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New Deal for Young People

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of claimants on the new deal for young people left the programme for (a) the employment option, (b) the environmental taskforce, (c) the voluntary section, (d) full-time education/training and (e) unsubsidised work in each year since 1998. [140587]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The information requested on the new deal for young people (NDYP) employment; environment taskforce; voluntary sector, and full-time education and training options is not available. This is because they are integral parts of NDYP and those participating on these Options are not classified as having left new deal.

Since January 1998 when the programme started, to the end of November 2006, 1,090,270 people had left NDYP, of which 508,650 (47 per cent.) had left to unsubsidised employment.

Information on the numbers of people who have participated on each of the NDYP options, as part of their participation in NDYP, is in the table.

New deal for young people options
Participants
Option Number Percentage

Employment option

89,310

17

Voluntary sector option

194,330

38

Environment taskforce option

124,500

24

Full-time education and training option

104,000

20

Notes:
1. Information is from January 1998-November 2006 and may include people who have participated on more than one option.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. The percentages in the tables are the number starting each option as a percentage of the number starting all options.
Source:
Department for Work and Pensions New Deal database

New Deal Schemes

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of applicants on each new deal programme were placed in (a) unsubsidised and (b) subsidised jobs in each region in each quarter since 1998. [140589]


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Mr. Jim Murphy: A new deal subsidy is only paid through new deal for young people and new deal 25 plus so all of those placed into work through the other new deals have been placed into unsubsidised employment.

The available information has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) participants, (b) first-time participants and (c) repeat participants there were on each new deal programme in each region in each quarter of each year since 1998. [140597]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The available information has been placed in the Library.

Parents: Social Security Benefits

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the lessons to be learned for the UK from Swedish practice in parental benefit and early years provision; and if he will make a statement. [142511]

Beverley Hughes: I have been asked to reply.

We are committed to learning from the policies and experiences of other countries, including the Scandinavian nations which have long established, high quality, universal services for young children and families. We also regularly make assessments of international evidence and experiences as part of our research programme.

The UK has participated in a number of OECD reviews that have identified policy and practice and shared learning from a range of member countries including Sweden. Recent published OECD reports include “Starting Strong: Early Childhood Education and Care (2006)” and “Babies and Bosses—Reconciling Work and Family Life (Vol. 4): Canada, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom (2005)”. These reports are available from the OECD website at http://www.oecd.org. We also continue to keep up to date with developments in Sweden in the early childhood area through our participation in the OECD Early Education and Care Network.

We regularly review the wide range of parental leave and pay policies developed by other EU member states, including those of Sweden. Experience from Sweden suggests that despite the long period over which paid parental leave can be taken by either parent, the majority is still taken by mothers during the child's first year, with most fathers taking less than their entitlement. The UK provides a relatively long period of paid maternity leave, and in developing a new entitlement for fathers to take up to six months’ additional paternity leave we are focusing available resources on the child’s first year. This will give both parents greater choice and flexibility in deciding how to balance work and family commitments, and will fit with the UK’s existing statutory leave entitlement and the range of other financial support available for parents.

Personal Savings

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will update figure (a) 2.4, (b) 2.5, (c) 2.6 and (d) 2.7 and tables (i) 4.5 and (ii) 6.1 from financial incentives to save for retirement (Research
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Report No. 403) using the new income tax rates. [141536]

James Purnell: The Department published financial incentives to save for retirement in November 2006, which provided estimates of the payback which can be expected from saving in a private pension for a range of example individuals based on a range of assumptions including those around investment returns and other factors.

These figures have since been updated to take account of the 2007-08 benefit figures, the changes announced in the April 2007 Budget, and our proposals for personal accounts, as set out in the consultation response published on 14 June. The revised figures and tables will be placed in the Library.

Social Security Benefits: Fraud

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have been (a) cautioned, (b) asked to return monies and (c) brought before the courts for claiming benefits for more than one wife in the last 24 months. [144225]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information requested is not available other than at disproportionate cost.

