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HSE follows up complaints and information received about illegal gas installers. It takes targeted enforcement action in line with the Health and Safety Commission's Enforcement Policy Statement. In 2006-07 approximately 9 per cent. of all offences prosecuted by HSE related to gas safety matters; of
these 19 per cent. related specifically to unregistered installers. HSE has undertaken targeted enforcement initiatives against illegal installers, leading to innovative penalties such as community orders with an unpaid work requirement and to cases being well publicised. HSE also works with CORGI in tackling the issue of unregistered gas installers, through both investigative and awareness raising activities. The reform of the registration scheme envisages a possible new function for the new provider to take enforcement action against illegal gas workers.
There are no official figures on the number of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents caused by illegal gas work. There was one fatal incident in 2006-07 involving such work, in which three people were killed. The installer was prosecuted and received a custodial sentence.
Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 10 January 2008]: Under the pension reforms introduced by the Pensions Act 2007, anyone reaching state pension age in 2020 who has paid or has been credited with national insurance contributions for at least one year will be entitled to some basic state pension in their own right. The provisions of the Act ensure that more women will become entitled to a basic state pension and we estimate that over 90 per cent. of women reaching state pension age in 2025 will be entitled to a full basic state pension.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of beneficiaries of pension sharing orders under the age of 65 years whose former spouse already receive a pension. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in Teesside and (b) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are expected to benefit from the restoration of private pensions for those in company schemes which collapsed. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien:
In most cases the sponsoring employer of failed pension schemes no longer exists, therefore, the address provided to Financial Assistance Scheme Operational Unit (FASOU) is that of the administrator or receiver, which often bears no geographical relevance to where the company was located as a going concern. Providing an accurate
picture of those who have lost their pensions by constituency or region is therefore not possible.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The implementation of the personal accounts system has not yet started. Expenditure has been incurred by DWP on operational implications of the policy and legislation for the Government's proposed reform of non-state pensions, including the framework for the personal accounts scheme. Expenditure on consultancy advice has amounted to £6,604,522 up to the end of October 2007.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed in the official error taskforce; how much is paid in salaries annually to staff in the taskforce; how many cases in relation to each type of benefit the official error taskforce has corrected in each week since its creation; and what the cost was of official error in relation to each type of benefit corrected by the taskforce in each week since its creation. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The official error taskforce has developed and oversees a programme of error reduction and correction initiatives. There are currently 10 members of staff on the taskforce, participating on a part-time basis alongside their normal duties. The proportion of time spent on the taskforce varies between members with annual salary costs attributable to taskforce duties amounting to £47,000.
By September 2007, the taskforce programme has resulted in over 100,000 income support and jobseekers allowance, and over 74,000 pension credit cases being reviewed with cumulative weekly errors totalling over £1.2 million having been corrected in income support and jobseekers allowance cases and over £1.1 million in pension credit cases.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) percentage and (b) cash value of each type of benefit is paid (i) into bank accounts, (ii) into building societies, (iii) into Post Office card accounts and (iv) by giro. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The answer is not available in the format requested. The following table is a snap shot for October 2007 and shows the approximate (a) percentage and (b) cash value of each of the main benefits administered by DWP paid (i) into bank/building society accounts (ii) into Post Office card accounts (POca), and (iii) by DWP cheque.
|Percentage of payments||Cash values (£ million)||Percentage of payments||Cash values (£ million)||Percentage of payments||Cash values (£ million)|
|(1) State pension cheque values include payments of incapacity benefit and widows benefit.|
1. Figures relate to GB only.
2. Income support value figures include payments of pension credit.
3. State pension value figures for bank/building society and POca figures include payments of widows benefit.
4. Cash values have been rounded to the nearest £ million.
DWP Method of Payment Statistics for the month of October 2007.
Mr. Plaskitt: It is the responsibility of benefit recipients to advise the Department if they are committed to prison. However, we recognise that not all prisoners do notify us of this, so we have processes in place for HM Prison Service and the Scottish Prison Service, to send us data on admissions so we can identify prisoners who are receiving benefits to which they are no longer entitled. From December 2006, the frequency of these data were increased from monthly to weekly. In 2006-07, nearly 8,000 cases were corrected as a result of this type of data matching. This led to us identifying over £2.2 million in recoverable overpayments.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what costs the Health and Safety Executive has incurred to date from the investigation of the Stockline/ICL explosion at Hopehill road, Glasgow on 11 May 2004. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executives costs were calculated, to include the completion of the criminal prosecution, at approximately £2 million. This included costs of £1.2 million from the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), which carried out the forensic and scientific work, which identified that the only credible cause of the explosion was a leak of LPG from a corroded underground metallic pipe.
Ann McKechin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the planned timetable is of the public inquiry instructed to investigate the circumstances of the Stockline/ICL Plastics explosion in Hopehill road, Glasgow on 11 May 2004. 
Mrs. McGuire: Lord Gill, Lord Justice Clerk has agreed to chair the inquiry. The timetable for the inquiry is a matter for the chairman. An announcement of the setting up and running of the inquiry will be made shortly.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of telephone scripts used by call centre staff in (a) the Social Fund and (b) Jobcentre Plus; 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking, if he will place in the Library a copy of telephone scripts used by call centre staff in (a) the Social Fund and (b) Jobcentre plus; and what the proportion of calls received by (a) the Social Fund and (b) Jobcentre Plus were from a mobile telephone in the latest period for which figures are available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
A copy of the current scripts used when a customer wishes to make a claim to working age benefits or apply for a Crisis Loan from the Social Fund, by Contact Centre staff will be placed in the Library. The Scripts are frequently updated to reflect our commitment to continuous service improvement. If you wish to
see how this process works in practice Val Gibson, my Director of the Contact Centre Directorate, will gladly arrange for you to visit a Contact Centre. She will contact you about arranging this.
Jobcentre Plus is unable to establish the origin of each call received through any of our telephones. Our telephony systems do not record if a customers call is made from a land line or mobile phone.
Mrs. McGuire: The Government consulted widely with stakeholders in public and private sector organisations such as Unum Provident about its welfare reform plans. Unum Provident was one of over 600 organisations who responded to the Government's Green Paper on welfare reform when comments were invited. The Department has commissioned work from a variety of research establishments over this period, including the University of Wales Medical School, now incorporating the Cardiff University Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, which is sponsored by Unum Provident, but the Department has no direct relationship, commercial or otherwise, with Unum Provident.
Along with other experts, two Unum Provident employees have contributed to the work of the Technical Working Group that carried out the review of the personal capability assessment, but their contribution was as individual experts in benefit assessment and in supporting return to work for people with disabilities, rather than acting on behalf of Unum Provident.
Ministers have also taken part in symposia arranged by "Beginnings", a Unum-sponsored consortium of a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations brought together to develop an integrated approach to disability issues.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents are in receipt of in-work credits; and what percentage of them have stayed in employment for (a) up to three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to nine months, (d) nine to 12 months, (e) 12 to 18 months, (f) 18 to 24 months and (g) over two years. 
Mr. Plaskitt: An in-work credit can be claimed for the first 52 weeks of employment. Recipients of in-work credits are not tracked beyond their claim so data are only available for up to 12 months of employment.
There were 35,280 completed in-work credit claims that started during the period April 2004 to October 2006 and will therefore have been completed by October 2007. The durations of these claims are: 14 per cent. less than three months; 6 per cent. between three and six months; 9 per cent. between six and nine months; 11 per cent. between nine and 12 months, and; 60 per cent. for 12 months.
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