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Occupational Pensions Regulatory Agency

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Agency in each of the last five years of its existence, broken down by grade; how many of the staff employed by the agency on 5 April are now employed by the Pensions Regulator, broken down by grade; and how many new staff have been employed by the Pensions Regulator since 6 April, broken down by grade. [4346]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is contained in the following tables. The information has been supplied by the Pensions Regulator.
Staff employed by OPRA in each of the last five years of its existence (by grade)(22)

Grade31 March 200131 March 200231 March 200331 March 200431 March 2005
178653
23951433731
310111290
4645818
51419263141
610000
737940
84681319
93134375148
1091110110
118871135
1269141214
139101181
14333715
1511212
1622300
1711100
Directors00055
CEO11111
Chairman11111
Total Brighton156787199215234
AA232118145
AO3131282518
EO76977
HEO34454
SEO11111
Total Newcastle6563605235
Grand total221250259267269


(22)Grade 1 is the lowest



 
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Staff employed on 5 April 2005 who are now employed by the Pensions Regulator

GradeStaff
12
229
30
418
536
60
70
818
947
100
1130
1213
131
1414
152
160
170
Directors5
CEO1
Chairman1
Total217

New staff employed by the Pensions Regulator (6 April 2005 to 10 June 2005)

GradeStaff
10
21
30
41
50
60
70
81
90
100
110
121
130
140
150
160
170
Directors0
Executives2
CEO0
Chairman0
Total6

 
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Unemployment/Incapacity

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the differential between the value of incapacity benefit and its predecessor benefits and unemployment benefit in each year between1979–80 and 2005–06; and if he will make a statement. [970]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the tables.
 
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Nominal rates of invalidity benefit (IVB) and unemployment benefit (UB)/jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for single claimants between 1979 and 1994
£ per week

IVB (1)UB/JSA (2)Difference (1)-(2)
November 197923.3018.504.80
November 198026.0020.655.35
November 198128.3522.505.85
November 198231.4525.006.45
November 198332.6027.055.55
November 198434.2528.455.80
November 198538.3030.457.85
July 198638.7030.807.90
April 198739.5031.458.05
April 198841.1532.758.40
April 198943.6034.708.90
April 199046.9037.359.55
April 199152.0041.4010.60
April 199254.1543.1011.05
April 199356.1044.6511.45
April 199457.6045.4512.15




Source:
Annual Abstract of Statistics




 
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Nominal rates of incapacity benefit short term lower (IBSTL), incapacity benefit short term higher (IBSTH), incapacity benefit long term (IBLT) and unemployment benefit (UB)/jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for single claimants between 1995 and 2005
£ per week

Difference
IBSTL (3)IBSTH (4)IBLT (5)UB/JSA (6)(3)-(6)(4)-(6)(5)-(6)
April
199544.4052.5058.8546.45-2.056.0512.40
199646.1554.5561.1548.25-2.106.3012.90
199747.1055.7062.4549.15-2.056.5513.30
199848.8057.7064.7050.35-1.557.3514.35
199950.3559.5566.7551.40-1.058.1515.35
200050.9060.2067.5052.20-1.308.0015.30
200152.6062.2069.7553.05-0.459.1516.70
200253.5063.2570.9553.95-0.459.3017.00
200354.4064.3572.1554.65-0.259.7017.50
200455.9066.1574.1555.650.2510.5018.50
200557.6568.2076.4556.201.4512.0020.25




Source:
Annual Abstract of Statistics





DEFENCE

Afghanistan

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units are designated by his Department to be deployed to Afghanistan during (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. [3698]

Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom will deploy the 1stBattalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to Afghanistan in October 2005, to replace the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, as our principal contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul and Northern Afghanistan.

In May 2006, the Headquarters Group of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) will deploy to Kabul as the Headquarters of the ISAF. We are currently assessing the nature and scale of our future commitment in Afghanistan.

Aircraft Carriers

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) discussions and (b) meetings officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in France about possible collaboration on the (i) acquisition and (ii) construction of aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement; [3921]

(2) what discussions have taken place with French defence officials regarding the adoption by France of the UK's aircraft carrier design; and how much he expects France to pay for the right to use the UK design. [3920]

Mr. Ingram: Ministry of Defence officials have met their French counterparts on several occasions to discuss what the possibilities might be for co-operation between our two countries in the procurement of our respective next generation aircraft carriers. It is too soon to say what, if any, co-operation there will be as both countries believe that areas of beneficial co-operation are best determined by our respective industries. Ongoing studies by industry will determine the optimum and most cost-effective way in which any co-operative options can be implemented. It would be inappropriate to speculate on what industry's proposals may consist of, but Governments will take a view on their proposals, when available, later this year.

Defence Logistics Organisation

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected annual savings are from the integration of the Medical Supplies Agency and the Warship Supply Agency into the Defence Logistics Organisation. [3954]

Mr. Ingram: The Medical Supplies Agency (MSA) transferred to the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) from the Surgeon General's Department on 1 April 2002. It changed from a Defence Agency to the
 
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Medical Supplies Integrated Project Team on 1 April 2005. The estimated savings in the following table are derived from the overall MSA Transformation Programme and not specifically from any change of status.
£ million
2005–0613.9
2006–0715.7
2007–0815.9
2008–0916.2

The Warship Support Agency (WSA) was disestablished in April 2005 as part of the wider Defence Logistics Organisation Restructuring Programme, to allow the full benefits from the overall restructuring process and organisational changes to be realised. Cost savings directly attributable to the change in the WSA's status alone are limited. These relate to the cost of administering the agency and are an estimated £250,000 per annum.


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