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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer from the Minister for Work to the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr. Amess) of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 813, on contact centres, how the figures for calls (a) not answered and (b) receiving an engaged tone were calculated. 
Mrs. McGuire: Between April and October 2006, 22 million calls were received by contact centres covered in the PAC's report. 5.5 per cent. of these were abandoned (the customer hung up before getting an answer) and 94.5 per cent. were answered. 0.3 per cent. of total calls heard the engaged tone. Therefore calls abandoned by the customer and those receiving an engaged tone would equate to calls not answered.
Calls received = total calls offered to the contact centres.
Calls answered = those calls that were answered by an adviser once the call had been presented to the contact centre.
Calls hearing the engaged tone = those calls that were not presented to the contact centres because the department proactively blocked telephone lines.
Total calls = total calls made to the network.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of progress against the targets in the Child Support Agency business plan; and if he will make a statement. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of progress made against the targets in the Child Support Agency business plan; and if he will make a statement.
The Child Support Agency has six targets set by the Secretary of State for 2006/07, which were published in the Agency's Business Plan, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library, or on the internet via the following link:
It should be noted that there was an error in the published definition of the debt target, which incorrectly stated that the performance level of 40 per cent should be achieved over the financial year 2006/07 as opposed to the quarter ending March 2007, as was originally intended. The correct definition of this target is, therefore, that: "The Agency will collect arrears equivalent to 40 per cent of the amount accruing due to non-payment of regular maintenance between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2007."
The Agency's latest performance against these targets was published in tables 2.1, 3, 7.2, 8.1,12, and 17 of the September 2006 Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary Statistics, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library, or on the internet via the following link:
The correction to the debt target definition was also made in this publication.
I hope you find this answer helpful.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations reports have been submitted by call centres owned or operated by his Department. 
Mrs. McGuire: As incidents are handled locally only limited information is available centrally and it is not always possible to identify whether reports relate to contact centre staff. The Disability and Carers Service Health and Safety Team are aware of one report submitted to them within the last two years. The Jobcentre Plus Contact Centre Directorate are aware of nine reportable accidents and 10 acoustic shock incidents in the last two years.
At the outset of a claim for benefit steps are taken to confirm that the address provided exists and is correct, by matching the details provided with historical data held within the Department. Decision notices issued when entitlement is established, and annual award notices issued when benefit rates change include written reminders of the need for customers to notify changes of address. In addition to this when it is known that an address is out of date and the customer is in receipt of benefit, steps are taken to obtain the correct address details.
If an address could not be traced banks would be contacted to suspend payments and data matching takes place with organisations such as Royal Mail re-direct. Change of address details notified to one part of the Department are shared with other agencies within the Department through cross-benefit computer systems. These systems also hold addresses from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), where many customers in receipt of child benefit, child tax credits and new tax credits are also customers of this Department.
The Department has a dedicated team, who are responsible for the quality and integrity of personal details data held within the Customer Databases Programme, and is constantly seeking new ways of maintaining all personal data, including up to date addresses. In order to maintain correct address details and up to date postcodes, the Post Office Address File is run against the DWP Customer Databases on a quarterly basis.
Work is currently under way with HMRC on a project set up to examine taxpayer's out of date address data, which is then checked through Post Office Redirect and credit reference data, with any new addresses found notified from HMRC to DWP. There are safeguards in place to ensure that correct addresses for customers in receipt of benefit are not overwritten by this data without confirmation that the individual has moved.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has responsibility spent on redundancy payments (i) in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available and (ii) in each year since 1997. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment, including the Employment Service. All figures shown prior to financial year 2001-02 relate only to the former Department of Social Security.
Amounts spent by the Department on staff exit schemes since 1997-98 are set out in the following table. This includes all staff released from the Department on early release schemes and staff released under Inefficiency Dismissal with Compensation.
|n/a = The Agency did not exist in the Department in the year in question. Notes: 1. A proportion of the ongoing annual pension payments for early retirement cases are held centrally and included in the departmental corporate units line from 2004-05 and 2005-06.|
2. The figures do not include the provisions made in the accounts for costs associated with staff approved for early release in 2006-07
| Notes: IPS - The Pension Service CSA - Child Support Agency DCS - Disability and Carers Service TAS - The Appeals Service JCP - Jobcentre Plus HSE - Health and Safety Executive Rent - The Rent Service Corp. - Departmental Corporate Units|
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