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Citygate Public Affairs

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings the Department has held with Citygate Public Affairs Ltd. since July. [36753]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department does not maintain a central list of such contacts. Ministers and civil servants, including special advisers meet many people as part of the process of policy development and business delivery. All such contacts are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Civil Service Code, Code of Conduct for Special Advisers and Guidance for civil servants on contacts with lobbyists and people outside Government.

Compulsory Redundancies (Benefit Offices)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on negotiations with the Public and Commercial Services Union on compulsory redundancies for jobcentre and benefit office workers. [44840]

Mrs. McGuire: In November 2004 the Department reached a negotiated agreement with the PCS, FDA and Prospect trade unions. This agreement states that staff would only be declared compulsorily redundant after full and meaningful consultation with trade unions has taken place. The agreement allows for consultation to be undertaken at the appropriate level within the organisation and with a view to reaching agreement about ways to avoid, minimise or mitigate compulsory redundancy. DWP Management and the unions agreed to work constructively together to seek to avoid compulsory redundancies through redeployment and voluntary measures.

In accordance with the agreement, a forum of management and departmental trade unions has met monthly to review jointly the operation of the agreement. At the latest joint forum the unions agreed that the agreement was holding up well in the majority of government office regions. To date the Department has reduced staffing by just under 15,000 with only one compulsory redundancy, which involved exceptional circumstances. The Department will continue to work with its trade unions to avoid compulsory redundancy wherever possible.
 
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Credit and Benefit Overpayments

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individual credit and benefit overpayment cases have been referred to his Department by hon. Members since 2001. [40529]

Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 11 January 2006]: Records prior to 2003 are no longer available.

Details of individual pension credit and benefit overpayment cases referred to the Department by hon. Members for the years 2003 to 2005 are shown in the following table.
Number
2003151
2004220
2005406

Customer Management System

Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost is of repairing the Customer Management System in his Department. [46829]

Margaret Hodge: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Lesley Strathie:

Debt Manager Software

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much debt has been written off as a result of problems with the new IT software package debt manager. [45278]

Mr. Plaskitt: No debt has been written off.

Departmental Advertising Campaigns

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the public information advertising campaigns run by his Department in the past 12 months; and how much his Department spent on (a) newspapers and (b) television advertising for those campaigns. [42516]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information is held in financial years and the following table provides the figures for the current financial year to date.
 
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Department for Work and Pensions National Public Advertising Information Campaigns April 2005 to date
£000

Newspaper advertising expenditureTV advertising expenditure
Targeting Benefit Fraud5561,446
Pension Credit1090
State Pension Deferral2750
State Second Pension7860
Winter Fuel Payments9180
Images of Disability00
National Sector Campaign00
Age Partnership Group00



Notes:
1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
2. All national advertising campaigns are listed together with the newspaper and television advertising expenditure relating to those campaigns. National advertising campaigns that do not include either newspaper or television advertising are also listed.
3. The information is not available in the format requested and has therefore been provided for the current financial year only.
4. All figures are exclusive of VAT.


Departmental Assets

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the items of departmental property worth over £100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken in the last 12 months. [47671]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is as follows:

(a) Items of departmental property worth over £100 reported as lost from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005 are as follows:
Asset descriptionCCNBV (£)
NEC TFT Monitor118.52
Dell Latitude C600 Laptop367.61
NEC Multisync Monitor LCD1550X454.91
Dell Latitude C600 Laptop460.67
Compaq EVO N600C Laptop482.83
NEC Powerpoint Projector909.51
NEC Powermate Desktop PC446.70
Compaq EVO N600C PC655.27

(b) The Department does not hold details of property that has been broken.

Departmental Expenditure

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual expenditure on vehicles by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other public body for which he is responsible in (A) Scotland, (B) Wales, (C) each of the English regions and (D) Northern Ireland was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06. [39988]

Mr. Plaskitt: The figures provided are for the department, all its agencies and non-departmental public bodies and cover vehicle purchase costs and car hire and associated running costs. The department does not collect centrally information in the agency or geographic format requested and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.
 
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Departmental annual expenditure on vehicle purchaseand car hire (£)

PeriodVehicle purchaseCar hire
2002–039,614,4321,408,009
2003–044,209,3961,015,311
2004–056,508,943908,521
2005–06(43)4,000,000600,000


(43) Anticipated

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff was by (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which his Department is responsible in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, (3) each English region and (4) Northern Ireland in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06 in each case. [40091]

Mrs. McGuire: A full response is not available from standard information systems in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. A partial response has therefore been provided.

