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Mr. Pollard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether regulations on stakeholder pensions to require pension funds to spread charges evenly throughout the year will increase the cost of auditing such pension charges; what plans he has to amend these regulations to allow charges to be deducted on an annual or monthly basis; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McCartney: One of the key features of stakeholder pensions is the 1 per cent. charge. The calculation of the charge by reference to a daily amount is the best way of taking an average 1 per cent. of the member's fund over a year.
We have no plans to change the rules on the way that the stakeholder charge is calculated. However we are looking at the audit requirements for stakeholder pension schemes, and any changes will be announced in due course.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the costs of means-tested benefits, including housing benefit, were for (a) men over 65 and (b) women over 60 in 200102. 
Mr. McCartney: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available shows that cost of means tested benefits to people aged 60 and over for 200102 was £10.214 million.
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British Council of Disabled People,
Disability Action Northern Ireland,
RADAR (representing the Disability Charities Consortium),
Disability Rights Commission,
Northern Ireland Equality Commission,
National Council of Voluntary Organisations,
Broadcasters' Disability Network,
Trades Union Congress,
Confederation of British Industry,
Federation of Small Businesses,
Local Government Association,
The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Northern Ireland,
Department for Work and Pensions.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the organisations that he plans to consult in drawing up the national pension plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had with Ministers from other EU countries about the National Pensions Systems Plan; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. McCartney [holding answer 17 June 2002]: The Department for Work and Pensions has a range of regular contacts with organisations with an interest in pension provision and plans to use these contacts to ensure appropriate input to the preparation of the UK's national strategy report on the future of pension systems. EU member states have agreed to produce reports by September 2002, as part of an exercise to exchange information and best practice.
The report will set out measures currently in place and others that are currently planned or under consideration. A draft Joint Commission/Council Report based on the information in the reports from member states will be considered by EU Heads of State and Government at the spring European Council in 2003.
Representations have been received from organisations representing pensioners about the national strategy report process. They will have an opportunity to contribute to the process through the contacts we are arranging.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mandate of the Committee of Senior Labour Inspectors is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what
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the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement. 
The Committee of Senior Labour Inspectors (SLIC) was formally established by the European Commission in 1995 (Decision 95/319/EC) and mandated to give its opinion on all problems relating to the enforcement by member states of Community law on health and safety at work. In the last 12 months SLIC has met once in Belgium and once in Spain during their respective presidencies of the EU.
Each member state has two representatives. The UK is represented by Mr. Justin McCracken, Deputy Director General (Operations) and Dr. Adrian Ellis, Director of Field Operations both of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The latest meeting discussed progress with the SLIC work programme including the assessment of health and safety systems in EU and candidate countries, asbestos, the European campaign on health and safety in construction, future co-operation with candidate countries, health and safety aspects related to working time, and SLIC's role in the European Commission's future health and safety strategy.
SLIC is accountable to the European Commission and submits an annual report on its activities to the Commission with particular reference to any problem relating to the enforcement or monitoring of Community legislation on health and safety at work. The Commission forwards that report to the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Advisory Committee on Safety, Hygiene and Health Protection at Work.
The Advisory Committee produces an annual report which is sent to the Cabinet Office which is then passed to the House of Lords and Commons European Scrutiny Committee; HSE submits an explanatory memorandum to the Scrutiny Committee on the Advisory Committee's report.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997. 
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A comprehensive and exhaustive list of new and abolished offences could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We can however provide information about the following measures which have been enacted since 1997 by the former DETR and DTLR.
The Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 created 14 offences.
The Water Industry Act 1999 created one offence. The Local Government Act 1999 created one offence. The Greater London Authority Act 1999 created four offences.
The Transport Act 2000 created 18 offences. The Local Government Act 2000 created three offences. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 created three offences.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 200102; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years. 
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