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Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total additional cost of all benefits payable in (a) 200405 and (b) 200506 financial years to citizens of EU accession states residing in the UK. 
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom public funds of those people from Poland who elect to travel to the UK from 1 May who will be eligible for social security benefits and state pensions. 
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional cost of pension and social security payments to citizens of the 10 EU applicant states after they join in May. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK labour market after 1 May of the absence of transitional restrictions in the UK for the nationals of the EU accession states. 
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) to which (a) financial and (b) material benefits citizens of the EU accession states will be entitled in the UK after 1 May; 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he is proposing any changes to the regulations governing social security entitlements for the citizens of (a) present and (b) future EU countries; 
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Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) under which provisions of the European Union Accession Treaty people from Poland will be permitted from 1 May to reside and work freely in the United Kingdom and be in receipt of social security benefits and state pensions when required; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what UK social security entitlements citizens of other EU countries have if they reside in the UK; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in families receiving (a) Income Support and (b) Jobseeker's Allowance are receiving support through (i) the Tax Credits system and (ii) Income Support personal allowances; and if he will make a statement on the transition between the two systems. 
In August 2003 there were 2,224,900 dependants in families receiving Income Support, and 177,000 dependants in families receiving Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance 1 . These figures include dependents in families receiving child allowances for dependants and those in families receiving Tax Credits.
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Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will enable recipients of income support to put aside some of their benefit to save for the purchase of a Motability vehicle without their savings affecting their entitlement to income support. 
Mr. Pond: Income-related benefits are intended to target help on those with the least resources. It is a long established principle that substantial amounts of capital should not be ignored when deciding entitlement to a benefit based on need, and it is for this reason that all savings are counted as capital. Claimants are free to spend their capital as they wish, so it would be inappropriate to have different rules for the treatment of capital based simply on a declaration of its intended use.
However, there will not usually be a need for a person to have significant savings in order to lease or purchase a suitable vehicle through the Motability scheme. Generally, the cost of a suitable vehicle is met through the higher rate mobility component of their disability living allowance or war pensioners' mobility supplement. In some cases, where the cost of the chosen vehicle cannot be met from the weekly benefit payments, an advance payment must be made at the start of the relevant agreement. Motability has funds available to make discretionary payments to help meet the cost of an advance payment where Motability considers the extra cost is necessary to provide a vehicle to meet a person's basic mobility needs.
Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether all Information Technology hardware and software products are being properly utilised in his Department. 
Mr. Browne: The Department's IT contracts require suppliers to co-operate fully with any audit requirements necessary for the Department to satisfy itself that supplier obligations are being discharged responsibly.
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Department's systems. For the benefit systems there are automated tools that allow the Department to scrutinise audit trail data to prevent or detect improper use of systems. In addition there are a series of management checks that are carried out regularly on key business systems.
The Department aims to follow OGC guidance and best practice. Regarding the recommendations made in the NAO report "Purchasing and Managing Software Licences" the Department has already addressed the issues identified or has taken steps to address them.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department's main IT service provider paid Microsoft on the Department's behalf in licensing fees in each of the last three years; how much has been budgeted for (a) 200304 and (b) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
The fluctuations in spend and budgeting are due to the way in which the rollout of hardware under the Digital Office Infrastructure (DOI) project is scheduled. This project is replacing all office desktop PCs and the software to operate them. It is the software that accounts for the bulk of the expenditure with Microsoft and by 200405 the refresh will be complete which explains the low forecast of £500,000.
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