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Ministerial Corrections
01 March 2010
Volume 506

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 1 March 2010

Work and Pensions

Jobcentre Plus: Compensation

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many compensation payments Jobcentre Plus have made through their Special Payment Scheme in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) the Highlands and (d) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in each of the last three years; and how much was paid out in each area in each of those years.

[Official Report, 13 January 2010, Vol. 503, c. 1033W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Jim Knight:

Errors have been identified in the reply given by the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus to the written answer given to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on 13 January 2010.

The correct answer should have been: [307149]

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The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Darra Singh:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking how many compensation payments Jobcentre Plus has made through their Special Payment Scheme in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) the Highlands and (d) Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in each of the last three years; and how much was paid out in each area in each of those years. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The Jobcentre Plus Special Payments Scheme is part of a wider scheme operated by the Department for Work and Pensions. Details are contained in the Financial Redress for Maladministration Guide, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library.

The data below provide the information you requested in relation to (a) Great Britain (DWP does not administrate payments in Northern Ireland), and (b) Scotland.

(a) The number of compensation payments made across the GB and how much was paid out.

GB special payments

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Compensation payments made

5,135

4,343

7,389

Amount paid (£)

1,778,407

1,664,092

2,489,442

(b) The number of compensation payments made across Scotland and how much was paid out.

Scotland special payments

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Compensation payments made

258

280

470

Amount paid (£)

94,063

58,134

168,510

I am not in a position to provide a response to Questions (c) & (d) as we do not hold data in that format.

Cabinet Office

Iraq Committee of Inquiry: Mass Media

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what arrangements are in place for the provision of footage obtained from the broadcast pool camera at the Iraq Inquiry to news agencies and news providers; [314411]

(2) if she will make it her policy to ensure that all video news agencies providers have access to low-resolution footage from the broadcast pool camera at the Iraq Inquiry.

[Official Report, 9 February 2010, Vol. 505, c. 894-95W.]

Letter of correction from Tessa Jowell:

Errors have been identified in the response give to the hon. Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford (Mr. Whittingdale) on 9 February 2010, relating to the cost and availability of broadcasts from the Iraq inquiry.

The correct answer should have been:

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The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the broadcast footage of the Iraq inquiry. The UK Broadcasting Pool, a partnership between the BBC, Sky News and ITN, is responsible for distributing footage from their cameras in the inquiry's hearing room. Other broadcasters would need to make arrangements with the pool, not the Government or the inquiry. There is already an agreement to provide footage to all Iraqi broadcasters at reduced cost.

The Cabinet Office, as the sponsoring Department for the inquiry, has a contract with the pool to receive footage for use on the Iraq inquiry website, which can be viewed by the public for free.

Departmental Computer Software

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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her policy is in respect of the installation and use of (a) Internet Explorer, (b) Firefox and (c) Opera website browsers by Government departments.

[Official Report, 24 February 2010, Vol. 506, c. 603W.]

Letter of correction from Angela E. Smith:

Errors have been identified in the response given to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) on 24 February 2010. The words “such as Firefox and Opera” and “such as Internet Explorer” were incorrectly included in the answer.

The correct answer should have been: [318248]

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Government policy regarding installation and use of web browsers is that all decisions must be in line with value for money requirements. In addition, the Open Source, Open Standards, Re-use strategy requires Departments to consider open source browsers on a level basis with proprietary browsers.

The strategy can be found at:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/318020/open_source.pdf