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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the percentage difference in maintenance between the new child maintenance formula and the formula currently operated on standardised assumptions excluding departures and variations for the convenient steps of net income up to £104,000 per annum. 
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|Net income (£)||Change in average maintenance assessment (percentage)|
|10,000 to 20,000||-23.0|
|20,000 to 30,000||-18.2|
|30,000 to 40,000||-7.6|
(17) Includes non-resident parents on benefit who pay nothing in the current scheme.
5 per cent. scan of the Child Support Computer System, August 1998 so may not reflect current average assessments.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target time will be in 200203 for (a) Ministers to reply to letters from hon. Members and (b) officials in his Department to reply to letters received directly from members of the public. 
Maria Eagle: Our aim is to reply as soon as possible to hon. Members who write to Ministers and members of the public who write to Ministers or the senior official with responsibility for operational issues within a maximum of 20 working days. We aim to reply as soon as possible to other letters received directly from members of the public within a maximum of 10 working days or 15 working days in the case of the Appeals Service.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the number of subscriptions to (a) digital terrestrial, (b) digital satellite and (c) digital cable television held by his Department for services in any departmental building from which Ministers work, stating for each subscription its (i) cost and (ii) purpose. 
Mr. McCartney [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Department for Work and Pensions' access to television services in Richmond House is maintained by the Department of Health, as the major occupier for this building. I therefore refer you to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health [Ms Hazel Blears], on 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 272W.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each visit was. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target has been in each of the last five years for efficiency savings as a percentage of total running costs for each of the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible; and if the target was met. 
Maria Eagle: The Department sponsors four executive non-departmental public bodies: the Disability Rights Commission; Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority; Pensions Compensation Board; and Remploy. Value for money is a key principle and overarching theme when the Department is agreeing targets on the efficiency and effectiveness of individual bodies' operations. Each body listed above produces an Annual Report which provides details of the organisation's operational and financial performance. Copies of these reports are available in the Library.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (1) pursuant to his answer of 16 April 2002, Official Report, column 888W, if he will place in the Library the information received from the Rent Service in support of its estimate of the likely increase in the number of localities following the Court of Appeal judgment on local reference rents in Stockport; 
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Malcolm Wicks: We did not request a formal report from the Rent Service and none was provided. The likely increase in the number of localities was an informal estimate for England provided by the Rent Service at that time in the light of the Court of Appeal judgment.
We did not consult any organisations about the impact on the number of localities following the Court of Appeal judgment. There was no need for such consultation because it was clear that had we not put new legislation in place, the increase in the number of localities following the Court of Appeal judgment would have proved unworkable for the Rent Service. Such an increase would have run counter to our policy that local reference rents should reflect the generality of the market and thus be based on broad geographical areas.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications have been made to the Access to Work scheme in the last five years; and whether the scheme will be open to those small employers who will be required to make adjustments prior to the extension of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in 2004. 
Access to Work is available to disabled people in paid employment, whatever size of employer they work for, where they have additional employment needs resulting from disability. Focusing eligibility on the individual, rather than the employer, allows Access to Work to tailor help to meet the needs of the disabled person and to help an increasing number of disabled people to enter or remain in paid work each year.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what adjustments have been made to her Department's premises following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what the cost of these adjustments was as a proportion of the Department's budget. 
Maria Eagle [holding answer 29 April 2002]: Since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 adjustments carried out to premises occupied by this department include installation of door bells, installation of induction loops, installation of some signage, marking
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of disabled parking bays, adjustments to counters, reconfiguration of public waiting areas to accommodate wheelchair access, improvements to external lighting and installation of access ramps.
These works have been carried out as part of a planned programme to ensure that all buildings occupied under the PRIME contract comply with the requirements of DDA in advance of 2004. Under the terms of the PRIME PFI agreement, the costs of these adjustments are the responsibility of our private sector partner, Land Securities Trillium.
For those buildings in the DWP estate not covered by the PRIME contract it has been recommended that work to ensure DDA compliance should be incorporated into existing and future refurbishment plans. Also, the department will require that all new property acquisitions are fully compliant with the Act.
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