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Written Answers

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 31 January 2008

Electoral Commission Committee

Road Traffic Offences

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. (183356)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not hold a record of this information, that it does not own any vehicles, and that it encourages staff to use public transport when travelling on official business.

Duchy of Lancaster

10 Downing Street: Archives

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the Civil Service grade is of the person responsible for decisions on what to archive from the No 10 Press Office; (181082)

(2) what his Department’s policy is on (a) destroying, (b) retaining and (c) archiving files in the Press Office at No 10 Downing Street.

It is Cabinet Office policy, in line with other Departments across Whitehall, to select files for permanent preservation in accordance with records management guidance issued by the National Archives (TNA). Further details of this guidance can be found on the TNA’s website at:

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records_management

Crimes of Violence: Females

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what considerations the Families at Risk Review gave to measures to combat violence against women; (182677)

(2) what meetings he has held since 27 June 2007 with representatives of (a) rape crisis centres, (b) women’s refuges, (c) sexual assault referral centres, (d) prostitution, trafficking and sexual exploitation support services and (e) other third sector organisations dealing with violence against women;

(3) what research the Social Exclusion Task Force has conducted on the issue of violence against women; and what steps the Social Exclusion Task Force has taken to develop measures to prevent violence against women.

The Families At Risk Review identified domestic violence as a parent-based risk factor that could impact on children in its interim analytical report published in June 2007. A literature review considered several family risk factors in detail, including domestic violence, and a focus group was held with mothers who had experienced domestic violence.

This work will continue to be taken forward across Government to ensure that ‘think family’ becomes embedded across Whitehall and at a local level.

Ministers and civil servants meet many people as part of the process of policy development and advice. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.

Departmental ICT: Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in the Cabinet Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (181400)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: The information requested is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Pay

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in his Office earned over £100,000 in each year since 1997. (167199)

The number of staff earning over £100,000 in the Cabinet Office in each year since 1997 are as follows:

Year (financial)

Number of staff earning over £100,000 in each year

1997-98

*

1998-99

*

1999-2000

10

2000-01

10

2001-02

20

2002-03

20

2003-04

30

2004-05

40

2005-06

30

2006-07

30

Notes:

1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10

2. Numbers less than 5 have been represented by *

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. (183194)

The information requested for the Cabinet Office is not readily available and may not be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.

Departmental Records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for the transfer of the files of the former Deputy Prime Minister’s Office to the National Archives. (181334)

The files of the former Deputy Prime Minister’s Office will be transferred to the National Archives by 2037 in accordance with section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958 which calls for records to be transferred by the time they are 30-years-old.

Emergency Services: Call Centres

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many emergency services call centre staff are on Civil Service pay grade AA, broken down by emergency service, including coastguard; (183342)

(2) how many members of staff work at emergency services call centres, broken down by emergency service, including coastguard.

Higher Civil Servants: Females

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Senior Civil Service staff employed at No 10 Downing Street are female; and what percentage they represent of all staff. (182787)

For these purposes No. 10 Downing Street forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office. The following answer relates to the whole of the Cabinet Office.

Information for 2006 can be found on the Office for National Statistics website at the following address:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/CivilService2006TablesandCharts.xls

Information for 2007 will be published in due course.

Ministerial Allowances

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse of Ministerial allowances was (a) in total and (b) in each Government department in each of the last 10 years. (178704)

[holding answer 29 January 2008]: Information relating to allowances paid to Ministers in their capacity as Members of Parliament or peers is a matter for the House authorities.

Trade Unions

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings the Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron), has had with trades unions since June 2007 in the course of her official duties; and for what purpose such meetings were held. (181330)

Ministers and civil servants meet the Council of Civil Service Unions (CCSU) and the individual trade unions regularly. It is not normal practice to disclose details of such meetings.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Departmental Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to reduce his Department’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. (181810)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) started implementing a Carbon Management Programme, developed with the Carbon Trust, in 2007. This will help to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions on the FCO’s UK estate in 2008-09. The programme includes technological, procurement, transport, housekeeping and awareness raising responses to the issue.

EU Reform: Treaties

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of a referendum on the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement. (178586)

I have been asked to reply

Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 the Electoral Commission is responsible for the conduct of referendums, including estimation of the costs. The Department has made no detailed estimate of the costs of a national referendum.

As a guide, we might expect the cost of running a UK-wide referendum to be similar to the cost of a general election. The general election in 2005 cost in excess of £80 million.

In addition to the costs of conducting a referendum, the Electoral Commission would incur its own additional costs. These costs would be reflected in the Electoral Commission's estimate of its income and expenditure, which it is required to submit to Speaker's Committee annually. If approved, the money comes directly from HM Treasury to the Commission.

I understand that the Commission currently estimates that these costs would depend on the level of public information activity required, but would likely be in the range of £10 million to £30 million.

Gaza: Electricity

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on civilians of the closure of Gaza’s electricity generating capacity on 20 January 2008 due to shortage of fuel. (183625)

The Government continue to believe that Israeli security and Palestinian suffering and hardship need to be addressed together. We deplore the rocket attacks that Israel suffers. We have also continued to make clear that we do not agree with Israel’s action to close the Gaza crossings.

The Gaza strip requires an estimated 230 megawatts of power daily, at this time of year, of which up to 55 megawatts is normally provided by the Gaza Power Generating Company (GPGC). On 20 January the GPGC stopped producing power when its reserves became too low to continue. During this time, the majority of the Gaza Strip had no electricity for at least eight hours according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Many areas suffered power cuts of up to 12 hours because of breakdowns in Gaza’s ageing electricity network.

This had an alarming impact on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Power cuts mean that Gaza’s water authority has to rely on diesel powered generators OCHA reported that by 21 January there was only enough fuel to pump water from 40 of its 130 wells and to pump sewage at 21 of its 33 pumping stations. At least 40 per cent. of Gazans had no running water during this time. 30 per cent. of the population still had no water by 23 January. Hospitals ran reduced services between 19 to 21 January to preserve their fuel stocks.

Limited fuel supplies were resumed as of 22 January enabling power cuts to be reduced. We welcome the announcement by the Israeli Government on 27 January that it would resume the supply of food and fuel to Gaza to pre-17 January levels.

Gaza: Fuels

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on easing the severe shortages of fuel in Gaza. (183626)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made a joint statement with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development on 11 January in which they expressed their deep concern about

“the growing humanitarian impact of the restrictions by the Government of Israel on industrial diesel supplies to Gaza, particularly on the most vulnerable sections of the population.”

They urged Israel to lift all restrictions.

On 17 January, I raised these concerns with the Israeli ambassador. Our embassy in Tel Aviv also continues to raise our concerns on a regular basis.

On 21 January, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development again voiced their concerns. In a joint statement, they stated:

“We do not support Israel’s decision to close all crossings to Gaza.”

On 24 January, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary called Foreign Minister Livni and reiterated these concerns.

We welcome the announcement by the Israeli Government on 27 January that it would resume the supply of food and fuel to Gaza to pre-17 January levels.

Kenya: Politics and Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government recognise the Government of Mr Kibaki as the Government of Kenya; and if he will make a statement. (183345)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) on 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 223W.

Sudan: International Assistance

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the mechanisms in place to co-ordinate the efforts of UNAMID, civilian police, the military, human rights workers and other humanitarian organisations active in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (178807)

We have not yet assessed the effectiveness of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur’s (UNAMID) co-ordination with humanitarian organisations in Darfur, as many of the relevant structures and personnel are still being put in place. At full strength, UNAMID will consist of approximately 19,500 military personnel, 6,500 civilian police and 5,000 other civilian staff, including a section dedicated to human rights. These components are co-ordinated by the UNAMID mission leadership, headed by UN-African Union Joint Special Representative Adada. UNAMID has appointed a number of humanitarian affairs officers to liaise and co-ordinate with the UN agencies and non-governmental humanitarian organisations in Darfur. We welcome the co-ordination mechanisms and we are monitoring their effectiveness as UNAMID deploys.

Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made to its international partners on communicating and raising public awareness of the mandate for the UNAMID police component in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (183315)

We have not made representations about the mandate for the police component of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Along with our international partners, we have been drawing attention to the need for all parties to facilitate UN AMID’s deployment as an effective force, including the police component.

At full strength, the civilian police component of UNAMID will be just under 6,500 officers. At present, there are about 1,400 civilian police in UNAMID who transferred from the police component of the African Union Mission in Sudan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the co-ordination of civilian protection in Darfur since UNMIS withdrew from the region; and if he will make a statement. (183316)

We have not yet assessed the effectiveness of the co-ordination of civilian protection in Darfur, as many of the relevant structures and personnel continue to be put in place following the assumption of peacekeeping authority by the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on 31 December 2007. UNAMID is working with other UN agencies and non-governmental humanitarian organisations to co-ordinate civilian protection in Darfur. Those organisations working with the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in Darfur before 31 December 2007 are transferring contact to UNAMID. Some former UNMIS officials have moved to UNAMID, which will include a civilian element of approximately 5,000 staff when fully established. We are closely monitoring the transition period to ensure effective co-ordination of civilian protection in the region.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards the designation of an agency to replace UNMIS as leading the co-ordination of civilian protection in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (183366)

The UN-African Union hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, which assumed authority in Darfur on 31 December 2007, is mandated by UN Security Council resolution 1769 to protect civilians and ensure the security and freedom of movement of humanitarian workers. The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur is working with other UN agencies and non-governmental humanitarian organisations to co-ordinate civilian protection in Darfur. Operations led by the UN Mission in Sudan in Darfur, prior to 31 December, are transferring to UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, which will include a civilian element of approximately 5,000 staff when fully established. We are closely monitoring the transition period to ensure effective co-ordination of civilian protection in the region.

