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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single women pensioners are receiving assistance to bring them up to the minimum pension level, broken down by constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria were used to select pilot areas for the pilot work search premium scheme for working tax credit partners; what the take-up to date has been; what the duration of the scheme is expected to be; what the cost of the scheme is; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: The work search premium for working tax credit partners (WSP/WTCP) was introduced on the 31 October 2005. It will be piloted for two years in 31 wards in eight Jobcentre Plus districts: Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Leicester, London City and East, London North East, London South and Luton.
The exact criteria were that pilot locations should have an unemployment rate of one and a half times the International Labour Organisation rate of unemployment, and one and a half times the national average of people not claiming benefit or working. In addition, in each ward, the number of people not in employment and not claiming benefit should be greater than 2,500 people.
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It is anticipated that around 6,000 people will benefit from the WSP/WTCP over the two years that the pilot is in operation. However, as it was only introduced at the end of October, statistical data will not be available until the end of December.
|Ward||Winter fuel payment recipients|
|Denbigh Upper/ Henllan||590|
|Prestatyn South West||1,025|
|Rhyl South East||1,455|
|Rhyl South West||855|
|St. Asaph East||460|
|St. Asaph West||385|
Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial support is available for young people living independently and participating in further education (a) for the first six months and (b) after six months. 
Mr. Plaskitt: It is a matter of record that the policy of both this and previous Governments has been to exclude most, but not all, full-time students from entitlement to housing benefit; since 1990 financial support for those students opting to study full-time has been seen as the responsibility of the education system, rather than the benefit system.
Those in full-time education are not supported through the benefits system once they reach the age of 19; the age at which child benefit ceases to be payable. Students in vulnerable groups, mainly those with a disability and those with dependent children retain eligibility for income related benefits.
People in full-time education are not entitled to receive jobseeker's allowance. Successive Governments have taken the view that full-time education is incompatible with the 'work first' nature of the jobseeker's allowance regime. It would be very difficult for someone in full-time education to fully meet the conditions for receipt of jobseeker's allowance.
Young people who are eligible to claim jobseekers allowance receive, like everyone else, help and support to find work. As unemployment lengthens and getting into work becomes more difficult the help provided becomes more intensive. As part of this, young people become eligible for the new deal after six months unemployment. The new deal provides intensive support through a personal adviser and includes, for those people who do not find work quickly, a number of options, including full-time education and training, to help improve their prospects of finding work. Young
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people participating in full time education and training as part of the new deal receive an allowance, which is equivalent to their jobseeker's allowance plus a top up of £15.38 per week to cover additional costs incurred through participation. Individuals receiving housing benefit can currently study for qualifications below degree level, as long as it is for less than 16 guided learning hours a week. This is not always a significant barrier as many full time Learning and Skills Council courses are just over 12 guided learning hours a week.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to reply to your question concerning what training is provided to Jobcentre Plus advisers to assist them in working with young people living independently. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Advisers receive training on assisting young people via the New Deal for Young People learning package. The focus of this learning is to help staff to support young people's ability to identify realistic job goals, and, if appropriate, a move into further education, as a means of gaining sustainable employment.
Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines she has issued on the minimum acceptable distance patients should be expected to travel to reach a hospital with an accident and emergency department. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions for overseas residents took place after 18 weeks' gestation in 200405; and whether her Department requires an anaesthetic or pain killer to be administered to the unborn child before a late abortion takes place. 
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issue guidance on clinical matters relating to abortion. For all terminations at gestational age of more than 21 weeks and six days, the RCOG recommends the method chosen should ensure that the foetus is born dead and that consideration is given to use of foetal analgesia and sedation.
Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in (a) Great Britain and (b) the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority under the Abortion Act, as amended by section 37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 in each of the last five years; and what percentage were performed to save the life of the mother. 
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|Total||Sections 1(1)(c) and 1(4) of the Abortion Act(27)(percentage)||Total||Sections 1(1)(c) and 1(4) of the Abortion Act(27)(percentage)|
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