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Written Answers

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 1 May 2008

Solicitor-General

BAE Systems

To ask the Solicitor-General what investigations the Serious Fraud Office has conducted into BAE Systems since 2003; and on what date each (a) began and (b) ended. (203343)

There have been five investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office into BAE Systems since 2003. All five investigations began on 14 July 2004. The Serious Fraud Office decided to discontinue the investigation into the affairs of BAE Systems as far as they relate to the Al Yamamah defence contract with the Government of Saudi Arabia on 14 December 2006. The other four investigations continue.

Scotland

Departmental Freedom of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. (201732)

The Ministry of Justice has published two annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 and 2006. These reports can be found at the following address:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/statisticsAndReports.htm

The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformationquarterly.htm

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.

The published reports provide statistics on the number of “non-routine” requests received during each period where: an initial response was provided within 20 working days; an initial response was given outside this time but a public interest test extension had been applied; an initial response was given outside this time and no public interest test extension was applied, and where no initial response had been given at the time the statistics were collected.

The 2006 annual report provides statistics on the duration of the public interest test extensions in that year. Corresponding statistics for 2007 will be available when the 2007 annual report is published.

Information requests where deadlines were extended beyond 40 days is not collected in the form requested; however the proportion of resolvable requests the Department answered “in time” (i.e. meeting the deadline or with a permitted extension) in 2007 was 83 per cent.

For 2005 and 2006, the reports show the number of requests received by the Department which were withheld, either in full or in part, where an FOI exemption or EIR exception was applied. For 2007, the number of such requests was nine, based on aggregated quarterly statistics from 2007. Requests withheld solely under the exemption applicable to “information available by other means” are not included; statistics on these are not collected centrally because they are dealt with as routine business.

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

East of England Development Agency: Fishburn Hedges

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments the East of England Development Agency made to Fishburn Hedges in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose in each case. (202251)

Since February 2005, Fishburn Hedges have provided the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) with a wide range of consultancy services in support of EEDA's external communications and campaigns. These services have included campaigns development, design, production, printing, copywriting, database development and public affairs consultancy across the organisation.

Across these services the following total payments were made:

£

2005

81,905.26

2006

168,483.98

2007

217,230.60

2008

21,240.04

Salmon: Imports

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to maintain the minimum import price for farmed salmon. (202804)

The European Commission is currently conducting an interim review of the anti-dumping measures, in the form of a minimum import price, against imports of farmed salmon from Norway. This Department has contributed fully to this review, working closely with the Scottish Executive, the Irish Government and the EU Salmon Producers Group. In addition, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has spoken on a number of occasions in support of the measures with Peter Mandelson, the European Trade Commissioner, and Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister. The outcome of the review is expected during May.

Leader of the House

Early Day Motions

To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the use of early day motions by hon. Members. (201230)

As the hon. Member is aware, the use made of early day motions by hon. Members was considered in the Procedure Committee’s First Report of Session 2006-07 (HC 513). The Committee identified a number of broad purposes for which EDMs were used, including: expressing opinions on issues of general public interest, continuing a policy debate, giving prominence to a campaign or the work of a pressure group, and highlighting local issues. The Committee recommended against introducing any new restrictions on the permissible subject matter for EDMs.

In their response to the Committee (Cm. 7193) in July 2007, the Government agreed with this approach, noting that

“Members value the breadth of opportunity provided by the right to table an EDM on almost any subject, which enables them to raise a range of constituency or general issues which cannot be raised in other ways”.

The Government have not made any separate or further assessment of EDMs.

Members: PICT

To ask the Leader of the House how many computers in hon. Members’ offices provided by PICT are marked with the instruction that they are not to be used after 8 May 2008; and if she will make a statement. (202320)

Members’ computers are included in a Portable Appliances Test (PAT) rolling programme. These appliances are marked with an instruction that they are not to be used after the date by which the next PAT test is scheduled to be completed, in this case 8 May. The programme has commenced in Portcullis House and it is planned to test all appliances prior to the date on each appliance instruction.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Retail Packaging

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take to reduce the use of packaging by retailers. (202797)

European Packaging Regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging used by retailers. But slow progress led to a voluntary agreement between Government and retailers, called the Courtauld Commitment, facilitated by the Waste and Resource Action Programme. This agreement aims this year to halt packaging growth and to make absolute reductions in packaging by 2010.

Foot and Mouth

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will provide compensation to swill-feeders in connection with foot and mouth disease. (202798)

No. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration reported on this issue in December 2007. She concluded that, as the Government have revisited the original decision not to pay compensation many times since 2001, there is no un-remedied injustice which requires reconsideration of the question.

Pitt Review

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to allocate the £34.5 million to implement the Pitt review's recommendations on flooding. (202799)

We have announced an initial provision of £34.5 million funding over the three years to 2010-11 which may be needed to implement the Pitt recommendations. We will determine how this should be spent when we see the final Pitt report and the priorities which it contains.

Newt Populations

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what has been spent on relocating newt populations in the last 12 months. (202801)

The costs to individual projects of relocating great crested newt colonies are not centrally recorded; neither is that information collected by Natural England as part of the licensing regime.

Imported Biomass

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the sustainability of imported biomass. (202802)

I have regular discussions with my ministerial colleagues about biomass issues.

The UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on 15 April. Fuel companies must submit reports to the Government on the biofuels they supply, including information on levels of greenhouse gas savings, as well as their environmental and social impacts. This information will be published.

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the sustainability of imported biomass. (202809)

I have regular discussions with my ministerial colleagues about biomass issues.

The UK's renewable transport fuel obligation came into force on 15 April. Fuel companies must submit reports to the Government on the biofuels they supply, including information on levels of greenhouse gas savings, as well as their environmental and social impacts. This information will be published.

Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on proposals to protect nitrate vulnerable zones. (202803)

The Government sought views on the measures in the revised Nitrates Action Programme through a consultation, which ran from August to December 2007. Over 600 responses were received. A comprehensive report summarising the comments made was published on 19 March and is available on the DEFRA website.

Chewing Gum

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on the use of tax incentives for manufacturers of chewing gum to encourage the development of a biodegradable product. (202805)

Any decision on taxation is for my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. However, I am not convinced that taxation will solve the problem which is people dropping litter, be it gum or any other type.

I am pleased to see that Nottingham city council is taking part in this year’s chewing gum litter awareness campaign.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Transport on the effect on climate change of transport-related carbon dioxide emissions. (202806)

I regularly meet with Department for Transport Ministers to discuss ways that the transport sector can contribute to our commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The recently published “Towards a Sustainable Transport System” demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring the transport sector plays its full role in tackling climate change.

Ofwat Price Review

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the 2009 Ofwat price review. (202807)

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the 2009 Ofwat price review. (202810)

Post-Kyoto Agreement

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on an agreement on climate change since the Bali summit. (202808)

Following the Bali UNFCCC summit all parties to the Convention met in Bangkok last month to agree a workplan for this year on the four areas to be agreed—mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance/investment. In addition ministerial colleagues and I have taken part in several other discussions on achieving a new agreement, including the Major Economies Process, the G8 Gleneagles dialogue and at the OECD. Since Bali I have also had bilateral meetings with many of the key countries to discuss progress.

National Food Supply

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the security of the national food supply. (202811)

Food security is about ensuring consumers have access to a stable and adequate supply of food. This requires effective risk management and contingency planning, security of our energy supplies, access to food from a variety of sources and a strong food chain and infrastructure.

Agriculture: Subsidies

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the revenue raised through modulation of the single farm payment was spent on in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. (201608)

Money raised through modulation of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) and other direct payments is transferred to Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy and is used to fund rural development programmes.

Modulation receipts in England from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 SPS schemes years form part of the funding of the England Rural Development Programme 2000-2006 and latterly the Rural Development Programme for England 2007-2013.

Further details on modulation expenditure for 2005-06 and 2006-07 can be found in the England Rural Development Annual Reports on the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/erdp/docs/ann_rep.htm.

