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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards, (b) Christmas decorations and (c) Christmas parties in each year since 1997. (39181)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005. (46482)

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in 2002. The Department does not co-ordinate the purchase and distribution of Christmas cards centrally. However details on the cost of cards sent by Ministers, the Permanent Secretary and other areas of the Department can be found in the following table. Figures provided prior to 2005 in respect of other areas of the Department are based on the available information but may be under-estimates.

Cost (£)

Ministers

Permanent Secretary

Other areas

2002

11,695

0

2003

1,502

229

668

2004

1,649

210

777

2005

1,573

351

1,187

1 Breakdown not available.

Christmas cards are also sent out by the Department’s Executive Agencies, and I have asked the respective chief executives of these agencies to write to the hon. Members separately. A copy of their letters will be placed in the Library.

No expenditure was incurred on Christmas decorations in any year since the Department was formed.

Expenditure on Christmas parties was as follows:

Ministers and Permanent Secretary Christmas party

£

Cost to DWP1

Cost

2002

2

2003

94

326

2004

79

320

2005

72

217

1 The Department only paid for approximately one third of the total cost. The Secretary of State and the Permanent Secretary paid personally for the remainder of the total cost reflecting broadly the proportion of external guests invited. 2 Information not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual expenditure on training and development by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other public body for which he is responsible in (A) Scotland, (B) Wales, (C) each of the English regions and (D) Northern Ireland was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005-06. (39989)

The following tables show the total expenditure for staff training and development for DWP, its agencies and its associate bodies at a national level. Full information by region is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Training and Development expenditure for DWP 2002-03 to 2005-06

£ million

2002-03

132.3

2003-04

175.43

2004-05

200.6

2005-06

87.51

1 Information for 2005-06 is incomplete.

Training and Development expenditure for DWP’s agencies 2002-03 to 2005-06

£ million

Agencies

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Jobcentre plus

78.4

74.3

129.1

37.7

The pension service

32.0

38.6

19.7

24.1

Disability and carers’ service

21.9

10.4

9.7

5.3

Child support agency

24.0

21.6

6.8

The appeals service

0.6

2.1

n/a

The rent service1

0.797

0.814

0.869

n/a

1 Information taken from the Rent Service Business Plan 2005-2006.

The categories of data gathered during this period have changed, limiting the usefulness of any year by year comparison. In addition to formal training, staff are developed in a variety of other ways including e-learning, coaching, and mentoring in the work place. All these learning interventions are now reflected in the investment figures. Records have therefore become more accurate and comprehensive resulting in the apparent increase shown.

Training and Development Expenditure for non departmental public bodies (NDPB’s)

£

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Disability Employment Advisory Committee (DEAC)

n/a

2,000

2,000

Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board (DLAAB)

Disability Rights Commission (DRC)

210,472

205,511

203,124

1419,000

Health & Safety Commission (HSC) and Health and Safety Executive

5,200,000

4,700,000

3,900,000

14,600,000

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (MAC)

0

0

0

0

Independent Living Funds (ILF)

58,016

46,773

126,430

1142,310

National Employment Panel (NEP)

3,013

16,079

38,891

111,338

Pensions Ombudsman (PO)

27,800

5,100

7,200

114,000

Private Pensions Fund (PPF)

n/a

n/a

n/a

1130,000

Remploy Ltd.

4,700,000

6,200,000

7,300,000

16,200,000

Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)

0

0

0

0

The Pensions Regular (TPR)

n/a

n/a

n/a

1793,000

Training and Development Expenditure for associate bodies (i.e. other public bodies for which the Secretary of State is responsible

£

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Independent Review Service & Social Fund Commissioner (IRS SFC)

19,902

18,245

26,284

1, 244,912

Motability

35,792

55,446

32,931

165,000

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)

15,067

4,714

20,141

119,000

1 Planned expenditure.

2 This includes the costs of external training providers. It does not include staff costs for training or the costs of in-house trainers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on salaries paid to civil servants in each year since 1997. (41581)

The information is in the following table.

Salaries paid to civil servants

£000

Year ending 31 March

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Benefits agency

1,016,270

1,000,897

1,035,114

1,056,033

991,199

The pension service

207,556

309,238

292,785

Contributions agency

118,131

117,455

Child support agency

120,692

108,053

116,690

133,306

148,654

169,193

176,694

184,242

Veterans agency

15,895

13,580

14,214

15,351

15,261

Jobcentre plus

1,419,939

1,388,633

1,454,555

Disability and carers

48,482

The appeals service

17,949

22,336

22,342

21,203

18,902

19,884

20,527

20,758

Corporate

37,449

47,707

52,582

74,471

237,642

418,983

413,192

401,901

Total

1,326,386

1,310,028

1,240,942

1,300,364

1,411,658

2,235,555

2,308,284

2,402,723

Percentage movement

-1.2

-5.6

4.6

7.9

36.9

3.2

3.9

plus

Employment service

450,015

478,533

504,251

538,755

595,878

less

Veterans’ agency

(15,895)

(13,580)

(14,214)

(15,351)

(15,261)

Total (incl ES & excl. VA)

1,792,296

1,802,141

1,759,407

1,854,470

2,022,797

2,235,555

2,308,284

2,402,723

Percentage movement

0.5

-2.4

5.1

8.3

9.5

3.2

3.9

Notes:

Listed above are the salaries paid to civil servants, in the years stated, by agency. The figures exclude NI contributions, superannuation, bonuses, short term circumstances (e.g. deputising allowances) and staff on short term promotion. The first total includes all the agencies in the OWP (formally DSS) and therefore The veterans’ agency (formally war pensions) is included but the employment service is excluded up to March 2002. This produces a large increase (36.9 per cent.) in 2002-03 when ES became part of the DWP. The second total includes ES and excludes war pensions from 1997-98 and therefore reduces the effect of the agency movements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public consultations his Department undertook in 2005; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation. (72862)

As part of its policy development activity, the Department for Work and Pensions ran six formal public consultation exercises in 2005. The consultation process involved not only the formal consultation document, but also ongoing dialogue with stakeholders. The precise cost of this consultation activity is not collated on a central basis and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Formal public consultation papers, summaries of replies, and Government’s responses, are available at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2005/index.asp.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff from his Department attended the Civil Service Islamic Society Eid-ul-Adha event in London in 2005; and what the total cost was to his Department of their attendance. (73102)

My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will write to the hon. Member with details of the Civil Service Islamic Society Eid-ul-Adha event. Copies of her letter will be placed in the Library.