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Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets the Health and Safety Executive set for reducing (a) the incidence of injury, (b) the incidence of ill health, (c) the incidence of working days lost and (d) the numbers of recorded major hazard precursor incidences in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and whether these targets were met in each year. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Commission set three targets to reduce the incidence rates of work-related fatal and major injury, ill health and working days lost as part of its Revitalising Health and Safety strategy launched in 2000. This was the first time HSC/E had set national targets of this sort. These were not annual targets, but cover a 10-year period to 2009-10, using 1999 to 2000 as the baseline year, and sought reductions of:
work-related fatal and major injury10 per cent. reduction from the baseline;
work-related ill health20 per cent. reduction from the baseline; and
work-related days lost30 per cent. reduction from the baseline.
HSE's current PSA targets (2005-06 to 2007-08, using 2004-05 as a baseline) are designed to contribute to these longer term targetsaiming for a 3 per cent. reduction in work-related fatal and major injuries, 6 per cent. reduction in work-related ill health and 9 per cent. reduction in work-related days lost over the life of the PSA. The following table shows the official published statistics for each year from 1999 to 2000 to 2006-07 against the PSA target for comparison purposes.
|Improving health and safety outcomes in Great Britain through control of risks in the workplace|
|1999-2000||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||Q3 2008-08( 3)||2007-08 (target)|
|(1) Statistics are subject to a 95 per cent. confidence interval.|
(2) Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.
(3) New major hazards data (post-APR07). Latest available for APR was Q2.
(4) Baseline years.
(5) provisional outturn.
(6) Next statistics due November 2008.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants in Peterborough constituency had been claiming for (a) more than three months, (b) more than six months, (c) more than nine months and (d) more than 12 months, including any period for which a person may have been on the New Deal but returned to jobseeker's allowance immediately afterwards, at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The additional information on spells on the New Deal is not available except at disproportionate costs. Following is a table showing information on continuous spells of claimant unemployment. We are collecting information on repeat spells on benefit which we will place in the Library in the new year.
|Jobseekers allowance claimants by continuous duration of claim, Peterborough: November 2007|
|Duration of claim||Number of claimants|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
2. Figures are based on computer held cases only.
During 2006-07 and 2007-08 £4.9 million will have been spent on a range of activities to increase awareness among excluded consumers of the availability of suitable financial services; awareness raised via intermediary organisations and direct marketing. This includes £0.5 million through a special projects fund, with a balance of £0.5 million spent on the same during 2008-09.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the future demand for Health and Safety Executive inspectors of nuclear facilities; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates in current circumstances that around 230 full-time equivalent nuclear safety inspectors will be required at the peak of its programme of nuclear regulatory work. That estimate takes account of expanding work for HSE on assessing three designs for new reactors, an understanding of programmes for Ministry of Defence nuclear facilities, and Government plans for nuclear decommissioning. The figure excludes inspectors of other disciplines employed by HSE who are also involved in regulating nuclear facilities in other areas.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors of nuclear facilities were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in each year since 2004, broken down by region. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual income was of the average pensioner household in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. 
|Average net annual income before housing costs for all pensioner units, in real terms|
|£ per week, 2005-06 prices|
|North East||Great Britain||United Kingdom|
1. Net income before housing costs is gross income less income tax payments, national insurance contributions, contributions to occupational and private pension schemes, local taxes, maintenance and child support payments, and parental contributions to children living away from home. Gross income is from all sources received by the pensioner unit, including income from social security benefits, earnings from employment, any private pension, and tax credits.
2. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling and non sampling error.
3. Figures are based on the average of three years' data for government office regions as single year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Great Britain and United Kingdom figures (where available) are included on the same basis for comparison: further information for single years at a national level are available in the publication Pensioners Income Series 2005-06 (Revised).
4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
5. Pensioner units are either pensioner couples or single pensioners.
6. Pensioner couples are couples where one or more of the adults are state pension age or over.
Pensioners Income Series 2005-06 (Revised)
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