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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of income support recipients were disabled in (a) May 1997 and (b) May 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
|All income support claimants||Income support claimants with a disability premium||Proportion (percentage)|
Mr. Timms: Since its creation in June 2001 the Department for Work and Pensions has delivered a number of projects that involve IT and cost in excess of £1 million. The following lists those mission critical projects and programmes with a substantial IT content which have been delivered since June 2001.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them. 
Mr. Timms: Since the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions in June 2001, the only IT project that has been the subject of a Public Accounts Committee scrutiny and report is the Benefit Payment Card project. The report was published on 12 November 2001.
Mrs. McGuire: Many people with mental health conditions will be covered by the provisions in Part 2 of the Disability Discrimination Act which provide comprehensive protection against disability discrimination in recruitment and employment. These require an employer not to discriminate against disabled people for a reason related to their disability, but also to consider reasonable adjustments to job application or selection processes, and to premises, practices or procedures, if these would otherwise put a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage.
In addition, from 5 December 2005, under provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, the requirement that a mental illness must be clinically well-recognised" before it can be regarded as an impairment under the DDA 1995 will be ended, making it easier for people with mental health illnesses to enforce their rights.
Around 40 per cent. of all people making a claim for incapacity benefits say that mental health is their main health barrier. Consequently, Pathways advisers have received specialist training in supporting customers with mental health conditions and our Condition Management programmes have a particular emphasis upon advising people on how to manage their condition in a work context.
Ms Angela C. Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents have been recorded as occurring to new deal participants funded by his Department in each year since the new deal began, broken down by (a) fatal, (b) major and (c) those requiring over three days' absence. 
I regret this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Reports sent to HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and
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Dangerous Occurrences Regulations are not required to state whether an injured party was receiving training or experience under new deal schemes.
Mr. Timms: The seventh annual Opportunity for all report, published recently, sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress.
Information on the number of pensioners in low income is not available below regional level. The following table gives estimates for the number of pensioners in relative low income and absolute low income in the North West.
|Before housing costs||After housing costs|
|199495 to 199697||0.26||0.31|
|199596 to 199798||0.27||0.32|
|199697 to 199899||0.29||0.33|
|199798 to 199900||0.29||0.32|
|199899 to 200001||0.28||0.30|
|19992000 to 200102||0.27||0.28|
|200001 to 200203||0.28||0.27|
|200102 to 200304||0.28||0.26|
|Before housing costs||After housing costs|
|199495 to 199697||0.30||0.35|
|199596 to 199798||0.28||0.33|
|199697 to 199899||0.27||0.31|
|199798 to 199900||0.26||0.27|
|199899 to 200001||0.23||0.22|
|19992000 to 200102||0.20||0.17|
|200001 to 200203||0.18||0.14|
|200102 to 200304||0.16||0.12|
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants used on a call-off basis by (i) the Health and Safety Commission, (ii) the Health and Safety Executive relating to railway matters since 1 November 2003; what the nature of the assignment for each consultant was; and what the value of work done by each consultant was. 
Mrs. McGuire: In addition to all the rail-related work commissioned by the Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and undertaken by HSE's own internal Health and Safety Laboratory, since 1 November 2003, HSE has engagedthe following external technical and financial consultants:
Name of consultant
Nature of the assignment
|Value of the work (£000)|
|University of Newcastle||Comparison of the Hatfield and alternative UK rails using models to assess the effect of|
residual stress on crack growth
|Bombardier||Storage of carriages at Adtranz, CreweHatfield derailment||315|
|NRPB||Survey into the radiological impact of the normal transport of radioactive material by rail||22|
|Deloitte and Touche(49)||Evaluation of HSE's Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Gas, Offshore and|
Rail charging regimes(49)
|University College London||Analytical work in support of the HSC Working Group to examine risk to rail users from|
road vehicles obstructing the railways
The Health and Safety Executive, the Government's regulator for rail safety, makes an assessment of all safety-related incidents to determine whether to take enforcement action and/or whether there are lessons to be learnt.
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