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Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1458W, on benefits, whether departmental staff other than those in the Jobcentre Plus division make home visits to benefit (a) claimants and (b) recipients; and if he will make a statement. 
As set out in the reply to my hon. Friend's question on 9 February 2006, Official Report, columns 145859W, home visits are carried out by Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service. The Disability and Carer Service also commissions home visits but these are carried out for them by Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service, in accordance with a Partnership Agreement between the two services.
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Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was budgeted for council tax benefit in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales each year since 199192; and what forecasts have been made for future years. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Government has made of the mortality rate of existing incapacity benefit claimants in each year up to 2016; and if he will make a statement. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Government has made of the number of existing incapacity benefit claimants who will reach state retirement age in each year up to 2016; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: Information is not available in the format requested. The number of those currently claiming incapacity benefit who could reach state retirement age in each year to 2016 is in the table.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether provision will be made for pensioners who receive Financial Assistance Scheme payments to receive increases (a) as they get older and (b) to take account of the cost of living increases. 
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many branches of the Post Office there were in the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many own occupation tests were conducted pursuant to the Social Security (Incapacity
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for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 1999 in relation to those claiming statutory sick pay in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list visits made by Ministers in his Department to Sure Start schemes and facilities in each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales in the 12 months to 5 May 2005; what was the cost to public funds of each visit; and if he will make a statement. 
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought for (a) sales of alcohol to under age children under the Licensing Act 2003 and (b) crime and disorder associated with pubs and clubs in West Lancashire since November 2005. 
Hazel Blears: The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005. Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for 2005 will be available in autumn 2006.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were found guilty of (a) drunken and disorderly behaviour and (b) drunken and aggravated disorderly behaviour in (i) England and (ii) West Lancashire in each year since 1997. 
Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of offenders found guilty for drunkenness and drunkenness with aggravation in Lancashire po1ice force area and England 19972004 are given in the table. It is not possible to identify those convicted in West Lancashire, as the data are not collected at this level of detail. Court statistics for 2005 will be available in autumn 2006.
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The penalty notice for disorder scheme was brought into effect in all police forces in England and Wales during 2004. Under the scheme the police are able to issue persons committing specified minor offences with a fixed penalty notice. No admission of guilt is required and payment of the penalty discharges all liability for the offence. In 2004 25,591 penalty notices were issued in England and 2,869 in Lancashire police force area for the offence of being drunk and disorderly.
Provisional data for 2005 to the end of September shows that 24,150 penalty notices were issued in England and 3,362 in Lancashire police force area for this offence. It is not possible to identify those issued in West Lancashire, as the data are not collected at this level of detail. The aggravated offence is not included in the scheme.
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|Drunkenness, simple(19)||Drunkenness with aggravation(19)||Drunkenness, simple(18)||Drunkenness with aggravation(19)|
2 Includes offences under S.12 Licensing Act 1872, Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985 SS.1(4), 1 A(4), 2.(2) and S.12 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 3 Includes offences under S.91 Criminal Justice Act 1967,8.12 Licensing Act 1872, S.174 Licensing Act 1964, S.9(4) Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969, S.28 London Hackney Carriage Act 1843J SS.101(1)(a)(b), (4) & (5) Merchant Shipping Act 1995, S.2 Licensing Act 1902 and S.61 Town Police Clauses Act 1847.
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