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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when he expects to publish a report on the results of his investment of £27 million in volunteering by students announced in 2000; 
(2) what projects have been undertaken as a result of the £27 million investment for volunteering by students he announced in 2000; and how the cost effectiveness of that investment will be assessed. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The projects undertaken include students volunteering in schools, prisons, hospitals or local community organisations and groups; student volunteers in cultural and sporting events end environmental projects; and student volunteers to coach young people in sport and drama. More than 30,000 people have benefited. The Higher Education Funding council for England will Produce a report in spring 2005 assessing the initiative.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 69W, on the New Deal for the Disabled, what plans he has for the renewal of contracts from April 2006 with those organisations that are contracted to deliver the New Deal for Disabled People. 
Jane Kennedy: All current contracts for New Deal for Disabled People run until March 2006. We are currently considering the most effective way to continue this work with external organisations beyond the end of the current New Deal for Disabled People contract period.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners took up pension
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credit in October in the constituency of (a) Moray, (b) Banff and Buchan, (c) Tayside North, (d) Angus and (e) Perth; 
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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners his Department estimates are eligible for pension credit in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; and how many pensioners have taken up pension credit since it was introduced in (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland. 
Malcolm Wicks: We estimate that approximately 3.85 million households in Great Britain, corresponding to approximately 4.95 million individuals, and approximately 350,000 households in Scotland, corresponding to approximately 450,000 individuals, are likely to be eligible for pension credit in 200405. These estimates, rounded to the nearest 50,000 households or individuals, are subject to a wide margin of error and should be used as a broad indication of the likely eligible population only. The following table gives the numbers of pension credit recipients in Great Britain and Scotland at the end of October.
Malcolm Wicks: Numbers of pension credit recipients in Strathkelvin and Bearsden in December 2003 and in October 2004 are given in the following table. The average award in Strathkelvin and Bearsden at the end of October was £41.72.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the pension credit in each year from 200607 to 201112 if (a) the guarantee element of the pension credit is increased in line with earnings in each year after 200506 and the savings credit threshold is increased in line with prices, (b) the guarantee element of the pensions credit and the savings credit threshold are both increased in line with prices in each year after 200506 and (c) the savings and guarantee credits are increased in line with earnings. 
Malcolm Wicks: Estimates for expenditure on pension credit under each of the uprating scenarios laid out in (a) to (c) are provided for each financial year from 200607 to 201112 in the following table.
David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are in receipt of pension credit in Telford; and if he will estimate how many are entitled to claim and have not done so. 
Malcolm Wicks: Information on the number of people likely to be eligible for pension credit is not available at constituency level. However, we estimate that approximately 400,000 households in the West Midlands, corresponding to approximately 500,000 individuals (rounded to the nearest 50,000), are likely to be eligible for pension credit in 200405. Information on the number of pension credit recipients in the West Midlands and Telford is given in the table.
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Figures are available for 31 October 2004 as the final output of processes that were put in place to deliver special monthly reporting during the first year of the roll-out of pension credit. As Parliament was told in the statement accompanying the last such report, data will in future be available on a quarterly basis, in line with standard departmental practice. The next report, covering data as at 31 December 2004, should be laid in the House in January 2005. 3. Individual recipients may include a small number of partners under age 60.
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