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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 199697, (ii) 199798 and (iii) 200304; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 200405, (B) 200506, (C) 200607 and (D) 200708. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security, parts of the former Department for Education and Employment and the Employment Service. Information on costs for 199698 is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|200304 campaign||Advertising expenditure||Total publicity expenditure|
|Future pensioners/Informed Choice||||2,450,000|
|Second State Pension||215,590||304,090|
|The Pension Service||74,000||522,000|
|Direct Payment roadshow||||480,000|
|Jobcentre Plus Awareness||||557,170|
|DDA Awareness and Disability Rights||775,220||2,450,000|
|Council Tax Benefit||556,230||673,000|
|Winter Fuel Payments||627,000||938,000|
|200405 campaign||Advertising expenditure||Total publicity expenditure|
|Future pensioners/Informed Choice||||854,400|
|State Pension Deferral||200,000||300,000|
|The Pension Service||||559,000|
|Direct Payment Information Campaign||8,808,000||9,500,000|
|Direct Payment roadshow||||3,000,000|
|Jobcentre Plus employer marketing||443,000||1,300,000|
|Jobcentre Plus Awareness||||275,740|
|Council Tax Benefit||661,640||850,000|
|Winter Fuel Payments||514,910||815,000|
Maria Eagle: Travel by Ministers makes clear that special flights may be authorised when a scheduled service is not available, or when it is essential to travel by air, but the requirements of official or parliamentary business or security considerations or urgency preclude the journey being made by a scheduled service.
In respect of overseas travel by Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 of more during each financial year. The list published in 1999 covers the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 1999. Where RAF/private charter aircraft are used this is shown in the list. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of the lists are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 200405 will be published in due course.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance given to Social Fund staff covering crisis loan applications from those in receipt of tax credits. 
A copy of the Social Fund Guide is available in the Library. Additional guidance for Social Fund staff contained in Social Fund Bulletin 11/04 released on 12 July 2004 has been placed in the Library.
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John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time for Social Fund (a) community care grants, (b) crisis loans and (c) budgeting loans has been in each year since 2002, broken down by region. 
|Government office region||CCGs||CLs||BLs|
|East of England||9.1||1.4||2.6|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||8.6||1.3||2.9|
Mr. George Osborne:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date
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for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997. 
The Department for Work and Pensions 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 ex DSS part 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 (FUP) to Land Securities Trillium for such accommodation which includes costs of providing staff identity passes for the majority of DWP staff. Information on the costs of producing such passes is not separately identifiable. No central records are kept of passes that have been lost or stolen. Where records are kept they do not differentiate between cards that require replacement because they have been lost or stolen, because a name needs changing or because they have been broken.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) joined DWP in July 2002. The cost of producing identity passes for HSE staff averages out at £4.15 per pass. The number of passes lost since 1997 is 284; an annual breakdown is not available.
The costs paid to consultants for the departmental staff survey was £244,000 in 2002 and £196,000 in 2003. The survey cycle for 2004 is not yet complete. These costs include the printing of survey related materials.
The use of consultants provides an economy in terms of speed of analysis and also reassurance to staff as to the confidentiality of their responses. The consultants used by DWP manage an extensive benchmarking database, allowing results to be compared to other public and private sector organisations.
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