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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the replacement rate between incapacity benefit and earnings for a male worker in the lowest decile; and if he will make a statement. [102233]

Mrs. McGuire: After-tax income depends not just on income tax and national insurance, but also on the tax credits payable. Tax credits are, in turn, determined by characteristics: a person may have children, a severe disability, and/or be part of a couple. There are also a number of different rates of incapacity benefit.

We are therefore unable to make a single estimate of the replacement rate.

Lone Parents

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made to date towards meeting the target of helping 70 per cent. of lone parents into employment by 2010. [107540]

Mr. Jim Murphy: We have set ourselves the ambitious target of increasing the employment rate of lone parents to 70 per cent. by 2010. The lone parent employment rate in the second quarter of 2006 was 56.5 per cent. which is up from 44.7 per cent. in the same quarter in 1997; an 11.8 percentage point increase.

The target is measured using the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) definition of employment. There has been a move away from using the seasonal quarter HLFS to using the new calendar quarter HLFS. This has resulted in a small change to our previously published headline numbers from 56.6 per cent. 56.5 per cent.


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Lyons Review

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which places posts have been relocated under the Lyons Review, as referred to in the answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1126W; and how many posts were relocated to each location. [103648]

Mrs. McGuire: Further to the answer of 7 November 2006, the number of posts relocated between 1 June 2003 and 31 October 2006 from London and the South East to each location is in the following table:

Posts relocated to: Number

Blackpool

454

Cwmbran

286

Liverpool

443

Wrexham

510

Newcastle

387

Sheffield/Leeds

25

Pembroke Dock

340

Dundee

89

Sheffield

68

Makerfield

258

Bradford

129

Peterlee

5

Plymouth/Bristol/Edinburgh

75

Taunton

138

Derby

142

Bridgend

121

Annesley

28

Halifax

113

Grimsby

86

Glasgow

43

Belfast

162

Total

3902


Mrs Suzan Sampson

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will (a) issue a temporary and (b) reissue her former temporary national insurance number to Mrs Suzan Sampson of South Brent, Devon to enable her to apply for a state pension. [109376]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 14( th) December 2006:


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Pensions

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total annual cost of uprating (a) the basic state pensions and (b) other benefits of those UK pensioners residing in countries where their benefits are not uprated. [104712]

James Purnell: The estimated annual cost of uprating the state pension for recipients living in these countries is approximately £400 million of which around £320 million represent the cost of uprating the basic state pension. Generally only the state pension is payable abroad without qualifying conditions.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of the capping of 2.5 per cent. on the annual uplift for inflation on occupational pensions introduced by the Pension Act 2004 on the value of occupational pensions; and if he will make a statement. [107499]

James Purnell: My Department commissions a regular survey on the pensions provided by private sector employers in Great Britain. The last survey in 2005 asked whether employers increased pensions in payment, accrued since 1997, by more than the minimum amount required by statute. The next survey in 2007 will ask a similar question enabling comparisons of the position before and after the changes to the statutory limited price indexation cap which came into effect from 6 April 2005. Additional survey data on increases to pensions in payment is available from the occupational pension schemes survey, formerly conducted by the Government Actuary’s Department and now the responsibility of the Office for National Statistics. We will evaluate data on changes in the indexation of occupational pensions as soon as it is available.

Welfare Tax Credits: Proof of Identity

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many investigations are ongoing into identity theft in relation to working tax credit. [104848]

Mr. Timms: I have been asked to reply.

Information about the number of identity theft cases and ongoing investigations into identity theft cases relating to working tax credit is not separately recorded.

Health

Adolescent Mental Health Units

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions she has held within her Department on capacity in in-patient adolescent mental health units; [104929]


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(2) what recent discussions have taken place between those in her Department responsible for commissioning work with the independent sector and the independent sector on inpatient adolescent mental health units. [104930]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I am not aware of any recent discussions with the independent sector. The need for specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) beds is kept under review.

Since 1999 the number of independent sector beds have increased by 92 per cent., from 212 to 407.

In order to further increase capacity, Ministers have agreed, following a recommendation from the national specialist commissioning advisory group, to the national designation and commissioning of the secure forensic mental health and learning disability service for young people from April 2007. One of the two designated centres to supply this service will be St. Andrew's Hospital in Northampton, a not-for-profit charitable organisation concentrating on the provision of specialised mental health care services.

AG Care London

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the performance of AG Care London in the provision of services for vulnerable people in Brixham since the award of their contract by the Torbay primary care trust; and if she will make a statement. [109375]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The provision of services in Brixham is a matter for the local national health service. However, I am informed by NHS South West that since AG Care London was awarded the contract by the Torbay care trust in September 2006, there has been one formal complaint made to the care trust. This was investigated and dealt with by AG Care London.

Alcohol and Drug Misuse

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to primary care trusts for treatment of (a) alcohol misuse and (b) drug misuse in (i) Greater London and (ii) England in each year since 2000. [104154]

Caroline Flint: We do not have information on drug treatment spend prior to 2001, in which year the Department and the Home Office started the specific allocation for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB).

Table one shows the funding which has been made available to primary care trusts (PCTs) for the treatment of drug misuse for England in each year since 2001. Table two shows the PTB funding allocated to Greater London PCTs since 2002-03, when these data were first available.


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Table 1
£ million
PTB Local funding Total

2001-02

142

145

287

2002-03

191

131

322

2003-04

236

200

436

2004-05

253

(1)204

457

2005-06

300

(1)208

508

2006-07

385

(1, 2)212

597

(1 )Local funding increases based on 2 per cent. inflation increase.
(2) Estimated.

Table 2
PTB Allocation (£000)

2002-03

43,801

2003-04

55,195

2004-05

60,371

2005-06

72,741

2006-07

93,590


PCTs are estimated to have spent £217 million from all sources (including a small percentage from charitable bodies) on alcohol treatment in 2003-04 and are responsible locally for assessing and responding to the need for alcohol treatment. This estimate is one of the findings of the alcohol needs assessment research project (ANARP), published in 2005. The PTB allocated to drug action teams may be used to fund treatment for drug misusers, who also have a co-dependent alcohol problem.

We are unable to supply a breakdown of the funding used for the treatment of alcohol misuse by PCTs.

Ambulance Services

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the change in the number of ambulance journeys per financial year in Copeland which would result from transferring consultant-led maternity services from West Cumberland hospital to the Carlisle infirmary; [103999]

(2) whether she has assessed the impact on the emergency response times of the ambulance service in Copeland of additional journeys to transfer maternity patients from West Cumberland hospital to Carlisle infirmary. [104000]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Cumbria primary care trust (PCT) is carrying out a whole systems review of health services across the county. The provision of maternity services and ambulance services will be considered in the context of this review. Any proposed changes to the provision of health services will be subject to public consultation in due course.

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of ambulances based in Copeland were (a) unavailable due to mechanical breakdown and (b) involved in out-of-county transfers on each day of the 2005-06 financial year; [104001]

(2) what percentage of emergency response ambulances based in Copeland are over five years old; [104003]

(3) on how many occasions in financial year 2005-06 ambulance stations in Copeland were single manned. [104004]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally.


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