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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.
(a) 35 were male (53.03 per cent.);
(b) 31 were female (46.97 per cent.);
(c) Under the Disability Discrimination Act, departmental records of disabled staff are solely based on voluntary declaration of disability and not connected in any way to a formal register of disability.
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.
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.
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. 
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
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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|(1 )Employment data for workers not available for these years.|
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 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.
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