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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) women, (b) single parents and (c) people were in work in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) south Tyneside, (iii) the north-east and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997; 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about employment and unemployment. (156032, 156033, 156034, 156035)
These questions ask for the same information as questions received in July this year, and I refer you to the answer given in Official Report volume 463 of 26 July, column 1460.
However, since the previous questions were answered, we now have new employment and unemployment data from the Annual Population Survey (APS) for April 2006 to March 2007, and the April to June 2007 Labour Force Survey (LFS) household dataset.
As in the previous answer, Table 1, attached, shows the number of males, females and people, who were (i) aged 16 and over, (ii) young persons aged 16 to 24 and (iii) persons aged 25 and over, resident in the Jarrow constituency, who were in employment, for the 12 months ending in March 2007 from the APS. The table also shows employment rates which allow changes to be seen in the context of changing population numbers. Tables 2 to 4 show data for South Tyneside metropolitan borough, the North East and Great Britain respectively.
For unitary and local authorities, the ONS produces estimates of total unemployment, following ILO definitions, from a statistical model. Annual estimates for other areas and breakdowns are compiled from the annual local area LFS and the APS following ILO definitions.
Table 5, attached, shows the number of males, females and people, who were (i) aged 16 and over, (ii) young persons aged 16 to 24 and (iii) persons aged 25 and over, resident in the Jarrow constituency, who were unemployed, for the 12 months ending March 2007, from the APS. The table also shows unemployment rates which allow changes to be seen in the context of changing population numbers. Tables 6 to 8 show data for South Tyneside metropolitan borough, the North East and Great Britain respectively.
Table 9, attached shows employment levels, unemployment levels and rates for lone parents aged 16 and over and employment rates for lone parents of working age, resident in the South Tyneside metropolitan borough, the North East and Great Britain, for the three months ending in June, for 2007 from the LFS household datasets. Data for the Jarrow constituency are unavailable as Parliamentary Constituency markers are not held in this dataset.
The estimates in Tables 1-9 are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes for the Jarrow constituency and South Tyneside metropolitan borough are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over time.
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enforcement powers in relation to wild birds apply to those species listed as endangered under Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 on the protection species of wild fauna and flora.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has undertaken on the potential to save lives of the introduction of compulsory personal flotation devices to the UK fishing fleet; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) commissioned research entitled "Practical Application of Regulatory Impact Diagrams to Buoyancy Equipment at Work for Fishermen" which was completed in February 2001. This addressed all factors which may affect the wearing of buoyancy devices at sea.
All fishing vessels are required to carry lifejackets but the report argued that prior to taking a regulatory approach to wearing lifejackets, we needed to identify the needs and experiences of lifejacket users, in order to gauge the requirements for regulations. This finding was supported by research which demonstrated that safety precautions show little correlation with the likelihood of accidents.
Following publication of this report the MCA has participated in research by the Seafish Industry Authority (Seafish) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute on Lifejacket and Buoyancy Aid Acceptability Trials. The trials of 24 products were in two stages, a test tank assessment to ensure that products are effective when worn with sea gear' and long term assessments by fishermen in the course of fishing.
The MCA has also recently undertaken research on the approach taken to the wearing of lifejackets adopted by other countries, and the effect on casualty statistics, and is currently assessing the findings of this research.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to (i) television, (ii) radio and (iii) print media. 
The Department's projected spending for advertising campaigns for the 2007-08 fiscal year is set out in the following table. Please note, these are anticipated spend and could be subject to
change. Additional advertising costs, such as cinema, ambient and online, have been incorporated into other' advertising costs.
The main expenditure by the Central Department is in support of the THINK! Road Safety, Act On CO2 and Aviation campaigns. DVLA investment is in support of their vehicle excise duty enforcement, electronic vehicle licensing and sales of marks campaigns.
The Department's projected spending for advertising campaigns for the 2008-09 fiscal year is more difficult to project because some budgets have yet to be allocated. We anticipate that circa £11 million will be spent by Department for Transport and £4.6 million by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Investment in each specific media channel has yet to be finalised.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent estimate is of the number of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) public service vehicles which should be covered by an operators licence but are not. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department is responsible for the enforcement of road traffic legislation. Records are kept of the number of operator licences issued. An operator licence may list a number of vehicles. The Department's records do not detail the number of vehicles as a percentage of the total heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles fleets in use.
Although DVLA may have records of HGVs and PSVs registered, some will not require an operator licence. One operator licence holder can have multiple vehicles listed. In addition, it is not mandatory for PSV operators to list all the vehicles that they may use on their operator licence. So the DVLA and VOSA records cannot be directly compared.
Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent estimate is of (a) heavy goods vehicles and (b) public service vehicles which should have an annual safety check conducted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency but do not. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the enforcement of road safety legislation. Its records reflect the number of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and public service vehicles (PSV) which have presented for annual test. Its records do not record this as a percentage of the total HGV and PSV fleets in use.
Although the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) may have records of HGVs and PSV's registered, some may be exempt from annual tests or have been declared as off the road (and therefore not require a certificate.) Also VOSA may have tested some vehicles more than once in a year so the DVLA and VOSA records cannot be directly compared.
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend eligibility to carer's allowance to allow a carer to receive carer's allowance in respect of more than one individual in the same household. 
Mrs. McGuire: Carer's allowance is intended principally to provide a measure of financial support for carers who cannot work full-time because they provide at least 35 hours of care a week for a severely disabled person. It is not payable in respect of each disabled person a carer may look after and we have no plans to change these arrangements.
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 asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases have been outstanding for more than (a) one year and (b) five years.
The Agency begins to process new applications as soon as they are received and continues until they have been cleared. Any applications that have not yet been cleared have been regarded as outstanding in the answer to this question. The amount of work required to achieve clearance and the elapsed time it involves varies considerably depending on, amongst other things, the circumstances of the parents and how readily they cooperate with the Agency. As such, the Agency holds only a negligible number of completely unprocessed applications.
At June 2007 the Agency had 39,600 old scheme and 74,400 new scheme uncleared cases over one year old, this represents 8% of total caseload. Of those 33,300 old scheme and 1,500 new scheme uncleared cases were over five years old, this represents 3% of total caseload.
A potential new application is defined as cleared when it:
has had a calculation and a payment arrangement set up (new scheme only) or has had an assessment (old scheme only);
has been closed;
has been identified as having had a good cause decision accepted;
has been identified as being subject to a reduced benefit decision;
has been identified as a change of circumstances to an existing case, as opposed to a new application (new scheme only).
I hope you find this answer helpful.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many IT contracts were put out to competitive tender by his Department in each year since 1997; how many bidders there were for each tender; and which company won the tender in each case. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 17 September 2007]: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was created in June 2001, prior to that, contractual arrangements were the responsibility of different departments and agencies. Information is provided for contracts awarded since the formation of the Department in 2001.
Wherever possible, the Department makes use of existing framework agreements to procure the full range of IS/IT services. This enables more efficient and faster procurement of services against agreed terms. When this is not possible an advertisement is placed in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Contract to operate the Resource Management system. Three bids were received and the contract was awarded to Fujitsu in 2004.
Framework to enable the Department to procure the full range of IS/IT services via competitions or single tender. This is referred to as the Unity (UNderpinning IT DeliverY) framework and was awarded in 2005. Thirty four bids were received and thirty two suppliers were included onto the Framework Agreement.
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