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New Deal (Blyth Valley)

Mr. Ronnie Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young people, (b) single mothers and (c) other people have participated in the new deal in Blyth Valley. [214213]

Jane Kennedy: The available information is in the table.
New deal in Blyth Valley

Individual startsIndividuals into work
Total4,0802,380
Young people1,9501,270
Single mothers940560




Notes:
1. Young people data relate to the number of people who have started, and gained a job through, the new deal for young people and people aged 24 and under on the new deal for lone parents.
2. Single mothers data relates to the number of female lone parents who have started, and gained a job through, the new deal for lone parents. 3. The total relates to the number of individuals in Blyth Valley who have benefited from the new deal for young people, new deal 25 plus, new deal for lone parents and the new deal 50 plus.
4. New deal for disabled people and new deal for partners information is not available at constituency level.
5. New deal for young people, new deal 25 plus and new deal for lone parents data are to September 2004.
6. New deal 50 plus data are to March 2003. New deal 50 plus information is not available at constituency level after March 2003.
7. The new deal for young people started in January 1998; new deal 25 plus started in July 1998; new deal for lone parents started in October 1998; new deal 50 plus started in April 2000.
8. Individuals can be counted in more than one category.
9. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate



Pensions (Ribble Valley)

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) male and (b) female recipients of (i) the basic state pension, (ii) SERPS and (iii) pension credit in the Ribble Valley in the last year for which figures are available. [222099]

Malcolm Wicks: The information is in the table.
£ million

Expenditure 2003–04MaleFemale
Basic state pension3243
Additional state pension104
Pension credit32




Notes:
1. Figures are for Ribble Valley constituency and are rounded to the nearest £ million.
2. Ribble Valley data are taken from a 5 per cent. sample of benefit records and is subject to a degree of sampling variation. These data are then used to provide the male and female splits and are applied to expenditure from Departmental accounting systems.
3. Basic state pension figures do not include non-contributory retirement pension.
4. Expenditure on pension credit includes minimum income guarantee for April to September 2003.
Source:
DWP 5 per cent. sample March 2004.






 
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CABINET OFFICE

Civil Servants

Sarah Teather: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed from employment in the Office in each year since 2001 for gross professional misconduct. [221723]

Mr. Miliband: The Cabinet Office has suspended and dismissed the following number of employees for gross professional misconduct since 2001.
SuspendedDismissed
200120
200200
200311
200421
2005 (To 15 March)01

Sarah Teather: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed from employment in the Office in each year since 2001 under suspicion of having breached the Official Secrets Act 1989. [221724]

Mr. Miliband: The Cabinet Office has not suspended or dismissed any if its employees for breach of the Official Secrets Act 1989 since 2001.

Departmental Accounts

Tony Baldry: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether Ministers in the Cabinet Office have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997. [221104]

Mr. Miliband: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury gave to him on 14 March 2005, Official Report, column 80W.

Members (Consultancy)

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what inquiries he has made into payments made to the right hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) by companies involved in major commercial deals with the NHS; and if he will make a statement; [220233]

(2) what inquiries he has made into payments made to the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) for speeches and consultancy services, by a firm which has been involved in major commercial dealings with the Department for Education and Skills; and if he will make a statement. [220564]


 
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Mr. Miliband [holding answer 4 and 7 March 2005]: None.

Official Residences

Chris Grayling: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property; what contribution the occupants of each made towards running costs; what the total capital and refurbishment expenditure has been on those properties in each of the past five years; how much money was spent in each property on (a) flowers and plants, (b) wine and entertaining, (c) food, (d) telephone bills and (e) electricity and gas in 2003–04; how many (i) domestic and (ii) maintenance staff are employed at each property, broken down by post; and what the total cost of staff employment was in 2003–04. [213557]

Mr. Miliband: With regards to which residences the Department is responsible for and who occupies them, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 20 January 2005, Official Report, column 1037W, by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister.

On general running and refurbishment/maintenance costs in each of the last five years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend, the then Minister for the Cabinet Office (Ruth Kelly), gave on 1 November 2004, Official Report, column 129W, to the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Prisk).

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the projects being undertaken by his Department in respect of which information cannot be given in answer to parliamentary questions because of commercial confidentiality. [216518]

Mr. Miliband: A decision not to release information relating to any project as a result of commercial confidentiality is made on the basis of the specific request made in each parliamentary question.

An assessment of commercial confidentiality may apply to a specific element within a project as well as to an entire project. It is, therefore, not possible to provide the information requested.

Sikh Employees

David Taylor: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people employed by the civil service state their religion as Sikh. [221666]

Mr. Miliband: Information on the numbers of civil servants by religious group is not collected centrally.

HEALTH

Ageing Population

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on costs of social services of an ageing population; what
 
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research he has commissioned on the impact of an ageing population on (a) social services and (b) the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [219490]

Dr. Ladyman: The Department commissioned the personal social services research unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics to conduct a study of the demand for and cost of long-term care for older people. The research team reported in August 2003. The findings of this research have been published, and are available on the PSSRU's website at www.pssru.ac.uk.

The European Union Economic Policy Committee (EPC) has also made projections of public expenditure on health and long-term social care. The results of its research can be found on the EPC's website at http://europa.eu.int/index en.htm. The EPC projections will be updated later in 2005.

In his report, "Securing our Future Health: Taking a Long Term View", published in April 2002, Sir Derek Wanless indicated that the cost impact of increased life expectancy is likely to be small compared with other cost drivers.


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