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|Table 2: Number of individuals (million) below 60 per cent. of median and mean income: 1996-97 and 2005-06|
|Below 60 per cent. of median income||Below 60 per cent. of mean income|
|Before housing costs||After housing costs||Before housing costs||After housing costs|
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a reply will be sent to the constituent of the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight whose reference is CSA 321031224246/NR 185956A. 
Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 26 July 2007]: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
Letter from Duncan Gilchrist, dated 8 October 2007:
In reply to your recent parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. As the Chief Executive is currently on annual leave I am responding, with his authority, on his behalf.
You ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when a reply will be sent to the constituent of the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight whose reference is CSA 321031224246/NR 185956A. 
As details about individual cases are confidential I have written to you separately about this case.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of migration on the labour market; and what assessment he has made of the impact of migration on measures to promote welfare to work. 
Mr. Plaskitt: 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. This is available 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.
In the last year, despite the effect of EU expansion on the number of workers from the new member states registering to work in the UK, the claimant unemployment count has fallen by over 90,000.
The availability of new workers from abroad does not reduce the need to ensure that domestic workers have the skills and support they need to compete effectively in the labour market. Over the last 10 years the Government has significantly increased its investment in helping people move back into work, and the recent Green Paper "In work, better off: next steps to full employment" sets out proposals to further extend the opportunity for individuals to take up one of the 600,000 vacancies that come up each and every month.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours a week (a) a lone parent with one child and (b) a couple with two children earning the minimum wage would have to work to clear the poverty line. 
Caroline Flint: The hours a week that families with children would need to work to escape poverty would depend on the individual circumstances of the household, for example the number and age of dependent children, housing costs or benefit, and the wage that any working adult receives. Therefore, the information requested is not available.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers there are in the national insurance database; 
(2) how many people are registered in the national insurance database. 
Mr. Plaskitt: From the latest information available there are 76,719,264 national insurance numbers on the customer information system, not including child reference numbers.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many duplicate national insurance numbers there are in the national insurance database. 
Mr. Plaskitt: From March 2007, DWPs Customer Information System replaced the Departmental Central Index as the national insurance database. Due to the way the Customer Information System is set up, the same national insurance number cannot be allocated twice. However, from time to time we identify national insurance numbers that are being used by more than one person, usually through transcription errors.
The number of instances where this has occurred is shown in the following table.
|Cases of a national insurance number being used by more than one individual|
|Number of cases|
| Note: In these cases we take corrective action with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to correct the account.|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 23 July 2007, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on national insurance credits, what his estimate is of the total amount of (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Initial estimates are that annual potential overpayments could be around £90 million.
Initial estimates of potential underpayments are around £65 million.
These estimates do not take into account any entitlement to, or payment of, income-related benefits which would affect the amounts over or under paid.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been reported of (a) an individual using more than one national insurance number and (b) a national insurance number being used by more than one individual in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) on 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 870W.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian citizens since 1 January. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following table.
|National Insurance number registrations to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens between 1 January 2007 and 5 April 2007.|
| Notes: 1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Numbers are based on 100 per cent data from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS). Source: 100 per cent sample at 14 May 2007 from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS).|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on the New Deal for Young People were taking part in the scheme for the second or subsequent time in each month since 1998. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.
|Month of participation||Total number of participants||Number participating for second or subsequent time|
1. Latest data are to November 2006.
2. All data have been rounded to nearest 10.
3. A person participating on the programme for more than one month will be included in the table for each month that they are participating.
Information Directorate, DWP
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