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Marginal deduction rates are calculated by combining figures for marginal tax rates, national insurance rates, tax credit taper rates, and benefit withdrawal rates. The concept of a marginal deduction rate is less meaningful when applied to passported benefits since they are all or nothing" benefits that are not tapered with income.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency (a) received state pension, (b) applied for pension credit and (c) received pension credit in each of the last three years; and what the average pension credit payment was in each year. 
The June Pension Credit figures, which are available in the Library, show that 5,280 households (6,440 individuals) in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk were in receipt of pension credit, with an average award of £35.80. Earlier figures for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and other newly created constituencies are not available. Information on the number of people who have applied for or are eligible for pension credit is not available in respect of individual constituencies.
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1. Numbers of households and individuals are rounded to the nearest five. 2. Individuals comprise claimants and partners and may contain a small number of partners aged under 60. 3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS directory.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls made to the Pension Service have (a) met an engaged tone, (b) been received and (c) been handled by an adviser in the last 24 months, broken down by call centre. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning how many calls made to The Pension Service have (a) met an engaged tone (b) been received and (c) been handled by an adviser in the last 24 months broken down by call centre. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of The Pension Service.
For the period August 2003 to August 2005, in excess of 27 million calls were received by Regional Pension Centres/Pension Credit Application Line and over 25 million were answered by agents, equating to 91.2 per cent. of total calls received.
|Breakdown by Pension Centre||Total calls (b)||Attempted calls receiving an engaged tone or message (a)||Calls answered (c)|
|London Pension Centre (Glasgow)||471,114||136||436,518|
|London Pension Centre (Newcastle)||1,140,790||64,402||1,101,948|
|Pension Credit Application Line||5,453,721||64||5,083,456|
Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were living in poverty in (i) Walsall borough and (ii) Walsall North constituency in (A) 1997 and (B) 2005. 
|Before housing costs||0.4||0.3|
|After housing costs||0.4||0.4|
|Before housing costs||0.2||0.2|
|After housing costs||0.3||0.2|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is his latest estimate of the total value of unfunded liabilities of public sector pension schemes; and if he will make a statement. 
There are no plans to fund unfunded public service pension schemes. The employer and employee contributions levied for unfunded schemes are set to cover the accruing long term liability to pay the pensions of scheme members; these contributions are not paid into a fund.
Tom Brake: To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members claimed the cycle allowance in the last period for which figures are available; and how much each of the 10 highest claimers claimed. 
Mr. Hoon: Information is only readily available for Bills certified by the Speaker as relating exclusively to Scotland, or ordered to be proceeded with as if they had been so certified. The figures are on a sessional (rather than calendar year) basis, and exclude time spent in Standing or Grand Committees. For Sessions 199293 to 19992000, the time taken on the floor of the House for such Bills is as follows:
|Session||Second Reading||Committee of the whole House||Consideration||Third Reading||Lords Amendments|
|199293||7hrs 45mins||||6hrs 3lmins||52mins||22mins|
|199394||6hrs 58mins||||12hrs 6mins||3hrs 26mins||5hrs 37mins|
|199495||5hrs 54mins||||10hrs 50mins||35mins|||
|199596||7hrs 5mins||||5hrs 36mins||34mins|||
|199697||6hrs 55mins||8mins||6hrs 29mins||1hr 1min|||
|199899||4hrs 32mins||||2hrs 14mins||1hr|||
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