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The Departmental Report for 2004 (Cm 6221), which is available in the Library, contains the latest available information on spending plans for 200506. The Departmental Report for 2005 to be published in June 2005 will contain details of the
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spending plans for the years 200506 to 200708. The plans for 200809 will be published following the conclusion of the 2006 Spending Review.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the proportion of the working age population that has taken early retirement in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: In 2004 there were an estimated 581,000 people, on average, aged below the State Pension Age who were out of work and described themselves as currently retired. This represented 1.6 per cent. of the population aged 16 to State Pension Age.
Labour Force Survey, 2004 Spring to Winter quarters average, for Great Britain.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what payments (a) have been made and (b) are proposed to be made out of the Financial Assistance Scheme for members of the FII Group pension fund. 
Mr. Timms: No payments have yet been made. We set up the body to administer the Financial Assistance Scheme in April and having completed the formal consultation on the draft regulations we will lay these before Parliament within the next few months. Payments will start to be made as soon as practicable thereafter, once the regulations are in place.
Estimates cannot be made on the proposed payment levels for members of individual schemes until we have received more detailed information, including information on what the scheme pension age is for individual members, their distance from scheme pension age as at 14 May 2004, and their individual losses in the schemes.
We are grateful for the assistance in kind offered by the industry to date, and hope that it will further support the Government's leadership in assisting those facing the most serious losses. We believe that it has a strong interest in doing so. No direct financial contributions have yet been volunteered.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the medical reasons were for claims for incapacity benefit in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|29 February 2004||31 May|
|31 August 2004||30 November 2004|
|Claimants without any diagnosis code on the system||4,000||4,700||4,600||4,800|
|Certain infectious and parasitic diseases||20,500||20,100||20,200||20,000|
|Diseases of the blood and blood forming organs and certain diseases involving the immune mechanism||4,400||4,300||4,200||4,300|
|Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases||38,500||38,300||38,500||38,300|
|Mental and behavioural disorders||1,020,000||1,028,300||1,035,000||1,038,700|
|Diseases of the nervous system||164,800||165,500||165,500||164,900|
|Diseases of the eye and adnexa||19,700||19,500||19,300||19,400|
|Diseases of the ear and mastoid process||12,300||12,400||12,100||12,300|
|Diseases of the circulatory system||174,200||171,100||168,300||164,900|
|Diseases of the respiratory system||68,400||67,400||66,400||65,500|
|Diseases of the digestive system||41,600||41,600||41,800||41,000|
|Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous system||16,000||15,800||15,500||15,600|
|Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue||529,500||523,200||517,800||513,500|
|Diseases of the genitourinary system||18,400||18,300||18,600||18,500|
|Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium||4,100||4,200||4,500||4,300|
|Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period|||||||||
|Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities||24,900||24,900||24,800||24,900|
|Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified||326,100||323,600||322,800||322,900|
|Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes||153,200||152,600||151,800||150,500|
|Factors influencing Health status and contact with health services||35,000||35,200||35,000||34,800|
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning what proportion of Jobcentres has been converted to the Jobcentre Plus format in each year since the inception of the programme. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Following the introduction of the Jobcentre Plus in April 2002, the Agency has been introducing the new integrated service and modernising the estate it inherited from the former Benefits Agency and Employment Service.
|200102||(42)56||representing 7 per cent. of completed network|
|200203||157||representing 19 per cent. of completed network|
|200304||223||representing 27 per cent. of completed network|
|200405||115||representing 14 per cent. of completed network|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence his Department has collated of housing benefit recipients moving to different accommodation within the local housing allowance pilot areas. 
The final evaluation report is due to be published by the end of 2006 and a series of interim evaluation reports and summaries are being published before then. The first publication that relates to the tenants' experience Claiming Housing Benefit in the Private Rented Sector: the baseline experience of claimants in the nine Local Housing Allowance Pathfinder areas" was published in September 2004. A copy is available in the Library. The result of the next phase of the claimant stream is expected to be published in July 2005.
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