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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of home responsibilities protection have a youngest child aged (a) between six and 11 and (b) 12 years or over. 
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the income thresholds used in paragraph 7 of the reply by the Government to the Second Report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee of Session 2003-04, Cm 6200, are in weekly amounts of income in 2004-05 prices (a) before and (b) after housing costs for (i) relative low income and (ii) absolute low income (A) couples with no children (equivalised income benchmark), (B) single people with no children, (C) couples with four children under 16, (D) single people with four children under 16, (E) couples with two children aged five and 11, (F) single people with two children aged five and 11, (G) couples with one child aged five and (H) single people with one aged five. 
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|Low income thresholds (weekly)|
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Households Below Average Income 2002-03
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will investigate the performance of the office of the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus in replying to correspondence from hon. Members; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: From January 2006 to November 2006 the Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive responded to 2,848 letters from MPs. Jobcentre Plus are currently achieving their target of responding to 90 per cent. of letters within 20 days and have achieved this target in each of the last two years.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of lone parents who have had contact with an Employment Zone adviser have moved into work in (a) London and (b) Great Britain; 
Mr. Jim Murphy [holding answer 14 December 2006]: 38 per cent. of lone parents who have had contact with Employment Zone (EZ) advisers in Great Britain and 36 per cent. of lone parents who have had contact with EZ advisers in London have moved into work.
Latest available data indicate that the cost of helping lone parents into work is around £1,900 per person through EZs and around £600 per person through NDLP. Direct comparisons cannot be drawn between the costs of helping someone into work through EZs and NDLP. EZs operate in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country while the New Deals operate nationally. In London EZ areas, employment support is provided to lone parents through EZs rather than through NDLP. Outside London, lone parents in EZ areas are offered help through NDLP at their first work-focused interview (WFI), but can choose between EZ and NDLP support if they continue to claim income support and have a second WFI. This increases the likelihood of such EZ participants requiring additional, and thus more costly, support to help them into work.
(1) DWP Research Report 312 (2005). Rita Griffiths, Stuart Durkin and Alison Mitchell (2005) Evaluation of the Single Provider Employment Zone Extension.
DWP Research Report 228: Insite Research (2005). Rita Griffiths and Gerwyn Jones (2005) Evaluation of Single Provider Employment Zone Extensions to Young People, Lone Parents and Early Entrants: Interim report.
DWP Research Report 310 (2006). Andy Hirst, Roger Tarling, Morgane Lefaucheux, Christina Short, Sini Rinne, Alan MacGregor, Andrea Glass, Martin Evans and Claire Simm. Evaluation of Multiple Provider Employment Zones: early implementation issues.
DWP Research Report 399 (2006). Policy Research Institute. Phase 2 Evaluation of Multiple Provider Employment Zones: qualitative study.
(2) DWP Research Report 368 (August 2006). Lone Parent Work Focused Interviews/New Deal for Lone Parents Combined Evaluation and Further Net Impacts. Knight, Speckesser, Smith, Dolton, Azevedo.
DWP Research Report 367 (August 2006).Lone Parents In-Work Benefit Calculation: Work and Benefit Outcomes. Knight, Kasparova.
DWP Research Report 356 (June 2006).The Econometric Evaluation of New Deal for Lone Parents. Dolton, Azevedo and Smith.
DWP Research Report 319 (February 2006). Work Focused Interviews and Lone Parent Initiatives: Further Analysis of Policies and Pilots. Andrew Thomas and Dr. Gerwyn Jones.
DWP Research Report 315 (February 2006). Lone Parent Work Focused Interviews and Review Meetings: Administrative Data Analyses and Qualitative Evidence. Genevieve Knight and Andrew Thomas.
DWP Research Report 237 (March 2005). Evaluation of the Extension to Lone Parent Work Focused Interview Eligibility: Administrative Data Analysis. Genevieve Knight and Steve Lissenburgh.
DWP Research Report 184 (March 2004). Integrated Findings from the Evaluation of the First 18 months of Lone Parent Work Focused Interviews. Andy Thomas and Rita Griffiths.
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Warrington were in receipt of (a) winter fuel payments, (b) pension credit and (c) home energy efficiency grants in the last year for which figures are available. 
James Purnell: Last winter 36,790 pensioners in Warrington received a winter fuel payment. In August 2006 9,680 pensioners in Warrington received pension credit. Between June 2000 and December 2006 3,660 pensioner households in Warrington received home energy efficiency grants.
1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
3. Information on the number of households receiving home energy efficiency grants supplied by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Other information taken from Information Directorate 100 per cent. sample.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate is for (a) pension credit, (b) basic state pension, (c) winter fuel payment, (d) housing benefit and (e) council tax benefit in (i) the Highland Council area, (ii) Scotland, (iii) the UK and (iv) Glasgow. 
Estimates of take-up of pension credit administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as well as local authority administered housing benefit and council tax benefit, can be found in the DWP publication series entitled: Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up. Latest estimates relate to the year 2004-05. Copies of the latest publication are available in the Library.
Take-up of the basic state pension cannot be calculated accurately. However, the pensioners income series indicates that 98 per cent. of pensioner benefit units were in receipt of some state pension in 2004-05. Those not in receipt may include pensioners who are deferring their state pension and those who have mis-reported the source of their income.
My right hon. Friend, the Leader of the House has brought forward the proposal for a communications allowance, currently being considered by the Members Estimate Committee, designed to assist with Members contacts with their constituents.
Here in Parliament, we want the public to feel that they can contribute more directly to the legislative process, which is why recent reforms introduced the taking of oral and written evidence by Public Bill Committees (which replaced Standing Committees).
Mr. Straw: I have been working with colleagues on all sides of both Houses over the recent months as part of an intensive effort to reach a consensus on how a future House of Lords may look. I intend to bring forward a White Paper soon, setting out the Governments proposals on composition and transition, which will take account of the recent Joint Committee on Conventions report, and the on-going cross-party discussions. A free vote in both Houses on the composition of the House will then follow.
Mr. Straw: The Prime Minister has asked Sir Hayden Phillips to undertake an independent review of the system of political party funding. Sir Hayden Phillips is currently undertaking negotiations with the three main political parties. It is for Sir Hayden Phillips to say which representatives of the other political parties he has met. He has met my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, the Minister without Portfolio and me; in addition to other Cabinet Ministers and the relevant officials and special advisers.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service. 
22. Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of IT support services for hon. Members; and if he will make a statement. 
Nick Harvey: The Commission receives occasional reports on the performance of specific ICT services and inquires about specific issues as the need arises. In the last year the Commission has received reports on the renewal of Members IT equipment, the performance of the Virtual Private Network and the creation of PICT, as the new parliamentary ICT Service.
25. Keith Vaz: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans he has to provide for further video conferencing facilities for the use of hon. Members. 
Nick Harvey: At present a portable video-conference facility can be booked via the Serjeant at Arms Department by Members for their use in some of the meeting rooms in Portcullis House. New equipment was introduced in the summer of 2006.
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