI income by 15 per cent.
To complete 90 per cent. of European type approvals within 10 weeks.
To complete all European type approvals within an average of seven weeks.
To complete 95 per cent. of all calibration jobs (including preparation of certificates) within 18 working days of acceptance of the work and to achieve an average completion time of less than 14 days.
To meet 70 per cent. of the milestones by their due date in the work programme agreed between the NMSPU and NWML.
80 per cent. of customers rate NWML's provision of services as satisfactory or better.
Questions delegated to the Chief Executive.
Chief Executive to reply within 10 working days to all letters from Members of Parliament delegated to him for reply.
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 1 February 2000, Official Report, column 537W, what plans he has to set separate renewable energy generation targets for each of the UK standard regions; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Liddell: The Government Offices for the Regions are initiating work to prepare regional assessments and targets for renewable energy provision based upon, and where necessary updating, existing resource studies. On 9 February, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) published "Guidance on Preparing Regional Sustainable Development Frameworks". The guidance indicated that the Government hope that the frameworks will draw upon this work and elaborate a regional approach to renewable energy, including regional targets flowing from the assessments of each region's capacity to generate electricity from a range of different sources. The Government would like to see frameworks in place in all regions by the end of 2000.
The frameworks will work alongside Regional Planning Guidance (RPG) and Regional Development Agencies' Economic Strategies in promoting sustainable development. We are encouraging regional planning bodies to set targets in RPG for the structure plan and unitary development plan areas within the region consistent with the regional targets provided by the regional sustainable development frameworks. Advice on this will be set out in the final version of the revised "Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) Note 11: Regional Planning" to be published by DETR shortly.
Together with the national planning policy guidance in "PPP 22: Renewable Energy", RPG--as taken forward through structure plans and Part 1 unitary development plans--will provide a strategic framework for policies and
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proposals for renewable energy development in local plans, including the identification in those plans of suitable sites. This, in turn, will feed through to decisions on individual planning applications.
More positive planning at regional and local levels will contribute to greater public familiarity with, and acceptance of, prospective renewable energy developments. It remains important, however, for operators to prepare the ground with local authorities, environmental organisations and local people before formal planning applications are submitted and to develop proposals in consultation with them.
Angela Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of pensioners entitled to the Minimum Income Guarantee as a result of the Budget in (a) the Basildon parliamentary constituency, (b) Basildon and (c) Thurrock. 
|Basildon parliamentary constituency||2,700|
|Basildon local authority||4,400|
|Thurrock local authority||2,800|
November 1999 Quarterly Statistical Enquiry
We also estimate that over 500,000 pensioners in total will benefit from the increased capital limits in the Minimum Income Guarantee, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Estimates of pensioners newly entitled to benefit because of these changes are not available at constituency level.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people on Incapacity Benefit have, under the innovation schemes established as part of the New Deal for the Disabled, (a) had any contact with one of the schemes, (b) applied for one of the schemes, (c) joined one of the schemes, (d) completed a placement with one of the schemes, (e) found part-time employment as a result of participation in one of the schemes and (f) found full-time employment as a result of participation in one of the schemes. 
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Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners with a final level of income below that to which they could be entitled if they could claim the Minimum Income Guarantee are disqualified from claiming the Minimum Income Guarantee. 
|Capital||All pensioners||Excluding workers|
|0 to 3,000||25,000||0|
|3,001 to 8,000||50,000||45,000|
|8,001 to 12,000||70,000||65,000|
|12,001 to 16,000||20,000||20,000|
1. Figures are in 2000-01 prices and benefit levels.
2. Cases are rounded to the nearest 5,000.
3. The number of cases have been calculated using the Pensioner Income Series Data based on the 1997-98 FRS and the Policy Simulation Model (PSM) for Income Related benefits, based on 1997-98 Family Resources Survey data.
4. Workers include pensioners and/or their partners who are in full-time work.
The Secretary of State has asked me to respond to your recent question asking what was the cost of the Debt Accounting and Management System (DAMS) and when the installation was cancelled.
The costs of DAMS are commercial in confidence.
The DAMS procurement contract with EDS was discharged in July 1999.
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the cost of amending the capital rules for disabled people to match the new level announced for pensioners. 
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many lone parents, under the New Deal for Lone Parents, have secured employment in each month since the scheme began, broken down into (a) target and (b) non-target groups. 
|National Programme||Target group||Non-target group||Total (8)|
(8) The total column includes those for whom target/non-target is not recorded, for this reason the columns do not sum to the total.
(9) The total figure differs from the total figure quoted in the Statistical First Release (SFR) due to rounding in the SFR.
During phase 1 (July 1997-October 1998) 2,473 target group and 920 non-target group lone parents obtained jobs
(10). In phase 2 (April 1998 to October 1998) a total of 2,878 lone parents obtained jobs
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1 Information is not available in the format requested for phases 1 and 2 because results were kept clerically and it is not possible to accurately break them down on a monthly basis.
2 In some cases it was not recorded whether the lone parent was either from the target or non-target group, for this reason the figures cannot be split into these groups.
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