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Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were advertised in job centres in North East Fife constituency in each month of 2008; and for how long on average such vacancies were advertised. 
The coverage of these figures relates only to vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus and as such represent a market share of vacancies throughout the whole economy. This proportion varies over time, according to the occupation of the vacancy and industry of the employer, and by local area. Comprehensive estimates of all job
vacancies (not just those notified to Jobcentre Plus) are available from the monthly ONS Vacancy Survey since April 2001, based on a sample of some 6,000 enterprises. However, the ONS survey is currently designed to provide national estimates only.
|Vacancies advertised in North East Fife parliamentary constituency in each month of 2008|
|Live unfilled vacancies||Median duration (days between notification and closure)|
1. Data are unrounded.
2. The stocks of live unfilled vacancies reflect more accurately job opportunities available via Jobcentre Plus. In the case of unfilled vacancies, use of the figures on live vacancies is recommended (i.e. excluding suspended vacancies), and this is the default option. Live vacancies may still include some vacancies which have already been filled or are otherwise no longer open to recruits, due to natural lags in procedures for following up vacancies with employers.
3. The median duration (in days) is calculated by ranking all the vacancies in order of ascending duration and taking the middle value. Half the vacancies will have a duration greater than the median, and half will have a duration less than the median. For most purposes, the median will give a more representative measure of the average duration a mean figure tends to be distorted by a small number of vacancies that have very long durations. The median duration is available using live unfilled vacancy figures only.
4. These figures are published at:
Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) summits, (b) conferences and (c) seminars the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has held since January 2008 at which the primary subject for discussion was the effect of the economic situation on matters within the HSEs responsibility. 
HSE has not identified a need to convene any special summits or conferences on the impact of the economic downturn. Workers and others should still expect to be properly protected against the very real risks presented by work activities. It is particularly important during the downturn and the eventual recovery that hard won standards of health and safety be maintained; standards for which the UK should rightly be proud. HSE will not back away from pursuing enforcement action where necessary against those who seek to avoid or abuse their legal responsibilities. HSE is not unsympathetic however to the effects of the downturn
and is keeping the situation under review. It is in regular contact with key stakeholders elsewhere in Government, in trade unions, in key business sectors and in academia. The current priority themes of leadership, competence and worker involvement underpinned by a commonsense and proportionate approach to risk management are exactly those necessary for business survival and recovery.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud in London in the last three years for which figures are available. 
|Successful housing benefit prosecutions in London for the last three years for which data is available|
1. Housing benefit operational database (HoBOD) data is populated by housing benefit administrative returns supplied from local authorities.
2. The administrative returns are management information data and are not subject to further quality assurance from the Department such as performing any imputation for missing values.
Housing benefit operational database located at:
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the ability of Jobcentre Plus staff to deliver the full range of services provided under re-employment and training programmes. 
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years; and what proportion of the population in (a) the UK, (b) each of the Scottish regions and (c) North East Fife constituency claimed the allowance in each such year. 
|Area||March 2005||% of population||March 2006||% of population||March 200 7||% of population||March 200 8||% of population||March 200 9||% of population|
1. Caseloads are unrounded.
2. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
3. Figures include clerically held cases.
4. Claimant count data is published at https://www.nomisweb.co.uk
100 per cent. count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems, and Population Estimates Unit, ONS
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