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Written Answers

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Leader of the House

Ministerial Statements

To ask the Leader of the House what mechanism she uses to monitor the number of occasions on which the media has been given information contained in Ministerial Statements before those statements have been made to the House. (250700)

The Leader of the House closely monitors all ministerial statements, written and oral, and is keen to ensure that paragraph 9.1 of the Ministerial Code is always upheld. This makes clear that

“when Parliament is in Session, the most important announcements of Government policy should be made in the first instance, in Parliament.”

Scotland

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department’s average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years. (251452)

The information is as follows.

(a) The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members’ correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House.

(b) The Scotland Office publishes statistics on the handling of correspondence from members of the public in our annual report. The annual reports for 2007-08 and earlier are available on the SO website at:

http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk.

The Scotland Office aims to respond to all correspondence from members of the public within 15 working days of receipt.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement. (251144)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 68W, to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell).

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost of his Department’s contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years. (251530)

The Scotland Office has incurred no expenditure on public relations consultancies in the last five years.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 239W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008. (251314)

Ministers in the Scotland Office have undertaken the following personal training courses at public expense since 1 January 2008: ‘Presentation and Public Speaking Skills’ and an ‘Introduction Workshop for New Ministers’.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course. (252237)

The Scotland Office have incurred no costs for media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; and have held no such training sessions.

Departmental Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expenditure his Department has incurred in providing transport for Ministers between Parliament and departmental premises in each of the last five years. (251870)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Hoon) on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 6W. All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the ‘Ministerial Code’.

Departmental Working Hours

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the policy of his Department and its agencies is on granting staff time off in lieu for working (a) in lunch breaks, (b) in evenings and (c) at other times outside contracted working hours; and if he will make a statement. (252013)

All staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice, who remain their employers.

The matter of granting time off in lieu is delegated to Departments to determine under the civil service management code, of which section 9 sets out terms and conditions relating to hours of work and how staff should be compensated for working outside their normal pattern.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days off in lieu were granted to staff in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies for working (i) in lunch breaks and (ii) at other times outside contracted working hours, in the last year for which figures are available. (252014)

Official Cars

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what cars are (a) owned, (b) leased, (c) hired and (d) otherwise regularly used by his Department, broken down by cubic capacity of engine. (250138)

The Scotland Office do not own or lease any cars and do not hold records of the cubic capacity of the engine of cars they hire.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. Hoon) on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 10W.

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for the offence of consuming alcohol in a designated public place in each of the last seven years. (249933)

[holding answer 21 January 2009]: Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against for consuming alcohol in a designated public place in England and Wales from 2001 to 2007 (latest available) are given in the following table.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for consuming alcohol in a designated public place, England and Wales, 2001-071, 2

Number

2001

2002

37

2003

108

2004

122

2005

101

2006

101

2007

113

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform Ref: IOS 044-09

Community Policing: Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet a delegation of residents from Castle Point to discuss community policing and the return to use of Hadleigh police station. (249687)

The management of the police estate and the allocation of resources are matters for each police authority and the chief constable to determine.

However, I am happy to meet the hon. Member to discuss community policing in Castle Point.

Crime: Business

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost to UK businesses of (a) shoplifting, (b) fraud, (c) forgery, (d) e-crime, (e) theft from vehicles, (f) theft of vehicles, (g) theft of plant, (h) graffiti and vandalism and (i) other crime in each year since 1997. (247127)

There are currently no year-on-year estimates of the costs of crime to business. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 January 2009, Official Report column 700W, Crime: Business that provided links to the most recent published estimates.

However the Home Office also published some estimates of the costs of crime against retail and manufacturing premises for 1994 as well as for 2002-03 in:

http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/hors146.pdf.

The results from both surveys are broadly comparable and an overview is provided in section 4 of the second report. However it is not possible to identify the year on year trends in between these two surveys. No estimate of the cost of crime to businesses has been published since the 2002-03 report.

Extradition: EU Countries

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences British citizens have been (a) arrested and (b) surrendered to the authorities of another EU member state under the provisions of a European arrest warrant since the Extradition Act 2003 came into force. (243022)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is the designated authority for the receipt and transmission of European arrest warrants in the UK. There is no Government involvement in the operation of the EAW. The following table gives a total figure for the number of people extradited to and by the UK since the EAW entered into force on 1 January 2004 until September 2008.

It is not possible from current systems to provide data broken down into British and non-British nationals, nor into types of offence. SOCA is putting in place a new database to record this information non-retrospectively.

Extradited from the UK

Surrenders

Part 1 EAW

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

23

75

151

320

351

Extradited to the UK

Surrenders

Part 3 EAW

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total extradited

24

62

75

96

78

Number of EAWs issued to and by the UK since 1 January 2004

Totals by year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Part 1 EAW

1,865

5,986

3,329

2,534

2,428

Part 3 EAW

96

131

75

185

172

Identity Cards: Civil Proceedings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 145W, on identity cards, what stage the legal case relating to disclosure of Gateway information has reached; how much the Government have spent to date on legal costs for the case; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the Identity Card Gateway Review, redacting commercially sensitive information. (250192)

I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 508-09W. The tribunal has still not issued its decision.

The legal cost incurred, relating to the disclosure of Gateway information on the Identity Cards programme, is currently £121,000 excluding VAT.

Gateway reports, including the findings and status, are conducted on a confidential basis for senior responsible owners (SRO). We do not, therefore, make this information routinely public.

Police Stations: Closures

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations have been closed to the public since 2001. (252277)

The management of the police estate and allocation of resources are matters for each police authority and chief constable, who are responsible for assessing local needs.

Police: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sworn police officers there are in England and Wales; and how many (a) occupy non-front line posts and (b) are on permanent restricted duties. (252276)

There were 141,859 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in the 43 forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2008.

There were 17,573 FTE non-operational police officers in the 43 forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2008. Such officers include any member of staff whose primary role is to support the delivery of the overarching aims of the police service or to service the internal needs of the organisation.

There were 4,821 police officers (headcount) in the 43 forces of England and Wales on temporary restricted duty as at 31 March 2008.

Defence

Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent improvements have been made to the personal protective equipment for armed forces personnel in active theatres. (250026)

We have recently introduced enhancements to the fit of Osprey body armour which have improved user manoeuvrability. Additionally, a system which allows troops to wear front and back Osprey plates without the soft armour jacket has just been introduced. This system is used by troops who require extra mobility or are operating in confined spaces.

The need to improve personal protection in response to developing threats is continually assessed. Further improvements to body armour and helmets are being developed and are planned to be introduced later this year.

Defence: Military Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent improvements have been made to the fleet of frontline UK aircraft. (250027)

In the past year, we have introduced a number of significant improvements to our frontline aircraft capabilities.

We have enhanced our strategic air lift capability by taking delivery of two more C-17s, taking our total C-17 fleet to six aircraft.

We continue to improve our fast jet capabilities with significant enhancements to our Harrier and Tornado fleets to increase their effectiveness in the Close Air Support roles they fulfil in Iraq and Afghanistan. These improvements include our new Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb, which entered service with the Harriers in December 2008, and which provides the RAF with a state of the art all-weather, day and night, precision bombing capability. The Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone also entered service in December 2008 providing increased target accuracy and reduced risk of collateral damage. On 1 July 2008 Typhoon was declared operational in the air to ground role, while on 21 October the first two Tranche 2 Typhoon aircraft were delivered to RAF Coningsby.

We have also increased our surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities with the introduction of the Airborne Stand off Radar, which achieved its In Service Date in November 2008.

We have increased the number of helicopter airframes and hours available to our commanders in the last two years, delivering a 60 per cent. increase in available flying hours, and will be making a further significant increase in helicopter capacity in Afghanistan over the next two years. By the end of 2009 the first of the eight Chinooks under the Mark 3 reversion programme will be delivered, providing a significant uplift to our heavy lift helicopter fleet. The first of the 12 upgraded Lynx Mark 9 helicopters will also be available by the end of 2009. Taken with additional Apache capability and the Merlins that we plan to move to Afghanistan once they have completed their mission in Iraq, these improvements will deliver a significant increase in our front line helicopter capability.

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years. (251368)

Summaries for the years 1995-96 to 2007-08 of the MOD's expenditure on external assistance, of which management consultancy is a part, are available in the House Library. These summaries also include the spend figures for Defence agencies and trading funds, but they exclude expenditure by non-departmental public bodies, which is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Peterborough on the wearing of service uniforms off base by personnel at RAF Wittering. (250899)

My right hon. Friend, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces replied to the hon. Member on 21 January 2009. I am not aware of any further outstanding correspondence from this Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years. (251435)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to correspondence from Members and Peers. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Information for 2008 is currently being collated and will be published as soon as it is ready. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House.