Visas: Entry Clearances

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas for entry into the United Kingdom were issued by each issuing post in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (181626)

The number of visas issued by each visa-issuing post in the years 2003-07 inclusive is given in the following table.

Number of visa applications issued for all the posts in last five years

Post

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Abidjan (BE)1

2,027

2,401

0

0

0

Abu Dhabi (BE)

20,583

21,280

17,463

20,338

17,997

Abuja (BHC)

22,479

32,051

37,424

28,973

29,841

Accra (BHC)

36,230

32,480

24,392

22,489

20,330

Addis Ababa (BE)

5,147

6,445

6,824

3,760

4,642

Algiers (BE)

11,148

8,911

7,176

8,386

9,058

Almaty (BE)

6,809

8,354

10,067

15,633

15,674

Almaty (BE)2

6,809

8,354

10,067

15,633

10,169

Amman (BE)

11,271

14,135

12,686

14,572

11,561

Amsterdam (BCG)

11,746

10,199

7,313

6,452

7,038

Ankara (BE)

5,003

14,632

20,717

15,776

18,261

Antananarivo (BE)3

289

293

280

0

0

Ashgabat (BE)

1,626

2,297

1,800

1,226

1,046

Asmara (BE)

0

333

307

177

46

Athens (BE)

829

1,168

1,718

1,371

1,328

Baghdad (BE)

0

744

740

872

958

Bahrain (BE)

10,913

9,556

9,514

10,826

10,276

Baku (BE)

3,078

3,945

4,421

4,772

5,029

Bandar Seri Begawan (BE)

1,494

1,472

2,221

3,349

2,070

Bangkok (BE)

32,358

40,192

38,054

37,884

40,148

Banjul (BHC)

4,701

4,749

4,962

4,335

4,094

Basra (BCG)4

0

0

37

128

0

Beijing (BE)

51,165

56,982

53,606

70,120

71,248

Beirut (BE)

7,157

8,668

8,709

7,193

8,546

Belgrade (BE)

15,183

14,719

14,802

15,657

15,282

Belmopan (BHC)

60

40

0

0

0

Berlin (BE)

439

348

343

352

354

Bogota (BE)

13,548

13,700

13,692

14,864

16,871

Brasilia

134

119

113

223

200

Bratislava (BE)

20,884

266

239

278

96

Bridgetown (BHC)

1,410

1,929

2,038

2,764

2,122

Brussels (BE)

4,748

5,974

6,409

6,002

5,813

Bucharest (BE)

27,744

27,663

32,210

34,550

1,252

Budapest (BE)

1,963

1,774

2,009

1,953

1,304

Buenos Aires (BE)

623

752

965

1,055

1,070

Cairo (BE)

20,753

20,879

21,769

25,033

24,815

Canberra (BHC)

32,797

39,300

39,164

38,267

33,143

Caracas (BE)

455

488

789

1,091

1,402

Casablanca (BCG)5

5,883

2,921

5,796

5,381

0

Chennai (BDHC)

50,483

64,930

75,870

93,899

97,172

Chicago (BCG)

13,096

17,954

16,065

15,333

14,905

Chisinau

0

1,144

2,739

2,794

2,209

Chongqing (BCG)

3,446

4,433

5,515

6,541

7,528

Colombo (BHC)

19,653

20,756

19,184

23,474

20,780

Copenhagen (BE)

3,063

3,301

3,245

3,533

3,307

Dakar (BE)

1,399

1,399

1,657

2,371

2,805

Damascus (BE)

5,664

5,611

5,951

7,526

2,546

Dar Es Salaam (BHC)

6,919

7,392

6,767

7,103

6,536

Dhaka (BHC)

23,004

21,024

27,776

29,403

25,139

Doha (BE)

11,560

12,116

13,368

18,218

18,265

Dubai (BE)

31,858

35,540

36,711

44,539

38,570

Dublin (BE)

12,325

11,727

12,852

13,837

11,803

Dushanbe (BE)

0

0

4

23

14

Dusseldorf (BE)

31,974

32,610

29,328

27,345

20,462

Freetown (BHC)

6,076

5,191

5,160

5,443

3,928

Gaborone (BHC)

1,216

1,906

1,669

1,866

1,896

Geneva (BC)

10,016

10,346

10,653

10,718

9,531

Georgetown (BHC)

2,227

1,423

3,267

3,556

2,943

Guangzhou (BC)

25,455

32,713

26,372

31,075

33,978

Hanoi (BE)

3,721

4,813

4,933

5,487

6,464

Harare (BHC)

16,744

19,207

15,683

11,842

7,870

Havana (BE)

2,187

1,909

1,997

2,468

2,222

Helsinki (BE)

840

990

1,077

1,239

1,261

Hong Kong (BC)

7,004

11,508

11,821

12,700

12,750

Islamabad (BHC)

77,026

96,027

88,040

108,062

91,912

Istanbul (BCG)

52,527

29,810

38,309

52,209

53,694

Jakarta (BE)

12,725

13,442

13,285

14,382

16,392

Jedda (BCG)

17,144

20,349

19,436

20,946

20,825

Jerusalem (BCG)

1,844

1,720

1,725

1,631

1,517

Kampala (BHC)

10,972

7,698

6,433

7,008

7,407

Karachi (BDHC)

2,167

9,470

20,395

25,936

15,110

Kathmandu (BE)

3,821

3,842

9,183

13,890

11,162

Khartoum (BE)

4,794

5,057

5,614

7,147

6,806

Kiev (BE)

20,780

27,040

27,930

31,759

33,061

Kingston (BHC)

15,717

12,773

10,370

10,263

10,974

Kinshasa (BE)

2,073

3,062

3,322

2,827

3,282

Kolkata (BDHC)

11,337

12,857

14,588

18,319

17,156

Kuala Lumpur (BE)

5,016

10,158

8,724

9,078

10,786

Kuwait City (BE)

44,147

41,545

47,111

46,869

41,971

La Paz (BE)

166

244

213

334

296

Lagos (BDHC)

62,595

86,739

84,526

74,577

74,059

Lilongwe (BHC)

562

1,065

1,693

2,518

3,238

Lima (BE)

3,761

3,791

3,624

4,267

4,436

Lisbon (BE)

2,102

2,639

2,495

3,300

2,092

Los Angeles (BCG)

22,169

29,440

27,790

28,468

25,726

Luanda (BE)

2,419

3,000

3,131

3,173

3,660

Lusaka (BHC)

4,454

5,116

5,127

5,377

5,377

Luxembourg (BE)

507

516

0

0

0

Madrid (BC)

6,377

8,547

8,380

7,742

6,923

Manila (BE)

25,173

26,457

29,387

34,178

33,737

Maputo (BHC)

778

850

818

147

0

Maseru (BHC)6

121

6

0

0

0

Mbabane (BHC)7

397

370

0

0

0

Mexico City (BE)

1,134

2,582

3,213

3,441

3,353

Minsk (BE)

9,185

10,508

10,456

10,144

10,153

Montevideo (BE)

58

64

56

67

61

Moscow (BE)

78,178

92,669

104,747

119,513

120,222

Mumbai (BHC)

85,072

102,861

117,708

136,613

127,708

Muscat (BE)

10,686

9,813

9,664

9,758

9,491

Nairobi (BHC)

15,455

16,179

12,822

13,846

13,455

Nassau (BHC)8

219

91

0

0

0

New Delhi (BHC)

76,677

84,694

99,386

114,986

109,756

New York (BCG)

49,198

59,278

54,681

54,079

47,801

Nicosia (BHC)

6,073

5,117

4,346

7,277

4,816

Oslo (BE)

4,226

4,054

4,027

4,159

3,269

Ottawa (BHC)

19,381

22,058

21,344

20,304

18,435

Panama City (BE)

242

263

387

181

150

Paris (BE)

26,237

27,526

25,965

28,725

21,857

Port Louis (BHC)

2,584

3,184

3,659

3,348

3,029

Port Moresby (BHC)

130

124

157

107

80

Port of Spain (BHC)

1,935

3,096

3,228

2,856

2,274

Port Vila9

8

2

5

0

0

Prague (BE)

3,215

1,536

1,281

2,167

2,911

Pretoria (BCG)

27,490

34,518

33,761

24,300

21,534

Quito (BE)

2,521

2,441

2,393

2,941

2,618

Rabat (BE)

0

0

0

0

8,011

Rangoon (BE)

1,150

1,225

1,781

1,725

1,939

Reykjavik (BE)

319

411

394

684

289

Riga (BE)

1,567

1,843

1,928

2,179

2,215

Rio de Janeiro

1,445

2,793

7,232

6,246

6,877

Riyadh (BE)

22,020

26,827

30,747

36,207

40,069

Rome (BE)

12,975

13,036

13,910

12,213

8,991

San Salvador (BE)10

25

0

0

0

0

Sanaa (BE)

2,657

2,866

2,653

2,905

2,495

Santiago (BE)

1,027

987

1,271

1,155

1,051

Santo DOMINGO (BE)

1,074

1,058

1,420

1,280

1,563

Sarajevo (BE)

3,070

2,963

2,964

3,012

3,098

Seoul (BE)

2,858

9,299

10,937

9,934

9,415

Shanghai (BC)

21,912

27,800

27,388

39,280

40,349

Singapore (BHC)

5,005

7,216

7,046

7,075

7,349

Skopje (BE)

4,820

4,336

4,548

5,252

6,045

Sofia (BE)

21,372

20,987

23,517

25,275

453

St. Petersburg (BCG)

13,472

15,927

19,728

20,113

22,073

Stockholm (BE)

4,616

4,573

4,615

4,198

3,416

Suva (BHC)

1,235

1,144

964

757

989

Taipei (BTO)

31,717

37,605

35,614

38,300

34,532

Tallinn (BE)

682

685

891

1,095

955

Tashkent (BE)

2,590

2,155

2,241

1,392

2,644

Tbilisi (BE)