The Rural Development Programme for England Annual Report 2007-08 will be available in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of the modulation element of the single farm payment in England was in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08. (201610)

The following table provides total modulation deductions to date for each scheme year of the Single Payment Scheme:

SPS scheme year1

£ million2

2005

81.47

2006

163.79

20073

251.10

1 Scheme year refers to claims submitted in that calendar year for which the payment window runs from December to 30 June of the following calendar year. 2 All figures subject to change as payments are made or adjusted. 3 Approximately 16 per cent. of the value of 2007 SPS payments remain to be made.

Beekeeping

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department plans to spend on research into bee diseases in the next three years. (202789)

Detailed allocations for all of DEFRA’s programmes have still to be finalised, including those for research. The expectation is that funding for commissioned research into bee health will be around the same level as in previous years. Research priorities are addressed in the draft Bee Health strategy which has been published for public consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the incidence of disease in the honeybee population. (202800)

The National Bee Unit operates a statutory inspection programme for American foul brood, European foul brood and exotic pests which have yet to be found in the UK. It is too early to assess disease incidence this season although there are indications of some significant colony losses across the country which are under investigation.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions on the new bovine tuberculosis strategy with the RSPCA. (202432)

The RSPCA is an important stakeholder and we will keep in touch with them as we continue to develop our policies on bovine TB.

British Waterways: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments British Waterways made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202290)

British Waterways have made no payments to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in respect of its activities in England and Wales in the last five years.

Carbon Emissions: Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in meeting the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan target of reducing emissions from the UK's residential housing stock by 31 per cent. on 1990 levels by 2020. (202617)

As it is less than a year since the adoption of the action plan it is too soon to assess progress towards the 9 per cent. energy-saving target but there have been significant steps forward in the household sector since the action plan was published. These include the commencement of the carbon emissions reduction target on 1 April and the launch, also on 1 April, of the Green Homes Service with funding of £26 million in 2008-09 to help over two million people in its first year to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, choose lower emissions transport, reduce waste and conserve water.

Carbon Trust: Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Carbon Trust made to (a) Citigate Public Affairs, (b) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (c) Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202294)

English Nature: Citigate Public Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments English Nature made to Citigate Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202295)

Citigate were contracted to undertake a parliamentary monitoring service for English Nature, and subsequently Natural England (following the merger of the three founding bodies of Natural England on 1 October 2006), for daily monitoring of parliamentary information.

Citigate payments

£

2003-04

6,606

2004-05

6,859

2005-06

9,224

2006-07

5,640

2007-08

2,350

Farms: Official Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms he has visited since taking up his position, in each Government region; and if he will make a statement. (192899)

In addition to attending the Royal Show, the Great Yorkshire Show and the Oxford Farming Conference and having a number of meetings with both farmers and their representative bodies, the Secretary of State has visited farms in the following regions:

Farms

North-west

2

East of England

1

South-west

1

London

1

Flood Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the powers and responsibilities of internal drainage boards (IDBs) including the opportunity for areas currently not covered by an IDB to opt in to those services. (202491)

One of Sir Michael Pitt's interim conclusions was that flooding legislation should be updated and streamlined under a single unifying Act of Parliament that, among other outcomes, addresses all sources of flooding, clarifies responsibilities and facilitates flood risk management. DEFRA recognises the force of this argument and is considering current legislation and how it might be improved.

Food: Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of introducing in England grants for farmers with similar purposes to those of the food processing and marketing grants in place in Wales. (202100)

Grants for the purposes mentioned by my hon. Friend have already been introduced in England. The Processing and Marketing Grant scheme is an important element in the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-13. It is designed to assist in the achievement of improved competitiveness by boosting productivity, creating enhanced added value and applying innovative technology. It is aimed at Welsh farmers, growers, foresters, food and drink manufacturers and processors. Assistance aimed at providing their English counterparts with the same benefits is provided under Axis 1 of the Rural Development Programme for England, which includes a range of measures designed to increase the competitiveness of the agriculture and forestry sectors. The budget for the whole of Axis 1 is some £250 million over the Programming period 2007-13.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of introducing in England a scheme designed to promote the food production industry similar to the True Taste of Wales programme. (202101)

As part of our programme to support the quality regional food sector in England, DEFRA has provided funding for a number of award schemes with similar objectives to the True Taste of Wales programme. These include:

1. The Guild of Fine Foods Retailers’ annual Great Taste Awards and associated promotional events, such as Taste British Gold: a two-week in- store promotion featuring gold winners from the Taste Awards

2. The AA Regional Food Awards aimed at showcasing and encouraging the use of quality regional ingredients and

3. The Daily Telegraph Taste of Britain awards which are a celebration of good quality local and regional British food.

Hunting: Fines

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce measures under the cross-compliance rules governing the common agricultural policy to deduct payments from landowners who have permitted their land to be used for (a) illegal poisoning of birds of prey and (b) hunting with hounds. (201489)

The cross compliance rules under the common agricultural policy already allow for a reduction in payments for claimants who permit their land to be used for illegal poisoning of birds of prey.

Hunting with hounds on the other hand is not covered by the statutory management requirements nor identified as one of the ‘issues' or ‘standards' in the good agricultural and environmental condition framework which member states are obliged to consider under the cross compliance rules.

Meat and Livestock Commission: Weber Shandwick Public Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments the Meat and Livestock Commission made to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202291)

The following table details the payments, and their purpose, made by the Meat and Livestock Commission to Weber Shandwick Public Affairs in the last five years:

Meat and Livestock Commission

Account

£

2003-04

Consultancy

8,500.00

Conferences

750

Public relations

275,125.31

Promotional activity—general

51,563.88

335,939.19

2004-05

Consultancy

24,201.16

Meetings-groups

7,834.80

Public relations

163,977.21

Consumer public relations

25,478.65

Agency fees

526.45

2005-06

Public relations

211,746.21

Consumer public relations

93.17

Agency fees

236.8

Food Service

6,764.75

Industry awards

6,421.07

225,262.00

Natural England: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the Government’s funding of Natural England and (b) the effect of funding levels on Natural England’s ability to support local groups such as the Stroud Valleys Project in Stroud constituency. (202427)

We announced core funding of £176 million for Natural England in 2008-09 on 21 February. The board of Natural England consider that to be a good settlement in the current financial climate. Decisions on funding for individual projects and grants are a matter for Natural England and its board.

Securing a healthy natural environment remains a top priority and is one of my Department’s two high level goals alongside tackling climate change. Natural England will be a key contributor to this work. I am confident that the budget allocation we have made for this year will enable Natural England to play a major part in delivering those goals.

Natural England: Grayling Political Strategy

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments Natural England made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202296)

Grayling were contracted by Countryside Agency to run a series of seminars/events in 2004-05 relating to the transfer of responsibilities to other Government Offices and Agencies as a result of the Haskins Review.

Grayling payments

£

2003-04

0

2004-05

93,909

2005-06

0

2006-07

0

2007-08

0

Nature Conservation: Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to assess the extent of damage to wildlife resulting from the effects of climate change. (202525)

Key impacts of climate change on wildlife have already been observed, including changes in the timings of seasonal events, shifts in the ranges of species, and changes to habitats and ecosystems.

In 2007, the Government responded, with others, by publishing the guidance “Conserving Biodiversity in a Changing Climate” aimed at those planning and delivering wildlife conservation in the UK. The guidance helps conservation practitioners to build capacity to adapt and, amongst other principles, acknowledges the importance of continued monitoring to enable them to identify and respond to the impacts of climate change on wildlife.

DEFRA has an ongoing programme of research to assess the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. Last year the results of two projects were published:

The “MONARCH report (Modelling Natural Resource Responses to Climate Change)” modelled possible changes to some UK species ranges in response to different climate scenarios; and

“England Biodiversity Strategy”—towards adaptation to climate change which reviewed the scientific evidence and summarised the impacts of climate change on the biodiversity of England.

A review of the impacts of climate change on migratory species was published in 2005 and we are currently funding further research into identifying migratory species which could be used as indicators to monitor the effects of climate change. DEFRA has invested in the National Biodiversity Network, the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme and the Environmental Change Network which, amongst several other objectives, also provide means of detecting ongoing impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to determine the membership of (a) the Criteria Proposals Group and (b) the Criteria Review Panel in respect of geological screening criteria for radioactive waste disposal sites developed by his Department. (202081)

The two groups were recruited by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme sponsor bodies (DEFRA, Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland) following discussion with, and nominations by, the learned societies—the Royal Society, the Geological Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser was also involved and the scientific disciplines sought were geology, hydrogeology and rock mechanics. Membership represented a high calibre mix of academic and industrial practitioners.

A Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) member participated in the Criteria Proposal Group’s work and a technical specialist from the Environment Agency also served on Criteria Review Panel.

Further information on the Groups’ work is available on DEFRA’s website.

Rights of Way

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister authorised the establishment of the Discovering Lost Ways project; and if he will instigate an investigation into the reasons for the project not achieving its objectives. (201791)

The Countryside Agency established the Discovering Lost Ways (DLW) Project following publication of the Rural White Paper Implementation Plan of March 2001, using funds provided by DEFRA under the authority of the then Environment Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher).

Section 53 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 provided for the extinguishment, in 2026, of public rights of way that existed prior to 1949, unless recorded by 2026 on the definitive map and statement maintained by the highway authority. The DLW project trialled the use of systematic data collection techniques to fulfil the Government's aim as set out in the 2000 Rural White Paper, of recording of such rights before 2026.

Natural England, the successor body to the Countryside Agency, has now reviewed the DLW Project. Its investigations found that even this systematic research approach could not remove the requirement for further detailed research into cases by the highway authority, and for a public inquiry to be held whenever the recording of such a right was opposed. As a result it considers there is no prospect of processing of the evidence collected by the 2026 cut-off date and accordingly Natural England is terminating the research contract. I do not consider any further investigation to be necessary.

Natural England is preparing to convene a Stakeholder Working Group to consider the scope for an agreed package of the reforms in this area. The Government have endorsed this as an appropriate way forward, and will consider any recommendations from the Group in due course, although this does not mean that the Government are, at this stage, committing to further legislative reform. We have written to stakeholders indicating that we will not bring section 53 into effect at least until we know the outcome of this Group's work.

Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) the Waste and Resources Action Programme and (b) his Department has purchased the Handbook on the implementation of Pay as You Throw as a tool for urban waste management produced by Dresden University of Technology. (202943)

The Library of my Department advises that it has not purchased a copy, however the handbook was considered as part of the report carried out for DEFRA into “Modelling the Impact of Household Charging for Waste in England”. This report is available on the DEFRA website.

In addition, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) informs me that it has not purchased a copy.

Work and Pensions

Children: Daycare

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of children in lower-income working families accessing child care through extended schools; and what progress is being made towards meeting the sub-target of his Department's Public Service Agreement target 3. (200820)

The data requested are not available.

Information relating to what progress has been made towards meeting this public service agreement target is available in the departmental Autumn Performance Report 2007. This is available in the Library and can also be viewed at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2007/autumnreport/full-report07.pdf

Figures showing progress towards Public Service Agreement 3 will be available when the results of the 2007 Childcare Survey are published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families later this year.

Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time for an appeal against refusal of disability living allowance to be determined was in the latest period for which figures are available; what is the longest time a person has been waiting for an appeal to be heard; how many people have been waiting (a) three, (b) six or (c) more than six months for a hearing; and if he will make a statement. (202097)

I have been asked to reply.

Information is compiled for appeals against refusal for disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA) together. To separate the two would incur disproportionate cost and therefore the answer has been provided for both DLA and AA.

The table provides an indication of waiting times. These figures may be slightly overstated due to data reconciliation across two different databases.

We are unable to provide the longest waiting time for an appellant in a DLA case as the historical data are not robust due to inconsistencies across the aforementioned two databases.

Average length of time and waiting times for an appeal against refusal for disability living allowance and attendance allowance, 2007-08

Number

Percentage

Average length of time for an appeal for disability living allowance and attendance allowance

9.5 weeks

Number of people waiting:

(a) up to three months

47,875

81

(b) three to six months

10,700

18

(c) more than six months

855

1

Source:

The Tribunals Service

Disability Living Allowance: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of disability living allowance (a) payments and (b) administration was in each of the last five years. (201465)

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: Information on administration costs is not available prior to 2006-07. The available information is in the following tables.

Disability living allowance expenditure

£ million

Nominal terms

Real terms (2008-09 prices)

2003-04

7,582

8,704

2004-05

8,079

9,025

2005-06

8,618

9,428

2006-07

9,155

9,737

2007-08 (Forecast outturn)

9,834

10,129

Source:

DWP Expenditure tables.

Estimated disability living allowance administration costs

£ million

2006-07

127

2007-08

132

Source:

PDCS Management Information.

Disability Living Allowance: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the (a) effectiveness and (b) administration of the disability living allowance. (201466)

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: Disability living allowance remains under continual review to ensure that it continues to provide help with the extra costs that people with disabilities face.

We are also continually monitoring the way that disability living allowance is administered to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our customers.

The introduction of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service will enable us to provide a more integrated and seamless service. We will be introducing a wider programme of reviews and interventions, and will continue to provide improved training for decision-making staff to help ensure the accuracy of disability living allowance awards.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made towards improving the accuracy of estimates for the take-up of disability living allowance amongst disabled people. (200784)

We commissioned the Policy Studies Institute to investigate possible methods of estimating take-up of disability living allowance. Its initial feasibility study was published in July 2007, “The take-up rate of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: Feasibility study” DWP report 442 and recommended a survey-based approach, subject to further development and testing of the feasibility. Since then we have commissioned the Policy Studies Institute to continue this approach and work is currently ongoing.

Incapacity Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the process by which assessments are made of whether people with myalgic encephalopathy may receive benefits; what account the process takes of the rate of successful appeals against decisions to deny benefits in such cases; and if he will make a statement. (201837)

We have already reviewed the process for assessing whether people with medical conditions, including myalgic encephalopathy, may receive incapacity benefits.

The new work capability assessment for employment and support allowance will be a fair, robust and accurate assessment of limited capability for work which takes account of all conditions, including those that are long-term and that fluctuate such as myalgic encephalopathy.

Updated medical guidance on myalgic encephalopathy for disability living allowance decision makers was published in July 2007. There are no current plans for further revision of the process.

The process for employment and support allowance and disability living allowance does not take account of the rate of successful appeals. However, we will continue to monitor new research and evidence, including relevant case law, in this area.

Industrial Health and Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of work-related major and fatal injuries per 100,000 employees in each year since 2004; and what progress is being made towards meeting his Department’s Public Service Agreement target 5. (200822)

The following table sets out the published statistics for the years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.The figures for 2007-08 will be published in autumn 2008.

Rate of reported injury (per 100,000 employees)

Fatal injury

Major injury

Fatal and major injury

2004-05

0.7

117.9

118.6

2005-06

0.6

110.5

111.1

2006-071

0.7

107.0

107.7

1 Provisional

Source:

RIDDOR

The PSA target five is to improve

“By 2008, improve health and safety outcomes in Great Britain through progressive improvement in the control of risk in the workplace”.

The PSA target is measured against six sub-targets, including one for fatal and major injuries—a 3 per cent. reduction on the 2004-05 baseline. The HSE publishes a statistics progress report annually. The latest report for the period 2006-07 indicates that for major and fatal injuries HSE is on track to meet the PSA target.

JP Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department paid to JP Morgan in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of each payment was. (199611)

Current DWP records extend back to the 2003-04 financial year.

The annual spend with JP Morgan from 2003-04 is as follows:

£

2003-04

0.00

2004-05

136.00

2005-06

120.00

2006-07

863.00

2007-08

10,369.00

In all cases, these payments were made in respect of client facing programmes, in particular, Access to Work—Payments for Support Workers.

Information is not available for the period prior to 2003 and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Pension, Disability and Carers Service: Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department incurred in recruiting the chief executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service. (199464)

The expenditure—over and above normal DWP staff time—incurred in recruiting the chief executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service was £2,350.

Pensioners: Poverty

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures the Government has implemented to help pensioners out of poverty since 1997. (201558)

The Government have introduced a number of measures since 1997 to help older people out of poverty. These include the introduction of the minimum income guarantee and its successor pension credit. We have successively raised the standard minimum guarantee in pension credit by earnings in every year since its introduction. For 2008 we raised the standard minimum guarantee to £124.05—an increase of 4.2 per cent.—more than keeping pace with earnings and prices. The value of the safety net we provide for the poorest pensioners has increased by over a third in real terms since 1997.

