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Departmental Staff

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by the (a) Rent Service, (b) Health and Safety Executive, (c) Department for Work and Pensions, (d) Child Support Agency, (e) JobcentrePlus and (f) Pension Service in each region in each of the last 12 months for which information is available; and how many and what percentage of posts were vacant in each month. [51167]

Mrs. McGuire: The figures requested are published in Civil Service Statistics. Table A of this publication covers staff numbers (on a full time equivalent and headcount basis) for each organisation as at 1 April 2004. The more recent data does not include a breakdown of DWP staff numbers by agency.

Information on The Health and Safety Executive, part of the Department since June 2002, is available in the same publication.

Civil Service statistics are available in the Library and at the following address on the Cabinet Office Statistics website: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/index.asp

Information on the number of vacant posts is not collected.

Household Income

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology was used to produce the charts of income distribution for the total population published in each edition of Households Below Average Income; and whether corresponding figures and charts are available for particular sectors of the population. [60607]

Margaret Hodge: The latest Department for Work and Pensions' statistical publication Households Below Average Income (HBAI), published on 9 March 2006 provides charts showing the number of individuals living in Great Britain by ten pound equivalised income bands. Figure 2.1 (BHC)" shows income measured before housing costs were deducted from household income, and Figure 2.1 (AHC)" shows income after housing costs were deducted from income.

The McClements equivalence scale was used to adjust for household income and household size and composition. Details of this and other factors included in the HBAI methodology can be found in Chapter 1 and Appendix 2 of the latest edition of HBAI, copies of which are available in the Library.

Corresponding charts for children, working-age adults with and without children, and pensioners, are in Chapters 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

Job Search Appointments

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what arrangements are in place in jobcentres for dealing with clients arriving late for Job Search appointments; [54246]

(2) what the average waiting time is between a request for a Job Search appointment and the actual appointment in each Jobcentre Plus contract centre area. [54247]


 
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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:

Jobcentre Plus

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on planned Jobcentre Plus closures; and what (a) financial and (b) headcount implications are expected from each closure. [51978]

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:

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Overpayments

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has accrued in unrecovered overpayments in each quarter since Q2 2001; and what is the total level of accrued overpayments. [52501]

Mr. Plaskitt: The details requested are in the following table.
£ million

Total value of new debt
2001–02
Quarter 181.2
Quarter 287.7
Quarter 378.0
Quarter 491.5
Total new debt in year338.4
Total cumulative debt stock at 31 March 20021,240.3
2002–03
Quarter 175.6
Quarter 276.1
Quarter 375.2
Quarter 485.3
Total new debt in year312.2
Total cumulative debt stock at 31 March 20031,144.7
2003–04
Quarter 165.1
Quarter 268.9
Quarter 368.0
Quarter 483.2
Total new debt in year285.2
Total cumulative debt stock at 31 March 20041,156.5
2004–05
Quarter 165.1
Quarter 274.4
Quarter 380.9
Quarter 491.5
Total new debt in year311.9
Total cumulative debt stock at 31 March 20051,229.8
2005–06
Quarter 188.5
Quarter 253.9
Quarter 383.5
Quarter 4
Total new debt in year225.9
Total cumulative debt stock at 31 December 20051,354.0

 
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