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Departmental Vehicles

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the fuel efficiency is of each model. [41350]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is shown.

(a) Vehicles owned by the Department
Make Model Number Percentage

Vauxhall

Astra, Vectra, Corsa, Zafira

1,183

44.3

Peugeot

206, 307, 406

558

20.8

Ford

Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo

353

13.2

Citroen

C3, C4, C5

137

5.1

Fiat

Punto

50

1.9

Volvo

S40, V50

43

1.6

Nissan

Almera

32

1.2

Toyota

Corolla, Avensis, Prius

269

10.1

Volkswagen

Golf

24

0.9

Honda

Motorcycles

11

0.3

Mercedes

Vans

9

0.3

London Taxi

2

0.1

Renault

1

0.1

Suzuki

1

0.1

Total

2,673


(b) The Department does not lease any vehicles.

Records of fuel type by individual model are not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information available is in the table.

Fuel types Number

Diesel

1,490

Diesel Euro IV

417

Liquid Petroleum Gas

512

Petroleum

232

Hybrid Electric

22

Total

2,673


The Department does not maintain records of the fuel efficiency of its vehicles.


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Financial Assistance Scheme

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 25 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1648-70, on pensions reform, what steps he is taking to allow early retirement funded by the Financial Assistance Scheme if a beneficiary is in ill health. [76824]

James Purnell: Financial Assistance Scheme payments commence at age 65, except in special circumstances where early payment can be made to terminally ill qualifying members or to survivors of qualifying members who have died, on application by the scheme trustees.

We have no plans to extend early access to payments more broadly to anyone in ill health.

Incentive Packages

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of (a) pay
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supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic location; how many people are in receipt of each payment; and what the total cost to his Department of each payment was in 2004-05. [35913]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is as follows.

(a) DWP has four geographical pay areas:

The differential cost is not a standard amount but is calculated in each individual pay range.

The current numbers of staff in post in each individual pay area, the 2005 value of the average additional cost above national rates for each of the main grades and the estimated total additional cost in 2004-05 are contained in the following tables:

Table 1: Staff in post (October 2005) and additional average salary value above national rates in 2005
Grade SLPZ Outer London Inner London Total Staff
Number (£) Number (£) Number (£) Number

Band A/AA

111

1,695

316

2,155

509

3,290

936

Band B/AO

1,070

1,870

2,858

2,345

4,943

3,480

8,871

Band C/EO

972

1,930

2,216

2,275

4,972

3,420

8,160

Band D/HEO

122

1,845

268

2,310

973

3,415

1,363

Band E/SEO

29

2,065

64

2,520

458

3,665

551

Band F/Grade 7

11

2,565

17

3,020

368

4,000

396

Band G/Grade 6

3

3,235

8

3,690

140

4,740

151

Total

2,318

5,747

12,363

20,428


Table 2: Estimated total additional cost of pay areas in 2004-05
£ million
Grade SLPZ Outer London Inner London Total

Band A/AA

0.058

0.213

0.571

0.843

Band B/AO

0.521

1.866

4.589

6.976

Band C/EO

0.472

1.307

4.325

6.103

Band D/HEO

0.064

0.180

0.867

1.111

Band E/SEO

0.019

0.047

0.432

0.499

Band F/Grade 7

0.009

0.016

0.360

0.386

Band G/Grade 6

0.005

0.010

0.145

0.160

Total

1.148

3.639

11.289

16.078


Table 4: Estimated total additional cost as a percentage of total paybill
Percentage
Grade SLPZ Outer London Inner London Total

Total

0.05

0.15

0.47

0.68


In addition to the above pay areas, DWP pays a location based recruitment and retention addition (RRA) to staff based on a number of Scottish islands:

In 2004-05 it is estimated that some 106 staff were eligible for payments at a total cost of some £92,000 pounds.

(b) DWP does not pay bonuses on the basis of geographical locations.

(c) DWP does not have any incentive packages in place for staff in any particular geographical locations.


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