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Complaints data are not separated by individual benefit type and the categories used do not draw out underpaid benefit as a complaint type. We are, however, looking to rectify this in a planned change to our complaints database over the next three months.
Specifically, where it is discovered that a person has been underpaid state pension as a result of an error in the original calculation of their entitlement, arrears of pension are paid from the date from which the person first became entitled. Compensation is considered under the terms of the Departmental Guide to Financial Redress for Misadministration, a copy of which is available in the Library.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many eligible pensioners in Cleethorpes constituency received winter fuel allowance in each year since its introduction. 
| Source: Information directorate 100 per cent data. Notes: Figures rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon (a) were entitled to receive and (b) have received winter fuel payments in 2007; how many received the over-80s rate of £300; what additional cold weather payments are available to those on pension credit; how many pensioners in Hendon received such additional payments in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: It is not possible to say how many people in Hendon are entitled to receive a winter fuel payment. This is because not everyone aged 60 or over will be entitled to a payment. A person is not entitled to a winter fuel payment if, for example, they are serving a custodial sentence or have been in hospital for more than 52 weeks. Figures for payments made this winter are not yet available. In winter 2006-07 we made 17,760 winter fuel payments to people in the Hendon constituency and of these 4,090 went to people aged 80 or over. We expect the figures for this winter to be similar.
Cold weather payments provide extra help towards heating costs for the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society, including pensioners receiving pension credit, in periods of exceptionally cold weather.
A cold weather payment of £8.50 is made automatically to people awarded pension credit when the average temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0 degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the customers postcode. Savings are not taken into account and cold weather payments are paid in addition to winter fuel payments.
The Prime Minister: For the costs of the No. 10 website including costs associated with the YouTube site, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 17 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1134-5W. In addition, six people work in the No. 10 web team. Since May 2007 there have been approximately 2 million film views on the Downing street YouTube site.
The Prime Minister: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is responsible in this area at Cabinet level and has responsibility for delivering the agenda across Government. The Government have set a public service agreement (PSA) target to Tackle poverty and promote greater independence and well-being in later life. This is the first time that Government have set a PSA target specifically for older people. It complements other PSAs on, for example, health care and employment that address key concerns for those over 50. Work to deliver this PSA target is being taken forward by a number of Departments.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to require the revocation of (a) knighthhoods and (b) other honours where the behaviour or conduct of the holder is held to be dishonourable by the committee which recommended the conferral of the award. 
Lynne Jones: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 127W, on Joint Intelligence Committee: public appointments, whether there was a Civil Service-wide competition held in 2007 for the appointment to the post of Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-50WS, on numbers and cost of special advisers, how many (a) male and (b) female special advisers are paid in each pay band. 
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings of the Multi-National Chairmens Group have been held at 10 Downing Street (a) since he became Prime Minister and (b) during the time his predecessor held office; and if he will publish the minutes of the meetings of the group. 
The Prime Minister: Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Copies of these lists are available in the Library of the House.
Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure that part of the new funding of £140 million to promote walking and cycling is made available to the devolved Administrations of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. 
The funding made available to promote cycling and walking in England by the Department for Transport has come from the existing comprehensive spending review settlement for that Department. The settlements for the devolved Administrations were determined by the application of the Barnett formula in the normal way.
Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Assembly Government and the UK Government to ensure that adequate matching funding is available to the successful Connect 2 lottery bid; and if he will make a statement. 
I would like to congratulate Sustrans successful lottery bid for the UK-wide Connect 2 scheme, which won the public vote for the Big Lottery Funds The Peoples £50 million contest. The Connect 2 scheme in Wales will see funding for 11 schemes across Wales, including a bridge spanning Cardiff bay and other schemes for Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Carmarthen.
The UK Government and the Assembly Government match fund a number of schemes, including £60 million in capital grants to improve local roads; £3.9 million on cycling infrastructure schemes to provide infrastructure and promote safe use of the network; £8.1 million in capital grants towards local authority safety schemes; and 5.6 million to local authorities to support local road safety schemes.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in each such year. 
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