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Over 1.1 million families are currently claiming Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), nearly 300,000 more than Family Credit at its peak. These families are now receiving on average £30 a week more than under Family Credit, rising to £35 after the Budget 2001 measures have taken effect.
As a result of the introduction of the WFTC and other personal tax and benefit changes over this Parliament, by October 2001 a single-earner family on half average earnings and with two young children will be £3,000 a year better off than under the 1997 system of tax and benefits.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) male and (b) female workers in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency receive the national minimum wage; and how many workers in Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency will benefit from the forthcoming uprating of the national minimum wage. 
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Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the UK's overseas earnings from direct and equity was generated from (a) the United States of America and (b) the EU in the latest year for which figures are available. 
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Under the new provisions, couples without dependent children wishing to claim Jobseeker's Allowance will have to make a joint claim from 19 March 2001. This will apply where one member or both members of the couple were born after 19 March 1976, covering couples where at least one member is aged 18 to 24 years when the requirement is introduced. Each member of the couple will be required to meet Jobseeker's Allowance conditions and will be required to be available for and actively seek work. They will both receive help to obtain work and will be directed to training programmes or New Deal assistance as appropriate.
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A key aim of joint claims for Jobseeker's Allowance is to help tackle the problem of workless households. Joint claims will ensure that both members of unemployed couples without dependants are directly involved in the labour market and do not become dependent on benefits from an early age when they are in a position to find and take work.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the cost of the printing and production of (a) "From Strength to Strength" and (b) "Schools: Building on Success" was; how many copies of each were produced; and to whom they were distributed. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many schools are in receipt of funds in addition to standard spending assessment from (a) education action zones, (b) Excellence in Cities and (c) specialist school status, broken down by local education authority. 
Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 16 March 2001]: The number of schools in receipt of funds in addition to Standard Spending Assessment from Education Action Zones, Excellence in Cities, and Specialist School Status are shown in the table. Some individual schools benefit of course from inclusion in more than one category. From September 2001 the number of secondary schools benefiting under EiC will increase to some 1,000 schools as the programme is implemented in 10 new authorities and within 11 new Excellence Clusters.
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|Local education authority||Education Action Zone schools(20)||Specialist Schools||Excellence in Cities All secondary schools(21)Primary schools in pilot|
|Barking and Dagenham||0||2||8||0|
|Bath and North East Somerset||0||5||0||0|
|Blackburn and Darwen||22||3||0||0|
|Brighton and Hove||9||2||0||0|
|Bristol, City of||17||2||20||0|
|City of London||0||0||0||1|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||13||4||0||0|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||4||1||8||12|
|Isle of Wight||0||2||0||0|
|Isle of Scilly||0||0||0||0|
|Kensington and Chelsea||0||0||4||9|
|Kingston Upon Hull, City of||18||1||16||0|
|Kingston upon Thames||0||0||0||0|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||19||7||21||0|
|North East Lincolnshire||15||3||0||0|
|Redcar and Cleveland||17||1||13||0|
|Richmond upon Thames||0||0||0||0|
|Telford and Wrekin||26||2||0||0|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||0||0||0||0|
(20) Includes both small and large zones
(21) This is the total number of maintained secondary schools in the area. The benefit received from EiC will vary from school to school
The primary schools identified in the table under EiC primary pilot are those benefiting. Not all primary schools in pilot authorities are included in the programme.
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