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Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in attendance allowance to residents of Mid Bedfordshire constituency in (a) 2001, (b) 2005 and (c) 2008. 
|Attendance allowance expenditure for mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency|
|Period||Amount (£ million) (nominal terms)|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.
2. Tables containing benefit expenditure by benefit, departmental strategic objective, local authority and parliamentary constituency can be found at the following URL:
and a copy has been placed in the Library.
DWP Statistical and Accounting Data
|Carer's allowance-mid Bedfordshire constituency: February 2009|
1. Caseload totals show the number of people who are entitled to receive carer's allowance, including those who receive no actual payment.
2. Carers entitled to receive carer's allowance may not be paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of carer's allowance.
3. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Figures are published on the DWP website at:
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Jonathan Shaw: The Government acknowledged in the revised National Carer's Strategy, published in June 2008, that the current system of carers' benefits is not flexible enough to adapt to the wide variety of circumstances, responsibilities and needs that carers face.
Reviewing carers' benefits is a complex subject that requires careful consideration which cannot be conducted in isolation if we are to ensure that any changes are properly thought through, sound and lasting. We are continuing to develop our thinking on longer term benefit reform within the context of our plans for simplifying the benefit system as a whole taking account of the review of the care and support system which is currently underway.
Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of benefits as a result of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; and what information her Department holds on the medical conditions of such benefit claimants. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 26 October 2009]: Benefits are not paid to customers as a result of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis. Entitlement is based on the disablement that results from it and the effects of that disablement.
The Department holds case specific information on the medical conditions of people who have made claims on the basis of a disability or illness. The information can be gathered from a number of different sources including the claimant, health care professionals involved in their care and departmental medical advisers.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the main disabling conditions are of claimants of employment and support allowance who have been placed in (a) the support group and (b) the
work-related activity group; and how many and what proportion of claimants fall into each group of the main disabling conditions. 
John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact assessment she plans to carry out in respect of the effects on disabled people of the implementation of recent changes to arrangements for specialist disability employment services. 
Jonathan Shaw: An Equality Impact Assessment was published online in December 2008 on initiatives covered in the White Paper 'Raising expectations and increasing support: reforming welfare for the future'. This included a focus on disability in the new specialist disability programme replacing WORKSTEP, Work Preparation and Job Introduction Scheme from October 2010-to be known as Work Choice.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there has been in the Government's latest published tax/benefit tables in the number of people with withdrawal rates of between 60 per cent. and 70 per cent.; and if she will make a statement. 
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Birmingham, Northfield constituency received a winter fuel payment in the latest year for which figures are available. 
1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. data.
Sir Menzies Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of (a) 60 and (b) 80 years have claimed a winter fuel
payment in North East Fife constituency in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate she has made of the number of people in North East Fife constituency who will receive winter fuel payments in 2009-10. 
|Number of individuals aged 60 and over||Number of individuals aged 80 and over|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five, for years 2001-02 to 2004-05 inclusive, and to the nearest 10 for years 2005-06 onwards.
2. Data are not available for the number of individuals aged 80 and over that received a winter fuel payment in 2001-02 for the North East Fife constituency.
3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. data.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings following the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Treasury offers a range of internal training courses for officials to meet organisational priorities and which form part of the Professional Skills for Government (PSG) framework.
Due to delegated team budgets for training spend it is not possible to report on specific training relating to the Operational Efficiency Programme; this information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the procedures used by Government departments to make appointments to their boards; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The effectiveness of procedures used by Government Departments to make appointments to their boards is currently under review in the context of the Treasury's review of the code of good practice on corporate governance in central Government Departments, which is due to report in 2010.
Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 194W, on housing: construction, which local authorities in London provide details of (a) building control commencement lists and (b) building control completion notices to the Valuation Office Agency; and which such authorities use the Valuebill/e-BAR interface to provide such information. 
Ian Pearson: A table showing which local authorities within the London region of England have provided building control commencement lists and building control completion notices to the Valuation Office Agency is shown as follows.
|Billing Authority||Commencement Notices||Completion Notices|
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