The information sought in respect of letters from members of the public could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but the Department aims to respond to all correspondence within 15 working days of receipt.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 630W, on departmental ICT, what ICT projects his Department and its agencies are undertaking; and if he will make a statement. (251286)

An ICT project can vary from installing single computers and software licences to major programmes, such as the Defence Information Infrastructure. Details of all the ICT projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Defence and each of its agencies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. (251379)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ICT projects his Department initiated and abandoned before completion in each year since 1997; what costs were incurred in each project; who the contractors for each were; on what date each was (a) commenced and (b) abandoned; and if he will make a statement. (251391)

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

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1000W, on departmental public relations, which firms were used; and what the remit was of each substantive contract. (250281)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 22 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1672-73W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of his Department's contracts with public relations consultancies was in each of the last five years. (251534)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence gave on 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1001W, to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge). Information on contracts with public relations consultancies is otherwise not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The MOD publishes annual summaries of expenditure on external assistance which are placed in the Library of the House. The latest edition has been placed in the Library of the House and is available on line at

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/index.php?page=66&pubType=1.

Directorate of Management and Consultancy Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what Directorate of Management and Consultancy Services studies have been issued since 1997-98; (249709)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of each Directorate of Management and Consultancy Services study produced in 2008.

I will place a copy of the list of substantive studies completed by the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Management Consultancy Services between January 2000 and December 2008 in the Library of the House. While every effort has been made to ensure the completeness of the list over that period, it has not been possible to confirm absolutely that all substantive studies have been included due to a lack of consistency in recording information during a period of restructuring and change. Records prior to 2000 are not held on a central database and could be accessed and verified only at disproportionate cost.

I will place copies of the reports produced in 2008 in the Library of the House, subject to a check to ensure they do not contain information that should be withheld. I will write to the hon. Member when this has been done.

HMS Endurance

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date for HMS Endurance is. (251892)

On present planning assumptions HMS Endurance will reach her out-of-service date in 2015.

Joint Strike Fighter

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, whether the development and acquisition schedule under the US/UK Memorandum of Understanding was denominated in US dollars. (251931)

Supply Estimates

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down his Department's Winter Supplementary Estimate 2008-09 on the same basis as in his answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 168W. (243416)

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Letter from Bob Ainsworth, dated 22 January 2009:

I undertook to write to you on 15 December 2008, (Official Report, column 341W) and 12 January, (Official Report column 99W) in answer to your Parliamentary Questions about Departmental Public Expenditure.

I attach tables which provide a detailed breakdown of the Department's Main Estimates 2007/08, together with a breakdown of the Department's Winter Supplementary Estimates for 2008/09.

I am placing a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Ministry of Defence breakdown of main estimates 2007-08

TLB

Estimate type

Main estimates (£000)

RfR1

Commander-in-Chief Fleet (incorporates 2nd Sea Lord)

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

2,143,910

DEL non cash

1,548

Grants

1,786

Operating A-in-A

-35,718

Total DEL

2,111,526

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

50,458

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

50,458

Total Commander-in-Chief Fleet

2,161,984

Commander in Chief Land ( includes Northern Ireland)

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

6,024,940

DEL non cash

12,667

Grants

243

Operating A-in-A

-252,134

Total DEL

5,785,716

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

239,054

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

57

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

239,111

Total Commander in Chief Land

6,024,827

Air Officer Commanding In Chief RAF Strike Command

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

1,761,978

DEL non cash

1,163

Grants

Operating A-in-A

-24,461

Total DEL

1,738,680

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

79,823

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

79,823

Total Air Officer Commanding In Chief RAF Strike Command

1,818,503

Chief of Joint Operations

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

440,020

DEL non cash

3,239

Grants

Operating A-in-A

-24,416

Total DEL

418,843

AME near cash

AME non cash

3,599

Total AME

3,599

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

61,322

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

61,322

Total Chief of Joint Operations

483,764

Adjutant General

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

860,084

DEL non cash

-92,230

Grants

3,787

Operating A-in-A

-12,980

Total DEL

758,661

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget near cash grants

9,254

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

9,254

CDEL

28,407

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Op AinA

Total Capital

28,407

Total Adjutant General

796,322

Chief RAF Personnel and Training Command

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

916,464

DEL non cash

1,190

Grants

3,023

Operating A-in-A

-150,502

Total DEL

770,175

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

28,867

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

28,867

Total Chief RAF Personnel and Training Command

799,042

Central

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

2,178,201

DEL non cash

132,053

Grants

190,874

Operating A-in-A

-306,581

Total DEL

2,194,547

AME near cash

Ame Grants

8,411

AME non cash

-12

AME A in A

-4,500

Total AME

3,899

Non Budget near cash

non budget grants

750

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

750

CDEL

65,724

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-51,179

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

14,545

Total Central

2,213,741

Defence Equipment and Support (formerly DLO and DPA)

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

6,913,619

DEL non cash

9,000,691

Grants

1,025

Operating A-in-A

-228,325

Total DEL

15,687,010

AME near cash

AME non cash

83,696

AME A-in-A

Total AME

83,696

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget A-in-A

-4

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

-4

CDEL

7,155,853

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-232

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

7,155,621

Total Defence Equipment and Support

22,926,323

Science and Technology

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

541,908

DEL non cash

-4,891

Grants

4,101

Operating A-in-A

Total DEL

541,118

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

0

Total Science and Technology

541,118

Defence Estates (formerly part of Central TLB)

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

1,111,564

DEL non cash

1,562,269

Grants

Operating A-in-A

-176,247

Total DEL

2,497,586

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

3,141

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

3,141

CDEL

242,472

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-353,000

Capital non budget

1,904

Total Capital

-108,624

Total Defence Estates

2,392,103

Total RfR1

40,157,727

RfR2

Conflict Prevention RfR2

Administration Budget (See Note 1)

DEL near cash

44,303

DEL non cash

Grants

Operating A-in-A

Total DEL

44,303

AME near cash

AME non cash

Total AME

0

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

0

Total Conflict Prevention RfR2

44,303

RfR3

War Pensions and Benefits RfR3

Admin budget

DEL near cash

DEL non cash

Grants

Operating A-in-A

Total DEL

0

AME near cash

grants

1,027,582

AME non cash

-575

Total AME

1,027,007

Non Budget near cash

Non Budget non cash

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

AME Non Operating A-in-A

Total Capital

0

Total War Pensions and Benefits RfR3

1,027,007

MOD Total

41,229,037

Ministry of Defence breakdown of winter supplementary estimates 2008-09

TLB

Estimate type

Winter supplementary estimates (£000)

RfR1

Navy Command (incorporates Fleet and 2nd Sea Lord)

DEL Near Cash

2,189,879

DEL Non Cash

1,794

Grants

1,831

Operating A-in-A

-41,157

Total DEL

2,152,347

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

10,959

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

10,959

CDEL

21,560

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

21,560

Total Navy Command

2,184,866

Land Forces (includes AG and Northern Ireland)

DEL Near Cash

6,718,380

DEL Non Cash

3,548

Grants

4,136

Operating A-in-A

-107,762

Total DEL

6,618,302

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

72,055

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

72,055

CDEL

135,896

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

135,896

Land Forces

6,826,253

Air Command

DEL Near Cash

2,931,287

DEL Non Cash

2,858

Grants

3,099

Operating A-in-A

-168,113

Total DEL

2,769,131

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

7,589

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

7,589

CDEL

22,855

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

22,855

Total Air Command

2,799,575

Chief of Joint Operations

DEL Near Cash

395,501

DEL Non Cash

7,326

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

-25,489

Total DEL

377,338

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

56,349

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

56,349

Total Chief of Joint Operations

433,687

Central

DEL Near Cash

1,788,874

DEL Non Cash

239,775

Grants

189,958

Operating A-in-A

-335,848

Total DEL

1,882,759

AME Near Cash

0

AME Grants

0

AME Non Cash

-12

AME A in A

0

Total AME

-12

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Grants

830

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

830

CDEL

304,930

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-272,115

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

32,815

Total Central

1,916,392

Defence Equipment and Support

DEL Near Cash

6,180,904

DEL Non Cash

9,179,048

Grants

1,051

Operating A-in-A

-192,471

Total DEL

15,168,532

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

-84,762

AME A-in-A

0

Total AME

-84,762

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget A-in-A

-4

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

-4

CDEL

6,350,573

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

6,350,573

Total Defence Equipment and Support

21,434,339

Science, Innovation, Technology

DEL Near Cash

503,283

DEL Non Cash

-5,603

Grants

4,204

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

501,884

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

0

Total Science, Innovation, Technology

501,884

Defence Estates

DEL Near Cash

1,497,093

DEL Non Cash

1,511,768

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

-371,944

Total DEL

2,636,917

Resource AME

0

Capital AME

0

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

3,026

Total Non Budget

3,026

CDEL

502,997

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-203,000

Capital Non Budget

2,019

Total Capital

302,016

Total Defence Estates

2,941,959

Administration Budget

DEL Near Cash

2,294,096

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

2,294,096

Resource AME

0

Capital AME

0

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

Capital Non budget

0

Total Capital

0

Total Administration Budget

2,294,096

Total RfR1

41,333,051

RfR2

Programme Rest of the World

DEL Near Cash

46,966

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

46,966

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

0

Total Programme Rest of the World

46,966

Stabilisation Aid Fund

DEL Near Cash

27,030

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

27,030

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

0

Total Stabilisation Aid Fund

27,030

Peace Keeping and Operation (Afghanistan and Iraq)

