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Land Registry

Mr. Ivan Lewis: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the key performance targets for HM Land Registry Executive Agency are for 2001-02. [153931]

Jane Kennedy: The table contains the key performance targets the Lord Chancellor has set for HM Land Registry for 2001-02.

Key performance indicator and targets 2001-02

IndicatorTarget 2000-01Target 2001-02
"Service First" Standards
Speed
Percentage of office copies and official search applications to be processed within two working days9898
Percentage of office copies and official search applications to be processed within three working days100100
Percentage of customers who are very satisfied/satisfied with the speed of service of office copies and official search applications--(24)92
Percentage of registrations to be processed within 25 working days8080
Percentage of customers who are very satisfied/satisfied with the speed of service of registrations--(24)90
Accuracy
Percentage of registrations processed free of any error98.598.5
Percentage of customers very satisfied/satisfied with the accuracy of registrations(24)90(24)90
Overall Satisfaction
Percentage of customers who, overall, very satisfied/satisfied with the full range of services provided by the Land Registry--(24)92
Financial
Percentage return on average capital employed66
Efficiency(25)
Cost per unit in real terms£25.09£23.95
Cost per unit in cash terms£30.87£29.97
Delivery of Electronic Services
Percentage electronic delivery of all of the Land Registry's services--40
Percentage of titles in the land register capable of electronic delivery9697
Number of scanned pages of filed documents (millions)1128
Number of scanned Land Charges registrations, Writs and Orders in Bankruptcy (millions)--7

(24) Better than

(25) Based on GDP deflator issued by HM Treasury on 8 November 2000 (baseline: 1992-93). These are milestones towards the HM Treasury-agreed cost per unit target for 2004-05 of £21.43 (real terms) and £29.11 (cash terms).

Note:

Further details of HMLR's targets are published in its Business Plan


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SOCIAL SECURITY

Timber

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if his Department's annual report on timber procurement to the Committee of Green Ministers will be published. [152109]

Mr. Bayley: The Department will be publishing its first annual report on sustainable development and the environment later this year and it will contain information on timber procurement. The Green Ministers' annual report will also report on this subject.

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much certified timber has been purchased by his Department over the past six months; and what proportion of total timber purchases this represents. [152116]

Mr. Bayley: The Department does not yet have a system in place to provide data on the proportion of certified timber purchased over the past six months.

The Department occupies serviced accommodation provided by Trillium. It is the policy of the Department and Trillium to increase the proportion of timber used from certified sustainable sources. The company that supplies timber for maintenance on the estate only accepts claims of environmental sustainability if they are backed by independent inspection.

Trillium is developing an Environmental Management System. In future this will provide the Department with data on timber procurement.

Departmental Policies (Hemsworth and Wakefield)

Mr. Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly to the locations as possible, the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997 on (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield district. [153002]

Mr. Rooker: The Department's policies and initiatives have made a significant contribution to the Government's overall objectives of: eradicating child poverty in 20 years, and halving it within 10; promoting work as the best form of welfare for people of working age while protecting the position of those in greatest need; and combating poverty and promoting security and independence in retirement for today's and tomorrow's pensioners.

These goals are being pursued nationwide and our achievements are set out in our annual "Opportunity for all" reports. Our second report, "Opportunity for all--One year on: making a difference" (CM4865, September 2000), sets out what progress has been made in the past year, as well as highlighting what more needs to be done. Nationwide statistical information is necessarily more complete than constituency level data, but the following provides a comparative guide to the effect of the Department's policies and actions in Hemsworth constituency and the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area since May 1997.

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Measures in our five Budgets so far will lift over 1.2 million children out of poverty. These include record increases to Child Benefit, the introduction of the Working Families Tax Credit, increases in income-related benefits, the minimum wage and tax changes.

Child Benefit will be worth £15.50 a week for the eldest child and £10.35 a week for other children from April 2001: nationally about 7 million families receive Child Benefit, in Hemsworth 11,382 families benefit and in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area 40,427 families benefit.

We now have the lowest unemployment rate in 25 years. The New Deals have helped lone parents, the young unemployed, the long-term unemployed, the over-50s and partners of the unemployed to move from benefit into work. In the period since May 1997 the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance nationally has reduced from 1,562,400 to 1,044,900; in Hemsworth the number has reduced from 2,700, to 1,700, and in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area from 9,400 to 5,800. Since May 1997 the number of lone parents who claim Income Support has decreased from 1,013,500 to 894,100 nationally; in Hemsworth the number has decreased from 1,800 to 1,500 and in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area from 5,900 to 5,200.

