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Credit Unions

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which constituencies credit unions have received financial assistance from the public purse in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [188836]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information placed in the House of Commons Library provides details of constituencies, by Government office region, where Growth Fund contracted Credit Union or Community Development Finance Institutions, and their subcontractors, are located. It also provides details of the number of loans made and their value to date in those regions.

The affordable loans are being made to people on low income in areas of high financial exclusion with coverage extending beyond constituency boundaries.

The information will be updated and placed in the House of Commons Library on a quarterly basis.


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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department’s civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on work computers in each of the last five years. [188780]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested.

The Department records information on the number of staff suspended and dismissed but does not break it down into the categories requested.

The Department’s disciplinary policy is published on the Department’s intranet and is accessible to all staff. The policy reflects the requirements in section 4.5 of the Civil Service Management Code.

Specific guidance on the use of the Department’s IT, including consequences of misuse, is set out in the electronic media policy also published on the intranet.

Departmental Impact Assessments

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months. [191273]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department has published two final (regulatory) impact assessments ((R)IA) since March 2007. These relate to the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, and the Pensions Bill which are currently before Parliament. A copy of each of these (R)IAs is available in the Library.

Information on published final (regulatory) impact assessments can be found in Command Papers available at:

From April 2008, all final impact assessments will be published on a central website.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months. [187834]

Mrs. McGuire: The estimated spend on Hospitality for the Department for Work and Pensions for the period February 2007 to January 2008 (inclusive) is £57,000. This equates to 0.00094 per cent. of the total departmental expenditure limit (DEL) spend for 2006-07. Hospitality comprises expenditure on meals, drinks and snacks for non-civil servants.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not currently keep a separate record of expenditure on alcohol for hospitality purposes. Such expenditure is included within the hospitality account. Expenditure on alcohol and entertaining fall within the classification “Hospitality” within Managing Public Money, the use of which is strictly prescribed, and in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures
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and propriety, which is based on the principles set out in Managing Public Money and the Treasury handbook on Regularity and Propriety. Accordingly, alcohol is provided only as an exception and only with the specific written authority of a small number of designated senior civil servants.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in his Department. [188795]

Mrs. McGuire: The following tables show the salary ranges for pay bands in the Department for Work and Pensions.


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Pay ranges for administrative pay bands in DWP junior civil service from 1 July 2007
£
2007
Pay b and Minimum Maximum

Band A/AA London Inner

16,120

17,730

Band A/AA London Outer

14,860

16,590

Band A/AA National

12,590

14,270

Band A/AA Specified Location Pay Zone

14,380

16,090

Band B/AO London Inner

17,940

21,310

Band B/AO London Outer

16,670

20,170

Band B/AO National

14,270

17,600

Band B/AO Specified Location Pay Zone

16,170

19,670

Band C/EO London Inner

22,130

27,850

Band C/EO London Outer

20,860

26,680

Band C/EO National

18,710

23,990

Band C/EO Specified Location Pay Zone

20,590

26,210

Band D/HEO London Inner

27,970

33,190

Band D/HEO London Outer

26,800

32,020

Band D/HEO National

24,410

29,500

Band D/HEO Specified Location Pay Zone

26,280

31,550

Band E/SEO London Inner

34,040

40,030

Band E/SEO London Outer

32,780

38,860

Band E/SEO National

30,170

36,130

Band E/SEO Specified Location Pay Zone

32,280

38,400

Band F/Grade 7 London Inner

43,960

57,490

Band F/Grade 7 London Outer

42,940

56,410

Band F/Grade 7 National

39,930

52,950

Band F/Grade 7 Specified Location Pay Zone

42,430

55,940

Band G/Grade 6 London Inner

57,670

70,010

Band G/Grade 6 London Outer

56,400

69,050

Band G/Grade 6 National

52,830

64,790

Band G/Grade 6 Specified Location Pay Zone

55,890

68,580

Support Grade Band 2 London Inner

16,270

17,630

Support Grade Band 2 London Outer

15,280

16,650

Support Grade Band 2 National

13,020

14,340

Support Grade Band 1 London Inner

18,050

19,360

Support Grade Band 1 London Outer

17,030

18,390

Support Grade Band 1 National

14,610

15,910

Cleaner National

12,980

12,980

Senior Cleaner National

13,160

13,160

Support Manager 2 London Inner

23,610

26,660

Support Manager 2 London Outer

22,610

25,700

Support Manager 2 National

20,430

23,400

Support Manager 3 London Inner

21,230

23,270

Support Manager 3 London Outer

20,240

22,300

Support Manager 3 National

17,620

19,590



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Amalgamated pay ranges for specialist pay bands in DWP junior civil service from 1 July 2007( 1)
£
2007
Specialist pay band Minimum Maximum

Band C/EO London Inner

22,130

32,070

Band C/EO London Outer

20,860

31,100

Band C/EO National

18,710

28,780

Band C/EO Specified Location Pay Zone

20,590

31,000

Band D/HEO London Inner

27,970

39,480

Band D/HEO London Outer

26,800

38,500

Band D/HEO National

24,410

35,760

Band D/HEO Specified Location Pay Zone

26,280

38,090

Band E/SEO London Inner

34,040

48,510

Band E/SEO London Outer

32,780

47,040

Band E/SEO National

30,170

44,040

Band E/SEO Specified Location Pay Zone

32,280

46,570

Band F/Grade 7 London Inner

46,200

61,100

Band F/Grade 7 London Outer

45,180

59,940

Band F/Grade 7 National

41,950

56,250

Band F/Grade 7 Specified Location Pay Zone

44,650

59,400

Band G/Grade 6 London Inner

57,670

80,470

Band G/Grade 6 London Outer

56,400

79,510

Band G/Grade 6 National

52,830

74,600

Band G/Grade 6 Specified Location Pay Zone

55,890

78,970

(1) This shows the minimum and maximum salary which a specialist pay range demonstrates at this level.

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