DEL Near Cash

2,302,000

DEL Non Cash

350,000

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

2,652,000

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

1,063,000

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

1,063,000

Total Peace Keeping and Operation (Afghanistan and Iraq)

3,715,000

Total RfR 2

3,788,996

RfR3

War Pensions and Benefits Programme Costs

DEL Near Cash

0

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

0

AME Near Cash

0

Grants

1,015,102

AME Non Cash

-512

Total AME

1,014,590

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

0

Total War Pensions and Benefits Programme Costs

1,014,590

War Pensions and Benefits Programme Costs - Far Eastern Prisoners of War

DEL Near Cash

0

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

Total DEL

0

AME Near Cash

0

Grants

500

AME Non Cash

0

Total AME

500

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Total Non Budget

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Total Capital

0

Total War Pensions and Benefits Programme Costs - Far Eastern Prisoners of War

500

Total RfR 3

1,015,090

MoD Total

46,137,137

Summary of RfRs

£000

Breakdown RfR1

Administration Budget

2,294,096

DEL Near Cash

22,205,201

DEL Non Cash

10,940,514

Grants

204,279

Operating A-in-A

-1,242,784

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

-84,774

AME Grants

0

Resource AME

0

Capital AME

0

AME A in A

0

Non Budget Near Cash

90,603

Non Budget Grants

830

Non Budget Non Cash

3,026

Non Budget A-in-A

-4

CDEL

7,395,160

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

-475,115

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Capital Non Budget

2,019

Total

41,333,051

Breakdown RfR2

Administration Budget

0

DEL Near Cash

2,375,996

DEL Non Cash

350,000

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

0

AME Grants

0

Resource AME

0

Capital AME

0

AME A in A

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Grants

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Non Budget A-in-A

0

CDEL

1,063,000

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Capital Non budget

0

Total

3,788,996

Breakdown RfR3

Administration Budget

0

DEL Near Cash

0

DEL Non Cash

0

Grants

0

Operating A-in-A

0

AME Near Cash

0

AME Non Cash

-512

AME Grants

1,015,602

Resource AME

0

Capital AME

0

AME A in A

0

Non Budget Near Cash

0

Non Budget Grants

0

Non Budget Non Cash

0

Non Budget A-in-A

0

CDEL

0

CDEL Non Operating A-in-A

0

AME Non Operating A-in-A

0

Capital Non budget

0

Total

1,015,090

Grand Total

46,137,137

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Badgers

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the badger population in each of the counties of England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (251235)

Surveys of badger populations in Great Britain were undertaken in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. In the mid-1980s the badger population was estimated to be 250,000 badgers and in the mid-1990s a survey estimated the population had increased by 77 per cent.

DEFRA is not aware of any other national surveys which have attempted to estimate badger numbers in each of the counties of England.

DEFRA does not have regional breakdowns of these figures.

Bovine Tuberculosis

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of dairy herds in each local authority area are under restrictions following a bovine tuberculosis breakdown. (248789)

Bovine tuberculosis data are only collated on a county or regional basis and therefore it is not possible to break the data down by local authority area or by herd type.

A full county breakdown of TB herd statistics for 1998-2007 is available on the DEFRA website. The latest provisional county and regional statistics for 2008 are also published on the DEFRA website.

Carbon Neutral Newcastle

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department has given to Carbon Neutral Newcastle; on what dates those grants were made; and for what objectives and purposes. (250835)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: Carbon Neutral Newcastle set up a charity Carbon Neutral North East to help deliver its objective of making Newcastle the first carbon neutral city in the world. It delivers elements of the city’s climate change strategy, helping people and businesses understand their impact on climate change and providing them with information and support. Carbon Neutral North East also has the wider remit of promoting similar schemes and spreading the low carbon agenda through the north-east.

A grant was made from the Climate Challenge Fund over 2006-07 and 2007-08 to Carbon Neutral North East for a travelling outreach programme using a ‘Climate Dome’. This housed an exhibition about climate change, which brought information to the public throughout the north-east region. The Climate Challenge Fund was part of the Climate Change Communications Initiative granting funding to projects across England to encourage more positive attitudes towards tackling climate change. These projects worked through community-based organisations and other trusted intermediaries and used creative communications.

The dates and amounts of grants were as follows:

£

2006-07

207,746

2007-08

188,275

Total

396,021

I understand this to be the total sum of grants DEFRA made to Carbon Neutral Newcastle. However, officials are still completing their research into the matter, and if any other grants are identified I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Libraries of the House.

Departmental Regulations

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations were (a) implemented and (b) revoked by his Department in 2008. (250239)

In 2008, DEFRA completed the making of 87 statutory instruments. Of these two were signed on behalf of the Forestry Commissioners, and one on behalf of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, and two were Orders of the Privy Council.

These statutory instruments revoked 110 enactments, that is to say where all or nearly all of the statutory instrument (or Act in a small number of cases) was revoked.

Flood Control: EC Law

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement. (251111)

We intend to consult on arrangements for implementing the directive in England this spring, alongside the draft Floods and Water Bill.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial and economic impact assessment has been made of the implementation of the EU Floods Directive. (251112)

Impact assessments have been published for many elements of the directive, for example, as part of the Government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review of the Summer 2007 floods, which was published in December 2008. Further impact assessments will be published whenever measures to implement the directive are proposed or consulted upon. An example of this will be the impact assessment to be published alongside the consultation document for the draft Floods and Water Bill, which we are intending to publish this spring.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the EU Floods Directive; what response he made; and if he will make a statement. (251113)

We continue to have discussions with the Environment Agency, the devolved Administrations and other interested parties about the implementation of the directive upon which we shall consult this spring.

Genetically Modified Organisms: Somerset

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plant breeding methods were used to produce the GM-contaminated oilseed rape seeds in Somerset in 2008; (250020)

(2) at what location GM-contaminated oilseed rape seeds were grown in Somerset in 2008;

(3) whether the variety of GM-contaminated oilseed rape seeds grown in Somerset in 2008 was (a) listed on and (b) awaiting approval for the National List of Varieties;

(4) what the country of origin was of the GM-contaminated rape seeds grown in Somerset in 2008;

(5) what steps were taken to protect against the GM-contamination of the oilseed rape seeds found to be contaminated with GM material grown in Somerset in 2008 (a) during cultivation and (b) post-harvest;

(6) whether the areas immediately surrounding the GM-contaminated oilseed rape seeds grown in Somerset in 2008 have been examined for potential GM-contamination.

The affected trial grown in Somerset was of a new variety of conventionally bred, open-pollinated oilseed rape. The seed was imported from the USA with a view to being grown in various trials in the UK. This included national list trials, for which an application was made a year after the Somerset trial was sown. However, these did not take place and the variety has been withdrawn from the national list process. The trial in Somerset was carried out privately on behalf of the company that owns and imported the seed.

The conventional seed had a low level of GM seed mixed within it (0.05 per cent. or one in every 2,000 seeds), of a type approved by the European Union for food and animal feed use, but not for cultivation. It did not become known that the seed planted in Somerset had this GM content until after the trial had been harvested. As such, no measures were applied during cultivation to limit the potential dispersal of GM material. After harvest the farmer contracted to grow the trial left the ground fallow and let his livestock graze on emerging oilseed rape ‘volunteer’ plants (those that grow from seed shed at harvest). The farmer is being advised by the GM Inspectorate on the best way to further manage and reduce any volunteers. Given the low level of GM seed originally sown and the farmer's action post-harvest, it is not expected that GM volunteers will be a significant issue.

