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The estimates shown do not include any other reforms proposed in the Pensions Bill. For example, costs of uprating the basic state pension by earnings, or of the other reforms to improve the coverage of basic state pension, are not included.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many years of national insurance contributions would be required to receive a full basic state pension in each tax year from 2007-08 such that by 2013 the accumulated costs from 2007-08 onwards equal those which would have been accumulated as a result of measures in the Pensions Bill 2006-07 to give entitlement to a full basic state pension with 30 years contributions from 2010. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) merits and (b) costs of measures to smooth the change planned for 6 April 2010 to the number of years of national insurance contributions required for eligibility for a full basic state pension; 
(2) what the net cost to the public purse would be of changing the number of years of national insurance contributions required to receive a full basic state pension for men to (a) 42 up to April 2010, (b) 38 up to April 2011, (c) 34 up to April 2012 and (d) 30 thereafter; 
(3) what the net cost to the public purse would be of reducing the number of years of national insurance contributions required to receive a full basic state pension for women by three up to April 2007 and by one in each subsequent year until April 2013. 
James Purnell: A key part of the Governments package of proposed reforms is to make the state pension fairer and available to more people as soon as is practicable. This means addressing womens lower state pension outcomes as soon as possible and is why we are planning to introduce the reduction in qualifying years for all those reaching state pension age from 2010. The effect of this is to ensure around three quarters of women reaching state pension age in 2010 would achieve a full basic state pension, compared to just 30 per cent. today.
This approach does however mean that two people with similar contribution histories reaching state pension age either side of 6 April 2010 will have their state pension entitlement calculated differently and this could produce different outcomes.
Smoothing the reduction of qualifying years from 2010 would delay the substantial improvement in womens basic state pension outcomes for some years beyond 2010. Phasing the reduction in qualifying years before 2010 would give some women the advantage of both a lower state pension age of 60 and the benefit of these reforms. However the reforms are introduced there will be some people who reach state pension age on the wrong side of the chosen date or the series of dates chosen to phase in the reduction of qualifying years.
It is a difficult balance. Our intention in opting for a 2010 introduction is to improve the pension position of as many women and carers as possible and as quickly as possible while keeping the reforms within the fiscal envelope.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 50 wards have (a) the highest proportion of children living in workless households and (b) the highest proportion of workless households. 
Beswick and Clayton
Orchard Park and Greenwood
Information about the 50 wards that have the highest proportion of workless households is not available. This is because this is measured using data from the Household Labour Force Survey but this is only available at Government office region level.
1. All data represent a snapshot in time of claimants on the computer system, and will therefore exclude a very small number of cases that are held clerically.
2. Geo-referencing tools, obtained from the Office for National Statistics, have been used to assign claimants to geographies.
3. Data represents children dependent on a parent/guardian claiming one or more of IS, JSA, IB/SDA or PC.
4. Due to the introduction of child tax credits in April 2003, information on child dependents is not reliably completed on the benefit computer system. Therefore children have been merged onto IS/JSA/IB/SDA/PC claims from child benefit records with permission of HMRC.
DWP Information Directorate
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer by the Prime Minister of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 866, on engagements, if she will list the accident and emergency departments which are undergoing consultation on change. 
Andy Burnham: This information is not held centrally. However, there may be a number of service reviews, where proposals are either subject to ongoing consultation or subject to consultation in the future, and these may involve some changes to accident and emergency (A and E) facilities.
The national health service has told us that there are no plans to consult on changes to A and E in 12 of the NHS trusts from the list of 29 that the hon. Member claimed were under threat of closure or downgrading in his letter of 30 November to the NHS chief executive, David Nicholson.
The Government will support the NHS on service reconfigurations where clear and compelling cases for change are made. Professor Sir George Albertis report Emergency Access, published on 5 December 2006, set out that how emergency care is delivered needs to change to ensure that patients get the best care in the right place. The report is available in the Library and can be found at www.dh.gov.uk/publications
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on (a) television and (b) radio advertising in each year since 1997-98 in (i) real and (ii) nominal terms. 
Financial information on television and radio advertising is only available for the last five years. Figures pre-2001 are no longer accessible due to the switch-over to a new financial management system.
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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for variations in the cost of deliveries referred to in the answer of 10 October 2006, Official Report, column 679W in the last Session, on birthing units. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: A combination of local unavoidable costs affecting the cost of providing activity, such as staff, land and building costs, and the relative efficiencies of the organisations providing the activity lead to variations in the cost of the deliveries referred to. The information used to produce these average costs, national health service reference costs, is collected at an aggregate level so currently no further assessment can be made as to what parts of providing these services are contributing what costs.
Mr. Newmark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on extending the NHS breast screening programme to women aged 65 to 70 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: All local national health service breast screening programmes are now inviting women aged 65 to 70, and an estimated over 600,000 more women have accepted their invitation and been screened since the extension began in April 2001.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information for the Sir Robert Peel Hospital is not collected centrally. However, data relating to the Good Hope Hospital National Health Service Trust have been set out in the table.
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