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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been agreed in relation to the (a) accuracy and (b) quality of data and management information supplied by EDS in response to the internal audit recommendation of 200405; and what led to the recommendation. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The internal audit recommendation followed a review of the Performance Management, Management Information and Data Warehouse of the new Child Support System. This issue was also identified in the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on the Child Support System (Second report of the session 200405 HC 441. I refer the hon. Member to the Government's response to this report (HC477) and specifically the response to the first recommendation, which relates to management information.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: On all issues of hospitality the primary consideration is one of Value for Money. All departmental organisers of EU presidency events have been advised of Cabinet Office guidance which encourages the provision of British food and drink where possible.
Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in 200405; and if he will list (a) the nature and location of services provided and (b) the start and end dates of such contracts. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers in (a) Scotland and (b) the
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Lanark and Hamilton East constituency have participated in the Home Responsibilities Protection Scheme in each year from 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
These figures represent the number of people for whom HRP is available if they do not achieve a qualifying year for state pension purposes through national insurance contributions. They do not represent the numbers who need HRP in order to qualify for a full basic state pension.
Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials currently in the Department received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank of honour. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have used the rapid claims procedure for housing benefit in each year since its introduction, broken down by region; 
(2) what percentage of new housing benefit recipients in each year since 1997 had to (a) fill in more than one form and (b) attend more than one office in order successfully to complete their claim, broken down by region. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not collected. Local authorities provide details of the number of new claims made to housing benefit and council tax benefit, but are not required to provide details of the type of claim forms received.
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Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many landlords renting accommodation to housing benefit recipients were prosecuted for breaching environmental standards in each year since 1997, broken down by region. 
The Government Setting an Example programme was designed to develop best practice on health, safety and sickness absence within Government
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Departments. The Health and Safety Executive has now brought this work together with its priority programme on the health services into a public services programme.
This supports the work of the ministerial taskforce on health, safety and productivity by working with management and employee representatives to focus on the key causes of work related sickness absence across the public sector.
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