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The Department will continue to work, in conjunction with its estates partners and other key stakeholders, to reduce its energy consumption and achieve its carbon budget. It will continue to source renewable energy as part of the pan-government energy procurement contracts which currently require 10 per cent. of energy from renewable sources coupled with 15 per cent. of energy from good quality combined heat and power.
Jonathan Shaw: DWP pays particular attention to any out-of-hours consumption of energy and we have registered to take part in this year's Earth Hour event, as we did in 2009. We will be working with our Estates Partner to ensure that the lights are off in our buildings from 8.30 pm on Saturday 27 March for one hour. We will also promote this event internally to our staff.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) strategy and planning, (b) design and build, (c) hosting and infrastructure, (d) content provision and (e) testing and evaluation for her Department's websites in each of the last three years; and what budget has been allocated for such activities in 2009-10.  [Official Report, 29 March 2010, Vol. 508, c. 5MC.]
The Pension Service (this site closed September 2009)
Child Support Agency
Directgov (cross government site)
Now Let's Talk Money
Independent Living Funds
NDDP Job Broker Search
Office for Disability Issues
European Social Fund
Ethnic Minority Employment Task force
The Pensions Advisory Service
Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
Social Security Advisory Committee
Personal Accounts Delivery Authority
Working for Health
Pension Protection Fund
The Pensions Ombudsman
Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman
Independent Case Examiner
Health and Safety Executive
Ongoing creation, development and maintenance of websites managed by the Department is mainly carried out by the Department's own in-house digital media team and in-house maintenance team. It is not possible for us to extract and quantify previous or forecast costs for the all the categories requested, in particular strategy and content provision, because in most cases, staff working across these areas are engaged in more than one role and/or website. Similarly, our hosting and infrastructure costs form part of a wider departmental IT contract.
We can provide figures for the redevelopment of the DWP website and the Office for Disability Issues website as we ran separate projects with separate budgets within
the last three years. The costs quoted are for design and build work only and are not an annual cost.
We are working with Cabinet Office to implement a standardised method for quantifying website costs across Government in line with Central Office of Information guidelines. This is in response to a Public Accounts Committee recommendation. These costs will be available from April 2010 onwards as per the timetable.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) suppliers and (b) brands of (i) paper and (ii) paper products her Department uses; and what her Department's policy is on the procurement of those materials. 
Core print-forms and leaflets
Configurable print-letterheads, complement slips etc.
Marketing and publicity-promotional posters, campaign support products
Secure print-girocheques and payable orders
Cut paper-photocopier and printer paper (to support desk top, local and bulk copying)
Stationery products-e.g. diaries, envelopes, notebooks etc.
At present, cut sheet papers are branded primarily by Banner, M Real, Steinbeis, Datacopy, Hewlett Packard and Xerox. From April 2010, DWP will move to a single brand of 100 per cent. recycled cut paper-Xerox Recycled.
Letters to DWP customers and other internal documentation are provided by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES). The sourcing of the paper products under this arrangement is determined by HPES and not the Department.
Additional promotional products (outwith the Xerox arrangements) are provided through COI and range of communications framework suppliers. Under these arrangements, the suppliers are responsible for the sourcing of their own paper and paper products.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claimants of employment and support allowance had attended their first interview with a Jobcentre Plus personal adviser before attending their first appointment with a medical professional working for ATOS in the latest period for which information is available. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what her latest assessment is of the administrative efficiency of the referral process for incapacity benefit or employment and support allowance claimants to Pathways to Work providers; whether it is the practice of Jobcentre Plus that its staff may not send client referral information electronically to providers; and what discussions she has had on introduction of IT arrangements to assist Jobcentre Plus with the administration of referrals to Pathways to Work providers. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 2 March 2010]: When provider led Pathways to Work was first introduced the Department did not have a system in place which allowed the secure electronic transfer of customer data to external organisations.
The Department ensures that safeguards are built into the process to protect personal customer details by restricting the number of individual customer details. In some areas, Jobcentre Plus conducts the initial interview on provider premises. Where this happens the referral is immediately handed to the provider.
The Department is now in the process of rolling out a more efficient and secure IT based solution to refer customers from Jobcentre Plus to external providers for all commercial employment programmes. The Provider Referrals and Payments (PRaP) System began operating in October 2009 in support of the flexible new deal programme. At the point of contract award or renewal it is intended that all commercial employment programmes
will adopt the PRaP IT solution both for referring individual customers and to make the associated payments to providers.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when all prime contractors for the new Work Choice contracts will be informed of the outcome of their bid; what recent progress has been made in negotiations with potential Work Choice subcontractors; and if she will make a statement. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 3 March 2010]: Following the completion of the invitation to tender stage of the procurement exercise for this programme, the intention is to notify all those organisations designated as preferred bidders by 5 March. Unsuccessful bidders will be notified during week commencing 15 March.
The sourcing team responsible for the procurement of Work Choice will be taking forward post tender discussions with the designated preferred bidders with the intention of agreeing and awarding contracts by 30 April 2010.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she has set a target time in which participants in the Work Choice programme move into unsupported employment; whether an individual target direction is determined for each programme participant; and in what ways a participant's individual circumstances are taken into account in Work Choice programme timetables. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 3 March 2010]: There are no individual time constraints in which Work Choice participants are expected to move into unsupported employment. We will expect providers to focus on helping customers progress into sustainable open employment, wherever possible.
Support provided by Work Choice will be tailored to the individual needs of the customer. We want customers who need supported employment to get more consistent, quality support that helps them progress at work and ultimately into unsupported employment, where appropriate.
Work Choice providers and employers will work with the customer and agree an individual development plan, which is at the heart of their relationship. It is a living document, which will be reviewed regularly and adapted to the changing needs of the customer over what may be a long-term relationship, in order to help them progress in their career and stay in work.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will make it her policy that the absence of planning permission is taken into account when awarding housing benefit to those residing in dwellings on Traveller sites. 
Helen Goodman: Housing benefit is available to secure the occupation of a person's home by providing help towards the rent that person is liable to pay on it. Where that home is a caravan or mobile home it is possible that a person may have two separate liabilities to pay rent, one for the caravan or mobile home and one for the site on which it stands. Help from benefit is available toward both.
This would be less clear cut if a charge was being made for a pitch fee where the site has no planning permission. It might be that without planning permission the pitch fee would be unenforceable and therefore would not be eligible for housing benefit. If that is the case then no help would be given toward any pitch fee that may be charged.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the results were of occupational analysis of the jobseeker's allowance claimant count undertaken by her Department in (a) 2006 and (b) 2009. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking for occupational analysis of the jobseeker's allowance undertaken in (a) 2006 and (b) 2009. (319336)
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is taken from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. Analysis is published each month on the number of claimants of JSA by the claimant's usual occupation and sought occupation. Occupations are defined following the Standard Occupational Classification 2000.
A table showing the number of people claiming JSA by the usual and sought occupation of claimants in December 2006 and December 2009 has been prepared. As the information requested is quite extensive, a copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:
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