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Carers’ Allowances: Darlington

Mr. Milburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received carer's allowance in Darlington constituency in each of the last five years. [219622]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.

Number of people in receipt of carer's allowance in Darlington parliamentary constituency
November each year Number

2007

790

2006

820

2005

780

2004

790

2003

790

Notes:
1. Figures show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended.
2. This information is available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at
http://83.244.183.180/100pc/ca/tabtool_ca.html
Source:
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Children: Maintenance

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the hon. Member for West Lancashire’s constituent Miss Lorraine Preston’s claim for child maintenance payments will be resolved by the Child Support Agency. [216314]

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


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Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 21 July 2008:

Departmental Buildings

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which buildings occupied by his Department’s agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for renewal in the next four years. [214660]

Mrs. McGuire: The majority of the DWP estate has been sold (freehold, feuhold and long leasehold interests) or transferred (short leasehold interests) to Land Securities Trillium under a Private Finance Initiative contract known as PRIME which runs until 2018.

The proceeds were released to HM Treasury in April 1998 for the original Department for Social Security estate and further in December 2003 when PRIME was expanded to include the former Employment Services estate. DWP holds no valuable leases or freeholds following the letting of the PRIME Contract and its subsequent expansion.

Consequently we do not hold any information for these buildings as lease responsibilities lie with Land Securities Trillium.

For the other DWP agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) the position is outlined as follows.

The Rent Service

The following buildings are occupied where a lease becomes renewable in the next four years.

Building name Location Tenure Lease break

Hawthorn House (1(st) Floor), Emperor Way

Exeter

Lease

24 March 2009

5(th) Floor, Holland House Oxford Road

Bournemouth

Lease

1 October 2008

4 London Court, East Street

Reading

Lease

15 June 2009

St. Mary’s House (1(st) Floor), Victoria Road

Chelmsford

Lease

28 September 2009

1(st) Floor, Adelphi House, 8 Turret Lane

Ipswich

Lease

28 September 2009

Tuition House (2(nd) Floor), St. George’s Road

Wimbledon

Lease

2 November 2009

Spectrum Building (West Wing), Bond Street

Bristol

Lease

2 January 2010

5 Victoria Court, Kent Street

Nottingham

Lease

29 October 2010

Gd Floor, Unit E, Aviator Court, Clifton Moor 3(rd) Floor, Rouen House, Rouen Road,

York

Lease

9 January 2011

Norwich

Lease

2 September 2011


Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

There are 21 buildings where leases are to be renewed and the locations and dates are as follows.


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Building name Location Tenure Lease break/end

AW HSE

Luton

Lease

20 January 2011

Lakeside 500

Norwich

Lease

18 September 2011

Phoenix House

East Grinstead

Lease

18 March 2012

OCNS-Harwell

Oxfordshire

Lease

24 March 2011

Hagley Road

Birmingham

Lease

24 June 2012

Haswell House

Worcester

Lease

19 February 2009

Lyme Vale Court

Stoke

Lease

8 February 2011

8 February 2016

City Gate West

Nottingham

Lease

22 December 2008

Edison Court

Wrexham

Lease

12 August 2009

Darkgate Building

Carmarthen

Lease

31 December 2009

Ballard House

Plymouth

Lease

24 March 2011

Government Building

Llanishen

MOTO

31 March 2010

Grove House

Manchester

Lease

16 July 2012

Marshall House

Preston

Lease

27 August 2011

Daniel House

Bootle

Lease

16 October 2009

Cherry Lane Warehouse

Walton

Lease

11 December 2008

Marshalls Mill

Leeds

Lease

18 February 2011

Arden HSE, 5(th) Fl

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Lease

24 December 2010

Edgar Allen House

Sheffield

Assigned Lease

24 March 2011

West George Street

Glasgow

Lease

8 September 2008

Longman House

Inverness

MOTO

31 March 2009


NDPBs and Arm’s Length Bodies

There are no leases that are due for renewal in the next four years.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department and its agencies have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for their conduct in the last two years. [217404]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007, information is not available from this system prior to April 2007.

The information provided in the tables below reflects data recorded on that system for the number of staff (a) dismissed and (b) subject to disciplinary action since April 2007.

Number

Employees dismissed 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

202

Employees dismissed 1 April 2008 to 30 June 2008

55


Number

Employees disciplined 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1,114

Employees disciplined 1 April 2008 to 30 June 2008

235


Departmental Furniture

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. [211762]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department does not readily hold information about individual number of chairs, desks and other office furnishings purchased and could provide this only at disproportionate cost. Information on expenditure that is available is provided in the following table.

£ million
Financial year Chairs Desks Other office furnishings Total cost

2003-04

13

2004-05

4

2005-06

1.5

3.5

3

8

2006-07

2

5

4

11

2007-08

1

2

2

5


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