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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 18 to 24 year olds were not in employment, education or training in each quarter since 1992; and what proportion in each quarter were claiming (a) jobseekers allowance and (b) other benefits. 
|Date||18-24 not in employment, education or training( 1)||Proportion of 18-24 not in employment, education or training (percentage)|
|(1) Rounded to the nearest thousand.|
Note: NEET numbers are calculated using the DFES statistical definition. These data are seasonally unadjusted and so any comparisons should be made on a year to year basis.
Labour Force Survey
James Purnell: Entitlement to a state pension begins on the payday on or following the day on which a person reaches pension age. Historically pensioners had a Thursday payday, but it was changed to a Monday for new claimants in September 1984 to spread the flow of customers using Post Offices more evenly. In some circumstances pensioners can be given a different payday.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what kind of prior consultation occurred between the Treasury and the Department for Social Security in respect of the 1997 Budget changes to dividend tax credits. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance or regulations the Health and Safety Executive has made for the maximum and minimum acceptable temperatures in which people can work. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require employers to provide a reasonable temperature in all indoor workplaces. These Regulations are accompanied by an Approved Code of Practice and guidance. HSE recommends a lower temperature of 16 degrees Celsius unless the work involves severe physical effort in which case the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also require employers to undertake a risk assessment, which includes assessing the risks of working in very hot or cold workplaces. Where risks are identified, proportionate action must be taken by the employer to meet the legal requirements.
Further guidance and advice is available on HSEs website covering a wide range of sectors. It also provides a step-by-step approach to help employers and employees manage excessive temperatures in the workplace including guidance on how to avoid heat stress, (http://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature).
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people aged (a) 16 to 17 and (b) 18 to 24 years were (i) economically inactive and not in full-time education and (ii) unemployed in each year since 1997, broken down by region.