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Further information on overpayments at UK level is also available on the same website in the HMRC publications, ‘Child and Working Tax Credits Statistics. Finalised Annual Awards. Supplement on Payments’, also for the years 2003-04 to 2006-07.

Information for 2007-08 is not yet available at parliamentary constituency level. The geographical finalised awards publications have been delayed following a problem identified with the delivery of geographical information, although this does not affect the UK level statistics, which were published on 19 May 2009. More information can be found on the HMRC website:


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Energy and Climate Change

Departmental Buildings

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on building maintenance since its creation; and if he will make a statement. [274557]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department has spent £666,967 on facilities management services for its two buildings since its creation. These services include building maintenance but we do not record this separately.

Departmental Stationery

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on branded stationery and gifts for (a) internal and (b) external promotional use since its establishment. [273780]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is as follows:

A. Internal

B. External

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges since its creation. [274203]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information is as follows:

Energy: Meters

Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what programme he has established for the roll-out of the installation of domestic smart meters; and what opportunities contractors will have to bid for contracts to install such meters. [276022]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government published a consultation on smart metering on 11 May 2009. The consultation is available on the open consultations section of the DECC website.

The consultation document includes discussion of the preparation programme that will be needed before the roll-out of smart meters can begin. It also sets out the Government's preference for delivery model under
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which suppliers would procure and install smart meters and a national communications network would be put in place to support smart meter communications. Final decisions on both areas will be taken once the consultation is complete.

Members: Correspondence

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Billericay's letters of 20 February and 26 March 2009 on his constituent, Mr J. Adams. [272312]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I responded to the hon. Member on 6 May 2009.

Natural Gas: Wales

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department has provided to National Grid for the Felindre to Tirley pipeline. [276769]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: None.

Wind Power

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind farms there are in England and Wales; how much electricity each produced in 2008; and if he will make a statement. [275031]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There are currently 120 operational wind farms in England and Wales (112 onshore and eight offshore)(1).

This Department do not hold generation data from individual wind farms on a yearly basis. However, at present, we have a provisional figure of 7,124.8 GWh for wind power generation in the UK as a whole in 2008.(2, 3)

Data for wind farms in England and Wales in 2007 can be found in our regional Renewables article(4) in the September 2008 edition of Energy Trends at:

Work and Pensions

Adviser Discretion Fund

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Adviser Discretion Fund provides funding to train an individual jobseeker in the preparation of a curriculum vitae; [272936]

(2) how much was made available for each activity funded by the Adviser Discretion Fund in 2008-09. [272937]


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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:

Departmental Fraud

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been lost by (a) each section of his Department and (b) each of his Department's agencies because of internal fraud in each of the last five years. [245255]

Jonathan Shaw: Information is not available in the exact format requested. I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 3 June 2008, Official Report, column 804W. We are able to provide the breakdown of losses in each agency in 2003-04 and 2004-05 as set out in the following table. From 2005-06 onwards HM Treasury reporting requires details at departmental level only. This analysis is consistent with the way in which the Department reports to HM Treasury on internal fraud.

£
Business 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Jobcentre Plus

71,100

36,670

Pension Service

600

876

Disability and Carers

40

11,913

Child Support Agency

1,812

3,338

Other

3,295

60

Totals

76,847

52,857

193,030

508,235

541,679


Drugs: Rehabilitation

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to involve third party drug treatment providers in assisting problem drug users identified by Jobcentre Plus. [273801]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 8 May 2009]: Yes. From 27 April individuals who identify themselves as problem drug users to Jobcentre Plus staff in England
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are being referred to local drug treatment services to discuss the help and support available to them. In addition to this the Welfare Reform Bill includes provisions to pilot a mandatory referral and support regime for problem drug users.

Employment Schemes

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department provides to assist people who have been unemployed for less than six months to find new employment. [268204]

Mr. McNulty: The Government are doing all they can to help those who become unemployed to get back into work as quickly as possible. Although the claimant count is rising that does not mean people are not also moving off benefit—in April, 290,900 people flowed off unemployment benefits. Most people leave jobseeker's allowance quickly: over half of new claims last less than three months and around three quarters last less than six months.

In November we invested an extra £1.3 billion to ensure that through Jobcentre Plus we continue to provide personal help and advice to everyone who needs it—help in finding a job, filling in job applications and in writing CVs and advice on re-training and skills. In the Budget we committed a further £1.7 billion to support Jobcentre Plus and providers so that everyone can continue to receive high quality support.

Furthermore, on April 6 we introduced new support for newly unemployed customers who require support to update their job search skills. The new support will be available to customers following their initial interview at Jobcentre Plus, and can be tailored for those who have recently left a professional or executive job.

In addition, also from April, we have increased funding to the Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF), making it available from day 1 to any new customer who has made a successful claim to jobseeker's allowance. The ADF allows personal advisers to make discretionary payments to help jobseekers overcome barriers to applying for jobs.

The Government have also increased their engagement and access to Local Employment Partnership vacancies to help unemployed customers find work. People who have been out of work for more than 13 weeks may also get help with paying the interest on their mortgage.

Income Support: Interviews

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mandatory six-month interview demands have been sent out to income support claimants in the last 12 months; how many of these have subsequently been (a) deferred and (b) waived; and if he will make a statement. [271780]

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: Standards

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of Jobcentre Plus in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district against its customer service target for (i) timeliness, (ii) professionalism and (iii) information in each year since the target was launched, and in each of the last 24 months. [264237]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collated to Jobcentre Plus region and district level. It could only be provided at National level from April 2002 to March 2007 and at National and Jobcentre Plus Directorate level from April 2007. National level information is published in the Jobcentre Plus Annual Reports which are available in the Library.


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