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Sections 2124 of the Petroleum Act 1987 prohibit vessels from entering safety zones around offshore oil and gas installations, which extend to 500 metres of any part of the installation. This prohibition includes fishing vessels while fishing.
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Malcolm Wicks: Estimates of pension credit eligibility, based on 200203 Family Resources Survey data projected forward to 200405, are currently being revised consistent with pre-Budget report assumptions. The revised estimates will be available in January 2005.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements his Department has put in place to ensure cash payments to pensioners are made in the event of information technology failure. 
Mr. Pond: The Department has comprehensive contingency arrangements in place to deal with such an event. These arrangements would ensure that any affected payments are regenerated and pensioners would be paid in their normal wayeither directly into a named account or by cheque. Where this is not possible, for example the first payment of an entitlement, payment will be by cheque. Our systems have been designed to minimise the need for cash payments to be made to pensioners.
Mr. Pond: Christmas Eve is a Friday. Banks and Post Offices will be open, so pensioners will be able to access their pension in the normal way. Only a very small number of pensioners receive their pension on a Friday.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many pensions contracted-out rebates have been paid in each year since 1997; and what the average payment was. 
|Average weekly numbers contracted out of SERPS/S2P||Average annual payment to people contracted out of SERPS/S2P (£)|
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was in each year. 
|Average number of working days lost||Sickness|
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997. 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being taken to ensure that these will procure timber from legal and sustainable sources; and whether guidance will be issued to contractors on each of these projects to ensure that the timber used on site during refurbishment also comes from legal and sustainable sources. 
Maria Eagle: This Department occupies approximately 1,800 buildings. The information requested about the number of refurbishment projects in progress and due to start in the next six months is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
However, the majority of refurbishment projects are undertaken for the Department by our Estates Partners, Land Securities Trillium. They have been instructed that all timber used across the Department must be verified as being from legal and sustainable sources. They include this within all specifications for refurbishment work. On an annual basis a supply chain report is presented to the Department, detailing the evidence presented for all timber used. This report, and the evidence that it contains, is then independently audited to ensure that the timber does meet the required standards. Any areas of weakness are identified and the Department works closely with Land Securities Trillium to ensure that performance is improved.
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Local authorities and parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Scotland eligible to claim (a) the winter fuel payment of £200 and (b) the additional payment of £100; and how many claim forms have been received this winter. 
Malcolm Wicks: We estimate around 60,000 people in Scotland will turn 60 and become newly entitled to receive a winter fuel payment for 200405. In 200304 around 35,000 people in Scotland aged 60 received an automatic payment. We would expect the number to be similar in 200405. Those people who are not in receipt of certain benefits and therefore do not receive an automatic payment, will need to claim. So far this winter we have received 38,872 claim forms from people in Scotland. Some of these may be from people who would have been paid a winter fuel payment automatically.
Almost all people in Scotland who are eligible for the additional £100 payment for those aged 70 or over will be paid automatically. So far this winter three claims for the additional £100 payment have been received and, of these, two are entitled to an automatic payment.
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