2,935

3,042

3,293

3,852

4,291

Tegucigalpa (BE)11

562

0

0

0

0

Tehran (BE)

23,668

27,951

28,526

35,777

31,754

Tel Aviv (BE)

1,481

2,470

3,976

2,548

1,906

Tirana (BE)

4,419

6,814

10,063

8,334

6,952

Tokyo (BE)

6,232

17,737

17,246

16,956

14,855

Tripoli (BE)

10,838

13,270

14,655

16,342

11,548

Tunis (BE)

4,151

6,044

6,009

6,037

6,043

UKvisas, London12

0

79

875

841

1,049

Ulaanbaatar (BE)

1,019

837

797

1,139

2,118

Valletta (BHC)

1,116

697

503

469

381

Victoria (BHC)

185

270

278

253

202

Vienna (BE)

2,914

2,599

2,656

2,595

2,119

Vilnius (BE)

1,802

685

330

335

326

Warsaw (BE)

3,713

2,275

1,172

1,345

1,419

Wellington (BHC)

9,148

10,232

10,376

10,819

10,121

Windhoek (BHC)

1,101

1,782

537

254

0

Yaounde

2,990

2,802

2,908

2,659

3,169

Yekaterinburg (BCG)

4,424

6,399

7,777

8,778

8,602

Yerevan (BE)

1,072

1,221

1,441

1,592

1,719

Zagreb (BE)

14,811

14,508

14,660

2,901

974

Grand total

1,779,814

2,007,207

2,086,078

2,261,905

2,086,906

1 Closed May 2006 .

2Closed August 2007.

3 Closed August 2005.

4 Moved to air station March 2007.

5 Closed October 2007.

6 Closed August 2005.

7 Closed September 2005.

8 Closed April 2005.

9 Closed October 2005.

10 Closed August 2003.

11 Closed January 2004.

12 Diplomatic visas.

BE = British Embassy

BHC = British High Commission

BDHC = British Deputy High Commission

BCG = British Consulate-General

BTO = British Trade Office

RO = regional Office

Note:

The data is unpublished and should be used for information purposes only. Also this data includes all the endorsement category.

Date Range:

1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007.

Source:

PMAF Search Screen

Northern Ireland

Departmental Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of his Department’s expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years. (182999)

Expenditure for advertising in the Northern Ireland Office is held for the current financial year to date plus the previous five financial years. The following table provides details of the NIO’s advertising expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) and shows this as a percentage of the Department’s total expenditure (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each year since 2002-03.

Advertising expenditure (£)

Percentage of advertising expenditure against departmental expenditure

2002-03

570,781

0.062

2003-04

353,114

0.040

2004-05

548,451

0.059

2005-06

159,146

0.015

2006-07

190,204

0.018

Total

1,821,696

0.037

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. (183193)

The following table provides details of the Northern Ireland Office’s expenditure on external contracts with public relations companies (excluding agencies and NDPBs) in each of the last 10 years and the number of contracts held in that time. The information provided is not centrally located. To provide information prior to 2002-03 would be possible only at disproportionate cost.

Number of public relations contracts

Value of contracts (£)

1998-99

n/a

n/a

1999-2000

n/a

n/a

2000-01

n/a

n/a

2001-02

n/a

n/a

2002-03

2

39,672

2003-04

4

160,397

2004-05

3

153,723

2005-06

2

91,858

2006-07

4

146,906

2007-08

3

121,504

Total

18

714,060

n/a = Not available

Home Department

Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of crimes which involve bogus callers. (180078)

Crimes involving bogus callers can have a devastating effect on an individual’s or even a whole community’s quality of life. This is particularly the case with older and more vulnerable victims. That is why we continue in our work to confront and tackle crime and have been involved in a number of campaigns and initiatives relating to distraction burglary.

The Government, working with third sector organisations, has produced a wide range of tools for practitioners (such as good practice guides) and information for potential victims, carers and those in regular contact with the vulnerable. This has focused on encouraging the reporting of bogus callers and promoting positive doorstep behaviour.

To enhance the police response to distraction burglary, we have worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers to establish a national distraction burglary database and intelligence network to facilitate the sharing of intelligence and support joint operations between forces and with other enforcement bodies including Trading Standards. We are currently working with the water industry to explore what can be done to tackle crimes involving bogus water officials.

Detection Rates

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of each category of crime was cleared up by police in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (180687)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Percentage rates for both total detections and sanction detections have been provided for the 10 main offence groups.

The emphasis on sanction detections means that overall (total) detection figures are a less meaningful comparative measure of police performance. The numbers of non sanction detections more than halved in 2006-07. This is a continuation of the trend seen in recent years in the use of these methods of clear up following local policy decisions taken by many forces in order to reduce bureaucracy.

Total detection rates and sanction detection rates by main offence group, England and Wales 2002-03 to 2006-071,2

Percentage

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Offence group

Total detection rate

Sanction detection rate

Total detection rate

Sanction detection rate

Total detection rate

Sanction detection rate

Total detection rate

Sanction detection rate

Total detection rate

Sanction detection rate

Violence against the person

54

36

50

33

53

36

54

42

51

46

Sexual offences3

39

32

36

30

34

28

35

31

32

30

Robbery

19

17

19

17

20

17

18

17

19

18

Burglary

12

11

13

12

13

12

14

13

14

14

Offences against vehicles

9

8

9

8

10

9

1.0

10

11

10

Other theft offences

21

19

20

18

20

18

22

20

23

22

Fraud and Forgery

26

23

26

23

26

24

29

27

28

27

Criminal damage

13

10

13

9

14

10

15

12

15

13

Drug offences

93

85

93

81

95

73

95

92

95

94

Other miscellaneous offences

76

70

73

68

70

65

71

68

70

68

Total recorded crime

23

19

23

19

26

20

27

24

27

26

1 Total detection rates comprise sanction detections and non-sanction detections as a percentage of offences detected.

2 Sanction detections include offences which are cleared up through a formal sanction, i.e. by an offender being charged or summonsed; being cautioned, reprimanded or given final warning; having an offence taken into consideration; receiving a penalty notice for disorder; or receiving a warning for cannabis possession. Non-sanction detections comprise those where the offence is counted as cleared up but no further action is taken. The overall detection rate has been affected by forces limiting the usage of non-sanction-detections.

3 The classification and coverage of offences included in the sexual offences group changed from 1 May 2004 following the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. This added a number of new offences and the definitions of other offences were broadened and therefore will have effected the detection rates.

Immigration

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to make immigration law easier to understand. (180079)

Following the review of the immigration system in July 2006, we made a commitment to strengthen and simplify immigration legislation—replacing existing laws in this area and establishing a clear, consistent and coherent legal framework which supports the control of our borders and the management of migration.

An initial consultation paper “Simplifying Immigration Law - An Initial Consultation” published on 6 June 2007, set out principles for simplification and invited views. An analysis of responses was published on 6 December 2007.

We will be consulting on more specific proposals for simplification shortly. We will then publish draft clauses for pre-legislative scrutiny.

Subject to the parliamentary timetable, this will allow us to introduce comprehensive new legislation in the next session.

Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to educate people about the identity risks they face when providing personal information to social networking sites. (182732)

The Government have taken a number of steps to educate the public on the risks of identity theft. The Identity Fraud Steering Committee was set up to put in place measures to tackle identity fraud and has produced the website: www.identitytheft.org.uk to provide advice to the public on how to protect against the threat of identity fraud.

Further to this the joint Government and industry initiative GetSafeOnline gives the public detailed advice on identity risks on social networking sites.

The Government are about to publish a Social Networking Guidance which has been produced in partnership with industry. In developing this Guidance, the providers of such services have shown great commitment to helping ensure the safety of their users, and to educating them on possible consequences of making public personal information.

Offensive Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents involving bladed weapons were reported in the last year for which figures are available; (178232)

(2) how many incidents were reported of attacks on police officers involving bladed weapons in the last year for which figures are available.

From the information collected on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify those offences where knives or other offensive weapons were used, since details of the individual circumstances of offences are not recorded. From April 2007, police forces are providing data on knife-enabled grievous bodily harm and robbery offences.

Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer Question 162360, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on benefit claimants. (171147)

I have been asked to reply.

I replied to the hon. Member’s question on 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1512W.

Police: Crimes of Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) injured and (b) killed in (i) knife-related, (ii) firearms-related and (iii) other incidents in each of the last five years. (178934)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: The numbers of fatal, serious and other assaults on police officers have been published each year by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in their annual report. HMIC have advised that these assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 would be the last series of data to be published.

These data are not available by the method of assault. The available data are given in the table as follows.

Assaults1 on police officers 2000-01 to 2004-052,3

England and Wales

Fatal injury

Serious and other injury

2000-014,8

1

12,255

2001-028

1

13,096

2002-034,8

4

14,360

2003-045,7

0

11,654

2004-056

0

13,087

1 Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under Sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Other assaults include those with minor or no injury. Recording practices may vary over time and between forces.

2 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

3 HMIC did not publish a force breakdown of assaults prior to 1999-2000. HMIC have advised that assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 is the last series of these data to be published.

4 Northamptonshire was not able to separate serious and other assaults from 2000-01 to 2002-03.

5 Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04, however the number of overall assaults was 462 and 1,112 respectively.

6. Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2004-05, however the number of overall assaults was 521 and 910 respectively.

7 Greater Manchester was not able to provide data in 2003-04.

8 Metropolitan police was unable to provide data in 2000-01 and was unable to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Sweden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what official meetings the hon. Member for Gedling (Mr. Coaker) held during his recent visit to Sweden. (182914)

During my visit to Sweden on 10 January and 11 January 2008, I had meetings with representatives of the following organisations:

the Ministry of Justice;

the Ministry for Integration and Equality;

the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs;

the National Board of Health and Welfare;

the Stockholm Prostitution Unit; and

Sex Workers Allies in Sweden (SANS).