A separate trial of a different variety of conventional oilseed rape was grown immediately adjacent to the affected trial crop by the same farmer. Testing indicates that as a result of cross-pollination this adjacent crop acquired a very low adventitious GM presence (less than 0.01 per cent.). No other crops were grown in the vicinity of the affected trial, including on neighbouring farms, that might have been subject to GM cross-pollination. In this situation, it is not proposed to monitor the local area for potential contamination. The accidental sowing of the GM seed has not posed any risk to human health and the environment, and nor should there be any economic prejudice to neighbouring farmers through possible cross-pollination.

The affected trial took place within the south Somerset district council area. We do not think it would be appropriate to disclose the precise location, in part because it might deter people from coming forward with information about potential unauthorised GM releases, which would not be in the public interest. However, we are currently considering requests to release the exact location under the Environmental Information Regulations.

Marine Management Organisation: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the cost of establishing the Marine Management Organisation, broken down by budget heading. (251032)

A current estimate of the cost of establishing the Marine Management Organisation, which is currently not broken down by budget heading, can be found in the Impact Assessment for the Marine and Coastal Access Bill. This is available on the DEFRA website.

Pesticides

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his counterparts and (b) farming industry representatives from (i) other EU member states, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales on (A) current and proposed EU pesticide regulations, (B) the import of farm products from countries outside the EU and (C) proposed changes to the EU modulation regime; and if he will make a statement. (251280)

The UK’s negotiating position on the proposed authorisation regulation for plant protection products was adopted in consultation with other Departments and the devolved administrations through the Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development’s sub-committee on Europe. Ministers worked extremely hard throughout the negotiations to secure a balanced outcome, and held bilateral meetings with Commissioner Vassiliou, Ministers of other member states, and key stakeholders on the proposals and its potential impacts. It remains unclear how the introduction of the regulation will affect the import of produce from outside the EU.

The Secretary of State had numerous discussions with other member states, devolved administrations and stakeholders on the CAP Health Check, including changes to the EU modulation regime. These helped to achieve an increased focus on environmental benefits across Europe, by increasing the rate of compulsory modulation to 10 per cent. by 2012, and therefore the share of CAP funding that goes towards environment and rural development schemes. As part of this, the Secretary of State met Ministers from other member states, including France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark and Hungary, as well as Commissioner Fischer-Boel. In their approach to the health check negotiations, the Government worked closely with the devolved Administrations, both through ministerial meetings and technical discussions between officials, and with stakeholders, including through ministerial meetings and a public consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effects of a reduction in pesticides usage on levels of greenhouse gas emissions. (251987)

[holding answer 27 January 2009]: My Department is currently not conducting any assessments of the effects of a reduction in pesticides usage on levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

Water Supply

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking in its formulation of policy to take account of the impact which climate change will have on England’s water resources; and if he will make a statement; (250953)

(2) how many water abstractions have been restored to permitted levels since the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction Programme was launched in 1999; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what steps his Department is taking to prevent over-abstraction of water from rivers, wetlands, lakes and groundwaters; and if he will make a statement.

In April 2007, it became a statutory requirement for water companies to prepare and maintain previously voluntary water resources management plans. The water resources management plans look ahead 25 years and include projections of current and future demands for water, and how the companies aim to meet this demand.

In their plans, water companies must take into account the implications of climate change in their supply and demand forecasts, and include an assessment of the impact of each water resource supply option in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Environment Agency has responsibility for managing water resources. The Agency’s forthcoming Water Resources Strategy will include the actions that will need to be taken to ensure enough water for people and the environment. It has been informed by research into future river flows to 2050 and groundwater resources to the 2020s and 2030s.

The Environment Agency is the statutory body with a duty to manage water resources in England and Wales and is taking forward the Restoring Sustainable Abstraction (RSA) programme. To date, the RSA has been limited to identifying the sites where abstraction is at unsustainable levels. It has carried out investigations to identify where changes to abstraction regimes are necessary. In many cases those investigations have concluded that the licensed abstractions are having no adverse effect on the environment. Therefore no action to alter licensed abstractions is necessary.

Of the 2,970 Water Resources licences that have been assessed under the habitats regulations review of consents because they were likely to cause a significant effect on high priority Natura 2000 sites (that is special areas of conservation (SAC) and special protection areas (SPA)), 274 have been found to require an options appraisal to remove a possible adverse effect. In 2,696 cases it could be shown that there was no adverse effect on site integrity and therefore no action was required. Further work is required on medium and low priority sites but to date this relates to less than 10 per cent. of the abstraction licences in England and Wales.

It may also be necessary to take action on other sites not designated under the Habitats and Birds Directives or as SSSIs.

The first cycle of the Environment Agency’s Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies has helped to improve the Agency’s knowledge of where there may be problems of unsustainable abstraction around the country and of specific sites that will require further investigation through RSA.

RSA will also contribute to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) by providing a framework to restore unsustainable abstraction and work towards achieving the WFD target of meeting good ecological status by 2015.

The Agency is expecting to start taking action to revoke or modify abstraction licences at those sites where this is deemed necessary in 2009-10.

Water companies in England have indicated that they intend to take account of the habitats directive changes in their water resource management plans and work with the Environment Agency to resolve unsustainable abstractions. This will mean that some of the licences that have the biggest impacts on some of England’s most important conservation sites will be resolved by voluntary changes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Ofwat takes account of the effects of climate change in its periodic review of water prices; and if he will make a statement. (250954)

Ofwat sets out in its documents “Setting Price Limits for 2010-15: Framework and approach” and “Capital Expenditure for 2010-15: Ofwat’s views on companies’ draft business plans” how it is taking into account the impact of climate change for the 2009 price review. These documents are available from the Ofwat website.

Wales

Economic Inactivity

6. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of economic inactivity in Wales. (250638)

I have had many recent discussions with the First Minister about economic inactivity in Wales.

We are working together to help create jobs and help people get back to work, while ensuring that those who cannot work receive the support they need.

Job Losses

7. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Wales since 1 December 2008. (250639)

Labour Market Statistics figures for December will not be published until next month.

However, working alongside the Welsh Assembly Government, we are doing everything we can to help individuals back into work.

Banking Assistance: Small Businesses

8. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on policy to ensure banks in receipt of public support assist small businesses in Wales. (250641)

I have regular discussions with the First Minister about assistance for small businesses in Wales, not least, at the All Wales Economic summits that I attend.

Defence Training Review

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the implications for Wales of the defence training review programme. (250642)

The St. Athan Defence Training Academy is a very important project for Wales. The substantial investment of Package 1 will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs both during construction and from 2013, when construction is completed.

Marine and Coastal Access Bill

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will work with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the National Assembly for Wales to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill in Welsh waters. (250643)

I have discussed the implementation of new marine legislation with the Welsh Assembly Government. This Government and the Welsh Assembly Government are committed to working together constructively to ensure their successful implementation.

Manufacturing Companies

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the cash flow of manufacturing companies in Wales. (250644)

Through my work on the National Economic Council and the All Wales Economic Forum, I am in touch with economic developments at the heart of Government and directly from the people of Wales.

Last week, I had also had a constructive meeting with David Rosser (Director CBI) and will be meeting FSB on Monday.

Small Businesses

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the levels of support from the Government available to small businesses in Wales. (250646)

Small businesses in Wales have a tremendous amount of support from both the UK and Welsh Assembly governments (WAG), such as the recently announced package of a £10 billion working capital fund, Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme, and the Capital for Enterprise Fund.

Further, the Welsh Assembly government’s Flexible Support for Business scheme provides help and advice as well as operating the Single Investment Fund. Businesses in Wales also benefit from assistance with their tax liabilities from the HMRC Business Support Service.

Public Expenditure

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the level of public expenditure per head of population in Wales was in 2008. (250647)

Figures for total identifiable public expenditure per head in Wales are published retrospectively by the Treasury as a Command Paper. Figures for 2008 are not yet available.

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department’s average response time to a letter received from (a) an hon. Member and (b) a member of the public was in each of the last three years. (251429)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of departments in replying to Members correspondence. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Information for 2008 is currently being collated and will be published as soon as it is ready. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House.

For correspondence from members of the public, information for the current year cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. The Wales Office aims to respond to all written correspondence within 15 working days. As reported in the Department’s Annual Reports, 91 per cent. were answered within the timescale in 2007-08, 93 per cent. in 2006-07, and 94 per cent. in 2005-06.

Transport

Airwave Service: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the Marine and Coastguard Agency have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to the Agency have been disabled by the service provider through (a) loss, (b) breakage and (c) other reasons in each such year. (246186)

None.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has never been issued with an Airwave handset.

The MCA has a fixed set and not a handset as stated in the written answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 27W.

A correction has been issued.

Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many air passenger movements there were through the UK in each of the last three years; and what estimate his Department has made of the number in each year to 2014. (250098)

Civil Aviation Authority statistics on the number of terminal passengers at UK airports are reported in Transport Statistics Great Britain 2008', available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/tsgb/.

