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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his statement of 28 November, what estimate he has made of the cost of (1) administering his proposals for the long-term unemployed; 
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the transaction charges agreed with the Post Office are for handling a benefit payment at a post office counter; and how these charges have changed since 1997. 
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the level of social security spending for each year from 199697 to 200304; and if he will make a statement. 
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Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 6 December 2001]: Social security spending is under control. The rate of growth under this Government is around half that under the previous Government. Indeed, without the extra spending of around £3 billion on families and £7.5 billion on pensioners, forecast spending in 200304 would be lower in real terms than it was in 199697. We can spend more on priority groups because we have reduced the costs of social and economic failure. For example, spending on benefits for unemployed people this year will be around £4 billion less than in 199697.
(6) Figures show total expenditure on social security benefits. This includes all spending on housing and council tax benefits funded by central and local Government. The figures do not include spending on tax credits, which are the responsibility of Inland Revenue. Spending on family credit and disability working allowance, which are superseded by tax credits, is included: £2.4 billion in 199697, £2.6 billion in 199798, £2.6 billion in 199899 and £2.0 billion in 19992000 (200102 prices).
(7) Real terms figures in 200102 prices are calculated using the GDP deflator published by the Office for National Statistics on 24 September 2001.
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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2001, Official Report, column 901W, on the new deal, to the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Mr. Shaw), if he will give a breakdown by year of the new deal starts in the Government Departments and agencies concerned and indicate what proportion of total recruitment was represented by New Deal starts (a) in each case and (b) for all Government Departments and agencies. 
The table sets out the number of new deal starts by Government Department (including their agencies) by financial year. Information on the proportion this represents of the total number of employees recruited by Departments over the relevant period is not held centrally. It could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Privy Council Office||0||0||1||0||1|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||1||1||2||0||4|
|Ministry of Defence||7||88||43||8||146|
|Department for Education and Skills(9),(10)||12||77||51||6||146|
|Office for Standards in Education||1||0||0||0||1|
|Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs(11)||5||33||35||24||97|
|Export Credits Guarantee Department||4||0||0||0||4|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||3||1||5||2||11|
|Government Communications Headquarters||0||0||2||0||2|
|Department of Health||8||19||30||15||72|
|Department for International Development||0||1||6||0||7|
|Law Officers' Departments||0||10||11||2||23|
|Lord Chancellor's Department||0||21||34||9||64|
|National Assembly for Wales||5||28||3||3||39|
|Northern Ireland Office||0||11||3||0||14|
|Scottish Executive (includes Scottish Office)||12||19||33||34||98|
|Registers of Scotland||1||0||0||0||1|
|Department of Trade and Industry||22||21||26||3||72|
|Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions(11)||6||5||57||44||112|
|Health and Safety Executive||0||6||12||10||28|
|Office of the Rail Regulator||0||0||0||1||1|
|Office of Water Services (OFWAT)||0||0||1||0||1|
|Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (NDPB with effect from 1 February 2001)||0||0||1||0||1|
|Office of Government Commerce||1||0||0||0||1|
|HM Customs and Excise||1||34||77||17||129|
|Inland Revenue (includes NICO and Valuation Office Agency)||4||252||145||62||463|
|Office for National Statistics||0||10||1||0||11|
|Department for Work and Pensions(10)||356||1,758||1,177||397||3,688|
(8) To 1 October 2001
(9) One New Dealer transferred from DfES to the Home Office
(10) Five New Dealers transferred from DfES to DWP
(11) Four New Dealers transferred from DTLR to DEFRA
This table monitors the number of starts and does not reflect transfer of staff under recent machinery of government changes (see above)
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Mr. Gordon Brown: As I said at the Treasury Committee hearing on 11 December, I am today publishing a pre-Budget report document on child poverty, "Tackling Child Povertygiving every child the best possible start in life", which will inform next year's Budget and Spending Review 2002.
delivering excellent public services for all neighbourhoods and targeted interventions for those with additional needs;
supporting parents so that they can provide better support for their children; and
harnessing the power and expertise of the voluntary and community sectors, providing support for innovation and good practice and building strategic partnerships with these sectors to fight child poverty.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2001, Official Report, column 54W, on London Underground, for what reason he is unable to state what involvement officials from HM Treasury have had in the value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP; and for what reason the Office of National Statistics has not made an assessment of the accounting treatment of the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP will be carried out by London Transport in line with the relevant guidance produced by HM Treasury and the Treasury Taskforce. Treasury, DTLR and London Underground officials are in regular contact about various aspects of the PPP.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement members of the Council of Economic Advisers have had in the value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Council of Economic Advisers has had no involvement in the value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP. The value for money assessment of the London Underground PPP will be carried out by London Transport in line with the relevant guidance produced by HM Treasury and the Treasury Taskforce.
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