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Seasonally adjusted

UK

October to December 2006

603,000

October to December 2007

676,000

September to November 2008

562,000

Source: Vacancy Survey, ONS

Vacancies: East Riding

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement. [254291]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 4 February 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

Table 1: Number of job vacancies( 1) recorded in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Great Britain, compared with UK total estimate
Not seasonally adjusted

East Riding of Yorkshire Great Britain

December 2008

650

271,011

(1) Job vacancies for East Riding of Yorkshire and Great Britain are live unfilled vacancies from the Jobcentre Plus administrative data. These are not consistent with the UK estimate of total vacancies, from the ONS Vacancy Survey.
Source:
Jobcentre Plus Administrative Data

Seasonally adjusted—UK

September to November 2008

562,000

Source:
Vacancy Survey, ONS

Vocational Training

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps the Government has taken to provide training opportunities for people aged over 25 years. [253247]

Mr. Simon: I have been asked to reply.

People aged over 25 are eligible for all Government supported training for adults including apprenticeships. 27,200 adults aged 25 and over started an apprenticeship in 2007-08 and 16,800 between August and October in 2008-09. The Government are currently investing £4.5 billion in adult skills, through Train to Gain, Skills for Life and other work related training. There is now a legal right for all adults to get training up to national vocational qualification level 2 if they do not already have a qualification at this level.

The Department is also working with DWP to create a joined up employment and skills system that gives low-skilled and unemployed adults the skills and support they need to find sustained employment. The Employability Skills Programme has been designed to meet the complex needs of Jobcentre Plus customers, and Local Employment Partnerships aim to open up opportunities for people on benefits who are often overlooked in the labour market. The Government are making a reality of our commitment to integrate the employment and skills systems. The aim is that all of those out of work will get the help they need to address their skills needs, find employment and progress in work through continued skills development.

Winter Fuel Payments

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions those living within the postcodes BB1, BB4, BB5 and BB6 areas have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008. [251195]

Kitty Ussher: A cold weather payment is made to an eligible customer if the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0°C or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the customer's postcode.

Eligible customers living in the postcodes BB1, BB4, BB5 and BB6 have qualified for cold weather payments twice since 1 October 2008 (based on the temperature criterion having been met up to 28 January 2009).

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions people
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living in postcode areas BB18, BB8 and BB9 have qualified for cold weather payments since 1 October 2008. [251703]

Kitty Ussher: A cold weather payment is made to an eligible customer if the average temperature has been recorded as, or is forecast to be, 0°C or below over seven consecutive days at the weather station linked to the customer's postcode.

Eligible customers living in the postcodes BB18, BB8 and BB9 have qualified for cold weather payments twice since 1 October 2008 (based on the temperature criterion having been met up to 28 January 2009).

Winter Fuel Payments: Maladministration

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cold weather payments have been paid in error in each year since the introduction of cold weather payments, broken down by reasons for error; and at what cost to the public purse the payments were made. [249448]

Kitty Ussher: Cold weather payments commenced in November 1988 but records are available only from the year 1999-2000 onwards.

While we do not hold the exact information requested in the PQ, the Department is able to provide summarised information that was reported in the Department for Work and Pensions Accounts from 1999-2000 to 2007-08 inclusive. During this period, cold weather payments totalling £87.382 million were paid out with £2,155.00 reported as being overpaid and the amount written off falling just below £1,000.00

The value of error in each year since 1999-2000
£

Value of new cold weather payment overpayments Value of new cold weather payment overpayment write-offs in year

1999-2000

450.00

0.00

2000-01

258.50

8.50

2001-02

322.00

221.00

2002-03

1,067.50

416.50

2003-04

0

263.50

2004-05

34.00

17.00

2005-06

17.00

25.50

2006-07

17.00

17.00

2007-08

117.00

0.00

Total

2,155.00

969.00

Note:
Amounts may not be written off in the year in which the error occurs.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Adult Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Reading West of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 594W, on vocational training: finance, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of learners aged 25 years and over in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06. [254451]


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Mr. Simon [holding answer 5 February 2009]: The target audience for the Skills for Life strategy is adults in England with literacy and/or numeracy skills below Level 2 and this includes learners aged 25 years and over. The increase in the number of Skills for Life (literacy, language and numeracy) learners aged 25 years and over (and in all other age groups) in 2004-05 and 2005-06 was part of our Skills for Life strategy to improve the basic skills of 2.25 million adults between 2001 and 2010.