In addition we have introduced winter fuel payments for those aged 60 or over, with a higher amount for those 80 or over. And we will be making an additional payment for winter 2008-09 of £50 for households with someone aged 60-79 and £100 for those with someone aged 80 or over. We have also introduced free television licences for people aged 75 or over and made above inflation increases in the basic state pension.

Between 1996-97 and 2005-06 the number of pensioners in poverty in the UK, after housing costs, has fallen by over a third from 2.9 million to 1.8 million (measured by 60 per cent. of contemporary median income after housing costs.) Once housing costs are accounted for, pensioners are less likely to be in poverty than the population as a whole.

Our commitments in the Pensions Act 2007 to continue to uprate the pension credit standard minimum guarantee in line with earnings over the long term, and to reintroduce the earnings link to basic state pension from 2012, or by the end of the next parliament, will help secure these gains into the future.

Poverty: Inverness

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were living in poverty in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997. (200084)

Remploy: York

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who made the decision to close the Remploy factory in York. (202689)

The closure of Remploy’s York factory was included in the Remploy modernisation plan. The modernisation plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and was announced to Parliament on 29 November 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were working at Remploy in York at the time of its closure. (202690)

Winter Fuel Payments: Disabled

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of extending the winter fuel payment scheme to disabled people under 60 years who are in receipt of (a) the middle or higher rate care component and (b) the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance in each of the next five years. (200574)

Winter fuel payments were created to give pensioners reassurance that they can afford to heat their homes in winter. It is paid in a lump sum each winter to ensure that money is available when fuel bills arrive.

Help is already available through disability benefits and the disability premium in income-related benefits in recognition of the extra costs, including heating, which disabled people may have. The extra heating needs of disabled people by and large, arise all year round, not just in the winter months.

Information is not available in the format requested. Many individuals are in receipt of both a care component and mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA).

The following table details the estimated cost of extending winter fuel payments to individuals in receipt of some combination of the higher or middle rate care component of DLA and/or the higher rate mobility component of DLA or one of these components on its own.

All under 60 (including children)

2008-09 prices (£ million)

Total cost in each year

2008-09

290

2009-10

290

2010-11

290

2011-12

285

2012-13

280

Total cost over five years

1,435

Notes:

1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 5 million.

2. Figures are consistent with Budget 2008 Expenditure Forecasts.

3. Figures are based on DLA liveload forecasts for GB which include some cases where the DLA payment is suspended.

4. Figures above include claimants aged under 60 (including children) with high/middle care and/or high mobility component.

5. It is assumed that each claimant is the sole qualifier in the household and is awarded a winter fuel payment of £200. This is likely to over-estimate the total cost as it does not account for any shared payments.

6. Costs in 2008-09 prices fall over time under the assumption of the winter fuel payment being fixed in cash terms.

Source:

DWP Forecasts.

Written Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162349, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance numbers. (171133)

I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 576-77W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162690, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance registrations. (171143)

I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 578-79W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162348, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance and non-UK citizens. (171150)

I replied to the hon. Member's question on 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 579-80W.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Education

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on ensuring that the 2012 Olympic Games delivers a lasting educational legacy. (202685)

I have met with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on a number of occasions to discuss the educational legacy, including the ongoing review of potential options for securing an educational legacy at the site which is currently being led by an independent adviser.

Olympic Games 2012: Land

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of sites in the post-2012 Olympic Park has been sold off; and if she will make a statement. (203342)

The London Development Agency, who own the Olympic park site have not sold off any proportion of the post 2012 Olympic park.

Olympic Games 2012: Wales

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Welsh companies have registered for the CompeteFor service for the Olympics. (203164)

To the end of April, over 323 Welsh businesses have registered on CompeteFor. The names of individual businesses registered on CompeteFor cannot be placed in the public domain, as the CompeteFor terms and conditions provide confidentiality for users. Of the 323 businesses, over a third have five or less employees, and approximately another third have between five and 30. The remaining have over 30 employees. Most of the registered businesses are limited companies, but there have also been registrations from charities, not-for-profit organisations, sole traders, and partnerships.

The CompeteFor system and the wider 2012 London Business Network have been developed to give businesses up and down the country access to opportunities in the 2012 supply chains. So far the level of take up by Welsh businesses has been low: the 323 figure above represents only 2 per cent. of the total registrations. I would encourage as many Welsh businesses as possible, alongside those in the rest of the UK, to take advantage of these opportunities.

Defence

Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has been given of the time it will take to complete the construction of each aircraft carrier once the physical process of construction has begun. (202673)

[holding answer 29 April 2008]: Construction of each ship will take an estimated five and a half years.

Armed Forces: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British units in the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) will be deployed in (a) a JRRF capacity and (b) another capacity between July to December 2008. (201022)

The Joint Rapid Reaction Force is a high readiness contingency capability. As such, it is impossible to predict with certainty which units will be employed on what operations in the second half of this year, as new unforeseen operational requirements may emerge.

Details of the units due to be committed to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are regularly announced, most recently in my written statement of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 107WS.

Armed Forces: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been cancelled because of equipment shortages in each year since 2005. (200933)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each military exercise held in (i) Canada, (ii) Alaska, (iii) Norway, (iv) Iceland, (v) Greenland and (vi) Russia in which British forces have participated in each year since 1997. (200964)

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 714W, on armoured fighting vehicles, if he will publish additional figures on (a) time in use and (b) mileage coverage. (201414)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Defence Estates: Charities

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid to his Department by charity organisations for the use of its property in each year since 1997. (202384)

Defence: Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much in near cash terms his Department spent on urgent operational requirements in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07; (178511)

(2) how much has been spent on urgent operational requirements in each year since 2001.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given in another place by my noble Friend, Baroness Taylor, on 14 December 2007, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA85, for the cost of urgent operational requirements approved from 2002 to 2007. UORs approvals for 2007-08 are some £1.6 billion. Full figures for UORs approved in 2001-02 are not held centrally.

European Fighter Aircraft: Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effect on the public purse of halting further development of the Typhoon Eurofighter. (200539)

No such estimate has been made. The continuing development of Typhoon is necessary to ensure that the aircraft retains its operational edge over its entire planned service life.

Fleet Air Arm: Military Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Fleet Air Arm aircraft were operational at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by aircraft type. (200303)

Lynx, Merlin and Sea King Mk7 and Mark 4 helicopters are currently deployed overseas on operations. I am withholding information on specific numbers as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of our armed forces.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of strength of the (a) 10th and (b) 14th divisions of the Iraqi Army; (200957)

(2) what assessment he has made of the capability of the (a) 10th and (b) 14th divisions of the Iraqi Army to conduct autonomous operations.

10th Division Iraqi Army continues to demonstrate its ability to conduct autonomous operations within Multi National Division (South East). The current strength is around 11,300 personnel.

14th Division is making good progress in strengthening its ability to operate either with or without coalition support, although further work is required to develop its capabilities, not least given that it was only formally established in September 2007. The current strength is around 8,400 personnel. UK Military Transition Teams are providing further advice and support to 14th Division to enhance their operational capability.

Lynx Helicopters

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made on whether to proceed with the future Lynx project. (202321)

The Department’s future plans are under consideration in the current planning round. Any decisions affecting Future Lynx will be announced at the appropriate moment.

Military Aircraft: Helicopters

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given to the role of helicopter engineering as a part of the UK’s key technologies and capabilities during the production of the Defence Industrial Strategy White Paper. (202322)

Helicopter engineering was considered during the writing of both the Defence Industrial Strategy and Defence Technology Strategy. The White Paper “Defence Industrial Strategy” (Cm 6697) listed helicopter systems engineering as one of the skills necessary to support existing capabilities in the sector. This is also covered in the Defence Technology Strategy. A copy of both strategies is available in the Library of the House.

Culture, Media and Sport

Cricket: Broadcasting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had on the broadcasting of Test match cricket for the period from 2010 with representatives of the English cricket squad. (202350)

I have had no discussions on the broadcasting of test match cricket for the period from 2010 with representatives of the English cricket squad.

