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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he has been informed of breaches of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers in his Department since its implementation; 
(2) how many appeals were made by civil servants to the Civil Service Commissioners regarding special advisers in his Department between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004; and when each appeal was lodged. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers since May 1997. 
Maria Eagle: Special Advisers hold meetings with a wide range of external representatives in their official capacity. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers.
Specific information is only available for the current special advisers who have been in position since September 2002. In this time departmental special advisers have not made any speeches in their official capacity.
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether departmental special advisers have written to external (a) bodies and (b) individuals in their official capacity since May 1997. 
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total travel costs to his Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials for each year since 1997. 
Maria Eagle [holding answer 9 December 2004]: Since 1999, the Government publishes, on an annual basis, the total costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500. Copies of the lists are available in the Library of the House. [Details on the cost of Ministers' domestic travel is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.] Travel costs for advisors who accompany their ministers overseas is included in the annual list on Overseas Travel by Cabinet Ministers. Other travel costs for advisors can only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The available information for officials is in tables. DWP was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security (DSS) and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). Travel expenditure information is not available for the former DfEE prior to March 2000, therefore expenditure figures up to and including 31 March 2000 are for the former DSS only. All travel complied with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.
|Child Support Agency||2,380,132||2,244,467||3,114,557||3,841,188|
|War Pensions Agency||275,967||348,711||416,182||445,401|
|Independent Statutory Bodies||862,751||828,137||1,890,467||1,876,481|
|Child Support Agency||3,026,276||9,307,901||5,769,218|
|Disability and Carers Directorate||||1,563,153||1,305,638|
|War Pensions Agency||385,999|||||
|Independent Statuary Bodies||542,783|||||
|Corporate and Shared Services||13,434,816||11,213,697||12,308,030|
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people eligible for a 200405 winter fuel payment needed to submit a claim to receive it; and how many of those have claimed, broken down by region. 
Malcolm Wicks: We estimate that approximately 700,000 individuals in Great Britain reached age 60 in the qualifying period for the 20045 Winter Fuel Payment. About half of these will be paid automatically but others, who are not in receipt of certain benefits, will need to make a claim.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many single (a) women and (b) men in Scotland will reach the age of 60 years after the qualifying week for winter fuel payment eligibility but before 25 December. 
Maria Eagle: When the closure of York Pension Centre was announced there were 317 people affected. Since that date 112 people have found alternative employment. The remaining 205 are currently considering deployment on Financial Assistance Scheme in the former Pension Centre, voluntary early release or redeployment into surrounding DWP businesses.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs he expects to be created within the administrative unit for the Financial Assistance Scheme to be housed within the former York Pension Centre at Monks Cross.