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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to ensure the compliance with health and safety requirements of workers from EU member states working in the UK. 
Jonathan Shaw: Under UK health and safety legislation, employers must provide a safe and healthy working environment for all workers under their control, including those from EU member states. Any workers from EU member states working as self-employed will also be subject to these requirements. Workers must take reasonable care for their own and others' health and safety at work, and cooperate with their employer to enable compliance. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities are responsible for enforcing the requirements in the majority of UK workplaces, and use inspection, investigation, enforcement, advice and guidance to secure compliance.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 20 July 2009, Official Report, columns 853-56W, on pensioners: social security benefits, what the average monetary value of benefits in kind provided to (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in York in respect of (i) NHS services, (ii) social services, (iii) travel concessions, (iv) television licences, (v) insulation and home repairs and improvement grants and (vi) other services has been for periods later than those given in that answer for which information is available. 
Angela Eagle: A wide range of services and benefits in kind are available to older people and these are administered both centrally and locally. As a result, the information is not available in the format requested: some information is not collected and some could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information which is available is given as follows.
There is no automatic entitlement for adult pensioners to NHS optical vouchers or free dental treatment. Individuals may qualify for these benefits if they are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits, or if they have been assessed as eligible for assistance under the NHS Low Income Scheme. Information on the value of such NHS services provided to patients of pensionable age who qualify on the basis of their personal economic circumstances is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The statutory minimum travel concession, introduced in April 2008, gives those aged 60 or over and eligible disabled people free off-peak local bus travel in any part of England. The Government provide around £1 billion a year to fund the concession.
Travel concession schemes are provided through local authorities, which have flexibility to enhance their schemes to offer more than the statutory minimum, so there are local variations in what is offered and take-up of concessionary travel also varies from one area to another. Therefore it is not possible to quantify the value of the benefit in kind in a specific local authority area.
Free television licences for people aged 75 or over were introduced in November 2000. TV Licensing, who administer free licences as agents for the BBC, are not able to provide geographical breakdowns of licences issued. However, figures are available for the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over receiving winter fuel payments in York local authority. These people would be eligible for a free television licence. 12,180 households received winter fuel payments in York local authority in the year 2008-09.
The Warm Front Scheme is the Government's main programme for tackling fuel poverty in vulnerable households in the private sector in England. Warm Front provides grants for heating, insulation and energy efficiency measures. For the year 2009-10, 132 single pensioner households and 100 two-pensioner households received Warm Front assistance in the York local authority area, and the average spend on each of those households was £1,870.08 and £1,675.20 respectively.
(1)( ) Source:
RO3 and PSS EX1 returns.
Gross expenditure includes income from client contributions, but excludes capital charges and certain income items which count as expenditure elsewhere in the public sector, such as contributions from primary care trusts. This is to avoid double counting within the aggregate public sector accounts of the money involved.
The Department matches its data with that held by the Ministry of Justice to identify prisoners who may still be in receipt of benefit. This data match now takes place weekly instead of four-weekly and we are detecting prisoner fraud more quickly than ever before, thus reducing the size of any overpayments.
Over the last five years this type of fraud has only arisen in income support. Fraudulent overpayments to prisoners have remained consistently low accounting for no more than an estimated 0.1 per cent of income support benefit expenditure.
|Estimated overpayments due to fraud by prisoners in each of the last five years|
|Amount of income support overpaid( 1) (£ million)|
|(1) Estimates of customer fraud committed by prisoners are collated and published only for income support, jobseeker's allowance and pension credit. The levels for jobseeker's allowance and pension credit were £0 million in each of the last five years. (2) Improvements to the methodology were introduced in 2005-06 which created a discontinuity between the estimates up to 2004-05 and from 2005-06 onwards. Therefore comparisons over time should be made with caution. Source: Published National Statistics Reports-Fraud and Error in the Benefit System.|
John Mason: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what property has been recorded as (a) lost and (b) stolen from the Government Equalities Office in the last 12 months; and what estimate has been made of the cost of the replacement of that property. 
