Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many statutory instruments have been (a) made and (b) revoked by Ministers in his Department and its predecessor since 1997. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions, which was formed on 8 June 2001 from parts of the former Department of Social Security, the former Department for Education and Employment and the Employment Service, has made a total of 659 statutory instruments since its formation.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 732W, on departmental public participation, what the cost was of each project listed; and what steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned as a result of the findings of each project. 
Details of the costs, in 2007-08, of the projects listed in the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 732W, and the steps taken or planned
as a result of the findings of each project are provided in the following table.
|2007-08 cost (£ )
Findings are used to help monitor and feed into various government policy areas related to families and children and their income, employment, childcare, disability, health, child outcomes and activities and on child maintenance issues.
The findings of the research have been disseminated to Ministers and officials and will help improve our understanding of the public's priorities for the Department and its policies. More specifically it helped inform the command paper: Ready for work, full employment in our generation published in December 2007.
Findings are used to provide evidence for a range of policy areas. For example, in the past ELSA data have been used to produce key evidence for the Pensions White Paper and to inform the Government's strategy on the wellbeing of older people.
The findings were fed into the review of the future of the Pension Education Fund, while detailed 'lessons learned' about engaging employers and delivering information are being collated from this evaluation, and other sources, over the two year programme period to inform future policy.
The findings have fed into a number of related policy areas: these include the policy options for the decumulation of the pension funds of personal account holders and stakeholders' work on annuity information products following on from HM Treasury's annuities Open Market Option Review.
The findings have allowed us to gain a clearer understanding of pension holders' purchase intentions and actions and the sources and types of information they use to enable them to make purchase decisions.
This research was aimed at designing a questionnaire that could be used to gather information on the administrative costs of running pension schemes. As a result of this work we will be looking to commission a large scale quantitative survey to gather detailed information on scheme administration costs
This study identified the information requirements and possible channels and timings of information delivery to individuals in the run up to automatic enrolment into a personal account, or qualifying workplace pension, in 2012. Findings will feed into the Enabling Savings for Retirement information and communications strategy.
Findings informed the design of the information and support services as part of the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission and contributed to the Bill process which will enable the changes to the CSA to commence.
Findings were used to identify channels, format and messages that non resident parents and parents with care require through the new information and support service which will be delivered by Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission.
|(1) DWP contribution (this survey is funded by several Government Departments)
(2) Contribution to FSA survey
(3) Contribution to survey
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reviews of regulation (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas. 
Mrs. McGuire: Information on the number of reviews of regulation that the Department and its agencies have undertaken in the last year is not held centrally. However, the Department for Work and Pensions constantly keeps its regulation under review across policy and operations. For example the Department has undertaken a thorough review of statutory sick pay and is taking forward reforms identified in the independent review of the private pensions regulatory framework.
The Health and Safety Executive has reviewed, for example, the Factories Act 1961; the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963; and the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989. Work has also started to review the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.