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Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of young people in (a) West Cumbria and (b) Copeland who have benefited from the New Deal; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Browne: The New Deal for Young People has been successful in helping over 460,000 young people into work, including 1,160 people in the Copeland constituency. Figures for West Cumbria are not available; however, 4,910 young people in the Jobcentre Plus Cumbria district have been helped into work by New Deal for Young People.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have entered the employer option under the New Deal for Young People in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnicity; how many people have entered the full-time education and training option under the New Deal for Young People in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnicity; and if he will make a statement. 
|Prefer not to say||330||630||520||360||290||190|
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|Prefer not to say||810||1,730||1,250||820||750||730|
(43) To September.
(44) It has only been compulsory to record ethnicity on the Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System (LMS) since the spring of 2002, and some ethnicity codes were not recorded before then.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on New Deal for Young People in the Chesterfield constituency have been placed on training courses for (a) up to one year and (b) over one year in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants have joined the New Deal for Young People (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more than three times, broken down by ethnicity; and if he will make a statement. 
|Ethnic group||Once||Twice||Three times||More than three|
|Prefer not to say||27,730||5,390||1,050||190|
Figures are to the end of September 2003.
DWP Information and Analysis Directorate.
Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North East on 16 December 2003, reference 145191, which was transferred to his Department by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure on the (a) guarantee credit and (b) savings credit in (i) 200304, (ii) 200405 and (iii) 200506. 
1. Figures are based on latest published forecasts, published in the pre-Budget report on 10 December 2003.
2. Figures for 200304 include expenditure on the minimum income guarantee, prior to the introduction of pension credit. Minimum income guarantee expenditure is treated as guarantee credit. The 200304 guarantee credit figure also includes child elements of the minimum income guarantee totalling £50 million. These payments were replaced by child tax credits at the same time as the introduction of pension credit.
3. Note that until October 2004, new claimants will be able to claim payment for entitlement dating back to October 2003.
4. Figures are rounded to nearest £10 million.
5. Due to rounding, figures may not sum exactly to totals.
Malcolm Wicks: The table shows numbers of telephone calls received by the pension credit application line in each month since it became operational in April 2003. The application line primarily handles calls from customers about applying for pension credit, but also deals with other inquiry calls.
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.
Malcolm Wicks: The marketing campaign for pension credit has been designed to be flexible and the level of expenditure may change according to need. However, it is currently estimated that media costs, including direct mailing, television and press advertising, will be in the region of £12 to £17 million, excluding VAT, to October 2004.
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Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland are receiving pension credit; what percentage this represents of those entitled to pension credit in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Malcolm Wicks: At 31 December 2003 there were (a) 15,950 pensioner households (18,710 individuals) in Cumbria and (b) 2,300 pensioner households (2,739 individuals) in the Copeland constituency receiving pension credit. Information on numbers of households eligible for pension credit is not available at county or constituency level. However, the number of eligible households in the North West region is estimated to be 500,000. At 31 December 2003 there were 289,000 pensioner households (344,000 individuals) in the North West region receiving pension credit.
Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how often his Department revises the standard interest rate used to calculate the mortgage element included in the pension credit. 
Malcolm Wicks: The standard interest rate is based on the weighted average of the basic rates charged by the top building societies. A change is triggered whenever the average rate which is published monthly by the Office for National Statistics increases/decreases by 0.25 per cent. or more.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many whole-time equivalent staff were employed by the pension credit helpline in the most recent month for which figures are available. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Pension Credit application line is resourced in line with forecast levels of activity. At 5 January the application line had approximately 1,300 whole-time equivalent staff handling customer contacts. This is expected to rise to approximately 1,400 whole-time equivalent staff by late March.
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