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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to his Department that have been implemented in each of the last four years, specifying (a) the title and purpose of each, (b) the cost to public funds of each and (c) the cost to businesses of each. 
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The regulation that implements the European Social Fund (ESF) for the 200006 period is Regulation (EC) No.1784/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council established on 12 July 1999.
There have been three packages of Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations to Regulation (EEC) 1408/71 (Regulations (EC) 123/1998, 1399/1999 and 1386/2001). These are regular amendments to the EC regulations, which coordinate the operation of member states' social security schemes:
123/98: Administrative changes.
1399/99: Administrative changes.
1386/01: Administrative changes.
307/99: Extends the scope of the EC provisions on social security to cover students.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have lost benefit as a result of breaching their community service orders; and what the average loss of benefit has been, broken down into claimants of (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) training allowances. 
Malcolm Wicks: The community sentence and benefits measures aim to encourage greater compliance with community orders. Therefore sanctions apply only when people receiving the relevant benefit do not comply with their orders. The number of people who have lost benefit as a result of breaching their community orders is shown in the table.
|Benefit||Number of individuals||Average weekly loss of benefit (£)|
1. All figures are unrounded.
2. Data are based on clerical returns received at the DWP Information Centre between 15 October 2001 and 4 April 2002, relating to 15 October 2001 and 15 March 2002.
3. Average weekly loss of benefit has been calculated on an individual recipient basis using the jobseeker's allowance payment system (JSAPS) and the income support computer system (ISCS).
4. There are four probation service pilot areas, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Teesside and West Midlands.
CS Stats forms 1 and 2 (Withdrawal of Benefits Pilot) Information Centre, ASD
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Malcolm Wicks: As of 5 April 2002, the cost to the Department of implementing the community sentences and benefits pilots running in four probation service areas was £314,350, approximately £262,000 being one-off initial set up costs, including changes to the national computer systems. At present, excluding the set-up costs of £262,000, the cost per sanction is approximately £1,340.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) deaths, (b) serious injuries and (c) recorded incidence of verbal abuse there were in Benefits Agency offices in each of the last 10 years. 
|Number of incidents|
During this period there have been no deaths reported. For information on the number of assaults in Benefits Agency offices I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 13 March 2002, Official Report, column 1118W. Information is not available on the seriousness of any injuries received and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families with at least one child below the age of five years were living in poverty in (a) 1997, (b) 1999 and (c) 2001, defined as those living in households with below 60 per cent. of median income. 
|Before housing costs||After housing costs|
1. All figures are estimates and are taken from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data set which is derived from the Family Resources Survey (FRS), which does not include Northern Ireland. The latest period for which data are available is the financial year 19992000.
2. The estimates are sample counts, which have been adjusted for non-response using multipurpose grossing factors that control for tenure, council tax band and a number of other variables. Estimates are subject to both sampling error and to variability in non-response. The income measure used is weekly net (disposable) equivalised household income (that is to say income that is adjusted to reflect the composition of the household).
3. The estimates are presented on both a Before Housing Costs (BHC) and an After Housing Costs (AHC) basis in line with HBAI conventions.
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Malcolm Wicks: Such information as is available can be found in the Households Below Average Income 199495 to 19992000 National Statistics Press Release, a copy of which is available in the Library.
Malcolm Wicks: The estimated cost of administering family credit in 199899 can be found in the "Social Security Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 200001 to 200102", a copy of which is in the Library.
|Alyn and Deeside||Delyn|
|Families receiving child benefit||9,900||8,600|
|Families receiving income support||1,500||1,300|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Figures for income support are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are subject to a degree of sampling variation.
3. Families are defined as benefit recipients with one or more dependants.
4. Families in receipt of income support will also be in receipt of child benefit.
5. Cases are allocated to each parliamentary constituency by matching the postcode against the Office for National Statistics Postcode Directory. Constituency boundaries are represented as at May 1997.
Child benefit computer system 100 per cent. six monthly statistical enquiry, November 2001; Income Support 5 per cent. quarterly statistical enquiry, November 2001
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