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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c) Counselling Skills for the Workplace, (d) Managing your Confidence, (e) Balancing Work/Life Realities and (f) Working Assertively training course run by the National School of Government in the last 12 months for which information is available; and at what cost. 
Mrs. McGuire: The following table gives a break down of the number of people in The Department for Work and Pensions (and its agencies), who have attended the events specified during the past 12 months 1 April 2007 31 March 2008.
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Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies on translation services from English into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08. 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 31 March 2008]: I have provided the availability and the range of options for translation services in DWP and the following table shows spend for the areas where details are available.
DWP provides a wide range of translation services including the translation of leaflets into a range of ethnic languages and all publications for DWP's customers must be available in Welsh. DWP also translates individual and ad hoc items such as letters and guidance for forms including back translating of all claim forms.
|(1 )Recorded to date|
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of his Department and settled (i) in and (ii) out of court in each of the last five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: From January 2003 to date, excluding a large block of cases challenging the Departments then dress code which were brought in 2003, the Department has been the respondent in 56 cases alleging race discrimination, 79 cases alleging sex discrimination and seven cases alleging discrimination relating to sexual orientation.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many full-time equivalent Disability Employment Advisers were in post in England in each of the last five years. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
There are currently 500.81 full time equivalent Disability Employment Advisers in Jobcentre Plus of which 415.05 are in England. During 2005 and 2006 there was an average of 570 full time equivalent Disability Employment Advisers in Jobcentre Plus. We are not able to identify how many of these were based in England.
We are unable to provide numbers of Disability Employment Advisers in England for the years 2000 - 2004.
I hope this information is helpful.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to meet the Lisbon Treaty strategy objective of increasing female employment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The UK has already exceeded the Lisbon target for getting the female employment rate above 60 per cent. by 2010. The female working age employment rate is 70.2 per cent., up from 67.3 per cent. in February-April 1997.
We do not have a further target specifically for the female employment rate but there is a target to raise the employment rate overall. Clearly our efforts to achieve that should help raise employment across the board and some of our initiatives, for example on lone
parents, while increasing employment among both men and women, are likely to have a particular impact on the female employment rate.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment tribunals with (a) three members, (b) two members and (c) one member adjudicating sat in each of the last five years. 
The precise information on the number of panel members is not held centrally. To gather the required information would require the development of a new report, to do so would be of disproportionate cost.
However, hearings are normally conducted by panels comprising three membersone is a member of the judiciary and the other two are lay members. Available data of the number of session days for panel members are shown in the following table.
|Year (April to March)||Total session days for the judiciary||Total session days for lay members|
|(1) April 2007 to January 2008.|
Figures for the number of days of single judge hearings have been collected since February 2007. The latest available figure is 8,100 sit alone days compared with 25,900 session days for the period April 2007 to March 2008 (or 31 per cent. of the total).
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's programme budgets were administered by the Government Offices for the Regions in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 18 March 2008]: Government offices have directly administered the European Social Fund programmes on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions for each of the last five years.
|A verage weekly amount of housing benefit in Great Britain from 1990 to 2007|
1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. For this request the amounts have been rounded to the nearest 10 pence.
3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
4. Housing benefit excludes any extended payment cases.
5. Figures taken from May each year up to 1996 and February each year from 1997.
6. Figures are in nominal terms.
Social Security Statistics Publication May 1990 to May 1996; and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 1997 to February 2007.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) working age adults were in receipt of incapacity benefit and (b) households in each Metropolitan council area were workless in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
|Working age workless households( 1) , April to June 2007, not seasonally adjusted)|
|Proportion (percentage) by Metropolitan council area|
|(1) A workless household is a household with at least one person of working age (men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59), and in which no one aged 16 or over is in employment. Notes: 1. Base for percentages excludes households with unknown economic activity status. 2. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin or uncertainty. Source: Labour Force Survey.|
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