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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for health and safety offences under section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each year since 1974. 
Jane Kennedy: The numbers of employees prosecuted and convicted for offences under section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in each of the last eight years, in cases following HSE investigations, are as follows:
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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many company directors have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for health and safety offences under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each year since 1974. 
Jane Kennedy: The number of company directors or other senior corporate officers prosecuted and convicted for offences under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each year since 1974 in each of the last eight years, in cases following HSE investigations, are as follows:
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Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will grant to board members of housing associations and trusts a state benefit waiver having the effect of disregarding remuneration they receive as a result of their service on a housing association board. 
Mr. Pond: Income related benefits, such as income support, income based jobseekers allowance and pension credit, are intended to help people whose resources are insufficient to meet their day-to-day living expenses. Any remuneration paid to board members is treated in the same way as other types of earnings and attracts the normal £5, £10 or £20 earnings disregard. However, expenses are fully disregarded where the expenses were incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of the board members duties.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit are payable to people on low income, whether or not they are in remunerative work. However, as with the other income related benefits, remuneration for housing association board members is treated the same as all other earned income; everything in excess of standard disregards is taken into account.
For those in receipt of incapacity benefit, which is normally paid to people who are incapacitated by the effects of their illness or disability, the permitted work rules introduced in April 2002 will apply. Incapacity benefit recipients are now able to earn up to £20 a week for an unlimited period, or, from 1 October 2004, work for less than 16 hours and earn up to £78 a week for 26 weeks.
Ms Atherton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representatives serving on housing association and trust boards have had benefits cut as a result of such service in the last 12 months. 
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Jane Kennedy: I have not discussed directly with the acting chief inspector of the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) the impact of the HSE pay dispute on the work of NII, but I have received advice from him. In his opinion the dispute has not resulted in a less than adequate level of nuclear regulatory oversight to date.
Jane Kennedy: The dispute between the Health and Safety Executive and Prospect came about as a result of the 2003 pay award. I am advised by the Executive that the 2004 pay negotiations with the trade unions are underwaywith both sides keen to reach an agreed settlement and end the dispute with Prospect as soon as possible. There are still issues to resolve but both sides believe that this year's negotiations have been productive. The trade unions are considering a revised offer made by HSE on 10 January and the two sides intend to meet again by the end of January.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions data protection legislation places on the issuing of personal invitation documents for a Post Office card account for child benefit. 
The Inland Revenue takes its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 very seriously. The Department's procedures for issuing invitations to apply for a Post Office card account comply with the provisions of the Act.
Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were in receipt of the state retirement pension in the Easington constituency in each of the last five years. 
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