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Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many RUC officers have accepted voluntary redundancy under the recently introduced terms; how many have left to date on voluntary redundancy terms; how many officers whose applications for voluntary redundancy have been accepted have still to leave; and over what period they will be leaving. 
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Mr. Ingram: The number of officers who have left the Royal Ulster Constabulary under voluntary severance terms up to 3 March 2001 was 367. A further 116 officers will be leaving during the period 4-31 March.
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Mr. Martin Bell: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the impact on the weekly pensions of men aged 60 to 64 who, had they been women, would have qualified to receive the state pension, of allocating to them the funds for the proposed increase to existing pensioners. 
Mr. Rooker: Occupational pension provision is voluntary, and it is for employers to decide the nature of the scheme and the benefits provided. The decision as to whether a scheme should continue to operate on an integrated basis, or if not, how and when integration should be abolished, is a matter for employers.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the average percentage increase in salaries of non-industrial civil servants, excluding members of the Senior Civil Service, was in his Department for 2000-01. 
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inaccurate, duplicate and fraudulent national insurance numbers once the Data Cleansing Project comes to an end. 
The Data Cleansing Project will move from departmental project status to departmental core business status on 31 March. Therefore the process of analysing our database to identify and remove inaccurate, duplicate and fraudulent NINOs will continue at current levels as part of our core business.
In addition, from 31 March onwards there will be a rollout of an enhanced process for allocating NINOs. The new process will involve far more stringent tests before a NINO is allocated thus preventing fraud and error entering the system in the first place.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many national insurance numbers on the Departmental Central Index relate to people (a) now deceased, (b) who live abroad and receive no benefits, (c) who live abroad and receive benefits and (d) aged under 16 years. 
Figures have never been kept on the number of records for people who live abroad and receive no benefits. These records are held in the event that people subsequently return and make a claim to benefit.
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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting Invalid Care Allowance from the overlapping benefits rules (a) entirely and (b) with respect to retirement pension. 
Mr. Bayley: It is estimated that for the year 2002-03 the cost of abolishing the overlapping benefits rules for ICA recipients (a) entirely would be £450 million and (b) for those over state pension age only, £400 million.
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