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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been referred by Jobcentre Plus to (a) learndirect and (b) private sector organisations for the supply of equivalent training; what proportion of each have (i) returned to employment and (ii) re-registered for jobseeker's allowance within 12 months; and what evaluation he has conducted of the effectiveness of learndirect courses in fitting people for employment. 
At local level, Jobcentre Plus works in partnership with many different intermediary organisations that can help jobless people move from welfare to work and independence. University for Industry (Ufi) learndirect is one such organisation. Ufi learner surveys show that over 80 per cent. of jobseekers feel their learndirect learning will lead to a new job.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head in each year since 2002. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002. 
Mrs. McGuire: To date some 1,435 staff have takenscreening tests offered by Union Learning RepresentativesULRs. The information available does not allow us to identify how many of those screened requested help to improve their literacy or numeracy skills in particular.
Not all staff will approach ULRs for support. Learning needs may be identified during the course of the bi-annual review, for all staff, of their Personal
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Development Plan with their line manager. Figures are not available for the number of staff requesting help with their literacy or numeracy skills via this route.
The plan assumes that 10 per cent. of staff who choose to address a literacy or numeracy need will go on to take the national tests and subsequently demonstrate their competency to level 2 on the national qualifications framework.
Since March 2004, basic literacy and numeracy has been the main focus of activity of the union learning representative (ULR) network that has been established within the Department. ULRs encourage staff to assess their skills and support them to address any learning need. Part of this process is to make staff aware of the availability of the national tests.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in his Department (a) were relocated in 200405 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 200506 as a result of the Lyons review of public sector relocation; to which locations they have been relocated; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: [holding answer 7 November 2005]: The basis of the department's relocation strategy resulting from the Lyons review is to relocate posts rather than people. Information on the number of posts relocated, and expected to be relocated, and the locations concerned is contained in the following tables.
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|Number of Posts||Location|
|26||Annesley, Grimsby, Liverpool and Peterlee|
|74||Plymouth, Bristol and Edinburgh|
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Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions how much funding was allocated by his Department to Milton Keynes for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last five years. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding was allocated by his Department to Hemel Hempstead constituency for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last eight years. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available to the requested level of detail. I refer the right hon. Member to the answer provided by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 1 November 2005, Official Report, column 988W.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the introduction of quarterly interviews for lone parents of children over 14 years under the New Deal programme; how many departmental staff are involved in these interviews; and what funding has been allocated. 
Quarterly work focused interviews (WFIs) were introduced in October 2005 for lone parents claiming income support (IS) with a youngest
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child aged at least 14. For lone parents who remain on IS until their youngest child reaches 16, this will involve a series of up to eight work focused interviews over a two year period, which is six more than under previous arrangements. The interviews aim to help as many lone parents as possible move into work, or closer to the labour market, before their child reaches 16 by providing information, advice and guidance on work opportunities and the range of help on offer.
We estimate a total expenditure of approximately £4.3 million on this initiative during 200506, £0.7 million of which represents the cost of an anticipated increased participation in new deal for lone parents resulting from the WFIs.
Potentially all Jobcentre Plus lone parent advisers could be involved in delivering these quarterly work focussed interviews, but funding for the initiative is based on a planning assumption of the equivalent of an additional 65 full-time staff for the period October 2005 to March 2006 or 130 for a full year.
Mrs. McGuire: The Office for Disability Issues was launched on 1 December. The Office for Disability Issues will provide a new cross-Government focus on disability, helping to ensure that Government Departments work together more effectively to deliver improved outcomes for disabled people.
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