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|Table 3: DWP Staff by responsibility level and gender at 31 March 2006|
|Table 4: DWP Staff by responsibility level and gender at 31 March 2005|
|Table 5: DWP Staff by responsibility level and gender at 31 March 2004|
|Table 6: DWP Staff by responsibility level and gender at 31 March 2003|
|Table 7: DWP Staff by responsibility level and gender at 31 March 2002|
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time has been between a pension scheme member applying for and
receiving payments under the Financial Assistance Scheme. 
James Purnell: Individual scheme members do not make applications to the Financial Assistance Scheme. Qualifying pension schemes are required to supply data on their members once liabilities to their members have been discharged: this could be some considerable time after they initially contacted the Financial Assistance Scheme Operational Unit (FAS OU). Trustees may request that initial payments are made to qualifying members before liabilities have been discharged.
FAS OU issues payments (including any arrears due) to qualifying members as quickly as possible once usable member data has been received and members have confirmed their personal details. Payments are made on the 21st of each month.
Mr. Jenkins: 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 Tamworth constituency in each of the last three years. 
|Housing benefit gross expenditure in Tamworth borough council, nominal terms|
Local authority subsidy claims
Mrs. McGuire: 900,000 incapacity benefits claimants are expected to have access to Pathways to Work support by the end of 2006, one third of all claimants. By 2008 we will have extended this successful approach further, offering access to all incapacity benefit claimants.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the decision of the Pensions Regulator relating to the future contributions of TH Global to the Kvaerner Pension Fund. 
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to ensure transparency in the process used by the pensions regulator for taking decisions; and to whom the pensions regulator is accountable for his decisions. 
James Purnell: Any information concerning decisions taken by the pensions regulator needs to respect both legislative prohibitions and the confidentiality of information exchanged between the parties and the regulator. The regulator has published a number of documents containing guidance as to its approach on its website.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Treasury, (b) the Department of Health and (c) the Department for Trade and Industry on promoting the provision of rehabilitation services by employers; 
Mrs. McGuire: The Government, through their Health, Work and Well-being Strategy, wish to work in partnership with employers, employees, health professionals and insurers to promote the development of comprehensive packages of support. Our aim is to encourage the development of healthy workplaces, to enable employers to retain and rehabilitate employees when they fall ill and to maximise the effectiveness of healthcare in restoring well-being.
To take this forward we have established a ground-breaking partnership with the Department of Health, and its Scottish and Welsh counterparts, and the Health and Safety Executive. This work is overseen by a Joint Ministerial Group which also includes the Department for Trade and Industry and the Treasury.
Under the Strategy we have, for example, started to pilot Workplace Health Connect which provides small and medium-sized employers in England and Wales with advice on occupational health and return to work issues via a national help line. The pilot also offers more personalised support across regions covering some 40 per cent. of the country's small and medium-sized enterprises.
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