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Industrial Health and Safety

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of work-related major and fatal injuries per
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100,000 employees in each year since 2004; and what progress is being made towards meeting his Department’s Public Service Agreement target 5. [200822]

Mrs. McGuire: The following table sets out the published statistics for the years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.The figures for 2007-08 will be published in autumn 2008.

R ate of reported injury (per 100, 000 employees)
Fatal injury Major injury Fatal and major injury

2004-05

0.7

117.9

118.6

2005-06

0.6

110.5

111.1

2006-07(1)

0.7

107.0

107.7

(1) Provisional
Source:
RIDDOR

The PSA target five is to improve

The PSA target is measured against six sub-targets, including one for fatal and major injuries—a 3 per cent. reduction on the 2004-05 baseline. The HSE publishes a statistics progress report annually. The latest report for the period 2006-07 indicates that for major and fatal injuries HSE is on track to meet the PSA target.

JP Morgan

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was. [199611]

Mr. Plaskitt: Current DWP records extend back to the 2003-04 financial year.

The annual spend with JP Morgan from 2003-04 is as follows:

£

2003-04

0.00

2004-05

136.00

2005-06

120.00

2006-07

863.00

2007-08

10,369.00


In all cases, these payments were made in respect of client facing programmes, in particular, Access to Work—Payments for Support Workers.

Information is not available for the period prior to 2003 and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Pension, Disability and Carers Service: Public Appointments

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department incurred in recruiting the chief executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service. [199464]


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Mrs. McGuire: The expenditure—over and above normal DWP staff time—incurred in recruiting the chief executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service was £2,350.

Pensioners: Poverty

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government has implemented to help pensioners out of poverty since 1997. [201558]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government have introduced a number of measures since 1997 to help older people out of poverty. These include the introduction of the minimum income guarantee and its successor pension credit. We have successively raised the standard minimum guarantee in pension credit by earnings in every year since its introduction. For 2008 we raised the standard minimum guarantee to £124.05—an increase of 4.2 per cent.—more than keeping pace with earnings and prices. The value of the safety net we provide for the poorest pensioners has increased by over a third in real terms since 1997.

In addition we have introduced winter fuel payments for those aged 60 or over, with a higher amount for those 80 or over. And we will be making an additional payment for winter 2008-09 of £50 for households with someone aged 60-79 and £100 for those with someone aged 80 or over. We have also introduced free television licences for people aged 75 or over and made above inflation increases in the basic state pension.

Between 1996-97 and 2005-06 the number of pensioners in poverty in the UK, after housing costs, has fallen by over a third from 2.9 million to 1.8 million (measured by 60 per cent. of contemporary median income after housing costs.) Once housing costs are accounted for, pensioners are less likely to be in poverty than the population as a whole.

Our commitments in the Pensions Act 2007 to continue to uprate the pension credit standard minimum guarantee in line with earnings over the long term, and to reintroduce the earnings link to basic state pension from 2012, or by the end of the next parliament, will help secure these gains into the future.

Poverty: Inverness

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were living in poverty in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997. [200084]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available at the constituency level.

Remploy: York

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who made the decision to close the Remploy factory in York. [202689]


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Mrs. McGuire: The closure of Remploy’s York factory was included in the Remploy modernisation plan. The modernisation plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and was announced to Parliament on 29 November 2007.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were working at Remploy in York at the time of its closure. [202690]

Mrs. McGuire: 50 individuals were working at the Remploy factory in York at the time of closure.

Winter Fuel Payments: Disabled

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of extending the winter fuel payment scheme to disabled people under 60 years who are in receipt of (a) the middle or higher rate care component and (b) the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance in each of the next five years. [200574]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Winter fuel payments were created to give pensioners reassurance that they can afford to heat their homes in winter. It is paid in a lump sum each winter to ensure that money is available when fuel bills arrive.

