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Housing: Carbon Monoxide

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government have taken to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in private student accommodation. [160204]

Mrs. McGuire: The Government last week gave full support to “CO Awareness week” that was designed to raise public appreciation of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

A ministerial group on gas safety this month received details from the gas and allied industries about plans this winter to publicise widely the dangers of CO poisoning. The role of the ministerial group was announced in June this year.

Looking ahead, the Government have announced a major reform of the gas installer registration scheme, to include a new requirement on the appointed provider to promote new initiatives on raising public awareness of gas safety risks, including in student rented accommodation.

Incapacity Benefit

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many adults of working age were claiming incapacity benefits in (a) each Welsh unitary authority, (b) each English region, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland (i) in 1997, (ii) in 2001, (iii) in 2005 and (iv) at the latest date for which figures are available. [160234]

Mrs. McGuire: Information about Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The available information is in the table.


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Working age claimants of incapacity benefits by Welsh local authority
February
1997 2001 2005 2007

Isle of Anglesey

4,400

4,400

4,190

3,870

Gwynedd

6,800

6,410

6,060

5,860

Conwy

6,500

6,690

6,490

6,250

Denbighshire

6,500

6,180

6,080

5,850

Flintshire

8,300

8,040

7,410

7,010

Wrexham

10,200

8,600

8,070

7,740

Powys

6,500

6,080

5,910

5,630

Ceredigion

3,900

4,280

4,130

3,850

Pembrokeshire

8,200

7,380

7,140

6,640

Carmarthenshire

15,900

15,400

14,280

13,300

Swansea

20,800

18,330

17,280

16,090

Neath Port Talbot

16,800

15,060

13,950

12,940

Bridgend

12,500

11,640

10,950

10,620

The Vale of Glamorgan

6,500

6,240

6,160

5,910

Cardiff

18,500

18,700

18,390

17,870

Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

25,600

25,750

23,360

22,000

Merthyr Tydfil

8,800

7,480

6,660

6,070

Caerphilly

19,400

17,560

16,640

15,680

Blaenau Gwent

9,800

8,110

7,750

7,250

Torfaen

8,700

7,480

6,870

6,560

Monmouthshire

3,700

3,800

3,750

3,590

Newport

9,400

9,090

8,670

8,340

Notes: 1. Five per cent. figures have been uprated in line with 100 per cent. totals. 2. 100 per cent. caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. Five per cent. caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 4. Some additional disclosure control has also been applied. 5. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 6. Incapacity benefits are incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study and 5 per cent. sample.

Working age claimants of incapacity benefits by Government office region
February
1997 2001 2005 2007

North East

179,500

185,920

177,460

164,300

North West

448,100

446,960

431,120

408,240

Yorkshire and the Humber

237,800

247,210

249,020

236,850

East Midlands

160,200

181,870

182,420

178,630

West Midlands

228,800

247,920

249,180

240,030

East of England

153,200

167,190

177,480

176,660

London

270,800

298,190

315,570

310,580

South East

208,200

224,160

238,360

237,260

South West

160,500

182,310

191,950

194,520

Wales

217,900

222,730

210,170

198,950

Scotland

326,400

335,030

322,740

304,080

Notes: 1. Five per cent. figures for 1997 have been uprated in line with 100 per cent. totals. 2. Claimants include credits only cases. 3. Figures refer to working age claimants of IB/SDA. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample, 1997. DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data 2001, 2005, 2007.

Incapacity Benefit: Eastern Region

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) East of England and (b) Suffolk had been claiming incapacity benefit for more than five years in each year since 1997. [161184]


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Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.

Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants with a duration of five years or more
Quarter ending February: East of England Suffolk

2001

74,530

9,310

2002

80,240

9,990

2003

85,490

10,550

2004

88,960

10,830

2005

91,550

11,160

2006

93,720

11,230

2007

95,320

11,370

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Figures for claimants with a duration of claim of five years or over are not available prior to April 2000 as incapacity benefit was not introduced until April 1995.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.

Maintenance: Children

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency under the old rules; [158434]

(2) how many absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency have been transferred from the old to the new system of assessment by the Child Support Agency in each year since its introduction; and how many of these transfers were triggered by a new case involving the individual; [158435]

(3) what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases being dealt with by the Child Support Agency in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency under the old system will be current when the new organisation's rules are introduced. [158436]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 29 October 2007:


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