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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the draft regulations in respect of the waste electronic and electrical equipment directive will be published; and for what reason publication has not yet taken place. 
Malcolm Wicks: As I announced on 14 December 2005, we are currently reviewing progress on implementation of the WEEE directive. We expect to be able to publish new draft regulation for public consultation in the spring once the review has concluded.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those categories of personnel exempted from European working time legislation as not being classified as workers. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following categories of people are not regarded as workers" under the European Working Time Directive (and the Working Time Regulations 1998 which implement the directive)holders of political and elected office, voluntary workers and the self-employed. Domestic servants are also expressly excluded.
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that consultees are able to respond fully to (a) the consultation on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and (b) the Health and Safety Executive's newly commissioned research; and what the time scales are for the consultations. 
Mrs. McGuire: The consultation on proposed amendments to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 was widely publicised and the Consultative Document was distributed to the Health and Safety Executive's list of stakeholders and partners at the start of the consultation period. The document was available on the Health and Safety Executive's website, and responses were accepted by email. I am informed by HSC that key stakeholders have submitted their views.
When agreeing to the publication of the Consultative Document the HSC questioned whether the research into work with textured decorative coatings reflected the way this work is actually carried out. In response to this the Health and Safety Executive has arranged for the work to be peer reviewed and commissioned a piece of further research. The Health and Safety Executive will announce the results of this research when these become available. They will discuss this with stakeholders or their representatives as part of the consultation analysis. This, with the original responses to the consultation, will inform any recommendations the Health and Safety Executive makes to the Health and Safety Commission for new regulations.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the timescale for removing asbestos from buildings; what assessment he has made of where in the country is worst affected by asbestos; what penalties are in place for those who disregard the new asbestos regulations; and where the safe disposal of asbestos will take place. 
(a) A Risk Assessment provided as Annex D(A) of the Consultative Document on Proposals for Revised Asbestos Regulations and an approved Code of Practice" (CD205) contains an estimate that about one third of installed asbestos has already been removed and the remaining asbestos material would be removed over a 50-year period. This is an overall estimate and the amount removed will vary for particular products.
For breach of an improvement or prohibition notice, similar penalties are available with the addition of imprisonment for up to six months on summary conviction or two years on conviction on indictment.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the savings from detected benefit fraud for (a) his Department and (b) local authorities were in each of the last six years. 
The overall figures for MVA have reduced each year. This is due to a reduction in the amount of Instrument of Payment (IOP) fraud detected over this period. Non IOP related MVA has remained stable at around £6 million. Detected IOP frauds have fallen because of the Department's success in reducing the prevalence of this type of fraud through detection and, more recently, changes to the methods of payment that prevent this type of fraud. As at April 2005, 98 per cent. of pensioners and 95 per cent. of working age customers were paid by Direct Payment.
The MVA figures do not relate to the published fraud and error overpayment figures used for the PSA target. This is because the published fraud and error figures use a sampling system to estimate how much has been overpaid or underpaid in fraud and error. This includes overpayment that has not been uncovered and identified but is estimated to exist. MVAs only relate to adjustments made to a claim after a fraud investigation and so will not include any figures for error, or any estimates of fraud that has not been uncovered and investigated.
Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on delays in payment of new benefit claims in (a) West Dumbartonshire and (b) the UK for (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income support and (iii) incapacity benefit in the last 12 months; 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking if he will make a statement on delays in the payment of new benefit claims in West Dumbartonshire, and the UK, for Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support and Incapacity Benefit in the last 12 months; and what his department is doing to reduce the backlog of claimants waiting for a decision on their claim for these benefits. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Claims for Income Support and Incapacity Benefit made in Great Britain were within our profile clearance times of 12 and 19 days respectively in December 2005. They were also within profile for the year to December 2005. Claims processed at the Clydebank Combined Social Security Office (CSSO) were also within these profiles.
The time taken to clear a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claim (the Actual Average Clearance Time) increased between April and November 2005. In Clydebank CSSO, JSA clearance times were consistently within the planning assumption up until September resulting in a year to date figure that is also within the planning assumption.
A JSA taskforce has been created to address fluctuating clearance times and set in place immediate recovery measures, whilst longer term and more fundamental issues are also being taken forward. More immediate measures include the more effective distribution of workloads amongst the Contact Centre network to improve performance.
Building on the taskforce work, the Jobcentre Plus Chief Operating Officer will shortly launch a National Action Plan. The Action Plan is built around a mandatory series of health checks", taking local managers through the whole end to end process, identifying key risk elements and, where a part of the process fails the health check, directing managers to appropriate good practice products and tool-kits.
This will be strengthened by regular senior management attention particularly in this area. Where performance is below expectation, Districts and Contact Centres will be required to draw up their own individual recovery plans.
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