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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many temporary employees were contracted to work for her Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 1997-98. 
Edward Miliband: Departmental records are not structured to identify the number of temporary employees who were contracted to work for the Department in 2005-06. It is also not possible to readily identify the cost of temporary employees in 2005-06 and 1997-98 from the Departments accounting system. This information is therefore only available at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which studies have been commissioned by her Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees have been; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. 
Edward Miliband: The appointment of Rod Aldridge as Chairman of the charity v was made by Ian Russell, in his capacity as Chairman of the Russell Commission together with a team of young people who had been involved in the work of the Russell Commission's youth advisory board.
Edward Miliband: None. The charity is independent of Government and all initial appointments were made by Ian Russell after consultation with the young people involved in the Russell Commission Youth Advisory Board. Further appointments are made in partnership by the chair, chief executive and the v20 Youth Advisory Board.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. 
Mrs. McGuire: All members of the senior civil service (SCS) are considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary. In line with Cabinet Office guidance bonuses are awarded to between 60 per cent. and 75 per cent. of SCS members. Awards are made by relatively assessing individuals in relation to others in the same SCS pay band. In determining performance-related bonus payments, the following criteria were used to award bonuses this year:
Performance against agreed priority business objectives or targets;
Total delivery record over the year;
Relative stretch; and
Response to unforeseen events which affected performance.
Below SCS, the Department for Work and Pensions currently operates two separate bonus schemes, which may be paid on top of regular salary: These are the individual performance bonus scheme and the special bonus scheme.
Individual Performance Bonus: All staff have the potential to earn an individual performance bonus, based on the performance level they receive through our performance management system. Individual performance is relatively assessed at the end of the performance year. There are 4 performance levels. In 2006 people who achieved one of the top 3 levels received a bonus, determined by their grade and performance level.
Special Bonus: The special bonus scheme enables line managers to award a one-off bonus to recognise and reward exceptional personal or team achievement. Detailed criteria are determined by local managers. Awards may be cash or vouchers but the amounts that can be awarded are modest because the total expenditure over the year is limited to 0.25 per cent. of the managers staffing budget.
Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) strongly recommends the use of approved, audible carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all homes that use gas appliances. Such detectors should not be regarded as a substitute for competent maintenance and annual safety checks of gas equipment by a CORGI-registered installer. These primary safeguards are required by law in rented accommodation.
There is a range of penalties that the courts can impose if a landlord is guilty of an offence. Magistrates courts can impose a fine of up to £5,000 on summary conviction. The Crown Court can impose an unlimited fine. If death results from CO poisoning, the Crown Prosecution Service can decide to bring manslaughter charges for which life imprisonment is the maximum penalty.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the processing time for crisis loan applications was in each region in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what the processing time for Crisis Loan applications was in each region in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The time it takes to process Crisis Loan applications is measured by counting the average length of time taken to clear all claims processed within a set time period. The measure is referred to as the Average Actual Clearance Time.
The expected service level for Crisis Loans in 2006/07 is two days, although applications for living expenses should be cleared, whenever possible, on the same day as the application is made.
The information in the table covers the last ten quarters. Data prior to quarter 2 in 2004 were not collated by Government Office Region.
|Regional quarterly crisis loan average actual clearance times in days|
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