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Mrs. McGuire: The previous Secretary of State visited Scotland on 18 October 2005. The current Secretary of State has visited Scotland twice, on 17 November 2005 and 9 March 2006. The Secretary of State is due to visit Wales later this year.
John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the value at 2006 prices of the 25 pence age addition for those aged 80 years old and over introduced in 1971. 
1. The value has been estimated using the retail prices index produced by the Office for National Statistics.
James Purnell: In 2004-05, there were 1.2 million people aged 80 or over in the UK in receipt of an occupational pension (includes pensions from a previous employer and pensions from the employer of a deceased spouse or relative).
| Notes: 1. Data for March 2001 and 2002 are taken from the 5 per cent. extract of the pension service computer system and the figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall case load from the Work and Pension Longitudinal Study with extra built in protection to protect identity. 2. The figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 3. The figures are lower in 2003 due to the changeover in our data from 5 per cent. sample data to 100 per cent. data. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data and 5 per cent. sample data.|
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| Notes: 1. Data are taken from 5 per cent. extract of the Pension Service Computer System and the figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the Work and Pension Longitudinal Study with extra built in protection to protect identity. 2. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny. 3. Figures for 2006 are not yet available. Source: DWP information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data and 5 per cent. sample data.|
James Purnell: The exact information requested cannot be calculated from the available administrative data relating to the structure of the help available. Information that is available is as follows.
The Social Fund Cold Weather Payments scheme was introduced in October 1988. It replaced a similar but not identical scheme which had begun in December 1986. No data are held for help given to pensioners in 1986 under this system.
In 1996 help for pensioners was given through the Social Fund Cold Weather Payments scheme. Cold Weather Payments are made when the average temperature has been recorded as, or forecast to be, 0(0)C or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the eligible customer's postcode. A Cold Weather Payment of £8.50 is made for each week the temperature is triggered. These
payments are not limited to pensioners. In total £61.6m was paid out to all recipients in 1995-96.
In 2005-06 the amount paid in Winter Fuel Payments to people aged 60 or over was £2 billion and a further £5.6 million in Cold Weather Payments was paid to eligible pensioner households. The amount of Winter Fuel Payment a person receives depends on their age and whether there are other eligible people in the household. People aged 60-79 receive up to £200 and people aged 80 or over receive up to £300.
Mr. Plaskitt: The information for the Department and its agencies, with the exception of The Rent Service, is not available in the format requested. No central records are kept of passes that have been lost or stolen. However, security passes that have inbuilt access control for specific sites are always deactivated when reported lost or stolen.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was between seeking an appointment for a telephone interview and that interview taking place in the last year for which information is available, broken down by type of benefit. 
|Unemployment benefits expenditure, Great Britain (real terms, 2006-07 prices)|
|(1) Supplementary benefit and income support figures are for expenditure on unemployed claimants only.|
(2) 1996-97 figure for UB includes JSA(C).
(3) Information for SB is not available prior to 1978-79
1. UB = unemployment benefit; SB = supplementary benefit; IS = income support; JSA(C) = contributory jobseekers allowance; JSA(IB) = income-based jobseekers allowance
2. Figures are consistent with the Budget Report 2006.
3. Historic figures have been collated from departmental reports and accounts of DWP and its predecessor Departments.
4. Expenditure for 2005-06 reflects the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of outturn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament.
DWP Expenditure tables.
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