The Department for Transport's forecasts of terminal passengers are reported in 'UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts 2009', available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pqr/aviation/atf/

The following table shows: Civil Aviation Authority statistics on the number of terminal passengers at UK airports in 2005, 2006, and 2007; and, the Department for Transport's forecasts of the same for 2008 to 2014.

Passengers (million)

Outturn

2005

228

2006

235

2007

241

Forecast

2008

240

2009

245

2010

258

2011

268

2012

277

2013

288

2014

299

The forecasts of terminal passengers exclude some of the smallest UK airports covered by the outturn statistics. These account for around three million passengers per annum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the research underlying figures 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 in his Department’s publication UK Air Passenger Demand and carbon dioxide forecasts. (250357)

The research underlying figures 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of “UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts 2009” is set out in chapter 2 of the same report, with further detail in annexes A-D.

Bus Services: Concessions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1166-7W, on bus services: concessions, what discussions the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee has had with the Mental Health Action Group on access to free bus travel concessions. (252088)

There has been no formal discussion between the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and the Mental Health Action Group on access to free bus travel concessions.

However, the Mental Health Action Group has been invited to attend and speak at one of DPTAC’s future working group meetings.

Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on its study on a second Dartford crossing; and if he will make a statement. (250912)

The Department for Transport commissioned in February 2008 a study to provide advice on the future need for additional crossing capacity in the lower Thames and identify possible future options.

The study looks to make best use of available transport models to better understand the impacts of current and future demand, and review previous work on what can be done to improve traffic flow through the existing Dartford crossing in the short to medium term.

The study work is nearing completion and we expect to receive the report of the study shortly. Following receipt, Ministers will consider the findings and recommendations of the study, to inform decisions on options to address the short, medium and longer term transport challenges associated with current cross-Thames movements in the area.

Departmental Consultancies

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what payments the (a) Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (b) Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, (c) Driving Standards Agency, (d) Vehicle Certification Agency, (e) Highways Agency, (f) Maritime and Coastguard Agency and (g) Government Car and Despatch Agency has made to (i) management consultancies, (ii) public affairs consultancies, (iii) public relations consultancies, (iv) advertising agencies and (v) other external consultancies in each of the last five years; (250282)

(2) what payments his Department has made to (a) management consultancies, (b) public affairs consultancies, (c) public relations consultancies, (d) advertising agencies and (e) other external consultancies in each of the last five years.

Lists have been placed in the Libraries of the House which show the supplier and (where possible) the value and the nature of the consultancy work recorded within the Department for Transport and its agencies accounting systems as consultancy during the four financial years between 2004-05 and 2007-08. Similar data for 2003-04 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The breakdown of consultancy as requested in the question is not held centrally and to attempt to provide it now would incur disproportionate cost.

The business units within the Department currently use separate accounting systems which record expenditure differently. The totals include a mixture of committed spend (i.e. orders raised) and actual spend incurred. The Professional Services Forum definition of consultancy has been applied since 2005-06 resulting in more accurate coding of expenditure.

Details of payments to advertising agencies are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Most payments relating to advertising expenditure are however made to the Central Office of Information.

The majority of campaign advertising investment by the Department is in support of marketing activities on the THINK! Road safety campaign, Act on CO2 campaign, Concessionary Bus Fares campaign, aviation security and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's continuous registration campaign. Advertising expenditure is the largest value component of the Department's marketing expenditure.

Driving: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving licences were reported lost or stolen in the last 12 months; and how many valid driving licences there were in that period. (250503)

In the last 12 months 7.5 million driving licences have been issued, including 857,000 issued to replace those reported as lost or stolen. During the same period DVLA held 42.3 million driver records each of which could have a licence issued against it.

Heathrow Airport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when meetings were held between (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (b) both Ministers and officials in his Department with representatives of BAA to discuss proposals for Heathrow Airport in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (251293)

Ministers have met BAA representatives on 17 occasions since January 2006 to discuss a range of matters related to BAA’s UK airports, including Heathrow. BAA met regularly with officials to provide technical and operational expertise.

For propriety reasons, there has been no substantive discussion of Heathrow airport development issues with BAA since the launch of the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation in November 2007 and neither Ministers nor officials have met BAA representatives to discuss such issues since the Secretary of State announced his decisions on 15 January.

Heathrow Airport: Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation (a) expressed support for, (b) expressed opposition to and (c) were neutral on the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. (250113)

The consultation did not request views in this format. But an independent assessment of the nearly 70,000 responses received records 8,128 people giving “generic support for expansion” while 16,662 said they “did not want a third runway built at Heathrow”. That suggests around 45,000 respondents did not express a clear view either way on a third runway. The full details can be found in the report ‘Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport: Report on consultation responses (Ipsos MORI/Detica)’ on the Department's website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to publish the responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow consultation in full. (250114)

A report on the analysis of responses to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation was published on 15 January together with other material referred to in my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's statement on Britain's transport infrastructure. In addition, all of the nearly 70,000 consultation responses may be viewed by appointment at the Department for Transport's offices.

Details are on the Department's website:

www.dft.gov.uk.

Motor Vehicles: Registration

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations his Department has received from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on the release of vehicle odometer reading data from MOT testing. (251694)

There have been no recent discussions between the Department and The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on the release of vehicle odometer reading data from MOT testing. VOSA is still considering the benefits and legal issues associated with the further release of such data to non-public bodies. Whether this proceeds will be subject to VOSA/DfT approval processes and overall Agency priorities.

Railway Electrification

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will commission research into the effects of the electrification of heavily-used rail services in major urban conurbations. (250714)

The Department for Transport is working closely with the rail industry to examine the costs and benefits of further rail electrification. A decision on electrification will be announced later this year.

Railways: Bus Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have travelled on rail replacement bus services funded by his Department over the last 10 years. (247299)

The Department for Transport does not routinely collect data on passenger usage of rail replacement passenger services because rail services can be subject to amendment due to planned infrastructure improvements or maintenance works undertaken by Network Rail, especially at weekends. Occasionally, disruption to the rail network (due to signalling failures or other operational difficulties) may result in changes to specified rail services.

Railways: Crimes of Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many assaults on (a) staff and (b) passengers on the rail network in each region were recorded in the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (252053)

(2) how many assaults on railway station staff have been recorded in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

This information is not held by the Department for Transport, but by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at:

British Transport Police

25 Camden Road

London NW1 9LN

E-mail: parliament@btp.pnn.police.uk

Railways: Industrial Disputes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days have been lost to strike action by workers on (a) the national rail network and (b) the London Underground in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (252058)

The Department for Transport does not hold the information requested.

National rail network information can be obtained from each of the individual train operators, who each hold this level of detail for their own organisation. Company contact details are available from the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC):

ATOC Ltd.

3rd Floor

40 Bernard Street

London

WC1N 1BY

Or via:

http://www.atoc.org/contact.asp

For London Underground this information can be obtained by contacting:

Lucy Webster

Head of Stakeholder Communications

London Underground

55 Broadway

London

SW1H 0BD

Railways: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train services have been cancelled in each year since 1997; how many scheduled train services there have been in each year since 1997, broken down by train operator; and if he will make a statement. (252055)

In 2007-08, the most recent complete year for which data are available, 6,485,787 trains were planned to operate on the network, and 70,903 were fully cancelled.

For data on previous years, I refer the hon. Member to the answers of 17 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2246-7W, and 22 March 2006, Official Report, column 382W.

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is responsible for publishing and monitoring data on rail performance, and for a breakdown by individual train operator, the hon. Member may wish to consult ORR’s publication ‘National Rail Trends’ on their website at:

http://www.rail-req.gov.Uk/server/show/nav.1863

Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on building new roads in each region in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement. (252050)

The following tables show the available data on regional expenditure on new construction/improvement and structural maintenance on motorways and trunk roads, as well as regional expenditure on new improvement for highways, lighting, road safety and structural maintenance on local roads for 1999-2000 to 2006-07. These data do not enable new road construction to be identified as a separate category.

