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|Housing benefit paid to tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords (RSL)|
| Notes: 1. The figures are nominal costs for the whole of Great Britain. 2. The figures are total amounts paid to beneficiaries, irrespective of the source of funding, and include benefit spending reimbursed by DWP, spending on rent rebates financed within local authorities' housing revenue accounts, and benefit spending financed from local authorities' general funds. 3 The figures reflect the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of out-turn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament. 4. Figures for 1999-2000 onwards are on a resource accounting and budgeting basis. There may be differences between figures quoted in these tables and those quoted in Department for Work and Pensions accounts. 5. Figures for past years may have changed since previous publication due to changes in methodology and the incorporation of more up-to-date information. 6. Figures exclude asylum seekers from April 1999, since when the National Asylum Support Service has reimbursed DWP for benefits paid to asylum seekers. 7. Separation of rent allowance into private rental sector and registered social landlord elements is an estimate derived from the quarterly administrative data on caseloads and average awards, and the figures should therefore be treated as indicative.|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse in additional housing benefit payments which would arise from each £1 increase in council and registered social landlord rents. 
1. The estimated cost is rounded to the nearest £5 million.
2. The estimated cost is based on a £1 increase in weekly rent.
3. The estimated cost does not include floaters-on as a result of a £1 increase in rent.
Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in February 2007.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit have had their benefit backdated by between three and 12 months. 
As part of the Equality Impact Assessment, we have provided an estimate of the proportion of housing benefit and council tax benefit case loads affected by the proposals to reduce the backdating facilities to three months. There are, however, important caveats to these estimates which must be noted.
Figures on the number of successful backdating claims are derived from the Single Housing Benefit Extract (HBSD-IAD scan). The backdating variable in the Single Housing Benefit Extract was introduced relatively recently in April 2007 and accordingly we have no means of corroborating the datas robustness against historical data. Furthermore, given that the data only goes back six months, we currently have an insufficient pool of evidence to derive reliable figures from the data. These concerns should be allayed with time as the scan data improves.
Based on the first six months of data available, it is estimated that approximately 0.2 per cent. of new housing benefit and council tax benefit claims would be affected. These figures may be subject to revision as more data becomes available.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1997. 
(a) The most up-to-date figures on the percentage of construction industry workplace deaths in Great Britain, for each of the years between 1999-2000 to 2006-07, that have resulted in a prosecution, are shown in the following table.
|Number of deaths||Number of deaths resulting in a prosecution||Percentage|
(b) The most up-to-date figures on the percentage of convictions (based on the numbers of prosecution cases raised), relating to the above construction industry fatalities in Great Britain, are shown in the following table.
|Number of prosecution cases raised||Number of guilty convictions||Percentage|
The numbers of cases raised and number of convictions for later years, particularly 2005-06 and 2006-07, will increase as it can be a number of years after the fatality before the related prosecution cases are heard by the courts.
Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made on the development of plans to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation in 2009. 
Mr. Plaskitt: We have held initial discussions with the International Labour Organisation on how we might commemorate its 90th anniversary, and are currently considering how best to develop our ideas.
(2) what estimate he has made of the (a) mean and (b) median length of a claim for jobseekers allowance for a claimant who has (i) a drink or drug addiction and (ii) a mental health condition. 
|Average claim durations of jobseeker's allowance leavers March 2008|
1. Median and mean durations are rounded to one decimal place.
2. Mean durations are not recommended to be used when dealing with skewed distribution such as duration of claim. In these cases, the median is a better measure of average than the arithmetic mean.
Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only).
Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for the Child Support Agency to send a reply to the hon. Member for Walsall Norths letter of 31 March 2008 concerning a constituent, ref: JC962664A. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. As the Chief Executive is currently on annual leave, I am responding, with his authority on his behalf.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will arrange for the Child Support Agency to send a reply to the hon. Member for Walsall Norths letter of 31st March 2008 concerning a constituent ref: JC962664A. 
As details about individual cases are confidential, I have written to you separately about this case.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report, columns 589-90W, on Pension Disability and Carers Service: public appointments, if he will break down the £2,350 spent on recruiting the chief executive. 
However, the Department is leading work with Remploy, Trade Unions, Office of Government Commerce and British Association for Supported Employment using Article 19 of the new public sector procurement Directive as a means of securing more public sector contracts for
Supported Businesses including Remploy through the Public Procurement Regulations.
The Department has established an Implementation Monitoring Group which includes representatives from Remploy, Trade Unions and the Department. The group tracks progress against the modernisation plan, including procurement.
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