I also met the National Rapporteur on Trafficking, the Chief Constable of Stockholm and representatives from the Gender Equality Ombudsman, the Women’s Forum and the Ethical Council for Pay Telephone Services.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Adult Education: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the budget for adult education provision, excluding basic literacy and numeracy, has been in each of the last five years. (178558)

Investment in adult participation funding through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will increase to around £3.6 billion in 2010-11, an increase of over 17 per cent. compared with 2007-08. This will support on average over 3 million adult learners (aged 19 plus) per year over the next three years.

The Skills for Life (SfL) strategy was launched in 2001 to meet the basic numeracy and literacy skills needs of all post-16 learners. Between 2002-03 and 2005-06 total SfL funding through further education increased from £421 million to £736 million. This investment has helped support 1.75 million post-16 learners to achieve their first basic literacy/numeracy qualifications since 2001.

SfL figures for adults (aged 19 plus) are available from 2006-07 and are provided in the following table alongside total adult participation investment.

Total LSC adult participation funding and adult Skills for Life investment

£ million

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Adult participation

12,548

23,064

3,215

3,306

3,599

Investment in adult (19 plus) Skills for Life (for planning purposes)

579

587

620

647

668

1 Figures are derived from LSC published accounts.

2 Figures include total DIUS participation funding from LSC Grant Letter 2008-09 and unlike the figures derived from the LSC account include investment through Offender Learning and Skills Service and university for Industry.

Departments: Committees

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1619-20W, on Departments: committees, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) most recent minutes of each organisation. (181805)

The agendas, and where available the minutes, of EU committees are issued by the relevant EU institution and are available from the organisation concerned or from the relevant website. The agendas for council working group meetings are available from the EU Council Secretariat, however, the meetings are held in confidence and no public minutes are issued.

Education: Prisoners

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what courses are offered to offenders serving custodial sentences. (178086)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

Offender learning is currently delivered through the Learning and Skills Council-led Offenders Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) delivery arrangements introduced in July 2006. This includes an ‘Offender's Learning Journey’ which sets out a broader richer curriculum offer, comparable to that found in the outside community. Provision is demand led with individual learner needs identified through an early intense assessment process and development of an individual learning plan (ILP) which sets out how individual learner needs will be met.

In addition to this, higher education courses are available to those who are both suitable and eligible to participate.

Graduates: Debts

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he plans to take to minimise debt among young graduates from poor backgrounds. (179649)

The current package of student support is the most comprehensive ever provided. From 2008/09 onwards, we will help more students with non-repayable finance. Two-thirds of full-time students will receive a full or partial grant, and non-means-tested loans will be available to all.

Student loans are repayable only after leaving higher education and repayments only commence when income exceeds the earnings threshold1. All borrowers, regardless of their age or background, benefit from a zero real rate of interest and the option to defer repayments if they are in financial difficulties. Those who are due to start repaying their loans from 2012 will be able to take a repayment holiday for up to five years. For those who never earn enough to afford to repay, outstanding loan balances will eventually be written off.

Not all young graduate debt is student loan debt. Some young graduates borrow elsewhere at commercial interest rates. Current provisions should minimise the need for those who hold student loans to top up these loans by borrowing elsewhere.

1 For pre-1998 loans, the threshold is 85 per cent. of national average earnings (currently approximately £25,000). For post-1998 income-contingent loans, borrowers repay 9 per cent. of income exceeding £15,000.

Higher Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many educational facilities were awarded university status in each year since 1997. (179389)

The following table lists all the institutions which have been granted university title since 1997.

Universities created post 1997

University

Date it achieved university title

University of Gloucestershire

10 October 2001

University of the Arts, London

10 May 2004

Roehampton University

22 June 2004

University of Bolton

25 January 2005

University of Winchester

29 June 2005

Canterbury Christ Church University

12 July 2005

Liverpool Hope University

22 July 2005

University of Chester

22 July 2005

Bath Spa University

5 August 2005

University of Worcester

24 August 2005

University of Northampton

25 August 2005

University of Chichester

12 October 2005

Edge Hill University

9 May 2006

York St John University

10 July 2006

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine1

8 July 2007

University of Cumbria

1 August 2007

Bucks New University

10 October 2007

1 Although the word ‘university’ does not appear in its title, it is defined as a university in its charter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many educational establishments had their university status removed in each year since 1997. (179390)

Vocational Training: Cost Effectiveness

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what cost-benefit assessment has been made of Train to Gain; (181757)

(2) what cost-benefit assessment has been made of skills brokers.

Train to Gain is a new service specifically designed to support employers in identifying and then meeting the skills they need to drive their business forward. The design of Train to Gain was based on the employer training pilots which were rigorously evaluated by the Institute of Employment Studies and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Launched in April 2006, Train to Gain reached full national coverage in England in August 2006. In its first year of full operation it engaged more than 52,000 employers and some 240,000 learners started on a programme of activity, many for the first time. We have set out our ambitions to reach more employers and to drive up levels of investment in skills in Plan for Growth, copies of which are in the Library of the House. In support of our expansion plans, we have a major programme of evaluation under way for all aspects of Train to Gain and will expect to publish, through the LSC, the conclusions of those evaluations, including the benefits accrued. Employers engaged continue to express high satisfaction with the skills brokerage, with the latest figures showing that 86 per cent. of employers are either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall service.

Women and Equality

Females: Alternatives to Prison

To ask the Minister for Women what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on alternatives to imprisonment for women. (164687)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: I have had many discussions with ministerial colleagues on this subject. On 6 December 2007, the Government published its response to Baroness Corston's Review, which is available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/gov-resp-corston-review.htm.

In our response, we agreed to promote the effective use of community orders as an alternative to custody. They will emphasise a demanding regime of contact hours, and a mixture of punitive and rehabilitative requirements, including a more extensive use of curfews. In addition, in our response to Baroness Corston’s Review, we made a commitment to set up projects, which will report next April, to look at alternatives to custody and review the future of the women's prison estate.

Olympics

Departmental ICT

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of the Government Olympics Executive were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement. (181351)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Sutcliffe) on 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 359W.

Olympic Delivery Authority

To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library the latest copy of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (a) register of interests and (b) register of gifts and hospitality. (183324)

The Olympic Delivery Authority intends to publish (a) its register of board members interests, and (b) its gifts and hospitality register in the first quarter of 2008.

A copy will be placed in the House Library at that time.

Olympic Games 2012: Housing

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many local authority tenants will be displaced from their housing as a result of the 2012 Olympics; how their housing needs will be met; and if she will make a statement. (181822)

The only social housing tenants affected by the Compulsory Purchase Order for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were at Clays Lane Housing Estate, which was located north of the Stratford City site. The estate comprised 450 social housing units, within which there were 425 residents who needed re-housing.

Working closely with a wide partnership of social housing providers over a period of 18 months, the LDA established a range of options from which tenants could choose to relocate. All tenants were offered the opportunity to relocate to an assured tenancy or equivalent and the vast majority of tenants relocated to properties that they themselves had selected as best matching their requirements. Tenants were able to bid for social rented properties covered by local authority nominations and available through choice-based letting schemes, and were prioritised in the allocation procedures. They were also able to choose to relocate to properties owned by a wide range of registered social landlords. Direct offers were made to those tenants without an identified relocation property at the end of April 2007, based on an understanding of the individuals’ preferences for their relocation.

The LDA completed the relocation of residents from Clays Lane Estate on the 23 July 2007.

Scotland

Departmental Information Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each of the last 10 years. (182509)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. The number of press officers is published in the Office’s annual reports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest such bonus was in each of those years. (182725)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. Staff in the Office are on loan from the Scottish Executive (SE) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) who each have bonus schemes, part of which relate to annual performance appraisal. The Scotland Office does not hold information on bonus payments under these annual performance appraisal systems. Under the Special Bonus Scheme of the SE and the Reward and Recognition Scheme of the MOJ, the Office may also directly authorise bonus payments for special effort, achievement and commitment; since 1999, the Office has made one bonus payment of £150 to a press officer.

Road Traffic Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. (183349)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999 and maintains the policy that road traffic violations, such as parking tickets and speeding fines, remain the responsibility of the individual and are not reimbursed from public funds.

Scottish Parliament: Elections

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of running the Scottish Parliamentary Elections of (a) 1999, (b) 2003 and (c) 2007. (183425)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999 and was not therefore responsible for the initial funding of the Scottish Parliament election in May 1999. Since July 1999, the Office has, however, paid £5.562 million in respect of the 1999 election. Earlier costs were incurred by the Scottish Office and figures are not available.

The Office has paid £12.071 million for the 2003 election; it is estimated that the cost of the 2007 election will be £19 million. The final cost of the 2007 election will not be known until all the accounts are submitted by returning officers; they have 12 months in which to submit accounts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what fees were paid to DRS Data and Research Services plc to administer the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary Election. (183426)

The Scotland Office has made no payments directly to DRS. The responsibility for making such payments lies with returning officers who have 12 months in which to submit accounts to the Secretary of State.

Wales

Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government Estate programme to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007. (182912)

My Department was successful in reversing the upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007.

The Wales Office was successful in reducing both energy and water consumption, and 100 percent of electricity supplied is now from renewable sources.

Departmental Advertising

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years. (183004)

In 2006-07 my Department spent £17,240 on advertising for a new Head of Communication, just under 0.3 per cent. of total Wales Office expenditure that year. The Wales Office has incurred no other expenditure on advertising in the period of nearly nine years since it was created.

Departmental Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years. (183299)

Environment Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate or (b) in some of its buildings. (182911)

My Department occupies Gwydyr House in London and leases office space in a modern building in Cardiff.

The Wales Office is currently establishing a sustainable development strategy that will bring us closer to achieving accreditation for ISO14001.

