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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for 52 week backdating of housing benefit have been received in each of the last five years; and how many and what percentage of those applications were successful. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's estimate is of the proportion of benefits claimants who live (a) within 10 miles, (b) within 20 miles, (c) within 30 miles and (d) further than 30 miles from a Job Centre Plus office; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many self-employed parents had children aged 15 years or under at the latest date for which figures are available. (223343)
Estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets for the period April to June 2008 show there were 1.26 million self-employed parents who had dependent children aged 15 years or under.
The LFS is a sample survey covering over 52,000 households in the United Kingdom in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what resources HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors deployed to control imports of products of animal origin in each of the last five years; 
Jane Kennedy: All front-line customs detection staff are employed to tackle a range of risks at the border and most work on a multi functional basis. These working arrangements continue to operate following the transfer of these staff to the interim UK Border Agencys management structure with effect from 1 April 2008.
HM Revenue and Customs and before that, HM Customs and Excise deployed front-line enforcement staff to detect illegal products of animal origin (POAO) imports at points of entry into Great Britain as follows:
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Front-line staff are supported by POAO detector dogs. The detector dog programme has expanded from two in April 2003 to 11 in 2007-08. The actual number available for deployment can differ according to the need to train new dogs and handlers and to replace dogs through retirements and ill health.
Resources were also deployed in each of the last five financial years to deal with storage and destruction of seized meat and other POAO, publicising the regulations to the travelling public, investigation and prosecution work supported by policy activities.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2008 on
child care vouchers, if he will publish his Departments analysis of the care vouchers scheme for carers sponsored by Accor Services UK, Busy Bees Ltd, Grassroots Group and Sodexho Pass. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on council tax: valuation, what the cost of licensing the TENET mapping software is to the Valuation Office Agency each year. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Valuation Office Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, HC 583, what assessment the Valuation Office Agency has made of the reasons for its failure to meet its target for providing a considered decision on council tax enquiries and proposals within two months of receipt in 98 per cent. of cases. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contractors his Department uses to undertake cleaning duties; and what the hourly rates of
pay are for cleaners working in the Department. 
Jane Kennedy: Services such as cleaning are provided in 1 Horse Guards Road as part of a PFI contract with Exchequer Partnership (EP). One Complete Solution (OCS) deliver the cleaning element of those services.
|Department||Number of staff disciplined in last two years||Number of staff dismissed in the last two years|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information technology projects initiated by his Department have been cancelled prior to completion in the last five years; and what the cost of each such project was to the public purse. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) UK citizens born in the UK, (b) UK citizens born abroad and (c) foreign nationals were employed as staff by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years. 
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Information for the Debt Management Office, the Valuation Office Agency, the Office of Government Commerce, OGCbuyingsolutions and the Government Actuary's Department is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years. 
|Reimbursable expenses claimed (£)|
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