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Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were in receipt of (a) full and (b) partial council tax benefit in Copeland (i) in 199697 and (ii) in the last financial year for which figures are available; what percentage of all pensioners in Copeland this represents in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
|Partial benefit||Full benefit||Total|
|Number of beneficiaries|
|Beneficiaries as a percentage of people aged 60 and over in the NorthWest Government Office Region|
1. Figures are based on a 1 per cent sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2. Valid figures from a 1 per cent. sample are not available by local authority as they would be subject to a high degree of sampling error.
3. Caseload figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
4. Percentages have been rounded to one decimal place.
5. Figures exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases.
6. Beneficiaries are classed as claimants and/or partners aged 60 or over.
1. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, 1 per cent. sample.
2. ONS, Population Estimates Unit, Mid-1997 and 2002.
Malcolm Wicks: Amendment of FRS17 is not a Government responsibility. It set by the independent Accounting Standards Board for the purpose of providing clarity of liabilities in company accounts. Its full implementation has been deferred awaiting the development of a revised International Accounting Standard, being developed by the independent
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International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). It is anticipated that the revised international standard will be agreed by 2004.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by which means pensioners who receive their pension by order book and have not replied to his Department's literature about direct payment by April 2005 will receive their payments. 
However, we have always recognised that there will be some people who are genuinely unable to operate any type of bank account. For those customers an exceptions method of payment will be available. It is likely that the exceptions method of payment will be a cheque based solution and will be available at Post Office branches.
Maria Eagle: Remploy directly supports disabled people through employment in one of its businesses, through placement with a third party employer, or by providing ongoing support to an employee of a mainstream employer to enable them to retain employment.
The actual number of disabled people employed by Remploy is different to the number the company supports under WORKSTEP, as it includes a small number of disabled people who are not supported by the programme and excludes a number of people who are supported by Remploy under the WORKSTEP programme, but who are employed by a third party.
|Disabled people employed by Remploy|
|Disabled people supported by Remploy through WORKSTEP||Of which employed by third party|
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Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who were newly entitled to the winter fuel payment in 200304 in (a) North Staffordshire, (b) Stoke-on-Trent and (c) the Stoke-on-Trent South constituency; 
Malcolm Wicks: The information is not available in the format requested. However, for the parliamentary constituencies of Stoke-on-Trent South, North and Central 3,911 winter fuel payment claim forms were issued to people who need to claim a payment for this winter. Of those 2,483 have submitted their claim forms.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the City of Edinburgh local authority area, (b) Edinburgh West, (c) Edinburgh Central, (d) Edinburgh North and Leith, (e) Edinburgh South, (f) Edinburgh Pentlands, (g) Edinburgh East and Musselburgh will be eligible for winter fuel payments in 200304; and how many of these will receive the payment automatically. 
|Edinburgh East and Musselburgh||15,745||6,570||9,175|
|Edinburgh North and Leith||12,045||4,910||7,135|
|City of Edinburgh||83,065||33,975||49,090|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.
2. Figures taken from the Matching Intelligence Data Analysis Service Winter Fuel Payment 200203 exercise.
IAD Information Centre, 100 per cent sample.
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Mr. Ingram: The Department has no contractual relationship with sub-contractors, whose performance is a matter for the Al Yamamah Programme prime contractor, BAE Systems, and has no plans to introduce monitoring of sub-contractors.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts for consultancy and other work carried out by Bechtel for agencies responsible to his Department in each year since 1997, stating in each case (a) the nature of the work, (b) the value of the contract and (c) the duration of the contract; and if he will make a statement. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the claim by UK armed forces to have killed the Iraqi known as Chemical Ali in Basra during the conflict earlier this year and (b) the recent claim by the US Administration to have captured Chemical Ali. 
On 6 April there were indications that Ali Hassan al-Majeed had been in a building in Basra when it was destroyed by coalition aircraft. We said at the time that we believed that a body found was that of Ali Hassan al-Majeed but that we could not be certain until scientific tests had been performed to positively identify it. The tests subsequently proved that the body was not, in fact, his.
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