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228236
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Diesel Fuel: Health Hazards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the health problems caused by exposure to diesel fumes at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228022 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>Occupational exposure to Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEEs) is subject to the provisions of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).</p><p> </p><p>These provisions require employers to prevent exposure to hazardous substances or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately control it.</p><p> </p><p>The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance for both employers and employees, giving practical advice on how employers should control exposure to DEEEs in the workplace.</p><p> </p><p>HSE is also undertaking research to better understand the current exposure profile of workers in GB, including assessing the impact of changes in fuel and engine technology on occupational exposures to DEEEs.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:00:45.403Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:00:45.403Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228237
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Radiation: Health Hazards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has produced on the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to solar radiation at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228023 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>Guidance on the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to solar radiation at work can be found on the following page of the Health and Safety Executive’s website:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease/cancer/solar-radiation.htm" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease/cancer/solar-radiation.htm</a>”</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:05:26.347Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:05:26.347Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228238
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Carcinogens more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost to the UK economy of carcinogen exposure at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228024 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>HSE currently publish estimates of the total cost to the economy of occupational injuries and ill health arising from current working conditions. These totals do not include the costs of long latency diseases, such as occupational cancer, which are due to past working conditions. To address this gap, HSE is currently finalising estimates of the economic costs of occupational cancer in Great Britain. This research will value the impacts to individuals, employers, taxpayers and society as a whole from cases of work-related cancer diagnosed each year, and these estimates will be the first of their kind in the world. HSE will publish the results of this research in summer 2015.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:08:22.993Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:08:22.993Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228321
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on research into possible links between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and employment in heavy industry. more like this
tabling member constituency Wansbeck more like this
tabling member printed
Ian Lavery more like this
uin 228245 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>The principal cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is smoking, but there is extensive international research which confirms that past exposures to fumes, chemicals and dusts at work will have also contributed to causing many currently occurring cases.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions is advised about the risks of occupational diseases, including COPD, by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) in the context of social security benefits. IIAC is an independent scientific advisory body that reviews research literature and makes recommendations to Ministers about which diseases and exposures should be covered by the Industrial Injuries Scheme. IIAC has reviewed the occupational risks of COPD on four separate occasions, which included consideration of the risks in certain heavy industries (e.g. coal mining, hard rock mining and welding). In 2004, IIAC commissioned research to review the scientific literature about the risks of COPD from exposures encountered during work, including in heavy industry. IIAC’s reports are available on <a href="http://www.gov.uk/iiac" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/iiac</a> or by contacting the IIAC Secretariat.</p><p> </p><p>The available published research – most of which is not UK-based – implicates various agents and occupational groups as being associated with an increased risk of COPD. Coal dust exposure through mining activities is an established cause of the disease. Epidemiological studies have also identified associations between a number of other occupational exposures which are associated with heavy industry, such as other mineral dusts (e.g. respirable crystalline silica), organic dusts and certain chemicals, fumes and combustion products.</p><p> </p><p>The Health and Safety Executive has also commissioned further research to clarify the extent to which occupational factors have contributed to the burden of COPD in Great Britain. This research is currently underway and is expected to report in 2016.</p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T16:55:49.317Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
4139
label Biography information for Ian Lavery more like this
228345
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Blackpool more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b) Blackpool local authority area have applied for personal independence payments; and how many of those have received a decision on that application. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 228255 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>Information on registration, clearances and awards at Parliamentary Constituency and Local Authority level are published on a quarterly basis as part of our official statistics release, which can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/personal-independence-payment-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/personal-independence-payment-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p>The information requested can be found in the data tables that accompany each release. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/412878/tables-pip-statistics-apr-2013-to-jan-2015.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/412878/tables-pip-statistics-apr-2013-to-jan-2015.xls</a></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:02:17.207Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:02:17.207Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
227957
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Fraud more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who have committed benefit fraud whose cases were not prosecuted in court (a) have repaid, (b) are repaying, (c) are in arrears with repayments of and (d) have been subsequently prosecuted for breaching their agreement to repay those benefits and any financial penalties in each of the last three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Bedford more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Fuller more like this
uin 227946 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>This information is not readily accessible within the time available.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T17:55:06.243Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T17:55:06.243Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
3912
label Biography information for Richard Fuller more like this
227959
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Mesothelioma: Compensation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending compensation to children who have been exposed to asbestos as a result of contact with parents who have mesothelioma. more like this
tabling member constituency Torridge and West Devon more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
uin 227876 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>Children exposed to asbestos from their parents can already receive compensation in their own right if they are suffering from Diffuse Mesothelioma under Part 4: Lump Sum Payments: Mesothelioma etc., of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T14:41:46.99Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T14:41:46.99Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
1508
label Biography information for Mr Geoffrey Cox more like this
228242
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment Schemes: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the progress and effectiveness of the Disability Confident campaign in Lancashire. more like this
tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Stephenson more like this
uin 228043 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Employers and wider society both benefit from recruiting more disabled people. Disability Confident is a campaign to help employers discover for themselves the talents and value that disabled people bring to business.</p><p> </p><p>Launched in July 2013 by the Prime Minister, supported by business leaders and disability employment organisations, Disability Confident sets out the business case for those employers unsure about the benefits of employing disabled people. It overcomes the fear factor for those employers worried about the logistics or afraid of saying the wrong thing, and emphasises the support available for employers. It highlights the great work that employers are already doing and encourages others to join in.</p><p> </p><p>Disability Confident is a partnership approach – a business-to-business dialogue. Partners learn from each other about how to become disability confident, with support from Government and disability organisations.</p><p> </p><p>In the first year of the Disability Confident campaign we held seven regional events across the UK, reaching more than 1,100 employers, including a well-attended event in Manchester.</p><p> </p><p>In July 2014 we launched a toolkit for MPs – so they can bring together employers and disabled people in their own constituencies.</p><p> </p><p>We look forward to employers throughout Lancashire attending these local events, learning from and supporting each other, and becoming more Disability Confident.</p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T09:42:29.143Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T09:42:29.143Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
228348
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-18more like thismore than 2015-03-18
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment Schemes: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of (a) the review to Government by Liz Sayce titled Getting in, staying in and getting on, published in June 2011 and (b) the expert panel chaired by Mike Adams in 2013 on Access to Work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228188 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>The Government confirmed in March 2012 that it accepted the overall recommendation in the Sayce Review to focus resources on tailored personalised support for individuals through services like Access to Work, rather than “one size fits all” institutions and programmes, so that we could significantly increase the number of disabled people who could be supported to access the labour market.</p><p> </p><p>The Written Ministerial Statement on Access to Work published on 12 March 2015 sets out proposals to address two key recommendations of the Sayce Review with respect to developing online functionality and personal budgets.</p><p> </p><p>The Sayce recommendations on Remploy have been implemented.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Esther McVey MP issued two Written Statements on 19 November 2012 and 16 July 2013 setting out changes arising from the work of the expert panel chaired by Mike Adams. I can confirm that all the changes announced in those statements have been implemented so that individuals have the facility to:</p><p>· have a fast-track assessment process for individuals who already know their support requirements;</p><p>· transfer equipment between employers;</p><p>· have a pre-existing disabled students allowance assessment considered in determining support;</p><p>· have accesses to travel buddies, travel training, or adaptations to a vehicle to promote independent travel and have this reflected in award letters agreeing travel support;</p><p>· receive support via New Enterprise Allowance;</p><p>· receive up-front payments where customers need this in some circumstances;</p><p>· have some tolerances built into their awards.</p><p> </p><p>We also:</p><p>· removed a standard list of equipment that Access to Work would not fund;</p><p>· removed cost share for small business;</p><p>· provided funding for Disabled People’s user led organisations to promote the service and provide peer support;</p><p>· ran a targeted marketing campaign; and</p><p>· extended support to traineeships, sector-based work academies, supported internships and self-directed work experience.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T10:53:42.853Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T10:53:42.853Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228673
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the change has been in the amount of (a) employment and support allowance and (b) other incapacity benefit paid in each month since May 2013. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228514 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>The information is in the table.</p><p> </p><p>Monthly incapacity benefits expenditure, May 2013 to January 2015</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>£ million, nominal</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Employment and Support Allowance</p></td><td><p>Other incapacity benefits</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2013</p></td><td><p>794</p></td><td><p>357</p></td><td><p>1,151</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 2013</p></td><td><p>801</p></td><td><p>317</p></td><td><p>1,118</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July 2013</p></td><td><p>850</p></td><td><p>299</p></td><td><p>1,149</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>August 2013</p></td><td><p>872</p></td><td><p>280</p></td><td><p>1,152</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>September 2013</p></td><td><p>860</p></td><td><p>251</p></td><td><p>1,112</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October 2013</p></td><td><p>913</p></td><td><p>241</p></td><td><p>1,155</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>November 2013</p></td><td><p>904</p></td><td><p>213</p></td><td><p>1,116</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>December 2013</p></td><td><p>940</p></td><td><p>200</p></td><td><p>1,141</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January 2014</p></td><td><p>970</p></td><td><p>181</p></td><td><p>1,151</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>February 2014</p></td><td><p>897</p></td><td><p>148</p></td><td><p>1,045</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2014</p></td><td><p>985</p></td><td><p>156</p></td><td><p>1,141</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>April 2014</p></td><td><p>981</p></td><td><p>156</p></td><td><p>1,138</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2014</p></td><td><p>1,031</p></td><td><p>155</p></td><td><p>1,186</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 2014</p></td><td><p>1,006</p></td><td><p>142</p></td><td><p>1,147</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July 2014</p></td><td><p>1,058</p></td><td><p>128</p></td><td><p>1,186</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>August 2014</p></td><td><p>1,073</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>1,195</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>September 2014</p></td><td><p>1,061</p></td><td><p>112</p></td><td><p>1,173</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October 2014</p></td><td><p>1,104</p></td><td><p>112</p></td><td><p>1,215</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>November 2014</p></td><td><p>1,070</p></td><td><p>103</p></td><td><p>1,173</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>December 2014</p></td><td><p>1,132</p></td><td><p>102</p></td><td><p>1,234</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January 2015</p></td><td><p>1,135</p></td><td><p>97</p></td><td><p>1,231</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Notes</p><p> </p><p>1) Totals may not sum, because of rounding.</p><p>2) Other incapacity benefits comprise Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support on grounds of incapacity for work.</p><p>3) Figures are for total benefit expenditure paid to claimants, and therefore do not include benefit recoveries and accounting adjustments. They are, however, consistent with figures that are net of these adjustments and shown in the tables published at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2015" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2015</a>.</p><p>4) Annual uprating of benefits by a mix of 1% and the Consumer Prices Index (2.7%) increases spending from April 2014, though this is masked by the fact that April has fewer days than March, and that increases do not occur at the start of April.</p><p>5) The main reason for month-on-month variations is the number of days in the month.</p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-03-24T17:57:12.317Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T17:57:12.317Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this