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Mr. Nicholas Brown: Survey evidence from the ONE evaluation found that 14 per cent. of lone parents were in work of over 16 hours a week, four to five months after having begun their claim. Further information can be found in DWP Research Report No. 156, copies of which are in the House of Commons Library.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed disabled people there were expressed (a) numerically and (b) as a percentage of the total unemployed in each month since January 1997 (i) nationally and (ii) in the south-west. 
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1. Information is from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which uses the International Labour Organisation (ILO) measure of unemployment.
2. People are ILO unemployed if they are out of work, want a job, have actively sought work in the last four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks.
3. Information is not available by month because seasonally adjusted information from the Labour Force Survey is only available once each year. Therefore, the table provides information on Great Britain and the south-west for the spring quarter of each year since 1998.
4. Information before 1998 is not comparable due to changes in the health and disability questions asked in the LFS.
LFS Spring Quarters 19982001.
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care managers (a) in vocational rehabilitation and (b) in developing appropriate (i) training and (ii) qualifications for them. 
Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 6 December 2001]: We are still establishing our strategy on the provision of a vocational rehabilitation service. We will consider the role of a care manager in any possible future service. No decision has been taken on any appropriate training and qualifications that may be needed.
Figures relate to the former Department for Social Security and the Employment Service.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: Meeting the changing needs of small businesses will be critical if we are to succeed in maintaining economic growth and providing people with greater opportunity through work. We are very keen to listen to the views and ideas of small businesses to ensure that we succeed.
The National Employer Panel is an employer-led body which provides independent advice to Ministers on the design, delivery and performance of our welfare to work services. Three of the Panel's members are from the small business sector. The Panel also has a sub-committee on small business issues.
In addition to these formal arrangements, the Department works with the small business sector through a range of initiatives and forums. Small businesses participate in the Employer Coalitions we have set up in several major cities and in the many New Deal Steering
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Malcolm Wicks: From 3 April 2000 the Home Office is responsible for supporting and accommodating asylum seekers awaiting a determination of their case. Those asylum seekers in receipt of benefits prior to 3 April 2000 continue to be eligible to claim income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit. Provisional estimates are that benefit totalling £185 million was paid to these asylum seekers during the financial year 200001.
Malcolm Wicks: From 3 April 2000 the Home Office is responsible for supporting and accommodating asylum seekers awaiting a determination of their case. Those asylum seekers in receipt of benefits prior to 3 April 2000 continue to be eligible to claim income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit. Provisional estimates are that benefit totalling £215 million was paid to asylum seekers between 1 January and 31 December 2000.
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Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Battersea receive the minimum income guarantee; and what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who are entitled to benefit from it. 
Estimates of the number of pensioners who may qualify for, but who have not claimed the MIG are not available below national level. The latest national figures on the number of people who may be entitled to the MIG are
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included in the publication "Take Up of Income Related Benefits: Statistics for 19992000", copies of which are available in the Library of both Houses.
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