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|Table 2: Numbers on a full-time equivalent basis|
|Business area||July 2006||May 2008||Reduction|
|(1) The Pension Service and Disability and Carers Service came together on 1 April 2008 to form a new agency called the Pension Disability and Carers Service. Figures for both elements of the new agency are included for completeness.|
(2) Totals may not sum due to rounding of individual lines.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which make and model of car he has chosen as his Ministerial car to be provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Prime Minister sets the criteria for cars for use by Ministers. Currently, Cabinet Ministers may choose either a diesel powered Jaguar XJ or a Toyota Prius hybrid. Other Ministers may also choose from a Toyota Prius, a Honda Civic hybrid or any other suitable car with a CO2 emission of 185g/km or less.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies in the last 24 months. 
Mrs. McGuire: The arrangements for the issue and management of identity passes that give access to the Department's premises have been outsourced to a service provider. The Department and its agencies operate from several hundred premises across the UK, and no central records are held by the service provider or the Department of the numbers of passes which are reported lost or stolen, and it would be disproportionately expensive to obtain this information. Employees are required to report all lost or stolen passes to the Department immediately, and to the police where appropriate, so that local management can determine any increased vulnerability to security, and take the necessary action.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days have been lost due to sickness among employees for which his Department and its predecessor were responsible for each year since 1997. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was created in July 2001. The figures prior to this date relate to absence levels in the Department of Social Security (DSS) Group, the main predecessor to the DWP.
The available information is contained in the following table. The source of the information is the Cabinet Office's annual report titled Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service. Working days lost (WDL) due to sickness are available only for 2005, 2006 and 2007. We have therefore provided the average working days lost per staff year for each of the years from 1997 to 2007.
|Total working days lost (WDL)||Average working days lost (AWDL)|
|(1) Financial year 2006-07 all other years figures are shown in calendar years.|
(2) DSS Group only.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months. 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recommendations in the Commission for Rural Communities report, England's rural areas: steps to release their economic potential, within his Department's areas of responsibility his Department intends to implement; and if he will provide a timetable for implementation. 
Mrs. McGuire: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Jonathan Shaw), on 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1204W.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who were required to take early retirement in (i) Leeds West, (ii) Leeds Metropolitan District, (iii) Yorkshire and Humberside and (iv) England in each of the last 10 years. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent tackling fuel poverty among heating oil users in each of the last 10 years; and how much it plans to spend in the next 12 months. 
The following tables set out the number of heating jobs and associated spends for oil heating jobs in each scheme year carried out through the Warm Front scheme since this measure was incorporated into the scheme in June 2005.
|Measure category||Households||Total cost (£)||Average (£)|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on fuel poverty amongst heating oil users. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department for Work and Pensions works closely with a number of Government Departments, including the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on a broad range of measures aimed at tackling fuel poverty. Regular meetings are held at both official and ministerial level.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance his Department is giving to people in part-time work to meet their fuel bill payments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: A person in part-time work may be eligible to receive winter fuel payments if they satisfy the qualifying conditions. Payments are made to most persons aged 60 or over and ordinarily resident in Great Britain to help with their fuel bills during the winter months. Payments are worth up to £200 for persons aged 60-79 and up to £300 for persons aged 80 or over. In winter 2008-09, we will make an additional payment alongside the winter fuel payment. Persons aged 60-79 will receive up to £50 and persons aged 80 or over up to £100.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much and what proportion of private rented accommodation in (a) Southend-on-Sea local authority area, (b) Essex county council area and (c) Southend West constituency is available at or below the median rent established by the Rent Service for the relevant rental market area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy to publish information on the level of benefit reductions experienced by those local housing allowance claimants resident in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex who move address; who he consulted before introducing this policy; and if he will make a statement; 
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