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Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (Mrs. McGuire) gave the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander), on 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1420W.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the use of a hacking tool or other malicious software enabling departmental information to be (a) retrieved and (b) manipulated by a third party has been detected on a (i) network, (ii) computer or (iii) database within his Departments responsibilities. 
Mr. Timms: It is not in the interests of the UKs national security for Departments to confirm whether they hold information about attacks against their IT systems. This would enable individuals to deduce how successful the UK is in detecting these attacks, and so assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the UKs IT defences. This is not in the public interest.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance and information his Department provides to lone parents on tax credit entitlement in the second year after returning to work. 
Mr. Timms: Jobcentre Plus personal advisers give general advice about tax credits to lone parents who are considering work. They can also provide tax credit helpline telephone numbers and assist in the completion of tax credit forms.
Personal advisers can also conduct a Better Off Calculation which provides written information for the customer including advice about in-work benefits, housing and council tax benefits, the job grant and free school meals, to enable customers to make an informed decision about entering work. Part of this calculation can include an estimate only of tax credit entitlement, based on the information that the customer provides. If the customer is able to provide a prediction of income and circumstances for their hypothetical second year of work, a Better off Calculation could be conducted using this information.
Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incidents there were involving tower cranes toppling in each of the last five years; and in each case how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries resulted. 
Mrs. McGuire: Reports made to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), include a wider range of issues than incidents purely relating to toppling (i.e. collapsing) tower cranes, because they fall within the broader category of failure, collapse or overturning of lifting machinery, excavator, pile driving, or Mobile Elevated Working Platform. Similar difficulties arise with injury reports.
Accordingly, the figures for collapsing tower cranes are based on the best available data held by HSE's Construction Division, rather than wider RIDDOR information. The number of incidents includes Dangerous Occurrences; fatal accidents to workers and members of the public; and major injuries to workers.
Information is not available for 2002-03, but from 2003-04 to 2006-07 there have been 32 incidents involving tower cranes collapsing. A breakdown of these, showing the number of deaths (five) and major injuries (six) is given in the following table. (Figures for 2006-07 are provisional.)
|Year (1 April to 31 March)||Number of incidents involving tower crane collapses||Number of deaths||Number of major injuries|
|n/a = No information available|
Mr. Timms: Departmental employees are required to observe the Department's standards of behaviour policy which makes clear that they may only access information where they have a business reason to do so. Employees are advised of these rules on appointment, and regularly reminded of their responsibilities. The Department takes very seriously its statutory obligations in relation to personal data, and takes disciplinary action where employee behaviour falls short of the expected standards.
The Department's customer information system (CIS) is the database that records personal details for everyone with a national insurance number. Access to CIS by departmental users is strictly controlled, and based on business need and particular user roles.
Specific mechanisms to identify inappropriate searches include random and targeted system-generated management checks, and electronic audit trails which are routinely applied in order to identify inappropriate use.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants have taken part in the (a) New Deal for Young People, (b) New Deal 25 Plus, (c) New Deal 50 Plus, (d) New Deal for Lone Parents, (e) New Deal for Disabled People and (f) New Deal for Partners in each month since each such programme was established. 
|New deal participants (cumulative)|
|Month||New deal for young people||New deal 25 plus||New deal 50 plus||New deal for lone parents||New deal for partners||New deal for disabled people|
1. Programme start dates are: New Deal for Young People: April 1998 (piloted from January 1998); New Deal 25 plus: July 1998; New Deal for Lone Parents: October 1998; New Deal for Partners: April 1999; New Deal 50 plus: April 2000; New Deal for Disabled People: July 2001.
2. Participant information for each new deal is only available from the dates given in the table.
3. Data are rounded to the nearest 10.
DWP Information Directorate
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