The strategy is based around boosting demand, ensuring capacity, raising standards and increasing learner achievement. The boosting demand element included work with employers to raise awareness of the issue and the successful 'Get On' campaign to encourage individuals to improve their skills. DIUS is refreshing its Skills for Life strategy and will soon be publishing a delivery document.

Apprentices

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprenticeships there were in the public sector at 1 January 2009; and if he will make a statement. [255511]

Mr. Simon: In Quarter 3 2008, there were just under 10,000 people of working age(1) studying towards an apprenticeship in the public sector. This represents around 7 per cent. of those working age people in England studying towards an apprenticeship.

These data are taken from the most recent quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) which covers the period July to September (2008). Data up to 31 December 2008 will be available from 11 February.

Apprentices: Cleveland

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many new (a) apprenticeships and (b) training places will be made available for the people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the next 12 months. [252552]

Mr. Simon: Information on projected apprenticeship volumes is available at national level only.

Table 1 shows FE and Skills participation for Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland local authorities in 2007/08, the latest year for which we have fully audited information. This information is also available on the Data Service website, and was released alongside the post-16 education statistical first release, which was published on 18 December 2008:

This information by parliamentary constituency is not available.


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Table 1: FE and skills participation, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland local authorities, 2007/08 (provisional)
Age
Local authority 16-18 19+ All learners

Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland

4,400 4,800

10,600 12,000

15,000 16,900

Notes:
1. Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. These figures include FE, University for Industry, WBL (including apprenticeships, Entry to Employment), Train to Gain and Adult Safeguarded Learning.
3. Final 2007/08 data will be published in March 2009.
4. This table uses learner volumes as a measure for comparative purposes. Full-year numbers are a count of the number of learners that participated at any point during the year.
5. Learners that are included in different data collections e.g. a learner undertaking an apprenticeship and a Train to Gain qualification, will be counted twice in this table.
6. Age is calculated based upon age as at 31 August of the academic year.
7. Local authority is based on the learner's home postcode.

Cumbria University: Finance

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much funding his Department has provided to help establish and develop the University of Cumbria; [255035]

(2) how much funding his Department is making available to continue the development of the University of Cumbria over the next three years. [255036]

Mr. Lammy: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has provided £10.3 million through its Strategic Development Fund to establish the University of Cumbria over a period of four years from 2007-08. In addition the university has received annual grant funding of £18,864,672 in 2007-08, and £19,584,615 in 2008-09. Grant allocations for 2009-10 will be announced by HEFCE in March.

Departmental Air Travel

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 527W, and pursuant
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to the answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, column 1055W, on departmental air travel, if he will place in the Library the figures for the distance of air travel carbon offset in 2007-08 for his Department, broken down by (a) domestic, (b) short-haul and (c) long-haul flights. [250571]

Mr. Simon: The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) was created as a result of the machinery of government changes in June 2007. The Department's predecessors DfES (now DCSF—Department for Children Schools and Families) and DTI (now BERR—Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) provide travel bookings for DIUS. The number of air miles used to calculate the departmental payment for the 2007-08 for DIUS provided by BERR was:

Miles

(a) Domestic

27,560

(b) Short haul

140,286

(c) Long haul

285,096


The number of air miles used to calculate the departmental payment for 2007-08 for DIUS provided by DCSF was included in the DCSF return because figures could not be separated for this period. To separate this data would involve disproportionate cost.

Departmental ICT

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department since its inception; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. [251376]

Mr. Simon: From our records, the following ICT projects have been initiated by the Department and its agencies. Only projects where either the initial estimated or outturn cost is greater than £200,000 have been listed.

Project (a) Initial estimated cost (b) Initial delivery date (i) outturn cost (ii) completion date Contractors Total paid (£)

DIUS UnlTE Project (ICT services contract)

1,700,000

February 2008

1,700,000

February 2008

Fujitsu

1,700,000

DIUS website redevelopment

425,000

March 2009

n/a

n/a

Atticmedia

38,000

Eduserv

Nil

Patents Electronic Case File System

3,800,000

March 2008

3,100,000

March 2008

n/a

3,100,000

Fast Track Trade Mark Application

290,000

April 2008

270,000

April 2008

n/a

270,000


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