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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2005, Official Report, columns 136566W, what the quarterly average exit rate for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disability allowance was in each quarter since May 1997 in (i) Pathways to Work pilot jobcentre plus districts, (ii) the UK excluding Pathways to Work pilot jobcentre plus districts and (iii) the UK. 
|GB WA Caseload at start of quarter||GB WA Terminations in the quarter||Terminations as a percentage of GB caseload at start of quarter|
|Pathways WA Caseload at start of quarter||Pathways WA Terminations in the quarter||Terminations as a percentage of Pathways caseload at start of quarter|
|Non-Pathways WA Caseload at start of quarter||Non-Pathways WA Terminations in the quarter||Non-Pathways Terminations as a percentage of Non-Pathways caseload at start of quarter|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed on benefit fraud enforcement in each of the last eight years, broken down by type of benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
Every person employed in the DWP has a role in enforcing the requirements of the benefits system. Our preventive structures are intended to make our systems robust against fraud. All claims are subject to verification and all statements made by our customers are open to challenge where it appears that they may be incorrect.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the total number of job entries by claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance in the UK (a) returned to incapacity benefits and (b) claimed jobseeker's allowance within (i) one month, (ii) two months, (iii) six months and (iv) 12 months, in the latest period for which data is available. 
The Department for Work and Pensions Research Report Number 244Destination of benefit leavers 2004showed that nationally, 62 per cent. of claimants leaving income support, incapacity benefit or jobseeker's allowance entered employment of 16 hours or more a week. Copies of the report are available in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make funding available to the
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voluntary sector benefits advice organisations that have witnessed an increase in their workload since the benefits office closure programme. 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 5 December 2005]: The Department does not, and has not previously, provided funding for voluntary sector benefits advice organisations. We have no plans to change this position.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from Save the Children about the number of children living in severe and long-term poverty. 
Margaret Hodge: I have not received any representations from Save the Children. However, my officials are in regular contact with them, and were consulted by Save the Children on their recently published report Britain's Poorest Children Revisited".
Margaret Hodge: The seventh annual Opportunity for all" report (Cm 6673) sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and reports progress against a range of indicators.
Information regarding the number of children living in low-income households is published in Department for Work and Pension's publication Households Below Average Income (HBAI)", copies of which are available in the Library.
A copy of the most recent Child Support Agency Quarterly Statistical Summary, which gives information on the agency's performance, has been placed in the Library and is available on line at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/csa.asp.
Mr. Plaskitt: We do not have sufficient information on these cases to make a robust estimate. Not all of the unresolved cases will reach a calculation, and for those cases where the Agency will make a calculation we have no information about the amount of maintenance that will be charged and paid.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases were in arrears in each year from 1997 to 2005 in (a) England, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) Wellingborough. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were registered with the Child Support Agency in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997. 
A copy of the most recent Child Support Agency Quarterly Statistical Summary, which gives information on the Agency's performance, has been placed in the Library and is available on line at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/csa.asp"
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he and (b) his officials last met officials from HM Revenue and Customs to discuss the future of the Child Support Agency. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Since the Secretary of State's appointment on 2 November 2005 he has not discussed Child Support with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials. However, departmental officials meet regularly with HMRC to look at a range of issues.
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