Digital Broadcasting

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to ensure that households (a) nationally and (b) in West Lancashire constituency will be able to receive terrestrial television signals following digital switchover in 2012. (202215)

We do not hold television coverage figures for individual constituencies. However, at switchover, it is expected that UK wide coverage levels for digital terrestrial television (DTT), will reach that of present analogue services, which is 98.5 per cent. of households.

Digital Switchover Help Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of adding the return path function to the set-top box as part of the digital switchover help scheme; (202845)

(2) what assessment he has made of the proposal that the next wave of the digital switchover help scheme procurement process should include an invitation to market test return path capability.

The Emerging Technologies Group (ETG) is responsible for keeping the core receiver requirements for the digital switchover help scheme (DSHS) under review. In recent weeks the ETG has been considering the viability of including return path capability in the DSHS set-top-box. There are however, a number of concerns about this vision, the main one being that there is not an open standard for return paths. The ETG proposes therefore to establish a dialogue with manufactures to explore the scope for the development of an open standard before taking a view on the most practical and economic way forward.

Pubwatch

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides for the Pubwatch scheme. (203170)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not provide financial support for Pubwatch schemes. The Statutory Guidance, issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, encourages licensing authorities, the police and other agencies to recognise the value of Pubwatch schemes and explicitly asks them to support Pubwatch aims.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Pubwatch scheme in reducing the number of occasions when licensing laws are breached. (203171)

No assessment has been made. However, we believe that national and local Pubwatch schemes make an important contribution to improved partnership working between the pub industry and the police in tackling alcohol related crime and disorder.

Transport

A1: Tree Planting

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of trees planted in Elmet constituency as a result of the upgrading of the A1 and associated works. (203334)

The number of trees planted in Elmet constituency by the Highways Agency, following the upgrading of the A1 and associated works, is a total of 53,805.

Bus Services: Concessions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what meetings she or her Ministers have had with Members of the Welsh Assembly Government on cross-border concessionary bus travel since January 2007; (200060)

(2) if she will place in the Library copies of (a) letters and (b) emails between Ministers in her Department and the Welsh Assembly Government on cross border concessionary bus travel since January 2007.

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: I have not held meetings with Members of the National Assembly for Wales about cross-border concessionary travel between England and Wales, nor has the Secretary of State. The Government’s priority has been the implementation of the new England-wide bus concession which came into effect on 1 April. Concessionary travel is a devolved policy area so the schemes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland differ from the arrangements in England.

Regarding correspondence about cross-border concessionary travel between England and Wales, in August 2007 I wrote to the Deputy First Minister (Minister for the Environment and Transport) of the Welsh Assembly Government about plans for the commencement of the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007.

Officials in the Department for Transport corresponded with their counterparts in Wales during the development of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill, which received Royal Assent in July 2007, and at this time held discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government about reciprocal arrangements for concessionary travel. There are considerable financial implications which would need to be resolved before mutual recognition could be pursued, although local authorities may continue with any current cross-border arrangements.

Departmental Freedom of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many freedom of information requests made to her Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. (201729)

The Ministry of Justice has published two annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 and 2006. These reports can be found at the following address:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/statisticsAndReports.htm

The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformationquarterly.htm.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.

The published reports provide statistics on the number of “non-routine” requests received during each period where: an initial response was provided within 20 working days; an initial response was given outside this time but a public interest test extension had been applied; an initial response was given outside this time and no public interest test extension was applied, and where no initial response had been given at the time the statistics were collected.

The 2006 annual report provides statistics on the duration of the public interest test extensions in that year. Corresponding statistics for 2007 will be available when the 2007 annual report is published.

Information requests where deadlines were extended beyond 40 days is not collected in the form requested; however the proportion of resolvable requests the Department answered “in time” (i.e. meeting the deadline or with a permitted extension) in 2007 was 90 per cent.

For 2005 and 2006, the reports show the number of requests received by the Department which were withheld, either in full or in part, where an FOI exemption or EIR exception was applied. For 2007, the number of such requests was 205, based on aggregated quarterly statistics from 2007. Requests withheld solely under the exemption applicable to “information available by other means” are not included; statistics on these are not collected centrally because they are dealt with as routine business.

Departmental Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which her Department is responsible; and on what assumptions for (a) discount and (b) longevity the estimate is based; (200696)

(2) what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which her Department is responsible in each year since 1990-91;

(3) what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which her Department has responsibility in each year since 1990-91; and if she will make a statement;

(4) expenditure would be from increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which her Department is responsible by one per cent.; and if she will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement. (200700)

The cash equivalent transfer value of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in the Department for Transport and its executive agencies is £6,205,505. Much of the detail of this is set out in the Remuneration Report, which is part of the Department’s accounts.

Departmental Telephone Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 43-44W, on departmental telephone services, how much money (a) her Department and (b) its agencies raised from 0845 and similar cost telephone lines in each of the last 10 years. (193990)

The money raised by the Department for Transport and its agencies from 0845 and similar cost telephone lines since the Department was formed in 2002 is set out in the following table. All of these telephone lines are either revenue neutral or the money raised is less than the cost of the service.

Money raised (£)

Comments

DFT (Central)

0

One 0845 line which generates no income

DVLA

2002-03—623,539

Has 17 0800, 0870 and 0845 lines—all revenue is from the 0870 lines

2003-04—874,965

2004-05—1,945,131

2005-06—2,423,517

2006-07—2,894,284

2007-08—2,555,102 (year to date)

DSA

Up to 2002-03—not available

Has 4 0870 lines currently being changed to 0300 lines

2003-04—702,326

2004-05—706,399

2005-06—693,254

2006-07—623,284

2007-08—639,048 (year to date)

HA

0

Has 4 0845 and 0870 lines which generate no income

MCA

0

Has one 0870 line which generates no income

VOSA

Up to 2003-04—0

Has 3 0845 and 0870 lines—all revenue is from the 0870 lines

2004-05—10,386

2005-06—63,407

2006-07—72,397

2007-08—62,894 (year to date)

VCA

0

Has one 0844 line which generates no income

GCDA

0

Has no 0845 or similar lines

Freight: EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals are being discussed at an EU level on liberalisation of the haulage industry. (202980)

In May 2007 the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on access to the market in the carriage of goods by road within the Community to or from the territory of a member state or passing across the territory of one or more member states (recast).

On 7 December 2007 the Department for Transport (DFT) launched a formal consultation on this proposal. The Consultation Document and the DFT response to consultation replies can be found on the DFT website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/closed/euroadtransportproposals/

Heavy Goods Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) UK and (b) non-UK registered vehicles between 41 and 44 tonnes (i) entered and (ii) exited the UK in each year since 2004. (202979)

The information requested by vehicle size is not centrally available. Annual figures on the number of UK registered and non-UK registered heavy goods vehicles leaving the country for 2007 and earlier will be published in the statistical bulletin ‘Road Goods Vehicles Travelling to Mainland Europe’ on 22 May 2008.

Hire and Reward Licences

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK international hire and reward licences were awarded for (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007 and (e) 2008. (202978)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has awarded the following number of International hire and reward licences:

Standard international hire and reward licences in issue

Goods granted

PSV granted

Total

2003-04

722

163

885

2004-05

839

152

991

2005-06

753

153

906

2006-07

645

117

762

2007-08

559

98

657

Lorries

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in implementing the Government’s proposal to charge foreign-registered lorries which use British roads a contribution towards the costs of road maintenance. (202143)

Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, what her estimate is of the number of forecourts that provide bio-ethanol (E85) for motor vehicles for (a) commercial vehicles and (b) private vehicles. (203166)

There are 23 bio-ethanol refuelling stations in the UK. This information is gathered by the Energy Saving Trust and is not held centrally by Government. It does not differentiate between facilities for commercial and private vehicles.

Current figures are available on the Energy Saving Trust website at

www.est.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, how many infrastructure grants have been given to assist the building of refuelling stations (a) in total, (b) for natural gas/bio gas, (c) for hydrogen and (d) for bio-ethanol. (203167)

Since the infrastructure grant programme was launched in 2005 there have been 23 grants given for all station types. They are broken down as:

natural gas/biogas—five grants awarded;

hydrogen—no grants awarded;

bio-ethanol (E85 and E95)—three grants awarded.

The remaining grants were for electric recharging stations.

