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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified
to Jobcentre Plus in Darlington in each of the last 12 months. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The available information is in the following table.
|Vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus Office in Darlington, 2006|
|Month of notification||Number of vacancies|
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Figures represent the number of new vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus each month rather than the total number of vacancies available.
DWP Information Directorate Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency and (b) each London borough in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The available information has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department is conducting into the impact on the UK labour market of migration from central and eastern Europe. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: In February 2006, DWP published a working paper on the impact of free movement of workers from Central and Eastern Europe on the UK labour market, which has been placed in the Library.
DWP also contribute to the quarterly Accession Monitoring Report which is published on the Home Office website.
We are continuing to monitor the impact of accession country migration on the UK labour market.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average benefit income is for a working lone parent in a private sector flat in West Ham constituency; 
(2) what the average benefit cost is of a working lone parent in a private sector flat who uses formal child care arrangements in West Ham; 
(3) what the average benefit cost is of a lone parent with (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three or more children in an average private sector flat in West Ham constituency; 
(4) what the average benefit cost is of an (a) working and (b) non-working lone parent in a private sector flat with (i) one child, (ii) two children and (iii) three or more children who uses formal child care arrangements in West Ham constituency. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The information is not available.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leased (a) a car and (b) a powered wheelchair through Motability in each of the last five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: Motability is a national charity that assists disabled people with their mobility needs. The Motability scheme enables disabled people to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter by using their disability living allowance mobility component or their war pensioners' mobility supplement as a funding stream.
Motability provides cars via both contract hire and hire purchase. Route2mobility provide scooters and powered wheelchairs via contract hire and hire purchase.
The following table gives details of leased and hire purchased cars and powered wheelchairs over the last five years.
|Contract hire car||New car hire purchase||Used car hire purchase||Total cars (contract hire and hire purchase)||Wheelchairs and scooters (contract hire and hire purchase)|
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Scotland he estimates are eligible for pension credit, broken down by parliamentary constituency. 
James Purnell [holding answer 6 February 2007]: Estimates of eligibility, and therefore of take-up, are not available below the level of Great Britain, and it is not therefore possible to say what the take-up of pension credit in Scotland is.
The latest estimates of the number of pensioners in Great Britain entitled to pension credit were published in Pension Credit Estimates of Take-Up in 2004-05. A copy of the report is available in the Library.
Pension credit has been highly successful in reducing pensioner poverty and now, for the first time in a period of sustained economic growth, pensioners are less likely to be in poverty than the population as a whole. Since the introduction of pension credit, the number of pensioners in relative poverty has fallen by half a million.
We continue to make every effort to ensure that pension credit goes to those who are entitled to it. The latest estimates showed that 2.7 million households were receiving pension credit, and this includes 283,480 households in Scotland.
1. The figure provided is an early estimate. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figure provided is the latest available figure which is taken from the GMS scan at 1 September 2006. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.
2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
DWP 100 per cent data from the Generalised Matching Service (QMS) pension credit scan taken as at 1 September 2006.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress there has been in implementing the Harker Reports recommendations regarding child poverty in London; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: We welcome Lisa Harkers comprehensive and challenging report and are considering her recommendations in detail including those on the particular problems of child poverty in London. We will set out our responses to the report when we publish our renewed child poverty strategy.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to Question 104707, on wheels to work, tabled by the hon. Member for Daventry for answer on 4 December 2006. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: A reply was given to the hon. Member on 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1217W.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 105425, tabled on 5 December 2006 by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: I replied to the hon. Members question on 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 1487W.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer questions 113803 and 101303, on public sector pensions, tabled on 16 November 2006 by the hon. Member for Yeovil. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: Replies were given to the hon. Members questions on 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 367W and column 368W respectively.
Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical conditions are not compatible with service in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force. 
Derek Twigg: Due to the physical demands on members of the armed services, a high degree of physical capacity is needed, varying in nature and quality according to the demands of the employment. Guidelines and principles on medical conditions that may affect an individual's suitability for employment within the services are set down in Joint Services Publication (JSP) 346, with the specific aim of maximising the availability of the military population. This publication is constantly being reviewed and updated to reflect the changing demands and advances in clinical procedures and medical understanding.
The JSP 346 is based on the PULHHEEMS System of Medical Classification, in which examination of the individual is carried out with particular reference to certain sub-divisions of physical and mental function. The make up of the acronym PULHHEEMS is as follows:
P = physical capacity
U = upper limbs
L = locomotion
HH = hearing (hearing acuity)
EE = eyesight (visual acuity)
M = mental capacity
S = stability (emotional).
These sub-divisions are known as qualities, and the combined assessment under each of these qualities forms the PULHHEEMS code number or profile. An assessment has been made of the physical and mental requirement for each of the various service trades and employments. Cross-referring between these and an individual's personal profile ensures that a person will not be employed on any duties for which he is not physically and mentally suited.
Service personnel are required to attend a pre-entry medical when they join the armed forces. If any medical condition is identified, decisions on their suitability for employment will be made on an individual basis, including referral to a specialist medical consultant where necessary. Furthermore the JSP 346 guidelines on medical classification apply throughout the career of service personnel, including circumstances when medical conditions arise during the course of a service career. Each case is considered on its merit and no guidance can meet every contingency. For serving personnel, the aim wherever possible is to ensure the early return to duty in an appropriate grading (modified if necessary) and for serving personnel to be employed to the best advantage of the service and without detriment to themselves.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what physical rehabilitation is available to reservists injured on operations. 
Derek Twigg: Any mobilised serviceman or woman injured when on operational deployment is treated the same, and will receive exactly the same medical treatment and support, whether they are regular or reserve. If a medical officer in-theatre assesses that a member of the reserve forces requires treatment or rehabilitation back in the UK, they will be treated in exactly the same way as regular personnel. This may include treatment and rehabilitation at a military Regional Rehabilitation Unit or the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey.
When reserve personnel are demobilised, they are given a medical assessment. During this process, if it is identified that they are in need of an operation they may be referred to one of five Ministry of Defence Hospital Units, where they will be treated within military timeframes, which can offer faster access to treatment. Reserve personnel will receive treatment for injuries sustained on operation until they are deemed to have reached a steady state of fitness. They are then demobilised, and taken through a transition from military to NHS care, if they have continuing healthcare needs.
The patient may express a preference for treatment in a hospital nearer to their home, which may be a non-MDHU hospital, and some reservists opt for this route. In accordance with NHS protocols, if they are referred on to a non-MDHU hospital, then access to treatment is according to clinical priority.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the tender for the service personnel life insurance programme. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 5 March 2007]: The Ministry of Defence issued two tenders in support of the Service Life Insurance SLI programme; one for an insurer and another for a manager. I will arrange for copies of both tenders to be placed in the Library of the House.
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