(i) (a) (b) —The Department's estate has been sold or transferred under a PFI partnership deal to Land Securities Trillium (LST) and in return for the payment of a unitary charge, LST is responsible for providing a full facilities management service across the estate. As payments are made for the service as a whole the Department could provide a breakdown for the facilities, agencies and regions requested only at disproportionate cost.

(ii)(A)(a) (b) (c) —Listed as follows are the non-departmental public bodies which are not included in the PFI partnership deal with LST.
£
Remploy Ltd.2002–03
(a) Buildings3,780,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff986,000
2003–04
(a) Buildings2,255,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff1,273,000
2004–05
(a) Buildings5,095,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff1,221,000
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings730,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff1,178,000
Independent Living Funds (ILF)
All buildings costs are met via the departmental PFI partnership with Land Securities Trillium
2002–03
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff7,814
2003–04
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff9,973
2004–05
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff9,720
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff11,700
Disability Rights Commission. The figures for expenditure on buildings cover all property costs for example rents, repairs, running costs and any mandatory insurance. In accordance with Treasury and departmental policy the terms of the DRC's financial memorandum preclude the Commission from taking out any commercial insurance without the prior approval of the Department, other than third party insurance required by the Road Traffic Acts and any other insurance which is a statutory obligation or which is permitted in paragraph 30.4.2 of Government Accounting.2002–03
(a) Buildings1,004,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staffn/a
2003–04
(a) Buildings1,079,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staffn/a
2004–05
(a) Buildings1,013,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staffn/a
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings1,329,342
(b) Insurance of buildings and staffn/a
Private Pensions Fund (PPF)
Established 6 April 2005
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings556,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff10,000
The Pensions Regular (TPR)
Established 6 April 2005
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings1,900,000
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff50,000



n/a = Not available.



 
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(ii)(B)(a)(b)(c)—Executive agencies

£
Health and Safety Executive
2002–03 information has now been archived and can only be provided at disproportionate cost
2003–04
(a) Buildings:
Scotland1,945,740
Wales260,506
London HQ5,462,639
East and South East2,225,177
Midlands1,919,605
South West367,464
North West4,931,070
Yorkshire and North East1,502,751
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff:
Scotland10,485
Wales1,535
London HQ0
East and South East22,887
Midlands9,145
South West8,301
North West10,221
Yorkshire and North East14,777
2004–05
(a) Buildings:
Scotland2,147,423
Wales264,580
London HQ6,120,556
East and South East2,257,637
Midlands2,180,534
South West496,212
North West5,078,636
Yorkshire and North East1,563,863
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff:
Scotland11,292
Wales1,826
London HQ0
East and South East18,387
Midlands10,499
South West9,575
North West7,285
Yorkshire and North East16,780
Planned expenditure 2005–06
(a) Buildings:
Scotland2,272,678
Wales325,520
London HQ6,115,630
East and South East2,286,326
Midlands2,271,892
South West459,331
North West5,064,025
Yorkshire and North East1,634,265
(b) Insurance of buildings and staff:
Scotland10,989
Wales1,020
London HQ0
East and South East17,477
Midlands10,168
South West8,062
North West6,606
Yorkshire and North East18,550

 
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£
The Rent Service—became part of DWP in April 2004. The figure includes rent, rates, insurance and service charges on all our leases, both for occupied and unoccupied property. It does not include capital expenditure on refurbishments and fit cuts. The Rent Service is unable to breakdown costs in the format requested without incurring disproportionate costs and information is not available by region.2004–055,522,136
2005–065,085,839


(ii)(C)(a)(b)(c)—Other public bodies

£
Motability2002–03
(a) Buildings208,630
(b) Insurance of buildings11,211
2003–04
(a) Buildings196,822
(b) Insurance of buildings13,857
2004–05
(a) Buildings259,263
(b) Insurance of buildings18,929
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings277,946
(b) Insurance of buildings19,872
The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)2002–03
(a) Buildings194,910
(b) Insurance of buildings14,470
2003–04
(a) Buildings259,914
(b) Insurance of buildings19,051
2004–05
(a) Buildings247,328
(b) Insurance of buildings22,891
Planned expenditure for 2005–06
(a) Buildings286,000
(b) Insurance of buildings10,000

 
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