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Ministry of Justice organisation Welsh language service provision Indicator of take-up level in last 12 months

Ministry of Justice

The draft MoJ Welsh Language Scheme has been prepared and will be put out to public consultation once cleared by the Welsh Language Board.

The Best Value In Probation consultation paper was published on the MoJ website on 9 April 2008 in English and Welsh. Between 9 April 2008 and 11 June 2008 there were: 76 page views of the Welsh consultation paper and 41 page views of the Welsh questionnaire. These compared to 1,824 page views of the English consultation paper pdf and 755 page views of the English questionnaire. To date no requests have been made for hard copies of the Welsh language consultation paper. The consultation exercise will close on 2 July 2008.

Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS)

HMCS has its own published Welsh Language Scheme

Most of the HMCS website is available in Welsh. Ensures courts provide sufficient copies of bi-lingual customer information leaflets to meet local demand. Spent £112,000 on Welsh language translations.

Welsh Language Unit, Her Majesty's Courts Service

Provides Welsh translation and interpretation services for HMCS, MoJ and her agencies. Is covered by HMCS Welsh Language Scheme.

Translations completed for HMCS: 1,621. Translations completed for MoJ and her agencies (excluding HMCS): 263. County court cases: 55 cases used Welsh Language interpreters. Bench and associated meetings: Interpreters provided eight times.

National Offender Management Service (formerly HM Prison Service and National Probation Service)

A review is under way of the published NOMS Wales Welsh Language Scheme in light of recent restructuring of NOMS Wales and HM Prison Service into NOMS Cymru. Each probation area in Wales has its own Welsh Language Scheme.

In accordance with an HMPS key audit baseline, the Prisoners' Information Book provided for all prisoners is printed automatically in Welsh (along with other languages) and placed in all prison libraries.

Tribunals Service

Has own published Welsh Language Scheme and Welsh speaking judiciary and administrators. Uses the services of the HMCS Welsh Language Unit.

A small number of requests for Welsh language translations have been received in the period in question. In 2007-08, £9,800 was spent on translations into Welsh.

The Boundary Commission for Wales

Has own Welsh Language Scheme. Publishes documents bilingually in hard copy and on its website.

No telephone calls or correspondence was received in Welsh for the period in question; however £600 was spent on translations into Welsh.

Office for Criminal Justice Reform

Is currently covered by Home Office Welsh Language Scheme.

Have produced many standard publications in Welsh in last 12 months.

Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)

Is developing/planning to develop its own Welsh Language Scheme. The JAC takes the initiative to translate into Welsh its material on judicial appointments in Wales.

£3,900 spent on translation into Welsh in last 12 months.

The National Archives

Has its own Welsh Language policy. Responsible for Her Majesty's Stationery Office which publishes in Welsh all legislation passed by the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government as part of its statutory responsibilities under the Government of Wales Acts).

There were 16,000 page views on the official legislation website for Wales in (provided in Welsh) between 1 June 2007 and 31 May 2008. This is 4 per cent. of the page views in both languages (total: 369,000). It is difficult to provide data on the level of demand for legislation in other formats (such as hard, printed copies) as they are printed in both English and Welsh within the same document.

Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC) (formerly Council on Tribunals or CoT)

The Welsh Committee of the AJTC came into being on 1 June 2008. The AJTC is covered by the, MoJ draft Welsh Language Scheme.

No requests received for materials in Welsh in specified period. In June 2007, the CoT ran a conference in Wales at which Welsh language documentation and simultaneous translation were provided in accordance with established conventions.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Does not have a Welsh Language Scheme but automatically translates its most important publications into Welsh.

47 Welsh versions sent out of the Guide to the 2001 Compensation Scheme between October 2007 and February 2008.

Office of the Public Guardian

Has own Welsh language scheme. Most OPG guidance booklets and the Lasting Power of Attorney forms are provided automatically in Welsh.

No specific requests received for translations into Welsh since OPG established in October 2007.

Law Commission

Is covered by MoJ draft Welsh Language Scheme.

No requests received for Welsh translations of any Law Commission publications.

Youth Justice Board

Has own Welsh Language policy.

Publishes bilingually all strategic documents and service user documentation for use in Wales; the recent YJB national conference had simultaneous translation into Welsh. Conducted a review of Welsh Language service provision in the secure estate and in Youth Offending Teams August 2007 to February 2008.