Road Traffic Offences

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse of those penalties was in each year. (183347)

Defence

Armed Forces: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent tour intervals were of each regiment in the (a) Household Cavalry, (b) Royal Armoured Corps and (c) the Royal Logistic Corps. (182330)

The most recent tour intervals for the Household Cavalry and the Royal Armoured Corps are set out in the following table.

Royal armoured corps unit tour intervals

Unit deployed

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

Household Cavalry Regiment1

Afghanistan

October 2007

Iraq

October 2004

35

Queens Dragoon Guards

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

April 2005

12

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Iraq

November 2005

Iraq

June 2003

28

Royal Dragoon Guards

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2005

31

Queens Royal Hussars

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

April 2004

24

9th/12th Royal Lancers

Iraq

November 2005

Iraq

April 2004

18

Kings Royal Hussars

Iraq

June 2007

Iraq

October 2005

19

Light Division1

Afghanistan

April 2007

Iraq

October 2005

17

Queens Royal Lancers

Iraq

November 2006

Iraq

October 2004

24

2nd Royal Tank Regiment2

Iraq

March 2003

n/a

1 Subunits from Household Cavalry Regiments and Light Division have deployed in support of operations. The deployments listed are the unit deployments, defined as a regiment deploying with a regimental headquarters and more than two manoeuvre subunits for four months or more. Only the unit deployments will be included in the calculation.

2 2 RTR last deployed as a unit on OP TELIC 1 (March 2003—June 2003). MOD records date from January 2003 and therefore we have no record of any unit deployments prior to Op TELIC 1.

The unit tour interval is a less relevant measure when applied to The Royal Logistic Corps. This is largely due to the frequency with which personnel move between formed units within these Corps (which means that the personnel deployed with a unit will be substantially different from the personnel who deployed with the same unit on a previous occasion). Unit tour interval data for this Corps is unrepresentative and therefore not routinely collated.

Armed Forces: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to receive the 2008 report on armed forces pay from the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body; and when he expects to publish the report. (183067)

[holding answer 29 January 2008]: The Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) is an independent body and the precise timing of the submission of their 2008 report is a matter for it to decide. The Government will announce their response and publish the report once they have considered the AFPRB’s recommendations.

Departmental Personal Records

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1225, on MOD (data loss), when and by what means his Department informed (a) the Prime Minister, (b) other Departments, (c) West Midlands police, (d) Ministry of Defence police and (e) the devolved Administrations of the theft of the computer on 9 January. (182397)

[holding answer 28 January 2008]: I have nothing further to add to the statement I made to the House on 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1225.

Iraq: Detainees

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 885W, on Iraq: detainees, what the Government’s policy is on recording (a) requests for the transfer of individuals to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and (b) the transfer of individuals to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay for which the UK Government’s consent was not requested. (181542)

Any request made by the US authorities for approval to transfer to Guantanamo Bay an individual previously detained by UK forces but passed into their jurisdiction would be recorded. As I made clear in my answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 885W, we have no record of any such requests having been made and no record of any such individual being transferred without our consent.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate the circumstances in which the 1972 direction on the use of hooding, referred to in paragraph 19 of the Aitken report on Cases of Deliberate Abuse and Unlawful Killing in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, came to be lost in 2003. (178773)

The question of how the direction following the publication of the “Directive on Interrogation by the Armed Forces in Internal Security Operations” in 1972 came to be lost is likely to be addressed in any future inquiry into the death of Mr. Baha Mousa. I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement I made on 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 65WS.

Military Aircraft: Helicopters

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future maintenance of the UK armed forces helicopter fleet. (179315)

Our current helicopter operations at home and abroad are of critical importance to our armed forces and are being admirably supported by both MOD and industry. This support is being achieved increasingly though long-term partnering arrangements; the benefits of which are evident on our Merlin, Sea King and Chinook aircraft. This strategy for the maintenance of our fleet includes the consideration of the future ownership of DARA's Rotary Wing Components business, on which no decision has yet been reached. As our partnering arrangements with industry have proved, any potential sale of the businesses will neither compromise security of supply nor maintenance of future capability and availability of aircraft for front line duties.

Nuclear Weapons: Operating Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current annual operating cost is of the UK’s nuclear warhead programme. (182399)

[holding answer 28 January 2008]: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave on 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 400W, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).

Official Engagements

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were between 11 December 2007 and 13 January 2008. (179687)

Throughout the period 11 December 2007 to 13 January 2008,1 had various meetings in London and Scotland, including with ministerial colleagues and officials from the MOD and Scotland Office. On 11 December and 12 December, I had meetings with several families of troops who died on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. On 12 December I attended the Scotch Whisky Association Reception in Dover House. On 14 and 15 December, I hosted a meeting in Edinburgh for the Defence and Foreign Ministers of nations contributing troops to NATO-led operations in southern Afghanistan. On, 17 December I discussed the outcome of the Edinburgh meeting with the NATO Secretary General and also met Ross Kemp to discuss his recent visit to Afghanistan. On 18 December I met representatives from Serco Defence, Science and Technology. On 19 December I held a video conference with representatives of the independent panel set up by the Canadian government to review their future role in Afghanistan (the Manley Panel). On 20 December, I took the salute at a passing out parade at the Army Training Regiment in Bassingbourn. On 3 and 4 January 2008, I visited Brussels for meetings with the UK ambassador to NATO and the UK delegation to the EU. On 5 January, I visited HQ Northern Ireland and was briefed by the General Officer Commanding. On 8 January, I had meetings with the Belgian ambassador and with Lieutenant General Mohan al-Firaji, Commander of Iraqi security operations in Basra, following which I gave evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee on its inquiry into the future of NATO and European defence. On 10 January, I attended the House for a Defence debate on armed forces personnel. On 11 January, I hosted the pre-Budget report seminar in Edinburgh and visited the Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow. On 12 January, I attended a meeting of the Executive of the Scottish Labour Party in Stirling.

Olympic Games 2012: Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will pay for the (a) guarding, (b) security and (c) administration of the British Olympic team at Aldershot barracks; and what the estimated cost is. (183162)

The cost of the British Olympic Association’s (BOA’s) use of facilities at Aldershot Garrison will be met entirely by the BOA. No estimate is available at this stage; however, no costs will fall to the defence budget.

Trident: Operating Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current annual operating cost is of the Trident submarine fleet and missiles. (182398)

[holding answer 28 January 2008]: The annual expenditure for capital and running costs of the current Trident nuclear deterrent, excluding costs for the Atomic Weapons Establishment, is expected to be around £720 million in 2007-08.

Warships

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he will list the warship launchings or other naming ceremonies which have taken place since May 1997; and which Ministers represented the Government on each occasion; (176653)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions since May 1997 no Minister has been present to represent the Government at warship launchings or other naming ceremonies. (176654)

[holding answer 8 January 2008]: Records show that the following ship launches or naming ceremonies took place since 1997. Ministers attended these, as shown. However, information on ministerial attendance prior to 2000 is not currently available.

Date

Ship

Minister attending

11 March 1997

Penzance

15 December 1997

Pembroke

20 February 1998

Ocean

27 May 1998

Kent

10 August 1998

Grimsby

19 September 1998

Vengeance

16 April 1999

Bangor

15 May 1999

Portland

25 November 1999

Ramsey

6 May 2000

St Albans

4 July 2000

Blyth

28 September 2000

Wave knight

9 February 2001

Wave ruler

9 March 2001

Albion

9 April 2001

Shoreham

15 November 2001

Bulwark

4 March 2002

Echo

2 May 2002

Enterprise

3 September 2002

Tyne

4 December 2002

Severn

14 June 2003

Mersey

1 August 2003

Largs bay

9 April 2004

Mounts bay

Minister for the Armed Forces

8 April 2005

Cardigan bay

Minister for the Armed Forces

14 October 2005

Lyme Bay

1 February 2006

Daring

Secretary of State

7 September 2006

Clyde

23 January 2007

Dauntless

Minister for the Armed Forces Minister for Defence Equipment and Support

8 June 2007

Astute

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support

27 November 2007

Diamond

Culture, Media and Sport

BBC's Delivering Creative Future Programme

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of whether the BBC's Delivering Creative Future programme will enable the BBC to meet its public service obligations. (183014)

Digital Broadcasting: Television

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in each regional television area have digital television receiving equipment. (182868)

[holding answer 29 January 2008]: The table shows the percentage of homes with digital by ITV region, taken from the Ofcom and Digital UK Switchover Tracker Survey, quarter three, 2007.

ITV region

Percentage

STV North

72

STV Central

88

Border

82

Wales

86

Ulster

180

London

82

Meridian

179

West country

82

West

85

Central

177

Anglia

175

Yorkshire

178

Tyne Tees

190

Granada

81

1 Small base size—data should be viewed as indicative only.

ITV: Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with ITV on its provision of news and current affairs programmes for Wales. (180657)

The Government are committed to retaining a strong regional dimension to public service broadcasting. That is why the Communications Act 2003 provides safeguards for quality regional programming-making and regional programming and requires Ofcom to set appropriate targets for the provision of news and current affairs programmes.

I have no plans to hold any discussions with ITV on this specific issue as the responsibility for regulating ITV's public service obligations falls to Ofcom. However, I expect these issues to form an important aspect of Ofcom's current PSB review.

National Lottery: Grants

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much held by each of the national lottery distribution bodies has not been drawn down as at the most recent date for which figures are available. (180636)

The following table shows the balance held in the national lottery distribution fund on each lottery distributor's behalf at 31 December 2007.

Lottery distributor

£ million1

Arts Council England

152.482

UK Film Council

36.847

Arts Council Northern Ireland

18.646

Scottish Arts Council

26.852

Arts Council Wales

11.508

National Heritage Memorial Fund

566.998

Sport England

210.1 14

Sport Northern Ireland

20.725

Scottish Sports Council

50.088

UK Sports Council

15.871

Sports Council Wales

10.251

Scottish Screen

5.776

Big Lottery Fund

532.057

1 To three decimal places

In addition £85.533 million was held in the Olympic lottery distribution fund on behalf of the Olympic lottery distributor.

