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House of Commons Commission

Pensions

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. [270331]

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.

Changes to the terms and conditions of employment of Members’ staff are a matter for the Members Estimate Committee on advice from the Members’ Allowances Committee.

Trade Unions

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. [269924]


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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. [270210]

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.

Work and Pensions

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s 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. [270691]

Jonathan Shaw: The “Employ ability” communications campaign that ran between September 2007 and March
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2009 aimed to challenge attitudes amongst SME employers towards recruiting and retaining disabled people and those with long term health conditions.

The campaign was delivered through the following activity:

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.

The total amount spent on the campaign since September 2007 is £4,626,000.

Departmental ICT

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. [269548]

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 Department’s IT suppliers. Under existing contractual arrangements there is no formal requirement to measure the carbon impact of the services provided to the Department.

An estimate of the power consumption associated with the use of personal computers in the Department is set out in the table.

Business unit

Jobcentre Plus Pensions, Disability and Carers Service Corporate

Number of PCs deployed

80,656

16,728

8,266

Estimated annual energy consumption (KwH)

15,576,545

3,230,565

1,596,356

CO2 equivalent (Kg)(1)

8,364,916

1,734,878

857,275

Approximate cost based upon April 2009 costs (£)

2,056,104

426,435

210,719

(1) Conversion factor as per:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/pdf/ghg-cf-guidelines-annexes2008.pdf

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 Department’s new providers to provide on going measurement of the environmental impact of the IT services they deliver to the Department.

Departmental Manpower

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. [264245]

Jonathan Shaw: Information on contract lengths, in the detail asked for in the question, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information which is available, showing the position as at 28 February is shown in the following tables.


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Table 1
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

Jobcentre Plus

73,397

442

1,146

1,251

76,236

Pensions, Disability and Carers

16,525

123

116

88

16,852

Shared Services

4,336

48

140

61

4,585

Corporate Information Technology

1,994

2

1

1,997

Communications

482

2

2

486

Change Management

267

1

268

Directgov

54

54

Finance

1,654

2

4

1,660

Human Resources

558

3

561

Independent Review Service

81

17

7

105

Legal Group

479

3

482

Private Office

65

1

66

Work and Welfare Equality Group

1,117

6

1

4

1,128

Strategy, Information and Pensions

870

2

5

19

896

Grand total

101,879

643

1,423

1,431

105,376

Note:
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.

Table 2
Agency contract length Up to 3 months Between 3 and 6 months Between 6 and 12 months 12 months or more DWP total

Jobcentre Plus

5

3

5

13

26

Pensions, Disability and Carers

5

3

12

4

24

Shared Services

11

12

17

1

41

Corporate Information Technology

20

63

14

10

107

Communications

4

17

14

3

38

Change Management

6

2

10

0

18

Directgov

0

0

0

0

0

Finance

6

14

13

11

44

Human Resources

1

0

0

0

1

Independent Review Service

0

0

0

0

0

Legal Group

37

7

4

5

53

Private Office

0

0

0

0

0

Work and Welfare Equality Group

5

8

13

7

33

Strategy, Information and Pensions

0

4

8

4

16

Grand total

100

133

110

58

401

Note:
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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