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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions (a) his Department and (b) Jobcentre Plus have held with representatives of learning providers concerning (i) prime contractor status and (ii) other means of improving the cost-effectiveness of education and training in job placement. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what recent discussions (a) his Department and (b) Jobcentre Plus have held with representatives of learning providers concerning (i) prime contractor status and (ii) other means of improving the cost effectiveness of education and training in job placement. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Jobcentre Plus holds regular formal discussions and meetings with representatives of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the Association of Learning Providers (ALP) and the Provider Liaison Group.
All these bodies represent the interests of all actual and potential providers of employment related services under contract to Jobcentre Plus. The role of prime contractors and cost effectiveness of employmentrelated services have both been discussed at these meetings. There are of course other more informal meetings and discussions held with individual learning providers where these issues may be raised.
Mr. Timms: The numbers entitled to pension credit will depend on a wide range of factors including how Government choose to uprate benefits in the future. If the current uprating approaches are continued in the future, projections suggest 5.2 million households or 6.9 million individuals in Great Britain will be entitled to pension credit in 2025. Projections are not available at constituency level.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value was of rebates for
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contracting out of the state second pension in each year since 200203; and if he will estimate the distribution of the value of the rebates for each income (a) decile and (b) quartile of the population. 
|Tax year||Occupational schemes||Personal pension and stakeholder pension schemes||Total|
|Defined benefit||Defined contribution|
Information in the following table was provided by the Pensions Regulator and shows the number of schemes that have entered winding up each year since 1997 and which had not yet completed winding up. The table does not contain schemes that started winding up in the time period given and have since completed wind up. The Pensions Regulator only holds the present status of a scheme so only those winding up at the moment are captured.
|Effective date scheme status was|
changed on register to 'Winding Up'
|Number of schemes||Total membership|
|1 April 1997 to 31 March 1998||103||2,958|
|1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999||127||3,612|
|1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000||2,940||52,926|
|1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001||1,058||30,192|
|1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002||1,450||42,823|
|1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003||1,148||54,738|
|1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004||1,197||51,478|
|1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005||560||53,192|
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the take-up of stakeholder pensions; and what the average employee contribution to stakeholder pension schemes has been. 
Mr. Timms: Stakeholder pensions are now an established pension product. Figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show that at 30 June 2005 over two-and-a-half million stakeholder pensions had been sold since their introduction in April 2001.
Official figures for the 200304 tax year confirm that 99 per cent. of sales have been to people in work and that the majority of stakeholder pensions are being bought by those on modest incomes; over three-quarters (1,080,000) of stakeholder pension plans with contributions in them in that year were for workers earning under £30,000 a year and around two-thirds (790,000) were for those workers earning under £20,000 a year.
Stakeholder pensions form an integral part of the range of Stakeholder Savings Products introduced in April 2005 and will benefit from the Government's Consumer Awareness Campaign launched in September. The main objective of the campaign is to raise people's awareness of the Stakeholder Range of Products; what they are and how they can help people save and accumulate assets.
Information on employee contributions alone is not available. The average contribution to stakeholder pension schemes held by employees in the 200304 tax year was £1,290 pa. This includes employee, employer and minimum contributions. (The national insurance rebate).
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Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deaths of children under the age of 18 years resulted from (a) swimming accidents and (b) swimming accidents in swimming pools in each of the last 20 years. 
Tables 1 and 2 set out figures obtained from the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of National Statistics respectively. The two sets of data are not directly comparable as they are based on different reporting arrangements. The HSE data in Table 1 are based on a reporting year from April to March and only include accidents arising from activities within the control of an employer. The ONS statistics at Table 2 are collected over the calendar year and include all deaths from drowning as recorded on death certificates.
|1 April-31 March||(a) Swimming activities||(b) swimming pools|
|Calendar year||(a) Swimming accidents||(b) Swimming accidents in swimming pools|
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