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At the end of September 2007, the Child Support Agency had 67,900 cases assessed under old rules where the non-resident parent lived in Scotland and in 1,400 of these cases, the non-resident parent lived in the Angus constituency. These figures cover all cases, including those with a positive assessment as well as those currently with a nil maintenance liability. The available information relates to cases only, a non-resident parent may have more than one case.
The number of cases transferred from the old to the new system of assessment is provided in the attached table. When a new child support application is made, the case may have one or more links, through the parent with care or non-resident parent or their partners, to existing cases. If a link is established to one or more cases on the old computer system, then these cases will be transferred to the new computer system, along with any further cases that are linked to them.
It is expected the number of old scheme cases will reduce from around 740,000 to around 300,000 before cases move into the new statutory maintenance service expected to start in 2010-11. The reason for this is predominantly the age and nature of these cases. It is also expected that a number of clients will wish to leave the statutory maintenance service and make their own arrangements following the removal of compulsion. Separate estimates have not been made for Scotland or the Angus constituency.
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|Number of converted cases in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency from April 2003 to September 2007|
|Number of converted cases|
| Notes: 1. The latest available data is at September 2007. 2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. A small number of cases are excluded from these figures as the non-resident parents postcode is not recorded and therefore cannot be allocated to a parliamentary constituency. This accounts for under 0.5 per cent. of cases.|
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Falkirk Child Support Agency to reply to the hon. Member of Edinburgh, Wests letter of 22 August on his constituent Mr. Keith Millar. 
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 when he expects the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Falkirk Child Support Agency to reply to the hon. Member of Edinburgh, Wests letter of 22 August on his constituent Mr. Keith Millar. 
As details about individual cases are confidential, I have written to you separately about this case.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women aged 60 and over and (b) men aged 65 and over will have accrued 30 years or less national insurance contributions before April 2010. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The latest information available indicates that at the end of the financial year 2003-04 there were almost 4.5 million women and around 150,000 men between state pension age and age 80 who had accrued 30 or fewer qualifying years for basic state pension.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of participants in the new deal for young people in the Shepway district were repeat participants in the last year for which figures are available. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 17 October 2007]: New deal for young people has helped 1,060 people into work in the Shepway district since it started in January 1998. In the period March 2006 to February 2007(1) 40 per cent. of those on the programme in the Shepway district were repeat participants.
(1 )Latest available data.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of participants in each of the New Deal programmes returned to benefits within (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) two years of leaving the programme in the latest period for which figures are available. 
People who have been on the New Deal programme who subsequently return to benefits may be in receipt of out of work or inactive benefits and may not, due to changes in personal circumstances,
necessarily return to the benefit they were claiming before they participated in New Deal.
|Percentage of New Deal leavers who returned to benefits within 3, 6, 12 months and two years of leaving the programme|
|3 months||6 months||12 months||24 months|
Notes: 1. Latest data are to February 2007, therefore, allowing for a 24 month gap, only New Deal leavers to February 2005 are included in the 24 month column; allowing for a 12 month gap, only New Deal leavers to February 2006 are included in the 12 month column; allowing for a six month gap, only New Deal leavers to August 2006 are included in the six month column and, allowing for a three month gap, only New Deal leavers to November 2006 are included in the three month column. 2. People claiming within three months will also be included as claiming within six, 12, and 24 months. People claiming within six months will also be included as claiming within 12 and 24 months. People claiming within 12 months will also be included as claiming within 24 months. 3. The benefits included are: incapacity benefits; invalid care allowance; income support; jobseeker's allowance; severe disablement allowance, and widows'/bereavement benefits. 4. A benefit claim has only been included if it is a new claim after leaving New Deal. People can leave New Deal and continue a benefit claim; these people are not included as returning to benefit. Source: Information Directorate, DWP.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of participants in each of the New Deal programmes returned to out of work benefits, including those who continued to claim an out of work benefit whilst participating in the New Deal, in each year since 1997. 
|Percentage of new deal participants who returned to out of work benefits in each year from 1998|
|New deal for young people||New deal 25 plus||New deal for lone parents||New deal 50 plus||New deal for disabled people||New deal for partners|
|(1) Not applicable.|
1. Data refer to the year in which individuals left new deal, which may not be the same year in which they subsequently claimed a benefit.
2. Data include people who were claiming a benefit before participating on new deal who continued to claim during participation and after leaving the programme.
3. Benefits included are: Incapacity benefit, income support and jobseekers allowance.
4. Information for new deal for disabled people are only available from 2001 and from 2004 for new deal 50 plus and new deal for partners.
5. Latest complete year data are for 2006.
6. Programme start dates are: New deal for young people: January 1998; new deal 25 plus: July 1998; new deal for lone parents: October 1998; new deal for partners: April 1999; new deal 50 plus: April 2000; new deal for disabled people: July 2001.
Information Directorate, DWP.
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the New Deal in Islwyn have been placed on training courses for (a) up to one year and (b) over one year in the last 12 months. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have fully wound up since 1997; how many are in the process of winding up; and what the membership of such schemes was in each year since 1997. 
(a) The number of schemes in the UK that have wound up for a variety of reasons since 2 April 1997 is 62,814
(b) The number of schemes that have been winding up since 2 April 1997 is 7,830. The total membership of these schemes is 414,211.
1. A wound up scheme is one which has notified the pensions regulator that it has completed winding up procedures.
2. A winding up scheme is one which has notified the pensions regulator that it has commenced winding up procedures.
3. The data supplied by the pensions regulator is current as at 3 September 2007. It comes from the merger of data derived from old systems (i.e. before 6 April 2005), and has been enhanced and updated with information received via the new scheme returnswhich was introduced as part of the Pensions Act 2004.
4. Total membership includes active, deferred and pensioner members. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of these numbers.
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