Work and Pensions

Child Support Agency: Finance

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much the Child Support Agency paid Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for referrals for income disclosure information in the last year for which figures are available; [209975]

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the service level agreement between Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Child Support Agency on their data sharing arrangements. [209977]

Mr. Plaskitt: [holding answer 10 June 2008]: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mark Grimshaw, dated 17 June 2008:

Children: Day Care

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people on the minimum wage use electronic childcare vouchers. [210023]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

Departmental Advertising

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department's ‘No Ifs, No Buts’ advertising campaign has cost to date. [210268]

Mrs. McGuire: The Targeting Benefit Thieves campaign, ‘No Ifs, No Buts’, was launched in October 2006. The following table details spend on the ‘No Ifs, No Buts’ campaign costs since its inception in 2006.


Campaign spend





1. Figures given are for actual spend for the Targeting Benefit Thieves (October 2006 to March 2008) campaign.
2. All figures are exclusive of VAT.
3. The figures in this table refer to media spend, design, PR,, production, research and any other associated costs.
4. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

European Skills Assessment

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on working towards the European skills assessment. [211268]

Mr. Lammy: I have been asked to reply.

We welcome the 2008 Spring European Council’s invitation to the European Commission to conduct a European Skills Review to present a comprehensive assessment of the future skills requirements in Europe up to 2020. We hope the review will help all member states examine and address their future skills challenges and develop their own responses to likely demands. To date, the work with the Commission and other member states to establish the European Skills Review has been carried out during our normal dialogue with these partners, and so has not occurred additional costs.

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Jobcentre Plus: Dorset

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what annual savings will result from the withdrawal from 12 May 2008 of access to the week day evening out-of-hours service operated by Jobcentre Plus for his Department's customers in Dorset and Somerset. [206538]

Mr. Timms: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves, dated 17 June 2008:

Jobseekers Allowance: Students

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time students responsible for a child aged under 16 or a young person aged under 20 claimed jobseeker’s allowance or income support during the summer vacation from a full-time course of non-advanced education in the last three years for which figures are available. [209530]

Mr. Plaskitt: [holding answer 9 June 2008]: The information requested is not available.

Post Office Card Account

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1845-46W, on the Post Office card account, what the maximum number of outlets where the card account is to be operated is; and if he will make a statement. [208819]

Mr. Plaskitt: [holding answer 5 June 2008]: There will be no maximum number of outlets at which the successor to the Post Office card account will be available.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people hold a Post Office card account, broken down by parliamentary constituency. [211006]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the precise format requested.

Information showing the number of DWP benefit and pension payment accounts paid into a Post Office card account for each parliamentary constituency has been placed in the Library.

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Social Security Benefits

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) training and (b) support options are offered to (i) those in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, (ii) those in receipt of incapacity benefit, (iii) those on the new deal for lone parents and (iv) partners of new deal claimants; and for what reasons distinctions are made between the options available to those in each category. [206081]

Mr. Timms: Jobcentre Plus advisers give support and advice to all their customers. This includes, but is not limited to, advice about benefits, vacancies, training possibilities and child care.

Training is provided to Jobcentre Plus customers from a variety of sources including private and voluntary sector providers. The specific training needs of the individual are identified during an interview between the personal adviser and the customer.

Although the route to training may vary between the various client groups (for example new deal 25 plus, pathways to work, new deal for lone parents) the broad range of training is available to all. Advisers will tailor training towards the particular needs of the individual to ensure that they maximise their chances of returning to employment.

The support available to each client group is tailored towards the type of specialist help and support they need based upon available resources. This support has been developed over time, either as a result of the evaluation of what individuals need, or by the evaluation of the effectiveness of programmes and pilots, in helping these client groups to enter, remain in and progress in work.

Further information can be found at the Jobcentre Plus website,

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of unclaimed means-tested (a) benefits, (b) pension credit, (c) disability related allowances and (d) attendance allowance was in each of the last three years. [209755]

Mr. Plaskitt: Estimates of the value of unclaimed means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker’s allowance (income-based), are published in the report “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07”. A copy of this report, along with past reports, has been placed in the Library.

Estimates for means-tested disability related allowances and attendance allowance are not available.

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