Help is already available through disability benefits and the disability premium in income-related benefits in recognition of the extra costs, including heating, which disabled people may have. The extra heating needs of disabled people by and large, arise all year round, not just in the winter months.

Information is not available in the format requested. Many individuals are in receipt of both a care component and mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA).

The following table details the estimated cost of extending winter fuel payments to individuals in receipt of some combination of the higher or middle rate care component of DLA and/or the higher rate mobility component of DLA or one of these components on its own.

All under 60 (including children) 2008-09 prices (£ million)

Total cost in each year

2008-09

290

2009-10

290

2010-11

290

2011-12

285

2012-13

280

Total cost over five years

1,435

Notes:
1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 5 million.
2. Figures are consistent with Budget 2008 Expenditure Forecasts.
3. Figures are based on DLA liveload forecasts for GB which include some cases where the DLA payment is suspended.
4. Figures above include claimants aged under 60 (including children) with high/middle care and/or high mobility component.
5. It is assumed that each claimant is the sole qualifier in the household and is awarded a winter fuel payment of £200. This is likely to over-estimate the total cost as it does not account for any shared payments.
6. Costs in 2008-09 prices fall over time under the assumption of the winter fuel payment being fixed in cash terms.
Source:
DWP Forecasts.

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Written Questions

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162349, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance numbers. [171133]

Mr. Timms: I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report , columns 576-77W.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162690, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance registrations. [171143]

Mr. Timms: I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 578-79W.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162348, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance and non-UK citizens. [171150]

Mr. Timms: I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 579-80W.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Education

Harry Cohen: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on ensuring that the 2012 Olympic Games delivers a lasting educational legacy. [202685]

Tessa Jowell: I have met with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on a number of occasions to discuss the educational legacy, including the ongoing review of potential options for securing an educational legacy at the site which is currently being led by an independent adviser.

Olympic Games 2012: Land

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of sites in the post-2012 Olympic Park has been sold off; and if she will make a statement. [203342]

Tessa Jowell: The London Development Agency, who own the Olympic park site have not sold off any proportion of the post 2012 Olympic park.

Olympic Games 2012: Wales

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Welsh companies have registered for the CompeteFor service for the Olympics. [203164]

Tessa Jowell: To the end of April, over 323 Welsh businesses have registered on CompeteFor. The names of individual businesses registered on CompeteFor cannot
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be placed in the public domain, as the CompeteFor terms and conditions provide confidentiality for users. Of the 323 businesses, over a third have five or less employees, and approximately another third have between five and 30. The remaining have over 30 employees. Most of the registered businesses are limited companies, but there have also been registrations from charities, not-for-profit organisations, sole traders, and partnerships.

The CompeteFor system and the wider 2012 London Business Network have been developed to give businesses up and down the country access to opportunities in the 2012 supply chains. So far the level of take up by Welsh businesses has been low: the 323 figure above represents only 2 per cent. of the total registrations. I would encourage as many Welsh businesses as possible, alongside those in the rest of the UK, to take advantage of these opportunities.

Defence

Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has been given of the time it will take to complete the construction of each aircraft carrier once the physical process of construction has begun. [202673]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 29 April 2008]: Construction of each ship will take an estimated five and a half years.

Armed Forces: Deployment

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British units in the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) will be deployed in (a) a JRRF capacity and (b) another capacity between July to December 2008. [201022]

Des Browne: The Joint Rapid Reaction Force is a high readiness contingency capability. As such, it is impossible to predict with certainty which units will be employed on what operations in the second half of this year, as new unforeseen operational requirements may emerge.

Details of the units due to be committed to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are regularly announced, most recently in my written statement of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 107WS.

Armed Forces: Training

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been cancelled because of equipment shortages in each year since 2005. [200933]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Since 2005, no training exercises have been cancelled due to equipment shortages.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each military exercise held in (i) Canada, (ii) Alaska, (iii) Norway, (iv) Iceland, (v) Greenland and (vi) Russia in which British forces have participated in each year since 1997. [200964]


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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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