National Lottery: Olympic Games 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding will be allocated to (a) the 2012 London Olympics and (b) the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games over the next five years. (179829)

[holding answer 17 January 2008]: The national lottery will contribute £2.175 billion in total to the funding package for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Of this: £750 million will be raised from dedicated Olympic lottery products, of which well over £200 million has already been raised; £340 million will be contributed by the five sports lottery distributors, and the remaining £1,085 million will be transferred from non-Olympic lottery proceeds between 2009 and 2012.

I understand that Glasgow's Candidate City File for the 2014 Games set out the various revenue streams that were expected and that this did not include any revenue from the lottery.

Television: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements there are to refund the TV licence fee when people lose their television signals for more than a year. (182125)

[holding answer 25 January 2008]: Section 365(3) of the Communications Act 2003 gives the BBC a discretionary power to refund payments made in respect of a television licence. I understand the BBC has a policy of allowing refunds under certain circumstances. I have, therefore, asked the BBC's Head of Revenue Management to write direct to the hon. Member with further information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of public awareness and recognition of (a) the television licence fee and (b) the services paid for by the licence fee. (182802)

[holding answer 28 January 2008]: These matters were addressed fully in the BBC Charter review, which was completed in 2006. The results can be found on the Charter review website at:

http://www.bbccharterreview.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will change the name of the television licensing fee to the BBC licensing fee. (182952)

Children, Schools and Families

Autism

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure the continuity of local education authority services provided to children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome as they make the transition to adulthood. (183401)

The “Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice” (2001) sets out a statutory transition planning process, beginning in year 9, for all young people with SEN statements, including those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department of Health (DH) have recently published “a transition guide for all services: key information for professionals about the transition process for disabled young people” (2007) to help local authorities and others improve the effectiveness of transition planning.

“Aiming High for Disabled Children” (HM Treasury/DCSF, 2007) announced a £19 million Transition Support Programme over 2008-09 to 2010-11 partly to encourage “joint team working across agencies and with adult services to encourage a holistic approach, and choice and control for young people”. This programme will consider the particular issue of continuity of services as disabled children pass into adulthood.

For young people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome in particular, DCSF and DH published “Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Good Practice Guidance” (2002). This includes pointers to good practice for schools, local authorities, Connexions and the Learning and Skills Council on transitions for these young people.

Learning Disability: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the roll in each moderate learning difficulty school in Essex in each of the last five years. (178836)

[holding answer 30 January 2008]: The number of children on roll at each moderate learning difficulty school in Essex for the last five years is given in the following table.

Moderate learning difficulty schools: Headcount of pupils1—position in January each year, 2003-07. Essex local authority

Headcount of pupils

School name

Open/closed indicator

Closure date

Type of establishment

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Moat House School

Closed

31 August 2003

Community Special

58

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Kingswode Hoe School

Open

Community Special

99

87

87

100

111

The Mead School

Closed

31 March 1999

Community Special

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Cedar Hall School

Open

Community Special

122

124

117

116

113

Thriftwood School

Open

Community Special

118

112

117

120

121

Peter Kirk School

Closed

31 December 1998

Community Special

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Woodcraft School

Open

Independent School Approved for SEN Pupils

23

31

29

32

32

The Endeavour School

Open

Foundation Special

74

71

74

79

77

St. John’s RC School (Essex)

Open

Non-Maintained Special

107

103

105

103

102

The Chelmsford New Model Special School, Haywood Campus

Open

Community Special

100

97

102

91

133

The Chelmsford New Model Special School, Woodlands Campus

Open

Community Special

98

87

96

121

105

Market Field School

Open

Community Special

122

126

115

134

146

Castledon School

Open

Community Special

97

92

84

88

94

The Leas School

Closed

31 August 2005

Community Special

97

89

76

n/a

n/a

The Edith Borthwick School

Open

Community Special

156

149

158

162

160

n/a = Not available (school closed)

1 Excludes dually registered pupils.

Parenting Orders

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting orders have been issued in each region in each year since 2004. (183574)

The information requested is detailed in the Annex.

The Department has since September 2004 collected data on the number of applications made by local authorities to the courts for education-related parenting orders in cases of irregular school attendance and exclusions.

By local authority area, by government office region in England

School academic year

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Number of education-related parenting orders made between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2007

England

1,446

North East

12

35

44

91

841

Darlington

1

2

2

5

840

Durham

0

3

1

4

390

Gateshead

0

0

4

4

805

Hartlepool

0

0

2

2

806

Middlesbrough

0

4

7

11

391

Newcastle upon Tyne

0

0

0

0

392

North Tyneside

0

0

0

0

929

Northumberland

0

0

0

0

807

Redcar and Cleveland

1

6

13

20

393

South Tyneside

6

4

3

13

808

Stockton-on-Tees

0

1

0

1

394

Sunderland

4

15

12

31

North West

103

110

112

325

889

Blackburn with Darwen

0

6

0

6

890

Blackpool

10

10

8

28

350

Bolton

1

0

0

1

351

Bury

0

1

3

4

875

Cheshire

2

0

0

2

909

Cumbria

7

3

8

18

876

Hatton

0

2

4

6

340

Knowsley

1

0

5

6

888

Lancashire

15

12

15

42

341

Liverpool

7

5

23

35

352

Manchester

3

4

1

8

353

Oldham

0

0

0

0

354

Rochdale

1

4

4

9

355

Salford

14

16

28

58

343

Sefton

0

0

0

0

342

St. Helens

0

0

1

1

356

Stockport

5

4

0

9

357

Tameside

7

6

1

14

358

Trafford

6

4

8

18

877

Warrington

0

2

0

2

359

Wigan

17

29

3

49

344

Wirral

7

2

0

9

Yorkshire and The Humber

56

57

56

169

370

Barnsley

15

9

11

35

380

Bradford

6

5

9

20

381

Calderdale

3

10

2

15

371

Doncaster

3

13

11

27

811

East Riding of Yorkshire

6

5

3

14

810

Kingston Upon Hull, City of

4

2

0

6

382

Kirklees

2

0

1

3

383

Leeds

15

10

14

39

812

North East Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

813

North Lincolnshire

0

2

2

4

815

North Yorkshire

0

1

0

1

372

Rotherham

0

0

0

0

373

Sheffield

2

0

2

4

384

Wakefield

0

0

1

1

816

York

0

0

0

0

East Midlands

32

43

18

93

831

Derby

0

0

3

3

830

Derbyshire

6

7

2

15

856

Leicester

19

31

12

62

855

Leicestershire

3

4

1

8

925

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

928

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

892

Nottingham

4

0

0

4

891

Nottinghamshire

0

1

0

1

857

Rutland

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

12

10

12

34

330

Birmingham

2

0

1

3

331

Coventry

0

0

0

0

332

Dudley

0

0

1

1

884

Herefordshire

0

0

0

0

333

Sandwell

0

0

0

0

893

Shropshire

1

1

1

3

334

Solihull

0

0

1

1

860

Staffordshire

0

2

0

2

861

Stoke-on-Trent

4

5

0

9

894

Telford and Wrekin

0

0

0

0

335

Walsall

0

2

6

8

937

Warwickshire

0

0

1

1

336

Wolverhampton

0

0

0

0

885

Worcestershire

5

0

1

6

East of England

26

26

20

72

820

Bedfordshire

5

7

7

19

873

Cambridgeshire

2

0

0

2

881

Essex

14

13

5

32

919

Hertfordshire

0

0

1

1

821

Luton

0

1

1

2

926

Norfolk

0

5

5

10

874

Peterborough

0

0

0

0

882

Southend-on-Sea

0

0

0

0

935

Suffolk

5

0

1

6

883

Thurrock

0

0

0

0

London

Inner London

29

35

37

101

202

Camden

0

1

0

1

201

City of London

0

0

0

0

204

Hackney

1

5

6

12

205

Hammersmith and Fulham

6

8

8

22

309

Haringey

0

1

2

3

206

Islington

0

1

1

2

207

Kensington and Chelsea

6

3

0

9

208

Lambeth

0

0

0

0

209

Lewisham

14

15

9

38

316

Newham

0

0

0

0

210

Southwark

1

1

2

4

211

Tower Hamlets

0

0

0

0

212

Wandsworth

0

0

6

6

213

Westminster

1

0

3

4

Outer London

43

81

69

193

301

Barking and Dagenham

0

0

3

3

302

Barnet

0

0

1

1

303

Bexley

4

5

9

18

304

Brent

4

15

7

26

305

Bromley

9

1

3

13

306

Croydon

2

0

4

6

307

Ealing

1

1

1

3

308

Enfield

1

4

7

12

203

Greenwich

9

28

13

50

310

Harrow

0

0

0

0

311

Havering

0

0

0

0

312

Hillingdon

1

4

1

6

313

Hounslow

0

0

0

0

314

Kingston upon Thames

6

3

5

14

315

Merton

0

2

2

4

317

Redbridge

0

0

2

2

318

Richmond upon Thames

3

3

3

9

319

Sutton

3

14

8

25

320

Waltham Forest

0

1

0

1

South East

64

73

91

228

867

Bracknell Forest

0

0

0

0

846

Brighton and Hove

4

2

2

8

825

Buckinghamshire

7

1

0

8

845

East Sussex

1

0

0

1

850

Hampshire

19

23

20

62

921

Isle of Wight

2

1

2

5

886

Kent

12

25

40

77

887

Medway

0

1

0

1

826

Milton Keynes

0

2

0

2

931

Oxfordshire

2

3

2

7

851

Portsmouth

5

7

7

19

870

Reading

0

0

3

3

871

Slough

0

0

0

0

852

Southampton

12

7

13

32

936

Surrey

0

0

1

1

869

West Berkshire

0

1

1

2

938

West Sussex

0

0

0

0

868

Windsor and Maidenhead

0

0

0

0

872

Wokingham

0

0

0

0

South West

48

41

51

140

800

Bath and North East Somerset

5

0

3

8

837

Bournemouth

7

3

3

13

801

Bristol, City of

8

9

3

20

908

Cornwall

0

6

0

6

878

Devon

6

3

4

13

835

Dorset

0

2

10

12

916

Gloucestershire

1

0

0

1

420

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

802

North Somerset

7

1

3

11

879

Plymouth

0

0

0

0

836

Poole

1

1

6

8

933

Somerset

0

2

0

2

803

South Gloucestershire

2

9

5

16

866

Swindon

5

3

3

11

880

Torbay

3

0

2

5

865

Wiltshire

3

2

9

14

Special Educational Needs: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with statements of special needs attended mainstream secondary schools in Essex in each of the last five years. (178818)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Number of children with statements of special needs attending mainstream secondary school—Essex local authority: 2003-07, January each year

Number1

2003

1,370

2004

1,380

2005

1,440

2006

1,470

2007

1,510

1 Figures rounded to nearest 10.

Note:

Includes middle schools as deemed.

