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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to amend regulations to provide benefits to survivors of domestic violence subject to the one year immigration rule; 
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marriage has broken down due to domestic violence, it can apply a concession to the one year immigration rule, giving the victim indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, and therefore access to the benefits system.
We have no plans to introduce regulations to give people who are subject to the one year immigration rule access to benefits before the Home Office has considered the particular circumstances of a case and has proof of domestic violence. To do so would undermine the general principle that those who are subject to immigration control have no access to the benefits system.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 23 April 2002, Official Report, column 202W, on the verification framework, if he will place a copy of 'The Cost of the Verification Framework', DSS Operational Research, Analytical Services Division 2A, published in April 2001, in the Library. 
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has in place to educate benefits claimants regarding the use of automated credit transfer when it is introduced for payments in 2003. 
Malcolm Wicks: Poverty is a complex multi- dimensional issue, affecting many aspects of children's livesincluding income, health, housing, the quality of their environment and opportunities to learn. There is therefore no single measure of the number of families with children that have moved out of poverty in the Glasgow, Cathcart constituency.
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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the questions regarding SchlumbergerSema and his plans to publish the Department's report on medical services' performance against quality targets tabled on 1 May. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. 
Malcolm Wicks: The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security and parts of the Department for Education and Employment. The data requested are included in the table. Consultation documents are issued directly to interested parties which the Department recognises have a special interest in the issue. In accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice they are also published on the departmental and UK online websites.
|Title of consultation||Number of respondents||Percentage of those specifically consulted who responded|
|Amending the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979||13||15|
|Occupational Pension Scheme Winding up Notices and Reports (etc.) Regulations 2001||29||51.7|
|Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Amendment Regulations 2001||17||30|
|Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Contracting-out)draft miscellaneous amending regulations||75||47|
|Changes to Invalid Care Allowance||133||30|
|The Minimum Funding Requirement: The next stage of reform. Consultation on the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Minimum Funding Requirement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2001||140||19|
|Private Pensions Simplification||119||53|
|Bulk transfer of accrued pensions rights without member consent||19||43|
|Revised code of practice for gathering of information as required in Social Security Fraud Act 2001||1||1|
|Consultation exercise on Pension Scheme Trustees, Independent Custodians and Encouraging Shareholder Activism||102||(37)20 (38)32 (39)1|
|Member nominated trustees and directors||22||30|
(39) Northern Ireland
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list for each NDPB and agency sponsored by his Department (a) the maximum retirement age adopted for most employees and (b) their practice on not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department enforces a maximum retirement age for most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age. 
Mr. McCartney: Civil Service equal opportunities policy provides that all eligible people must have equality of opportunity for employment and advancement on the basis of their suitability for the work. There must be no unfair discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, or (in Northern Ireland) community background.
All L/C in DWP, below the Senior Civil Service, are able to choose to remain in employment beyond the age of 60 for any period of time up to the age of 65. Staff over age 60 are subject to the same terms and conditions as staff under age 60. No special reviews of performance are applied.
The Department's flexible approach to age retirement allows staff to continue to work in their current grade and, subject to business need, to seek promotion to a higher grade or voluntarily to downgrade. Subject to business need staff may also choose to work full or part time.
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