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The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): In reaching his decision on the closure of Merrywood School, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for
the noble Lord will also be interested to hear that Bristol is included in the second phase of Excellence in Cities, which targets inner city under-achievement, and pupils from the area currently served by the school will be able to benefit from this programme. Finally, Bristol City Council has agreed to take forward plans to develop an education park based on the Merrywood site. It is intended that this park will provide lifelong learning activities and, in partnership with local schools, offer study support opportunities for local children.
What proportion of A-level grades A and B were gained by pupils in the remaining state grammar schools in the most recent year for which figures are available. [HL2863]
Baroness Blackstone: The proportion of all GCE A-level grades A and B gained by 17 year-old pupils that were achieved at independent schools was 25 per cent for 1998-99. The proportion of all GCE A-level grades A and B gained by 17 year-old pupils that were achieved in the remaining state grammar schools was 13 per cent for 1998-99.
Baroness Blackstone: The DfEE, including the Employment Service, operates 543 cars and 22 light commercial vehicles. Further details are set out in the following table. The department occasionally uses cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. These are not included in the figures.
Whether those whose original birth certificates have disintegrated through the passage of time, fire, flood or other accident are capable of qualifying for a winter fuel payment; and, if so, how; and[HL2807]
Whether clinically certified sufferers from Alzheimer's disease and other impairments of memory, who cannot remember where they have put their original birth certificate, can qualify for winter fuel payments; and, if so, how; and[HL2808]
Whether naturalised British subjects who are former refugees, whose original birth certificates are either in countries to which they cannot have safe access, or were destroyed by war or civil commotion, are capable of qualifying for winter fuel payments; and, if so, how; and[HL2809]
How many applications for winter fuel payments have so far been refused for the lack of an original birth certificate; and[HL2810]
In what percentage of the cases in which a winter fuel payment has been refused for lack of an original birth certificate, prosecutions for fraud have been brought or are under consideration; and[HL2811]
What saving has so been achieved through the denial of winter fuel payments to those who have produced an original birth certicate; and what saving over a full year has been budgeted for such refusals; and[HL2836]
What is their legal authority for accepting only original birth certificates with applications for winter fuel payments and refusing to accept certified copies.[HL2837]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): There are two main criteria that are applied to determine eligibility for a winter fuel payment.
First, the person must be aged 60 or more in the relevant qualifying week and second, the person must be ordinarily resident in Great Britain. Adequate proof of age is therefore essential to ensuring that public money is being properly spent.
Birth certificates, as certified copies of entries made by law concerning the date of birth of an individual, are the most effective means of verifying birth dates with regard to winter fuel payment claims. They are classed as primary evidence. However, a photocopy of a birth certificate can be accepted if it has been issued and endorsed by the appropriate authority, or has been notarised and stamped by any one of the following:
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