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Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) other out-of-work benefits as a result of mental health conditions in each year since 1997. 
|Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants whose primary diagnosis is within the mental and behavioural disorders group of diagnoses, in Great Britain; as at May each year|
|Number of claimants|
1 . These figures relate to people claiming incapacity benefit and not just people of working age.
2. May 1997 to May 1999 (inclusive) figures are uprated to WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. May 2000 to May 2007 (inclusive) numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Incapacity benefit claimants include those receiving national insurance-credits only; some claimants may also receive income support.
5. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation.
DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample and 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) dependants of non-EU work permit holders, (b) non-EU students, (c) non-EU highly skilled migrants, (d) non-EU International Graduate Scheme participants, (e) non-EU Fresh Talent in Scotland Scheme participants, (f) non-EU working holidaymakers and (g) non-EU work permit holders since 1 January 2004, broken down by nationality; 
(2) how many national insurance numbers were issued to non-EU citizens with leave to remain in the UK by virtue of (a) refugee status, (b) humanitarian protection, (c) discretionary leave and (d) leave under the backlog criteria between (i) 3 April 2002 and 31 December 2003 and (ii) 1 January 2004 to 5 April 2007; 
(3) how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) dependants of non-EU work permit holders, (b) non-EU students, (c) non-EU highly skilled migrants, (d) non-EU Fresh Talent Working in Scotland Scheme participants, (e) non-EU working holidaymakers and (f) non-EU work permit holders between (i) 3 April 2002 and 31 December 2003 and (ii) 1 January 2004 to 5 April 2007. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether staff authorised to access the entire database for benefits administered by his Department are subject to criminal records checks. 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 26 November 2007]: All prospective employees, including those who are authorised to access the databases containing benefits information, are required to complete a declaration as to whether they have any criminal records, prior to appointment. The Department carries out a percentage criminal records check of successful applicants.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files are held by his Department on (a) the Abortion (Amendment) Bill of Session 1987-88 and (b) the Unborn Children (Protection) Bills of sessions (i) 1984-85, (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1987-88; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: There are two registered files held by the Department covering the Abortion (Amendment) Bill of Session 1987-88 and six files held by the Department on the Unborn Children (Protection) Bills of sessions 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1987-88.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the alcohol industry on new programmes to reduce binge drinking among young (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Coaker) and I met representatives of the alcohol industry on 17 December 2007. We discussed among other matters, the independent review of the industrys social responsibility standards shortly to be commissioned by the Home Office. I updated the industry on the independent review of alcohol pricing, promotion and harm shortly to be commissioned by the Department. We discussed the possibility of voluntary action by the industry to restrict irresponsible alcohol promotions, including those which appeal to young people and agreed to continue discussions early in 2008.
The Government are working with the police, and the alcohol industry to prevent the sale of alcohol to under-18s. This includes the wider use of fixed penalty notices to staff who sell to under-18s, confiscation of alcohol from minors, working with the industry to improve premises management and training for bar staff to ensure that identification is requested and checked from anyone who looks under age. The recent Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaigns have shown that a united effort to crack down on binge drinking, as well as the sale of alcohol to under-18s, can make a real impact. The industry expressed support for these actions.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in England as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years, broken down by strategic health authority. 
Ann Keen: In April 2003 the National Health Service Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff. The NHS SMS has collected data on the number of reported physical assaults on NHS ambulance staff in England in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
|Reported physical assaults on ambulance staff in England in 2004-05 and 2005-06|
|Reported physical assaults on ambulance staff in England in 2006-07|
| Note: In 2006-07 reconfiguration reduced the number of ambulance trusts from 30 to 12|
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