The grants equated to the following numbers of stations:

Fuel type

Number of stations funded

Total funding (£000)

Biogas

1

362

Electric

82

171

E85 Bio-ethanol

18

128

E95 Bio-ethanol

1

33

Natural gas

4

154

Hydrogen

0

0

Total

106

847

Parking: Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that car park management companies which are not members of the British Parking Association, and are therefore not required to comply with the industry code of practice for parking enforcement, are not given access to personal data by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. (203173)

The requirement for private car parking companies who submit requests for vehicle keeper information via electronic channels to be a member of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA) was introduced following public consultation in 2006. The British Parking Association is the only existing ATA for the parking industry. Following the consultation, it was not considered necessary to extend this requirement to those who apply via the manual, paper-based channels due to the fact that each application is considered individually and additional evidence that must be provided.

DVLA will shortly be undertaking a review of all the new measures introduced in 2006. This review will consider the effectiveness of the current requirements, and all other options available.

Railways: Bicycles

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage train operating companies to allow greater accommodation for cyclists and their bicycles on trains. (202910)

We continue to encourage train operators to carry bikes on trains where possible. The Department for Transport’s Cycling Policy document and the rail strategy White Paper published last year set out our policy: train operators should facilitate the carriage of cycles on off-peak services and accept the folding cycles at all times. However, during the peak hours, where capacity is under pressure, it can be in the interests of the majority of passengers not to permit non-folding cycles on board. It is for individual train operators to determine which services cannot accommodate non-folding bicycles and of course to determine the number of bikes which can be carried at other times.

We want all TOCs to take into account the wider benefits of cycling when considering both investments in cycle facilities and their own rules for carrying cycles. This is particularly important when procuring new rolling stock where space for bicycles must be considered.

The White Paper also announced the setting up of a Task Force to look into how bike and rail journeys can be better integrated. The Task Force which includes ATOC, Network Rail, Passenger Focus and Cycling England have begun their work and I look forward to hearing about their progress.

Roads: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) death occurred in each year since 2001. (203234)

The number of reported personal injury road accidents resulting in (a) injury and (b) death in Great Britain from 2001 to 2006 are shown in the table.

Number of accidents resulting in

Injury1

Death2

Total

2001

225,838

3,176

229,014

2002

218,627

3,124

221,751

2003

210,783

3,247

214,030

2004

204,432

2,978

207,410

2005

195,822

2,913

198,735

2006

186,235

2,926

189,161

1 Seriously or slightly injured.

2 An accident is classified according to the severity of the most severely injured casualty. A fatal accident may therefore also include seriously or slightly injured casualties.

The number of reported personal injury road accidents, by severity from 1979 to 2006 are also available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/172974/173025/221412/221549/227755/315281/personalinjury.xls.

Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on road (a) maintenance and (b) construction in each of the last five years. (202233)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The available expenditure data on road expenditure covers both new construction and structural maintenance and does not enable new road construction to be identified as a separated category. The total expenditure on road infrastructure in Great Britain by central and local government for the last five years for which figures are available is given in the following table together with the figures for road maintenance.

Table: Investment in road infrastructure and maintenance

£ million

Total investment in road infrastructure1,2 Great Britain

Total road maintenance3 Great Britain

2001-02

3,688

3,386

2002-03

3,955

3,729

2003-04

3,621

3,999

2004-05

4,126

4,221

2005-06

4,406

4,414

1 Includes some private investment in road infrastructure, using private public finance contracts.

2 These figures cover new construction, improvements and structural maintenance but exclude routine maintenance.

3 Includes some structural maintenance.

Source:

Central and Local Government expenditure in England, Scotland and Wales

Road investment given in the aforementioned table relates to gross capital expenditure on national and local roads. This information is published in Table 1.14 in “Transport Statistics in Great Britain 2007 Edition” (TSGB) which is available on the Department for Transport’s website (www.dft.gov.uk).

Information on expenditure on road maintenance for England and Wales is published in the “National Road Maintenance Condition Survey 2006”, which is also available on the Department for Transport’s website. Data for Scotland are published in “Scottish Transport Statistics 2007 Edition” by the Scottish Executive available on their website (www.scotland.gov.uk). These sources identify expenditure on structural and routine maintenance, but overlaps in definition mean that there is some double counting with the investment data from Table 1.14 from TSGB.

In 2006 there was an estimated 398 thousand kilometres of road in Great Britain. Central Government is responsible for the Strategic Road network made up of the Motorways and Trunk A Roads which is about 3 per cent. of this total. The remainder of the public road network is the responsibility of local authorities.

Roads: Tolls

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to involve local authorities in her Department’s plans for (a) a national road pricing scheme and (b) technology pilots for a national scheme. (199512)

No decisions have been taken on a national road pricing scheme. We are committed to examining the technology to see whether we can address people's real concerns about privacy and accuracy. We have invited the private sector to demonstrate how they might run a system of charging for road use according to time of day and route chosen. It is too early to say how local authorities might be involved.

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of commercially available speed camera detection systems. (203232)

The Department has not assessed the effectiveness of commercially available speed camera detection systems. However, the Road Safety Act 2006 gives the Secretary of State the power to prohibit by regulations a vehicle being fitted with, or a person using a vehicle carrying speed assessment equipment detection devices. The Government have always made clear that they do not intend to prohibit the use of purely GPS-based devices which identify the location of cameras through publicly available information. They do however wish to prevent the carriage and use of devices which detect or interfere with the operation of speed measuring equipment through other means. The actual devices to be covered by the ban will be the subject of full public consultation before the associated secondary legislation is laid before Parliament.

Transport: North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the per capita spending was from the public purse on (a) roads, (b) buses, (c) railways, (d) cycling, (e) walking and (e) air travel in each parliamentary constituency in the north-west in each year since 1997. (202730)

[holding answer 30 April 2008]: These data are not available centrally.

Spending for transport is financed by both central and local government. Information is not available at parliamentary constituency level. Spending by local authorities is collected by Communities and Local Government and relevant data can be found at:

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/stats/lgfs/2007/.

Some figures on central Government spending (including grant to local authorities) are available for Government office regional level from the Country and Regional Analysis of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis carried out by the HM Treasury and can be found at:

http://www.hmtreasury.gov.uk/economic_data_and_tools/finance_spendingstatistics/pes_cra/country_region.cfm

Wheelchairs: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in accidents involving powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (202123)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The Department for Transport does not currently collect national data on the number of accidents involving powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

In 2006, the Department published research into the use of Class 2 and Class 3 mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs. The research concluded that mobility scooters do not have a significant impact upon safety. However, as mobility scooter usage is likely to increase in the future, the Department is monitoring policy in this area.

Health

Continuing Care: Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received continuing care in Suffolk in each of the last five years. (201498)

Information on the number of people who received continuing care in the Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT) area in each of the last five years can be found in the following table.

Organisation

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Central Suffolk PCT

No data

52

26

8

n/a

Ipswich PCT

No data

100

45

34

n/a

Suffolk Coastal PCT

No data

12

15

11

n/a

Suffolk PCT

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

57

Suffolk West PCT

4

1

17

17

n/a

n/a = Not applicable

Notes:

1. In 2002-03 not all PCTs submitted data. These organisations have been marked as ‘no data’.

2. The data are from a snapshot carried out in quarter 4 each year.

3. The data relate to organisations as they existed at the time of the collection. Suffolk Coastal PCT, Ipswich PCT, Central Suffolk PCT and Suffolk West PCT merged to form Suffolk PCT on 1 October 2006.

Source:

Department of Health form: local delivery plan return commissioner

Dental Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been issued with negative schedule letters as a result of negative schedule audits in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2006-07; how much dentists were required to pay to the NHS Business Services Authority’s Dental Practice Division in each year; and if he will make a statement. (202098)

Only dental providers hold contracts with the national health service. Many dentists are not contract holders themselves but work under contract to lead providers. Information on the number of dental providers who have individually received a letter in 2006-07 and 2007-08 is available but could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2008, Official Report, column 200W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data on data loss incidents in previous years in his Department’s next annual report. (199176)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179 and the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Edward Miliband) on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for storage and use of data.

