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Private Office Staff

David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of her private office staff are (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled. [69031]

Vera Baird: On 31 December 2005, there were 66 permanent members of staff in the Private Office Directorate of the Department for Constitutional Affairs. This figure includes the Permanent Secretary, Special Advisers and Crown Office staff but does not include temporary staff from agencies.

Of these 66 staff:

In accordance with civil service policy, information concerning the disability status (or the ethnic origin) of individuals may not be disclosed where the number of staff in a particular category is less than five. This is to ensure that individuals cannot be identified.

Of the 66 staff in post in Private Office Directorate on the 31 December 2006, some staff had declared themselves as disabled, some as non-disabled and others had opted to remain undeclared in respect of whether or not they had a disability.

Promotion Boards

David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many promotion boards have been held in her Department in each of the last five years. [70512]

Vera Baird: The Department for Constitutional Affairs does not operate a promotion board system. All posts are advertised and staff apply under our job specific selection procedures. This allows staff to apply for posts on promotion or level transfer. This system has operated in the DCA for over five years and we would incur disproportionate costs to provide figures on staff promoted under these procedures.

For posts within the senior civil service applicants who are invited to attend an interview for a senior civil service post attend an assessment centre prior to a panel interview.

Property Rights

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to amend current legislation to give a spouse an absolute right to an equal share with their husband or wife in property even where his or her name does not appear on the deeds. [72298]

Ms Harman: The Government have no plans to bring forward proposals to give a spouse an absolute equal right to property. The ownership of matrimonial
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property is most often an issue in divorce proceedings. The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 governs the division of property on divorce and sets out a number of factors to be taken into account by the courts when considering that division. The prime consideration is the welfare of any children. Other factors include the contribution, both financial and other, that each spouse has made and the length of the marriage. The courts often make property adjustment orders as part of an assessment based on the future needs of the divorcing spouses and the needs of any children involved. Every marriage is different and circumstances vary so much that it would not be equitable in many cases to impose an automatic equal right.

Racial Abuse Complaints

David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in her Department in each of the last five years. [70514]

Vera Baird: The numbers of these types of complaints investigated by the Department over the last five financial years is less than five in each of those years. The breakdown by number is therefore not disclosed on grounds of confidentiality.

The Department has an equality and diversity grievance procedure in place to deal with such complaints and trained investigating officers are appointed to investigate the allegations. The equality and diversity grievance procedure is made available to staff in the employee manual and on the intranet.

Voter Registration

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the level of voter registration for local elections in England in each year since it was created. [70657]

Peter Viggers: I have agreed to reply as the question relates to the work of the Electoral Commission.

The Commission informs me that it does not make estimates of the level of voter registration for the local elections in England. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) collects and publishes annually information on the number of people registered to vote in such local elections.

Work and Pensions

Accidents at Work

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were involved in an accident at work in each of the last 20 years; and what percentage of the workforce this represented in each year. [72587]


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Mrs. McGuire: The number or reported injuries to workers in Great Britain 1986-87 to 2004-05 is as follows:

Number of injuries Percentage of workforce

1986-87

181,832

(1)

1987-88

182,390

(1)

1988-89

186,327

(1)

1989-90

189,290

(1)

1990-91

184,543

0.72

1991-92

173,404

0.70

1992-93

161,675

0.67

1993-94

155,734

0.64

1994-95

160,844

0.66

1995-96

150,968

0.61

1996-97

159,175

0.62

1997-98

166,049

0.63

1998-99

162,450

0.61

1999-2000

165,648

0.59

2000-01

163,266

0.58

2001-02

159,763

0.56

2002-03

158,554

0.55

2003-04

164,339

0.56

2004-05(2)

153,160

0.52

(1 )Employment data for workers not available for these years.
(2) Provisional.
Notes:
1. Data for 1986-87 to 1995-96 reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1985; data from 1996-97 reported under RIDDOR 1995. Injuries comprise fatal, major and over three-day injuries to workers.
2. The annual basis is the planning year from 1 April to 31 March.
3. RIDDOR statistics are those reported by employers and others to all enforcing authorities.
4. Estimates of work-related injuries have also been available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) since 1994-95. Comparing LFS estimates with the injuries reported suggests that not all non-fatal accidents are reported, and that the level of reporting by employers has varied between 41 per cent. and 48 per cent. However, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) does know about all fatal injuries at work.

We are pleased to note that these figures reflect a steady downward trend in the percentage of the workforce injured while at work.

We continue to deliver the HSC's risk-based strategy to improve Great Britain's health and safety performance through a targeted programme of interventions that concentrates our resources on the highest areas of incidence and the poorest performers.

Action Teams

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the areas served by action teams. [69908]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 16 May 2006]: The information is in the tables.


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Jobcentre Plus action teams
Region/county District Action team

London

Central London

Islington

City and East London

Hackney

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth

Lambeth

North and North East London

Waltham Forest

South and South East London

Greenwich

South and South East London

Lewisham

South East

Kent

Thanet

North East

Northumbria and Gateshead

Newcastle

Northumbria and Gateshead

Wansbeck

South Tyne, Sunderland and Durham

Chester le Street

South Tyne, Sunderland and Durham

Easington

South Tyne, Sunderland and Durham

South Tyneside

South Tyne, Sunderland and Durham

Sunderland

South Tyne, Sunderland and Durham

Wear Valley

Tees Valley

Hartlepool

Tees Valley

Stockton

North West

East Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen

Greater Mersey

Halton

Greater Mersey

Knowsley

Greater Manchester Central

Manchester Central

Greater Manchester Central

Manchester North

Greater Manchester Central

Manchester South

Greater Manchester Central

Salford

Liverpool and Wirral

St. Helens

Liverpool and Wirral

Wirral

Cumbria

Barrow in Furness

Scotland

Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway

East Ayrshire

Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside

Dundee

Highland, Islands, Clyde and Grampian

Highlands and Islands

Highland, Islands, Clyde and Grampian

West Dunbartonshire

Lanarkshire and East Dunbarton

North Lanarkshire

South West

Devon and Cornwall

Cornwall

Wales

Bridgend and Eastern Valleys

Bridgend(1)

Bridgend and Eastern Valleys

Rhondda Cynon Taff

South East Wales, Cardiffand Vale

Torfaen(1)

Swansea and Eastern Valleys

Swansea(1)

Swansea and West Wales

Carmarthen(1)

Swansea and West Wales

Ceredigion(1)

Swansea and West Wales

Neath Port Talbot

Swansea and West Wales

Pembrokeshire

West Midlands

Black Country

Wolverhampton

Yorkshire and Humberside

South Yorkshire

Barnsley and Rotherham

North and East Yorkshire

Hull

South Yorkshire

Sheffield

(1) Teams that are part of Wales Objective One Action Team.
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Jobcentre Plus Products Division.


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