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Income support: Estimated number of claimants, flows onto and off benefit
Thousand (estimated outturn)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

Income Support stock





of which:

Sick or disabled





Lone Parent










Income Support on-flow





of which:

Sick or disabled





Lone Parent










Income Support off-flow





of which:

Sick or disabled





Lone Parent










1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 thousand. Components may not sum due to rounding.
2. Income support on the grounds of incapacity will no longer be payable to new claimants after the introduction of employment and support allowance in October 2008.
3. Figures for ‘Others’ include income support for carers, pregnant women and ex-minimum income guarantee claimants.
4. Figures are consistent with benefit expenditure tables available on the DWP website through the following link:

Vertex Data Science

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what representations he has received on the performance of Vertex Data Science Ltd in providing services at the Child Support Agency centre in Bolton; [212020]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Vertex Data Science Ltd in delivering the objectives of the Child Support Agency; [212022]

(3) what representations he has received on the retention of staff by Vertex Data Science Ltd at the Child Support Agency’s offices in Bolton. [212025]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is the matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 23 June 2008:

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Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on the siting of nuclear waste disposal facilities in Scotland. [212948]

David Cairns: The Secretary of State has had no recent discussions on the siting of nuclear waste disposal facilities in Scotland, which is a devolved matter there.

Revenue and Customs: Closures

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the proposed closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Scotland. [212919]

David Cairns: None. HMRC is conducting an estates review as the organisation has identified that it can operate more efficiently, estimating that it has around 30 to 40 per cent. excess office space overall. This review follows the creation of the department from the former Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise and aims to make savings totalling £100 million by 2011. In doing so, HMRC is committed to matching its future business strategy with the correct provision of accommodation
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and people by consulting with staff, trade unions, MPs, local authorities and other stakeholders. The consultation regarding Scottish proposals ends on 30 July and I urge all stakeholders to participate in the process.

Leader of the House

Departmental Pay

Bob Spink: To ask the Leader of the House what estimate she has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in her Office in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. [212503]

Helen Goodman: The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office for these purposes. The pay scales for Cabinet Office staff by pay band will be given in the answer by that Department.

Departmental Trade Unions

Bob Spink: To ask the Leader of the House which trades unions represent members of staff in her Office. [212477]

Helen Goodman: The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Prospect and the First Division Association (FDA) have a partnership agreement with the Cabinet Office and represent different sections of Cabinet Office staff.

Members: Allowances

Mr. Amess: To ask the Leader of the House what allowance is payable to hon. Members successful in the ballot for private Members’ Bills to assist with drafting costs; when the allowance was last increased; what the value of the allowance is expressed in prices at the date it was last increased; whether she plans to increase it; and if she will make a statement. [212423]

Helen Goodman: Provision was made by resolution of the House of 29 November 1971 for a payment of not more than £200 towards drafting assistance for those Members coming in the first ten places in the ballot for private Members’ Bills. The provision has not been increased since that date and would now be worth a little over £2,000 expressed in current prices.

There have been very few claims against the allowance for many years. Alternative sources of assistance to Members have increased greatly since 1971 and, as the Government’s response to the Procedure Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2002-03 (HC 333) made clear, the Government have undertaken that the resources of Parliamentary Counsel will be applied to Bills which are likely to pass “for the purpose of ensuring that its terms give effect to its supporters’ intentions” (Second Special Report from the Procedure Committee of Session 2003-04 HC 610, para. 20). The Government accordingly have no plans to propose an increase in the sum.

Members: Pay

Mr. Evans: To ask the Leader of the House how much the most recent review of hon. Members' pay and allowances cost. [213340]

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Ms Harman: The cost of the review of parliamentary pay and pensions conducted by Sir John Baker was £11,696.40. This figure cost covers Sir John Baker’s 15 days spent on the review since the end of January, reimbursement of his PA’s cost and the publication of the report (Cm 7416) on Tuesday 17 June.


Contractors: Transport

3. Mark Pritchard: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will have discussions with Transport for London on the use of London Underground by contractors working on the Olympic site. [212560]

Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Park will have an estimated 9,000 workers on-site at peak construction time in 2010. In addition, an estimated 12,000 workers will be operational on the Olympic Village and Stratford City Development sites.

Workers will use a range of public transport including LU to travel to and from the Olympic Park site. In liaison with TfL, the ODA has studied the potential impact of this demand on the London Underground network and concluded that the impact is manageable.

Both the ODA and the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) are working with London Underground (LU) and Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that the plans to transport workers to and from the Olympic Park site are efficient and cause minimum disruption.

Labour Statistics

4. Mrs. Humble: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many local residents are employed on the construction of facilities for the London Olympics; and how many of those were unemployed prior to taking up such employment. [212561]

Tessa Jowell: The ODA and partners are working hard to ensure that we take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that the Games provide us to improve employment and skills levels of East Londoners. Currently, 451 local residents from the five Olympic host boroughs are employed on the Olympic site. 21 per cent. of these were previously unemployed.


6. Mr. Robathan: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her most recent estimate is of the likely cost of the 2012 London Olympics. [212563]

Tessa Jowell: In March 2007 I announced that the overall public sector Olympics funding package was £9.325 billion and that budget is unchanged. The costs of delivering the venues and infrastructure in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games will not exceed that budget.

LOCOG are responsible for staging the Games, which is being funded by the private sector.

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Budget Forecast

7. Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will make a statement on the most recent budget forecast for the 2012 London Olympics. [212564]

Tessa Jowell: In March 2007, I announced a funding package of £9.325 billion for the Games. This funding package has not changed.

London Aquatic Centre

8. Chris Bryant: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much the London aquatic centre will cost. [212565]

Tessa Jowell: The Aquatics Centre and its integrated bridge will be delivered within the agreed budget of £303 million which was announced in April 2008.


Mr. Harper: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the International Paralympics Committee on provision of facilities for athletes with learning disabilities to train for the 2012 London Paralympics. [212562]

Tessa Jowell: I have had no discussions specifically about the training and participation of athletes with an intellectual disability.

As the hon. Member will know, people with intellectual disabilities are currently precluded from competing in the Paralympic games. Although ultimately a matter for the International Paralympic Committee, I know this matter is subject to review.

I am aware of the great enthusiasm of athletes with intellectual disabilities, and the importance they place on having the opportunity to compete in 2012.

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