The interim report of 17 December 2007 committed to put in place a programme to examine and improve data handling procedures. An update on this commitment will be included in the final report, expected spring 2008, and this report will detail the information to be included by Departments on data loss in their annual reports.

Departmental Written Questions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days it took on average to answer written parliamentary questions tabled by each hon. Member for answer by him in the last six months. (201760)

Dietary Supplements: EU Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the Food Supplements Directive on the availability of high potency supplements in the UK. (202131)

The Food Supplements Directive includes provisions for setting maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements. Proposals from the European Commission for setting levels are not expected until early 2009. No assessment has been made of the effects of the Food Supplements Directive on the availability of high potency supplements in the United Kingdom. However, the Food Standards Agency is currently developing an initial impact assessment with input from the UK food supplements industry to assess the effects of future proposals for setting maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements, including high potency supplements, under the Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC.

Electronic Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Department’s (a) internal and (b) external (i) correspondence and (ii) distribution of publications is carried out electronically. (199189)

It is the policy of the Department to provide all publications in electronic format at www.dh.gov.uk, or in the case of internal publications, the departmental intranet, Delphi. The only exception to this is the all-staff magazine, LINK, which is distributed monthly in hard copy via internal post.

For correspondence from members of the public, the answer is given electronically if received electronically and likewise given in hard copy if received that way. Currently, where hon. Members write to Ministers, even if electronically, the Department always responds with a hard copy.

Fluoxetine: Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Suffolk have been prescribed fluoxetine in each of the last five years. (201495)

Information is not collected centrally about the number of patients who are prescribed particular drugs. The following table shows the number of prescriptions dispensed for fluoxetine for the primary care trusts (PCTs) that cover Suffolk from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

Number of prescriptions dispensed for fluoxetine in Suffolk

Financial year

Number of items dispensed

2003-04

65,945

2004-05

64,486

2005-06

66,258

2006-07

62,364

2007-08

53,688

Notes:

1. For the years 2003-04 to 2005-06, the figure for Suffolk is a combination of the figures for Central Suffolk PCT, Ipswich PCT, Suffolk Coastal PCT, Suffolk West PCT and Waveney PCT.

For the year 2006-07, where PCTs were reorganised in October 2006, the figure for Suffolk is a combination of the figures for the old PCTs listed above and the new Suffolk PCT. For the financial year 2007-08, the figure is for the new Suffolk PCT alone.

2. The figure for 2006-07 does not include prescribing in the area of the former Waveney PCT after October 2006, when the PCT joined the former Great Yarmouth Teaching PCT to become Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT.

3. The figure for 2007-08 includes prescribing for 11 months only (April 2007 to February 2008). Data for the remaining month are not yet available. This figure also excludes prescribing from the former Waveney PCT area, which now forms part of Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT.

4. The PACT system covers prescriptions by general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and others in England and dispensed in the community in the UK. For data at PCT level, prescriptions written by a prescriber located in a particular PCT but dispensed outside that PCT will be included in the PCT in which the prescriber is based. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included. Prescriptions written in hospitals/clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals and private prescriptions are not included in PACT data. It is important to note this as some British National Formulary (BNF) sections have a high proportion of prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community. For example, BNF chapter 4, “Central Nervous System”, has a proportion of items written in mental health clinics that are dispensed in the community—these prescriptions are not included in PACT data.

Source:

Information Centre for health and social care—Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT)

Folic Acid: Flour

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received representations from low-volume millers on the application of mandatory fortification with folic acid of bread and flour; and if he will make a statement. (202431)

Prior to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board's recommendation for mandatory fortification of flour or bread with folic acid in 2007, a full public consultation was held, enabling a broad range of views to be taken into account. Low volume millers responded to the consultation directly and were also represented via trade associations such as the National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM).

Before and following the consultation, FSA officials held regular meetings with NABIM to collect information and inform industry about latest developments in this area.

Food Standards Agency: Edelman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the Food Standards Agency made to (a) Edelman and (b) Strategem in each of the last five years; and on what date and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. (202292)

The payments to ‘Strategem’ during the last five years are listed as follows:

Financial year

Total for year (£)

Breakdown by Invoice (£)

Payment date

Description

2007-08

15,128.80

240

14 April 2007

Public relations

1,650

30 July 2007

Public relations

1,650

13 August 2007

Public relations

1,650

20 September 2007

Public relations

1,650

8 October 2007

Public relations

1,682

5 December 2007

Public relations

1,650

2 January 2008

Public relations

1,650

14 January 2008

Public relations

1,656.8

18 February 2008

Public relations

1,650

17 March 2008

Public relations

2006-07

2,629.55

2,629.55

12 March 2007

Public relations

2005-06

0

0

2004-05

0

0

2003-04

0

0

The payments to ‘Daniel J. Edelman’ are listed as follows:

Financial year

Total for year (£)

Breakdown by Invoice (£)

Payment date

Description

2007-08

3,000

3,000

30 July 2007

Research

2006-07

0

0

2005-06

23,966.50

2,500

22 September 2005

Research

266.50

16 November 2005

Stakeholder relations

10,600

21 November 2005

Stakeholder relations

10,600

21 November 2005

Stakeholder relations

2004-05

0

0

2003-04

0

0

Hospitals: Construction

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many new hospitals were commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative model; (202532)

(2) how many hospital extensions were commissioned in each of the last five years; and how many of them were commissioned under the private finance initiative model.

The following tables give details of new hospital schemes (both private finance initiative (PFI) and public capital) which have reached financial close in each of the last five financial years (i.e. starting from 1 April 2003). Summarised descriptions are held centrally for each scheme and are provided, but these do not include details as to which included or comprised an extension to existing facilities.

We have interpreted “commissioned” as meaning when a scheme signs a contract and begins construction.

PFI schemes

NHS trust

Scheme description

Capital value (£ million)

Financial close

Operational date1

2003-04

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys

New mental health unit at West Park

16

4 July 2003

13 December 2004

East Lancashire Hospitals

Closure of Blackburn Royal Infirmary and expansion of Queens Park Hospital

110

9 July 2003

8 July 2006

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health

Elderly mental health services and mental health rehabilitation services

15

11 August 2003

6 June 2005

Derby Hospitals

Consolidation of acute services on Derby City General Hospital site enabling the development of a community facility on the Derby Royal Infirmary site

312

12 September 2003

Q2 2008

East Lancashire Hospitals

Burnley Phase V hospital development

30

13 October 2003

23 May 2006

North West London Hospitals

Modernisation of Central Middlesex Hospital

69

6 November 2003

19 March 2006

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals

Reprovision of specialist services from the Radcliffe Infirmary to a new build on the John Radcliffe Hospital site

134

19 December 2003

13 January 2007

Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals

Rationalisation of two sites onto one adjacent to the existing Oldchurch Hospital in Romford

238

15 January 2004

6 December 2006

Newham University Hospital

Reprovision of Acute Services from St Andrews to Newham General Hospital

55

27 January 2004

8 July 2006

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership

Redevelopment of Mental Health facilities, community care services and crisis homes

83

1 March 2004

13 June 2006

Salisbury Health Care

DGH Redevelopment

24

4 March 2004

19 May 2006

Total

1,086

2004-05

Kirklees PCT

Provision of six new primary care centres

27

21 April 2004

14 November 2005

Wandsworth PCT

Redevelopment of Queen Mary's Roehampton including specialist rehabilitation and amputee services.

