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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have moved from claiming jobseekers' allowance (a) to work, (b) to training and (c) to other benefits, broken down by benefit received in each of the last four years. 
|Month||Found work||Increases work to 16+ hours/week||Claimed income support||Claimed incapacity benefit||Claimed another benefit||Gone onto approved training||Transfer to Government-supported training|
Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Scotland and (b) the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency received jobseeker's allowance in 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is not available. This is because any figures are snapshots of claimants at a given time. We do not have claimant start or end dates to benefit and cannot therefore produce an annual figure. An overestimate would therefore occur because claimants may appear in more than one monthly figure, when the figures are collected.
However I am able to give you information on the monthly average of people receiving jobseekers allowance (JSA) and a month by month breakdown. It is only possible to provide an average on eleven months of figures as NOMIS only holds historic data going back to February 2004 on the new parliamentary constituency boundaries which came into effect in 2005.
|2004||Scotland||Lanark and Hamilton East PC|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance is available to lone parents who wish to return to work in the Great Grimsby constituency area; how many people took up this assistance in 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
Work focused interviews provide lone parents with the opportunity to discuss work options and find out about the help available to them through the new deal for lone parents. The new deal offers lone parents access to support, advice and training which will improve their employment prospects. Other measures to tackle barriers to lone parents entering work include improving the availability of affordable child care and making work pay through the introduction of child tax credit and working tax credit.
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1,700 lone parents have started the new deal for lone parents in Great Grimsby since the beginning of the programme in October 1998, and 950 have gained a job. Figures for lone parents who have participated in and gained work through other new deal programmes are not available.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total value was of the contracts awarded to each. 
|Consultancy||Original contract value|
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