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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for national insurance numbers in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. Information regarding the number of applications for national insurance number applications refused where there was a doubt about the identity of the individual is in the following table:
|A pplications for national insurance numbers refused due to doubt about the identity of an individual|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners received their pension (a) via direct debit into their bank accounts and (b) through Post Office accounts in the latest month for which data are available. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The following table shows how many pensioners received their state retirement pension (a) via Direct Payment into their bank accounts and (b) through Post Office card accounts in March 2007.
1. Figures have been provided by DWP Information Directorate
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Figures are taken from the latest available data at 17 March 2007.
4. Figures only relate to accounts live and in payment on the specified date.
5. People with more than one benefit account paid through POca are counted more than once.
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. Consistent time-series figures are not available prior to 1999 other than for housing benefit and council tax benefit. It is not possible to remove the overlap between housing benefit, council tax benefit, and other DWP benefits. The available information is in the following tables.
|Working age client group caseload by statistical group in Great Britain as at August each year|
|Job seeker||Incapacity benefits||Lone parent||Carer|
|Others on income related benefit||Disabled||Bereaved||Unknown|
| Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Statistical group is a hierarchical variable. A person will only appear first group for which they are eligible; for example, a claimant receiving both jobseekers allowance and disability living allowance would be counted in jobseeker and not disabled. 3. Job seeker means those claiming jobseeker's allowance. 4. Incapacity benefits means those claiming incapacity benefit or disability living allowance. 5. Lone parent means those claiming income support with a dependant child under 16 and no partner. 6. Carer means those entitled to carer's allowance. 7. Other income-related benefit means those on income support or pension credit not in higher groups. 8. Disabled means those entitled to disability living allowance or attendance allowance. 9. Bereaved means those entitled to bereavement benefit or widow's benefit. 10. Unknown means those not in higher group (prior to 2002 it is not possible to split the disabled and bereaved categories). 11. Figures for carer's allowance and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is suspended (for example, because the claimant is in hospital). Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study|
|Pension age client group caseloads in receipt of key benefits in Great Britain; as at November each year|
| Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. Key Benefits are attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, minimum income guarantee, and state pension. 3. Incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and state pension claimants living overseas are not included. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, five per cent sample.|
|Pension age client group caseloads Great Britain and overseas; as at November each year|
| Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Client group benefits include: attendance allowance; bereavement benefit; carer's allowance; disability living allowance; incapacity benefit; severe disablement allowance; income support; minimum income guarantee; pension credit; state pension; and widow's benefit. 3. Figures for carer's allowance and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is suspended (for example, because the claimant is in hospital). Source: DWP Information Directorate, 100 per cent Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.|
|Housing benefit and council tax benefit caseloads by whether other income-related benefits are in payment in Great Britain; as at August each year|
|Housing benefit||Council tax benefit|
|Without IS/JSA/PC||With IS/JSA/PC||Without IS/JSA/PC||With IS/JSA/PC|
| Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures are for benefit units, which may be a single person or couple. 3. Housing benefit figures exclude extended payment cases. 4. Council tax benefit figures exclude any second adult rebate cases. 5. Figures for any non-responding local authorities have been estimated. 6. IS means income support. 7. JSA means income-based jobseekers allowance. 8. PC means pension credit. 9. Pension credit was introduced in October 2003, prior to that pensioners received income support or minimum income guarantee. 10. Income support for the unemployed was replaced by income-based jobseekers allowance in October 1996. Source: Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 1992 to August 2006.|
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