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Appeals Service

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much additional funding was awarded to the Appeals Service relating to the increase in Disability Living Allowance appeals in 2000–01. [9807]

Maria Eagle: The Appeals Service was awarded an additional £2.809 million for 2000–01 in respect of disability appeals. This represents the total for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance combined, where funding is provided by tribunal type rather than benefit.

Employment Service

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the Employment Service job entries of people who are included within the Welfare to Work definition in 2000–01, with reference to the annual performance agreement target; [14065]

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Mr. Nicholas Brown: The information is contained in the Employment Service Annual Report and Accounts 2000–01, which is in the Library.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the public service agreement targets were for the Employment Service placings of the New Deal for (a) lone parents and (b) young people participants in 2000–01; and if they were achieved; [14216]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: The information is contained in the Employment Service Annual Report and Accounts 1999–2000 and 2000–01, which are in the Library.

Social Exclusion

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his policy towards the establishment of a Community action plan to combat social exclusion at EU level. [14828]

Malcolm Wicks: A five-year EU action programme to encourage co-operation between member states to combat social exclusion is expected to be formally adopted shortly and to come into force on 1 January 2002. This programme will include provision for financial support totalling 75 million euro to support:


The Government look forward to implementation of this action programme, which follows the framework set by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000.

Investors in People

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department applied for Investors in People; and if it has achieved it (a) in whole and (b) in part. [14857]

Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 14 November 2001]: The Department for Work and Pensions is fully committed to Investors in People and is continuing to maintain the standard.

All constituent parts of the Department are currently recognised as Investors in People. Officials are in discussion with Investors in People(UK), to agree a strategy for the future corporate recognition of the Department.

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Attendance Allowance

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-funders in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes are in receipt of attendance allowance; and what assessment his Department has made of the survey of self-funders undertaken by the Department of Health. [15774]

Maria Eagle [holding answer 19 November 2001]: Estimates of the number of self-funders in residential care homes and nursing homes who are receiving attendance allowance are not available.

Work Incentives (Child Care)

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to improve incentives for those with children to work; and how many people have availed themselves of them (a) in Middlesbrough and (b) in Redcar and Cleveland in the last year for which figures are available. [16429]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: This Government believe that work is the best form of welfare for those who are able. We have introduced a wide range of measures including the Working Families Tax Credit to help make work pay and the National Childcare Strategy to help make work possible for people with children. Since April this year, lone parents can also get help with childcare payments if they take up part-time work through the New Deal for Lone Parents.

We are also easing the transition to work through a range of benefit run-ons. Lone parents benefit run-on was introduced in 1999 and in the year 2000–01 helped over 50,000 lone parents nationally. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit run-ons have been available for a number of years and in 2000–01 were claimed by 140,000 people nationally. From April this year we have also introduced the Mortgage Interest run-on to help home owners moving from benefits to full time work. In the Middlesborough local authority district, 670 people claimed the Housing Benefit Run-on and 410 people claimed the Council Tax Run-on in 2000–01. Equivalent figures are not available for Redcar and Cleveland. The numbers of people taking advantage of other run-ons are not available broken down by area.

Winter Fuel Payments

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many older people will receive winter fuel payments this winter (a) in the UK and (b) in Middlesbrough South, and Cleveland, East. [16431]

Mr. McCartney: Last winter, nationally, over 11 million people aged 60 and over received a Winter Fuel Payment. Around 18,000 of these were in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East. The figures for this winter will be similar.

Social Security Fraud Act (Code of Practice)

Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a summary of the responses to the public consultation on the draft Code of Practice on obtaining information under the Social Security Fraud Act 2001. [17153]

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Malcolm Wicks: A summary of the responses has been placed in the Library and copies have been sent to all those who responded.

Housing Estates Refurbishment (Leicestershire)

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Beaumont Leys Stocking Farm scheme in Leicestershire; how many people obtained work as a result of the scheme; and what the cost was of the scheme. [15780]

Ms Keeble [holding answer 19 November 2001]: I have been asked to reply.

The Leicester North West SRB 5 Programme, which covers five housing estates, including Beaumont Leys and Stocking Farm, was agreed by Ministers as part of the SRB programme. To date 29 jobs have created, along with other outputs such as refurbishment of community buildings, CCTV provision, improvement of local advice services, projects to reduce crime, vandalism, domestic violence, and assist vulnerable youngsters. The programme received £1.9 million in the last financial year.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

International Terrorism

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the membership of the coalition against International Terrorism and the contributions they are making. [13383]

Mr. Bradshaw: States across the world expressed their sorrow and outrage at the dreadful events of 11 September and there has been widespread acceptance of the need for an international coalition to tackle terrorism. UN Security Council resolution 1373 was passed unanimously on 28 September. It is the first resolution to impose obligations on all states to respond to a global threat to international peace and security. It focuses on two key areas: to suppress the financing of terrorism and to deny terrorists a safe haven from which to operate. All UN member states are bound by UNSCR 1373 to take measures against international terrorism. The present military campaign directed at Osama bin Laden and the Taliban regime has the support of all NATO allies who agreed unanimously to invoke Article 5 (the collective self-defence commitment at the core of NATO). A wide range of other countries also back the military campaign. For operational reasons we cannot disclose details of that support.


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