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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 3 June 2008

Prime Minister

Apprentices

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Prime Minister whether there were any (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships in 10 Downing Street in the most recent year for which figures are available. [206794]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Edward Miliband) on 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 616W.

Work and Pensions

Correspondence: Data Protection

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what investigations his Department has initiated on (a) the opening of confidential correspondence from a constituent of the hon. Member for West Chelmsford to the Pension Service in Burnley by the Royal Mail, (b) the circumstances in which the confidential information enclosed in the correspondence was returned to the sender enclosed with confidential information relating to other individuals and (c) the manner in which the information was returned to the sender; and if he will make a statement. [200965]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 24 April 2008]: Royal Mail is working as part of contracted arrangements with the Department to open the post received by the Pension Service. The correspondence that was sent in error to a member of the public, was recovered by the Department immediately the incident was reported, and the small number of affected customers were contacted and an apology given to them. The necessary action has been taken to protect the personal data involved.

Fraud

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud, how many staff of his Department were responsible for each instance of fraud or attempted fraud (a) against the benefits system and (b) in other areas in each year since 2003. [204238]

Mrs. McGuire: The figures given in the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud related to the number of cases investigated. In each case the investigation identified a single member of staff. The following table shows the number of cases of attempted or actual fraud where the Department's
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investigation was completed in the year stated. This analysis is consistent with the way in which the Department reports to HM Treasury on internal fraud.

Employee fraud against the benefits system Other fraud by employees Staff in post

2003-04

23

78

130,786

2004-05

4

48

126,988

2005-06

52

118

119,972

2006-07

51

93

114,500


Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud, what estimate he has made of the losses from (a) the benefits system and (b) other areas from fraud committed by staff of his Department in each year since 2003. [204239]

Mrs. McGuire: Information is not available in the exact format requested from 2003 as the estimated losses can only be broken down into the specified categories from April 2005. Overall estimated totals are given for 2003-04 and 2004-05. The following tables show the estimated losses arising from attempted or actual fraud where the Department's investigation was completed in the year stated. This analysis is consistent with the way in which the Department reports to HM Treasury on internal fraud.

April to March each year All fraud value (£)

2003-04

76,847

2004-05

52,857


£
April to March each year Benefit f raud v alue Other f raud v alue

2005-06

83,135

109,895

2006-07

435,452

72,782


Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 42W, on fraud, how many staff in his Department who defrauded or attempted to defraud (a) the benefits system and (b) other areas worked in (i) his Department's offices at Westminster, (ii) Jobcentre Plus offices, (iii) the Pension Service, (iv) the Disability and Carers Service, (v) benefits delivery centres, (vi) the Child Support Agency and (vii) other offices operated by his Department in each year since 2003. [204241]

Mrs. McGuire: Information is not available in the exact format requested. We are able to provide the numbers of staff in 2003-04 and 2004-05 as set out in the following table. The table shows the number of cases of attempted or actual fraud where the Department's investigation was completed in the year stated. This analysis is consistent with the way in which the Department reports to HM Treasury on internal fraud. From 2005-06 onwards HM Treasury reporting requires details at departmental level only. In aggregate for 2005-06 there are 170 staff committing fraud and for 2006-07 the corresponding figure is 144.


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Number of staff c ommitting fraud
Business 2003- 04 2004- 05

Jobcentre Plus

73

40

Pension Service

7

6

Disability and Carers

7

1

Child Support Agency

4

2

Other

10

3

Totals

101

52


Pension Service: Swansea

Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what volume of work was processed at the Swansea Pension Centre in each month in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) the first quarter of 2008. [201211]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is in the following tables.

State Pension and Pension Credit Work processed at Swansea Pension Centre in 2005-06
State pension applications State pension changes Pension credit applications Pension credit changes

April 2005

3.9

18.1

2.9

22.2

May 2005

4.2

15.2

2.9

22.7

June 2005

4.4

18.3

2.9

24.7

July 2005

4.6

19.3

2.7

20.5

August 2005

3.7

14.0

3.1

23.8

September 2005

3.6

14.3

3.3

27.1

October 2005

3.1

12.4

2.8

25.8

November 2005

3.6

14.1

2.8

25.0

December 2005

3.2

13.2

2.4

18.2

January 2006

3.2

19.7

2.4

30.8

February 2006

4.2

19.1

3.0

34.6

March 2006

4.3

19.1

3.1

42.3


State Pension and Pension Credit Work processed at Swansea Pension Centre in 2006-07
State pension applications State pension changes Pension credit applications Pension credit changes

April 2006

3.7

14.9

2.4

20.8

May 2006

5.1

20.0

2.7

22.4

June 2006

5.9

17.2

3.3

26.1

July 2006

4.0

15.4

2.9

23.0

August 2006

6.3

16.7

3.4

21.9

September 2006

5.3

15.5

2.5

21.2

October 2006

4.4

19.8

2.5

24.4

November 2006

4.4

17.9

2.7

23.7

December 2006

3.7

16.8

2.4

16.8

January 2007

7.8

19.2

2.7

28.6

February 2007

6.2

21.0

2.4

35.3

March 2007

5.4

19.4

2.3

36.9


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State Pension and Pension Credit Work processed at Swansea Pension Centre in 2007-08
State Pension Applications State Pension Changes Pension Credit Applications Pension Credit Changes

April 2007

4.7

18.3

2.9

23.2

May 2007

5.7

21.9

2.7

22.5

June 2007

6.3

18.1

2.4

20.9

July 2007

7.2

23.0

2.4

24.0

August 2007

6.2

22.7

2.6

24.3

September 2007

6.2

19.1

2.4

23.2

October 2007

7.8

25.5

2.5

25.4

November 2007

6.8

18.2

2.8

26.0

December 2007

4.0

11.1

1.6

21.6

January 2008

6.7

20.1

2.9

41.2

February 2008

5.8

21.5

2.5

43.8

March 2008

5.6

18.8

2.2

30.3

Notes: 1. Figures shown are in thousands.
2. All figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
3. The Pension Service operate a virtual network of Centres and work is moved between operational units to support transformation.
Source:
Management Information Systems Programme up to March 2008

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