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Abortion and Breast Cancer

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): There have been over 70 studies published worldwide examining any possible link between abortion and breast cancer. References for those studies published since 1995 have been placed in the Library. The Imperial Cancer Research Fund's Cancer Epidemiology Unit, which is the co-ordinating centre for the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors and Breast Cancer, is currently examining the worldwide evidence on abortion and breast cancer.

Divorce

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): The Government believe that the overall provisions in the Family Law Act 1996 will provide a better system than the present law for identifying saveable marriages, and ensuring that, where the marriage cannot be saved, couples have the necessary time and information to consider the best possible arrangements for their future lives apart.

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: The Government have no such intention.

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Scottish Parliament: Car Parking

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many car park spaces are being designed to be incorporated in the new Scottish assembly building in Edinburgh for:


    (a) Members of the Scottish Parliament


    (b) officials; and


    (c) visitors [HL531]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): Detailed car parking proposals for the Scottish parliament building at Holyrood have not yet been finalised.

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the number of car park spaces being designed to be incorporated in the Scottish assembly building in Edinburgh complies with Edinburgh City Council's transport policies.[HL532]

Lord Sewel: Detailed car parking proposals for the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood have not yet been finalised. Once proposals are prepared, they will be discussed with the City of Edinburgh Council.

Scotland: Home Ownership

Lord Selkirk of Douglas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many public sector houses have been sold in Scotland since 1945; how many of these were sold to sitting tenants; how many of the sales were by the rent-to-mortgage scheme; and what percentage of Scottish households are currently in home ownership.[HL499]

Lord Sewel: Information on the sale of public sector houses prior to 1973 is not centrally available. Between January 1973 and March 1997, a total of 393,273 public sector house sales were made known to the Scottish Office.

Information on the status of the purchaser is not available prior to April 1979. Of the 387,955 house sales between April 1979 and March 1997 which were made known to the Scottish Office, 341,063 were sales to sitting tenants.

There have been 1,042 sales recorded under the rent-to-mortgage scheme since its introduction in 1989 to the end of March 1997.

It is estimated that 59.2 per cent. of dwellings were owner occupied at 31 December 1996.

Lord Selkirk of Douglas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many housing association units there are in Scotland; how many of these are for rent; how many for low-cost home ownership; and what percentage each figure represents of the total.[HL500]

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Lord Sewel: In Scotland, as at 31 March 1997, there were 115,078 separate dwellings owned by housing associations registered with Scottish Homes. Of this total, 108,515 units were for rent and 6,563 were for low cost home ownership through shared ownership arrangements. These figures represent 94 per cent. and 6 per cent. of the total.

Scotland: Roads Programme

Lord Selkirk of Douglas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What road starts in their construction programme they intend to make in Scotland within the next three years; and whether they intend to upgrade the A.1 and the A.8000, and, if so, when.[HL501]

Lord Sewel: The trunk road programme in Scotland is currently the subject of a strategic review which was announced in June 1997. During the review there is a moratorium on new major road projects except for two--the A.75 (The Glen) and the A.828 (Creagan Bridge)--which were at an advanced stage of planning when the review was announced. Construction of these projects is expected to begin during the financial year 1998-99. A programme of minor road improvements, including work on the A.1 is continuing during the review.

The strategic review will be considering investment priorities across the whole of the Scottish trunk road network, including the A.1. The A.8000 is not a trunk road but, exceptionally because of its importance in linking the Forth Bridge to the central Scotland motorway system, proposals to upgrade it will be considered within the strategic review. A trunk road programme will be determined after the review is completed in the summer of 1998 and in the light of the resources available.

Minister for Women: Staff

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many staff are employed in the office of the Minister for Women.[HL498]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Women has three staff in her office and one driver. In addition 23 full-time and 7 part-time officials work in the Women's Unit--the Civil Service Branch which supports both Minsters for Women.

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Disability Benefits: Real Value

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 4 February, whether they can offer any measure of the movement in the real value per week of the principal disability benefits to the individual claimant over the period since 1979.[HL494]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information requested is set out in the tables.

Attendance Allowance

Weekly benefit rate Real value at April 1997
HigherLowerHigherLower
November 197918.6012.4048.2532.17
November 198021.6514.4548.7032.51
November 198123.6515.7547.5231.64
November 198226.2517.5049.6333.09
November 198327.2018.1549.0532.73
November 198428.6019.1049.1532.82
November 198530.6020.4549.8633.32
July 198630.9520.6549.6133.10
April 198731.6021.1048.5232.40
April 198832.9522.0048.6832.50
April 198934.9023.3047.7231.86
April 199037.5525.0546.9131.30
April 199141.6527.8048.9132.65
April 199243.3528.9548.8232.60
April 199344.9030.0049.9133.35
April 199445.7030.5549.5333.11
April 199546.7031.2048.9932.73
April 199648.5032.4049.6833.19
April 199749.5033.1049.5033.10

Invalid Care Allowance

Weekly benefit rateReal value at April 1997
November 197914.0036.32
November 198016.3036.67
November 198117.7535.66
November 198219.7037.25
November 198320.4536.88
November 198421.5036.95
November 198523.0037.48
July 198623.2537.27
April 198723.7536.46
April 198824.7536.56
April 198926.2035.83
April 199028.2035.23
April 199131.2536.70
April 199232.5536.65
April 199333.7037.46
April 199434.5037.39
April 199535.2536.98
April 199636.6037.49
April 199737.3537.35

Severe Disablement Allowance

Weekly benefit rateReal value at April 1997
November 197914.0036.32
November 198016.3036.67
November 198117.7535.66
November 198219.7037.25
November 198320.4536.88
November 198421.5036.95
November 198523.0037.48
July 198623.2537.27
April 198723.7536.46
April 198824.7536.56
April 198926.2035.83
April 199028.2035.23
April 199131.2536.70
April 199232.5536.65
April 199333.7037.46
April 199434.8037.72
April 199535.5537.29
April 199636.9537.85
April 199737.7537.75

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Mobility Allowance

Weekly benefit rateReal value at April 1997
November 197912.0031.13
November 198014.5032.62
November 198116.5033.15
November 198218.3034.60
November 198319.0034.27
November 198420.0034.37
November 198521.4034.87
July 198621.6534.70
April 198722.1033.93
April 198823.0534.05
April 198924.4033.37
April 199026.2532.80
April 199129.1034.17

Disability Living Allowance (Care Component)

Weekly benefit rate Real value at April 1997
HigherMiddleLowerHigherMiddleLower
April 199243.3528.9511.5548.8232.6013.01
April 199344.9030.0011.9549.9133.3513.28
April 199445.7030.5512.1549.5333.1113.17
April 199546.7031.2012.4048.9932.7313.01
April 199648.5032.4012.9049.6833.1913.21
April 199749.5033.1013.1549.5033.1013.15

Disability Living Allowance (Mobility Component)

Weekly benefit rate Real value at April 1997
HigherLowerHigherLower
April 199230.3011.5534.1213.01
April 199331.4011.9534.9113.28
April 199431.9512.1534.6313.17
April 199532.6512.4034.2513.01
April 199633.9012.9034.7213.21
April 199734.6013.1534.6013.15

Disability Working Allowance

Weekly benefit rateReal value at April 1997
April 199242.4047.75
April 199343.9548.86
April 199446.0549.91
April 199546.8549.15
April 199648.2549.42
April 199749.5549.55

Note:

The Retail Prices Index (all items) produced by the Office of National Statistics has been used in this calculation.


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