Older people are disproportionately affected by fuel poverty. So we have introduced Winter Fuel Payments to help with their heaviest fuel bill. This winter, the payment is £200 for households who qualify. Over 17,000 older people in Hemsworth have received a Winter Fuel Payment for this winter. Information on the number of Winter Fuel Payments received is not available by local authority area.

To demonstrate our commitment to combating pensioner poverty, this year we will spend £4.5 billion extra in real terms on pensioners. Some 15,600 pensioners in Hemsworth and 54,400 in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area will benefit from the substantial increases in the basic State Pension this April and next; this year's increase is £5 a week for single pensioners and £8 for couples. In addition we have introduced free TV licences for the over-75s of whom we estimate there are about 5,900 in Hemsworth and 19,200 in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area. 2,500 pensioner families in Hemsworth and 10,400 in the Wakefield Metropolitan Authority area are receiving the Minimum Income Guarantee, which we introduced in April 1999 to help our poorest pensioners. From April they will be at least £15 a week, or £800 a year, better off in real terms as a result of Government measures since 1997.

Other reforms in the pipeline include: the new Pension Credit in 2003 designed to ensure that pensioners benefit from their savings; the launch of Stakeholder Pensions in April this year; and the introduction of the State Second Pension in April 2002 both of which will help provide greater security for tomorrow's pensioners.

Departmental Policies (Houghton and Washington, East)

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will set out, with statistical information

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relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on Houghton and Washington, East of his Department's actions since 2 May 1997. [152994]

Mr. Rooker: The Department's policies and initiatives have made a significant contribution to the Government's overall objectives of: eradicating child poverty in 20 years, and halving it within 10; promoting work as the best form of welfare for people of working age while protecting the position of those in greatest need; and combating poverty and promoting security and independence in retirement for today's and tomorrow's pensioners.

These goals are being pursued nationwide and our achievements are set out in our annual "Opportunity for all" reports. Our second report, "Opportunity for all--One year on: making a difference" (CM4865, September 2000), sets out what progress has been made in the past year, as well as highlighting what more needs to be done. Nationwide statistical information is necessarily more complete than constituency level data, but the following provides a comparative guide to the effect of the Department's policies and actions in Houghton and Washington, East since May 1997.

Measures in our five Budgets so far will lift over 1.2 million children out of poverty. These include record increases to Child Benefit, the introduction of the Working Families Tax Credit, increases in income-related benefits, the minimum wage and tax changes.

Child benefit will be worth £15.50 a week for the eldest child and £10.35 a week for other children from April 2001; nationally about 7 million families receive child benefit, and in Houghton and Washington, East 11,480 families benefit.

We now have the lowest unemployment rate in 25 years. The New Deals have helped lone parents, the young unemployed, the long-term unemployed, the over-50s and partners of the unemployed to move from benefit into work. In the period since May 1997 the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance nationally has reduced from 1,562,400 to 1,044,900; in Houghton and Washington, East the number has reduced from 2,600 to 2,100. Since May 1997 the number of lone parents who claim Income Support has decreased from 1,013,500 to 894,100 nationally and in Houghton and Washington, East from 2,100 to 1,800.

Older people are disproportionately affected by fuel poverty, so we have introduced Winter Fuel Payments to help with their heaviest fuel bill. This winter, the payment is £200 for households who qualify. Over 16,000 older people in Houghton and Washington, East have received a Winter Fuel Payment for this winter.

To demonstrate our commitment to combating pensioner poverty, this year we will spend £4.5 billion extra in real terms on pensioners. Some 14,800 pensioners in Houghton and Washington, East will benefit from the substantial increases in the basic State pension this April and next; this year's increase is £5 a week for single pensioners and £8 for couples. In addition we have introduced free TV licences for the over-75s of whom we estimate there are about 5,400 in Houghton and Washington, East. 3,500 pensioner families in Houghton and Washington, East are receiving the Minimum Income Guarantee, which we introduced in April 1999 to help our

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poorest pensioners. From April they will be at least £15 a week, or £800 a year, better off in real terms as a result of Government measures since 1997.

Other reforms in the pipeline include: the new Pension Credit in 2003 designed to ensure that pensioners benefit from their savings; the launch of Stakeholder Pensions in April this year; and the introduction of the State Second Pension in April 2002 both of which will help provide greater security for tomorrow's pensioners.


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