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Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities do not use the Public Entertainment Licence Register as the basis for recording premises inspected to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation. Therefore the information requested is not available.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many venues on the Public Entertainment Licence Register he estimates will be inspected by April 2009 to ensure that they are complying with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. [139160]

Mrs. McGuire: The HSE and local authorities do not use the Public Entertainment Licence Register as the basis for planning inspections of premises in relation to compliance with health and safety legislation. Therefore the information requested is not available. Plans for proactive inspection work in 2008-09 have not yet been agreed.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many venues on the Public Entertainment Licence Register have been served staff improvement notices as a result of Health and Safety Executive inspections in relation to the Noise at Work Regulations 1989. [139161]

Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) does not record the number of improvement notices issued against venues on the Public Entertainment Licence Register and therefore the information requested is not available. However HSE figures show that between 1996-97 and 2005-06 a total of 1,650 improvement notices were issued by HSE with respect to the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were awarded compensation for damage to their hearing from exposure to loud music in nightclubs under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in each of the last five years. [139163]

Mrs. McGuire: A breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act does not generally give rise to civil liability. However a breach of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 or the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 may (provided damage results). HSE does not routinely collect information regarding private civil claims for compensation (even when breach of Health and Safety Regulations are the basis of any such claim). Therefore this information is not available except at disproportionate cost.

Jobcentres: Copeland

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were available through the jobcentres in Copeland in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007. [138637]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The available information is in the following table.


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Vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus in the Copeland parliamentary constituency
Financial year Number of vacancies

2004-05

3,220

2005-06

2,250

2006-07

3,050

Notes:
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Information is only available at constituency level from April 2004.
3. Figures are not fully comparable over time and may not indicate developments in the labour market.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System.

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New Deal

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was on each New Deal programme for each year since 1997-98. [118798]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The available information is in the following table.

£ million
New deal for young people New deal for 25 plus New deal for young people and new deal 25 plus New deal for 50 plus New deal for lone parents New deal for disabled people New deal for partners Total

1997-98

12

12

1998-99

162

17

1

180

1999-2000

282

71

1

12

15

381

2000-01

293

42

45

14

7

1

402

2001-02

219

140

82

9

4

2

456

2002-03

221

167

82

18

16

504

2003-04

264

189

41

20

28

542

2004-05

254

179

3

24

65

1

526

2005-06

3231

1

26

68

1

419

Total

1,707

805

3231

255

124

203

5

3,422

Notes:
1. There is no split currently available between new deal for young people and new deal 25 plus for 2005-06. The expenditure has been presented as a combined figure until an apportionment is made in the departmental report.
2. Spend data include all new deal programme costs and allowances paid to participants apart from the 50 plus element of the working tax credit. As this is not included, new deal 50 plus costs reduce after 2002-03.
3. Following agreement with HM Treasury in 2002-03, ring fences were removed from new deal. Administrative costs are excluded as it is no longer possible to identify the costs of administering the costs of each new deal separately from the costs of other labour market activities.
4. Expenditure data include start-up costs.
5. Following changes to the new deal 25 plus programme in April 2001 when a mandatory intensive activity period was introduced, programme costs rose significantly.
6. Expenditure for new deal for partners in 2002-03 and 2003-04 is not recorded in the table as, excluding administrative costs, costs were around £300,000 for both years and all figures are rounded to the nearest million. New deal for partners was re-launched in April 2004.
7. Programme start dates are: new deal for young people: January 1998; new deal 25 plus: July 1998; new deal for lone parents: October 1998; new deal for partners: April 1999; new deal 50 plus: April 2000; new deal for disabled people: July 2001 (new deal for disabled people pilots ran from September 1998 to June 2001).
8. Latest figures are to March 2006.
Source:
DWP Departmental Reports 2004-05, Jobcentre Plus Accounts 2005-06

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the new deal programme in each of the years for which figures are available since its inception, broken down by region. [133456]

Mr. Jim Murphy [holding answer 23 April 2007]: The information is in the following table.


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New deal spend by region/country
£ million
Region 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 Total

East Midlands

8

17

18

20

21

20

20

13

136

East of England

7

14

14

13

14

16

17

18

112

London

11

33

36

39

51

66

77

59

371

North East

12

25

28

31

31

32

30

19

207

North West

14

37

40

43

43

51

44

39

311

Office for Scotland

10

34

40

38

45

46

42

31

286

Office for Wales

7

20

23

21

24

23

22

13

154

South East

6

12

14

12

15

18

22

23

121

South West

9

17

19

18

18

19

21

16

137

West Midlands

8

20

22

30

31

33

31

21

196

Yorkshire and Humberside

18

36

39

36

38

37

33

36

273

Non regional(1)

12

70

115

110

155

174

182

168

131

1,118

Total

(2)12

180

381

402

456

504

542

526

419

3,422

(1) Relates to centrally administered expenditure, some of which is spent locally, for example, new deal allowances. Also includes new deal programme research.
(2) Expenditure in the 1997-98 financial year was centrally administered.
Notes:
1. Figures exclude administrative expenditure.
2. Figures are subject to rounding differences and totals may not sum due to rounding.
Source:
Departmental Report up to March 2005;
Jobcentre Plus Accounts to March 2006.

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