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Hazardous Substances: Aviation

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether aircraft (a) static on the ground and (b) travelling through UK airspace are subject to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. [273036]

Jonathan Shaw: Aircraft either static on the ground or travelling through UK airspace are subject to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended).


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Housing Benefit

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed housing benefit at least once in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. [271349]

Kitty Ussher: Information is not available on the number of times people have claimed housing benefit.

Housing benefit information is not available at constituency level.

The available information is in the following table.

Number of housing benefit recipients in Great Britain and the north-east 1997 to 2007

Great Britain North East

August 1997

4,591,920

278,120

August 1998

4,425,210

269,290

August 1999

4,243,410

264,120

August 2000

3,968,250

250,070

August 2001

3,867,480

240,870

August 2002

3,798,760

236,290

August 2003

3,813,560

234,660

August 2004

3,943,590

230,850

August 2005

3,981,020

229,240

August 2006

4,024,280

228,350

August 2007

4,040,940

227,440

Notes:
1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
3. The totals for Great Britain include estimates for local authorities that have not responded.
4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
5. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics. However, the new data have not yet been fully quality assured to National Statistics standards, the most recent summary statistics available are for August 2007.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 1997 to 2007.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount claimed by a housing benefit recipient was in each of the last three years. [272216]

Kitty Ussher: The available information is in the following table.

Average amount of housing benefit in each of the last three years for which figures are available—Great Britain 2005-07 (weekly).

Great Britain (£)

August 2005

63.64

August 2006

67.47

August 2007

71.44

Notes:
1. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.
2. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
3. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.
4. From February 2007, DWP has been collecting more detailed HB/CTB data electronically from local authorities. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level of detail available in the published statistics. However, until the new data have been fully quality assured to National Statistics standards, the most recent summary statistics available are for August 2007.
5. This information is available online at:
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/hbctb.asp.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 percent caseload stock-count taken in August 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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Incapacity Benefit

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been removed from incapacity benefit because they do not have enough points to continue to qualify in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. [270003]

Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 22 April 2009]: The available information is in the following table.

The number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance benefit terminations in the most recent 12 month period

All Other reasons Failed either own occupation test or Personal Capability Assessment

November 2007

175,600

145,900

29,100

February 2008

163,500

134,200

28,900

May 2008

170,600

139,000

31,100

August 2008

172,600

134,800

37,200

Notes:
1. Figures are subject to a high degree of sampling error and should only be used as a guide.
2. These figures have been updated to include late notified terminations.
3. Personal Capability Assessment was formerly the ‘All Work Test’.
4. Due to operational procedures a small number of Personal Capability Assessment terminations appear in ‘Other reasons’.
5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 and total may not sum due to rounding.
Source:
Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate 5 per cent. terminations dataset

Income Support: Mortgages

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in North East Fife constituency have received assistance from his Department with the cost of meeting mortgage interest repayments in the last 12 months. [270858]

Kitty Ussher: Information on mortgage interest repayments is not available at constituency level.

Jobcentre Plus

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people have been helped into work by Jobcentre Plus in each (a) regional and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each (i) year since its job outcome target was launched and (ii) of the last 24 months. [264241]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked the acting chief executive to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Ruth Owen:


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Jobcentre Plus: Complaints

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what grounds formal complaints were made to Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [269756]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent customer-facing Jobcentre Plus staff there were on average in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district since November 2008; and if he will make a statement. [269758]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.


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Letter from Mel Groves, 6 May 2009:


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Government office region District Number

East Midlands

Derbyshire

1,288

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

1,073

Lincolnshire and Rutland

577

Nottinghamshire

1,095

Total

4,033

East of England

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

867

Cambridgeshire and Suffolk

1,041

Essex

1,227

Norfolk

646

Total

3,781

London

Central London

475

City and East London

1,310

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth

889

North and North East London

1,492

South London

1,007

West London

796

Total

5,969

North East

Northumbria

1,291

South Tyne and Wear Valley

1,153

Tees Valley

1,203

Total

3,647

North West

Cheshire and Warrington

485

Cumbria

496

Greater Manchester Central

1,191

Greater Manchester East and West

2,445

Greater Mersey

973

Lancashire

1,685

Liverpool and Wirral

1,750

Not Known

58

Total

9,082

Scotland

Ayrshire, Dumfries, Galloway and Inverclyde

903

Edinburgh and Lothian and Borders

703

Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside

1,151

Glasgow

2,274

Highland, Islands and Clyde Coast and Grampian

1,392

Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire

751

Total

7,174

South East

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

852

Hampshire

1,317

Kent

1,363

Surrey and Sussex

1,197

Total

4,729

South West

Devon and Cornwall

1,624

Dorset and Somerset

741

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon

668

West of England

745

Total

3,777

Wales

North and Mid Wales

1,132

South East Wales

836

South Wales Valleys

1,271

South West Wales

871

Total

4,110

West Midlands

Birmingham and Solihull

1,686

Black Country

1,423

Coventry and Warwickshire

619

Staffordshire

979

The Marches

956

Total

5,663

Yorkshire and The Humber

North and East Yorkshire and The Humber

1,556

South Yorkshire

1,698

West Yorkshire

2,108

Total

5,362

Grand Total

57,327

Note:
Headcount figures are quoted in full-time equivalents using the Office for National Statistics criteria for counting headcount and details the position at each month end.
Source:
Information for parliamentary questions is usually obtained from the Jobcentre Plus management information portal. This does not contain the level of data requested and therefore data has been taken from an alternative source known as Dataview, extracted from resource management (RM). In a minority of cases it has not been possible to identify the region or district that an individual works in. This is due to the data not being available in RM.

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