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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library internal audit recommendations made in the last four years for (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) the Pension Service and (c) the Disability and Carers Directorate. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department will review all internal audit recommendations for the last four years and in due course will place these in the Library. The only exceptions to this will be those recommendations where there is specific commercial or policy reason not to make the information available and those recommendations already placed in the Library on 22 March 2005 for the Child Support Agency.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent average waiting time for a new claim to be assessed under the Local Housing Allowance scheme is in each of the original nine Pathfinder authorities; and what the average waiting time was for a housing benefit claim to be assessed in each of these authorities in each year since 1997. 
|Brighton and Hove||79.77||n/a||30.7||29.99||34.02|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department. 
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much employers spent in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland on statutory maternity pay in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2004 and (iv) 2005; and if he will make a statement; 
|Initial employer expenditure||840||1,208||1,319||1,357|
|Amount recovered through national insurance deductions||785||1,129||1,233||1,268|
|Net employer expenditure||55||79||86||89|
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he expects the review of eligibility for earnings disregards under maternity allowance and statutory maternity pay to be completed; 
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Ministerial Taskforce for Health, Safety and Productivity last met; and what progress it has made in reducing days lost through sickness and absence in the public sector. 
Margaret Hodge: The Ministerial Task Force on Health, Safety and Productivity met on 22 June and 20 July 2005. The Task Force produced a report on Managing Sickness Absence in the Public Sector" in December 2004. It has since reviewed how its recommendations are being implemented within the civil service.
A number of pilots to test effectiveness of management interventions and develop best practice are now in place, including in my own Department. Some are already showing positive results. For example in HM Prison Service there has been a fall in sickness rates of 4.7 per cent. overall in one year.
The new deal has been successful in helping more than 1.3 million people into work. 577,020 people have started the new deal more than once. There are several possible reasons for this. In a dynamic, shifting labour market, it is inevitable that some people entering the new deal will return to unemployment. Equally a person may cease their involvement on the new deal because they move from jobseekers' allowance on to another benefit or stop claiming at all. These people may subsequently reclaim and return to the new deal. However, the new deal is a long-term investment to make a real difference to the lives of its participants.
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Those who do return to benefits have still added to their skills, confidence and experience, making it easier for them to find a job in the future.
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