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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has carried out research into awareness of the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 for recruitment and employment of disabled people among (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses; and what steps he is taking to increase awareness among such businesses with particular reference to enabling access to workplaces. 
Mrs. McGuire: The primary impact on recruitment and employment of disabled people among businesses of all sizes stems from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as amended by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003. These Regulations significantly extended the employment provisions of the 1995 Act to cover small employers and all previously excluded occupations, except the armed forces, from 1 October 2004. Research into the impact of the Act has formed part of DWP's on-going programme of research into the awareness of Disability Discrimination legislation.
The Department commissioned two research projects to determine employers' awareness of, and their responses, to the duties introduced in October 2004, The results were published in 'Research Report 202: Disability in the workplace: Employers and service providers responses to the Disability Discrimination Act in 2003 and preparation for 2004 changes'; and 'Research Report 277: Disability in the workplace: Small employers' awareness and responses to the
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Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the October 2004 duties'. Copies of these reports can be found in the House of Commons Library.
DWP is planning research that will continue to analyse the awareness of and response to the Disability Discrimination Act, particularly among those with duties specific to the DDA 2005. Employers of all sizes will be captured both within the survey and case study aspect of this research, and results will be published in a report due in autumn 2006.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the National Audit Office on the Child Support Agency contract with Electronic Data Systems. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received from the National Audit Office on the background to the Child Support Agency contract with Electronic Data Systems.
The Select Committee Report in January 2005, on the Performance of the Child Support Agency provided Government with a number of recommendations. Recommendation 3 focused on the CSA contract with EDS:
We recommend that the National Audit Office undertakes a comprehensive study of the background to the CSA contract with EDS as soon as it is feasible to do so, and that Parliament should debate the findings in Government time on the floor of the House."
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department will provide to people in Warrington who lose their jobs as a result of the closure of the Safeway distribution centre. 
Funding has been approved to enable the Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service to support the Safeway workers in a variety of ways. A Skills Training Analysis will be conducted to assess individuals' existing skills and to identify specific needs in relation to further employment. In addition, funding will enable the provision of job focused training if not available from other sources or Jobcentre Plus partners.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the level of jobseeker's allowance (JSA) by (a) £1 per week, (b) £5 per week and (c) £10 per week for each rate of JSA. 
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 50 years claimed jobseeker's allowance (JSA) in Houghton and Washington, East constituency in (a) 200102, (b) 200203, (c) 200304 and (d) 200405; and what percentage (i) remained on JSA, (ii) found work, (iii) moved onto income support and (iv)moved onto incapacity benefit in each year. 
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants for national insurance numbers have been waiting more than (a) one month, (b) three months and (c) six months for them to be issued. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) custodial sentences have been imposed and (b) driving licences have been confiscated for the persistent non-payment of maintenance by non-resident parents in each of the last
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three years (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) in the Middlesbrough courts area. 
Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 20 December 2005]: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Stephen Geraghty. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) custodial sentences have been imposed and (b) driving licences have been confiscated for the persistent non-payment of maintenance by non-resident parents in each of the last three years (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) in the Middlesbrough courts area.
|Number of cases referred to court||Suspended prison sentences||Committal|
|Suspended driving licence withdrawals||Driving licence withdrawals|
|200506 (April to November)||554||212||8||13||4|
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