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1. The information shown is for the United Kingdom for 2004-07, and Great Britain for 1996-99.
2. The income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication 'Households Below Average Income' (HBAI) series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted (or "equivalised") for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.
3. The income distribution is based on pensioners only.
4. Based on survey data and as such subject to a degree of sampling and non sampling error.
5. This response includes incomes for the lowest deciles of the population. These figures are not national statistics and caution must be applied because those people stating the lowest incomes in the FRS may not actually have the lowest living standards.
6 The quintiles and deciles are derived using OECD equivalisation factors.
7. Weekly income amounts have been rounded to the nearest whole pound and are given in 2006-07 prices.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Hemel Hempstead were living in absolute poverty in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008; and what percentage of all children living in absolute poverty this represented in each year. 
Our child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the number of children in absolute poverty at Government office region level. Information is therefore not available at parliamentary constituency level.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many grants of (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made by Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last 10 years to applicants (i) of working age and in work, (ii) of working age and out of work and (iii) above state pension age. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were made to Jobcentre Plus in each month of the last 10 years to applicants (i) of working age and in work, (ii) of working age and out of work and (iii) above state pension age. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) research and (b) analysis his Department has conducted on rates of (i) sickness and (ii) disability benefit claims in (A) coastal towns and (B) principal seaside towns in comparison with average rates for the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: We have not conducted any research or analysis about the rates of sickness and disability benefit claims in coastal towns and principal seaside towns in comparison with rates for the rest of the UK.
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 20 November 2008]: We are currently considering responses to the formal consultation on the Green Paper No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility. The consultation ended on 22 October and we will respond as soon as possible.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Anyone born after 5 April 1959 will be affected by the further increase in state pension age from 65 to 68 between 2024 and 2046. This increase is broadly in line with projected increases in average life expectancy and is a sensible response to the demographic challenge we face today. At the same time, it maintains at a roughly constant level the same proportion of adult life spent in retirement.
It would not be feasible to increase state pension age to 70 by 2020 without giving those affected sufficient notice, particularly those within 10 years of the equalised state pension age of 65. The number of people affected would depend on how and when the increase was to be implemented and the cohorts of future pensioners it was to apply to.
Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which industries have been allocated employment training funding in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) Rotherham and (c) Barnsley in each of the last five years. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer question 229579 tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 23 October 2008, on restarting of child maintenance payments. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1122W, on bankruptcy: Greater London, if he will provide equivalent information for (a) 1979, (b) 1992, (c) 1997 and (d) each of the first two quarters of 2008. 
Mr. McFadden: The information requested is not available. The number of bankrupt individuals broken down by age and separately by region is only available from 2000 to 2007, and equivalent figures for 2008 will be available in 2009.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. 
1. Formal Warning
2. Final written warning
3. Downgrading or Dismissal
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Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons his Departments annual report was published on the penultimate sitting day of Parliament before the summer recess. 
Mr. McFadden: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform publishes a combined annual report and accounts. The deadline for publication of combined departmental annual reports and accounts is summer recess.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1125W, on departmental training, what the (a) duration and (b) cost was of the training received by the Secretary of State. 
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ofgem and (b) the Competition Commission on the operation of the energy market; and if he will make a statement. 
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State met with the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority on 22 May 2008. Furthermore, on 18 August 2008 he wrote to Ofgem asking for their views on the possibility of requiring the accounting separation of vertically integrated energy companies in order to improve transparency in the energy markets.
Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency are living in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department does not hold this information. Fuel poverty is a devolved responsibility, and while we compile estimates of fuel poverty at an overall UK level, collection of statistics for each country is undertaken by each devolved office.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions the Secretary of State has had with the EU Commissioner for Trade since his appointment; and what matters were discussed. 
Mr. McFadden: The Secretary of State met the EU Commissioner for Trade on 14 October 2008 for a general handover of the Trade Commissioner's portfolio and on 24 November 2008 for a general discussion of trade issues.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the risk of children having access to fireworks. 
This years campaign highlights the fact that it is illegal for under 18s to possess fireworks in a public place, and specifically targets shopkeepers reminding them that it is illegal to sell fireworks to under 18s.
Mr. Thomas [holding answer 12 November 2008]: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) undertakes annual communication activity to promote firework safety. This year's activity comprised:
Regional public relations (PR) activity working closely with Fire and Rescue Services, managed by the Central Office of Information (COI) News and PR.
National and Trade PR activity, managed by BERR Press Office and Media Features Teams.
Printing and distribution of pre-existing marketing materials (information leaflets and posters).
Hosting of a dedicated section on fireworks on BERRs website
Promotion and distribution of existing fireworks TV and radio fillers by COI.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to complete his review of cases in the Icelandic Fishermens Compensation Scheme; and when he expects to pay those people ruled by the Ombudsman to be eligible for payment but not yet paid. 
Mr. McFadden: I have been looking in recent months at the eligibility criteria and rules of the trawlermen scheme, to see whether changes to the rules might better fulfil the policy intentions of the scheme. I hope to make a statement shortly.
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