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1. Data are taken from five per cent. extracts of the Pensions Strategy Computer System, therefore figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Mr. McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many British nationals over state pension age failed the habitual residence test when resuming a residence in the UK in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007. 
|Number of British nationals over state pension age who have passed or failed the habitual residence test in relation to pension credit|
| Note: Some of those recorded as passing the test may have previously failed it. Records do not show when the test has been applied to the same person on a previous occasion. Source: DWP management information.|
Mr. Plaskitt: Everyone claiming income-related benefits when arriving or returning to the UK is required to show that they are habitually resident in this country and have a settled intention to remain. The habitual residence test is applied irrespective of age.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is contributing to the £140 million fund announced on 6th June 2008 to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming. 
Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments have been made under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme in each year since its inception; and for which vaccines the payment was awarded in each case. 
The Department does not hold information about the specific vaccines linked to a successful vaccine damage payment claim. Claimants are asked to specify on the claim form all the vaccinations the disabled person received. However, as many vaccinations can be given in close proximity to each other it is not always possible to state categorically which vaccine caused the adverse reaction. Where a payment is made disability is not attributed to any specific vaccination.
|Vaccine damage payments: awards made in each year since 1978-79|
|Year (1 April to 31 March)||Number of payments made|
When the scheme was established in 1978 there was a large backlog of cases that had to be dealt with. This accounts for the large number of awards made in the early years of the scheme. One of the main reasons for the decline, over time, in the number of awards made is that medical knowledge and understanding has significantly advanced since 1978. Additionally, many reliable research papers since then have demonstrated that a clear link between vaccines and adverse reactions, sufficient to accept causation on the balance of probabilities, is not as great as had been previously thought.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits have been made by personnel from his Department to detainees transferred from the custody of British forces to the government of Afghanistan in each month since December 2007; and what the purpose of each visit was. 
Des Browne: Records show that, since December 2007, UK armed forces personnel have made nine visits to see Afghan detainees transferred to the custody of the government of Afghanistan, normally seeing several detainees in one visit. The visits are broken down by month as follows:
|Month||Number of visits|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the level of enhancement provided by the British armament package to the operational abilities of the Mastiff in Afghanistan. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning assumptions his Department made regarding the unit cost of principal hydrocarbon fuels used by HM Armed Forces in determining its budget allocations for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. 
|Propulsion fuel prices|
|£ per cubic metre|
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Mastiff is used to provide armoured protection for troops. I am withholding further details as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
|(1 )Includes mess dress.|
(2 )Includes tropical clothing.
(3 )Includes RAF Blues.
There are hundreds of specialist trades across the three services and well over 1,000 items of specialist equipment. It is therefore not possible to provide an average cost of specialist kit. The cost of the personal kit issued to all those deploying on operations, which includes enhanced combat body armour and Mk6a helmet, is approximately £2,500.
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