Source:

School Census 2003-07

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Essex received statements of special needs in each of the last five years. (178819)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Number of children receiving statements of special needs—Essex local authority, 2002-06

Number

2002

609

2003

567

2004

630

2005

685

2006

783

Source:

SEN 2 Survey 2002-06

Transport

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department’s agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year since 1997. (182448)

I refer the hon. Member to my replies given on 11 December 2007, Official Report, columns 419-20W and 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 837W. It is not possible to provide information before 2002 when the Department for Transport was established.

Cycling: Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycling track have been developed in each of the last five years in (a) Norfolk and (b) Norwich. (182100)

Norfolk county council provided the following information on cycle tracks for Norfolk for the last five years. We do not hold any data on Norwich.

Cycle tracks (kilometres)

2002-03

3

2003-04

7

2004-05

3

2005-06

6

2006-07 (estimated)

3

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what minimum demonstrable security standards are required by her Department of an outside organisation before it is allowed to handle personal information. (176938)

The Department and its agencies are required to follow the principles of the Department’s procurement manual. The general terms and conditions, as set out in the procurement manual, for the procurement of services from outside organisations, require the contractors to comply with the Data Protection Act. In the case of contracts where the processing of personal data is a key part of the service to be provided (i.e. where the contractor will act as our ‘data processor’) tenderers are required to provide specific guarantees about the technical and organisational security measures they have in place to ensure compliance with the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act, which if they are successful should form part of the contract. The general terms and conditions also set out a general duty of care for contractors.

The Department and its agencies set additional security standards on a case by case basis during the procurement process depending on the nature of the service to be provided.

Departmental E-mails

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of emails printed by officials in her Department. (179464)

The Department for Transport is in the process of updating its guidance to staff on the printing of e-mails along the lines of “Think before you print” and double side if you need to print. Additionally, e-mails issued through the departmental system will carry a footer note reminding the recipient to think whether they need to print. The Department has also recently commissioned a study to explore the potential rationalisation of printers, which will contribute towards the attainment of sustainability targets.

The Department for Transport’s agencies already have in place “print only essential e-mails” guidance for their staff and when printing is necessary to ensure it is double sided wherever possible. They also promote the use of the “print preview” option to reduce the number of printed e-mails.

There is a continuous improvement target of reducing paper usage incorporated into environmental management systems where they exist across the Department.

Departmental Recycling

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what weight of paper her Department recycled in each of the last five years. (179453)

Paper recycling is not a specific target under Sustainable Operation on the Government Estate (SOGE); therefore not all areas of the Department for Transport have this detail recorded. However, for those sites that have recorded data, which happen to be the main sites within the department, the figures for the last five years are as follows:

Quantity (tonnes)

2002-03

1,175

2003-04

1,225

2004-05

1,677

2005-06

1,376

2006-07

1,342

Emergency Services: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years; and how many (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries resulted from accidents in each such category. (183666)

The numbers of reported personal injury road accidents involving vehicles from (a) the police force, (b) the fire service and (c) the ambulance service and the number of resulting fatalities and seriously injured casualties in each of the last five years are shown in the following tables:

(a) Number of accidents/casualties—police force

Accidents

Fatalities

Seriously injured casualties

2002

2,184

34

333

2003

2,025

27

245

2004

2,026

31

293

2005

1,817

26

222

2006

1,827

30

244

(b) Number of accidents/casualties—fire service

Accidents

Fatalities

Seriously injured casualties

2002

110

0

9

2003

125

4

24

2004

118

4

18

2005

91

2

13

2006

91

0

18

(c) Number of accidents/casualties—ambulance service

Accidents

Fatalities

Seriously injured casualties

2002

308

5

52

2003

353

11

54

2004

292

4

43

2005

284

5

32

2006

274

5

43

Kent

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which her Department is responsible have been made available to (i) Kent county council, (ii) Thanet district council and (iii) Dover district council in 2007-08. (183063)

The Department is providing the following revenue grants to Kent county council in 2007-08:

Grant

Amount (£)

Urban bus challenge

35,893

Kickstart

138,729

Rural bus subsidy

2,276,481

Road safety grant

2,540,374

Detrunked roads

259,163

Total

5,250,640

In addition it has contributed half of the revenue funding for school travel advisers totalling £189,000 and paid to Kent by Department for Communities and Local Government in area-based grant. It also contributed £95,500 for walking to school initiatives to the Department for Children, Schools and Families schools standards fund, which DCSF paid to Kent county council for onward transmission to schools, it also funds Sustrans to manage the 2007-08 Links to Schools programme and Kent county council has been allocated £40,000 for 2007-08.

Most revenue funding support for day to day transport services (such as highways maintenance, supporting bus services and concessionary fares) is included in the revenue support grant for Kent county, Thanet district and Dover district councils, administered by CLG.

The Department has made the following capital allocations funded by supported borrowing and direct capital grants available to Kent county council in 2007-08:

£000

Direct capital grant

Supported borrowing

Integrated Transport

4,100

7,593

Highways Capital Maintenance

9,514

15,530

East Kent Access Phase One

500

0

Road Safety Grant

565.218

0

Total

14,679.218

23,123

The Department has not allocated funding to Thanet or Dover district councils in 2007-08.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 4 December 2007 on heavy lorries on country lanes (reference: RW/JF/027469/07). (183431)

Merseytravel: Per Capita Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding per head of population was allocated to Merseytravel in each year since 1993, expressed in (a) cash and (b) real terms. (181281)

The Government have specifically allocated funding for rail franchise payments, local transport capital funding and some other transport revenue grants to Merseytravel (as shown in tables 1 to 3 respectively, with totals in table 4). Rail figures prior to franchising (i.e. prior to 1997-98) are not readily available.

All four tables show the cash allocated, the cash per head of population (based on the Office for National Statistics’ population figure of 1,367,000 for 2005) and the funding per head of population expressed in terms of 1987 prices (using the retail price index).

Most revenue support for Merseytravel for public transport (other than rail franchise payments) is included in the revenue support grant allocated to the district councils, on which Merseytravel levies. This is not included in the figures because the Government does not specify how much of the revenue support for the district councils should be for Merseytravel.

Table 1: Rail franchise payments

(£ per head)

Cash (£000)

Cash

Funding 1987 prices

1997-98

72,025

52.69

33.45

1998-99

65,702

48.06

29.50

1999-2000

60,389

44.18

26.71

2000-01

58,331

42.67

25.06

2001-02

88,161

64.49

37.21

2002-03

90,845

66.46

37.72

2003-04

91,731

67.1

37.01

2004-05

83,111

60.8

32.56

2005-06

72,561

53.08

27.65

2006-07

86,915

63.58

32.10

2007-08

90,337

66.08

31.99

Table 2: Local transport capital allocations to Merseytravel

(£ per head)

Cash (£000)

Cash

Funding 1987 prices

1993-94

14,908

10.91

7.75

1994-95

6,812

4.98

3.46

1995-96

8,626

6.31

4.23

1996-97

5,679

4.15

2.12

1997-98

9,466

6.92

4.40

1998-99

7,190

5.26

3.23

1999-2000

8,423

6.16

3.73

2000-01

8,286

6.06

3.56

2001-02

15,800

11.56

6.67

2002-03

18,343

13.42

7.62

2003-04

21,797

15.95

8.79

2004-05

30,574

22.37

11.98

2005-06

19,679

14.40

7.50

2006-07

17,012

12.44

6.28

2007-08

18,903

13.83

6.69

Table 3: Specific revenue grants for buses and cycling

(£ per head)

Cash (£000)

Cash

Funding 1987 prices

1993 to 1997-98

0

0.00

0.00

1998-99

83

0.06

0.04

1999-2000

83

0.06

0.04

2000-01

83

0.06

0.04

2001-02

320

0.23

0.14

2002-03

1,021

0.75

0.42

2003-04

1,259

0.92

0.51

2004-05

1,117

0.82

0.44

2005-06

415

0.30

0.16

2006-07

327

0.24

0.12

2007-08

685

0.50

0.24

Table 4: Total funding allocations to Merseytravel

(£ per head)

Cash (£000)

Cash

Funding 1987 prices

1997-98

81,491

59.61

37.85

1998-99

72,975

53.38

32.77

1999-2000

68,895

50.40

30.47

2000-01

66,700

48.79

28.65

2001-02

104,281

76.28

44.02

2002-03

110,209

80.62

45.76

2003-04

114,787

83.97

46.32

2004-05

114,802

83.98

44.98

2005-06

92,655

67.78

35.30

2006-07

104,254

76.26

38.50

2007-08

109,925

80.41

38.92

Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were impounded and destroyed for failure to pay vehicle excise duty in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last six years. (183504)

