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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: As at 24 March 2006 there were 3123 active members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and related agencies. The ages at which they joined the scheme are shown in the following table.
|(a) before 20||500|
|(b) 20 and before 25||921|
|(c) 25 and before 30||520|
|(d) 30 and before 35||286|
|(e) 35 and before 40||302|
|(f) 40 and before 45||232|
|(g) 45 and after||362|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts. 
|Sales year to 31 March||Number|
Yvette Cooper: There is no complete house price data available that identifies first-time buyers. Estimates from the Regulated Mortgage Survey, show that almost half the first-time buyers paid no stamp duty as the value of their property was below the stamp duty threshold. This estimate does not allow for buyers in Enterprise Areas where the threshold is higher. Averaging the stamp duty paid across all first time buyers who are not sitting tenants and who bought with a mortgage produces a figure of £1,500 for quarter 3 2005. In the Budget the Chancellor raised the threshold to £125,000.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by his Department in each of the last five years for which data is available. 
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) was created following the Machinery of Government changes on 29 May 2002. The amount
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of employers' accruing superannuation liability charges in respect of the principal civil service pension scheme for ODPM, including the Government Offices and the Department's Executive agencies, are as follows:
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which functions of his core Department are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what administrative costs were associated with these functions for each area in the last year. 
The Departmental Report (CMD 6539) contains information on the Corporate and Shared Services function in 200405. The most recent Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (CMD 6639) contains the provisional 200405 departmental administration costs outturn.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what functions in his Department are carried out in Scotland; and what the administrative costs of these functions were in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which functions of his core Department are carried out in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Wales; and what administrative costs were associated with these functions for each area in the last year. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The administration budgets regime overseen by the Treasury relates to Whitehall Departments only. How running costs are controlled in the devolved Administrations is a matter for them. Treasury do not monitor administration costs by country separately.
The most recent Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (CMD 6639) contains the provisional 200405 departmental administration costs outturn and the Departmental Report (CMD 6539) contains information on the Corporate and Shared Services function in 200405.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative costs were of each non-departmental public body for which he has responsibility in the last year for which figures are available; what the total of such costs was in that year; and whether the costs are regarded for the purposes of public expenditure statistical analyses as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The administration budgets regime overseen by Treasury does not include non-departmental public bodies. The only exception to this for the Department for Work and Pensions is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The administrative costs for HSE in 200405 were £192.412 million net of income. These costs were identifiable.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total
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processing time for each of his Department's administered benefits in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005 and (e) the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: In response to the question, processing targets and actual achievements against those targets for the Department of Work and Pensions administered benefits are listed in the following tables for Pension Service, Jobcentre Plus and Disability and Carers Service.
|Retirement Pension/State Pension(17) ClearanceTarget 95 per cent. in 60 days (non-complex claims). A separate target for complex claims is relevant only from 200405 (Percentage)||94.7||(18)94.13||(19)95.06||(19)97.13|
|State Pension Clearance (complex claims(20)). Target 91 per cent. in 85 days. A separate target for complex claims is relevant only from 200405 (Percentage)||;||;||87.95||90.95|
|MIG ClearanceTarget 10 days. Due to implementation of Pension Credit end of year figures only relevant to 200203 (Days)||12.1||;|||||
|Pension Credit ClearanceTarget 10 Days. Implemented mid year in 200304 (Days)||;||12.31||10.3||8.63|
|19 day planning assumption||12 day planning assumption|
|Incapacity benefit||Income support||Jobseeker's allowance(21)|
|Target 200203||Target 200304||Target 200405||Target 200506||YTD December 2005|
|Average actual clearance time||200203|
Average actual clearance time
|Average actual clearance time||200304|
Average actual clearance time
|Average actual clearance time||200405|
Average actual clearance time
|Average actual clearance time||200506|
Average actual clearance time
|Disability Living Allowance|
|New Claims (NR)43.0||42.0||42.0||39.7||39||36.2||39.0||34.5|
|New Claims (SR)||8.0||7.0||8.0||6.1||8||5.7||8.0||5.6|
|New Claims (NR)27.0||24.2||26.0||20.8||24||18.2||22.0||17.9|
|New Claims (SR)||8.0||5.6||8.0||4.9||8||4.5||8.0||4.5|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, columns 86061W, to the hon. Member for Daventry, on benefits payments provision, how much his Department spent on the end-to-end delivery of the new debt management IT system introduced in August 2005. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The costs of the introduction of the new Debt Manager system stand at £22,207 million as at 31 January 2006. This cost includes all supplier costs, the costs of Project staff and Debt Management costs relating exclusively to the implementation of the new system.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households containing children living in relative poverty received no council tax benefit in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: The estimated number of households, with children, that received no council tax benefit, and whose household income was less than 60 per cent. of contemporary mediana measure of relative" low incomeis in the following table:
|Households, with children, not in receipt of council tax benefit and in relative low income||All relative low income households with children||All households with children|
People fail to take up their benefit rights, including council tax benefit, for a number of reasons. For example, the increasing number of home owners compared to tenants has had an impact on the number of people claiming council tax benefit. This is because home owners are likely to have less contact with the benefit system while tenants normally make a claim to council tax benefit at the same time as they make their claim for housing benefit.
However, we are working hard to increase the take up of council tax benefit by making receipt of a council tax benefit as automatic as possible for everyone eligible. Departmental policy officials, working together with representatives from local authorities, Jobcentre Plus, The Pension Service and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs aim to develop recommendations shortly.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association property and (c) the private sector in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Estimated expenditure in 200405 (£ million)|
|Local Authority Tenants||5,208|
|Registered Social Landlord Tenants||4,586|
|Private Rented Sector Tenants||3,365|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in housing benefit was paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) arms' length management organisations in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the effect on costs in each year of tenants transferring from council management to registered social landlords as part of large scale voluntary transfers. 
For information about the effect on costs in each year of tenants transferring from council management to registered social landlords as part of large scale voluntary transfers, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 591W.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association property, (c) registered social landlord property and (d) private sector housing in Coventry in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available broken down in the format requested. The latest available information for rent rebates, council tenancies, and rent allowance, all other tenancies, is in the tables.
|Rent Rebates||Rent Allowance|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the requisite National Vocational Qualification level is for Jobcentre Plus advisers working with clients in receipt of incapacity benefits; whether the minimum qualification level must be in a relevant subject; and whether qualification requirements will be reviewed as part of the welfare reforms proposed in the paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work. 
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to reply to your question asking what is the requisite National Vocational Qualification level for Jobcentre Plus advisers working with clients in receipt of incapacity benefits, whether the minimum qualification level must be in a relevant subject and whether qualification requirements will be reviewed as part of the welfare reforms proposed in the paper A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
During 2004/05 Jobcentre Plus invested in 1,654 full National Vocational Qualifications of which 868 were Advice & Guidance Level 3 or 4 for Advisers. When deciding which National Vocational Qualifications to support, courses which benefit those Advisers who deal with Incapacity Benefit claimants are our top priority.
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