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Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what measures are being taken to ensure that photocopying facilities on the parliamentary estate are not used by members or staff for either personal or party campaigning use. 
Sir Archy Kirkwood: The regulations, approved by the Administration Committee, state that the photocopiers provided for use by Members and staff are "intended for use in connection with Members' parliamentary duties only, and may not be used for Party political or non-parliamentary work outside Parliament." Serjeant at Arms' staff will take appropriate action if they detect any abuse, or if alleged abuse is drawn to their attention.
Norman Baker: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what targets have been set on reducing water usage on the parliamentary estate; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) if he will introduce measures to improve the conservation of water resources on the parliamentary estate by upgrading washing and toilet facilities so that water is only used when necessary, and facilities do not continue to consume water automatically during weekends and other non-working days. 
Sir Archy Kirkwood: The Commission's overall target is to reduce water usage. Urinal cisterns are fitted with detectors to prevent unnecessary automatic flushing; other cisterns have flush volume reduction devices or dual flush equipment; and improvements have been made at Portcullis House so that less water is drawn from the boreholes. The Energy Savers Group is charged with encouraging economical use of water. Water economy measures compete with energy saving investments for the annual conservation budget.
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation was carried out with (a) those seeking employment and (b) those involved in advising people in finding employment within the framework of the Government's consultation, Equality and Diversity: Age Matters; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government have consulted widely on age issues and proposals for legislation in two consultation exercises, including Age Matters. We received over 400 responses, including responses from a wide range of voluntary organisations and trade unions as well as individuals.
David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Department is on target to 2006 to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities in (a) Scotland and (b) Midlothian. 
The Public Service Agreement target, covering the period from spring 2003 to spring 2006, aims to 'increase the employment rate of disabled people and reduce the difference between their employment rate and the overall employment rate'.
On current trends we should meet this target as the employment rate of disabled people has increased steadily in recent years: from 43.4 per cent. in spring 1998 to 48.9 per cent. in spring 2003 and 50.1 per cent. in spring 2004. In the same period the employment gap fell from 29.8 per cent. (spring 1998) to 25.6 per cent. (spring 2003) to 24.6 per cent. (spring 2004).
Mr. Pond: Giving advice and information on the support available to customers is a key part of the Jobcentre Plus personal advisers' role, this includes advice on eligibility for housing benefit extended payments. We believe that these arrangements work well, but will keep them under review.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions concerning the time taken to process benefit claims at Eston Jobcentre Plus and the number of Personal Advisers allocated to Eston Jobcentre Plus and other areas of Redcar constituency not
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The AACT figures for Income Support (IS) in Eston are only available as part of the Middlesbrough Site information, which is an average of the performance achieved in the 9 Jobcentre/Jobcentre Plus service delivery sites in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar/Cleveland. This is because IS processing for all sites in the Tees Valley area is centralised in Middlesbrough.
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|Actual staff numbers||8||10||3||6|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 4344W, on contracted-out rebates, what his assumptions are of the number of people who are contracted out in 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
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contracted out in 200405
|Contracted-out Salary Related Scheme||7.0|
|Contracted-out Money Purchase Scheme||0.6|
|Contracted-out Mixed Benefit Scheme|
|Appropriate Personal Pension Scheme||3.1|
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