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(a) As the Financial Assistance Scheme has only recently been set up, estimates of the administrative costs over the next 10 years are subject to a degree of uncertainty. Our current estimate is that it will cost around £4.5 million a year up to 2009-10, when we would expect the costs to reduce significantly once the eligibility of all schemes and members has been assessed.
(b) It is difficult to estimate the administration costs of a scheme providing restoration of pensions to all those covered by the parliamentary ombudsman's report. As the scheme might have to mirror the benefit structures for each qualifying pension scheme, it could be significantly more complex than the Financial Assistance Scheme.
For full restoration, we estimate that the one off set up costs might be around £10 million and during the first five years that it might take to assess scheme eligibility and calculate member benefits, the administration costs could be at least £14 million a year. The total costs over the first year or so could therefore be around £20 million.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of how many people will qualify for support from the Financial Assistance Scheme at (a) the 80 per cent. rate, (b) the 65 per cent. rate and (c) the 50 per cent. rate. 
James Purnell: We estimate that 25,000 people could qualify for support from the Financial Assistance Scheme at the 80 per cent. rate, 9,000 could qualify at the 65 per cent. rate and 6,000 at the 50 per cent. rate.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has issued on the acceptable (a) minimum and (b) maximum temperatures (i) within offices and (ii) on public transport; 
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require employers to provide reasonable temperatures in all indoor workplaces, including offices, for their employees. These Regulations are accompanied by an Approved Code of Practice and guidance. HSE recommends a lower temperature of 16 degrees Celsius unless the work involves severe physical effort in which case the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.
There is no minimum or maximum temperature legally required in the workplace. Establishing either is impractical, as thermal comfort is dependent on a range of environmental and personal factors (e.g.
ventilation, humidity, type of work activity being undertaken, clothes worn, and temperature).
Further guidance is available on HSE's website www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/thermal. The website has been designed to provide comprehensive information and a step-by-step approach to help employers and employees manage excessive temperatures in the workplace. There is also HSE guidance for employers entitled Thermal comfort in the workplace (HSG 194).
The HSE has issued no specific health and safety guidance on public transport. However, HM Railway Inspectorate, which is now part of the Office of Rail Regulation, does have particular concern that rolling stock and infrastructure failures in deep tunnels can cause more specific health concerns. This is because of the increased temperatures and reduced ventilation that may be encountered by passengers on delayed and overcrowded carriages, especially during summer months. In such cases health and safety law requires employers to put arrangements in place to reduce the risks, but there are infrastructure and technical constraints to improving ventilation on some railways. Railway operators, such as LUL, alert passengers to the risks posed by hot conditions by suggesting that passengers carry a bottle of water and informing passengers of the quickest way of seeking help if taken ill on a train.
In addition, the Department of Health has produced an updated heat-wave plan on 26 May 2006 and new public health information leaflets are available from the Department of Health website: www.dh.gov.uk.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the costs to local authorities in (a) Scotland and (b) Great Britain for administering (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit were in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. The Department does not collect management information relating to the cost to local authorities of administering housing benefit under the existing national scheme. The available information on the administration subsidy paid to local authorities is in the following table.
|Housing Benefit (HB) Council Tax Benefit (CTB) Administration subsidy; Scotland and Great Britain.|
|(1 )From 2003-04, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) distributed 100 per cent. of HB/CTB administration subsidy. Prior to 2003-04 distribution was shared 50 per cent by DWP, and 50 per cent. between the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Executive.|
(2 )2004-05 and 2005-06 figures include separate identifiable amounts allocated in recognition of the costs to local authorities of administering HB/CTB claims which include pension credit and tax credits.
(3 )From 2006-07 HB/CTB administration subsidy which includes funding for programme protection activities is announced as a single annual figure.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what internal training courses on tackling identity fraud are provided to departmental staff who have access to members of the public's personal information. 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in (a) South East Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the Eastern region claimed (i) short-term and (ii) long-term incapacity benefit in each of the last five years. 
|Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants each November 2001 to 2005, by geographical area and rate|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. IBST(L) = Incapacity Benefit short-term lower-rate
4. IBST(H) = Incapacity Benefit short-term higher-rate
5. IBLT = Incapacity Benefit long-term
6. IBCO = Incapacity Benefit credits-only
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
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