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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of staff have been employed in each agency and non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department in each year since 199798; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department for Work and Pensions was established in June 2001 bringing together the Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment, including the Employment Service. The number of staff
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in the new Department at this date was 119,052. Comparable historical staffing figures before this date are not available.
|30 April 2002||31 March 2003||31 March 2004||31 March 2005|
|The Pension Service||8,782||17,019||18,567||16,189|
|Child Support Agency||10,753||11,256||10,779||9,784|
|Disability and Carers Service||7,380||7,207||7,103||6,506|
|The Rent Service||||||||718|
|Other departmental units||12,701||13,715||11,895||11,719|
|Non-departmental public bodies||191||183||173||155|
|Health and Safety Executive||4,282||4,162||4,019||3,854|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work andPensions how many state retirement pensioners there are in the Stroud constituency; and what percentage that represents of the total electorate of that constituency. 
Mr. Timms: As at 30 September 2004 there were 20,800 recipients of the state pension in the Stroud parliamentary constituency of whom 7,600 were males and 13,200 females. This represents around 26 per cent. of the electorate.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has collated on the relative (a) efficiency and (b) cost of work placement services conducted by Jobcentre Plus and the private sector. 
Mr. Timms: Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with the Private and Voluntary Sector in delivering a significant proportion of the support to Jobcentre Plus customers. There are few examples where it is possible to make a robust, like-for-like, comparison. However, an analysis of relative cost-effectiveness formed part of the wider analysis of Employment Zones, and the results are contained within the report Working age research and analysis", publication No. 176 (2003), which is available on the Department for Work and Pensions website.
The report relates to the original Employment Zones which helped the New Deal 25 plus client group. Analysis showed that the costs per participant were approximately £1,500 for Employment Zones, approximately £500 higher than those incurred by Jobcentre Plus for mandatory customers.
However, the analysis also identified that Employment Zones achieved more employment outcomes. These findings suggest that Employment Zones are broadly as cost-effective as Jobcentre Plus at providing work placements.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings have been held with the International Olympic Commission to discuss security for the 2012 Olympics following the events of 7 July. 
Mr. Charles Clarke:
There have been no security meetings with the International Olympic Commission since 7 July. In accordance with the arrangements set
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out in the London bid, a committee chaired by myself will be responsible for overseeing the security preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Hazel Blears: We have no plans to repeal the provisions in the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997 which prohibit the private possession of handguns. However, special arrangements will be put in place to allow pistol shooting events at the London Olympics as with the 2002 Commonwealth games. These arrangements will include a warm up event if this is deemed necessary
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2005, Official Report, column 1210W, on abductions, if he will break down the figures by (a) London borough, (b) gender, (c) age and (d) nationality. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Data from the Home Office Court Proceedings database on the number of people prosecuted for abduction or kidnapping by London borough, gender and age, 1997 to 2003 are contained in the table. Data on the defendant's nationality are not centrally collected.
|Offence description||Principal statute||Sex||Age group||1997||1998||1999|
|Abduction of children||Child Abduction Act 1984 s.1 and 2 as amended by the Children Act 1989||Male||1517||||||1|
|21 and over||14||6||10|
|21 and over||4||1||5|
|Abduction of female having interest in property||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.17 (in part)||Male||21 and over||||||1|
|Abduction of female by force||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.17 (in part)||Male||21 and over||2||||2|
|Abduction of unmarried girl under||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.20||Male||1517|||||||
|16||21 and over||2||2||3|
|Female||21 and over|||||||
|21 and over||38||56||50|
|21 and over||2||2||1|
|Offence description||Principal statute||Sex||Age group||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Abduction of children||Child Abduction Act 1984 s.1 and 2 as amended by the Children Act 1989||Male||1517||1|||||||
|21 and over||5||8||9||11|
|21 and over||5||3||2||1|
|Abduction of female having interest in property||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.17 (in part||Male||21 and over|||||||||
|Abduction of female by force||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.17 (in part)||Male||21 and over|||||||||
|Abduction of unmarried girl||Sexual Offences Act 1956 s.20||Male||1517||||||1||1|
|under 16||21 and over||||||1|||
|Female||21 and over||||||1|||
|21 and over||41||80||80||92|
|21 and over||4||4||7||7|
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