75

6 May 2004

10 March 2006

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Reprovision of Mental Health services at St George's Hospital Morpeth

32

10 May 2004

15 May 2006

Buckinghamshire Hospitals

Partial redevelopment of Stoke Mandeville Hospital

47

21 May 2004

15 April 2006

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Relocation of Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children

36

10 June 2004

25 June 2007

The Lewisham Hospital

Redevelopment of University Hospital including the separation of elective and emergency procedures

72

08 July 2004

27 November 2006

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Regional oncology and cancer centre at St James university hospital

265

15 October 2004

15 December 2007

Cambridge University Hospital

Elective Care Centre, Genetics and Diabetes at Addenbrookes

76

27 October 2004

18 May 2007

Hampshire PCT

Redevelopment of Lymington Hospital

36

18 November 2004

2 January 2007

Kingston Hospital

Redevelopment of Kingston Hospital

33

23 November 2004

3 July 2007

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's Hospitals

Major work to provide three hospitals for women, children, adults and specialist eye hospital

512

14 December 2004

Q1 2009

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

New Hadfield wing to replace Victorian Vickers wards

35

19 December 2004

21 April 2007

Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Elderly and Mental Health Units

19

23 December 2004

Q2 2008

Northamptonshire Teaching PCT

Danetre Community Hospital in Daventry

28

3 March 2005

19 September 2006

Total

1,293

2005-06

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

Reconfiguration of acute hospital services in Newcastle. Renal and Elderly services at Freeman Hospital. Relocation of Northern Centre for cancer to Freeman. Redevelopment of Royal Victoria Infirmary

299

27 April 2005

Q2 2008

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Neuro Disability Centre

24

21 July 2005

23 April 2007

Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Rebuild and refurbishment of the King's Mill site and Mansfield Community Hospital

326

29 October 2005

Q1 2009

Portsmouth Hospitals

Relocation of acute services currently spread across three sites onto a single site (which will include a Ministry of Defence MDHU)

236

12 December 2005

Q2 2009

Oxford Radcliffe

Integrated cancer centre

129

13 December 2005

Q2 2008

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

Reconfiguration of cancer facilities

67

21 February 2006

Q2 2008

Ipswich Hospital

Garrett Anderson Treatment Centre

36

27 March 2006

Q2 2008

Total

1,117

2006-07

Barts and the London

Acute site rationalisation

1,000

27 April 2006

Q4 2013

St Helens Hospitals

Acute Hospital development

338

1 June 2006

Q4 2008

University Hospital Birmingham/Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health

Single site hospital to replace Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals and provide a new Mental Health Unit (Joint scheme with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health)

627

8 June 2006

Q1 2010

South West Essex Teaching PCT

Reprovision of Brentwood Community Hospital

30

29 June 2006

Q2 2008

Taunton and Somerset

Cancer Centre

21

28 February2007

Q1 2009

Total

2,016

2007-08

Lincolnshire Teaching PCT

New South Holland Community Hospital

29

03 May 2007

Q2 2009

University Hospital of North Staffordshire/Stoke PCT

Major new build and reconfiguration at University Hospital site.

375

13 June 2007

Q4 2012

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals

Rationalisation from two main sites to one at Pinderfields Hospital. Small Unit at Pontefract.

353

22 June 2007

Q2 2010

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals

Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital services

336

29 June 2007

Q1 2012

North Middlesex University Hospital

Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital services

144

27 July 2007

Q2 2010

Salford Royal Hospitals

New build and refurbishment at Hope Hospital Salford

190

5 September 2007

Q1 2011

Tameside Hospital

Integration of services onto one site

109

13 September 2007

Q4 2010

South Essex Partnership

Medium and low security Mental Health unit on Runwell hospital site

32

5 October 2007

Q3 2009

Derbyshire Mental Health Services

Reprovision of mental health services

36

9 October 2007

Q2 2009

Northamptonshire Healthcare

Reprovision of Mental Health services onto single site at Pendereds Hospital

36

31 October 2007

Q1 2010

Walsall Hospitals

Improving Children's services and provision of primary care centres

169

3 November 2007

Q1 2010

Mid Essex Hospital Services

Relocation of Maternity Unit and modernisation of Acute Services including DTC in Chelmsford.

148

6 December 2007

Q32010

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys

Replacement of St Lukes hospital offering general and forensic mental health services.

75

12 December 2007

Q1 2010

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

Modernisation and reconfiguration from four sites to two at Pembury and Maidstone

304

26 March 2008

Q42010

Total

2,336

1 Actual or expected

Public capital schemes

NHS trust

Scheme description

Capital value (£ million)

Tender award date

Operational date

2003-04

Imperial College Healthcare

Renal centre

25

4 July 2003

December 2004

Royal Wolverhampton Hospital

Heart and lung centre

57

1 October 2003

1 September 2004

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Cardiac centre

45

1 October 2003

1 April 2006

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals

Essex heart and lung centre

59

1 November 2003

1 July 2007

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

New theatre and refurbishment of existing theatres

12

12 December 2003

31 March 2005

Southampton University Hospitals

Cardiac Centre

53

1 February 2004

31 July 2006

Total

251

2004-05

Plymouth Hospitals

South West Cardiothoracic Unit Centre

31

1 April 2004

1 February 2006

The Cardiothoracic Centre

Cardiac Centre in Liverpool

49

1 November 2004

1 March2006

Total

80

2005-06

West London Mental Health

Women's enhanced medium secure services

27

1 June 2005

30 June 2007

South London and Maudsley

New build forensic services (mental health) development at Bethlem Royal Hospital

25

12 September 2005

22 February 2008

Total

52

2006-07

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

Cardiac Centre

51

1 August 2006

Q3 2008

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Reprovision of hospital buildings

75

9 October 2006

Q32011

United Bristol Healthcare/North Bristol

Cardiothoracic Centre

64

16 October 2006

Q1 2009

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Maternity and Oncology Unit

55

1 December 2006

Q1 2009

Total

245

2007-08

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals

Cardiac Centre

29

1 May 2007

Q1 2009

West Hertfordshire Hospitals

Acute Accident Unit

40

14 October 2007

Q2 2009

Total

69

Meat Hygiene Service: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding the Meat Hygiene Service has received in each of the last three years; and how much funding it is proposed to receive in 2008-09. (201172)

The actual net funding cost of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), after charges to industry and Government customers, for the last three financial years together with the provision for 2008-09 (before any exceptional restructuring costs) is listed as follows:

Net operating costs (£ million)

2005-06

31.6

2006-07

33.3

2007-08

42.0

2008-09

32.0

The increased MHS net operating cost in 2007-08 resulted from an MHS Transformation Programme that will implement service delivery changes for all MHS customers. This transformation is continuing into 2008-09 and will reduce future costs. During 2007-08, exceptional transformation costs of £10.8 million were incurred mainly relating to redundancy and redeployment costs. In addition to the projected net operating cost of £32 million in 2008-09, we expect further exceptional transformation costs of up to £8 million.

Meat Hygiene Services: Veterinary Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private companies provided official veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) in 2007-08; and what the cost to the MHS of the services of each such company was in that year. (200906)

The private companies who provided official veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) in 2007-08 are shown as follows:

Paragon Veterinary Group

Skeldale Veterinary Centre

John Highet Ltd.

Lanes Vet Group

Midforest Veterinary Practice

Oaksford and Birch

Lawrence VMH Ltd.

G and P. J. Nute

Crescent Veterinary Clinic

Old Court Veterinary Practice

Hook Norton Veterinary Surgeon

The Avenue Veterinary Centre

Quarry Veterinary Service

Michael Gratton

Mount Services Wellington Ltd.

Jeffrey Kidner

Acorn Vets Ltd.

Paws Veterinary Health Centre

E.L.L. Williams

F C I: Food Consultancy and Inspection

Bodrwnsiwn Veterinary Group

Bellevue Veterinary Group

The Crofts Veterinary Centre

Patrick A. Boyd

Southern Isles Veterinary Practice

Armac Veterinary Group

Onevet and Co.

Carrick Veterinary Centre

Hygiene Audit Ltd.

Malcolm J. Wheeler

Conanvet

McTaggart Veterinary Group

Miller and Swann Veterinary Surgeons

Strathspey Vets

Deveron Veterinary Surgeons

Hector A. Low

S. A. Goodall

Eville and Jones Ltd.

Lerwick Veterinary Practice

Clyde Veterinary Group

County Veterinary Group

Fenton Veterinary Centre

Harbit and Ryder

Cranley John

Carmarthen Veterinary Centre Ltd.

VMHS Ltd.

Willows Veterinary Group

The Corporation of London

Perriferell Veterinary Services

Raoul Dowding Veterinary Surgeons

Scotvet OVS Services

STA Vets

ARO Co. Ltd.

AKER

Gordon Laboratory Group Ltd.

Hallmark Meat Hygiene Ltd.

Grants Veterinary Services Ltd.

The MHS is unable to disclose the cost of individual contracts because that information is commercially sensitive. The total cost to the MHS of contracting private companies to provide official veterinary services in 2007-08 was £20.9 million.

Medical Records: Databases