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(a) Full-time London based DWP employees have a 36 hour working week whereas the London Living Wage is calculated on the basis of a 38.5 hour working week. DWP employees based in London are paid on the relevant DWP inner or outer London payscale according to their grade and location. All of our directly employed London based employees are paid at a level above that of the London Living Wage when calculated on the basis of either a 36 or a 38.5 hour working week.
(b) DWP does not contractually require its suppliers to pay their employees at levels above the London Living Wage. It may be that within individual supply chains some employees are paid below the London Living Wage. However, it would be at a disproportionate cost to collect and collate the information requested.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, column 626W, on departmental recruitment, what estimate he has made of the annual salary cost of the new (a) permanent, (b) temporary and (c) agency staff recruited in each year since 2005-06. 
Jonathan Shaw: The overall pay bill cost for permanent and temporary staff employed by the Department in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08 is published in the departmental report 2008. We are unable to identify the costs of newly recruited staff or agency staff without incurring disproportionate cost.
Jonathan Shaw: The Departments policy on away days, management conferences and seminars is that they should take place in venues which provide value for money taking account of the nature of the event.
Where the hire of rooms or the use of hotel facilities is considered appropriate, this should be judged against
the availability of reasonable alternatives, the location of the facilities in relation to the home location of the majority of attendees, and the associated travel costs.
Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applications for disability living allowance were returned because the applicant was aged over 65 in the last 12 months. 
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in receipt of jobseeker's allowance have entered voluntary drug rehabilitation programmes in each of the last five years. 
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