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Communication Equipment

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to provide a guaranteed right to augmentative and alternative communication equipment for people with communication impairments. [59850]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

Provision of equipment and support is based on assessment of need and not a right to specific items or services. Primary care trusts (PCTs) and local councils receive substantial funding from Government each year. Within those allocations, it is for local PCTs and councils to fund and provide appropriate communication aids for their population through their integrated community equipment services in the light of local needs and priorities.

Contractors

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria he uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk. [60583]

Margaret Hodge: Prior to the formal tendering stage of the procurement process, the Department requires potential contractors to complete and submit a detailed 'Pre-Qualification Questionnaire' (PQQ), developed by the Office of Government Commerce, which provides the basis for selecting potential contractors to be invited to tender. The financial information required via the PQQ comprises the last two years' audited accounts, or, where audited accounts are not available, turnover, profit and loss, cash flow details and end-period balance sheet. The PQQ also seeks separate information regarding the turnover which enables us to assess the capacity of the organisation to fulfil the contract.

The PQQ is analysed by procurement and financial experts to determine whether or not the potential contractor is capable of undertaking the required work, and is also financially able to take the work on. This helps to prevent the Department entering into a contract with a financially exposed supplier.

Correspondence

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter dated 8 February from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding UK child poverty. [60496]

Margaret Hodge: I replied to the hon. Member on 20 March 2006.

Energy Sector (Industrial Injuries)

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many industrial (a) injuries and (b) fatalities have occurred in UK (i) coal mines and (ii)oil and gas extraction, refining and storage facilities since 1990. [49227]

Mrs. McGuire: HSE systems record the number of workplace injuries reported in Great Britain under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95). These systems do not identify the data to the level of detail requested; the closest available detail is provided.
 
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Access to older data at the required level of detail is not readily available and would require the restoration of archived databases.

Across the nine-year period 1996–97 to the provisional year 2004–05:

10,823 industrial injuries in Great Britain were reported to HSE that occurred in the defined industries as follows: For the years 1996–97 to 1999–2000: Coal mines, SIC92 Division 10 'Mining of coal and lignite, extraction of peat'; Oil and gas extraction, SIC92 Division 11 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas'; for years 2000–01 and on: Coal mines, SIC 92 codes 10100 'Mining and agglomeration of hard coal', 10101 'Deep coal mines', 10102 'Opencast coal working'; Oil and gas extraction,11100 'Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas', 11200 'Service activities incidental to oil and gas extraction excluding surveying'; Refining, 23200 'Manufacture of refined petroleum products', 23201 'Mineral oil refining', 23209 'Other treatment of petroleum products (excluding petrochemicals manufacture'; Oil and gas storage, 51510 'Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products', 51511 'Wholesale of petroleum and petroleum products', 51519 'Wholesale of other fuels and related products'.

Of these industrial injuries, 48 fatal injuries were reported. Table 1 provides a yearly breakdown. Table 2 shows a yearly breakdown by fatal, major and over- 3-day injury categories reportable under RIDDOR 95.
Table 1: Industrial (a) injuries and (b) fatalities in the industries as defined above reported to HSE in Great Britain in each year since 1996–97

Industrial, of which:

Year(36)/Industry

Employment status
(a) injuries(b) fatalities
1996–97
(i) Coal minesWorkers7144
Members of public
Total7144
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers3812
Members of public1
Total3822
1997–98
(i) Coal minesWorkers1,2457
Members of public
Total1,2457
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers4213
Members of public1
Total4223
1998–99
(i) Coal minesWorkers1,1014
Members of public2
Total1,1034
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers3551
Members of public
Total3551
1999–2000
(i) Coal minesWorkers9421
Members of public3
Total9451
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers2792
Members of public1
Total2802
2000–01
(i) Coal minesWorkers918
Members of public2
Total920
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers2753
Members of public42
Total2795
RefiningWorkers105
Members of public
Total105
Oil and gas storageWorkers1121
Members of public2
Total1141
2001–02
(i) Coal minesWorkers8712
Members of public
Total8712
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers2775
Members of public21
Total2796
RefiningWorkers471
Members of public
Total471
Oil and gas storageWorkers102
Members of public2
Total104
2002–03
(i) Coal minesWorkers667
Members of public31
Total6701
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers230
Members of public1
Total231
RefiningWorkers371
Members of public
Total371
Oil and gas storageWorkers791
Members of public
Total791
2003–04
(i) Coal minesWorkers5572
Members of public1
Total5582
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers2063
Members of public1
Total2073
RefiningWorkers50
Members of public
Total50
Oil and gas storageWorkers911
Members of public
Total911
2004–052
(i) Coal minesWorkers416
Members of public1
Total417
(ii) Oil and gas extractionWorkers204
Members of public
Total204
RefiningWorkers29
Members of public1
Total30
Oil and gas storageWorkers83
Members of public1
Total84
Total10,82348


(36)Prior to 2000–01 the activities of refining and oil and gas storage could not be separately identified from other activities also included in the top-level industry coding in use at this time.
(37)Provisional.





 
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Table 2: Injuries to workers and members of the public reported to HSE in the industries as defined above, 1996–97 to 2004–05(39)

Year(38)/Employment statusFatal injuriesNon-fatal major injuriesOver-3-day injuriesAll reported injuries
1996–97
Workers4200510714
Members of publicn/a
Total4200510714
Workers228351381
Members of public1n/a1
Total229351382
1997–98
Workers72131,0251,245
Members of publicn/a
Total72131,0251,245
Workers384334421
Members of public1n/a1
Total385334422
1998–99
Workers41349631,101
Members of public2n/a2
Total41369631,103
Workers179275355
Members of publicn/a
Total179275355
1999–2000
Workers1128813942
Members of public3n/a3
Total1131813945
Workers261216279
Members of public1n/a1
Total262216280
2000–01
Workers106812918
Members of public2n/a2
Total106812920
Workers365207275
Members of public22n/a4
Total565207279
Workers3471105
Members of publicn/a
Total3471105
Workers12982112
Members of public2n/a2
Total12982114
2001–02
Workers2106763871
Members of publicn/a
Total2106763871
Workers566206277
Members of public11n/a2
Total666206279
Workers183847
Members of publicn/a
Total183847
Workers2775102
Members of public2n/a2
Total2775104
2002–03
Workers81586667
Members of public12n/a3
Total181586670
Workers78152230
Members of public1n/a1
Total78152231
Workers192737
Members of publicn/a
Total192737
Workers1156379
Members of publicn/a
Total1156379
2003–04
Workers264491557
Members of public1n/a1
Total264491558
Workers359144206
Members of public1n/a1
Total359144207
Workers133750
Members of publicn/a
Total133750
Workers1187291
Members of publicn/a
Total1187291
2004–05(39)
Workers76340416
Members of public1n/a1
Total76340417
Workers64140204
Members of publicn/a
Total64140204
Workers101929
Members of public1n/a1
Total101930
Workers196483
Members of public1n/a1
Total196484
Total481,8828,87610,823




n/a=not applicable
(38)Prior to 2000–01 the activities of refining and oil and gas storage could not be separately identified from other activities also included in the top-level industry coding in use at this time.
(39)Provisional.



 
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