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  • Cockling

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what health and safety regulations apply to the cockling industry; what steps are being taken to ensure that these regulations are communicated...

  • Objective 3 Funds

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where the distribution of Objective 3 takes place with regard to (a) location and (b) financial amount for the 2000–06 period.

  • Benefit Fraud

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of benefit fraud were detected in each of the last six years; and how many of these have resulted in (a) prosecutions and (b)...

  • Benefit Fraud

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate, for each local authority, the total amount saved in benefit expenditure arising from anti-fraud initiatives in the most...

  • Benefits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the interaction between income support and disability benefits, (b) the complexity of this interaction and...

  • Benefits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was spent by his Department on incapacity benefit pilots in 2003; and what his estimate is of expenditure on such pilots in...

  • Carer's Allowance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review pensioner carers' access to carer's allowance payments.

  • Child Poverty

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020, (b) halving it by 2010 and (c)...

  • Child Support Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many self-employed non-resident parents have failed to meet the required Child Support Agency calculated maintenance payments in the last...

  • Child Support Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Child Support Agency computer system to be working at its planned level; and if he will make a statement.

  • Child Support Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps against internet sites which exist to help people reduce or avoid their obligations to the Child Support Agency.

  • Child Support Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) representations he has received and (b) assessment he has made of the (i) human rights implications and (ii) possible grounds for...

  • Civil Servants (Transfer of Pensions)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with those civil servants transferred from the Health and Safety Executive to Logica/CMG about their pensions scheme.

  • Compensation Awards

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons a compensation award counts as capital for benefits calculations.

  • Council Tax Benefit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering council tax benefit payments in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years; what...

  • Council Tax Benefit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) number of beneficiaries of abolishing the upper capital limit on council tax benefit...

  • Council Tax Benefit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners were eligible for council tax benefit in each year since 2000 in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley.

  • Departmental Staff

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the proposals drafted by his Department's senior management team for up to 18,000 job cuts in his Department.

  • Departmental Staff (Fraud)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) dismissed, (d) prosecuted and (e) convicted for involvement in...

  • Elderly People (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action is being taken to ensure that elderly people receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

  • Employment (Older People)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on older people in the workplace.

  • Employment (Older People)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the unemployment rates for the 55-plus age group in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the United Kingdom.

  • EU Citizens (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total additional cost of all benefits payable in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 financial years to...

  • EU Citizens (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK labour market after 1 May of the absence of transitional restrictions in the UK for the...

  • EU Citizens (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to what benefits citizens of other EU countries are entitled after they have been resident in the UK for three months.

  • EU Citizens (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) under which provisions of the European Union Accession Treaty people from Poland will be permitted from 1 May to reside and work freely...

  • EU Citizens (Benefits)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what UK social security entitlements citizens of other EU countries have if they reside in the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Family Support

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in families receiving (a) Income Support and (b) Jobseeker's Allowance are receiving support through (i) the Tax Credits...

  • Income Support

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will enable recipients of income support to put aside some of their benefit to save for the purchase of a Motability vehicle without...

  • Information Technology

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what audit mechanisms are in place to determine whether all Information Technology hardware and software products are being properly utilised...

  • IT Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department's main IT service provider paid Microsoft on the Department's behalf in licensing fees in each of the last three years;...

  • Jobcentre Plus

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what definition of the term "merger dividend" he uses in relation to the setting up of Jobcentre Plus, with particular regard to the...

  • Jobcentre Plus/Pension Service (Relocation)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account was taken of the Rural Plan in making decisions about the relocation of (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) Pension Service offices.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on the New Deal for Young People in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on the New Deal for Disabled People in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been carried out into the wage levels of New Deal leavers; and if he will make a statement.

  • New Deal

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents are benefiting from the New Deal in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.

  • Part-time Workers (Pensions)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures have been introduced since 1997 to improve pension rights for part-time workers.

  • Pension Credit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) state basic pension and (b) state second pension entitlement credits are available for carers (i) below the age of 50, (ii) above the...

  • Pension Schemes

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what protection is afforded to workers who have lost their pension rights after their employer became insolvent under clause 8 of the EU...

  • Pension Schemes

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what obligations are placed on actuaries or trustees who are winding-up pension schemes to pay the guaranteed minimum pension.

  • Pension Schemes

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate public expenditure on the state second pension in each year from 2006–07 to 2015–16 based on (a) present...

  • "Riding the Benefits Rollercoaster"

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will respond to the Citizens Advice Scotland Report, "Riding the Benefits Rollercoaster"; and if he will make a statement.

  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out the circumstances in which voluntary contributions to a stakeholder pension scheme are treated as voluntary deprivation of...

  • Train Travel

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he last used a train in connection with his ministerial duties.

  • Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 were made in each year since 2000; and how many were successful.

  • Welfare Modernisation Fund

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to note 9, page 25 of the report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Uprating Order 2004 (Cm...

  • Winter Fuel Payments

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received winter fuel payments in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the north-east...

  • Winter Fuel Payments

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received winter fuel payments in (a) the North West, (b) Lancashire and (c) Chorley in each of the last three years; and...

  • Workstep Programme

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many disabled people who had participated in the Workstep programme gained employment in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and...

  • Workstep Programme

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people employed by his Department are supported by the Workstep programme.