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7. Hugh Bayley: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress the House of Commons Commission has made in its examination of the merits of extending to hon. Members staff the opportunity to join the pension scheme available to House staff. 
Nick Harvey: The current legislative and employment framework would not permit the extension of the House of Commons staff pension scheme to the staff of hon. Members. Members staff are employed by Members themselves and not by the House of Commons Commission.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1212W, on trade unions: political levy, what the timetable is for the staff handbook to be amended to inform staff of their rights to opt out. 
Nick Harvey: The next revision of the staff handbook is planned to be released in the autumn of 2009. Following the appropriate consultation process, an amendment to inform staff of their right to opt out of the political levies operated by those recognised trade unions which have a political fund will be included in the revised version.
Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the House of Commons Facilities Time Agreement, whether recognised trade unions in the House of Commons are permitted to use House of Commons facilities allocated to them for (a) political activity and (b) political campaigning. 
Nick Harvey: The House of Commons facilities time agreement sets out the principles and practices which govern the facilities made available by the House of Commons service to employees who are accredited representatives or members of unions recognised by the House of Commons service. Facilities are provided to ensure effective negotiation, consultation and communication between management and unions. The facilities are not provided for political activity or political campaigning.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Departments employability advertising campaign; what indicators have been used to assess its effectiveness; how much has been spent on the campaign to date; and when he will publish an evaluation of the campaign. 
The Employ ability communications campaign that ran between September 2007 and March
2009 aimed to challenge attitudes amongst SME employers towards recruiting and retaining disabled people and those with long term health conditions.
Advertising and advertorials in trade and regional press
Media liaison and PR
How to Employ ability workshops
Web pages on DWP website
E-marketing, direct mail and telemarketing
Engagement with employer and disability organisations
Evaluation of the campaign is currently being conducted. This will assess shifts in employers attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people and people with long-term health conditions as well as awareness of information from the campaign and effectiveness of the channels used. A summary of the evaluation will be placed in the public domain by end July 2009.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The information requested is not available in the format requested. The Department does not own its IT equipment, it is provided under contractual arrangements with the Departments IT suppliers. Under existing contractual arrangements there is no formal requirement to measure the carbon impact of the services provided to the Department.
|Jobcentre Plus||Pensions, Disability and Carers Service||Corporate|
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In the summer of 2008 the Department announced its strategy to re-compete its existing contracts over a five year period. As part of this future contracting strategy it will be a contractual requirement for the Departments new providers to provide on going measurement of the environmental impact of the IT services they deliver to the Department.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between six and 12 months and (iv) 12 months or more there are in each directorate of his Department. 
|Employees contract type and length||Permanent open ended contract||Fixed term appointments > 12 months||Fixed term appointments < 12 months||Temporary appointment 39 weeks||DWP t otal|
Temporary appointments are only used in defined circumstances, e.g. a short term peak in work which will cease after a specific period or a short-term time bound piece of work that will take less than 39 weeks.
|Agency contract length||Up to 3 months||Between 3 and 6 months||Between 6 and 12 months||12 months or more||DWP total|
Agency staff are administrative grade staff and professional specialist interim personnel, engaged through private sector suppliers, on short-term, temporary contracts.
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