Motorway and trunk roads: New construction/improvement and structural maintenance

£ million

Region

1999-2000

2000-011

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

North East

12.9

14.9

52.0

46.1

34.1

27.2

26.1

46.7

North West

189.5

213.8

157.1

179.1

116.3

156.0

157.6

200.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

43.1

50.4

121.4

199.8

76.9

35.7

65.8

73.3

East Midlands

59.6

70.1

107.1

121.4

96.0

120.3

175.8

199.9

West Midlands

109.5

128.9

94.9

101.8

118.1

196.5

226.0

255.8

East of England

79.9

93.4

141.8

133.9

121.7

120.9

164.0

226.2

London

158.0

26.9

28.6

6.3

11.6

24.1

19.7

20.2

South East

209.8

246.5

205.1

215.0

164.2

225.7

253.7

307.4

South West

98.8

115.8

112.2

151.6

117.4

147.0

188.0

290.9

England

961.1

960.7

1,020.4

1,155.1

856.3

1,053.4

1,276.7

1,620.8

1 Trunk roads in London were transferred to Transport for London in July 2000 and were reclassified as principal roads. Expenditure on these roads from 2000-01 is shown under the “Local roads” heading for London.

Sources:

Highways Agency Financial Accounts and local authority returns to Communities; and Local Government

Local roads1: New improvement for highways, lighting, road safety and structural maintenance2

£ million

Region

1999-2000

2000-013

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

North East

99.3

94.7

117.2

145.0

125.2

139.4

148.9

146.7

North West

214.0

199.1

267.2

330.8

338.8

363.6

359.6

333.7

Yorkshire and the Humber

134.8

167.9

195.2

215.9

222.5

247.0

266.9

287.6

East Midlands

97.2

127.1

178.9

212.5

207.9

269.1

252.8

236.0

West Midlands

147.3

167.6

207.6

266.7

235.5

265.6

263.3

301.9

East of England

144.3

146.6

243.5

273.7

283.3

309.6

364.0

363.1

London

206.3

350.6

315.1

489.0

414.1

382.3

428.0

411.7

South East

215.2

188.0

254.8

322.4

317.3

370.8

377.9

358.7

South West

136.5

148.0

203.0

228.6

239.2

265.9

311.9

290.5

England

1,394.9

1,589.6

1,982.4

2,484.7

2,378.8

2,613.4

2,773.2

2,730.0

1 Local authority expenditure excludes car parks.

2 Includes expenditure on patching.

3 Trunk roads in London were transferred to Transport for London in July 2000 and were reclassified as principal roads. Expenditure on these roads from 2000-01 is shown under the “Local roads” heading for London.

Sources:

Highways Agency Financial Accounts and local authority returns to Communities and Local Government

This information is available in table 5.4 of ‘Regional Transport Statistics’ publication at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/regionaldata/rts/

Roads: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital funding his Department provided for road safety schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; (251159)

(2) what funding his Department has provided for highway maintenance and improvement in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 1997.

I have placed details in the House Libraries of relevant funding from the Department for Transport provided to local authorities in the north-east. The funding streams covered are:

(a) Block capital funding made available to local authorities since 2000-01 as part of the LTP settlement. This funding is not ring fenced. Integrated block funding is allocated at the Tyne and Wear plan level. Capital highway maintenance funding is allocated to local highway authorities. The table includes aggregate figures for funding provided prior to the introduction of the LTP settlement.

(b) PFI credits allocated to signed street lighting contracts in the north-east.

(c) Revenue and capital funding provided to north-east authorities since 2001-02 for the maintenance of recently detrunked roads. This funding is also not ring fenced. A three year settlement covering 2008-09 to 2010-11 has been made for revenue allocations for detrunked roads.

(d) Funding provided for emergency repairs following flooding to north-east local highways in 2001-02.

(e) Capital funding that the Department has contributed to major local authority road schemes (generally costing over £5 million). The table shows schemes completed since 2000 and those currently being delivered.

(f) Since 2007-08, local authorities have received specific road safety grant. As with integrated block funding, this is allocated at the Tyne and Wear plan level. The distribution of the funding within Tyne and Wear is determined by the local authorities within the road safety partnership. Since 2007, road safety partnership grant has also been allocated to local authorities.

Local authorities are also provided with financial support for road maintenance and road safety schemes through the Revenue Support Grant (RSG), administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government. There is no separately identified highways maintenance component in RSG and it is for each authority to determine how much of it should be allocated to their highway network.

Information is not held centrally on what Gateshead metropolitan borough council and South Tyneside metropolitan council, which cover the Jarrow constituency, have spent within the boundaries of the constituency.

The Highways Agency’s reporting systems does not record actual expenditure on a constituency or regional basis. Estimates are compiled for regional expenditure to supplement data reported in the Department’s annual report. The estimates for the north-east have been placed in the House Libraries.

Roads: Tolls

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) officials from his Department have had since 12 December 2008 with potential providers to discuss the technology and infrastructure required for congestion charging. (251154)

Since 12 December 2008, no Department for Transport Minister has met with any potential providers on the technology and infrastructure required for congestion charging.

Department for Transport officials responsible for the demonstrations project have, however, in that period had a number of contractual progress meetings with each of the seven framework contractors for the project.

On 18 December, other departmental officials met a group of technical experts and other stakeholders working to promote interoperability across existing and already planned road pricing schemes.

Rolling Stock: Competition

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recent findings of the Competition Commission on the market for the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services; and what steps he plans to take in response to the Commission’s recommendations for Government. (250062)

The Competition Commission investigation is ongoing and the Department for Transport looks forward to the final report.

The department continues to engage with the Competition Commission on the recommendations.

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras have been installed on public roads in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area; and if he will make a statement. (252057)

The Department only holds information about the number of safety camera sites (covering both fixed and mobile camera enforcement) operating within the National Safety Camera Programme for England and Wales which started in 2001 and ended on 31 March 2007. The information relates to partnership areas which may consist of more than one police force area.

The following table shows the number of speed camera sites operating within the national programme within each year using the "date established" supplied by the safety camera partnerships. Different areas entered the national programme on different dates, and in many cases had established camera sites before joining the programme which are not shown in the table.

Since 1 April 2007 the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships. The number of cameras in place since then will therefore be a matter for each individual partnership.

Camera sites by area and year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon and Somerset

104

189

228

247

247

247

247

Bedfordshire

30

88

90

95

114

114

114

Cambridgeshire

36

56

67

74

88

92

92

Cheshire

18

26

54

64

75

80

80

Cleveland

34

38

47

52

52

54

54

Cumbria

0

0

35

35

39

44

44

Derbyshire

45

73

108

123

127

128

128

Devon and Cornwall

55

95

105

124

145

147

147

Dorset

29

51

92

99

102

105

105

Essex

117

126

159

168

215

220

220

Gloucestershire

29

29

60

72

72

72

72

Greater Manchester

67

79

135

153

261

268

271

Hampshire

19

22

50

61

66

68

68

Hertfordshire

23

23

51

63

80

94

95

Humberside

0

0

64

77

81

81

82

Kent and Medway

38

62

96

118

126

129

129

Lancashire

63

150

268

338

344

345

345

Leicestershire

7

65

77

83

83

88

88

Lincolnshire

25

38

48

57

60

61

61

London

294

305

323

352

403

439

439

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

24

46

51

Mid and South Wales

74

266

327

353

354

355

355

Norfolk

8

14

24

29

31

37

37

North Wales

27

28

66

72

73

73

73

Northamptonshire

26

28

35

39

77

84

84

Northumbria

34

34

103

121

121

126

126

Nottinghamshire

10

44

44

53

55

62

62

South Yorkshire

35

112

119

119

119

119

119

Staffordshire

54

55

65

81

98

98

98

Suffolk

1

3

47

55

55

55

55

Surrey

15

16

16

16

21

23

30

Sussex

25

50

58

69

77

78

81

Thames Valley

213

266

269

274

275

275

275

Warwickshire

8

20

21

34

34

37

37

West Mercia

0

0

40

53

56

60

63

West Mids

97

100

116

141

155

161

161

West Yorkshire

6

27

47

79

83

86

86

Wiltshire

6

23

50

62

62

63

63

Grand total

1,672

2,601

3,604

4,105

4,550

4,714

4,737

Transport: Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on transport projects in each local authority area in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (251840)

Most transport projects in local authority areas are the responsibility of the relevant local transport authority. The Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport services. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.

Where authorities wish to pursue major schemes they may seek additional funding from the Department, subject to prioritisation of their proposal by the region. Certain other projects may also be eligible for specific grants from time to time.

Details of the capital funding made available to each local transport authority in local transport settlements are available at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/ltp/capital/.

The Department spends funds on the strategic road network through the Highways Agency (HA). The HA's reporting systems do not record actual expenditure for local authority areas; expenditure is recorded by project and activity. Estimates are compiled for regional expenditure to supplement data reported in the Department's annual report.

