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A.12, Witham: Advertisement Hoardings

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: Braintree District Council has informed the Highways Agency of its decision to retain the advertisement boards and has requested a meeting to discuss appropriate management of the existing landscape screening.

Stonehenge: A.303 Scheme Review

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: We are arranging for a copy of the review of the A.303 Stonenhenge scheme, including the 2 km tunnel proposed by English Heritage, carried out for the Roads Review in June 1998 to be placed in the Library. This review included preliminary versions of the New Approach to Appraisal frameworks to present quantifiable and non-quantifiable issues. The method of appraisal is set out in A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England: Understanding the New Approach to Appraisal.

The review provides a record of the position at that time but it should be recognised that there has been subsequent public consultation prior to the announcement of the preferred route on 25 June 1999.

DSS: New Deal Scheme Recruits

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): This Department has employed 41 young people under the New Deal arrangements since April 1998.

Invalid Care Allowance

Lord Rix asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What assessment has been made of the possible impact of compulsory work-focused interviews on future take-up of Invalid Care Allowance.[HL3713]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: No data exist at present on which to base an estimate of the impact of the ONE service and compulsory work-focused interviews on future take-up of Invalid Care Allowance. We plan to pilot the ONE service in 12 areas from next April until 2002 and will conduct a full evaluation. In-depth interviews with carers as part of that evaluation may shed some light on the impact of compulsory work-focused interviews for those claiming Invalid Care Allowance. Initial results from these interviews will be

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available in winter 2000-01, with further findings in summer 2001.

Lord Rix asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many Invalid Care Allowance recipients have been on the benefit for (a) less than one year; (b) between one and two years; (c) between two and five years; (d) between five and ten years; and (e) for ten or more years; and whether they will express these figures as a percentage of the number of recipients.[HL3712]

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information is in the table.

The Number of Invalid Care Allowance (ICA) Recipients
as at 21 July 1999

Number of carersPercentage of total recipients
Less than 1 year64,48617.2
1 to 2 years61,30216.4
2 to 5 years127,40334.1
5 to 10 years88,23423.6
Over 10 years32,5948.7
Total374,019100

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