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 Table C: UK Born (i) Employment r ate (percentage) (ii) WA employment (iii) 16+ e mployment Q2 1997 73.5 23,600,000 24,400,000 Q2 1999 74.6 24,100,000 24,800,000 Q2 2001 75.4 24,400,000 25,200,000 Q2 2002 75.3 24,400,000 25,200,000 Q2 2003 75.7 24,500,000 25,300,000 Q2 2004 75.5 24,500,000 25,400,000 Q2 2005 75.6 24,400,000 25,400,000 Q1 2006 75.3 24,300,000 25,300,000 Q2 2006 75.2 24,200,000 25,200,000 Q3 2006 75.7 24,300,000 25,400,000 Q4 2006 75.5 24,200,000 25,300,000 Q1 2007 75.0 24,000,000 25,100,000 Q2 2007 75.2 23,900,000 25,100,000 Q3 2007 75.6 24,100,000 25,200,000 Q4 2007 75.9 24,100,000 25,300,000

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 Table D: Foreign nationals (i) Employment rate (percentage) (ii) WA employment (iii) 16+ Employment Q2 1997 60.3 930,000 960,000 Q2 1999 60.0 980,000 1,000,000 Q2 2001 61.5 1,150,000 1,190,000 Q2 2002 62.0 1,230,000 1,270,000 Q2 2003 62.6 1,320,000 1,350,000 Q2 2004 64.8 1,430,000 1,460,000 Q2 2005 63.8 1,520,000 1,550,000 Q1 2006 66.9 1,690,000 1,720,000 Q2 2006 67.8 1,760,000 1,800,000 Q3 2006 68.9 1,830,000 1,870,000 Q4 2006 68.6 1,880,000 1,930,000 Q1 2007 66.7 1,900,000 1,940,000 Q2 2007 67.8 2,010,000 2,050,000 Q3 2007 68.4 2,020,000 2,060,000 Q4 2007 68.1 2,080,000 2,110,000 Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100,000 (in the case of foreign nationals to the nearest 10,000). 2. Tables B to D are not seasonally adjusted. This means direct comparisons between different quarters are not possible. 3. The figures in Table A are seasonally adjusted headline employment figures based on population estimates published in 2006. 4. In order to provide the more detailed breakdown that is required to answer the second part of the question in Tables B to D, it is necessary to use data that are based on population estimates made in 2003—these are the latest estimates available for use in respect of particular categories of the labour force such as migrants. The figures in Table A are based on population estimates published in 2006 and as such the figures presented in Tables B to D are not directly comparable to the figures in Table A. The totals for the UK population as a whole—Table A—will not be equal to the sum of the numbers shown for UK and foreign nationals—Tables B and D respectively. In May 2008, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be releasing re-weighted data based on 2007 population estimates, which will lead to some changes in the figures in the tables. 5. Tables B to D exclude individuals whose nationality is unknown. 6. As these figures are based on a sample survey they are also subject to sampling variability. 7. It should be noted that the nationality question in the LFS is an undercount because: it excludes those who have not been resident in the UK for six months; it excludes students in halls who do not have a UK resident parent; it excludes people in most other types of communal establishments (e.g. hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites, etc); it is grossed to population estimates that only include migrants staying for twelve months or more. Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS).

### Employment: Hearing Impaired

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to help deaf people into employment. [202742]

Mr. Timms: We are committed to helping all people, including deaf people, into suitable, sustainable employment through Jobcentre Plus.

Access to Work can provide a range of individually tailored support to enable disabled people to enter or stay in employment. Access to Work can fund specialist support for deaf and hearing impaired people in work. One type of support that deaf people may find particularly helpful is the funding provided through Access to Work for British Sign Language Interpreters, Lip Speakers or Palantypists.

People with health conditions, including deaf people, may also benefit from the help that is available through
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Pathways to Work. This service provides extra support and opportunities to help people with health problems and disabilities gain employment and retain it. Pathways to Work provides a series of interviews with an adviser and access to programmes to increase skills or confidence, or to help manage a health condition. Financial incentives may also be available to help people move into work.

Disability Employment Advisers in Jobcentre Plus work with people needing more extensive support. They need not be receiving benefits and may be in employment but worried about losing their job due to their disability. Disability employment advisers can advise on appropriate employment opportunities, act as advocates on the customer's behalf, and negotiate with employers, as well as refer people, where appropriate, for an occupational health assessment, or draw on the professional expertise of work psychologists specialising in working with disabled people. Disability employment advisers can also advise on specialised support available for disabled people. This includes Work Preparation, WORKSTEP, New Deal for Disabled People where it is in operation, Residential Training Colleges, Job Introduction Scheme and Access to Work.

Between December last year and March of this year, we undertook a public consultation ‘Helping people achieve their full potential: Improving specialist disability employment services'. The consultation sought views about ways in which the Access to Work programme and other programmes for disabled people could be further improved, and ways to enhance aspects of the disability employment adviser role. We will publish our response during the summer.

### Housing Benefit: Antisocial Behaviour

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each of the eight local authority pilot areas have (a) received written warnings for housing benefit sanction and (b) had their housing benefit withdrawn because of antisocial behaviour. [203244]

Mr. Plaskitt: So far none of the local authorities taking part in the pilot for the sanction of housing benefit related to antisocial behaviour has issued a written warning or applied a sanction.

### Housing Benefit: Wales

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each local authority in Wales repaid to the Exchequer in respect of underspent funds allocated for discretionary housing payments in each of the last five financial years. [203521]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.

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 Amount of repaid, underspent discretionary housing payment in each local authority in Wales in the last five financial years £ Local a uthority 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Blaenau Gwent 3,000 4,000 — 4,000 3,000 Bridgend 0 5,000 5,000 0 2,000 Caerphilly 26,000 28,000 19,000 16,000 — Cardiff 14,000 0 0 0 0 Carmarthenshire 19,000 12,000 13,000 19,000 9,000 Ceredigion 0 0 0 0 0 Conwy 4,000 0 0 0 3,000 Denbighshire 12,000 7,000 14,000 15,000 5,000 Flintshire 24,000 25,000 1,000 0 0 Gwynedd 3,000 4,000 4,000 0 0 Isle of Anglesey 7,000 8,000 0 0 0 Merthyr Tydfil 10,000 11,000 8,000 3,000 0 Monmouthshire 15,000 6,000 5,000 11 ,000 15,000 Neath Port Talbot 4,000 1,000 14,000 10,000 6,000 Newport 24,000 23,000 15,000 0 0 Pembrokeshire 25,000 18,000 10,000 7,000 0 Powys Rhondda 10,000 10,000 4,000 5,000 2,000 Cynon Taff 31 ,000 24,000 29,000 21,000 5,000 Swansea 49,000 41,000 23,000 9,000 0 Torfaen Vale of 8,000 11,000 0 0 0 Glamorgan 19,000 5,000 31,000 34,000 21,000 Wrexham 25,000 24,000 19,000 15,000 17,000 Total 330,000 270,000 220,000 170,000 90,000 Notes: 1. Amounts are rounded to the nearest thousand. Amounts too small after rounding are shown with a dash. 2. Totals are rounded to the nearest 10,000. 3. The latest available audited expenditure information for discretionary housing payments is for the financial year 2006-07. 4. Zero indicates local authorities who did not underspend.