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Our long-term aim, as set out in DWP's five-year strategy, is to achieve an employment rate equivalent of 80 per cent. of the working age population. The realisation of this aim will require continued macroeconomic stability and further radical welfare reform to build on the success that has already been achieved through the new deal, Jobcentre Plus and the Pathways to Work pilots.
We decided on the long-term aim of an employment rate equivalent to 80 per cent. by considering historical and international trends in key labour market variables. Then we made a judgment, based on the success so far of our economic and labour market policies. Our judgment reflects our ambition for continuing economic growth and prosperity for the country and opportunity and inclusion for individual citizens.
Motability customers are free to choose the type of car they have from the scheme. The number and types of cars selected by Motability customers in each year from 2000 and 2004 are shown in the following table.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the retirement age for the basic state pension to 70 years for persons employed in certain professions; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to help those people who paid into the Turner and Newall pension fund; whether the Government are considering setting up a compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The Government have established the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to protect members of defined benefit schemes by paying compensation if their employer becomes insolvent and the pension scheme is under funded. The PPF became operational on 6 April this year and, after this date, when a sponsoring employer of an eligible pension scheme has an insolvency event the PPF will step in and ensure that members receive a meaningful level of income in retirement.
For eligible schemes not already in wind up before 6 April, but where the employer was in insolvency proceedings prior to this date, entry to the PPF may be possible where a further insolvency event occurs after 6 April 2005. This would require a new qualifying insolvency event to take place (for example an order for the winding-up of a company being made by the court).
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days sick leave were taken
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by staff in each accident and emergency department in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
|Altnagelvin HSS Trust||305||403||991|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||1,502.2||1,943.1||1,307.0|
|Causeway HSS Trust||1,006.8||1,316.4||919.7|
|Craigavon Area Hospital HSS Trust||873.4||968.6||1,189.8|
|Minor injuries unit, South Tyrone Hospital||126.5||298.7||436.2|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust comprising|
|(1) Lagan Valley Hospital||242||160||218|
|(2) Downe Hospital||242||188||218|
|Mater HSS Trust||Figures not available at present||371||562.6|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||Due to change in monitoring system,|
not possible to capture the
information at this time.
|Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust comprising|
|(1) Erne Hospital||188.8||97.9||343|
|(2) Tyrone County Hospital||353.1||128.5||96|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust||724.40||837.70||1,115.10|
|United Hospitals HSS Trust comprising|
|(1) Antrim Area Hospital||1,141||767||680|
|(2) Mid Ulster Hospital||338||341||173|
|(3) Whiteabbey Hospital||55||61||195|
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department has completed its investigation into allegations of fraud in building maintenance in the Belfast Education and Library Board; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department has not yet completed the investigation into allegations of fraud in building maintenance within the Belfast Education and Library Board. As this is a current investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of clostridium difficile were reported to his Department under the voluntary reporting scheme in each year between 2000 and 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: From 2000 to 2003, under the voluntary reporting scheme the annual total number of laboratory reports of clostridium difficile toxin (all specimen types) collated by the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (Northern Ireland) was:
|Number of clostridium difficile toxin|
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