Michael Jabez Foster: Over the past 12 months the Government Equalities Office has recorded two items as missing. The first item was a laptop with an estimated value of £2,000. The laptop cannot be used without a security key, which was not lost. The second item was a set of blank travel tickets with a nominal value of £4,000, which in practice could not have been used by others.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will place in the Library a copy of the benchmark results of the Civil Service People Survey for the Government Equalities Office. 
Michael Jabez Foster: The Government Equalities Office (GEO) will be publishing its staff survey results as soon as practicable. Given the Department's small size, we need to give full and careful consideration to ensure in publishing results that individuals cannot be identified. Once the results are published on the GEO website, we will ensure a copy is placed in the Library.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received on the ways in which the provisions of the Equality Bill affect the rights of the individual in respect of freedom of religion. 
Michael Jabez Foster: My officials, colleagues and I have received a number of representations on a range of issues from both individuals and religion and belief organisations since the introduction of the Equality Bill in April last year.
whether the Bill curbed religious freedom of expression;
restriction of freedom of conscience;
a perceived hierarchy of rights where some protected characteristics take precedence over the rights of the religious;
Catholic adoption agencies;
the occupational requirement employment exception for organised religion; and
faith-based care homes.
a breakfast meeting at No. 10 with women executives on 8 March;
a Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar Reception (10 March); and
a Parliamentary topical debate marking International Women's day in the House of Commons on11 March; and
a reception for International Women's Day at No. 10 hosted by Sarah Brown on 18 March.
'What the Government has done for women' factsheet;
'Women's Representation' factsheet:
Research report and findings on public attitudes to the representation of women in business and Government;
Government's Response to the Speaker's Conference; and
Report on the regional 'Women in Focus' events which promoted best practice in diverting women from crime (with Ministry of Justice).
Welcomed the appointment of Minister of State, Baroness Kinnock, as Women's Officer. Baroness Kinnock will be responsible for leading the Government's work to tackle violence against women overseas. These are in addition to her responsibilities as Minister of State.
Published a newly developed poster and leaflet designed to raise awareness of FGM. A new e-mail address has also been set up (email@example.com) for those who have concerns or questions about FGM to use.
Published the report of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Advisory Group and the Government's response, including plans to revise training for new teachers and to include VAWG issues in the PHSE curriculum for 2011.
Announced that a series of laws to protect vulnerable women by reducing the demand for prostitution, including the police no longer having to show kerb-crawlers are "persistent" before arresting them, will come into effect on 1 April.
Held an internal ministerial event on delivering the Gender Equality duty with stakeholders.
Welcomed Andrea Cornwall, Director of the Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme, to DFID to share key research findings. Pathways is an international research and communications programme that links academics, activists and practitioners across the globe to explore ways to enhance women's empowerment.
Screened video clips giving ground level insights and testimonials from women in Ghana and posted these on the DFID website.
Ellen Wratten, Director of Policy and Head of Profession for Social Development at DFID, will be giving a presentation at Plan International's celebration in Westminster Hall on 8 March on the new joint DFID/NIKE Foundation 'Girl Hub' programme that focuses on empowering adolescent girls in developing countries.
To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the contribution of the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of 18 March
2010, Official Report, column 997, on Intelligence and Security Committee, if he will hold discussions with the Chairman on whether the Committee's staff have had their own careers put in jeopardy; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) when the application for planning permission for change of use in connection with the proposed creation of a day nursery at 1 Parliament Street was submitted; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the application; 
(2) when the application for listed building consent in connection with the proposed creation of a day nursery at 1 Parliament street was submitted; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the application. 
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the extent to which charges for places in the proposed day nursery at 1 Parliament street will meet the costs of its provision; and what the weekly subsidy per place is for which the Commission has budgeted in 2010-11. 
Nick Harvey: The commercial competition for a nursery operator is currently in progress which will provide information relevant to the operating costs for the nursery. In order to avoid undermining the House's position in the commercial competition, it is not possible to disclose any further information at this stage. According to childcare experts, there is likely to be a build up of usage over a period: the average use of the first 12 months of a new nursery is likely to be around 40 per cent. The intention in the longer term is to recover the full operating costs through the charges made to users.
Mr. Chope: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the closing date is for the receipt of tenders from day nursery operators for the contract to run a day nursery at 1 Parliament Street; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the specification for the contract. 
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