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Since 1997 the proportion of the total population aged 1624 not in full-time education or work has gone down. Without this improvement the number of jobless young people not in full-time education would be 50,000 higher than it is now.
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Following a continuous improvement review by an external HR consultancy, DWP has produced further good practice guidelines for all its recruiting teams to ensure that they recruit from as wide a range of people as possible.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of recipients of incapacity benefit are incapacitated as a result of (a) physical disabilities or injuries, (b) stress, depression and other mental health problems and (c) drug or alcohol dependency. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested. There is no specific group of diagnoses that covers physical disabilities or injuries. Stress, depression and other mental health problems all fall within the mental and behavioural disorders group of diagnoses, as do drug abuse and alcoholism.
|Number of IB/SDA claimants||Percentage of all diagnoses|
|Certain infectious and parasitic diseases||21,000||0.8|
|Diseases of the blood and blood forming organs and certain diseases involving the immune mechanism||4,500||0.2|
|Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases||39,700||1.4|
|Mental and behavioural disorders||1,086,100||39.0|
|Diseases of the nervous system||166,300||6.0|
|Diseases of the eye and adnexa||19,700||0.7|
|Diseases of the ear and mastoid process||12,100||0.4|
|Diseases of the circulatory system||168,900||6.1|
|Diseases of the respiratory system||65,600||2.4|
|Diseases of the digestive system||43,300||1.6|
|Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous system||16,900||0.6|
|Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue||524,300||18.8|
|Diseases of the genitourinary system||19,800||0.7|
|Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium||4,700||0.2|
|Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period|||||
|Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities||25,200||0.9|
|Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified||331,400||11.9|
|Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes||157,500||5.7|
|Factors influencing health status and contact with health services||37,100||1.3|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the role of (a) national and (b) local voluntary organisations in partnership programmes with government agencies to support incapacity benefit recipients in gaining employment. 
Margaret Hodge: We have always used voluntary and local organisations to work in partnership to deliver employment support to our customers. We intend to continue to do so in the future. The voluntary sector has a vital contribution to make in providing effective support to individuals so that they can move closer to the labour market and find a job.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of incapacity benefit have been in receipt of the benefit for (a) less than one year, (b) between one and two years, (c) between two and three years, (d) between three and four years, (e) between four and five years and (f) more than five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer my hon. Friend the Minister for Pensions Reform gave on 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 374W to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Jim Cousins).
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1774W, on Jobcentre Plus, if he will carry out a sample survey of calls from warm phones; and whether calls from a warm phone can (a) receive an engaged tone and (b) be put into a queue to be answered. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005 on Jobcentre Plus, concerning if he will carry out a sample survey of calls from warm phones; and whether calls from a warm phone can receive (a) an engaged tone and (b) be put into a queue to be answered. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of the Agency.
After consideration, Jobcentre Plus has decided not to undertake a sample of calls from warm phones. Our call handling performance has improved significantly over recent months and to undertake such an exercise would not deliver sufficient benefit from the cost incurred.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of creating Jobcentre Plus offices in each year since 200102; and what the estimated costs are for each year to 200708. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning the cost of creating Jobcentre Plus offices in each year since 200102 and the estimated costs for each year to 200708. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The creation of the Jobcentre Plus network of newly designed offices began in 2001 with a number of Pathfinder offices. This phase was followed by the set up of a project in 2002 to rollout the new designs and infrastructure.
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