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Health and Safety Executive

Andrew Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the Regional

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Directors and Operational Managers in the Health and Safety Executive possess a formal qualification in management. [84778]

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Mr. Nicholas Brown: The table shows all management qualifications recorded on HSE's Personnel database. Managers in HSE are B4 (HEO equivalent).

Educational qualifications
Admin and Info Management11
Administration Management11
Business Management and Finance11
Business Management Studies145
Health and Safety Management2810
Human Resource Management22
Info and Admin Management11
Management for the Professions11
Management Services11
Management Studies321010732
Management Techniques11
Personnel Management1528
Prof Cert in Management112
Project Management224
Supervisory Management12
Professional Memberships
British Institution of Management22
Inst of Personnel and Development1241017
Institute of Admin. Management11
Institute of Management426
Institute of Management Services11
Institute of Personnel Management25411
Institute of Supervisory Management123

It is mandatory for all managers in HSE to attend 'essential training for managers'. This includes 12 modules: HSE's Expectations of It's Managers (Mod 1); The Legal and Policy Framework (Mod 2); Performance Management: Appraisal & Development (Mod 3&4); Getting the best from your team (Mod 5); Management Communication Part 1&2 (Mod 6&7); Selecting staff (Mod 8); Managing resources (Mod 10); Developing your Management style (Mod 11); The Appraisal Managers role (Mod 12).

Andrew Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether above standard hours of working have been ended in HSE at each grade. [84782]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: The only data available to answer this question are found in the staff survey. As the title of the survey suggests, it is based on the opinions of staff rather than objectively recorded data. The 2002 staff survey showed that there were still staff at all grades working above their conditioned hours. There was however a small reduction of 2.6 per cent. in those working between five and eight hours compared with 2001.

Housing Benefit

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the population in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) the London region claimed housing benefit in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [82868]

Malcolm Wicks: The available information is in the table:

Housing Benefit recipients as a percentage of the population in Birmingham, West Midlands and London—May 2001

AreaHB recipients as percentage of the population
Birmingham City Council area12.1
West Midlands Government Office Region8.4
London Government Office Region10.2


1. The data refer to households claiming Housing Benefit which may be a single

person, a couple or a family. More than one benefit household can live in one

property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.

2. The percentages have been rounded to one decimal place.

3. Housing Benefit figures exclude any Extended Payment cases.

4. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

5. Figures are based on the estimated mid-2001 population aged 16 and over.


Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly

100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in May 2001.

Office for National Statistics population estimates unit: estimated resident population

mid-2001 based on the 2001 Census.

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New Deal (Disabled People)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were found jobs through the New Deal for Disabled People in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the west midlands; how many of these people are still in employment; and what plans he has to review the effectiveness of the service. [86866]

Mr. Nicholas Brown: New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) is the first national programme designed specifically to help people with health conditions and disabilities move into and keep jobs. A comprehensive programme of evaluation is in place to assess its effectiveness.

The available information is in the table.

People helped into work through NDDP since the national extension of the programme began

PeriodPeople finding work
July 2001-March 20022,304
April 2002-September 20023,795


1. Information is not available broken down by government office region.

2. The information in the table is for Great Britain. The Northern Ireland Office is responsible for employment programmes within Northern Ireland.

It is not possible to give figures for the number of people who have found work through NDDP who are still in employment. However, of all NDDP clients who have found work to date, 1,400 have achieved sustained employment—defined as remaining in paid work for 26 weeks out of a 39 week period.

ONE Programme

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents participating in the ONE programme have obtained employment; and if he will make a statement. [85987]

Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 9 December 2002]: Under ONE, all people claiming working age benefits are now required to have a work-focused meeting with a personal adviser. All ONE pilot sites are due to become integrated Jobcentre Plus offices by spring 2003.

From June 1999 to October 2002, 78,028 lone parents participated in the ONE pilots. Of these, 3,282–4.2 per cent.-have so far obtained employment.

We are using the information gained from the ONE pilots and applying the valuable lessons learnt in the development of our Jobcentre Plus service.


Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were unemployed in Copeland in (a) May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; what proposals he has to reduce that number; and if he will make a statement. [87142]

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Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 16 December 2002]: Economic stability and active labour market programmes have helped people move from welfare to work in all parts of the country. As a result of our policies the number of people in work is at record levels and unemployment has fallen to levels not seen since the 1970s.

In my right hon. Friend's constituency, between May 1997 and October 2002 the number of people unemployed and claiming benefit fell from 2,784 to 1,382 (a reduction of 50 per cent.) and long term unemployment has fallen by 75 per cent. Over the same period the New Deal has helped over 1,800 people in Copeland into jobs.

We know that even within areas of prosperity there are pockets of persistent unemployment. That is why we have introduced additional measures—such as Action Teams for Jobs and Employment Zones—targeted on the most employment-deprived wards in the country.


Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many men have been awarded incapacity benefit and have successfully claimed payments due to pneumoconiosis since 1962; [81961]

Malcolm Wicks: Information on the number of men receiving incapacity benefit who also receive industrial injuries disablement benefit due to pneumoconiosis is only available from 1 October 1997. We estimate that during the period 1 October 1997 to 31 March 2002 around 100 men who were awarded incapacity benefit with a diagnosis of pneumoconiosis also successfully claimed industrial injuries disablement benefit on the same grounds, and that a further 400 men with other medical conditions who were awarded incapacity benefit successfully claimed industrial injuries disablement benefit on the grounds of pneumoconiosis 1 . These figures are based on a small sample of cases and should be taken only as a general indication of the position.

Incapacity benefit replaced sickness benefit and invalidity benefit on 13 April 1995. Figures for sickness benefit and invalidity benefit awards by diagnosis are not available prior to 1971–72. The available information is in the table.

Sickness/invalidity/incapacity benefit awards, due to pneumoconiosis and related diseases, for men in the periods shown

ThousandNumber of awards
1983–84 to 1994–95(2)

(1) Figures are based on very few sample cases and are therefore subject to a high degree of sampling error. They should be used as a rough guide to the situation only.

(2) From 1983–84 to 1994–95 figures are either nil or negligible.


1. Figures from 1971–72 to 1994–95 are rounded to the nearest thousand. Figures from 1995–96 are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Figures for 1975–76 are not available.

3. Figures include cases where the person receives national insurance credits only.

4. If a person has more than one medical condition only the primary diagnosis is recorded.

5. Figures are for Great Britain but include a small number of cases where the claimant is resident overseas.


Up to 1974–75 based on 2.5 per cent. sample of cases.

From 1976–77 to 1977–78 based on 2 per cent. sample of cases.

From 1978–79 to 1994–95 based on 1 per cent. samples of cases.

From 1995–96 5 per cent. samples of the benefit computer system, which excludes a small number of IB cases that are handled clerically.

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