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  • Annuities

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase the age at which people are required to buy annuities from their pension funds; and if he will make a statement.

  • Carter & Carter Group

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on the persons undertaking training provided by Carter and Carter Group plc of the entry into...

  • Carter & Carter Group

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision he has made to ensure the continuous provision of places on employment training programmes following the entry into...

  • Child Support Agency

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a quarterly return showing the (a) average length of time taken to clear old scheme Child Support Agency cases and (b) the...

  • Child Support Agency: Debts

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Child Support Agency's total gross debt outstanding was for the year April 2006 to March 2007; how much of this debt was accrued under...

  • Child Support Agency: Manpower

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the staffing costs of (a) the Child Support Agency in each year until it is wound up and (b) the Child...

  • Children: Maintenance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of child support cases had maintenance outstanding for periods of (a) zero to six weeks, (b) six to 12 weeks, (c) 12...

  • Children: Maintenance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what number and proportion of cases with arrears outstanding the Child Support Agency is taking enforcement action, broken down by type of...

  • Children: Maintenance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with care (a) on and (b) not on income support and income based jobseeker's allowance were entitled to maintenance via the...

  • Children: Poverty

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons children seeking asylum are not included in the Government's target to eradicate child poverty in the UK by 2020.

  • Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at how many events held by his Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment his...

  • Departmental Data Protection

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1349W, on departmental data protection, in what circumstances transfers of...

  • Departmental Leaflets

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each public information leaflet issued by his Department.

  • Departmental Leaflets

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on, (a) pensions-related, (b) retirement benefit and (c) other benefit-related leaflets in each of the last 10...

  • Departmental Legislation

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

  • Departmental Legislation

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department and its predecessors since May 1997.

  • Departmental Manpower

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people each of his Department's executive agencies employed in each of the last five years.

  • Departmental Official Visits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department staying...

  • Departmental Publications

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official...

  • Departmental Sick Leave

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months.

  • Departmental Sick Leave

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Departmental Sick Leave

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to...

  • Departmental Training

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c)...

  • Departmental Translation Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies on translation services from English into...

  • Discrimination

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for discrimination, based on (a) sex, (b) race and (c) sexual orientation, were brought by members of his Department and...

  • Employment: Disabled People

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent disability employment advisers were in post in England in each of the last five years.

  • Employment: Females

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to meet the Lisbon Treaty strategy objective of increasing female employment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Employment: Tribunals

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employment tribunals with (a) three members, (b) two members and (c) one member adjudicating sat in each of the last five years.

  • Government Offices for the Regions

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's programme budgets were administered by the Government Offices for the Regions in each of the last five years.

  • Housing Benefits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment was in each year since 1990.

  • Incapacity Benefit

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) working age adults were in receipt of incapacity benefit and (b) households in each Metropolitan council area were...

  • Income Support: Mortgages

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of claim for income support mortgage interest was (i) inside and (ii) outside London in each year since 1995.

  • Income Support: Mortgages

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what rate of interest is used to calculate income support mortgage interest payments; and how this rate is determined.

  • Income Support: Mortgages

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of paying income support mortgage interest was in each year since 1995.

  • Income Support: Mortgages

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of increasing the upper limit of capital supported by income support mortgage...

  • Jobcentre Plus

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices are accessible by appointment only.

  • Jobcentre Plus: Security Guards

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices employ security staff to guard the doors of the offices; and what guidance is offered to Jobcentre Plus offices...

  • Jobcentre Plus: Telephones

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many customer access telephones are available in Jobcentre Plus offices in the UK; and how many offices do not have this facility;...

  • Jobseeker's Allowance

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance for more than 24 months in the last (a) 36 months, (b) 48 months and (c) 60 months.

  • Jobseeker's Allowance: Banks

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases jobseeker's allowance payments to single adults of £59.15 per week are being paid directly to banks to cover the bank...

  • Karian and Box

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of each contract awarded by his Department to Karian and Box since 1997.

  • Lone Parents

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 84WS on lone parents, if he will place in the Library a...

  • Nanotechnology: Safety

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the safety of nano-enabled products by UK regulatory bodies.

  • New Deal Schemes: Contracts

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 March 2008, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on the flexible new deal, (1) if he will...

  • Pension Service

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what pension forecast service the Pension Service offers; and if he will make a statement.

  • Pensions

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women in receipt of basic state pension whose husbands are in receipt of basic state pension and who...

  • Pensions: Widowed People

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that the Pension Service advises all those pensioners who are newly widowed of the range of entitlement to...

  • Post Office Card Account

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outlets are specified in the tendering documents for use by customers of the replacement Post Office Card account; what criteria have...

  • Press Offices

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year from...

  • Press Offices

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press office staff were employed by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each...

  • PROGRESS Programme

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been made available by the PROGRESS programme for UK projects.

  • Remploy (1 annotation)

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which factories have closed under the Remploy modernisation programme.

  • Social Security Benefits

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to reflect recent changes in the cost of essential goods and services in benefit entitlement.

  • Social Security Benefits: Disabled

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 April 2008, Official Report, columns 83-84WS, on disability benefits (European Court of...

  • Social Security Benefits: Lost Property

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many birth certificates his Department received for proof of identity for benefit claimants, including winter fuel payment claimants, in...

  • Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in how many cases overpayments of benefit have been reclaimed following the death of a claimant where such repayments were not mandatory...

  • Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of calls made to (a) the Pension Service, (b) the Disability and Carers Service, (c) the Benefit Enquiry Line and...

  • State Retirement Pensions

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an estimate of the percentage increase in the basic state pension which could be paid in each year between 2009-10 and 2012-13...

  • Tax Allowances: Carers

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the second adult rebate for carers to the level of the single person's discount on council...

  • Unemployment

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 66-7W, on unemployment, what the evidential basis was for the Secretary of...

  • Zurich Financial Services

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case.