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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers received both the carers premium and the basic state pension in the latest year for which figures are available. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how the concept of normal handling and use contained in EU legislation on the classification and labelling of chemicals is applied in the United Kingdom; who is responsible for advising the Government on the application of this concept; what guidance has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive to the business community and others on how the concept of normal handling and use will be applied; and if he will make a statement; 
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(2) whether he plans to issue guidance to the business community on how the concept of normal handling and use in EU legislation on the classification and labelling of chemicals will be applied. 
Jane Kennedy: The EU legislation which includes the expression normal handling and use" is applied in the United Kingdom through the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging Regulations 2002. These regulations formally refer to the Approved Classification and Labelling Guide, a practical document which contains the expression without specific advice on its application. This guide is based on the relevant EU directive and was prepared by the Health and Safety Executive.
We are aware that there is some concern that the present advice does not sufficiently explain the application of normal handling and use". The term is particularly important in EU negotiations when the dangerous properties of chemicals are discussed and agreed between member states. Clarification of the concept should be developed at European level and UK officials are actively pursuing this in the appropriate fora.
Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-employed people have been pursued (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for money owed to the Child Support Agency in each of the past seven years. 
Your asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many self-employed people have been pursued (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for money owed to the Child Support Agency in each of the past seven years.
I am unable to provide the information you seek. I can however say that on the new scheme at the current time there are around 7,000 cases where calculations have been made under the new child support arrangements and the main source of income is derived from self employment. Of these payments are being received on around 3,900 cases. The new computer system also contains around 3,500 cases where the calculation of maintenance is made under the 'old rules' and the non resident parent is categorised as self employed. Payments are being received on around 2,500 of these cases. Equivalent information for earlier years for 'old scheme' cases is as followsthe information relates to August in each year:
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Jane Kennedy: 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) including the former Employment Service. The vast majority of the DWP Estate has been occupied under the terms of the PRIME PFI contract since April 1998. The PRIME contract was expanded in December 2003 to include former Employment Service properties. The Department pays a Facilities Unit Price for the accommodation which includes cleaning costs. The cost of cleaning is not separately identifiable.
The figures in the table represent costs of cleaning former Employment Service properties prior to December 2003. The figures also include the cost of cleaning the Health and Safety Executive offices since it became part of DWP in 2002.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 199697 and (b) 200304, and what the estimated cost of employing consultants will be in (i) 200405, (ii) 200506, (iii) 200607 and (iv) 200708. 
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Estimates of the total amount council tax benefit that went unclaimed in 200203, the latest year for which information is available, can be found in the Department's report entitled: Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2002/2003"; copies are available in the Library.
Mr. Pond: The Home Office led Identity Fraud Steering Committee, which comprises public and private sector organisations that are committed to reducing identity fraud, began a project in November 2004 to explore the benefits, feasibility and legal impediments of sharing public sector deceased person information with private sector organisations involved in fraud prevention.
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