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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) asked the Defence Export Services Organisation for (a) information and (b) co-operation in respect of the SFO's investigation into allegations of bribery and false accounting concerning BAE Systems and Saudi Arabian officials. 
The Solicitor-General: The question relates to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate to either confirm or deny whether the SFO has approached a particular individual or entity.
The Solicitor-General: The following table gives the net expenditure on the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last 10 years. Expenditure is reported in cash terms from 199596 to 200001 and in resource terms thereafter.
[holding answer 28 June 2005]: Our specialist Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs), who are based in jobcentres, receive training and guidance to help them support people with health conditions and disabilities into employment, including people with autism. The support provided by DEAs includes advice
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on jobs and training, as well as information on in-work support, and specialist programmes to help overcome barriers to employment associated with disability.
All our Jobcentre Plus advisers have access to a Disability Awareness Open Learning Handbook, which includes information on autistic spectrum disorders; the effects they have on individuals, the implications for work, and the possible types of support an individual might need in employment. This information was approved by the National Autistic Society and is recommended learning for all advisers, and mandatory learning for DEAs. We are currently working with the society on further enhancements.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions concerning what representations he has received about the reduction of staff numbers in local Jobcentres, and what plans he has to reduce the number of staff at Jobcentre Plus offices. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
As announced in the 2004 Spending Review, the Department has plans to reduce overall staff numbers by 30,000 by 31 March 2008. Jobcentre Plus has agreed with the Department that its contribution towards that overall reduction would be a headcount target for March 2008 of 65,672 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff. To provide some context for that figure, at the end of May 2005 Jobcentre Plus employed 72,888 FTE staff.
There have been several representations to the Secretary of State on this subject. In addition, we are consulting closely with our recognised trade unions on the steps we are taking to meet our efficiency challenge. We consulted them whilst developing our Human Resources policies and procedures and reached a formal agreement in November 2004 on avoiding or, if that is not possible, minimising compulsory redundancies.
Mrs. McGuire: Officials are currently discussing the Act's draft Code of Conduct with officials of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, who are responsible for the implementation of the Act. They will also have discussions with the Making Decisions Alliance in the near future.
Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of numbers and values of child tax credit and working tax credit overpayments for 200304 awards at 5 April 2004, appear in the HMRC publication, Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Awards 200304. Supplement on payments in 200304." The estimates are based on samples and are subject to significant sampling uncertainty. This publication can be found in the Library.
Working families' tax credit awards were based on a snapshot of income and circumstances around the time of claim, and were then fixed at a specific amount regardless of any rise or fall in income for 26 weeks.
23. Mr. Dunne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will simplify the tax credits system so that it can be explained to applicants in significantly fewer pages of guidance notes than at present. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement I made to the House on 26 May 2005, Official Report, columns 2223WS, setting out six measures to improve tax credits and, in particular, with regard to how HMRC communicate with families about their tax credits award.
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