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Winter Fuel Payments

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost would be of extending winter fuel payments to those families who receive disability living allowance. [78645]

Maria Eagle: We estimate that the cost of extending Winter Fuel Payments to people under 60 who are receiving any rate of Disability Living Allowance would be around #270 million a year.

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the departmental computer error affecting the entitlement to the winter fuel payment of residents in separate tenement flats at the same street number has been rectified. [80083]

Mr. McCartney: It is not a question of a computer error but one of how we determine the number of eligible occupants of tenement flats in Scotland. This year, to ensure that the correct Winter Fuel Payments are made to people living in tenements in Scotland, staff have clerically intervened in the process.

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects pensioners to receive the winter fuel allowance this winter. [80089]

Mr. McCartney: The first payments were issued on 4 November, and payments will continue to be sent out over the next few weeks. The vast majority of eligible people, including those who receive payments automatically, will receive their payment before Christmas.

Mr. Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been paid as winter fuel allowance to UK citizens living abroad since the allowance was introduced. [79156]

Mr. McCartney: To date, we have paid Winter Fuel Payments totalling #154,200 to 2,040 eligible people who are now living in an European Economic Area country other than the UK.

Pensions (Employer Contributions)

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees with personal pension plans receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0 (b) less than 3 per cent. (c) 3 to 3.9 per cent., (d) 4 to 4.9 per cent., (e) 5 to 5.9 per cent., (f) 6 to 6.9 per cent., (g) 7 to 9.9 per cent. and (h) 10 per cent. or higher (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) industry group (B) whether in the public or private sector and (C) employer size. [79959]

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Mr. McCartney: The data are not available in the form requested. However, the Employers Pension Provision Survey 2000, the fourth in a series commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, examined different types of pension arrangements in the private sector. The survey includes information on the proportion of employers who contribute to employees' personal pensions, who provide access to group personal pensions and the contribution rates that such employers make.

A copy of the report, entitled ''Employers Pension Provision Survey 2000'' by Alison Smith and Stephen McKay, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No. 163 is available in the Library.

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many employees in defined benefit occupational pension schemes receive an employer contribution into their pension of (a) 0, (b) less than 3 per cent., (c) 3 to 3.9 per cent., (d) 4 to 4.9 per cent., (e) 5 to 5.9 per cent., (f) 6 to 6.9 per cent., (g) 7 to 9.9 per cent., and (h) 10 per cent. or higher (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) industry group, (B) whether in the public or private sector and (C) employer size; [79957]

Mr. McCartney: Information on contributions to defined contribution occupational pension schemes and deferred benefit occupational pension scheme was collected as part of the Government Actuary Department's Occupational Pension Scheme Survey 2000, preliminary results from which were published recently.

A full breakdown of results in the form requested not available at this time. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible with a full breakdown of the results and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Recruitment (Over-50s)

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of new recruits to his Department in the past two years were aged 50 and over. [79300]

Mr. McCartney: The complete information requested is not readily available. Such information as is available is in the table.

Percentage of new recruits aged 50 or over

PeriodTotal new entrantsNew entrants over 50Percentage
01–04–00—30–09–0054964227.7Ex ES
01–10–00—31–03–01285740414.1Ex DSS
52234698.8Ex ES
Total for Period808087310.8
01–04–01—31–03–0213124159412.1Ex DSS
87587328.4Ex ES
Total for period21882232610.6
01–04–02—31–10–028439103712.3Ex DSS
26912148Ex ES
Total for Period11130125111.2

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Telephone Helplines

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the telephone helplines run by his Department and its agencies including (a) the relevant telephone numbers and (b) how many calls each helpline has received in each of the last 12 months. [74729]

Mr. McCartney: The following tables list: the numbers of calls received for each of the last 12 months by each helpline run by the Department for Work and Pensions for which figures are collected centrally; and the published telephone numbers for each of these centres.

HelplineDWP Public enquiry OfficeBA & ES Chief Executive Helpline(22)Chief Executive's helpline Jobcentre Plus(23)Chief Executive's Helpline The Pension Service(23)Employer Direct(24)Jobseeker DirectNational Benefit Fraud Hotline
Telephone Number(s)020 7712 2171Discontinued020 7273 60600113 232 41430845 601 20010845 6060 2340800 854 440

HelplineChild Benefit Enquiry Line(25)CSA National enquiry LineCSA Midlands Customer Help LineCSA South Eastern CHLCSA Eastern CHLCSA South Western CHLCSA Wales North West CHLCSA Scotland and North East CHL
Telephone Number(s)08701 555540/08701 5555010845 713 313308457 131 00008457 134 00008457 132 00008457 137 00008457 138 00008457 136 000

HelplineInternational Pension CentrePension DirectRetirement Pension TeleclaimsRetirement Pension Forecasting Team(26)Minimum income Guarantee ClaimlineBenefit Enquiry LineDLA AA
Telephone Number(s)0191 218 77770845 301 30110845 300 10840845 300 0168/0191 22 875850800 02811110800 88220008457 123456


(22) Closed in March upon the foundation of Jobcentre Plus and The Pension Service.

(23) Opened in April following the formation of Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service.

(24) Employer Direct—The 11 centres were established incrementally mainly during 2001. Meaningful national figures are only available from January 2002.

(25) The first of the two telephone numbers shown is in widest use.

(26) The first of the two telephone numbers shown was introduced recently but the second number is still used widely.

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