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Court Service

Kali Mountford: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish the Court Service annual report for 2000–01. [20020]

Mr. Wills: The Court Service annual report for 2000–01 has been published today and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Departmental Expenditure Limits

Mr. Levitt: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans she has to amend the Lord Chancellor's Department's Departmental Expenditure Limit and Running Costs Limits for 2001–02. [20019]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Request for Resources 1, the Lord Chancellor's Department Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2001–02 will be increased by £22,034,000 from £2,732,900,000 to £2,754,934,000. The increase is the net effect of take up of End Year Flexibility entitlement of: £9,000,000 in respect of Capital Modernisation Fund; £1,031,000 in respect of DEL capital expenditure; £1,355,000 in respect of an award from the Invest to Modernise Fund; £408,000 in respect of the Invest to Save Budget; awards from the Capital Modernisation Fund totalling £1,888,000 in respect of new projects and £1,174,000 from the Invest to Modernise Fund; transfers in respect of transfers of business from the Home Office in the sum of £614,000; from the Department for Work and Pensions in the sum of £20,000; from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the sum of £100,000 and from the Ministry of Defence in the sum of £176,000. Transfers of business arising from the Machinery of Government changes of £406,000 from Cabinet Office and £5,862,000 from Home Office are also included in this supplementary estimate.

The Administration cost limit for the Lord Chancellor's Department Request for Resources 1 will be increased by £5,344,000 from £612,786,000 to £618,130,000. The increase is caused by take up of End Year Flexibility entitlement of £1,355,000; an award of £1,174,000 from the Invest to Modernise fund; Transfers in respect of transfers of business from the Home Office in the sum of £480,000; from the Ministry of Defence in the sum of £176,000; from the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in the sum of £100,000 and to the Department for Work and Pensions in the sum

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of £200,000. Transfers of business arising from the Machinery of Government changes of £406,000 from Cabinet Office and £1,853,000 from Home Office are also included in this supplementary estimate.

The increases will be offset by transfers from the Departmental Expenditure Limits of the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Local Government, Transport and the Regions, and the Ministry of Defence, take-up of End Year Flexibility entitlement, an award from the Invest to Modernise Fund and awards from the Capital Modernisation Fund and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

Freedom of Information

Jim Knight: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he will report to Parliament his proposals for bringing fully into force those provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which are not yet in force. [20018]

Mr. Wills: The Lord Chancellor has today laid a Report on the Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before both Houses. Copies of the Report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Judges' Accommodation

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the (a) units of residential accommodation owned or rented by the Lord Chancellor's Department for occupation by judges on circuit, (b) accumulative capital value of the same when last valued, (c) the running costs of maintaining the same for the financial years (i) 1997–98, (ii) 1998–99 and (iii) 1999–2000 and (d) the number of judges accommodated in the same for each of the above years and the number of nights they were so accommodated. [18629]

Mr. Wills: A list of the units of residential accommodation owned or rented by the Lord Chancellor's Department for occupation by judges on circuit is contained in table 4.

The Capital Value of the Freehold Lodging Estate was £10.84 million as at June 2000.

The total cost of running the judges' lodgings during the three years in question was:

Table 1

Year£
1997–984,776,684.08
1998–995,232,956.97
1999–20004,785,683.07

The number of High Court judges accommodated in the lodgings over the three years in question was:

Table 2

YearNumber of judges accommodated
1997–9884
1998–9981
1999–200088

The number of nights judges were accommodated in the lodgings over the three years in question was:


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Table 3

YearNumber of nights accommodated
1997–986,143
1998–996,185
1999–20006,116

Table 4

Property—Judges' LodgingsProperty tenure
BirminghamLeasehold
Bristol Leasehold
Caernarfon Hiring
Cardiff Freehold
Carlisle Hiring
Chelmsford Leasehold
Chester Freehold
Exeter Hiring
Leeds Leasehold
Leicester Hiring
Lewes Leasehold
Lincoln Hiring
Liverpool Leasehold
Maidstone Freehold
Manchester Freehold
Mold Leasehold
Northampton Hiring
Norwich Freehold
Nottingham Freehold
Oxford Leasehold
Plawsworth Freehold
Plymouth Hiring
Preston Freehold
Reading Freehold
St. Albans Freehold
Sheffield Freehold
Stafford Hiring
Swansea Freehold
Truro Hiring
Warwick Hiring
Winchester Leasehold
Worcester Hiring

WORK AND PENSIONS

Analytical Job Evaluation Schemes

Barbara Follett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the work force is covered by analytical job evaluation schemes. [18306]

Alan Johnson: I have been asked to reply.

No systematic data are collected on the prevalence of job evaluation schemes across the economy. Job evaluation schemes tend to be used by large private sector employers and by many parts of the public sector.

Attendance Allowance

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of attendance allowance there are broken down by each nation and region as at the

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most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the extent of underclaiming of attendance allowance. [12647]

Maria Eagle: The latest available information on the number of people receiving attendance allowance is in the table.

People in receipt of attendance allowance at 31 May 2001

Country and Government Office RegionPeople in receipt
Great Britain1,290,000
England1,064,500
North East62,800
North West178,700
Yorkshire and Humber112,100
East Midlands97,300
West Midlands134,500
East112,100
London112,500
South East130,600
South West123,900
Wales95,800
Scotland129,700

Notes:

1. All figures rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Estimates of the amount of underclaimed attendance allowance are not routinely made.

Source:

Analytical Services Division: 5 per cent. data.


Lone Parents

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents on income support have been subjected to a sanction because they have failed to attend a personal adviser interview. [7908]

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have had income support reduced as a sanction under the new deal for lone parents; and what provision is made for sanctions to be applied in the case of lone parents who attend interviews but decline to co-operate in the process of looking for work. [9678]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: Sanctions are not applied under the new deal for lone parents as it is a voluntary programme. However, since April 2001, lone parents with a youngest child of school age (at least five years and three months old) have been asked to take part in a meeting with a personal adviser to discuss the range of help available to move into work when they make a claim for income support.

Lone parents currently claiming income support are being invited to a compulsory personal adviser meeting, on a rolling programme, starting this year with those with a youngest child of 13 to 15 years.

If lone parents currently claiming income support fail to attend a compulsory personal adviser meeting their benefit is sanctioned. This has happened in 362 cases up to 26 October. If the lone parent subsequently participates in a personal adviser meeting then the sanction is lifted. Lone parents are not required to take further action beyond participating in a personal adviser meeting.

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