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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) functions and (b) terms of reference of the Policy Advisory Board for Forensic Pathology are; how, and for how long, the board was appointed; what the membership is and who the officers of the board are; how it is serviced; and how many times it has met in the last year; [41103]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 18 June 2002]: The Police Advisory Board for Forensic Pathology, advises the Home Secretary on forensic pathology matters with particular reference to the national aspects of forensic pathology services in England and Wales, such as appointment and accreditation, quality assurance, training and Research and Development. The Board was set up by the then Home Secretary in 1990; there was no specified time limit to the Board.

A copy of the Terms of Reference of the Board and a list of the current numbers has been placed in the Library.

Officers of the Board are Anthony Whitehead (chair) who is also the head of Science and Technology Unit (STU) in the Home Office and Trevor Rothwell (Secretary). The Board is served by the two officers and STU. The Board meets annually. It last met in January 2001.

There are currently 48 pathologists on the Home Office Register of Forensic Pathologist approved for working with the police on suspicious deaths.

Before applying to be put on the register pathologists must:

In addition they must also have either


A pathologist not found to be performing appropriately in the first two years of his or her time as a Registrant, can be removed from the Register as the initial approval is time limited. Otherwise pathologists can be removed from the register by invoking the Board's Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures. Suspension or removal from the register is dependent on the outcome of a hearing of a Disciplinary Tribunal.

In the last 10 years a disciplinary tribunal has been convened once. This Tribunal recused itself before the completion of the hearing.

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Press Subscriptions

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken, and (ii) the annual cost. [52835]

Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 26 April 2002]: The information requested is in the table.

DWP Library subscription to Newspapers as of 26 April 2002—
cost showing annual average figure

NewspaperNumberCost (£)
Financial Times276,480.00
Daily Telegraph182,160.00
Daily Mail131,248.00
The Express8672.00
Daily Mirror12844.80
Eastern Daily Press1240.00
Daily Star7504.00
Daily Record3252.00
Evening Standard8756.00
Evening Standard—News extra10840.00
Morning Star2288.00
Liverpool Echo2480.00
Manchester Evening News1240.00
Total number and (annual costs)18622,972.80
Daily Telegraph2
Daily Mail128.80
The Express224.00
Daily Mirror121.60
Daily Star116.80
Daily Record119.20
Total number and (annual costs)17475.20
Sunday FT8384.00
Sunday Times2115.20
Sunday Telegraph296.00
Sunday Observer2115.20
Sunday Independent2115.20
Mail on Sunday152.80
The Sunday Express148.00
Sunday Mirror148.00
News of the World131.20
Sunday People131.20
Sunday Post31.20
Scotland on Sunday38.40
Sunday Business124.00
Total number and (annual costs)221,130.40

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Ministerial Meetings

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Ministers and officials had meetings with representatives of (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Engineering Employees Federation, and (c) the Engineering Marine Training Authority during the last year; who they met; and what the subjects and outcomes of their discussions were. [62208]

Maria Eagle: During the last year Ministers and officials have met with all three of these organisations on a number of occasions.

New Deal

Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many New Deal schemes (a) he and (b) his Ministers have visited since 7 June 2001; and if he will make a statement. [63447]

Maria Eagle: Since 7 June 2001, Ministers in this Department have made over 30 visits to New Deal schemes and related events.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid to carers through benefits and services in each of the last five years. [65138]

Maria Eagle: The requested information about benefit expenditure on carers is in the table.

Carers can also be supported by services provided by local authorities and the NHS. In addition, local authorities in England were given powers to make direct payments to carers and people with parental responsibility for disabled children in April 2001. Information about the amount of money disbursed as direct payments was not collected centrally. Expenditure on such payments made by local authorities in Scotland and Wales are matters for the Scottish Executive and for the National Assembly for Wales, respectively.

Benefit expenditure in Great Britain on carers—1996–97 to 2001–02

£ million


Based on estimates from the Family Resources Survey (FRS), 1996–97 to 2000–01, applied to actual benefit expenditure.

1. Figures are estimates based on the Family Resources Survey (FRS), applied to outturn expenditure on each benefit. 2000–01 is the latest year for which data are available.

2. Carers are those who give help on an informal basis, not as part of a paid job. This includes children who care for others.

3. On the FRS survey, what should be counted as care is not prescriptively defined. Respondents are asked about care between household members, and about care given to those outside the household.

4. The estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors that control for region, council tax band and a number of demographic variables. Estimates are subject to sampling error and to variability in non-response.

5. Benefit receipt on the FRS is based on self-assessment and therefore may be subject to misreporting.

6. Figures are rounded to the nearest £50 million.

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The carer status is a result of what the respondent says rather than the application on an objective definition.

Castle Award

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department has applied for a Castle award for equal pay. [65223]

Mr. McCartney: The Department for Work and Pensions has not applied for a Castle award for equal pay. The Department is however, fully committed to ensuring that equal pay remains a priority. To achieve this objective, an equal pay review was commissioned in 2001–02, undertaken by independent consultants. The review was completed earlier this year and the findings are currently under consideration.

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