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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women receiving (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) severe disablement allowance there were in each ward of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. 
|Incapacity benefit and severe disablement|
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies he has carried out in conjunction with Health and Safety Research into the safety of materials containing cellulose fibres. 
Jane Kennedy: In 1998, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) asked the Institute of Environmental Health to carry out a study into the relative risks of chrysotile asbestos and commonly used substitutes including cellulose. Later in the same year HSE also asked the Committee on the Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC) to advise on the relative carcinogenic risks of three chrysotile asbestos substitutes including cellulose taking into account the report produced by the Institute. The COC advice was that the carcinogenic risk posed by cellulose fibres is likely to be less than that posed by chrysotile. A copy of that advice is available at http://www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/coc/chrys.pdf.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases
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concerning constituents in Strathkelvin and Bearsden were being investigated on the latest date for which figures are available. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases concerning constituents of Strathkelvin and Bearsden were being investigated on the latest date for which figures are available.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the processing of child support applications; and if he will make a statement. 
In my evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 17 November 2004 I outlined the current position in relation to the processing of Child Support applications. I accepted that the current position was not satisfactory. I outlined the steps we were taking in conjunction with EDS, our provider for computer and telephony services, to remedy the position.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average reduction in council tax bills for (a) an average household and (b) an average pensioner household in England due to council tax benefit was in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|Recipients aged 60 and over||649.00|
With respect to recruitment advertising no specific Muslim titles are used. The selection of titles is based on an understanding of the labour market, recruitment issues, the readership of titles and their reach within a guaranteed circulation. The reach of the title i.e. the number of people receiving it will be checked to ensure it includes all members of the community, including Muslims.
Sir Archy Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) temporary jobs his Department and its Executive agencies have had in (i) the Scottish Borders and (ii) Scotland since 1997. 
Maria Eagle: Information on the numbers of staff employed in the Department and its agencies in Scotland at specified points in time is in the following table. It is not possible to identify staff in the Scottish Borders separately. Information is not available prior to April 2002.
|As at 30 April 2002|
|The Pension Service||535||111||9|
|Child Support Agency||1,329||178||10|
|Rest of the Department||749||107||18|
|As at 31 March 2003|
|The Pension Service||1,617||224||88|
|Child Support Agency||1,436||234||10|
|Rest of the Department||717||110||35|
|As at 31 March 2004|
|The Pension Service||1,802||266||60|
|Child Support Agency||1,294||273||24|
|Rest of the Department||670||114||40|
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