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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland previously convicted of (a) rape and (b) other sexual assault have subsequently committed other sexual offences in each of the last five years. 
It is not possible to break reconviction data into individual sexual offence types. The following table gives the numbers that were released from prison for sexual offences who were subsequently reconvicted for other sexual offences within a two year period. Data are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.
|Reconviction rates for those who were discharged from custody after serving sentences for sexual offences (2001-03) and who were reconvicted for sexual offences within a two year period|
|Number discharged from prison for sexual offences||Number reconvicted for sexual offences within a two year period|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what financial implications in terms of (a) rewards for fulfilment and (b) penalties for failure will be introduced on local authorities following the introduction in April 2008 of the duty to secure sufficient childcare for working parents. 
We are determined that local authorities should have the resources they need to fulfil the statutory duty to secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working parents. Accordingly, from April 2008 the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant will include an appropriate allocation. Successive sufficiency assessments conducted by local authorities will indicate their success in closing gaps in provision; and the Government offices for the regions will also monitor authorities progress in securing sufficiency. It will be open to anyone who believes they have been the victim of maladministration by local authorities in relation to the sufficiency duty to seek redress through various means, including the Local Government Ombudsman.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reason is for the further delay in dealing with the case of Mr. and Mrs. Beardsmore of Paignton and responding to the hon. Member for Totnes' letter of 4 July and subsequent letter of 13 August to the chief executive of the Child Support Agency. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reason is for the further delay with the case of Mr and Mrs Beardsmore of Paignton and responding to the hon. Member for Totnes letter of 4 July 07 and subsequent letter of 13 August 07 to the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency. 
As details about individual cases are confidential I have written to you separately about this case.
Mrs. McGuire: The latest figures based on the position at 31 March 2007 are that 6,854 staff across the department have declared that they are disabled. As a proportion of staff who have declared a disability status of 115,525, this equates to 5.93 per cent. of staff. Individual agency figures are contained in the following table.
The figures are based on the proportion of staff who have voluntarily declared themselves as being disabled. However, we are aware that not all disabled staff declare their disability for departmental records, and the true figure may be higher than the figures shown. For example, the 2006 DWP Staff Survey (which is completed anonymously), showed that 13 per cent. of respondents considered themselves to have a long standing health condition or disability.
The roll out of a new computer system by the end of April has meant a more accurate assessment of the numbers of disabled people working within the Department. As we roll out we are asking each member of staff to check the personal information we hold about them and to declare whether they consider themselves to be disabled. A further joint communications exercise with departmental trade unions to highlight the importance of individuals providing this information is also planned.
|Organisation||Total headcount||Total staff who have made a declaration||Actuals non disabled||Actuals disabled||Percentage disabled staff|
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what systems are in place to ensue accurate information-sharing between his Department and the Pension Service; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Pension Service is part of the Department for Work and Pensions and accordingly there is a free flow of information and data across the organisation. The exchange of information takes place both clerically and via interfacing IT systems.
One of the major features of the Departments IT is a core system (customer information system), which holds a record for each national insurance number holder and a comprehensive range of personal details as a minimum. By linking all of the main benefit application services (e.g. income support computer system, pensions Strategy computer system) to CIS, the Department is able to keep customer records fully updated and is able to provide immediate notification of change of circumstances when they occur.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how may work-focused interviews have been booked with lone parents whose youngest child is aged 11 or over in the last 12 months; how many lone parents whose youngest child is 11 or over (a) moved into work and (b) came off benefits in each of the last 12 months; how many sanctions for failing to attend a work-focused interview were applied to lone parents whose youngest child is aged 11 or over in each of the last 12 months. 
|Lone parents with youngest child aged 11 and over|
|Month||Into work||Off benefits||Sanctions|
1. Employment data relate to lone parents who had claimed income support and were recorded as entering work during the period. Data may include some lone parents who continued their income support claim after finding work.
2. Employment data under-represents lone parents entering work during the period as it excludes some job entries e.g. people with earnings below the tax threshold and those entering self-employment.
3. Data for people moving off benefits in the period are for people who stopped claiming income support and did not continue claiming any other benefit. Those who ended their income support claim, but were in receipt of a different benefit immediately after ending their claim, are not included.
4. Sanctions data only include those who were in receipt of or entitled to income support.
5. Latest available data for all requested information are to March 2007.
National Benefits Database and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the impact on pensioner poverty of raising the level of the basic state pension to the level of the guarantee credit; and what assumptions he has used about the take-up of income-related benefits in coming to this estimate. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have made good progress in tackling pensioner poverty. Since 1997 the number of pensioners living in relative poverty, based on a threshold of 60 per cent. Of contemporary median income after housing costs, has fallen by 1.1 million, from 2.9 million to 1.8 million in 2005-06.
Raising the level of the basic state pension to the level of the guarantee credit is estimated to reduce the number of pensioners below 60 per cent. median income after housing costs by around 200,000 based on 2007-08 benefit rates.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many married women aged (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63, (e) 64, (f) 65, (g) 66, (h) 67, (i) 68 and (j) 69 are (i) one year, (ii) two years, (iii) three years, (iv) four years, (v) five years, (vi) six years, (vii) seven years, (viii) eight years and (ix) nine or more years short of the number of qualifying years that would be necessary to exceed the 25 per cent. threshold for entitlement to any payment of basic state pension. 
It shows the number of UK women aged between 60 and 69 in 2003-04 who did not satisfy the 25 per cent. rule for entitlement to a basic state pension on their
own contribution records. It also shows the number of additional qualifying years that would be necessary to satisfy this rule.
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