Likewise, funding for other transport projects in England, such as rail projects, is not available on the basis of local authority boundaries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport projects have been announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled in each year since 1997; how much has been spent on each such project prior to cancellation; and if he will make a statement. (252056)

Prime Minister

Adela Mahoro Mugabo

To ask the Prime Minister with reference to his answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 922, at Prime Minister’s questions, what consideration he has given to the case of Ms Adela Mahoro Mugabo. (252398)

BAA

To ask the Prime Minister what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence he and officials in No. 10 Downing Street have had with representatives from BAA since 3 October 2008; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; and what the subject of each meeting was. (252708)

My officials and I have meetings and correspond with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a range of subjects.

Domestic Visits: Costs

To ask the Prime Minister what the cost of hotel accommodation for the tour undertaken by Ministers between 7 and 9 January 2009 was; and in which hotels accommodation for the tour was booked. (251070)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1429W.

Intelligence Services

To ask the Prime Minister whether new procedures for (a) the analysis and (b) the publication of intelligence material have been put in place since he became Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement. (246282)

Since I became Prime Minister the arrangements for the analysis and publication of intelligence material put in place, and the appointments made, have been consistent with the recommendations of Lord Butler’s Review.

I announced to the House in my National Security Statement on 25 July 2007, Official Report, columns 841-45, the separation of the position of JIC Chairman from policy adviser to the Government to ensure that assessments are formulated independently and that the Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis role created following Lord Butler’s Review would be fulfilled by the JIC Chairman. Last year I also published the National Security Strategy and the National Risk Register.

Following resolutions in both Houses, appointments to the ISC are now made on the basis of nominations by Parliament. Debates on ISC reports will in future take place in both Houses and will be introduced by the Chairman of the ISC or the appropriate ISC member. Arrangements have been made to strengthen further the ISC’s ability to scrutinise financial matters and the process of recruiting a general investigator has begun.

Internet

To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many staff in each pay grade work on the No. 10 Downing Street YouTube video platform; (250329)

(2) how many staff work to (a) maintain and (b) supply content for the Ask the PM YouTube channel;

(3) how much has been spent on website designers to design the Ask the PM YouTube video platform;

(4) how many (a) hits and (b) unique visitors the Ask the PM YouTube channel has received since its establishment;

(5) how many video submissions from members of the public have been (a) received and (b) answered since the launch of the Ask the PM YouTube channel.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1481-82W. Further information requested is available on the Downing street YouTube channel at:

http://uk.youtube.com/user/DowningSt.

A copy of this webpage has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Prime Minister (1) which websites are operated by his Office in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is; (251213)

(2) which websites were operated by his Office in addition to its main website in the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1481-82W.

Ministers

To ask the Prime Minister how many people whom he has appointed as Government Ministers in the (a) House of Lords and (b) House of Commons accepted their appointment on the basis that their service in Government would be time-limited. (249610)

As was the case under previous Administrations, ministerial appointments are in the gift of the Prime Minister.

Ministers: Interests

To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 470W, on Members' interests, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the annual statement of Ministers' interests. (250117)

Ministers: Pensions

To ask the Prime Minister what the pension arrangements are for the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton. (250537)

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1070W.

Opposition

To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements the Cabinet Secretary plans to establish for talks between permanent secretaries of Government departments and the Official Opposition ahead of the next general election; whether the arrangements will differ from those in previous parliaments; and what discussions he has had on the timetable for such talks. (250310)

To ask the Prime Minister who made the decision to offer meetings with senior civil servants before the next general election to the Liberal Democrats. (250514)

I refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) on 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 754W.

Sir Fred Goodwin

To ask the Prime Minister if he will recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that the knighthood awarded to Sir Fred Goodwin for services to banking be withdrawn. (251016)

The authority to grant and cancel honours is contained in the Statutes of the various Orders of Chivalry.

Sports: Finance

To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has met (a) Ministers and (b) UK Sport to discuss the £100 million of private sponsorship for elite athletes announced in the 2006 Budget; and if he will make a statement. (250265)

My officials and I have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a range of subjects.

House of Commons Commission

House of Commons: Television

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many television sets are operationally available on the House Estate, broken down by building; and how many such sets are available in hon. Members' offices. (247807)

The number of annunciator (TV) sets available on the House of Commons estate is as follows:

Number

Palace of Westminster

663

No. 1 Parliament St. Phase 1 (N)

47

Derby Gate Residences Ph 1 (Centre)

19

Derby Gate Phase 1 (S)

103

7 Millbank

112

Norman Shaw (North)

154

Norman Shaw (South)

130

2 The Abbey Garden

12

1 Canon Row

30

Portcullis Houses

251

4 Millbank 5th and 6th Floors

32

Total

1,553

All Members' offices are fitted with annunciators, and these are included in the above figures. Records are not kept separately of the number of annunciators which are in Members' offices.

Members: Allowances

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) by what date the House of Commons Commission expects the process of scanning and redacting the receipts for hon. Members' expenses since 2004 to be completed; (251845)

(2) by what date the House of Commons Commission expects to place the details of hon. Members' expenses since 2004 in the public domain.

The scanning and editing of Members' claims, receipts etc. for the years 2004-05 to 2007-08 is well advanced. Once this work is complete, individual hon. Members will need to check the records relating to them, and further editing may then be required. A date for publication cannot yet be set.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reason backdated details of hon. Members' expenses have not yet been published; what factors account for the delay; and if he will ensure that all relevant information will be placed in the public domain by the end of February 2009. (249218)

The task of scanning and editing for publication a very large amount of information has proved more difficult than originally envisaged when the proposed arrangements for disclosure of Members' expenses down to receipt level were announced last summer. Ensuring that hon. Members' legitimate security and privacy concerns were taken into account has been complex and has required careful attention to over 700,000 individual records. Once scanning and editing has been completed, individual hon. Members will need to check the records relating to them, and further editing may then be required. This process will not be complete by the end of February 2009 and a date for publication cannot yet be set.

Parliament: Heating

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent steps the House authorities (a) have recently taken and (b) plan to take to improve the heating within 1 Parliament Street; and if he will make a statement. (248143)

The heating in 1 Parliament street is controlled by means of a computerised building management system (BMS). This allows the heating and cooling in each office to be individually monitored and controlled. The original system, installed in 1990, had become obsolete and was replaced by a modern system. The hardware was installed in the 2008 summer recess and the installation of a new control network was completed in November 2008. The arrival of the cold weather in the autumn highlighted a number of software problems which took longer than anticipated to resolve due to the lack of a network, which meant revisiting every office. At the same time, the opportunity was taken to replace any faulty heating or cooling valves and as a result some 50 cooling and 20 heating controls were replaced.

Now that the new BMS is installed, the method of heating control will be modified from a fixed time based method to the more efficient and accurate ‘optimised start’ method which ensures that the heating is switched on earlier if the outside air temperature is lower. In addition, a survey of the heating capacity of the boilers and associated pipe-work is planned for the 2009 summer recess. This will identify the heating capacity of the boilers and pipe-work, should larger radiators be required in some offices.

Parliament: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate has been made of the cost of repairs to the gates on Derby Gate; what reports he has received on the cause of the damage; and if he will make a statement. (248234)

The cost of completed repairs to the gates adjacent to 1 Derby Gate was £1,968.40. There are no reports available as the vehicle damage to the gates was minimal.

Portcullis House: Fire Alarms

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on how many occasions since 1 January 2008 Portcullis House has been evacuated for fire-related reasons; on how many of these occasions a fire was discovered; and what steps the Commission is taking to minimise the number of false alarms. (250745)

From 1 January 2008 to 21 January 2009 there were five evacuations from Portcullis House. None were actual fires. They were caused by:

4 March 2008: Technical fault on system—addressed by the fire alarm engineers;

19 August 2008: Operation of manual call point by persons unknown;

26 November 2008: Beam detector actuated by fitting of the Christmas lights in the atrium when on one occasion contractors failed to follow correct process—contractors reprimanded and reminded of correct process;

8 January 2009: Technical fault resulting in actuation of newly installed fire detection camera by art handling activity interfering with beam—camera adjusted to recognise such movements and not activate the alarm; and

20 January 2009: Detector actuated by fumes from cooking; technical fault on alarm system re-set resulted in evacuation alarm activation—fire alarm engineers are investigating the reason the system would not accept the re-set.

To minimise disruption to the occupants, a system is operated in Portcullis House whereby upon actuation of smoke/beam/video smoke detectors outside the atrium, the parliamentary fire section has 15 minutes to identify and resolve an incident before the evacuation alarm is automatically activated. Three of the five evacuations in the last 12 months were triggered because it was not possible during the 15 minutes to verify that the building was safe. On the other two occasions, operation of a manual call point and the interruption of a beam detector in the atrium automatically triggered an evacuation. In order to minimise the number of unwanted alarms, a full fire incident investigation is carried out by the parliamentary fire section, fire safety manager and London fire brigade after every incident to establish the cause of the incident and to identify the person(s) responsible. Key personnel involved in the alarm activation are interviewed and remedial action taken. In the case of technical faults, the fire alarm engineers are called to site to investigate and take remedial action. Fire safety training is regularly reviewed and revised to address trends in activation of fire alarms.

