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Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 21 November 2002]: It is not possible to separately identify dangerous incidents. However, in 200102, the Health and Safety Executive investigated 13,421 incidents reported under the Reporting of injuries, Diseases and dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)1995.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the extension of housing benefit to cover water charges; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: Housing benefit is an income-related benefit designed to help tenants on low incomes meet their reasonable housing costs. These include rent and any compulsory charges that are clearly related to the provision of adequate accommodation. Charges relating to personal needs, such as those for water and other utilities, are ineligible for housing benefit.
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Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002. 
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis was for his decision not to increase the earnings disregards for jobseeker's allowance; when this disregard was last increased; and what it would be worth if it had been uprated. 
Malcolm Wicks: Our policies are giving everybody who can work the opportunity to do so, and providing security for those who are unable to work. We have introduced the national minimum wage, working families tax credit and, from April 2003, the new tax credits to ensure that people are better off in work than on benefits.
Any decision on increasing the earnings disregard for jobseeker's allowance is a question of fine judgment. We need to balance the benefits of encouraging people into part-time work and maintaining contact with the labour market, against any possible disincentives to full-time work. If the earnings disregard is set too high, then the gap between in-work income and out-of-work benefits becomes so narrow as to discourage people from taking up full-time work.
We keep the earnings disregard under review, but there is no set mechanism or formula for increasing it. There is, therefore, no basis on which to calculate an uprated value. We have, however, targeted extra help where it is most needed. For example, for lone parents and certain disabled people the earnings disregard was increased from £15 to £20 from April 2001.
We do not record the status of lone parents four weeks after they have started work. Sustainability of employment is one of the issues that is being examined as part of the evaluation of the New Deal for Lone Parents, which is due to be published in spring 2003.
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employees who are (a) contracted out and (b) not contracted out of the state pension; and what the corresponding figures were (i) one year earlier, (ii) two years earlier and (iii) five years earlier. 
|Number of people belonging to contracted-out pension schemes||14,758||14,659||14,566||14,817|
|Number of people belonging to the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme||7,161||6,555||7,115||7,496|
Department for Work and Pensions' analytical services division.
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies are registered to sell stakeholder pensions to individuals and which companies have (a) entered the market, and (b) left the market, since the product first became available. 
Mr. McCartney: There are 47 companies registered as stakeholder pension providers offering a total of 51 registered stakeholder pension schemes. The majority of companies registered to sell SHPs before the product first became available on 6 April 2001. Details of companies that have entered the market and left the market since stakeholder pensions first became available on 6 April 2001 are in the table.
|Companies entering the stakeholder pension market after 6 April 2001|
|AIG Life (UK)||Alico House, 22 Addiscombe Road, Croydon|
|Direct Line Life Insurance Company Ltd.||3 Edridge Road, Croydon|
|James Hay Trustees Ltd.||Rowanmoor House, 4650 Castle Street, Salisbury|
|Personal Retirement Account Ltd.||Oxford House, Oxford Road, Aylesbury|
|Capital Cranfield Trustees Ltd.||Harcourt House, 19a Cavendish Square, London|
|Companies leaving the stakeholder pension market after 6 April 2001|
|St. Andrew's Life Assurance plc||PO Box 10, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks|
|James Hay Trustees Ltd.||Rowanmoor House, 4650 Castle Street Salisbury|
|Year||Members of the public||Worker|
|1 April 1997 to 31 March 1998||124||258|
|1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999||126||236|
|1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000||146||205|
|1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001||148||267|
|1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002||243|
The data for members of the public for 200102 are not available for release as the information is due for publication on 10 December 2002 and is therefore subject to exemption 10 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government information.
Mr. McCartney: The number of winter fuel payments issued is less than the total population aged 60 and over because, although most people aged 60 and over who normally live in Great Britain in the qualifying week are entitled to a winter fuel payment, there are some exceptions. These are people who, in the qualifying week, have been in hospital for more than 52 weeks; or have been in residential care for more than 13 weeks and receive income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance; or are in custody under sentence. Also, people subject to immigration control who are not eligible for help from the Department for Work and Pensions are not entitled to a payment.
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