Welfare to Work

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when his Department expects to respond to the report by David Freud Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity: Options for the future of Welfare to Work published on 5 March 2007; [140809]

(2) what steps he has taken to promote the opportunity to comment on proposals in the report by David Freud Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity: Options for the future of Welfare to Work among private and voluntary sector welfare to work organisations. [140810]

Mr. Jim Murphy: On 26 March 2007, the Secretary of State invited all stakeholders to send in their views. A number of stakeholder seminars have also taken place to gather views on David Freud's recommendations.

The Government's response to the Freud report will be published in the summer.

Treasury

Council Tax: Appeals

Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure the Valuation Office Agency incurred on legal advice, solicitor fees and barrister fees in relation to council tax appeals before the Valuation Tribunal Service in England and Wales in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [143664]

Dawn Primarolo: During the course of 2006-07 the Valuation Office Agency expended £750 on counsels’ fees in relation to council tax appeals before Valuation Tribunals.


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Council Tax: Valuation

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency maintains data on the capital value of each domestic property in Wales. [142359]

Dawn Primarolo: Yes. In so far as this is required to help it undertake its functions to provide valuation advice under Section 10 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 and as part of its duties to compile and maintain the Council Tax Valuation Lists in Wales.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency’s internal guidance on using the Property Details Application via its intranet site. [142363]

Dawn Primarolo: The Property Details work aid, which is available on the Valuation Office Agency’s intranet site, is internal technical instructions on how to link data in their various computer applications. It is not appropriate to place these documents in the Library.

Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telescopic views the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and at what cost. [143651]

Dawn Primarolo: The Valuation Office Agency has not purchased any telescopic views in the last 36 months.

Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external data sources are used to supplement, compile or validate the Valuation Office Agency’s property attribute database for domestic properties, other than its paper-based records. [143749]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government on 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1596-97W.

Crown Estate: Electric Cables

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue the Crown Estate collected from charges levied on cables crossing its land in each year since 2004; and how much the Crown Estate charged per kilometre of cable laid (a) on the seabed and (b) over ground in each year since 2004; [140467]

(2) how much the Crown Estate received in rent from business based in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland in each of the last three years. [140477]

John Healey: The figures are as follows:


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£000
2004-05 2005-06

Land based cables

1,242

976

Seabed cables

5,454

5,530

Rent from businesses

Orkney

147

173

Shetland

971

615


Financial information for 2006-07 is not yet available.

Under the British Telecom Master Wayleave Agreement, rents for cables are charged as lump sums per year, and are not charged by length.

Crown Estate: Fisheries

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Crown Estate received from rents paid by shellfish farmers in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last three years; [140474]

(2) how much the Crown Estate raised from rents levied on salmon farmers in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland in each of the last three years. [140475]

John Healey: The figures are as follows:

£000
2004-05 2005-06

Shellfish Farmers:

Orkney

3

1

Shetland

31

35

Scotland

96

146

UK

114

171

Salmon Farmers:

Orkney

129

131

Shetland

899

483


Financial information for 2006-07 is not yet available.

Crown Estate: Ports

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income the Crown Estate received from rents paid for (a) marinas and (b) piers in each year since 2004. [140468]

John Healey: The figures are as follows:

£ million
2004-05 2005-06

Marinas

1.6

1.6

Piers

4.1

4.0


Financial information for 2006-07 is not yet available.

Crown Estate: Marine Stewardship Programme

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Crown Estate spent on marine stewardship programmes in each year since 2005; [140472]

(2) how much the Crown Estate plans to spend on marine stewardship programmes in the next three financial years; [140473]


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(3) how much the Crown Estate raised from charges levied on marinas and piers in (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland in each of the last two years. [140476]

John Healey: The figures are as follows:

2005-06 ( 1) (£000)

Marine Stewardship Programme

656

Marinas:

Orkney

0

Shetland

1

Piers:

Orkney

3

Shetland

18

(1 )Financial information for 2006-07 is not yet available.

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