Unlicensed vehicles on a public road are clamped. If a release fee and either a tax disc or surety payment is not made within 24 hours, the vehicles are impounded. If fees are not paid, the vehicle will be disposed of either by it being scrapped, recycled to the emergency services or, in a few cases, sold. Information we hold on the number of vehicles subject to these enforcement steps is:

Vehicles clamped

Of these: vehicles impounded

Vehicles disposed of by scrapping or sale

England

2002

32,270

21,391

16,583

2003

57,794

37,015

27,354

2004

61,732

44,449

30,994

2005

77,355

57,578

36,004

2006

78,272

56,986

33,763

2007

108,385

65,010

39,872

Total

415,808

282,429

184,570

Scotland

2002

3,062

2,494

2,011

2003

5,199

3,347

2,876

2004

4,028

2,611

2,277

2005

4,030

2,385

2,068

2006

4,393

2,761

2,197

2007

8,209

3,986

3,005

Total

28,921

17,584

14,434

Wales

2002

1,274

763

689

2003

2,290

1,225

1,090

2004

2,265

1,299

1,080

2005

2,613

1,855

1,303

2006

4,144

2,315

1,500

2007

7,048

3,589

2,368

Total

19,634

11,046

8,030

Northern Ireland

2002

1

1

1

2003

1

1

1

2004

1

1

1

2005

1,329

1

283

2006

3,132

911

849

2007

5,039

1,213

557

Total

9,500

2,124

1,689

Total

2002

36,606

24,648

19,283

2003

65,283

41,587

31,320

2004

68,025

48,359

34,351

2005

85,327

61,818

39,658

2006

89,941

62,973

38,309

2007

128,681

73,798

45,802

Total

473,863

313,183

208,723

1 No figures available.

Rail Passengers Council Report

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response she has made to the recommendations of the Rail Passengers Council Report, March 2005, on the deployment of class 450 rolling stock on the Portsmouth mainline. (178974)

The Department has examined the report, which records a range of views about the class 450s. The report does not, however, make specific recommendations and the Department has made no formal response to it.

Railways: Concessions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend and fund national concessionary travel schemes to (a) rail services and (b) London underground. (182392)

[holding answer 25 January 2008]: From April this year, for the first time, those aged 60 and over, and the eligible disabled, will be able to travel anywhere in England on off-peak local buses. This new concession is being funded at a cost of an additional £212 million—bringing our total commitment to concessionary travel to around £1 billion per year. Our current focus is very much on the successful implementation of this new all-England concession from April.

Local authorities retain the ability to offer discretionary concessions, including rail or underground travel, over and above the statutory minimum, if they wish to do so from their own resources.

Roads: Construction

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road-widening schemes have been approved by the Highways Agency in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each completed scheme was. (183663)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many major new road schemes have been approved by the Highways Agency in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each completed scheme was. (183664)

Rolling Stock

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the demand for additional carriages to be added to Virgin Pendolino trains on the West Coast mainline route; and if she will make a statement. (183667)

The Department for Transport has assessed demand on the West Coast Main Line and continues to take action to ensure provision of extra capacity, as envisaged in the 2007 high level output specification (HLOS) statement. An additional 30 per cent. capacity will be realised from the existing fleet of 'Pendolino' trains from December 2008, when a more intensive service will be introduced.

The Department is currently refining requirements for the lengthening of a number of the 'Pendolino' trains by two carriages, for introduction early in the life of the next franchise for West Coast Trains (2012 onwards), subject to value-for-money considerations.

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of speed cameras is expected to be (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in 2007-08. (183495)

This information is not held by the Department. Since 1 April 2007 local road safety partnerships have been responsible for the deployment and operation of safety cameras. Cameras are now funded in the same way as other road safety measures through the local transport plan process, which includes a specific road safety grant. Partnerships are free to spend the grant according to local priorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology she uses to estimate the number of lives saved by the siting of speed cameras. (183496)

The annual independent evaluations of the national safety camera programme assessed the effectiveness of cameras using a statistical model which took account of many different parameters including the effects of long-term trends and seasonal variations. Details of the modelling approach are included in the appendices to these reports.

The four-year evaluation, published on 15 December 2005, found a 42 per cent. reduction in people killed or seriously injured at camera sites, that means around 1,745 fewer people killed or seriously injured per annum, including over 100 fewer deaths.

Work and Pensions

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, columns 570-1W, on departmental public expenditure, what percentage of annual managed expenditure savings made by his Department HM Treasury has agreed to add to his Department’s expenditure limit. (181771)

Work to refine a methodology for calculating savings resulting from the Pathways to Work programme is on-going. The value of annual managed expenditure savings captured will be assessed periodically as positive outcomes from Pathways to Work are demonstrated. Any additional DEL funding provided to DWP will be allocated through normal processes.

Health and Safety Executive: Complaints

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last four years, broken down by region. (181128)

[holding answer 22 January 2008]: National level statistics were provided in my response to the hon. Member's question PQ/07/173797 of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 720W. Unfortunately, due to incompatibilities between HSE's current computer system and an earlier system, significant and disproportionate costs would be involved in extracting an historical regional breakdown, and manually validating the results.

Incapacity Benefit

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those people claiming incapacity benefit at the most recent date are expected to (a) die and (b) reach state retirement age in each of the next 10 years. (181641)

Incapacity Benefit: Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming incapacity benefit in Leicestershire on the most recent date for which figures are available. (181818)

At May 2007, there were 16,130 working age claimants of incapacity benefits in Leicestershire.

Incapacity Benefit: Newcastle upon Tyne

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were incapacity benefit claimants in Newcastle upon Tyne in each year since 1997. (181061)

[holding answer 22 January 2008]: The information is in the following table.

Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance cases by gender in Newcastle upon Tyne local authority

Working age females

Working age males

May 1997

6,500

11,500

May 1998

6,800

11,400

May 1999

7,300

12,100

May 2000

7,060

12,020

May 2001

7,380

12,360

May 2002

7,530

12,410

May 2003

7,490

11,880

May 2004

7,240

11,460

May 2005

7,040

11,040

May 2006

6,830

10,510

May 2007

6,540

10,080

1 1997, 1998 and 1999 figures are uprated to WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest 100. 2 Figures for 2000 onwards are rounded to the nearest 10. 3 Totals may not sum due to rounding. 4 1997, 1998 and 1999 figures are based on a five per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. Source: DWP Information Directorate five per cent. sample and 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Incapacity Benefits: Industrial Diseases

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will accept and implement the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommendations that those who have worked at screens on the surface of coal mines for 40 years or more be covered by Prescribed Disease PD D12; and if he will publicise that decision to all interested parties. (178609)

The impact of implementing the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council’s recommendations regarding screen workers at the surface of coal mines is currently being assessed.

A decision will be made in light of that assessment.

Job Creation: Bexley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new jobs were created in Bexley in each of the last four years. (182093)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the reasonability of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 31 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on the number of new jobs created in Bexley in each of the last four years. (182093).

While statistics of new jobs created are not available explicitly, figures from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes in employment from year to year.

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1 attached provides estimates based on people aged 16 and over, in employment, resident in Bexley.

Figures for 2004 are for the twelve months ending February that year. Figures for 2005-2007 are for the twelve months ending March the same year.

As with any survey, results from the APS at a small geographical area are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Net change in employment levels, for people aged 16 and over, by area of residence

Thousand

Bexley

Level

Net change

2004

107

2005

109

1

2006

108

-1

2007

107

-1

Notes:

1. Figures for 2004 are for the 12 months ending February.

2. Figures for 2005-2007 are for the 12 months ending March.

3. Figures at this detailed level are produced from the LFS microdata which are weighted to the population estimates published by ONS in spring 2003. They do not incorporate the more recent population estimates used in the headline LFS employment series.

4. As with any survey, results from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty

Source:

Annual Local Area Labour Force Survey

Job Creation: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new jobs were created in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in each of the last four years. (181667)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested fails within the reasonability of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 31 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on the number of new jobs created in each of the last four years in Romford, Essex and Greater London. (181667).

While statistics of new jobs created are not available explicitly, statistics from surveys enable comparisons to be made of net changes in employment from year to year.

The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

Table 1 attached provides estimates based on people aged 16 and over, in employment, resident in London, Essex and Havering. Figures are not available for Romford from the APS.

Figures for 2004 are for the twelve months ending February. Figures for 2005-2007 are for the twelve months ending March,

As with any survey, results from the APS at a small geographical area are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Net change in employment levels, for people aged 16 and over, by area of residenceThousandsLondonEssexHaveringLevelNet changeLevelNet changeLevelNet change20043,397—649—112—20053,424276545109-320063,441176540108-120073,51271651-31080 1. Figures for 2004 are for the 12 months ending February.2. Figures for 2005-07 are for the 12 months ending March.3. London figures are provided by Government office region. Essex and Havering figures are by unitary authority.4. Figures at this detailed level are produced from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) microdata which are weighted to the population estimates published by ONS in spring 2003. They do not incorporate the more recent population estimates used in the headline LFS employment series.5. As with any survey, results from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.Source:Annual Population Survey

National Insurance: Foreign Workers

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many temporary national insurance numbers have been issued to non-EU nationals in each year since 1997; and if he will give a breakdown by nationality of the number issued in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.[181144]

The Department does not issue temporary national insurance numbers. Employers sometimes create temporary reference numbers for the purpose of their payroll records, where an employee has not provided a national insurance number. Such numbers are not recognised or used by either DWP or HMRC systems.

New Deal Schemes

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were on a New Deal programme on the most recent date for which figures are available. (181652)