Justice

Cannabis: Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has issued on the referral of possession of cannabis cases to the magistrates' courts in circumstances where it followed the issuing of (a) one, (b) two and (c) three previous penalty notices for disorder to the same individual for the same offence. (249536)

When penalty notices for disorder become available for the offence of possessing cannabis, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will issue guidance under section 6 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 about their issue.

Also, the Association of Chief Police Officers will publish revised national guidance for the policing of cannabis possession as a Class B drug in England and Wales. This makes clear that while arrest is always the first option, an adult offender is likely to receive a cannabis warning for a first possession offence, and a penalty notice for disorder for a second offence. A third offence will result in arrest and consideration of likely further action including caution, conditional caution or prosecution. All subsequent offences are likely to result in arrest. If any aggravating factors are present the police will escalate the response accordingly. Ultimately, decisions as to the most appropriate disposal for an offender are made by the police and CPS using their professional judgment and experience.

Conveyancing: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) from what date the newly appointed charging fee for local authority property search regulations will be effective; (251410)

(2) when he expects to publish the charging fee for local authority property search regulations; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish them.

The fee for a personal search of a local land charges register in England is £11. It was set at this level in 2003. The Ministry of Justice is, however, considering whether the fee should be changed following the response to the joint Department for Communities and Local Government—Ministry of Justice 2008 consultation paper Local Authority Property Search Services: Charges for Property Search Services. We received a large response expressing a wide range of views. We are giving them careful consideration but have not yet reached a decision on the way forward. We aim to announce the outcome of the consultation and to publish a response document as soon as is practicable.

Other local authority property search fees in England are set by individual local authorities. The basis on which such fees are to be calculated is set out in the Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Searches) Regulations SI 2008 No. 3248 which came into force on 23 December 2008.

Coroners

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average length of time in days taken by coroners in (i) Leicestershire and (ii) the rest of England to hold treasure inquests was in each of the last two years. (251129)

Information on the time taken to conduct inquests into finds reported under the Treasure Act 1996 is not collected centrally by the Ministry of Justice, though informal figures collated by the British Museum suggest that the average time for inquests concluded in 2008, from notification of the find to a final verdict, is 173 days.

Ministry of Justice statistics on coroner caseload show that the two coroners whose districts cover the county of Leicestershire and the city of Leicester, between them conducted three inquests into treasure in 2007, and two in 2006. Figures for 2008 are not yet available, but are due to be published on the Ministry of Justice website in May.

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the remaining provisions of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will be brought into effect. (248652)

With two exceptions, all provisions in the Act were commenced on 6 April 2008.

The exceptions are:

Section 2(l)(d) which extends the offence to duties of care relating to those detained at a custodial institution or in a custody area at a court or police station; detained at a removal centre or short-term holding facility; being transported in a vehicle, or being held in any premises, in pursuance of prison escort arrangements or immigration escort arrangements; living in secure accommodation in which they have been placed; and detained patients. We are working to implement this aspect of the legislation within three to five years of implementation of the offence. As stated in our first report to Parliament on this in July last year, the majority of custody providers will be ready in three years. Where implementation can occur sooner with respect to certain organisations, we will put the necessary arrangements in place to achieve this.

Section 10 which provides for the court to require a publicity order. We will implement this section following the issue of a guideline from the Sentencing Guidelines Council since this is a new disposal where we felt it important for guidance to be in place from the outset.

Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to give powers to the Information Commissioner to audit data controlled in the (a) private and (b) voluntary sectors. (251185)

The Information Commissioner already has powers to check and enforce the compliance of data controllers in the private and voluntary sectors with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

The Information Commissioner may issue an Information Notice under the DPA on any data controller to assess compliance with the data protection principles. If the Information Commissioner is satisfied that a data controller is contravening the data protection principles, he may issue an Enforcement Notice requiring the data controller to take action to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with either of these Notices is a criminal offence. Schedule 9 of the DPA also allows the Information Commissioner to apply for a warrant to enter and inspect the premises of any data controller he reasonably suspects to be in contravention of the data protection principles or committing an offence under the DPA.

The Information Commissioner may also currently undertake a Good Practice Assessment under s51 (7) of the DPA to assess the data processing procedures of any data controller, providing he has obtained their consent.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period. (252228)

In the past three years the following external organisations have been engaged by the former Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Ministry of Justice (since its creation in May 2007) to provide training for fast stream civil service staff:

National School for Government

Westminster Explained

Roffey Park

Logica CMG UK Ltd

GBdirect

Institute for European Business Administration

Industry and Parliament Trust.

Information regarding the number of civil servants in the Ministry of Justice (and formerly the DCA) who have participated in provision of training for external organisations in the same period is not collated centrally and could be determined only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Visits

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and the former Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on visits by their staff to Brussels in 2007-08; and how many such visits were made by (a) air and (b) rail. (241255)

It is not possible to determine how much was spent on visits by staff to Brussels as the expenditure is not separately identifiable within the Department’s financial systems. Data on how many overseas visits, to which countries and by which mode of transport are not held centrally. To obtain any such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

It is possible however to provide data for the main divisions within the Department that undertook such journeys to Brussels for the period requested. These are detailed as follows.

Air: 3

Rail: 45

Total expenditure: £19,352.24

The Department has published rules for official travel in its staff handbook, and all travel is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Civil Service Management Code.

Judiciary

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, (b) the Lord Chief Justice and Heads of Division and other judges of the Court of Appeal and High Court, (c) Crown and County Court judges, (d) district judges sitting in crime and civil and family matters and (e) High Court masters who are engaged in administrative and managerial work in addition to their judicial work; and what estimate he has made of the average number of days per calendar month that those in each category spend on such work. (251944)

The Ministry of Justice does not currently hold any information on the amount of time spent by judges on administrative and managerial work. All judges may be called on from time to time to assume responsibilities in relation to the courts and jurisdictions they work in. How much time these responsibilities take to discharge will depend on the level of responsibility, the circumstances and the judge.

I am informed that the Judges’ Council is undertaking work at present to provide better estimates of judges’ workloads. The collection, and any release, of this information is a matter for the Lord Chief Justice.

National Offender Management Service: Apprentices

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the participation of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in his Department's public sector apprenticeship scheme; what apprenticeship schemes are operated by NOMS; and what plans he has to increase the availability of apprenticeships at NOMS. (250914)

In June 2008, HM Prison Service introduced the Prison Maintenance Departments Apprenticeship scheme for people who are interested in learning a trade.

Currently, NOMS is working in partnership with Skills for Justice to develop an apprenticeship in business administration in the justice sector, tailored to the specific needs of all administrative staff working in NOMS. In the future, there is potential to explore further apprenticeship programmes such as a custodial apprenticeship.

NOMS has also, for some time, worked with Skills for Justice to develop appropriate qualifications for staff, aligned to national occupational standards.

Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate of the average cost per year of keeping an offender in (a) an adult prison, (b) a young offender institution and (c) a secure training centre is. (251160)

The overall average resource cost per offender (prisoner) in England and Wales in 2007-08 was:

£

(a) adult prisons

38,000

(b) young offender institutions (YOI)

48,000

(c) secure training centres

178,000

Note:

Figures to the nearest £500

The average costs for adult prisons and YOIs comprise (a) the public sector establishments' direct resource expenditure as published in the “Annual Report and Accounts of Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS)”, increased by an apportionment of costs borne centrally by HMPS and the National Offender Management Service and (b) the resource expenditure of contracted-out prisons also increased by certain costs borne centrally. This involves some estimation. Income from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in respect of services recharged to the YJB is excluded in order to show the overall cost to the Ministry of Justice. The figures do not include prisoners held in police and court cells under Operation Safeguard, nor expenditure met by other Government Departments (e.g. for health and education). The prisoner escort service is included.

The YOI figure comprises male open and male closed establishments. Adult includes all other establishments except male juvenile category.

The categorisation of costs into adult prisons and Young Offender Institutions is based on the main category of the prison establishment as at 31 March 2008, not on the mix of offenders in the establishments. So for example, where an establishment is primarily adult but has a young offender population, the young offender costs are not separately identified.

The secure training centre cost includes education, healthcare and VAT.

There are a number of factors which will cause differences in prison costs, such as the size, age, location and category of the prison, the mix of prisoners (including gender and age) and the internal regime and rehabilitation work followed.

Reparation by Offenders

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reparation orders have been issued by each court in each year since 2005. (251228)